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Your Weekend Plan: Syracuse Jazz Fest

Your Weekend Plan: Syracuse Jazz Fest

For 32 years, Frank Malfitano has been organizing and promoting the biggest free Jazz concert in the northeast US. His persistence has made the Syracuse Jazz Fest a CNY institution—one of the annual events that make this such a livable area. This is the must-see event this weekend.

“If there’s a theme for the 32nd Annual M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest at OCC, it would have to be something like “Superstars, Shooting Stars & Rising Stars,” says festival founder and executive producer Frank Malfitano.

To fully enjoy the free concerts, bring lawn chairs, or a couple of picnic blankets and cushions. The organizers also recommend sun screen, an umbrella (it’s an outdoor concert) insect repellent, and enough money to sample the food and drinks available from the Hipster Food Trucks, the Constellation Wine Court, and the NYS Craft Beer Garden.

This year’s Jazz Fest is being held at the campus of Onondaga Community College. That means plenty of parking and necessary amenities for the day-long celebration of The American Art Form. If you don’t want to drive, or if you don’t have a car, Centro is running a bus from the Transit Hub (Bay A3) to the campus. The cost is $2 each way.

The Jazz Fest schedule for this year is:

Friday, July 11, 2014
Gates Open 3:00 pm

5:30 pm: Julia Goodwin
6:30 pm: Mark Doyle’s Guitar Noir
8:00 pm: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
9:30 pm: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Gates Open 3:00 pm

5:00 pm: Nick Ziobro
6:30 pm: Igor Butman & The Moscow State Jazz Orchestra, featuring Fantine
8:00 pm: Raul Midón
9:30 pm: B.B. King & THE B.B. King Orchestra

Jazz Fest will close on Saturday evening with a fireworks display immediately following the headline performance by B.B. King & His Orchestra.

For more information about the performers, visit the Jazz Fest web site at

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