The Syracuse Area Music Awards (SAMMYs) announced its 2017 slate of nominees and inductees into its Hall of Fame Tuesday. In its 24th year, the SAMMYs honor Central New York artists and the contributions they make to the community. The Hall of Fame induction will take place Thursday, March 2 at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que on Franklin Street in Syracuse and the awards ceremony will be at the Palace Theater on James Street Friday, March 3. Tickets for the Hall of Fame ceremony are $25 and $20 for the awards ceremony and are available at the SAMMYs website.
The awards ceremony features performances by the Ripcords with the Boneyard Horns, Curtis “Tallbucks” McDowell and the Brownskin Band with special guest Bobby Green, Chris Taylor and the Custom Taylor Band and headliner moe., who happen to be in town for a performance at the F Shed the following night.
This year’s inductees include moe., Meegan Voss, Jukin’ Bone and Paul Case. Also being honored are Anthony and Patricia DeAngelis for Music Educators of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Vincent Falcone.
moe. is being honored for its lengthy career and for keeping in touch with its hometown roots, supporting local artists and venues in and around Central New York. After a three year hiatus, moe. is reviving its moe.down Festival at the Snow Ridge Ski Area this year.
Meegan Voss first gained prominence as a member of the all girl new wave band the Poptarts in the late ’70s. She has since gone on to a successful songwriting career and, along with her husband Steve Jordan, formed the band the Verbs. The two also established the Jay-Vee record label in 2004, which has released three Verbs albums and a fourth to be released later this year. The label has also recently signed blues legend Robert Cray. His new album, Robert Cray and Hi Rhythm will be released in April.
Jukin’ Bone formed in 1968 as Free Will. RCA Records signed the band in 1971 where they recorded two albums. Led by vocalist Joe Whiting and guitarist Mark Doyle, along with George Egosarian on second guitar, John DeMaso on bass and Tom Glaister on drums, the band drew acclaim from Creem for its blues-based rock. After disbanding in 1973, Whiting and Doyle went on to record several albums together.
Paul Case grew up in nearby Sylvan Beach, taking up the guitar at the age of 11. Case has been a figure on the Syracuse scene for decades, beginning with the band Home at the age of 16. Throughout the years, Case has performed in Hungry Mother and Bad Dog before heading out on his own to form Driving Sideways and later, the Paul Case Band. While teamed with former Kentucky Moon member Billy Davidson, the duo recorded 14 albums together. Case now calls Old Forge home and is still active in the local scene.
Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Vincent Falcone is a classically trained pianist who began his professional career in 1963. After relocating to Las Vegas in 1972, Falcone scored a gig leading Frank Sinatra’s backing orchestra. This Rat Pack connection led to engagements with Sammy Davis, Jr., Alan King, Buddy Hackett, Tom Jones, Lena Horne, Shirley MacLain and Diana Ross. Falcone also arranged Sinatra’s Trilogy album and has performed at President George W. Bush’s Inauguration and for President Ronald Reagan. The list of famous musicians Falcone has performed with is a who’s-who of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He continues to work and has also published a book entitled Frankly – Just Between Us, My Life Conducting Frank Sinatra’s Music in 2005.