Songwriter Melody Calley to perform on Quiet Storm show at Lost Horizon

Story by Russ Tarby

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Fresh from a July 14 performance at the Women’s Right to Rock Festival in Seneca Falls, Syracuse songwriter Melody Calley will be featured when The Quiet Storm descends on Lost Horizon at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 28. In keeping with the show’s theme, perhaps she’ll sing her song named “When it Rains.”

The Quiet Storm is a quadruple bill designed to showcase acoustic, original, indie rock local live music. Also appearing will be tunesmith Mike Roy, Rochester songwriter Goodbye Ronnie and the Flashing Astonishers, a Syracuse punk-rock combo which recently reunited.

While working a day-job in the health-services field, Calley previously fronted an independent rock band called The Best Dream that released an eight-song self-titled debut disc in 2009. The Best Dream entertained audiences at the Westcott Theater, Clinton Music and Arts Festival and Utica Music Festival.

Calley’s compositions such as “Take Nothing” and “Angry Girl” are folk-rock tunes with a hint of soul. She cites influences ranging from Radiohead to Ravi Shankar, from PJ Harvey to the Moody Blues.

“So much music, so little time,” Calley said, explaining her eclectic tastes.

While Melody herself plays acoustic guitar, she’ll be accompanied at the Lost Horizon by lead blues guitarist Joe Monkofsky who works as an advertising representative at Eagle Newspapers.

Doors open at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Lost Horizon, 5863 Thompson Road, on the far-eastern edge of the city of Syracuse, just south of the intersection with Erie Boulevard East. Admission costs $5; 446-1934.

After The Quiet Storm subsides, Calley’s upcoming performances include a 9 p.m. Aug. 3 date at Trace’s in Rome, N.Y., and an 8 p.m. show on Sept. 22 at Funk’N Waffles, in the alley off South Crouse Avenue, on the Syracuse University Hill.

Russ Tarby is a freelance writer for the Eagle Bulletin. Reach him at


March 5th, 2010 blogspot
By Mark Bialzak

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Melody Calley presents her indie-rock trio The Best Dream for a party and show to celebrate the release of a self-titled CD.

The party is 9 p.m. Saturday at the Lost Horizon.

Calley is joined by James Bort on bass and Evan Newell on drums.

“The CD was recorded locally by Syracuse musician Timothy Wood, who also plays guitar and keys on it,” Calley reports. “The songs are alternatingly mellow and intense-driving, with some explosive moments and some melodic work on two guitars.”

Calley wrote all the songs on the CD.

“The emotional tone ranges from quiet sadness to loud triumph,” she says. “Lyrically, topics include freedom and strength of spirit.”




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