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  • CNYLIVE Music & Entertainment

    CNYLIVE is a brand new publication dedicated to LIVE MUSIC and Entertainment in Central New York. CNYLIVE will include features on bands, venues, concerts, festivals, special events and community functions.

    A new issue will be printed each month on the 15th and will be distributed throughout the Central New York region. The distribution nucleus will be the city of Syracuse and it’s subarbs, with the outer boundary being Auburn, Oswego, Pulaski, Utica, Hamilton and Cortland. CNYLIVE’s mission is to combine these areas into one network.

    Copies of CNYLIVE will be available at music venues, music stores, tattoo shops, boutiques, cafes and coffeehouses, theatres, etc. Copies will also be distributed at festivals and community sponsored events.

    For detailed information, including ad rates, calendar submissions, article request, and distribution locations, call or email the CNYLIVE office, or visit our website at:

    CNYLIVE is published by GOLDSTAR Entertainment

    PO Box 565 Baldwinsville, NY 13027



    ISSUE # 1 :: JULY/AUGUST 2008

    CNYLIVE : News & Events Our CNYLIVE news report

    highlights upcoming CNY events

    BAND PROFILE : Soul Risin’ Check out our interview with Soul Risin’ vocalist / guitarist

    Bryan Weinsztok

    PHOTO REVIEW : String Fling Photographer Selena Hodom

    spent July 4th weekend at Sterling Stage and she was kind enough to share

    some of her favorite images

    CNYLIVE : Music Calendar Our music calendar is full of

    upcoming CNY events, including the State Fair’s Grandstand and Chevy Court lineups.

    To submit your calendar dates email

  • CNYLIVE : News and Events The 7th Annual “Jazz in the Square” festival will be held July 24-26 in Clinton Square, Hanover Square and across downtown Syracuse. This year's festival will also be the anchor for the inaugural "Syracuse Artsweek" festival. Appearing will be the Blues Brother “Bones” Malone, Arturo O’Farrill’s Latin Jazz All-Stars, "The Saxtress" Pamela Williams, NEA Jazzmaster Curtis Fuller and his Superband with Randy Brecker and Jason Marsalis, the National Youth Jazz Sextet led by Noah Kellman, and the CNY Jazz Orchestra, among many other great bands....The third Hanover Square Club Crawl is again sponsored by Hollerback Productions and 40 Below Public Art, featuring cutting edge funky jazz bands that will appear on stage in Hanover Square, strolling in Armory Square, and in select clubs across downtown, in an expanded three-day schedule. For more info check out the event website at :

    The Lost Horizon continues to roll through summer with many national acts confirmed, including The Devil Wears Prada on July 21, Tantric on July 25, Chiodos August 10, and Keith Caputo (Life Of Agony) on August 22. As always they have the top local and regional bands on tap as well. Check out their myspace for complete show info:

    Harborfest returns to Oswego’s Waterfront July 24-26, and this year’s lineup includes Starship with Mickey Thomas, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and B.D Lenz on the main stage. Local and regional bands will be performing all weekend so keep your ears and eyes open.

    Middle Ages Brewing Co. will host their 13th annual Middle Ages Anniversary Celebration August 3 at Leavenworth Park with help from Hollerback Productions. Musical acts include Dark Hollow, Raisinhead, The Delinquents, and Sophistafunk, and admission is FREE. For more info check out Hollerback's new website at

    The 9th annual Musefest returns to Newhart Lodge, just outside of Ithaca. Musefest is a celebration of music, art and community. Musical acts include Ekoostik Hookah, Seepeoples, and many of the Ithaca areas finest talent. For info visit :

    Saranac Brewery and Eastern Artists continue the Saranac presents music series on August 1 with a Grateful Dead Tribute by Dark Star Orchestra. DSO recreates the Dead experience by picking a past show from the Dead catalog, and then playing it in it’s entirety note for note. Rusted Root will then visit the Brewery on September 19 and should be a sell out. Tickets for both events are available at ticketmaster locations and For Saranac Brewery directions and info visit

