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Salt City Summerfest enters week five



Larry Luttinger

441 E. Washington St.

Syracuse NY 13202


Salt City Summerfest enters week five

Steel band, Latin pop, ballet, jazz and Americana featured

Syracuse NY – Salt City Summerfest continues to energize the downtown sidewalk and patio dining scene with performances that will last through September 11th. This week, the fifth of seven weeks of programming, begins with a lunch concert by The Island Hoppers, a Caribbean-style steel drum band, Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. in Perseverance Park.

Well-known veteran performers and newcomers alike will disperse their talents throughout the week. Wednesday jazz night at the Marriott features Edgar Pagan teamed with Count Blastula’s Adam Fisher starting at 5:30 p.m. Then the weekend schedule presents an eclectic and varied mix of styles. Frenay and Lenin, Loren and LJ Barrigar, Salt City Chill’s Chuck Schiele, Greg Hoover and Tom Parker, Los Blancos accordionist Bruce Gerow, and Jeffery Pepper Rodger’s Pepper and Sassafras provide heavy doses of Americana, the Jimmy Johns vibes trio, Mark Hoffmann’s Swing This Duo, John Spillett, E.S.P., and newcomer Cherie Giraud offer hard swinging jazz, and for a complete change of pace, a group from Syracuse Ballet will break out their moves along the Warren Street restaurant corridor. All groups, days, times, destinations, routes, and a map may be found at

“Last week we mixed it up with a magician, and this week it’s dance,” commented Larry Luttinger,  organizer of the series. “We’re chock full of heavy resumes as well. I can’t thank these artists enough for wanting to be a part of this grand experiment. We’re turning downtown into a cultural desintation for the rest of the summer, enlivening some slow and difficult times. Let’s everybody remember to have some fun and just chill and experience some joyful noise out there.”

There are several stationary locations and two strolling routes on the festival map 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.

If You Go

Wednesday August 18th 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

Perseverance Park – The Island Hoppers

5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Marriott Syracuse Downtown patio – Edgar Pagan and Adam Fisher

Friday August 20th

5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Salt City Market Patio – Jimmy Johns Trio

Pasta’s/York Alley – Pepper and Sassafras

Strolling West – Syracuse Ballet

Strolling East – Bruce Gerow

Hanover Square – Swing This 2

6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Lemon Grass Alley – John Spillett Duo

Saturday August 21st

5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Marriott Syracuse Downtown Patio – Cherie Giraud

Salt City Market Patio – Frenay and Lenin

Pasta’s/York Alley – Chuck Schiele

Strolling West – Loren and LJ Barrigar

Strolling East – Syracuse Ballet

Hanover Square – Greg Hoover and Tom Parker

6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Lemon Grass Alley – E.S.P. Duo

Loren & LJ Barrigar