I been performing at a popular new bar/restaurant downtown in the Herald Commons area for the past few months. It’s pure fun, with a gymnasium décor, lots of TVs, endless numbers of beers, and a clever menu featuring what my buddies said were unusually good hamburgers as well as pizzas, crab cakes, and sandwiches. You can see the full menu here.
What’s kind of funny is that Dino Babers sometimes “opens” for me because he does his radio show before I go on. The place is full of fans and former football players for the first half of my gig and then it shifts to people who are there for the beer and music. Last time SU was on the road so I had the place to myself.
I’ll be there next on December 6th. Come visit. I’m sure you’ll love the place.
Last Thursday’s gig was an absolute delight. Turns out Syracuse hosted a competition for Sweet Adelines, an international organization of women’s a capella singing groups. About 60 of their members were in the Crowne Plaza lounge with me, singing along for a solid three hours. You can imagine it was quite a thrill having that many backup singers. Of course, the highlight was hearing harmony on the Gordon National Anthem (a.k.a. That Shit Ain’t Right). Thanks to Brenda from Canada, here’s a bit of the fun.
Performing at the Crowne Plaza is a pure joy for many reasons, not the least of which is that lots of you have taken advantage of its proximity and stopped by. But, of course, many who sit in the comfy confines of the bar lounge are hotel guests from all over the world. Last week I met members of the Hershey Bears hockey team, many of whom were Canadian. Yes, I dusted off a slew of Gordon Lightfoot tunes. But then a group from Eastern Europe sat down and requested John Denver songs. You never quite know what the night will bring – which is great.
Turns out that the obviously bright and forward-looking management at this iconic landmark along Almond and Genesee Streets wants some good acoustic music in their bar area. So I’ll be playing there every Thursday evening from 6-9 pm starting 2/9. It’s a great venue for me to perform and for my people to relax with a drink, enjoy food from the bar menu, or order a full dinner. Totally looking forward to it.
I had an excellent time playing at this delightful restaurant on Otisco Lake. As you can see, the view from the deck isn’t too shabby. The staff is extremely friendly, the naan pizza I had was tasty. I’ll be there next on June 1st. It’s totally worth the drive (which is only about 25 minutes from DeWitt). Here’s a review.
I’m excited to announce that I’ll be playing this week at one of Syracuse’s landmark venues for food, drink, and music. Everyone adores this family style Irish Pub & Restaurant and its music-loving owner, David Hoyne. The décor, alone, makes a visit worthwhile.
I’ll be playing from 8-11 pm. The address on Armory Square is:
301 West Fayette Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
I hope to see you then – Michael
Three, count ’em three gigs this week:
Flat Iron Grill: Thursday (3/10) from 6-9 pm. Located at 1333 Buckley Rd (the old Colorado Mining location).
Phone: (315) 214-4243.
New venue for me, popular restaurant.
Western Ranch Saloon: Friday (3/11) from 7:30-10:30 pm. Located at 1255 State Fair Blvd in Lakeland.
Phone: (315) 457-9236.
Charming atmosphere, great clientele.
Pascale’s Italian Bistro at Drumlins: Saturday (3/12) from 6-9 pm. Located at 800 Nottingham Rd.
Phone: (315) 446-8511
Always a fun evening.
Hope to see you at one of these fine establishments.
So I played at this delightful family-owned bar restaurant last Friday. It must’ve gone well because Wally, the owner, asked me back again this week (1/15). Lots of friendly patrons who love acoustic music. Didn’t eat at the restaurant but it was packed and the people I asked said it’s good food. Actually, here are some of their menus:
And here’s the contact information:
Western Ranch Motor Inn
1255 State Fair Blvd
Syracuse, NY 13209