Westcott Theater

April 8, 2011 - 1:03am
Review: Hometown heroes and SU alums provide a top-level performance Thursday while reminiscing a bit about how it all started.

A full house of college-aged students and Syracuse locals played a game of patience. They waited to see Ra Ra Riot's performance for nearly three hours after The Westcott Theater doors opened last night, but the group's passionate and energetic delivery of a wholesome setlist, lasting a little over an hour, was well worth the wait.

October 29, 2010 - 12:13pm
Review: Unusual stage elements added a unique kick to OK Go's show at the Westcott Theater on Tuesday.

It’s not often that confetti, hand bells and 3D glasses are found simultaneously at a rock concert, but Grammy-winning OK Go found ways to effectively incorporate them all into their 90-minute show at the Westcott Theater Tuesday night.

October 24, 2010 - 11:53pm
With a new sound and style, OK Go has more than just dance moves to perform on Tuesday.

OK Go, the alternative rock/power pop foursome known for their elaborately choreographed music videos, will perform at the Westcott Tuesday night.

October 1, 2010 - 3:08pm
Veteran indie-rocker’s steady, string-filled songs suited the surprisingly small crowd on Thursday.

Despite making a name for himself as the creator of indie-pop band Matt Pond PA, Matt Pond’s 12-year, eight-record career didn’t draw many people to Thursday’s show. Perhaps it was the relentless rain that kept some away. But those who did attend were treated to an intimate set of some of Pond’s best songs.

September 26, 2010 - 12:35pm
Review: Several years after their heyday, Rogue Wave attempt relevancy at the Westcott.

It’s nearing 11 p.m. at the Westcott Theater and Rogue Wave frontman Zach Schwartz is starting to look sheepish.

“Play – what?” He says languidly, squinting into the blue-toned stage lights. “Play the entire soundtrack?”

There’s a high-pitched, feminine cry from the front of the tiny crowd.

The O.C.?” Schwartz grumbles again. “Is that show still on?”

September 22, 2010 - 11:58pm
Midlake and Peter Wolf Crier are well worth a listen, even if Rogue Wave have passed their peak.

There’s a reason Rogue Wave is playing the Westcott this Saturday, and it has nothing to do with Syracuse’s love of mid-tempo indie rock or the proximity of Alto Cinco.

September 16, 2010 - 6:55am
Review: The iconic indie pop duo inspired singing, dancing and crowd adoration at their second Syracuse show.

Brooklyn-based dance punks Matt & Kim know how to draw a crowd — and make them happy. Before the doors opened at the Westcott Theater on Wednesday night, youngsters sat along the sidewalk waiting to get in.

July 24, 2010 - 10:22am
Review: The talented multi-instrumentalist creates a blend of authentic jazz, soul and rock.

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews was clearly born to play music.

Master of three instruments – the trombone, trumpet and his voice – Trombone Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue used all his talents at the Westcott Theater on Tuesday to create a blend of authentic New Orleans jazz, soul and rock.

March 6, 2010 - 10:46am
Review: Bo Burnham's humor is lightning-quick, literate, and at times absurdist — more along the lines of Martins, both Steve and Demetri.

Millions of people have watched YouTube celeb Bo Burnham perform his self-accompanied, self-deprecating humorous tunes. The musical comedian had a more intimate audience Friday night when about 500 saw his routine live in Syracuse.

January 30, 2010 - 10:14pm
The Wescott hosts a Haiti benefit show on the day of the Grammys.

If you missed the Haiti benefit show at Funk N' Waffles last night (a likely scenario because the place was absolutely packed), there's still time to support the relief effort and support some local acts.