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Savoca & Heitzman funk & folk

Local favorites Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman, who've become national favorites on the folk circuit over the past decade, return to May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 3800 East Genesee St., Syracuse, on Friday Dec. 3 at 8 p.m.

This unique duo from Munnsville plays original funk and folk, with both artists on vocals, Savoca on percussion and Heitzman on guitars. Expect to hear tunes from their recent discs, "In the Dirt" and "All My Excuses."

A critic from Portland Oregon's Willamette Weekly praised the couple's "melodic songs that probe the mysteries of heart and soul. One of the most breathtaking live performances I've ever experienced."

Friday's concert is hosted by The Folkus Project. Admission costs $18. For reservations, call 440-7444.

Los Blancos times three

The Syracuse Area Music Award-winning quartet, Los Blancos, brings its blues to Baldwinsville at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at Lake Effect, 7 Syracuse St; 638-5015.

The white boys return to the city at 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, for a gig at Coleman's Authentic Irish Pub, 100 S. Lowell Ave., on Tipperary Hill; 476-1933.

And on Sunday Dec. 5 from 12:30 to 3 p.m., the foursome finds itself playing Sunday brunch at Empire Brewing Co., 120 Walton St., in Armory Square; 475-2337. Los Blancos is also booked for Brewing brunches Dec. 12 and 19.

Admission is free at all three venues.

Dean Brothers times two

Here's a funny story from Red House administrative director Mike Intaglietta.

"Earlier this month, the Dean Brothers sold out their Dec. 4 show here," Intaglietta said. "I never even had the chance to tell people the concert was happening. So we asked the Dean Brothers if they'd be cool with doing another show the next day, and they said, 'Yeah, that would be totally cool.' Who's looking out for The Dean Brothers' fans? That's right, we are."

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