Earlier this week we went to Syracuse artist Sheralyn Jeanne‘s house and filmed her performing her song “Greenwood Pl.” Her childhood home is the topic of the song, a house that was recently sold. Sheralyn moved out just this week but wanted us to put together a few videos of her singing and playing the piano in her house. The song is an amazing tribute to the house and truly evokes the emotion of leaving one’s childhood home. There is surely more to come from this great, young artist. Find out more about Sheralyn Jeanne here
Sunday, June 19th, marked the date of this month’s Sub Rosa Session. The performers for the night were the wonderful Jess Novak and the powerful Allie Fox & The Ivory Tower.
Jess Novak impressed the audience with her multi-instrumental ability combined with her smooth and honest voice. The first song of the night, “I’d Rather Be With You“, quickly displayed her wide range of talents. She began by strumming some guitar chords which she saved into her loop guitar pedal. Throughout the rest of the song these chords played. Atop this she played another guitar part and sang, until partway through when she put down the guitar and played a fiddle solo. It resulted in a sound so full (and with enough different instruments) to have been a band. The rest of Jess’ set was equally impressive, featuring piano ballads alongside the acoustic songs.
Following Jess’ set there was a brief break. In typical Sub Rosa fashion there were hors d’oeuvres and wine for the audience to enjoy while they mingled. When they returned they were treated to a performance by Allie Fox & The Ivory Tower.
Allie Fox & The Ivory Tower performed as a two-piece for the intimate setting. The songs featured Allie Fox’s folky acoustic guitar and sincere vocals accented by the melodic bass lines of her husband, Adam Fox. Each of the 9 songs grasped the audience’s attention as they came and went. Allie Fox shared some stories between songs about her experiences and history with her music. One of the most sincere performances of the night was “Standstill“. Before the song Allie told a story about her father sending her lyrics in an email, “Standstill” was the result. It was an emotional moment considering Sub Rosa fell on Father’s Day.
Overall it was a fun and successful night. The Sub Rosa setting once again offered two unique and intimate performances. Keep your eyes peeled for more information on next month’s Sub Rosa Session. Until then, listen to this recording of Jess Novak playing “Captivated” live at Sub Rosa #30:
Damin McCurty, perhaps better known by his moniker Underlord 315, came into SubCat Studios to talk about music, hip hop, and life. Underlord 315 raps as a member of the group Wasabi Underlord Art Collective. He discussed topics such as his sources of inspiration, his mission as an artist, and the future of the Wasabi Underlord Art Collective.
Underlord 315 is driven to provide different and exciting music that turns heads. Trying something new is a difficult but worthwhile mission in the music industry. That’s why it is more important than ever to support local music, there are countless artists that are inspired to transform the future of music right in your backyard.
Last month the amazingly talented and funny David Mayfield performed at Sub Rosa Session #29. The audience was entertained by his captivating lyrics combined with his energetic and spectacular guitar-playing abilities. You can watch part of his set in the accompanying video featuring his song “Rain on My Parade”. Let us know what you thought about his performance in the comments!
If you missed last month’s Sub Rosa Session and want to experience a unique, intimate performance for yourself then you should come this Sunday, June 19 at 6:00 pm to see Allie Fox & The Ivory Tower and Jess Novak perform at Sub Rosa #30! For more information on Sunday’s Sub Rosa Session click here
This Sunday marks the third Sunday of June, so you know what that means! It’s time for another Sub Rosa Session! Located directly inside one of the studio’s here at SubCat, audience members watch a live show with local favorites and some of the best-kept secrets in the music world, and then get to take home a CD of the performance they just watched! You will definitely want to be here this Sunday to see Allie Fox & The Ivory Tower and Jess Novak Band show their stuff!
Allie Fox is a singer-songwriter from Michigan who has been playing the guitar since she was nine years old. She began to work in the music industry at age eighteen when she applied for a job at Music Today in Virginia, where she got to meet musicians such as Madonna and Dave Matthews. For personal reasons, she shortly returned to Michigan to work at Magnolia Records and Entertainment. With them, she was able to tour with Larry McCray and The Allman Brothers. She was working with McCray on his “Live on 75” album and was booking tour dates and managing contracts for him.
In her own music, Allie hopes to “invoke hope and peace as a solution to everyday issues.” She is influenced by The Beatles, Elton John, Neil Young, and many more.
Check out this video of her performing “When The Night Comes” at White’s Bar in Saginaw, MI!
With strong roots in blues, rock, and soul music, Jess Novak Band is known for their passion, energy, and engaging songwriting. Central New York native Jess Novak released her solo debut album, Bad Habit, in December of 2013. Since then, Novak has played at prestigious venues such as The Cutting Room (NYC) and The Saint (Asbury Park). She also opened the 23rd Annual Chenango Blues Festival for headliner Ronnie Earl and has shared stages with groups including Ghost Town Blues Band. Projects that Jess has played with include RESPECT: CNY, BeatleCuse, and Women in Music.
Here’s a video of her performing an original, “With Me Or Not,” as this year’s Taste of Syracuse!
After listening to these amazing ladies, you’re absolutely going to want to add Sub Rosa Sessions to your calendar this Sunday! Find the $20 that I know you have stuck in your couch cushion or under your car seat and email email@example.com for tickets!
My good friend Ulf Oesterle sent over a note about a show in downtown Syracuse featuring Stephen Douglas Wolfe.
And when a musician catches the ear and wins over the heart of Oesterle, it’s time to take notice. I know that from the years he pointed me toward cool sounds when I toiled as the music writer and critic for the big daily and he ran his own label in Syracuse, and then went on to become assistant professor in Syracuse University’s Bandier Program and department chair of its Music and Entertainment Industries Program.
It’s been so long since I’ve had music that I could send your way! I’ve finally got some to share with you.
I’ve been working with Stephen Douglas Wolfe for a little while now, and on March 25, we’ll celebrate the…
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Last month we hosted the 27th installment of our in-studio concert series, the SubRosa Sessions. Watch award-winning bluesman Tas Cru, joined by the eclectic Mary Ann Casale, perform a heartfelt rendition of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released”. Enjoy.