This weekend there are two opportunities to see great local acts perform in and around Syracuse. On Saturday, February 9th you can catch American roots/rock ‘n’ roll band The Shakedown at Dinosaur BBQ. The show starts up at 10:00 p.m. and will be fun whether you’re eating or sticking with drinks at the bar. On Sunday, February 10th you can slow things down a bit with a Westcott Community Center show by guitar virtuoso duo Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb. That one kicks off at 8:00 p.m. Plan on both assuming ‘Cuse isn’t buried in snow.
The Shakedown at Dino BBQ 2/9:
Formed in 2007 in Syracuse The Shakedown came together under the banner of traditional American rock ‘n’ roll and roots music. Early on they developed a sound that brings together classic blues, rock, and soul. They got their start playing shows at Syracuse and Rochester Dinosaur BBQ locations before branching out to various local festivals. They played a ton of shows over the years and in 2010 they self released the album Wild & Free, which was recorded in Memphis under the production direction of Doug Easley (who works with indie greats like Wilco, The White Stripes, and more). Shout-out to Sean Patrick Taylor, the man on the mic below.
2/9 – Dinosaur BBQ at 10:00 p.m.
Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb at WCC:
Two extremely talented guitarists, one of whom has local roots. Barrigar is a virtuosic guitarist and Central New Yorker, while Mazengarb comes from New Zealand and has jazz, bluegrass, and folk roots. As I’ve explained in the past, Mazengarb focuses on fingerstyle guitar. Together Loren and Mark have a rare chemistry and on top of stunning guitar work and a knack for improvisational creativity. I’ve heard tremendous things about these guys with locals buzzing over the live performances. I can’t tell you how many times people have recommended I write about them. Go see the show, you won’t be sorry!
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