Folkus Project
Join Folkus
Songwriter WoodshedA meeting of and for local songwriters . . . more info / Facebook page. Next Meeting: Feb. 4


Aztec Two-Step
In their Folkus debut, join these folk/pop legends for a very special 40th anniversary show celebrating the album Second Step.

Friday, February 6, 2015
8 p.m. / $20

Member price: $17 (see members link below)

May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society
3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, N.Y.

Artists' website / YouTube clip

Facebook Event

“Aztec Two-Step is possibly the best acoustic duo in the world today”
— Richard Cuccro, Acoustic Live!

Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have spent a lifetime making music together as the folk/rock duo Aztec Two-Step, and continue to be one of acoustic music’s most respected and enduring acts. This year marks a very special anniversary as its been forty years since the 1975 release of their Second Step album. Rex and Neal will celebrate this occasion by performing the album in its entirety when they bring their act to the Folkus Project. The second set of the evening’s concert will include other ATS classics.

The story of Aztec Two-Step is intertwined with the history of folk/rock music in America. Originating from a chance meeting in 1971, they took their name from a poem by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and with four plus decades as staples of progressive FM radio, major record deals and non-stop touring, Rex and Neal continue to impress audiences with intelligent songwriting, dazzling acoustic lead guitar and soaring two-part harmonies. Rex & Neal’s first four albums helped usher the music of the 60’s into the 1970’s and beyond, leaving an indelible mark on the musical genre. As their recording career continued, so did the critical acclaim. In 1986, their album Living in America was named in Billboard’s year-end critic’s poll. It also received the New York Music Award for the Best Folk Album.

“The secret of Aztec Two Step’s longevity isn’t just the harmony between Rex and Neal, it’s also the quality of the songs.” — John Platt,WFUV

Recording and touring non-stop since the early ‘70s, Rex and Neal have accumulated forty-plus years of awards, accolades and TV and radio appearances that include the David Letterman Show, World Café Live, and the King Biscuit Flour Hour, and have graced countless stages including those of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. In 1999 they were the subjects of the documentary, “No Hit Wonder,” which was aired on several PBS stations across America. In June 2007, Real Simple, a popular national lifestyle magazine, named Aztec Two-Step’s debut album one of the all-time top five classic folk albums, along with works by Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Tom Rush and Phil Ochs. The article cites the duo as “surpass[ing] Simon and Garfunkel for exquisite harmonies, musicianship and emotion.”

''The right sound at the right time … beautiful acoustic guitar playing and questioning lyrics … songs performed with forceful vocals and near perfect instrumental harmonies.'' — Variety

Aztec Two-Step: Advance Tickets thru PayPal
Please read Advance Ticket Policy to learn how it works, and for other advance options. Note: You do not have to have a PayPal account to use PayPal; charge to your credit card.

(MEMBERS ONLY: click for discount)


Facebook   Help Facebook Help Folkus
We're trying to make Folkus and its events more prominent on Facebook
  • Facebook ExampleVisit our Facebook page and make sure you've Liked us
  • Hover over the Liked box (as shown at right) and turn on Notifications (so you receive more of our news)
  • Find event pages for upcoming concerts (also linked on this page within concert descriptions) and Share them
  • Post videos and other info about upcoming artists, or report on Folkus shows you've attended.

It all helps make Folkus more Facebook effective. Thanks.



Rescheduled from January 9 . . .

Loren Barrigar & Mark Mazengarb
Loren Barrigar & Mark MazengarbThe area's favorite international guitar duo is moving over to May Memorial for this year's annual show.

Friday, February 13, 2015
8 p.m. / $18

Member price: $15 (see members link below)

(If you have tickets from the original, January 9 date, they will be honored at this show.)

May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society
3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, N.Y.

