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Uncle Kracker

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Uncle Kracker
w/ Two Hour Delay
Friday, May 4, 2018 8:00 PM
The Westcott Theater, Syracuse, NY
  • All Ages
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  • Ticket Price: $28.00 - $35.00
  • Door Time: 7:00 PM
All ages admitted
Uncle Kracker: No matter what he does or where he goes, Uncle Kracker adheres to a simple, yet rather timeless philosophy.

“I really subscribe to this mindset of just having fun,” he affirms. “That’s what it’s always about. It’s the train that I’m forever on. The way I feel is if I’m enjoying it, it’s really worth doing.”

Now he’s having more fun than ever. Last year Uncle Kracker joined Sugar Ray, Better Than Ezra and Eve 6 for the Under The Sun Tour 2015, hitting sheds across the country throughout the summer. Uncle Kracker will be back on the road in 2016. His live show continues to get bigger and better with every tour. "It's very interactive," he says. "It's meant to be a party, and I want everybody involved. Each time we go on stage, I want people to leave smiling."

That outlook has served him well over the years. After vaulting to stardom as a charismatic presence and chief collaborator in Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band, the Michigan singer, songwriter, and performer, also known as Matthew Shafer, kicked off a stunning solo career of his own.

His 2000 major label debut, Double Wide, fittingly went double-platinum and yielded #1 smash “Follow Me”. Its 2002 follow-up No Stranger To Shame reached gold status and spawned cross-format hits such as “In A Little While” and the powerful cover of Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away”, which set a Billboard record for most weeks at #1 on any chart, topping their #1 run on the Adult Contemporary radio charts for a staggering 28 weeks. Country superstar Kenny Chesney tapped him for “When The Sun Goes Down,” which impressively spent five weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart. Throughout, he played sold out shows across the country and appeared everywhere from the American Country Music Awards to Late Night With Conan O'Brien. Then, 2012 saw him fully embrace his country side with his critically acclaimed fifth outing, Midnight Special.

Uncle Kracker is still having a blast, and fans worldwide undoubtedly will too when they see him on the road. “When I’m up onstage, I don’t feel removed from the people coming to hear the music,” he leaves off. “You can feel it, when they identify with you. Sometimes when I’m up there, I wanna tell’em ‘I’m not any different than you are.’”
Two Hour Delay: Blowing in from the snow belt of Central NY, “Two Hour Delay” (aka 2HD) brings a blend of new music drawing upon influences from rock & roll, blues, folk, country & bluegrass.

Led by singer/songwriter Tim Burns, the band performs a mix of strong original music as well as some tasty covers. Tim has nearly 50 original tunes to his credit, but draws from any of 200+ covers (and twists them a little) just to mix things up.

Tim has teamed up with some seasoned talent from Central NY including Bob Gaus on electric guitar, Brian Welch on drums & vocals, and recent addition Joe Henson on vocals & bass guitar. The band is eager to develop new original tunes with the addition of Joe's songwriting ability. 

In the past couple of years, 2HD has opened Rusted Root, Donna the Buffalo, Floodwood, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Big Leg Emma, and has their sights set on sharing the stage with many more of their favorite acts in the coming year.

This group is focused on developing original music to capture the listener… perhaps for a couple hours at a time.

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