After last year’s huge musical lineup, it was a real challenge for our musical director Dave Kane to do the same this year… we think he did!

Here is this years music and acts for Art On The Porches 2015 –

Gary Frenay and Arty Lenin

The SAMMY Award-winning duo (inducted into the Syracuse Music Hall of Fame in 2006) who’ve been entertaining Central New Yorkers for 30 years in a variety of bands including the Flashcubes, Screen Test, the Neverly Brothers and The Fab Five  are returning to Art on the Porches.

Gary is a Strathmore resident – he and his family live over on Arlington ave…in fact he wrote a song about it!

You can see them performing in the video below as well as connect with them at their website or on Facebook.

Mark Nanni and The Intention -

A Swingin’ hot zydeco style jazz trio, The Intention can be found most thursday nights  at Phoebe’s (across from Syracuse stage) . Drummer Josh Dekaney, bassist Don Martin, and pianist, accordionist & vocalist Mark Nanni will get you movin’!Here is the trio performing Footprints by Wayne Shorter at Phoebes’s Restaurant and Coffee Lounge –

Kambuyu Marimba Ensemble -Kambuyu Marimba Ensemble of Syracuse has been together since 2004. The roots of their music come from the Shona people of Zimbabwe in South Africa. Most of the tunes originate in traditional mbira songs and melodies of that region. You can discover more at their website and Facebook page.


An occasional anti-virtuosic come-one-come-all Syracuse ukulele conflagration extravaganza!  Returning for a second year! More about Syrauke here at their website and visit them on Facebook.

Composition be -

An eclectic Upstate New York band specializing in layered, autumnal guitar rock–combining equal parts rustic grit and intricate melodicism.Featuring James DaRin, Benjamin Manglos, Joe Plessas, and Paul Howard. More here on their Facebook page.


Second Line Syracuse -

Second Line Syracuse, led by trombonist Melissa Gardner is an eight-piece band inspired by both traditional and modern-day New Orleans’ style brass bands.  Their repertoire ranges from traditional jazz to Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk. You can find out more about Second Line Syracuse here.

Castle Creek – 

Born in the heart of central New York, alternative blues rock duo Castle Creek has hooked audiences from Portland, Maine to Austin, Texas. Comprised of award-winning lead vocalist Kim Monroe and Berklee trained lead guitarist Chris Eves, Castle Creek skillfully shares lyrics and instrumentals in a manner that resonates with crowds big and small.

With hard-hitting vocals and searing blues riffs, Castle Creek furthers the form established by the Tedeschi Trucks Band and the Black Crowes.

Between the two of them, Kim and Chris can claim multiple EPs, studio albums, Syracuse Area Music Awards, session work, film appearances, and tours with national acts such as Justincase and American Idol. More here on their Facebook Page.

Tim Herron Corporation -
Another Strathmore neighbor with a great band!
For over 14 years the Tim Herron Corporation has been entertaining fans throughout the northeast. THC’s high energy shows are a must see, combining rock and roll, bluegrass, folk and attitude into a blend they call AmeriBeat. The group has released 5 full-length albums, including their most recent, AMERIBEAT SESSIONS Vol. 1, and are currently playing shows throughout the Northeast.


Mountains & Valleys -
Mountains & Valleys is the creative/ collaborative band from Syracuse, NY led by Merritt Harris, who lives right around the corner on Clairmonte Ave.
“What I’m most interested in about music and about Mountains & Valleys is that it provides space to meet people and to have relationships with people,” Harris said.
Harris’ emphasis on connecting the community through music has inspired him to host Third Space, a series of concerts in his living room. More about Mountains & Valleys on their Facebook Page and website.


Dave Robertson – 
Dave Robertson is a singer/songwriter from Central New York, who performs many originals as well as covers of Neil Young, John Prine, Ryan Adams, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, and Cat Stevens.

You can connect with Dave on Facebook and watch a clip of him performing at this link.

Thanks to Strathmore Neighbor Ronnie Bell for organizing an appearance from actors from the Syracuse Shakespeare Festival in costume and character! They will be roaming the street and performing all day!