March 25, 2017 by Dan Poorman – syracuse.com
There’s a new live music series in town.
On Friday night at The Palace Theatre, Salt City Limits debuted with a show featuring performances from eight of Central New York’s finest working musical acts: Donna Colton and Sam Patterelli, The Lightkeepers, Edgar Pagan’s GPL, The Easy Ramblers, Simplelife, Small Town Shade, The Stacy White Suite and Stephen Douglas Wolfe. Over 300 people attended the kickoff, which clocked in at around four hours.
Perhaps your reaction to that girthy runtime is a gasp. “Four hours for a local show?,” you might ask. Even the prospect of seeing eight groups in a row might deter some, out of fear of boredom or impatience between sets. But therein lies a problem — we shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss the talent that is all around us here in Central New York.
“There’s a lot of flabbergastingly good music in this town,” Stephen Douglas Wolfe told the crowd last night. The self-proclaimed relative newcomer has been living in Syracuse for just four years now, and if the earnestness of his songwriting is any indication of his character, he means everything he says.
It’s only fitting that this need for awareness of the myriad of top-notch original musicians in our backyard became a theme of Friday night’s show. Salt City Limits, after all, embraces the subtitle “A Spotlight on the Music of Central New York.” Based loosely on the renowned Austin City Limits, this is not just some local gimmick. We may not be the Live Music Capital, or the Music City, but we are a music city.
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March 22, 2017 by Jessica Novak – syracusenewtimes.com
The pilot episode of Austin City Limits, a live music program recorded in Austin, Texas, was shot in October 1974 and starred Willie Nelson. PBS spread the show around stations in the United States and today Austin is often called the “Live Music Capital of the World,” perhaps in part because of Austin City Limits’ long-running success.
On Friday, March 24, 8 p.m., at the Palace Theatre, 2384 James St., Syracuse will fashion its own version of the show. Salt City Limits will feature performances by Donna Colton and Sam Patterelli, The Lightkeepers, Edgar Pagan’s GPL, the Easy Ramblers, Simplelife, Small Town Shade, the Stacy White Suite and Stephen Douglas Wolfe.
“For several years, the idea has been in my head,” says Liz Nowak, one of the co-founders of the project. “I approached WCNY six years ago about a series to highlight Syracuse music. It never really went anywhere because of funding, production costs and other roadblocks.
“Ron Keck at SubCat Studios was always interested,” Nowak continues. “Salt City Limits really came to life after I mentioned it to Jordan Davies, who saw and understood the vision. His energy and passion are amazing.”
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March 21, 2017 by Mike Kohli – nysmusic.com
Austin City Limits began its run on PBS in 1976 as a way to showcase Texas artists. Its pilot episode featured Willie Nelson performing. Forty one years later, the show has become a television institution and the inspiration for the music festival by the same name. It is a destination gig for performers of any genre.
In order to promote Central New York artists on a more wide-ranging scale, Syracuse area promoters Liz Nowak and Jordan Davies created Salt City Limits in the same vein as its Austin namesake to be initiated at the venerable Palace Theater on James Street. The series will be ongoing the last Thursday of every month at Funk ‘n Waffles Downtown. Each will be recorded and filmed by SubCat Studios and will be available on YouTube and the Salt City Limits website.
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March 20, 2017 by Katrina Tulloch – syracuse.com
Salt City Limits, a new series of original music from Central New York, will launch on Friday at The Palace Theater.
The first show will feature Donna Colton and Sam Patterelli, The Lightkeepers, Edgar Pagan’s GPL, The Easy Ramblers, Simplelife, Small Town Shade, The Stacey White Suite and Stephen Douglas Wolfe.
Liz Nowak and Jordan Davies organized the new monthly series to draw new fans to the local music scene and show off artists who create original tunes.
The series is not seasonal. It will run through the spring and summer and continue after taking a break in November.
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