local music

SAMMY Releases Nominees for 2020 Awards Show; Voting Open Until Late February

Feb 4, 2020
Tom Honan

The people of Syracuse are about to celebrate the local music scene. Syracuse Area Music Awards has released the nominees for this year’s SAMMY Awards held in March. A record number of over 120 entries from recording artists this year have been submitted.

443 Social Club & Lounge

In a place with the musical diversity of Syracuse, it only makes sense that there would be a variety of options in music venues. Residents of Central New York are well aware of some of the areas music staples, such as The Landmark Theatre, Funk 'N Waffles and The St Joseph's Health Amphitheatre at Lakeview. 

But, a comprehensive look at the area shows that there are a number of new and emerging options as well. WAER's Allison Weiss, took a trip to The 443 Social Club & Loungue recently, and highlights the unique aspects of their listening room style shows.

Don't be fooled, it's getting to be that time of year when music venues around Syracuse are going to be filled with touring musical acts. On this episode of The 315 Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss are joined by singer and songwriter Kevin Gordon. 

He'll be performing at the Nelson Odeon on Sunday June 23rd but before that, he stoppped by the WAER studio to discuss his latest album 'Tilt and Shine'. They also chat about what sets him apart from his peers, and what environments help shape musicians.

It's true Syracuse tries its best to offer its resident a diverse array of music. But it's also true that Syracuse has a robust Jazz and Country scene thriving throughout the area. So what happens to young aspiring artists trying to do things a little different?

This week on The 315 Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss chat with up and coming hip-hop, pop, & rap artist Furco. He talks about how he first got his feet wet in music, how the hip-hop scene is growing in Syracuse, and he performs a freestyle rap.

DISCLAIMER: This episode contains portions of mature language. 

For over 40 years, the incomparable Nancy Kelly has wowed audiences all over the world.  Her trademark swing/bop style has kept toes tapping and fingers snapping while staying true to the music she loves.  Her latest record pays tribute to the late great jazz vocalist Mark Murphy.  Murphy, a Syracuse native, passed in October of 2015 leaving behind an astounding body of work.  With “Tribute to Mark Murphy”, Nancy Kelly pays homage to Murphy’s unique style and most beloved songs.  She sat with The 3-1-5’s Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss to talk about the music and her early introduction to the legendary jazz singer.

Note:  Songs heard on this episode include Song for the Geese, Sunday in New York, and On the Red Clay from Nancy Kelly’s Tribute to Mark Murphy available at https://www.nancykelly.com/.  Information for the CD release celebration at the Wunderbar Theater on June 9th can be found at https://www.nancykelly.com/shows.

The alternative hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas once said "let's get it started in here." Here's the problem, they never really told us how to get "it" started. This week on The 315 , Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss are going to discuss what it's like trying to launch a music career from Central New York.

For this week's episode they're joined by up and coming musician TANKSLEY. They'll discuss how he got started in music, where he played his first show in CNY and he gives us a live performance as well.

Music popularity comes in waves. What was immensely popular in the 90s is different than what dominates the radio waves today. One of the genres that has had it's fair share of ups and downs is Jazz. This week on The 315, Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss are joined by culture reporter, music critic, and lecturer Larry Blumenfeld. He's serving as the 2019 Jeanette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities at Syracuse University. 

He'll outline what he intends to address during his time at Syracuse, whether jazz is thriving or just surving, along with  how jazz fits into our culture today.

Jess Novak

Each year musicians from the Central New York area are honored by the Syracuse Area Music Awards.  The awards ranage from the best in Pop, Rock, Hip-Hop and many others. This week on The 315, Joe Lee sits down with Jess Novak who is a finalist for Singer/ Songwriter of the Year. 

Along with The SAMMYS they also  discuss her musical journey, inspirations and listen to a little bit of her latest album, Fear is the Cage Love is the Key.

More information about the award show can be found at The SAMMYS website.


The two-day Jazz music event that’s part of Syracuse’s Arts Week will be back for its tenth year … as part of a series of summer concerts. 

The Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival gives jazz music fans their only major event, since the former M-and-T Jazzfest was cancelled for this year. 

To the music industry Joanne Shenandoah is known as a composer, performer, and Grammy Award winner. She's all of those things to us as well, but in Central New York she's also a local icon.

This week on The 315 Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss chat with CNY legend Joanne Shenandoah about her latest project and the important story she's telling. She was even gracious enough to sing a song for us during her visit. Without a doubt this is an episode you want to hear in it's entirety!