Westcott Theater

December 20, 2016 - 12:34am
As the electronic dance music industry grows, area college students and music lovers try to make their mark.

Attention. Control. Power.

That’s what music has given Danté Belmonte.

With hundreds of people crammed into a tight Westcott Theater, Belmonte commands the crowd alone from his DJ booth.

“I love having the spotlight on me,” Belmonte said. “When you’re playing at a venue that’s sold out with a thousand people, it’s something really cool.

December 10, 2016 - 8:56pm
Review: The indie-dance band returned to snowy Syracuse on Friday night to play The Westcott Theater.

Rubblebucket was met by an adoring mass of true Upstate New Yorkers, who don’t let slushy roads stop them from belting out a song about love and human birth. The members were apparently equally-adoring, telling the crowd, “You guys are so cool.”

February 21, 2014 - 10:14pm
The rapper rises above public self doubt to deliver fantastic and immersive hip-hop experience.

When Hopsin stepped onto the Westcott stage on Wednesday night, he knew he had something to prove.

The Los Angeles rapper took to Twitter on Feb. 17 with a rant about his frustration with fame, touring and “two faced” fans. “Don’t come to these shows,” he tweeted. “You are gonna get an auto pilot performance.”

August 8, 2013 - 11:19am
Review: The Texas instrumental rock band delivered an energetic performance on Tuesday to a sold-out crowd.

The Westcott Theater had two firsts on Tuesday night: performances by post-rock instrumental band Explosions in the Sky and local psychedelic rock group Black Throat Wind. The two bands performed to a sold out theater, with an audience that largely consisted of teenagers and 20-somethings.

April 17, 2013 - 12:21pm
The Brooklyn-based rockers performed with Delicate Steve at the Westcott on Sunday April 14.

The audience was a curious mix of ages Sunday night at the Westcott Theater. Waiting to see the Brooklyn-based Dirty Projectors and opener Delicate Steve were the typical retinue of university students and 20-something locals as well as younger fans driven by, and at times attending with, their parents.

April 6, 2013 - 5:07pm
Review: The founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan rolled out the classics at Westcott Theatre on Friday.

“Keep it loud as f-ck. At least let me get some feedback.”

GZA’s duel over the iron mic with the inept sound engineer was a reoccurring theme throughout the night. The lack of response from the sound booth, though, was compensated with an electric human feedback comprised of a circuitry of hands forming the renowned Wu-symbol, hammering heads and feet pulsating to the rhythms of the hits of the night: Duel of The Iron Mic, 4th Chamber, Protect Ya Neck, and Reunited.

October 12, 2012 - 3:33pm
Preview: Taking a break from Bassnectar’s Fall 2012 tour, Gramatik is bringing his music to The Westcott Theater as he headlines the show this Saturday, Oct. 13.

The Slovenian-born producer Gramatik combines aspects from multiple genres, fusing them together with his personal take on electronic dance music. Good music is not encompassed in just one genre, and Gramatik makes thoughtful use of the different styles of music and combines them into something innovative and unique.

October 3, 2012 - 1:43pm
At least three fans go to hospital after incident during Dada Life performance.

An estimated six to eight concertgoers were injured by a falling ceiling tile during Dada Life’s Westcott Theater performance early this morning.

The ceiling tile came loose and fell on part of the crowd towards the end of the electro-house duo’s set. At least three injured attendees arrived at Upstate University Hospital, where they were treated and released.

September 20, 2012 - 10:30pm
Review: The indie-comedy about dueling a capella groups is more true to life than you'd think.

Pitch Perfect has, somehow, become one of the fall’s most anticipated movies.

July 31, 2012 - 1:29pm
Indie act will bring danceable brand of synth pop influenced by '80s new wave, and African and Middle Eastern rhythms to the Westcott Theater on Thursday.

Yeasayer is currently touring to drum up support for their third full length release Fragrant World due out August 20.