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Party in the Plaza prepares to rock

More than a dozen of Central New York's rockingest bands have been hired to entertain at the Party in the Plaza this year. Staged for more than two decades at the Federal Building plaza downtown, the 5 to 8 p.m. parties are hosted by The Updowntowners.

Party in the Plaza 2008

Here's the 2008 schedule:

May 28 Kat Tale

June 4 One Hard Krank

June 11 The Rhythm Method

June 18 12 A.M.

June 25 T.J. Sacco & The Electric Rodeo

July 2 3-Inch Fury

July 9 SuperGush

July 16 The Black-Lites

July 23 SimpleLife

July 30 Emerald City

Aug. 6 Custom Taylor Band

Aug. 13 Undesirables

Aug. 20 Under the Gun

Where's Grupo Pagan?

From the Rhythm Method to SimpleLife, from One Hard Krank to SuperGush, from the Black-Lites to Emerald City, the musical styles represented at the Party in the Plaza 2008 aptly reflect the diversity of the Syracuse experience although the lineup is sorely lacking a Latin act!

Anyhow, The Updowntowners will stage a baker's dozen Parties in the Plaza from May 28 to Aug. 20, outside the Hanley Federal Building, at the corner of South Clinton and West Washington streets.

Double bills TBA

The Updowntowners hope to announce at least two double bills, possibly pairing Roosevelt Dean with Kat Tale on May 28, and Atlas with The Rhythm Method. So maybe it's not too late for Grupo Pagan or another Hispanic combo to make the scene.

Contact the Updowntowners at 471-0363, or visit partyintheplaza.com.

'Young Lady of Property'

My colleague, Nancy Keefe Rhodes, attended a play at Syracuse Stage's Black Box Theater last week, and strongly urges you to catch it this coming weekend. Here's her review:

This two-weekend student production is on such a shoestring that there's no printed program. The director, Sonita Surratt -- veteran of CNY stage, opera and radio drama, now an MFA candidate in stage direction -- works the lighting herself during performances.

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