Syracuse Sunday Funday

Sunday Funday isn’t just a cute phrase around here. We’ve got a variety of things to do ALL day long to fit your whims and your schedule!

Whether you’re at home or driving to some of these fine events tune in to Soulshine on 105.9 The Rebel 10-2PM then switch the station to Common Threads on 88.3 WAER 2-6 PM for curated music mixing in locals with your old favorites. I went in to the studio to talk with Larry Hoyt, host of the Common Threads radio show, and his weekly contribution to Syracuse Sundays since 1997. He plays music ranging “From Joni Mitchell to The Ruddy Well Band and The Grateful Dead to The Cadley’s.” He’s proud to give air time to deserving locals such as Karen Savoca, Loren Barrigar and Mike Powell as well as the famous and less known songwriters in the folk and acoustic genres. A musician himself, this show is a testament to his love of live music. You can find the weekly Common Threads playlists on

Larry Hoyt


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Let’s take a virtual walk through a Syracuse Sunday Funday!

Empire Brewery in Armory Square is known for its Blues Brunch with live music.

If you haven’t checked out Wunderbar, where you’re invited to “You Be You,” they serve brunch and different weekly events are planned.

Otro Cinco serves up brunch 11-4 PM and has a Sunday Night Wine Special featuring $10 off any bottle of wine.

Take a stroll through Armory Square and shop Wildflowers Armory, The Soundgarden, Cloud City Comics, and Midnight Sun.

Funk ‘n Waffles Jazz Jam, coordinated by local legend Melissa Gardiner, goes down 3-5 PM every Sunday and there’s also a free show at 9 PM.

The Listening Room at 443 has Sunday music events with Second Sundays with Stephen Douglas Wolfe hosting a special Mother’s Day show this weekend. Cup of Joe with Joe Altier and hand drumming with John Heard also grace the Sunday schedule.

Dinosaur BBQ Boneyard is opening up for outdoor entertainment Sunday May 26 with Geri Rig 4-8 PM and Mr. Monkey Jam scheduled on June 2.

Take a break with UNYtea at Midnight Sun 5-7 PM for Chinese/Taiwanese style tea tastings, education and meditation. Jeffrey Best Cleary and his wife Cassandra teamed up with Eliza Jeffers to host this semi-weekly event “preparing tea with skill” and sharing knowledge.

Venture over to the former Rooter’s, Valley Blues House, for an open mic on Sunday evenings 7-10 PM and join in or spectate.

End your Sunday travels at Al’s Wine and Whiskey Lounge for a 9:30 PM show.

Dave Frisina is back on 105.9 at 9 PM with more local tunes streaming on Soundcheck.

Last but certainly not least tune in to 95X Locals Only at 11 PM to check out some of the newest alternative & rock music with Scott Dixon.

There are a lot of businesses contributing to and supporting local music and art. Let’s do our part to keep building this community.  See you out there.

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