Grammy Winner John McEuen Headlines Syracuse Sunrise Rotary Youth Music Festival!
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founding member John McEuen and his new group The String Wizards will headline the fourth annual Syracuse Sunrise Rotary Youth Music Festival Sunday, May 20 at the Palace Theater. The Youth Festival runs from 2-5 pm with McEuen taking the stage at 7:30 pm. Proceeds from the event will benefit the charitable work of the Syracuse Sunrise Rotary.
Area musicians Todd Hobin, Loren Barrigar and others will guide young aspiring singers and musicians as they showcase their talents in a family-friendly, yet professional setting. The Syracuse Sunrise Rotary Youth Music Festival gives young performers an outlet where they will be mentored by local and nationally recognized musicians and music industry pros. “I had great music teachers and wonderfully supportive friends growing up,” says SAMMY Hall of Famer Todd Hobin, “I just wish I’d had somebody like me to tell me the real deal about the business I have learned to love.” The Syracuse music community supports the event with instruments, lessons and access to equipment and studio time.
John McEuen will bring his band and video production featuring highlights of over fifty years of making music and being on the road. He has won many awards including a Grammy for producing Steve Martin’s “The Crow” bluegrass album. He has just released a memoir “The Life I’ve Picked.” John is inviting ticket holders and festival participants to hang out during sound check.
Tickets for the festival are $25 general admission and are available online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3352272 or by phone at 800-838-3006. Tickets are also available at Sound Garden in Armory Square.
Funds raised from the event will help the Rotary support a variety of charitable causes including:
• Worldwide eradication of polio
• Clean water projects in Zimbabwe and South America
• Student education in Gambia
• Procuring safety equipment for firefighters in Chile
• Clean up of Erie Canal towpath in Dewitt
• OnPoint for College
• Person to Person Citizen Advocacy
• Books for the World
• International Youth Exchange programs at local high schools
• Local charities including Sarah’s Guest House, CNY Honor Flight and more
Past Syracuse Sunrise Rotary Youth Music Festivals have raised nearly $10,000, with the goal of raising even more this year. The festival was created by respected local musician and a past president of Syracuse Sunrise Greg Hoover. “Syracuse Sunrise Youth Music Festival brings our young artists in contact with seasoned professionals offering high level mentoring from those who have been there,” says Hoover.
For more information visit www.syracuseyouthmusicfestival.com Contact Greg Hoover at 315-345-4444 or promoter Tom Honan at 315-263-2254.