Entertainment: Multimedia Belt

April 3, 2015 - 4:57pm
Rapper Michael Christmas and electronic music producer Sweater Beats' concert at Skybarn on South Campus features Christmas' eccentric hip-hop stylings and Sweater's tripped out brand of EDM.

It’s a rain-drenched Thursday night, and Michael Christmas is moving and mingling through the small crowd at a South Campus venue, cutting a striking and colorful figure with a large build and puffy hair that easily dwarfs the biggest afro you’ve ever seen.

 “I think I’m inspired by everyday life,” Christmas, the 21-year-old rapper from Boston, Massachusetts, said before performing at Skybarn along with rising electronic music maestro Sweater Beats on April 2.

March 19, 2015 - 7:53am
From the South to Syracuse, the artists fused electronic dance music with southern style rap for an unforgettable ending to University Union's final Bandersnatch concert of the year.

Southern rapper Isaiah Rashad headlined the event and captivated the audience with his ability to transition from performing smooth soulful songs to raw raps over southern beats. Rashad says he finds his inspiration in spontaneity and from movies such as Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing". Rashad signed with California based, independent record label Top Dawg Entertainment in 2013 and says that, "it's very inspiring...It's a family, we work and chill together". 

March 13, 2015 - 8:05am
The Syracuse Area Music Awards brought back many local legends to the Salt City and celebrated the musical roots of Central New York over two days of festivities.

As temperatures dipped into the single digits for what may have been the last time this winter, the Syracuse Area Music Awards gave a warm glow to a city sorely lacking in comfort. Held on March 5 and 6, the SAMMYs brought together local artists and their families for a celebration of the music of Central New York.

March 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
Looking back on her transition onto reality TV, Iaconetti said many of the things she learned from the Newhouse School helped her along the way.

Since her days as a multimedia journalist for Syracuse University's NCC News, 26-year-old Virginia native Ashley Iaconetti has made quite a few different names for herself while being on "The Bachelor:" the virgin, the crier, and self-proclaimed “Kardashley.” But despite the tears and drama, Iaconetti said being on "The Bachelor" was the "best experience of her life."

February 25, 2015 - 8:19am
Adam DeVine, comedian and actor in "Workaholics" and "Pitch Perfect," talks weed, fame, and buttholes during his performance in Goldstein Auditorium.

“Are you ready for the best night of your lives?” Adam DeVine said as he made his grand entrance, yelling at the crowd while fist pumping. 

February 22, 2015 - 10:33pm
Review: SU students showcased their talents while performing songs from the 80s and 90s during the fifth annual Legends Concert held in Schine Underground.

It was a true "throwback Thursday" in the Schine Underground for the fifth annual Legends Concert on February 19. Hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Student African American Society, Black Legacy, and Redemption Acapella, this year’s theme was the "Greatest Hits of the '80s and '90s." 

Best of the Legends Concert:

 “Ex-Factor” by Lauryn Hill | Performed by Justine Thompson

January 23, 2015 - 12:16pm
Review: Country singers Lee Brice and Chris Young kicked off their co-headlining tour in Syracuse, giving fans a night to remember, if the beer allowed.

A sea of plaid, camo and baseball caps filled the Oncenter War Memorial Arena and the beer was plentiful, but one thing noticeably missing from Lee Brice and Chris Young's first show on their co-headlining One Night Live Tour was a highly anticipated performance together.

December 14, 2014 - 8:06pm
As patrons age and audience sensibilities change, Syracuse Opera takes strides to stay relevant in the digital age.

Opera is typically associated with traditional grandeur and the theatrical arts of yesteryear. An abundance of modern pop culture and entertainment media have clouded the eyes of this generation, leaving opera in the dark. Hidden in the heart of Syracuse lies Syracuse Opera, a theatrical gem in Upstate New York. The company strives to maintain relevance among the ever-changing stream of popularity by captivating audiences of all ages with fresh and engaging productions.

December 10, 2014 - 11:04am
Local activist Kevin Bott has run for mayor in Syracuse, but his real political power comes from his electric performances in the D.R.E.A.M. Freedom Revival, a musical theater group.

The first time Reverend Ebenezer Abernathy invited his audience to testify, a man stood up and declared he was an undocumented immigrant.

December 8, 2014 - 2:28pm
The collaboration between SU's drama program and downtown's theater allows students to graduate ahead of the curve in terms of real-world acting experience.

Jonathan R. Watson, a musical theater senior in Syracuse University’s Department of Drama (SU Drama), never tires of talking about his interesting experience of performing at Syracuse Stage, a professional regional theater downtown.