Artists' website / YouTube clip

Facebook Event

“Fresh and Exciting… these guys ROCK!!” - Tommy Emmanuel, Australian guitar virtuoso

The international duo of Loren Barrigar (from Central New York) and Mark Mazengarb (from New Zealand) first met at a guitar camp with Tommy Emmanuel in 2005 and have been touring extensively on both the USA and Europe ever since.They share a unique musical chemistry and stage presence seldom found among musicians. Their varied repertoire of original and arranged music consists of stunning guitar duets as well as songs, giving them wide appeal. Their music is influenced by Bluegrass, Jazz, and Old-time/Country; their style of guitar playing is largely built upon the thumb-picking techniques pioneered by guitar greats Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, and their songs feature Loren’s superb vocals and some beautiful harmonies from Mark. Loren and Mark have headlined guitar festivals in both the USA and Europe and their fan base is rapidly increasing. In the short time the pair have been together, they have attracted the attention of several notable industry artists which has seen them perform with guitar sensation Tommy Emmanuel and record with 5-time Grammy winner Lloyd Maines.

“They create a brilliant stereo sound of two fine guitarists. I listened to their CD from front to end...pretty amazing"- Lloyd Maines, multiple Grammy award winning producer

Loren Barrigar started playing guitar when he was only four years old, and by the time he was six, he played the Chet Atkins hit “Yackety Axe” in front of thousands of country music fans at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. He went on to study with Jimmy Atkins (Chet’s brother), which led to a touring career with his family band from Nashville to Las Vegas. Since settling in Central New York, he has been in constant demand as a studio musician. He produced and played on the #1 rated CD in Syracuse, Dusty Pascal’s “Home” (2007). His finely-honed songwriting skills have launched his melodies on NBC’s hit show “ER”, “The Young and the Restless”, and on a Christmas CD with BB King and Patti Labelle. He has also recorded with Multiple Grammy winner and legendary producer Lloyd Maines. His 2008 album “Dance with Me” received a Syracuse Area Music Award for Best Country Album of 2009.

Mark Mazengarb began his formal musical training in Wellington New Zealand where he completed his Bachelor of Music Degree through the Conservatorium of Music, majoring in classical guitar (performance). In his final year, Mark undertook an exchange to the University of North Carolina where he discovered the world of Bluegrass and the music of guitar greats Chet Atkins, Merle Travis and Jerry Reed. Since then he has become hooked on finger-style guitar playing, and has also become a highly accomplished jazz, folk and bluegrass musician. At the Auckland Folk Festival in 2008, he was the recipient of the Frank-Winter memorial Award, given to aspiring young musicians with clear musical goals. In 2010 Mark was invited, with Loren Barrigar, to perform as a guest artist at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society's annual convention in Nashville. Mark has toured extensively throughout New Zealand, the USA and Europe.

Loren and Mark recorded their first album together in the summer of 2011 which won a SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Awards) for Best Album at the Northeast Music Industry Conference, and their most recent album Onward (released August 2012) also won a SAMMY for Best Americana Album. The title track Onward won first place at the International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA 2013) for best instrumental.

"Barrigar belongs on that short list of the very best local performers who can hold their own on any stage." -- Larry Hoyt, WAER

Barrigar/Mazengarb: Advance Tickets thru PayPal
Please read Advance Ticket Policy to learn how it works, and for other advance options. Note: You do not have to have a PayPal account to use PayPal; charge to your credit card.

(MEMBERS ONLY: click for discount)

 

Photos and Video of Recent Shows
Posted by Larry Hoyt


VolunteersVolunteer with Folkus

Help staff a show. Help manage Folkus. And join a community of Central New Yorkers who love great acoustic music. For info, e-mail volunteer@folkus.org

Other Ways to Help

Bring Baked Goods to a Show! The snack counter at Folkus shows features a mixture of store-bought and homemade goodies, but of course everyone prefers the homemade stuff! If you're a baker, next time you come to a show, bring a plate of cookies, brownies or such. Thanks.

Help Get Our Posters Out There! Join the Poster Club.. Give us your e-mail address and we'll send you Folkus show posters (as a PDF attachment). Print and post it wherever you like. To join, send an e-mail to posters@folkus.org.




Later This Season

At the Westcott Center . . .

 

Merry Mischief / Genesee Ted
A double-bill combining two of the area's most musically uplifting acts — Merry Mischief's renaissance-ready period music meets Ted's combo of old-timey, bluegrass, and classic country.

