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Dusty Pas’cal and friends
In his music — as in his life — Dusty Pascal is driven by two ideals: honesty and simplicity.

Friday, May 29, 2015
8 p.m. / $15

Member price: See special note below

May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society
3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, N.Y.

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Dusty Pas’cal believes that being honest about anything – family relationships, music or otherwise – begins with being truthful to yourself. “There’s so much power in honesty. I think it’s one of the most forceful things on the planet,” he said. “With my family, my work, my music…That’s what it all really comes down to.” Dusty will move you from one end of music's emotional spectrum to the other - and it will be a ride you'll want to take again and again.

Pas'cal is considered by many to be one of the top singer/songwriters in the Central New York region. Since he first picked up a guitar at age 13, he’s been a firm believer in the purity of his music. “Early on, I was influenced by guys like Kris Kristofferson and Jim Croce, because that’s who my dad listened to,” he said. “But actually, I was most influenced by my dad, who’s a songwriter himself. My dad came to one of my shows, and I could see him just sitting there writing something,” he recalled. Dusty’s dad was in fact writing a poem about a friend of his who was on death’s door, so Dusty set the poem - without changing a single word - to music. “I know my dad so well, it just flowed out naturally."

  Members Free. For this special season-ending show, Folkus members will be admitted free. (It's member-appreciation night!) More info:
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Among those joining Dusty for this special evening are Danny Welch, Bobby Perry, and David Abbott as well as:

Kevin Barrigar: Born ninth in a musical family, Barrigar showed talent early as a singer. Singing Elvis with his families band the Christophers. Barrigar has shared the stage with the likes of Joe Whiting, fiddle great Hal Casey, world class guitar great Tommy Emmanuel and 5 time grammy winner Lloyd Maines. Besides a solo act, Barrigar performs with his bother Loren, a world class fingerpicker.

Shane Pas’cal: Pas’cal is a native of Central New York. He’s been writing songs for a number of years, and has been playing recently at the Iona Corners Tavern and other locations around Central New York. His sound reminds many folks of James Taylor, and his music is a blend of country, folk and contemporary sounds.

Amanda Rogers: Often compared to the likes of Tori Amos for her fairy esthetic and classical roots,Tom Waits for her dark and literary lyrics, and Carole King for her Tin Pan Alley Pop sensibility, this Upstate NY native has continued her 15 year musical journey on her self paved career path as an original and independent touring and recording artist.

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Songwriter Woodshed
A meeting of and for local songwriters . . . more info / Facebook page / e-mail list. Next Meeting: May meeting canceled

Beer Belly DeliThanks to the Beer Belly Deli

. . . for providing meals for our visiting performers. The Beer Belly is a fun little Brooklyn-style gastro-pub on Westcott Street (in the former Seven Rays location). They have great ambience, an eclectic menu, reasonable prices, and (last we heard) a Monday night old-time music jam. Please stop by, have some sweet-potato tots and eggplant "wings," and tell them you appreciate their helping Folkus. > website

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The Venues
May Memorial UU Society
First and third Friday of the month
All shows at 8 pm (doors open at 7:30)
3800 East Genesee St., Syracuse / how to get there
(Please do NOT call May with questions; see above.)

Westcott Community Center
Second Saturday of the month
All shows at 8 pm
Corner of Euclid Ave. and Westcott St., a half-mile east of SU / website / how to get there

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Elsewhere in the Region

Natalia Zukerman • Oswego Music Hall • Sa 5/30 • website

Friends of Folkus

Bill Knowlton's Bluegrass Ramble. Bill's bluegrass radio show (and associated events) date back almost as far as Bill Monroe himself! / website

CNY Bluegrass Association. Folk music's mountain-bred second cousin / website

"Common Threads." Folk music on the radio. / website

Guitar League. Talk and workshops about your ax. Meeting monthly / website

Irish Sessions. A great, ongoing jam of Celtic and old-timey types. Every Sunday / website

Kellish Farms. This Pompey Center farm has been converted into a music center, featuring concerts and jams of folk, bluegrass, and country types / website / Syracuse Post-Standard article

Oswego Music HallOswego Music Hall. One of upstate New York's most venerable music venues, in a beautiful location to boot! / website

Syracuse Community Choir. Songs of peace and social justice / website

Syracuse Country Dancers. Contra dances and the like / website

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