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Featured In Syracuse: Meet The Other Rock Stars Who Brings NYS Fair Concerts to Everyone

Martise wears a long sleeve dark green shirt and jeans as he sits in front of a tablet and feeds to an interpreter off to the side.

Martise Colston supports a fellow member of his interpretation team during a concert at Chevy Court during the 2023 NYS Fair. Colston, who himself is deaf, feeds performance notes using a combination of ASL and instrumental interpretation.

On the first evening of the 2023 New York State Fair, hip-hop duo Salt-N-Pepa took the stage at Chevy Court to deliver what 16,300 fairgoers came to shake their hips to: smash hits like “Whatta Man,” “Let’s Talk About Sex,” “Shoop,” and “Push It.”

Despite the oldies radio vibe and the seat-rattling bass pumping from the speakers, it seemed at times as if Salt-N-Pepa were running low on, well, pep.

But you couldn’t help but notice a woman, stage right, gyrating on a riser with a shaved head topped by a magenta-tipped pompadour. Her hands flew in all directions as her face morphed through expressions faster than Jim Carrey on speed.

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Amber wears a black blouse as she interprets music on a platform next to the sage. She has an amused look on her face as she looks off to the side

Amber Galloway-Gallego, founder of Amber G. Productions, specializes in interpreting live music for deaf and hard of hearing concertgoers using a special form of ASL. Here she interprets a performance by the hip-hop group Salt-N-Peppa at Chevy Court during the 2023 NYS Fair.

A mixture of festival patrons sit and stand as they move their arms to the music.

Deaf, hard of hearing, and vision impaired fans enjoy the Salt-N-Peppa concert at Chevy Court during the 2023 NYS Fair, thanks to music interpretation services provided by Amber Galloway-Gallego's company, Amber G. Productions.


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