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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Castle Creek rock out with RAQ at Funk N Waffles, A

Above: Kim Monroe and Chris Eve of Castle Creek perform live at Funk N Waffles Downtown on Saturday, April 23, 2016
The weather is finally improving here in Upstate NY, and the music scene is blossoming more then ever. Castle Creek jammed out Funk N Waffles with headliners RAQ last night at Funk N Waffles downtown, proving they are one of the best local groups around with another great performance.
Castle Creek leaders Kim Monroe and Chris Eve were in high spirits as they brought their blues rock tunes and covers to Funk N Waffles. A good crowd filled in the small venue, with head bobbers and dancers alike. It was a good mix of both male and female and young and old concert goers, wanting to hear the music of RAQ with local legends Castle Creek.

There were some first Castle Creek timers in the audience, which is always a pleasure to see new fans out and dancing with the rest.
The band members all looked great last night as well, with a very rock-n-roll look and attitude.
Lead singer and guitarist Kim Monroe always has a way with the audience as she made several comments before and after songs, getting people more hooked in as their set continued.
The sound was top notch in the small venue of Funk N Waffles. You could hear both microphones crystal clear, as well as all the other instruments in the band.
CC played for an impressive hour and fifteen minutes, allowing time for the group to explore a good body of music that was both their own and multiple covers.
Of course, the night couldn't go on without Prince, and it was a satisfying conclusion when Creek performed 'Purple Rain'. However, the best cover of the night they played might have been a great version of 'Come Together' earlier on in the set.
With great guitar work, the band proved last night that they are a great group to see in the greater Syracuse and Upstate New York area.

Even though their music is a bit different from jam band headliners RAQ, they were actually a great fit. They got the crowd grooving and ready for the Burlington, Vermont based funk group. RAQ were just as great as Castle Creek, and they really got the crowd moving as the night wore on. There was some exceptional guitar and drum work from the four piece band.

With two sets, RAQ jammed on well past midnight, but that didn't stop the crowd from dancing. The females up front gave back the band great energy, and it was good to see Syracuse people out and about and enjoying live music.
This only shows that the summer is only a short bit away and people are ready for the concert season.
Video for Burning Bridges by Castle Creek:

All photos by Rachel F Van Slyke.
Castle Creek @ Funk N Waffles Downtown, Saturday, September 23, 2016


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