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Baldwinsville summer concert series continues

There's music in the air at Paper Mill Island, as the Lysander and Van Buren parks' Summer Concert Series continues through August 3.

The free concerts are held every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Paper Mill Island, with a rain location in the C.W. Baker High School auditorium.

Custom Taylor band, a new group to the series, played for a crowd of about 300 for the first concert on July 6.

"We probably will look at having them again," said Ann Smiley, director of Lysander Parks and Recreation. "They did a wonderful job."

The Julie Crawford band, which plays a mix of country and classic rock, was scheduled to perform on Tuesday. The lead singer, Julie Crawford, has performed at the Great New York State Fair. She sings a variety, ranging from "country to big-band, disco to jazz and blues, and oldies to rock 'n roll," according to her website, juliecrawford.com.

There are three more performances left before the concerts stop after the first week in August. On July 20, Celebration band performs. Joe Whiting, a popular performer from past years, plays on July 27. Rounding out the series on August 3 is the nine-piece horn band After FX.

Concert-goers may bring chairs and blankets. Some people sit across the river to listen to the concert, while others pull up in their boats.

Smiley said food is available for purchase, but people may bring their own. Alcohol is prohibited.

When choosing the lineup, previous performers are considered, as well as new groups, in an effort to book bands that appeal to a wide range of tastes in music.

"We try to mix it up every year, so we have different groups every year," Smiley said.

But bands like the Julie Crawford and Joe Whiting bands have been popular enough to bring back year after year.

Lysander and Van Buren parks and the Baldwinsville Public Library have been putting on these concerts since the mid-1990s, Smiley said. The organizations collaborate with the community to make the performances possible.

"We reach out to the community and get contributions to help support this," Smiley said. "We have some wonderful businesses who have supported this right along."

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