Soundcheck lives with Little Georgie as finale

Little Georgie and his Hungarians shuffle back to Syracuse to begin anew:

The Aug. 17 Soundcheck Live celebration, with TK-99's Dave Frisina as the focal point, is a day-into-night wander through Syracuse Music History featuring some of the most influential, ground-breaking acts and seasoned musicians that ever boiled up in the Salt City. Syracusans will have to pace themselves as a reunion of Little Georgie and the Shuffling Hungarians will be the finale of an already fine show.

"Frisina is the dean of the local music radio scene," Little Georgie Rossi said, "he was the only guy, a ray of sunshine in a sea of darkness."

The concert will be the climactic end to a big weekend at the Inner Harbor where Syracuse's Hottest Chick-N-Wing Festival takes place Friday and Saturday. Power balladeer Benny Mardones will climax the Wingfest Saturday night by reprising his bit hit "Into the Night." On Sunday, the Soundcheck Live concert begins at 3 p.m. before travelling long into the night.

Shuffling Hungarians

Little Georgie and The Shuffling Hungarians made their mark on Syracuse as the house band at the much-missed Styleen's Rhythm Palace, at 314 S. Franklin St., now the site of the Ohm Lounge. Stlyeen's was then owned by Michael Heagerty (now a Syracuse city councilman and owner of Eastwood's Palace Theater) and his sister, Eileen AKA "Styleen." Every Saturday night in the mid-1990s you could find people of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds sweating to the funky soul sounds of Little Georgie and the Shuffling Hungarians -- a 12-piece New Orleans-style R&B revue that played for four hours straight without a break.

Prior to the band's stand at Styleen's, the group played every Wednesday night for a couple years at the world-famous Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.

During the Nineties, the Shuffling Hungarians released two CDs, here on Queen Bee Records, a self-titled studio disc and a twofer waxed live at Styleen's. The recordings featured Rossi originals such as "The Ballade of Little Georgie," "Gutbucket" and "Brassy Bessie," while the live discs also included New Orleans standards such as "Hey Pocky Way' and "Let's Go Get Stoned."

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