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Salt City Summerfest starts Wednesday lunch series



Larry Luttinger

441 E. Washington St.

Syracuse NY 13202


Salt City Summerfest starts Wednesday lunch series

Week two of outdoor pop-up festival begins jazz schedule

Syracuse NY – The Salt City Summerfest kicks into high gear this week, starting with a “Jazz Wednesday” that starts with a lunchtime concert by the Nick DiMaria Trio in Perseverance Park, the plaza at the intersection of South Salina and Fayette Street, and a 5:30 p.m. performance by the Joe Carello Trio at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown patio. The seven-week stretch of street entertainment will present a Wednesday, Friday and Saturday schedule of strolling and outdoor music and performing arts across downtown Syracuse through September 11th.

A map of all locations and weekly artist schedules are posted at There are several stationary locations and two strolling routes where artists will rove about serenading sidewalk dining areas one by one. The west route includes stops at Pastabilities, Kitty Hoynes, Funk n’ Waffles, Al’s Wine & Whiskey Lounge, and the Modern Malt/Sky Armory alley. The east route includes The Fish Friar, Otro Cinco, A Mano, and Luna Loca on Columbus Circle, the former Mission Restaurant.

This week we’re really entering full-time mode with a full schedule,” according to Larry Luttinger, director of CNY Jazz and architect of the festival. “Downtown workers, bring your lunches and catch Nick DiMaria on Wednesday. Nick is one of our prize grads who is now crushing the New York City scene. That evening, catch Joe Carello, who is without a doubt the area’s premier jazz soloist. Scott Dennis is at Salt City Market this week on Friday, with Sean Seals and SMX playing soul and RnB there on Saturday. This week there’s a dose of Latin music as well, with Gringa Grooves and Sebastian Escribano strolling, and there’s plenty of Americana to be had plus some Celtic music by Kyle and Dave Ossont. Toss in John Spillett’s group and Rick Balestra’s group in the Lemon Grass alley over the weekend, and it adds up to much more than its parts. Enjoy, citizens!”