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Jazz and Wine, 2017

Apr 28, 2017, 6:30 PM-10:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Lin Rountree aka The Soul-Trumpeter, is an accomplished recording artist, producer and live performer. With Five solo projects, Twelve Top 20 Billboard singles, and numerous collaborations with some of the industry’s top R&B/Contemporary Jazz artists to his credit he is poised to be one of the most renowned artists of his generation.

Lin began playing the trumpet in Alexandria VA., when he was just 11 yrs. old and frequently attended music development programs at The Duke Ellington School for performing arts in Washington DC. Upon his graduation from High School, Lin was recruited into the Music program at Florida A&M University where he performed with the famed Marching 100’ under the direction of William P. Foster and Dr. Julian White. (Lin credits his abilities to practice, prepare and perform to the training that he received at FAMU) Likewise the school is also where he started to develop a deep appreciation for Jazz music and began studying some of its masters and cites trumpeters: Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, and Tom Browne as huge influences on both his playing and writing styles. After receiving his degree from FAMU he found his home in Detroit, Michigan where he formed a band and performed extensively throughout the region. 2004 saw the release of Lin’s debut CD, GROOVETREE on independent label BDK Records, which was met with international acclaim. After releasing one more CD under BDK: SUMTHIN’ GOOD and another SOUL-TREE, The Soul-Jazz Experience (self released) also to rave reviews, he was sought after and signed to major label, Trippin’ N Rhythm Records, where he subsequently wrote and co-produced two more projects: SERENDIPITOUS and his current hit CD, SOULFUNKY.

For more information or to purchase tickets, see the Jazz & Wine page.

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Tanksley

Feb 16, 2017, 5:30 PM-8:00 PM

Community Folk Arts Center

Join us for our upcoming Journey Through the Music of African Diaspora performance featuring Tanskley. 

February 16, 2017 5:30PM 

This event is free and open to the public. 

Donations are welcome for future programming.

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JMAD featuring Shakeif

Nov 17, 2016, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center, 805 E Genessee St, Syracuse, NY, 13210

This event is free and open to the public.

R&B singer, songwriter from Syracuse, NY. His sound is old school meets new school. A fusion of soulful ballads with uptempo songs from his heart.

Growing up Shakeif always enjoyed performing. Now at age 24, his first album “New Beginning”, released in 2014, was nominated for a SAMMY award.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Pa’lo Monte – CANCELLED

Nov 15, 2016, 7:00 AM-9:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

DUE TO UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCES, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

We aplogize for any inconvenience

In collaboration with Syracuse University Department of art and music histories

An evening of Afro-Dominican and Haitian Rhythms.

This event is free and open to the public

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Second Line Syracuse – 5Tet

Oct 20, 2016, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Our Journey Through Music of African Diaspora continues with performance by Second Line Syracuse.

A high energy brass band performing original compositions and unique covers with a focus on jazz improvisation, a whole lot of groove and that good ol’ New Orleans swag!

This event is free and open to the public.

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Los Dos Principes/The Two Princes

Oct 13, 2016, 12:00 AM-5:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

In celebration of Latino Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) CFAC is happy to partner again with The Spanish Action League of Onondaga County (La Liga) to bring the children’s play Los Dos Principes/The Two Princes.

A children’s story adapted into a play by  La Liga’s artistic director Jose Miguel Hernandez Hurtado, is a play about unconditional love parents have for their children regardless of race or social class.

Performance dates & times:
October 13, 2016      8:00pm
October 14, 2016      8:00pm
October 15, 2016      8:00pm
October 16, 2016      2:00pm

Tickets are $5.00 and are available at the door.
Cash, Visa, Master Card Accepted as payment.

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Journey Through Music of African Diaspora

Sep 22, 2016, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

A Journey Through Music of the African Diaspora (JMAD) explores and celebrates the rich creativity, depth and legacy of African diasporan musical traditions played by local, regional and nationally recognized musicians. With an opportunity to hear music from Latin to Gospel, JMAD creates a space for people to come together around a central idea, music, and listen to signature pieces by talented musicians whose individual diversity is as varied as the genres of music.

In honor of Gospel Music Heritage month, our first JMAD concert of the 2016-2017 season will be a Gospel Musical. This concert will take place on Thursday, September 22nd at 7pm and will feature various local choirs and vocalists including the Syracuse Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA), and Jamel Jett & Breakthrough.

Admission is free and open to the public, donations are welcome to support future programming.

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From Cuba to 'Cuse

Sep 16, 2016, 8:00 PM-9:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Community Folk Art Center is happy to bring back Jose Miguel Hernandez Hurtado’s one man play Cuba to ‘Cuse.

Cuba to ‘Cuse is Jose Miguel’s story of his journey from his homeland Cuba to Syracuse, New York. His one man play will take you through his transition and culture shock in the United States.

