Two-time Syracuse Area Music Award Hall of Fame inductees Gary Frenay and Arty Lenin will perform at Keuka College on Sunday, Sept. 17.
The concert, free and open to the public, begins at 3 p.m. in Norton Chapel.
Frenay and Lenin will play a variety of folk and rock songs from their vast repertoire, which includes more than 1,500 tunes from every style of music. Their combination of experience and spontaneity allows them to create a unique musical performance for audiences of all ages.
In the more than 20 years that the Syracuse Area Music Awards have been honoring Central New York musicians, only two people have been inducted into the SAMMY’s Hall of Fame twice—Gary Frenay and Arty Lenin. They were each inducted as individuals (in 2006) and again six years later as members of the Flashcubes.
They have earned SAMMY Award nominations for Best Folk Rock Group, Best Acoustic Act, Best Singer/Songwriter, Best Rock Instrumentalist, and Best Album Release.
Frenay and Lenin have been making music together for more than 35 years, and have had several bands, including the Flashcubes, Screen Test, the Neverly Brothers Band, and The FabCats (formerly the Fab Five).
The pair have opened for such bands as the Police, U2, Matthew Sweet, Don McLean, and Shawn Mullins, among others. They have recorded more than 30 releases together and close to 50 collectively in a variety of formats. They have toured throughout North America and abroad, including in Japan, Italy, France, Spain, and Great Britain.
Frenay and Lenin have been on a variety of national radio and television programs, including MTV and the “Jenny Jones Show,” and have been profiled in international magazines, such as Goldmine, Billboard, and Variety.
Locally, Frenay and Lenin have performed at such venues as Syracuse’s bc Restaurant, Dinosaur BBQ,
Limp Lizard Lounge, Pascale’s Restaurant, and Pastabilities. They have also performed at Moro’s Table in Auburn, Old City Hall in Oswego, and the Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles, among other Syracuse-area venues.