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At the end of the line was a Train concert

I thought my days of standing in line to buy concert tickets were decades in my rear view mirror. Then the announcement that Train was coming to the New York State Fair Grandstand this August flashed before us. And I saw the look in my dear wife Karen’s eyes. I was No. 3 in line…

Magic at last year's 'Bring the World Together in Peace' at The Palace Theatre in Syracuse.

A concert for learning from Grupo Pagan

Over 20 years, I’ve admired Edgar Pagan the man and Edgar Pagan the music maker. The Syracuse band leader of Grupo Pagan is once again bringing both sides of his generous personality together to present “Bringing the World Together in Syracuse 2014.” The show starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at The Palace Theater…

Dana Fuchs will belt out the blues in Syracuse. (From danafuchs.com press kit)

New York State Blues Festival back with big lineup

After a year off to retune the organization and format, the New York State Blues Festival has announced a big and impressive lineup for a two-day return, July 18 and 19 in Clinton Square in Syracuse. Media relations representative Julie Briggs sent out the list of performers today. Coming to play the free-admission event in…

On March 28, Avery Sunshine will perform a free jazz show in Syracuse. (From youtube.com)

Avery Sunshine to play free show at OCC

Avery Sunshine knows how to spread jazz love with her voice and keyboard work. And, in a show that pays tribute to Women’s History Month, the Avery Sunshine Duo will perform a free admission show at 7 p.m. March 29, in Storer Auditorium on the campus of Onondaga Community College. The native of Chester, Pa.,…

What would you do to fight a class system?

The novel of Vernonica Roth will be brought to the big screen this weekend with the tense “Divergent.” Teens will fight for their lives and the good of all in this futuristic Chicago. The makers expect success; there’s already plans for two more films. The trailer shows a lesson for sticking up for what makes…