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Sirsy brings undeniable talent to Burlington

Monica Salvo / Reviewer

Captivating drum beats intertwine with guitar and bass melodies, setting the stage for a voice with so much attitude, one would believe Fiona Apple and Gwen Stefani had been blended into one. They are known as Sirsy and since their birth five years ago, they have taken the East Coast by storm. Having opened for and played with bands like Maroon 5, Fuel, Third Eye Blind and Uncle Kracker, among many others, this four piece group from New York knows how to mix pop and rock to keep the crowd hopping.

Fronted by vocalist and flute player Melanie Krahmer, Sirsy uses their intrinsic playlist to keep both fans and newcomers alike begging for more. The fiery young woman is backed by guitarist Andres Jatombliansky, bassist Rich Libutti and drummer Greg Nash, creating an undeniably talented quartet destined for great things.

Performing both cover songs and originals, Sirsy has established themselves by playing over 250 shows per year at various venues, including CBGB's in New York City, Fletcher's in Maryland and even local Burlington locale, the Blue Gator Bar and Grill. They will grace the Gator stage for the second time on Friday with a presence sure to be remembered by all in attendance.

Their cover songs are a perfect reflection of the range the group has yet to experiment with. Songs from the Beatles to the Beastie Boys to Kid Rock should be expected to energize the dance floor. Even a cover of Etta James' "At Last" could possibly intrigue all present. Adding their own attitude and flare, Sirsy still manages to give their covers overwhelming justice.

Combined with such pleasures will be Sirsy's original creations, which have received airplay on radio stations along the East Coast, mainly in New York. With what seems to be a pop approach that musters a rock edge, Sirsy in turn has invented a plethora of music geared toward a wide range of music lovers. Thus it seems fair to say many are bound to be satisfied with Friday's performance.

Songs from their four albums, including their latest Ruby, can be heard on their Web site, http://www.Sirsy.com. Sirsy merchandise and CDs will be sold during their performance at the Blue Gator. The Blue Gator Bar and Grill is located on Church Street. Doors open at 7 p.m. and Sirsy will begin to rock around 10 p.m. Call (336) 586-1700 for further information, including Gator provided transportation options.

Whether one prefers Sheryl Crow or Lenny Kravitz, or craves a new musical sensation in general, Sirsy's presence on the Blue Gator stage calls for live music lovers of all genres.

Contact Monica Salvo at pendulum@elon.edu or 278-7247.

Photo courtesy of www.sirsy.com