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Sam Amato speeds off into the sunset; Coincidence Maybe plays Tipp Hill

"Sam was a pioneer and a real inspiration to lots of [rock] musicians early on," said Chuck Wheeler, a former member of The Seven. "I'll always remember what an influence he had on me and hundreds of other guys in Central New York."

Sam & The Twisters were inducted into the Syracuse Area Music Awards Hall of Fame in 1994.

No 'maybe' about it

Nashville-based acoustic duo Coincidence Maybe will play a one-hour mini concert at 6:30 p.m. Monday Feb. 28, at the Tipp Hill Caf , 126 Milton Ave., on the city's West End.

CM guitarist Travis Becknell is always on the lookout for new talent.

"I'm listening for vocalists and other musicians who could play on our recordings," Becknell said. "We look forward to meeting people in Central New York and networking for future tours."

Their first New York tour includes gigs at colleges and coffeehouses in Niagara, Buffalo, Syracuse (Le Moyne College) and Rome.

As Coincidence Maybe, Becknell and percussionist Denver Shindle perform both covers and originals such as "Withered Tree" and "Days like Today."

The duo will kick off the open mic Monday followed by local hopefuls who perform two tunes each. Feb. 28 marks the one-year anniversary of the Monday-night series co-hosted by local musicians Wendy Ramsay and Joanne Perry.

Tipp Hill living room

"It's not your usual open mic," Perry said. "There's no PA system, so it's completely acoustic, like a living room. There is a guitar available to play and a piano too. We encourage one another and people pay attention."

Tipp Hill Caf owners Julie and Bob "Butch" Rudd opened the bistro in August 2009. They serve a light menu daily (except Tuesdays) in a friendly, homey atmosphere. A plasma screen TV and Wi-Fi are always available.

There is no admission charge and all ages are welcome. For caf info, call 476-8637. For open mic info, contact Joanne Perry at originaljoj@yahoo.com or call 214-9422.

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