Thursday, January 28, 2010

More help for Haiti

Here's something you'll want to be a part of.

Colgate University students have planned a concert to benefit victims of the Haiti earthquake at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in the chapel.

The concert will feature music, dance and spoken word performances by students and members of the community.

All money raised from the $5 admission will be donated to Doctors Without Borders, Partners in Health and The American Red Cross.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Local Irish band get (er, give) an earful

Local Irish/Celtic band The Blarney Rebel Band has made it all the way to Texas and New Orleans - well, kind of. The band's song "Stand With Me, Boys" recently garnered the top spot in the Best of 2009 Listener’s Poll on the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast, broadcast from Texas and New Orleans.

The podcast presents twice-monthly broadcasts of Celtic and Irish music by the best independent Celtic music groups from around the world. At the close of each show, listeners are asked to vote for the favorite song on that show.

At the end of the year, all of the year’s winners of the listeners’ poll are featured as the best of 2009, with listeners once again asked to vote for their favorite tune.

The Blarney Rebel Band is made up of Mark Sisti, Al Sisti, Dan Sisti, Jessica Voce and Amanda Straney.

Check them out from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Elks Lodge, 1315 Champlin Ave., Utica during the Butler-Sheehan Academy of Irish Dance Third Pub Night.
Tickets are $12 in advance ($15 at the door); available at, Valley Music, Nail Creek Pub or Piggy Pat’s.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Local singer opens for Spin Doctors' Chris Barron

Local boy Jonathan Coleman has a little something to be psyched about.

Coleman, from Floyd, will open for Spin Doctors' lead singer, Chris Barron, Friday, Jan. 29, at the Westcott Theatre, 524 Westcott St., Syracuse.

Hear what Coleman has to offer by visiting his MySpace page.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Musicians for Haiti

This from the Associated Press:

Haitian-born musician Wyclef Jean is calling for an evacuation of his homeland's earthquake-ravaged capital and asking for international aid to help set up tent cities nearby.

He envisions temporary settlements housing 100,000 people each outside Port-au-Prince.

Jean is one of Haiti's most famous sons and has been a prominent voice in relief efforts since Tuesday's earthquake. He has raised more than $2 million through his charity, The Wyclef Jean Foundation Inc. It is also known as Yele Haiti.

*Jean even canceled an Australian tour to focus on assisting his home country during the relief efforts.

From the south: South Carolina musician Zach Deputy, who has become a popular attraction when he performs at the Electric Company, is giving $1 of every admission to his shows to the American Red Cross Haiti relief fund.

Melodic Revolution Records (run by former Clinton resident Nick Katona who now lives in Floria but still orchestrates the Clinton Arts and Music Festival each year) is seeking digital submissions in all genres of music to add to a recording that will assist in raising money for Haiti's earthquake victims. Submissions must be original recordings. Visit for details.

Monday, January 11, 2010

On the hunt? Try a Cougar party

I'm almost speechless. Almost. Why? All I can say is: Cougar Safari Party.

So, yeah, Lava at Turning Stone Resort and Casino is actually hosting this event (Feb. 12) and it's exactly what you think it is, I think. I haven't been able to immediately get a hold of Lava's program director, but the site coins the event as a "hunt for a Valentine" and says men 26 and younger are admitted free.

For those of you not familiar with the term Cougar, here's's definition: "A 35+ year-old female who is on the "hunt" for a much younger, energetic, willing-to-do-anything male." There are a host of other definitions that are a little more detailed and too risque for, so click here to go there - if you must.

So, I kind of thought Cougars were a myth, but it seems there's enough of them out there for Lava to give them a benefit, so to speak. I'm wondering what you all think about it and, please, if you're an older woman on the prowl and plan to attend this, contact me. I'd love to hear your Ashton Kutcher-Demi Moore-studded story. And if you're a younger lad into the Cougar crowd, please tell me about it. Contact me at or call 792-5013.

There's a good story here, kids, so stay tuned.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Local musicians jam, raise money for pups and felines

Here's a cause for those furry neighborhood paws. Local musicians will step out this weekend to give to the Stevens-Swan Humane Society. Check out eight area bands at four clubs jamming
for the love of sheltered animals.

Here are the details:
8 p.m.: The BOMB, Red Hush and The Bucket List at Mr. McGill's, Route 5, Schuyler.
9 p.m.: The Crazy Fools at The Electric Company, 700 Varick St., Utica.
10 p.m.: Slug and The Liberty Band at The Valleybrook Lounge, Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford.
10 p.m.: Blackfoot Jack and Through the Looking Glass at The Route 69 Steakhouse, Whitesboro.

Admission is $5 and will be donated to the shelter. Pet food donations also will be collected at the door.

Pictured above: The Crazy Fools

Utica jazz site comes down

In last week's Fusion, I gave you a list of some of my favorite music/arts Web sites. One of those sites was I love this site, not only because I love jazz, but because someone's taking the reins to put local musicians out there - Corey Colmey actually is that someone. (He took over the site last summer from founder Jeremy Yaddaw.) But, an e-mail I just received from Colmey suggests he'll no longer be able to maintain the site.

"Present circumstances don't allow me the time or resources to continue the site," he said in the e-mail.

I'm super disappointed and hope someone might be able to take the reins from Colmey who did such a nice job creating a professional, user-friendly and informative site for local jazz musicians, which account for some of our community's greatest assets.

Through the eyes of babes

I can't help but share this sweet little moment with you all.

Dashboard Nixon's keyboard player Keith James snapped this photo of his three little ones while discovering their dad on the cover of last week's Fusion.

"I was trying to explain to them how many people get that paper, and that it was pretty special," James explained.

Their response: "So, the whole WORLD can see you, Daddy?" Well, almost.

Pictured above are, left to right, Braden James, 5, Abigail James,7, and Morgan James, 3.