Carnival of Sounds

Carnival of Sounds

Date: Saturday, June 17th Time: 1pm-11:30pm Location: Americana Winery (4367 E Covert Rd, Interlaken, New York 14847) Kevin Black Presents the 3rd Annual Carnival of Sounds! **Early bird tickets ($25) available through More »


‘Crystal Garden’ with Boyd Tinsley of Dave Matthews Band & Mycle Wastman of ‘The Voice’ to Perform April 2, 3, and 15 in Upstate New York

Boyd Tinsley

Crystal Garden, the popular new group produced by Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley, will perform shows in Syracuse and Ithaca on April 2 and 3, and in Rochester on April 15.

The band, with soul singer Mycle Wastman of ‘The Voice’ fame, will be at The Range in Ithaca on April 2 and at Funk ‘n Waffles Downtown Syracuse on April 3, said promoter Kevin Black of Kevin Black Presents. Electric violin virtuoso Boyd Tinsley of DMB will join the band for these concerts, which include a post-show “Meet and Greet” for ticket buyers.

The band also will perform in the new Rochester Funk ‘n Waffles, located in the former Water Street Music Hall, on April 15 at 9 p.m.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets are available at www.kevinblackpresents/tickets.

Crystal Garden has just released its debut album, “Let the Rocks Cry Out.” The band has been selling out 300- to 500-seat venues even before Tinsley began performing with the group a few months ago.

Tinsley formed the band as a side project to DMB in Fall 2015, seeking out musicians to create a signature rock/blues/soul sound. Lead singer Mycle Wastman, the Seattle singer who was a finalist on Season 3 of ‘The Voice,’ put his solo career on hold to join Crystal Garden.

Tinsley is performing with the band while on a break from DMB, offering a great opportunity to hear the legendary violinist and the band he has described as “having the same sensibility that music had in the 1960s and 1970s, rocking from the heart and expressing something real.”

Besides Wastman, Crystal Garden includes James Frost-Winn on trumpet, Charlie Csontos on bass, and Matt Frewen on drums.

“The Range in Ithaca and both Funk ‘n Waffles locations are intimate, personal spaces, so there’s not a bad view for these shows,” Black said. “All ticket holders will have a chance to meet the musicians, including Boyd, after the performances.”

Ithaca alt-rock/folk band Vinegar Williams will open for the Ithaca show at 8 p.m. April 2.

St. Vith, a jazz-influenced jam band out of Jamesville, NY, will open the Syracuse show at 8 p.m. April 3 and the Rochester show at 8 p.m. April 15.

Tim Reynolds w/ special guest Tenzin Chopak

Tim Reynolds

Kevin Black Presents Tim Reynolds at Putnum Den in Saratoga Springs, New York on February 12th!

Between time in the Dave Matthews Band, his duo partnership with its famed front man, and leadership of his electric power trio, TR3, it’s remarkable that Tim Reynolds still has time to tour by himself let alone release a new solo acoustic CD. The six and twelve-string guitar slinger lets his music do the talking as he unveils fourteen original tunes on “That Way” where he proves once again that his creativity and prowess are front and center.

According to Tim, “These songs are personal stories of my life that have meaning to me; some happy, some secret, some silly. I just want people to hear the voice of the guitar tell each story through the melodies.”

GET TICKETS NOW and be a part of this special night, intimate and up close with Tim Reynolds (w/ guest Tenzin Chopak).

Tim Reynolds with special guest Tenzin Chopak

“Mad Hatter” Piano Guru Marco Benevento Launches Tour at Funk ‘n Waffles Downtown SYR Jan. 30

Marco Benevento Kicks Off East Coast Tour in Syracuse on Jan. 30, with Dead band Pearly Baker’s Best

“Killer Piano Meets Killer Dead”

Marco Benevento, piano genius and so-called “Mad Hatter” of experimental rock and jazz, kicks off his 2017 East Coast Tour in Syracuse on Monday, Jan. 30, with a performance at Funk n’ Waffles Downtown Syracuse.

The exuberant pianist will be joined by Pearly Baker’s Best, a local Grateful Dead tribute band that’s the house band at Funk ‘n Waffles. Doors open at 7 p.m. with show time at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Get tickets here.

The event, billed as “Killer Piano Meets Killer Dead,” is sure to attract area Dead and jam-band fans to the popular Armory Square venue.

Benevento is known for his psychedelic spin on experimental jazz piano, and a sound enhanced by a unique set of pickups on his piano.
Rolling Stone magazine called him “a psych-jazz guru” and one reviewer described him as “the Mad Hatter of Wonderland, with his audience as Alice.”

“Benevento’s concerts are aimed for those that want to be injected with bliss,” Diandra Rivera wrote in New York Theatre Guide.
Benevento, who lives in the Catskills, added the Jan. 30 date to the beginning of his East Coast Tour to kick it off in Syracuse, said the show’s presenter, Kevin Black of Ithaca.

Black said Funk ‘n Waffles, which sells out at 200 people, is the perfect venue for a Marco show.
“It’s such a nice, intimate setting that it will be easy for everyone to see and hear Marco’s artistry,” he said.

The venue has a bar featuring craft beers and wine as well as the restaurant’s sweet and savory waffles like the James Brownie Waffle and the Falafel Waffle.

For more information on Marco Benevento and his East Coast Tour, visit

What: Marco Benevento & Pearly Baker’s Best
When: Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show
Where: Funk ‘n Waffles, 307 S. Clinton St., Syracuse
Who: Ages 18 and over
Tickets: $20 at the door, $15 in advance at

Feast for the Holidays with Terrapin Flyers featuring Melvin Seals


Feast for the holidays is a fundraising event to help support our local food pantry. The event will feature an afternoon of stellar live music including national touring group Terrapin Flyer with Melvin Seals, local favorites Terrapin Station (acoustic), “Queen of the Rongo” with her band The Mary Ott Band (The M.O.B), and St.Vith.

This will be the last show at the Rongovian Embassy! There will be drink specials, food available, and a silent auction. Come enjoy music while helping individuals or whole families who may be struggling to put food on the table through the holiday season.

Tickets are available at Ithaca Guitar Works, Good To Go!(T-Burg), and online at Brown Paper Tickets.

Terrapin Flyer