    The musical acts for the New York State Fair have been announced. Mohegan Sun Grandstand acts include Daughtry, The Goo Goo Dolls, Def Leppard, Toby Keith, and Rascal Flatts. Chevrolet Court will feature Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Outlaws, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Eddie Money and Ted Nugent. Complete NYS Fair info can be found at

    moedown 9 returns to snow Ridge in Turin in what promises to be another jam packed Labor Day Weekend. Joining moe. for their annual event is Yonder Mountain String Band, The Levon Helm Band, The Sparrow Quartet featuring Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck, The Presidents of the United States of America, Fishbone, and many more. For complete moedown info check out moe's website at

    Sterling Stage, located 15 minutes west of Oswego and only minutes from Lake Ontario, will host their first annual ‘Last Daze of Summer’ music and camping festival September 12- 14. Grateful Dead vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux will appear with her new band The Tricksters on Saturday September 13. Other weekend acts include U-Melt, The Buddhahood, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Family Dawgz, Assassins of Hip, and many more. For festival info visit or -----------------------------------------------------------------------------


  • CNYLIVE: How did you meet the other members of Soul Risin’

    BRYAN: I had met our original drummer through a series of strange coincidences, and it just so happened he was starting a project with a couple other guys (our lead guitarist, Jeff Pazer being one of them). It worked out for a short while, and a good number of shows, but when Jeff and I parted ways with him and the original bassist, Jeff knew John Capozzolo (drummer) and I knew Adam Fisher (bass). Everything just seemed to fit a bit better - the musicianship was there, and we were really able to grow a lot more as a cohesive group. Then, back in September 2007, when Adam invited Mike to come play keys for us, the sound I’d always envisioned was finally there. Now if I could only find a full-time, backing gospel choir...

    CNYLIVE: Any new recordings in the works?

    BRYAN: Yes. We’re in the process of laying down some pre- production tracks to our second album (a follow up to our first, When The Bridges Begin To Burn). Three rough takes are currently up on the MySpace -, but we’ve been testing out quite a few new originals at our shows. It seems like we’ve had at least one new one sneak its way out every couple shows now, and I think we’re pretty sure on the 10-12 tracks we’ll include on the new release.

    CNYLIVE: What’s on tap this summer and fall for live shows?

    BRYAN: Some upcoming shows include: Syracuse Dinosaur BBQ on August 2, Bull & Bear Pub on August 15, we’re back at Shifty’s on August 29, and we’ve got a couple dates at The New York State Fair (8/21 & 9/1 - opening and closing nights). Some other cool gigs include the Second Annual Cazenovia Ski Club Mountain Jam on September 20 - set right at the bottom of the ski hill with a handful of other bands. Last year was a lot of fun, with Los Blancos headlining, and we’re really looking forward to being a part of it again this year. Also, we’ll be at Dinosaur BBQ Syracuse again on Halloween (10/31). We’re thinking of taking a page right out of Phish’s book and trying to tackle a complete album cover. We haven’t made the final decision yet, but we’re tossing around the idea of doing what is probably my favorite Beatles album... we’ll officially announce it sometime soon.

    For more information on Soul Risin’ be sure to check out their website:

    CNY BAND PROFILE : Bryan Weinsztok Lead vocalist and guitarist for Soul Risin’

    CNYLIVE: How did you get started playing and performing music?

    BRYAN: I’ve always been overrun by music. My father is self taught on a number of instruments, my uncle is also a musician and always pushed me to write, play and record, and there was never a shortage of good music to listen to or being played at home when I was a kid.

    I started writing at a very young age, jotting down lyrics to melodies I’d develop in my head. When I started playing guitar it just seemed natural for me to put words to music, and I always had an urge to perform in front of people. Any time I had some sort of project or presentation to do for school I’d often put it to song and it was pretty much a guaranteed A. I suppose I always took advantage of any opportunity I could to showcase myself.

    When I got to the University of Florida is when I was really able to start performing regularly in front of good-sized crowds... and getting paid for it too. I met my good friend Dan Maloney there within our first couple days and we just hit it off musically. He’d played in a popular Tampa-based band all through high school, and they let me sit in with them a couple times during our first year of school. We were both into the same types of music, and before we knew it, we