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Salt City Summerfest starts with a bang



Larry Luttinger

441 E. Washington St.

Syracuse NY 13202


Salt City Summerfest starts with a bang

Outdoor pop-up festival will cover all of downtown Syracuse

Syracuse NY – Syracuse will get its first dose of big city excitement when the Salt City Summerfest kicks off on Friday July 23rd, the premier weekend of a seven-week stretch of street entertainment across downtown Syracuse that will last until September 11th.

The events will focus on support for the sidewalk dining areas of downtown during peak weekend times from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday lunch hour concerts at noon for downtown residents and workers in Perseverance Park at South Salina and Fayette streets, and in keeping with their 25-year history of providing America’s art form to the city, jazz and funk options at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown’s patio on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. There are 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.

The performances of the first weekend will cover virtually every downtown sidewalk dining area with music of all kinds. “This weekend launch will be indicative of the amazing body of activity that will light up Syracuse’s downtown dining scene right into the fall,” according to Larry Luttinger, director of CNY Jazz and architect of the festival. “In one weekend, we have, are you ready for this? Mike Houston and Sam Wynn playing Soul and RnB, Edgar Pagan’s GPL Lite playing pop Latino hits, Scott Dennis crooning jazz standards, Stringdom recreating the great acoustic French jazz sound, Harmonessence emulating the New York Voices with a cappella sounds, one-man band Andy Lawniczak, Epic records recording artist Mark Hoffmann plucking and singing on traditional swing and country tunes, Greg Hoover and Tom Parker doubling down on Americana favorites, plus the John Spillett Duo and the Balestra/Colabello Duo swinging on jazz standards. Come on, man! Our area has so much talent, enough to ring downtown like a bell from end to end. And this is only week one.”

Schedules will be announced weekly and be available at, where a map of all locations may also be found. Starting in week two of the festival, the Wednesday schedule of lunch concerts and jazz evenings on the Marriott patio will begin.

If You Go

Friday July 23rd 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Salt City Market Patio – Mike Houston & Sam Wynn

Pasta’s/York Alley – Stringdom

Strolling West – Andrew Lawniczak

Strolling East – Mark Hoffmann

Hanover Square – Greg Hoover & Tom Parker

Lemon Grass Alley – John Spillett Duo 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday July 24th 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Marriott Syracuse Downtown Patio – Scott Dennis & Friends

Salt City Market Patio – Edgar Pagan’s GPL Lite

Pasta’s/York Alley – Harmonessence

Strolling West – Greg Hoover & Tom Parker

Strolling East – Stringdom

Hanover Square – Mark Hoffmann

Lemon Grass Alley – Balestra/Colabello Duo 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.