Isreal Hagan Music Songwriter Showcase March 25

staff reports 03/14/10

Isreal Hagan, a Syracuse Area Music Hall of Famer and lead singer for the R&B band Stroke, performs a special solo acoustic set of his original songs at the Words and Music Songwriter Showcase on Thursday, March 25. This concert is a rare chance to experience Haganís songwriting in the intimate theater setting of Syracuseís Jazz Central. The show starts at 7:30, and tickets are $10.

The opening set will feature Timothy Daniel plus a reunion of series host Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers with his brother and former bandmate, Dru Rodgers, visiting from California. For more about all the performers, see below, and listen to songs at the series home page:
Isreal Hagan
with Timothy Daniel, Dru Rodgers, and Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers
WHAT: Words and Music Songwriter Showcase
WHEN: Thursday, Mar. 25. Doors at 7, music at 7:30.
WHERE: Jazz Central, 441 E. Washington, Syracuse, 315-479-5299
TICKETS: $10. For reservations, email
LISTEN to songs by all the performers at the series home page:

Isreal Hagan, recently inducted into the Syracuse Area Music Hall of Fame, is an accomplished songwriter and singer. He brings his voice and guitar to give his audience a no-frills solo rhythm and blues experience like never before. Isreal has written, arranged, and recorded over 35 of his original songs that are featured on his many singles, albums, CDs, and cassettes. Isrealís 25 years as lead singer with Syracuseís premier R&B group Stroke comes through in every performance. This four-time Sammy Award winning vocalist combines the excitement of a live R&B show with the intimacy of a coffeehouse setting.

Timothy Daniel is a popster with a penchant for unexpected melodies and chords which somehow match the equally atypical themes he favors. He is a songwriter with range and substance shaped by hundreds of performances throughout the U.S. and Europe, four albums, and a lifetime of never quite fitting in.

Predating the unplugged era, Dru Rodgers cofounded the acoustic rock band Heavy Wood in San Francisco with his singer-songwriter brother Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers. Still based in northern California, Dru can now be found playing tenor and baritone ukulele, cavaquinho, bouzouki, and other strange stringed contraptions in the world rock band Kazamoze. His first solo album is due to be released in the fall of 2010.

The Words and Music Songwriter Showcase is a celebration of original music from Central New York and beyond, featuring established and emerging artists of all genres in an up-close-and-personal acoustic setting. Since its debut in January 2008, the series has featured such top talent as Joe Driscoll, Maura Kennedy, Powell (the Polite Rebel), John Cadley (The Lost Boys), Dusty Pasícal and Loren Barrigar, Ashley Cox, Bob Halligan Jr., Joe Crookston, Jamie Notarthomas, and Gary Frenay and Arty Lenin.

The Words and Music series is sponsored by the Folkus Project and WAER and is a program of the CNY Jazz Arts Foundation.

Upcoming shows
Thursday, 4/22: Ryan Fitzsimmons

TAGS: Isreal Hagan,Stroke syracuse band,R&B syracuse,Words and Music Songwriter Showcase March 25
EDITION: The Eagle

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