Funk ‘n Waffles Offers Indie Vibe with Vittles


By Regan Talley

SYRACUSE, NY, Sept. 13, 2018–  Serving up a side of free music on Sunday nights, local eatery Funk ‘n Waffles has teamed up with independent record label L.R.S. Records to showcase nine up-and-coming local bands this month. Every Sunday night from 6-8 through Sept. 30, all ages are welcome to stop by the restaurant and experience a variety of rock genres at no cost.


Mark Turley, CEO of L.R.S. Records described it as the perfect opportunity for signed artists to promote their new releases with crowd-pleasing favorites. “We try to feature artists that we are planning on putting out an album for, or who have recently released one,” Turley explained. “Normally we have record release shows, and the cost of attendance can be pricey. This experience is so unique in that it is completely free.”

Funk ‘n Waffles, which first paired with LRS in 2016, is well known for its eclectic comfort food and unique atmosphere. As a local music label that works exclusively with artists in the area, L.R.S. Records was looking to coordinate with a venue that had an appreciation for the community of Syracuse. The combination has been a sweet success, and Turley decided this time he would extend the showcase to a two-hour slot. “This way, bands can play for a longer set of 45 minutes to an hour, as opposed having multiple bands play for a short period of time,” he said.

For Charley Orlando, talent buyer for Funk n’ Waffles, the showcase is a journey full of possibilities. When booking talent, Orlando searches for original artists that have quality. “I like to work with musicians and bands that are on their way to developing a sound. It’s fun to see how far you can take things and how that journey embeds itself into the music.”

As a fellow rock fan, Haley MacDougall is a longtime patron of the establishment. “I absolutely love the local music scene, and this one in particular is amazing. My friends and I have attended shows across the city, but we always come back to this one.”


The small venue allows for more intimacy between the artist and the audience. As one band performed a jangly guitar beat, patrons were stomping their feet and bobbing their heads in rhythm. A few shouted compliments at the band in between each song. Across the bar, one couple slow-danced to a ballad lost in the steady strum of the guitar.

Whether you are looking to relax after a long weekend, a student stepping away from campus for the afternoon, or just a rock music enthusiast, step in and experience the showcase for great food and a guaranteed good time.

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