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Syracuse Jazz Fest FAQ plus

Talk about serendipity! Syracuse Peace Council organizer Andy Mager and Syracuse Jazz Fest Artistic Director Frank Malfitano met this spring to arrange for SPC to staff an informational table at the 28th annual festival this weekend, at Onondaga Community College.

"The next thing you know," Malfitano said. "We're conceptualizing a full-blown crafts area at jazz fest."

Mager and SPC warmly welcomed the idea.

"[We'll] offer a diverse range of quality crafts including pottery, jewelry, clothing, fabric dolls and quilted items," Mager said. The Peace Council has 40 years of experience organizing CNY's premiere multi-cultural crafts fair, Plowshares, every December.

SummerCrafts will be presented adjacent to the festival's food court from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday June 25; from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 26; and from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 27. If festival-goers respond positively this year to SummerCrafts, Malfitano said, it'll likely become a regular festival feature.

Because Woodstock icon Richie Havens and revolutionary vocalist Gil Scott-Heron perform on the Lou Everding Main Stage at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday June 26, the SPC has dubbed Saturday "Peace Night."

Cool!

And Price Chopper Fireworks will follow Saturday's 9:30 p.m. headline set by San Francisco hipster Boz Scaggs.

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Godfather of Rap gets the blues

Gil Scott-Heron was born on April 1, 1949, but he's no joke!

In the 1970s he burst onto the Manhattan scene as a bold spoken-word performer and vocalist. His collaborative efforts with musician Brian Jackson featured a fusion of jazz, blues and soul music, as well as lyrics making pointed commentary on social and political issues.

Scott-Heron's recorded work is often associated with black militant activism and he has received critical acclaim for his most well-known composition, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised."

He'll perform at 8 p.m. Saturday,June 26, at the 2010 Syracuse Jazz Fest at OCC. Scott-Heron could well deliver one of the most compelling sets ever heard in the festival's 28-year history.

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