Saturday, February 14 • 8 p.m. • $10

Tickets at the door or by contacting the Westcott Center; 478-8634

Westcott Community Center • 826 Euclid Avenue, corner of Westcott Street

Facebook Event

 


The KennedysThe Kennedys
Songwriter sensibilities and harmonies, mixed with sometimes campy (and always fun) pop traditions. Oh, and did we mention Pete's guitar?

Friday, February 20, 2015
8 p.m. / $15

Member price: $12 (see members link below)

May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society
3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, N.Y.

Artists' website / YouTube clip

Facebook Event

The Kennedys' history with Folkus dates all the way back to Happy Endings Cake & Coffeehouse, where their pop-inflected acoustic duets — driving rhythm guitars, kitschy on-stage choreography, boisterous harmonies, and Pete's mind-blowing six-string solos — poked a hole in the usually somber and restrained troubadour fare of the day.

Since then, in a career that now spans two decades, Pete and Maura (the latter hailing from Syracuse) have traversed a broad musical landscape, surveying power pop, acoustic songwriting, organic rock (rooted in their time in Austin), and a Byrds-inspired jangle. Their sound has attracted the attention of audiences everywhere — and of Roger McGuinn, Steve Earle, and most notably Nanci Griffith. (They produced Nanci's latest CD and frequently tour with her.) The Kennedys continue to mature, from their early style-conscious pop to today’s burnished sheen. All topped off by some of the most astonishing instrumental licks ever to grace our stage.

The Kennedys: Advance Tickets thru PayPal
Please read Advance Ticket Policy to learn how it works, and for other advance options. Note: You do not have to have a PayPal account to use PayPal; charge to your credit card.

(MEMBERS ONLY: click for discount)

Pine Hill ProjectA very special Folkus Presentation . . .

The Pine Hill Project
Richard Shindell & Lucy Kaplansky
Two superstars of the contemporary singer-songwriter world, together on stage, performing songs from their new album and a deep history of musical collaborations.

Friday, March 6, 2015
8 p.m. / $30

Member price: $25 (see members link below)

May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society
3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, N.Y.

Kaplansky website / Shindell website / YouTube clip

Facebook Event

Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell have been singing together for 25 years. And their histories with the Folkus Project date back almost as long — if you include pre-Folkus appearances at Happy Endings starting in the mid-1990s. These are two of the area's favorite contemporary singer-songwriters, now teamed up on the Folkus stage for what promises to be one of CNY's most memorable folk/acoustic shows of the year.

Kaplansky and Shindell had talked about making a record together for years, and last summer they launched an extraordinarily successful Kickstarter campaign to bring that desire to fruition under the band name “The Pine Hill Project.” “Tomorrow You’re Going,” an Americana masterwork of great songs, gorgeous harmonies, and stunning production, will be released later in 2015. The album is at turns meditative, joyful, rollicking, and deeply moving, and a one of a kind musical event.

Songs from this project, plus many other Shindell and Kaplansky classics the two have shared through the years, will be front-and-center at this not-to-be-missed Folkus event.

Pine Hill Project: Advance Tickets thru PayPal
Please read Advance Ticket Policy to learn how it works, and for other advance options. Note: You do not have to have a PayPal account to use PayPal; charge to your credit card.

(MEMBERS ONLY: click for discount)

At the Westcott Center . . .

Hondo Mesa & Midnight MikeSyracuse Acoustic Blues Festival
A cabaret of local blues acts, sponsored by Hondo Mesa Records. Featured acts include Hondo Mesa & Midnight Mike (pictured), Leo Crandall, Larry Hoyt, and more to be named.

Saturday, March 14 • 7:30 p.m. • $3/person or $5/family
Note special start time!

Tickets at the door or by contacting the Westcott Center; 478-8634

Westcott Community Center • 826 Euclid Avenue, corner of Westcott Street

 


Cricket Tell the WeatherCricket Tell the Weather
This band is born of the Brooklyn-style old time scene (traditional bluegrass merged with contemporary arrangements), but with CNY roots.

Friday, March 20, 2015
8 p.m. / $15

Member price: $12 (see members link below)

May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society
3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, N.Y.

