Candlelight Series 2015
By popular demand, International duo guitarists Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb return to the Armory Square Candlelight Stage for a third year to open the 31st Annual run of the free concert Series.
On July 11, 2015, the pair comes here fresh off their performance in Nashville at the Chet Atkins guitar convention and before heading off to tours scheduled in 20 states across the USA, as well as Europe and Canada. Their Main Concert begins at 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Loren and Mark’s varied repertoire of original and arranged music has won them countless fans around the world and many awards, including Best Instrumental for their original track Onward at the International Acoustic Music Awards. Influenced by guitar greats Merle Travis and Chet Atkins, their live performances of instrumental and vocal duets demonstrate a spectacular technical grasp of the guitar, as well as outstanding musicality and creative interaction with their audiences.
The pair share a special musical chemistry seldom found among musicians, and with a repertoire drawn from Americana, bluegrass, jazz, western and classical influences. The pair first met in 2005 when they spent a few days working with Australian guitar legend Tommy Emmanual at a guitar camp in Ohio. In 2009 they met again at the international gathering of hundreds of guitarists in the Nashville Chet Atkins Appreciation Society convention where they began playing together. At the same convention in 2010, by popular demand they played in the Saturday night finale, receiving a standing ovation and marking a musical career together that continues to garner multiple accolades wherever they appear.
Regarding the Candlelight Series, the two guitarists have a personal endorsement. They say, “We have a great time performing on this stage. It is a wonderful series and it is an honor for us to be involved.”
Starting at 7:00 pm on July 11, the popular Central New York band “Swing This!” plays acoustic swing music in the tradition of Django Reinhardt, Benny Goodman and many others. Performing classic standards of the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s , “Swing This!” brings fresh energy to music that has withstood the test of time. The group was formed by Mark Hoffman, guitarist and vocalist known around the country for his blazing guitar work, soulful singing and songwriting. In extending his own talents, Hoffman added an ensemble of noted musicians to complete the band. Musicians are Joe Davoli (Fiddle and Mandolin); Bob Purdy (Bass Guitar); Rebecca Keefe (Vocals); and Jo Anne Bakeman (Vocals).
The Candlelight Series is a free program of the Armory Square Association made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Govenor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administerd by CNYArts. The Downtown Committee, City of Syracuse and area businesses provide additional support.
July 11, 2015 - Main Concert, 8:00 pm: International Guitar Duo Loren Barrigar & Mark Mazengarb. Opening Act, 7:00 pm: “Swing This!” Band
July 18, 2015 - Main Concert, 8:00 pm: Cabaret Jazz Vocalist Marissa Mulder Opening Act, 7:00 pm: Debuting Young Vocalist Danielle Patrice
July 25, 2015 - Main Concert, 8:00 pm: Eclectic Instrumentalists “Gonstermachers” Opening Act: “Inkarayku” Andean Folk Band
August 1, 2015 - Opening & Main Concerts: “JAMS” (Joined Artists, Musicians and Singers)