Since 2014, Syracuse has participated in the global music experiment known as the Acoustic Guitar Project, which inspires musicians to write and record a song in a week on the same guitar.
The project originated in New York City and has spread to more than 50 cities around the world, from Amsterdam to Asheville, Havana to Hanoi, Minneapolis to Moscow, and São Paulo to…Syracuse.
Curated by musician/author Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, the Syracuse project has sparked 40 songs to date, written by such local artists as Mike Powell, Bob Halligan Jr., Donna Colton, Phil Grajko, Colin Aberdeen, and Jess Novak.
For 2020, the project spotlights the next generation of Central New York songwriters, ranging in age from 15 to 22. The performers are Ella Drotar, Emalee Herrington, Grace Krichbaum, Kyle Micho, and Nate Glyn.
The 2020 project concludes with a special live-stream concert from Subcat Studios on Friday, November 20, at 7 p.m. The songwriters will perform their project songs and other originals, and talk with Rodgers about their music.