Museum Celebrates Rich Local Rock N Roll History

Onondaga Historical Association

Sometimes people need a good education—not with school, but Rock N Roll. You’d be surprised to find out how many big names play at lesser known cities. Take Syracuse, NY for example. A city mostly known for its University’s basketball team and record breaking cold winters that last far too long, has some pretty rich Rock history.

Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Elvis, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Johnny Cash, The Who, and so many others played in Syracuse. Even U2 played in Syracuse, and can you believe it, so did John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

“Syracuse was an important enough stop in rock ‘n roll that most of the big names played here at one point or another,” says Ron Wray, a music historian and author of the “History of Syracuse Music” website. He goes on to say, “The Stones, Bruce Springsteen, even Shania Twain, if you’re going to that era. They all came to Syracuse.”

On February 20th the Onondaga Historical Association (OHA) wanted to highlight these visits with their latest exhibit: The History of Rock ‘n Roll in Syracuse. Rock fans or history lovers in that area should stop by and check it out.

Who knew that in the frozen tundra of central New York there was such a rich history of rock.

Neil is the former Online Editor for Making Music Magazine and tested his skill with tickling the ivories once, but since having been part of the team at Making Music, he might give it a second try.

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