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Make Music Day Meet the Musicians Blair Frodelius

The public is invited to join the worldwide celebration of Make Music Day on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 in Syracuse. Make Music Day is a one-day event where free, live musical performances, opportunities to make music, and other musical events take place around the world on the longest day of the year. Musical festivities in Syracuse, New York inspired by France’s Fête de la Musique.

Local musicians will join musicians from around the world in more than 1,000 cities to celebrate the love of music and making music together. One of those musicians is Blair Frodelius. We asked each of our musicians about their love for music.

Learn more about Blair Frodelius below.

What is your name?
Blair Frodelius

Where are you from?

What kind of music do you perform/what instruments do you play?
I do a variety of popular songs from 1850-2000. I play Taylor acoustic guitars and sing.

When did you start performing/playing/singing? What got you into music?
I have been playing guitar and singing professionally since 1997. I have been playing guitar for over 40 years. I was inspired by the great acoustic artists of the 60s and 70s.

Are there any musicians who inspire you? What qualities do you admire about them?
Just a few of the artists who have shaped my career are: The Beatles, Bruce Cockburn, The Roches, Burt Bacharach, Louis Armstrong, Los Lobos, Guster, Klaatu, Michael Nesmith, Nat King Cole, Harry Belafonte, and many, many more. I admire how they each created a new form of established music, breaking down genres and musical barriers.

If your fans could remember one thing about you/your band, what would it be?
How to pronounce my last name. 😊

Describe your favorite venue for performing.
Having played thousands of shows over the years, my absolute favorite has been playing on the shore of Lake Ontario as the sun was setting. For indoor gigs, one of the best has been the auditorium at Loretto Cunningham.

Tell me about your favorite performance in your career.
So hard. Probably the best was a gig with a former band for our CD release at Borders book store at Carousel Mall in 2000. It was unique because we played the entire album live for the first and only time.

What's the best piece of advice another musician ever gave you?
Never apologize for musical mistakes.

If there is anything you would like to add about yourself or your band, please feel free to do so.
My inspiration has always been a well crafted song. It doesn’t matter how long ago it was written or what style it is. A great song will always be a great song.

Make Music with Frodelius

Join Blair Frodelius on June 21 at:

Wildflowers Armory, 217 S. Salina Street @ 11 am