Artists website / YouTube clip

Facebook Event

Cricket Tell the Weather is an indie string band featuring bluegrass-inspired original music. Cricket is rooted in the bluegrass tradition, and expands to include rock, pop, and chamber ensemble elements. The band represents one of the most exciting crews of younger folks in the New York bluegrass scene right now. Along with strong original material, Cricket performs traditional, rock, pop, and Americana material with youthful energy, as well as professional solidity. The quintet's voice carries a new spirit that explores a century of influences, owing as much to the traditions that inspired bluegrass to the journey that follows.

Songwriters Andrea Asprelli (fiddle) and Jason Borisoff (guitar) are well-known to local "freshgrass" fans. They met and played in Syracuse, in the band Atlantic Flyway. Jason was playing in Syracuse bluegrass band Boots N Shorts and Andrea responded to a Craigslist ad they posted looking for a fiddler. They played in Syracuse together for two years before Andrea moved to Connecticut and Jason moved downstat. They are joined now by NYC native Doug Goldstein on the banjo and Jeff Picker (from Portland, OR) on bass.

Cricket Tell the Weather: Advance Tickets thru PayPal
Please read Advance Ticket Policy to learn how it works, and for other advance options. Note: You do not have to have a PayPal account to use PayPal; charge to your credit card.

(MEMBERS ONLY: click for discount)



Past Shows on Facebook
Photos, videos, and recordings of some recent Folkus shows have been posted by Larry Hoyt:

Rani Arbo on YouTube
YouTube: See recent Rani Arbo appearance at Folkus

Mike PowellMike Powell / Feb. 21 . . . Video at YouTube . . . Photos on Facebook

Barnes & Noble Event . . . Photos from our September 2014 Barnes & Noble bookfair, also by Larry Hoyt, are at this Facebook page.

Photos on Facebook:

 


Address questions about this website to Dana Cooke, shortorder@danacooke.com

About Folkus
Become a supporting member, help us grow, and receive concerts discounts and other rewards. Click for info


About Folkus
Tell us what you think. Send us ideas. Ask us how it all works. . . . Whatever's on your mind. E-mail us.

To learn more about us, visit
this page: About Folkus


Folkus on Facebook
Reminders and late-breaking news. Click here


The Venues
May Memorial UU Society
First and third Friday of the month
All shows at 8 pm (doors open at 7:30)
3800 East Genesee St., Syracuse / website / how to get there

Westcott Community Center
Second Saturday of the month
All shows at 8 pm
Corner of Euclid Ave. and Westcott St., a half-mile east of SU / website / how to get there


Ticket Policy
New PayPal Deadline: Noon Day-of-Show. See Ticket Policy

Advance sale tickets through PayPal and other methods. (Don't have a PayPal account? You can still use PayPal to make a credit card purchase.) More info here.

Note: If you have questions about a show at May Memorial, please do not telephone May. Review Ticket Policy and, if necessary, try e-mailing tickets@folkus.org. Thanks.


Elsewhere in the Region

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen • Oswego Music Hall • Sa 1/24 • website

Dave Robertson • Kellish Farm • Sa 1/24 • website

Melissa Grace Clark • Kellish Farm • Sa 1/31 • website


Friends of Folkus

Bill Knowlton's Bluegrass Ramble. Bill's bluegrass radio show (and associated events) date back almost as far as Bill Monroe himself! / website

CNY Bluegrass Association. Folk music's mountain-bred second cousin / website

"Common Threads." Folk music on the radio. / website

Guitar League. Talk and workshops about your ax. Meeting monthly / website

Irish Sessions. A great, ongoing jam of Celtic and old-timey types. Every Sunday / website

Kellish Farms. This Pompey Center farm has been converted into a music center, featuring concerts and jams of folk, bluegrass, and country types / website / Syracuse Post-Standard article

Oswego Music HallOswego Music Hall. One of upstate New York's most venerable music venues, in a beautiful location to boot! / website

Syracuse Community Choir. Songs of peace and social justice / website

Syracuse Country Dancers. Contra dances and the like / website


Join the CNY Friends of Folk listserv. For info: website