A Note from Rex Lyons and the band
Ripcords to debut new drummer, David Read, at Crawfish Festival and say a heartfelt goodbye to Phil Regan, original Ripcord drummer.
Phil Regan, original drummer for the Ripcords has put down the sticks. "It was an honor and a privilege to have Phil as band mate...He’s a true friend, and an extraordinary human being" said Rex Lyons, a sentiment echoed by all his band mates.
David Read has officially joined the band, bringing an enthusiastic energy coupled with a road tested history of experience. David has performed with a Who's Who of Syracuse royalty: The Works (Sammy Hall of Fame inductee's), The Late Show, Public Eye w/ Mark Doyle and Joe Whiting to name a few. David's flawless meter and a and versatile drumming style fits the bill. The Ripcords cover blues, Americana, swing and rock-a-billy, so a mastery of all those styles is part of the Ripcords sound.
Come hear Rex and Irv Lyons, Scott Ebner, Jay Gould and David Read headline at The Crawfish Festival from 5:30 - 7:00 on May 2nd, 2015. An added horn section consisting of Tom Witkowski (Trumpet, Trombone) and young phenom Dunham Hall (sax) will bring the Louisiana sound. This is their 3rd consecutive year performing at the event, which raises fund towards Operation Northern Comfort. Money raised rebuilds homes and funds other construction projects.
The Crawfish Festival is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2nd at Clinton Square.
Admission to festival is free. Food and beverages are for sale. Enjoy: Boiled crawfish, Gulf shrimp, jambalaya, red beans and rice, pulled pork, clams, salt potatoes and more.
The Ripcords have been nominated for a NAMMY! This is a very prestigious honor. The Native American Music Awards is an awards program dedicated to musicians of the Native American culture. Compared to the Grammy's… this is a high honor recognizing excellent musicianship in the United States and Canada. The awards were created to generate international recognition and exposure. Over 20,000 registered voters determine the winners in each category. This year The Ripcords have been nominated for best debut group of the year.
CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS HIGH HONOR!!!
Ripcords to headline crawfish festival
What: 8th Annual Crawfish Festival
When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2nd.
Where: Clinton Square.
Admission: The fest is free. Food and beverages are for sale.
Food: Boiled crawfish, Gulf shrimp, jambalaya, red beans and rice, pulled pork, clams, salt potatoes and more.
Music: Slow Train, Los Blancos, C'est Bon Cajun Dance Band, Soul Risin', The Fabulous Ripcords - 5:30 - 7:00.
Benefit: Proceeds go to Operation Northern Comfort, which rebuilds homes and does other construction projects.
See article to left for more Crawfish Festival information.
The Ripcords to perform chevy court on newly renamed, six nation day! September 4th at 1:00.
An enhanced and renamed Six Nations Day, Friday, September 4 at the 2015 Great New York State Fair will bring more of the story of the Iroquois nations and their people to a wider audience, Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner and Onondaga Nation Tadodaho Sid Hill announced today at a press conference.
The day will begin with the raising of the Haudenosaunee flag. This will mark the first time in the Fair’s 175 year history that the flag has flown at the Fairgrounds. It symbolizes the end of hostilities among the nations and the burial of weapons beneath the Great Tree of Peace.
Fairgoers will be treated to a cultural performance at 1:00 p.m. on Chevy Court when dancers representing the Six Nations will perform social dances. Those dances provide a window into Haudenosaunee culture.
Following the social dances, an Upstate band that’s been nominated for national honors will perform. Syracuse’s The Ripcords are fronted by cousins Irv Lyons, Jr. and Rex Lyons, who are members of the Oneida and Onondaga nations, respectively. The band plays a mix of blues, roots rock, country, and swing music. They’ve won a Syracuse Area Music Award for their 2009 debut album, and were nominated for Debut Group of the Year by the Native American Music Association.
In addition, the Fair’s Regional Artists Variety Stage will feature Indian-related musical groups. Those artists will be announced at a later date.
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