The show will have 3 performances from September 16-18, 2016. Show times on September 16 & 17th are at 8pm and September 18th is at 3pm.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Donations will be accepted to benefit children’s programming.

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JMAD featuring Outlaw Culture Music

Nov 19, 2015, 6:30 PM-9:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

James Gordon Williams, Assistant Professor at the Department of African American Studies
His research and interests include:

  • Practices of Resistance in Afro-diasporic Improvisation and Composition
  • Performance of Racial Identity through Music Technology
  • Epistemologies of African American Music
  • Digital Humanities

His performance will be accompanied by:
Outlaw Music Culture:
James Williams – keyboard
Marvin Sewell – guitar
Ian Stewart – bass
Josh Dukaney – drums

This event is free and open to the public.  Donations are welcome to support future programming and events.

This event is co-sponsored by Syracuse University Humanities Center in the College of Arts & Sciences.
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Pa’lo Monte November 17, 2015 7:00pm

Nov 17, 2015, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Pa’lo Monte, an urban roots music group will perform at Syracuse University’s Community Folk Art Center (CFAC) on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.

Free and open to the public, the performance is sponsored by the Departments of Art and Music Histories (AMH) and African American Studies, as well as the Latino-Latin American Studies Program, all of which are housed in the College of Arts and Sciences.

 Pa’lo Monte fuses the traditional African-rooted rhythms of the Dominican Republic and Haiti with contemporary musical styles creating a unique and original sound.                                                                                                     

Event organizer Sydney Hutchinson, assistant professor of ethnomusicology in AMH, says the Syracuse University community is in for a one-of-a-kind musical experience.

'Pa’lo Monte has transformed from a musical ensemble into an institution for the teaching and preservation of African and Indigenous cultural traditions from the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The group presents lectures and skill-building workshops in diverse venues from elementary schools to the United Nations. I encourage students, faculty, and staff to take advantage of this rare opportunity.'

 Hutchinson says Pa’lo Monte’s work is particularly relevant in light of the current human rights situation in the Dominican Republic, in which basic rights have denied to tens of thousands of Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent.

For more information, contact Hutchinson by email at sjhutchi@syr.edu.

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JMAD: Noble Vibes October 22, 2015 at 8:00pm

Oct 22, 2015, 8:00 PM-9:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Journey Through Music of the African Diaspora will feature this month Noble Vibes.

From Rochester, New York Noble Vibes is an exciting new voice in reggae music.  Since 2013, they have earned a reputation as one of the most dynamic original acts in Western New York.

This event is free and open to the public.
Donations are welcome to support future programming.

Doors open at 7:30pm.

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Meñique

Oct 9, 2015, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

We’ll be celebrating Latino Heritage Month in collaboration with The Spanish Action League of Onondaga County (La Liga) and La Joven Guardia del Teatro Latino with Jose Miguel Hernandez Hurtado’s adaptation of the children’s story Meñique.
The legendary story of Meñique (known in other stories as Little Tom Thumb), by José Martí, tells the tale of three brothers who, because of poverty and the urging of their father, abandon their homeland to seek better luck elsewhere. They learn that in a foreign kingdom, the king offers a reward to whoever is able to cut down a large tree that keeps the castle in semi-darkness, and, also, the kingdom without water.
Meñique represents courage, but he is also the little learned one who, thanks to this trait, confronts the king, providing a moral lesson. The character becomes a hero who effectively demonstrates that knowledge is more important than force.

This production will run October 9-11, 2015.  Show times are:

October 9, 2015 8:00pm
October 10, 2015 8:00pm
October 11, 2015 2:00pm

Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at the door.  Payments accepted are cash, check and major credit cards.  ($30 on all returned checks)
Donations are welcome to support La Joven Guardia Del Teatro Latino

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From Cuba to 'Cuse

Sep 25, 2015, 12:00 AM-5:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Community Folk Art Center is happy to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of Jose Miguel Hernandez Hurtado’s one man play Cuba to ‘Cuse.

Cuba to ‘Cuse is Jose Miguel’s story of his journey from his homeland Cuba to Syracuse, New York. His one man play will take you through his transition and culture shock in the United States.

The show will have 3 performances from <b>September 25-27, 2015</b>. Show times on September 25 & 26th are at 8pm and September 27th is at 3pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Donations will be accepted to benefit children’s programming.

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Journey Through Music of African Diaspora

Sep 17, 2015, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

CFAC Gospel Musical

*in honor of Gospel Music Heritage Month

Featuring:
The Syracuse Chapter of The Gospel Music Network of America
The Harvest Christian Center Worship Team
The Black Celestial Choral Ensemble
as well as other local Gospel groups and vocalists.

