Regional songwriting duos with success in the national market will play two sets of their acoustic compositions (7-7:45 and 8-8:45).

From 9 to 9:30, anyone in the audience may come to the stage and play their own material and receive positive comments from the artists.


Held in Simon’s Pub in the Campus Center.

LeMoyne College, 1419 Salt Springs Rd, Syracuse, NY

FEBRUARY 4, 2022 * 7:00 – 9:30PM * THE CADLEYS

The Cadleys are one of the most popular acoustic bands in the Northeast. Following in the tradition of the great male-female duets like George Jones with Tammy Wynette and Emmylou Harris, they show how voices blended in seamless harmony can produce a powerful sound. John Cadley is a nationally recognized songwriter whose compositions have been recorded nationally by artists including Jim Hurst, Missy Raines, Tony Trischka, Amy Gallatin, and Lou Reid, who took John’s song “Time” to the #1 spot on the national bluegrass charts. Along with John Dancks on bass, The Cadleys deliver a powerful, direct, honest and elegant show that truly embodies the American experience.

MARCH 4, 2022 * 7:00 – 9:30PM * FRENAY & LENIN

Gary Frenay and Arty Lenin first performed together in 1977 in the CNY-based power pop band, The Flashcubes. They headlined throughout the Northeast, and opened for the Ramones, the Police, the Romantics and Joe Jackson, to name a few. Their original music has recently been reissued nationally in compilations on the Bomp, Big Deal and Rhino labels. In 1980 they became Screen Test, garnering popular and critical acclaim, a video on MTV’s “Basement Tapes” in August 1983, and more touring with U2, Bryan Setzer, Marshall Crenshaw, and Graham Parker. 

Today, they perform as an acoustic duo (Frenay & Lenin), a rock trio, the Neverly Brothers Band) and recently in a new five-piece British Invasion tribute band (Fab Five). As a duo, they were honored at the 1999 SAMMY Awards with the Best Acoustic Act Award and, for Arty, the Best Rock Instrumentalist Award.

APRIL 1, 2022 * 7:00 – 9:30PM * MARK HOFFMANN

Mark has been a fixture on the regional music scene for five decades and counting. His touring career started as the guitarist, singer, and songwriting contributor of the group Jam Factory, a six-piece band had a sound similar to Sly and the Family Stone. Their 1971 Epic album “Sittin’ in the Trap” garnered them significant attention worldwide. Encouraged by the legendary John Hammond, Sr, their signing led to tour engagements opening for the era’s rock royalty, playing on bills with bands like Hot Tuna, Iron Butterfly, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, and the Steve Miller Band.