95X held a Cinco de Mayo party fundraiser to benefit the Central New York ALS Association, featuring Barroom Philosophers, Spring Street Family Band, and Our Common Roots. It was a great night of music supporting a great cause. With a 95 cent ticket price going to charity and a lineup of bands like that, there were no losers in the house that night!
First band of the night was Our Common Roots out of Utica. They are an acoustic, rootsy sounding folk group. They put a lot of soul into their music and are currently seeking a bass player if anyone is looking for a new project in the Utica area.
Spring Street Family Band were smack dab in the middle. Three words – these guys rock! Well, that’s sort of a half truth. First these guys rocked, then these guys funked. They have a song called “She’s Got Fire” that IS fire! They busted out a rocking cover of “House of the Rising Sun” and a raging version of “The Distance” by Cake. I have to tip my hat to guitar player Dan McCollum. Singer, Ryan Vendetti, announced that disabled Dan got hit by a car and would be unable to play but let me tell you – Dan was onstage singing, mascotting, and raging harder that anyone in the Lost that night. Get well soon Dan!
The headliners of this fundraiser were Syracuse superheroes, Barroom Philosophers. I call them superheroes because their popularity is growing in leaps and bounds and there are real big things ahead for these guys! They opened the show with the driving groove of “Sunflower Orange,” followed by “Playing Dumb,” the opening cut off of their debut CD.
Their set revolved around the latest release, including the radio singles “Peter Parker” and “Dunes,” but also featured new music. They have a new song, titled “Crystallized,” that I cannot get enough of. Like a work in progress, I have heard this song performed several different ways live. For this Cinco de Mayo version, I swear there was a time warp and Barroom Philosophers stepped everyone into a time machine and led us out the other side into 1978. I STRONGLY suggest that Barroom Philosophers add a proper disco ball to their light show for this song. That would be the cherry on top. The end of the show saw most of Spring Street join Barroom Philosophers onstage for a cover of “Pawn Shop.” All in all, 95X put on a great event to support a great cause.
Author: George DiFabio
Photography: Jerrie DiFabio
Spring Street Family Band
Our Common Roots