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Concert Series Energizes Syracuse’s Urban Neighborhoods



Steve Becker
Premier Promotions

Concert Series Energizes Syracuse’s Urban Neighborhoods

Syracuse NY – Syracuse’s neighborhoods will again benefit from the positive cultural, social, and economic outcomes of Jazz in the City, the mobile cultural platform that has served the city since 2002. Four concert events are scheduled on Thursday evenings in August. National and regional groups will perform, minority vendors will showcase their wares, and the Molina Healthcare Village will distribute information from a host of area health and family service organizations. Tops Friendly Markets will give out coupons. Unions, colleges, and the Syracuse Police will be on hand to recruit, and the La Liga Youth Corps will provide ground services for the four-concert series. All events are free and open to the public.

The series will present one concert in each quadrant of the city, starting on the Old South Side at the Dunk & Bright lot on South Salina Street on August 1st. As is traditional for the series, the Blacklites will perform with a special guest. This year they will feature Rhonda Plunkett, the dynamic Southern Tier soul vocalist, making a rare trip upstate. The KC Cuse Line Dancers will perform a pre-show demonstration. Food and beverages will be available from Sarita Foods.

On August 8th, new sponsor Circare will host the West Side concert at a new location for the series, Leavenworth Park. Syracuse’s favorite smooth jazz son Jackiem Joyner, Fowler High School grad and Billboard #1 saxophonist, will hold court. Food trucks will be present including Limp Lizard, Baked Potato Express and Skippy’s Ice Cream.

After a week’s hiatus, the series moves to the Hawley Green neighborhood on August 22nd. Atlas, the eight-piece funk and pop juggernaut now celebrating their thirty eighth year in show business, returns by popular demand for an outdoor dining concert at the Regency Tower, hosted by Attilio’s. The KC Cuse Line Dance Seniors will perform a pre-show demonstration. Food and beverages will be available at Attilio’s.

The series concludes with a four-hour event at Le Moyne Plaza in the Salt Springs-Fayette area, serving city and campus with two hours of games and a silent disco, followed by a concert by West End Blend, the eight-piece funk and soul outfit from Hartford Connecticut fronted by vocalist Erica T. Bryan. Food and beverages will be available.

“We’ve never had a more robust series as we’ve been able to produce this year, despite a challenging fundraising environment,” said Larry Luttinger, director of CNY Jazz. “Without a team of folks who understand the value and outcomes of activities like this, we would never be able to do what we do. New sponsor Circare came to our rescue for the west side concert, new Police Chief Kenton Buckner has embraced the series, and due to our many loyal health care and neighborhood sponsors, we’re stable for another year. We’re proud that we have been recognized at the federal level by the National Endowment for the Arts, and thankful that our visionary Assemblyperson Pam Hunter has again provided the match to their grant.”

Outdoor dining reservations may be made at Attilio’s for the August 22nd concert by calling 315-218-5085. For a complete list of sponsors and supporters, in-depth artist descriptions, and schedule, visit


• The Blacklites with Rhonda Plunkett – August 1st Dunk & Bright, 2648 S Salina St, Syracuse, NY 13205: 6:30 -9:00 pm with opening act KC Cuse Line Dancers and ceremonies
• Jackiem Joyner – August 8th Leavenworth Park, 120 Wilkinson St, Syracuse, NY 13204: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
• Atlas – August 22nd Regency Tower, 770 James St (at Lodi St), Syracuse, NY 13203: 7:00-9:00 pm
• West End Blend – August 29th Le Moyne Plaza, 1139 Salt Springs Rd, Syracuse 13214: 4:00-6:00 pm games and silent disco / 6:00-8:00 pm concert