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A Friendly Five

Four female vocalists share how their lives run on more than just musical talent In honor of Women’s History Month, we decided to focus A Friendly Five Column on musical women in our community. The following are two spotlights on women who are more than just musicians. ONCE AN ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ CONTESTANTRobert Stroman is the father of 10, five boys Read More Read More »

A Friendly Five

The Stand’s music columnist reflects on African Americans’ contributions It’s February again and Black History Month is upon us. BHM is significant because it’s a time that the government and most of its people set aside in unison to honestly reflect upon the struggles through which the African American people have persevered in their insufferable fight to live with respect Read More Read More »

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Music columnist travels from Syracuse to South Africa to learn black musicians on each continent share strikingly similar experiences As a longtime local musician and appreciator of live music, I have recognized that there is a large disparity between the presentation of local artists of color and white artists at many of the live music events hosted in the city Read More Read More »

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Tanksley members count on their good chemistry to keep performing When I finally caught up to him, it didn’t surprise me that he was in the studio. Where else might you expect to find someone who says he’s written nearly 400 songs at only 21 years of age? Justin Tanksley, or just Tanksley, as he prefers to be called professionally, Read More Read More »

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Local band Brownskin excited to celebrate 10th anniversary The SAMMY Award-winning band Brownskin is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017, and bandleader Nathaniel “Nate” Brown is excited about the future. The band has been around since 2007. “Since then, like a lot of things, we have evolved,” Nate said. “Back then, an early working version of the band consisted of Read More Read More »

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At 80, legendary guitarist Bobby Green is still A Cut Above the rest Read More »

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The Bells of Harmony founder is proof that gospel thrives in a changing music world Over the past 50 years, music has gone through a number of innovations in the way it is written, recorded, distributed and heard. It has held up through a time when musicians would all gather together to record in a single room to a time Read More Read More »

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Al’s Wine & Whiskey to host night of entertainment It’s been considered the coldest month of the year. I don’t doubt it considering last February presented all-time cold temperatures for many U.S. cities. One city in New York state averaged just under 11 degrees for the entire month. Yeah, that’s cold. But February is also the warmest month of the Read More Read More »

A Friendly Five

A Ghanaian musician uses music to bring American and African cultures together David Etse Nyadedzor believes it is important that the messages one expresses through music be positive. In his view, “music is a powerful medium that can carry a message farther than anything.” David, 43, is from Accra, Ghana. He has lived in the United States for about 14 Read More Read More »