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Salt City Summerfest at midpoint of seven-week schedule



Larry Luttinger

441 E. Washington St.

Syracuse NY 13202


Salt City Summerfest at midpoint of seven-week schedule

This week brings dueling guitars, jazz, Americana, magic, and more

Syracuse NY – Downtown streets will continue to ring with music as the Salt City Summerfest presents its fourth or seven weeks of sidewalk dining entertainment. Some of the area’s best known artists will fan out across the city center to provide a heady potpourri of musical styles.

This week’s Wednesday lunch and listen installment featuring the Barrigars, bringing a full family complement to bear on Perseverance Park at Fayette and Salina from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Dad Loren adds sons LJ on guitar and Mason on bass, cajon, and vocals to the mix to play an acoustic concert in the shaded plaza at the city’s center. That evening at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday jazz nights continue at the Marriott Downtown patio with a duo led by recent Colorado transplant Andy Lawniczak on trumpet and guitar.

The Friday and Saturday schedule includes a dose of blues from Jane Zell on guitar with the legendary Curtis Waterman on harmonica, as well as a mobile duo led by Diana Jacobs. Acoustic Americana is well represented by San Diego transplant Chuck Schiele, Greg Hoover and Tom Parker, Los Blancos accordionist Bruce Gerow, and the duo of Loren and LJ Barrigar. Swing and jazz groups include Mark Hoffmann’s Swing This 2 and baritone Scott Dennis with Dave Solazzo. Alt-rock, rockabilly and blues are provided by Modafferi, and weekend jazz regulars John Spillett and Rick Balestra hold court as usual on the Lemon Grass patio.

Downtown diners are settling in for the weekly shows more and more each week,”, according to festival organizer Larry Luttinger, director of CNY Jazz. “The only thing to expect from all this is the unexpected. Be prepared for a surprise or two along the way, and just enjoy what comes along. Life is just a box of chocolates, right?”

The entire artist schedule and a map is at There are several stationary locations and two strolling routes that cover all downtown sidewalk dining areas.

There are three rain locations. The Perseverance Park rain alternative is the west side of the Chase Bank building on Warren Street, under the overhand of the sidewalk dining area at Darwin’s. Activities at the Marriott and the Salt City Market also have indoor rain locations.