From the mailbag: Lou Gramm gets his day in Onondaga County, Walter Trout to sizzle at the Dinosaur


It’s officially Lou Gramm Day in Onondaga County.

And you thought it was just Friday.

Rochester native Gramm is the featured performer tonight at the Key Bank Balloon Fest in Jamesville Beach Park.

Gramm, the lead singer during the Foreigner hit-making days three decades ago, has been riding a hot streak.

A book chronicling his career, “Juke Box Hero,” written by longtime Rochester reporter Scott Pitoniak, was released in April. In June, Gramm was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, with Billy Joel turning his keys to the LG songbook. And now he’s the man of the day in this whole darn Syracuse-and-surroundings county.

There’s plenty of music on the main stage at Balloon Fest. The headliner Saturday night is Starship featuring Mickey Thomas. Eddie Money headlines Sunday. Admission is $10, at the gate.

Walter Trout goes Upstairs at the Dinosaur

Bob Baker, the social media manager of Syracuse’s special music-and-great-grub joint, sends along word that a big party is planned for the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que’s upstairs room for Sunday, July 15.

Walter Trout will be rocking the joint.

Guitarist Trout has blazed in the blues world for five decades, including stints with John Mayall’s Blues Breakers and Canned Heat.

Tickets are $15, which includes a meal of pulled pork sliders and gumbo. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

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