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June 20, 2008

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While anticipating Beady Belle at the Lutheran Church on Thursday June 19 I happened to catch the music of a regionally-known guitarist and his band-the Craig Snyder Fusion Group. This was one hot band! The guitar work was absolutely top notch with every known technique employed from tapping and legato style to beautiful lush chords deliverd to my ears with a twin stereo amp set up.The bassist was a Rochester guy who played some serious bass lines and solos. The drumming and keyboard work were equally great making this band a real joy to experience. The tunes were original with Craig even singing a bluesy number that was sweet.
This band was as good as any at the Rochester Jazz Festival and it is too bad that the crwod was small. This guy Craig should get a shot at a venue at a time when more folks have a chance to catch his music. Absolutely great.
HH

Craig Snyder Fusion band was unreal! Mouse the drummer destroyed it!These guys are totally pro and deserve a venue with MORE PEOPLE!J

The Craig Snyder group on June 19 at the Lutheran Church was wonderful. The tunes were a combo of jazz/rock and even though the crowd wasn't that large, the music was great. Craig's guitar playing is second to none and his band was good as well.

It's a shame attendees don't check out more of the local cats playin' this festival. The whole time I was watchin Craig Snyder and his group tearin' it up, I kept wanting to run through the streets and drag people into the church to see what they were missing. Good grief!! I have driven several hours to see fusion players that end up making me yawn half the night. Not this time!! What a great player!! What a great group!! Only thing missin' was John Belushi doing some back flips down the isle .

I DID GET TO SEE CRAIG SNYDERS GROUP AND THEY WERE REALLY GREAT.VERY PROFESSIONAL ACT.I HOPE THAT I WILL GET TO SEE THEM NEXT YEAR. DANNY

A highlite of the Fest was the Craig Snyder Fusion Band at the Lutheran Church June 19th. The band is a cohesive unit led by a guitarist with nothing short of amazing skills that are second to none. The original songs transcend the obvious technical proficiency and go straight to the soul. Stunning performance from a Rochester area band.

AS A ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST LOCALLY AND ALSO A SUPPORTING SOLO ARTIST& WITH A LOCAL ACT CALLED 2 STEPS BACK!
I HAVE ENJOYED THE FINE MUSICIANSHIP AND SUPERIOR EXCELLENCE
OF CRAIG SNYDER
CRAIG STANDS OUT ABOVE AND BEYOND
WHAT JAZZ MEANS, NOT TO MENTION THE WORD FUSION...EXPLODING! HIS
DEDICATION TO HIS CRAFT IS NOTHING LESS THEN
AWESOME!.CHECK OUT HIS GREAT CD EARTHBOUND
AND CATCH HIM LIVE...HIS TALENT IS
MEZMORIZING TO SAY THE LEAST..
A TRUE ARTIST!

D HARVEY EVANS

Another outstanding performance by The Craig Snyder Fusion Group with a solid groove highlighted by the bursts of guitar fret fury. No one in Rochester, or anywhere else for that matter, does it better

The Craig Snyder Fusion Group reighned dominant on June 19 at the Rochester Jazz fest. If the fest was a contest then the competition would have been slaughtered. Craigs playing was as fantastic as usual. I thought that I should have been sitting in an audience of thousands watching the band play at Madison Square garden.

I am a huge fan of 4 Walls of Freedom. From Joe Locke w/ Robert Rodriguez, Johnathan Blake , Ricardo Rodriguez's new album Force of Four, what was his set list?

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