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photo: (Dean Blask) Craig Blask
photo: (Dean Blask) Craig Blask
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Meet Dean Blask Of ‘DVD The Band’ – 50 Musicians In 50 Days

From Fuel and Target in the 70's to holding down the drum chair with longtime buddy, Vinnie Esposito in their duo DVD, Dean Blask is no has-been... He's still all over the place!

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photo: LeMoyne Student Planning Board
photo: LeMoyne Student Planning Board
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Meet Gary Johnson – 50 Musicians In 50 Days

Gary Johnson is a legend to the residents of Sylvan Beach where he grew up and is on a mission to see how far the ripples can spread from where the pebble was dropped 30 years ago.

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photo: (Frank Derocco) Freddy Piperetta
photo: (Frank Derocco) Freddy Piperetta
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R.I.P. Frank DeRocco Of Soul Injection – 50 Musicians In 50 Days

Normally this column would be accompanied with audio from an interview and some contagious smiles but today is different. I'm sad to say that I've just gotten word that Frank DeRocco, our friend, fellow musician and the guitar player from the band Soul Injection lost has passed away.

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photo: Anderton Photography
photo: Anderton Photography
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Meet Molly D’Agostino Of ‘Pacinello’ – 50 Musicians In 50 Days

Molly is almost 19 years old and has already done more than most musicians do who are more than twice her age! She's a college student who picks up a guitar and wows crowds both big and small, locally and nationally while trying to fit in her studies on the road.

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photo: Greeley Ford
photo: Greeley Ford
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Meet Greeley Ford Of ‘Classified’ – 50 Musicians In 50 Days

If you haven't met the guy behind the bass in the band Classified, then you're not going to want to miss this! I've seen Greeley Ford play many times but never had the chance to really have a good conversation with him and I'm blown away at his story...

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photo: (John Kelsey) Juan Junco
photo: (John Kelsey) Juan Junco
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Meet John Kelsey Of ‘Stroke’ – 50 Musicians In 50 Days

In my ten short years on the live music scene here in Utica, John Kelsey's name has popped up numerous times, but our paths have never crossed until now!

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photo: Matt Ossowski
photo: Matt Ossowski
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Meet Max Scialdone – 50 Musicians In 50 Days

 

Max Scialdone moved heaven and earth to make it into the studio and finally made it in after a couple days of car troubles when a record-breaking ice cycle fell from the sky through his windshield!

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photo: Soundbarrier Utica
photo: Soundbarrier Utica
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Meet Michael Peek Of Soundbarrier – 50 Musicians In 50 Days

An English prof at HCCC and jack of all trades by day, Michael Peek also moonlights as a musician in the band, Soundbarrier, two of whose members found themselves nominated for the KJ All Star Band last year! Now, here's the guy front and center

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Mad Angel Films
Mad Angel Films
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Meet Erik Strail of Hot Roxx – 50 Musicians In 50 Days

His name might be unfamiliar, but his band isn't. Erik Strail plays drums for Hot Roxx, the same band that birthed the lead singer for our KJ All Star Band and is our first musician for the 50 Musicians in 50 Days!

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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
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Nominate Your CNY Favorite For ’50 Musicians In 50 Days’

Welcome to Fifty Musicians in Fifty Days, part two in our series amplifying local music louder than any sound system can! If you know someone who takes the stage in the area regularly whether they pick up an instrument (ANY instrument or several), are a singer, a songwriter, play solo or in a band, we wanna know about them!

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photo: Mike Jaquays
photo: Mike Jaquays
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Watch The Keith James All Star Band Live – One Night Only At Cavallo’s

Three months after myself and two fellow Oldiez DJs: Davey Jones and Alex Cooper cooked up this idea in a small office, the Keith James All Star Band finally took to the stage for the first annual jam of it's kind!

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photo: (Kelly Preston) Simpleprops
photo: (Kelly Preston) Simpleprops
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Meet Kelly Preston Your Keith James All Star Band Singer

Following the greatest voting battle so far, Kelly Preston has been given the right by YOU to step up and grab the Keith James All Star Band microphone on November 7th at Cavallo's. But first, if you're not familiar with her or her latest band Hot Roxx, take a listen below to her interview

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