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Third week of Salt City Summerfest attractions highlights diversity



Larry Luttinger

441 E. Washington St.

Syracuse NY 13202


Third week of Salt City Summerfest attractions highlights diversity

Brass bands to Fado included in lineup

Syracuse NY – The Salt City Summerfest enters its third of seven weeks of sidewalk and patio entertainment with a diverse roster of artists ranging from brass bands to strolling singers to jazz and RnB groups. 30 musicians will cover a total of 21 sidewalk and patio dining areas across the central business district.

This week’s lunch hour kickoff at Perseverance Park on Fayette and South Salina street features the Alpha Brass Band, hailing from Binghamton, playing New Orleans-style blues and second-line soul in the style of the Rebirth Brass Band and Trombone Shorty. That evening, the jazz schedule continues on the Marriott patio with Sam Wynn and Mike Seraphim playing jazz, soul, and pop favorites. The weekend schedule includes Americana from The Cadleys, Loren and LJ Barrigar, and the duo of Greg Hoover and Tom Parker; ballads sung in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese by Sebastian Escribano; traditional swing by the Swing This Duo, vocal jazz by Aaron Ruiz, and straight ahead swinging jazz from Andy Lawniczak, the John Spillett Duo the E.S.P. Duo, and a vibes trio led by Matt Sokolic.

“Our activities are quickly becoming a known fixture of the downtown dining scene, “according to Larry Luttinger, festival organizer and leader of CNY Jazz Central. “We’re hearing reports that patrons are asking who is going to stroll by from day to day. That’s a good thing. It tells us that we’re doing our part to enliven the landscape and provide a healthy cultural vibe for our urban core.”

A map of all locations and weekly artist schedules is 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.

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.