Date: Thursday, Sept.17, 2015  @ 7:00pm

Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Donations are welcome to support future programming

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Women in Music

Mar 19, 2015, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Featuring Sherri Williams will be on Thursday, March 19, 2015 7pm

This series, in celebration of Women’s History Month will also feature performances from women from the City of Syracuse.
Mary Rose Go
Patricia Albright
Starlett Brown
Tamar Smithers

This event is free and open to the public and is in collaboration with Th3 programming.

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Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales

Mar 18, 2015, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Performance by E. Patrick Johnson
Carlos Montezuma Professor of performance Studies & African American Studies at Northwestern University

A Humanities Center Spring Symposium Event
March 18-19, 2015

This performance is in collaboration with Syracuse University Humanities Center in the College of Arts & Sciences at Syracuse University

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Becoming Harriet Tubman

Mar 5, 2015, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Natalie Daise stars in this one woman show  performance that tells the slave-turned-abolitionist’s story through five different characters, including Tubman herself, and was recently selected by Syracuse.com as one of five “must-see” theater events in Central New York for 2015.

Natalie Daise Bio
I grew up in Central New York with the snow and ice, and also the gorgeous springs and autumns . It was there, while briefly a student at Nottingham High in Syracuse, that I saw my first play. Our class had taken a field trip to The Syracuse Stage to see Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. It was mesmerizing! I had no idea then that I would become a performer myself.
After moving to the Lowcountry of South Carolina more than 30 years ago, I became a storyteller and while doing research I came across journal entries about Harriet Tubman’s time on the South Carolina coast. I was excited about what I had learned and dug deeper. Until I began this research I hadn’t realized how very important she had been in the Central New York area as well. Bringing Becoming Harriet Tubman to Central New York feels like coming full circle in my own development.
The last time I performed in the Central New York area I was dancing with a big yellow polliwog in Gullah Gullah Island Live! This is a whole different kind of show, and I hope folk will enjoy it as much as I enjoy presenting it.

This performance is in collaboration with SUNY Oswego

This is event is open to the public.
Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the performance
Tickets are $15/ $5 for students with valid student ID
CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER $5
CASH/CHECK/CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED

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Women in Music Auditions

Feb 16, 2015, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Calling all women vocalists and musicians!

In honor of Women’s History Month we are looking to feature talented women from the Syracuse Community and the surrounding areas for our March Journey Through the Music of the African Diaspora concert series.

Auditions will take place February 16 – February 20, 2015

For more Information or to schedule an audition please call Tamar Smithers at (315) 442-2735.

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Black History Month Kick Off featuring Lydia Ceasar

Jan 30, 2015, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Lydia Caesar is a Singer/Songwriter hailing from Hollis, Queens NY. Her album CAESAR released independently, produced records that gave her some major spotlights. Radio plays on 2 of NY’s biggest stations Hot 97 & Power 105.1, two music videos on BET’s 106 & Park, as well as a live TV performance of her song 'St.Louis' on a Fox News morning show. As an emerging songwriter she boasts the following placements; 'Wanna Go Back' on Manns World (Def Jam), 'Fuel My Fire' Melanie Amaro Single (X Factor USA winner), and three or her original songs, 'The Most Beautiful', 'No Regrets' and 'Through it All' in the Troy Beyer/Lionsgate film 'I really Hate My Ex'. Earlier this year Lydia was selected for the ASCAP Foundation Workshop 'The Collective' and was part of the trio selected for writing the winning song 'Hook, Line & Sinker'. Having opened for heavy hitters like Trey Songz, Robyn Thicke, Brandy and a host of other artists, Lydia is no stranger to the main stage. Her electric stage presence has placed her in just about every major venue in New York City. Look out for this emerging star as she continues to take the world by storm!

For more information on Lydia Ceasar click here

This event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.

Brandyn Thomas, he’s a conscious and soulful hip hop artist from Brooklyn, NY.

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One Black Voice

Nov 20, 2014, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Community Folk Art Center

CFAC’s signature series A Journey Through the Music of the African Diaspora will be featuring One Black Voice on November 20th at 7pm.

One Black Voice is Syracuse-based recording artist Kofi (aka Jacque K. Thomas), a former longtime Post-Standard journalist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with C-Jack Run Enterprises, the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company, artists Carrie Mae Weems and Ellen M. Blalock, who contributes video and photography to his recently released CD/DVD project, 'Sankofa: A Journey Through Afrika Part II.'
One Black Voice’s solo career includes seven CDs, appearances on various projects, award nominations and dozens of area performances, including at the New York State Fair, Westcott Street Cultural Fair, the Syracuse Peace Council’s Plowshares Craftsfair & Peace Festival and the Syracuse Area Music Awards, to name a few.
The stage name, 'One Black Voice,' stands for unity, Afrikan heritage and the power created when our individual skills intersect with the collective needs of the community. Kofi is drawn to stories that celebrate and reclaim our Afrikan heritage and culture, and therefore our humanity, through the power of music and storytelling.