Symphony musicians let their hair down at Al's

Guest violinist Augustin Hadelich will lead the Oct. 28 discussion at Al's focusing on de Falla's music based on traditional Spanish dance styles. The ballet tells the story of a hard-working miller and his young wife. Her beauty attracts the unwelcome attentions of the local magistrate whose badge of class is his black three-cornered hat.

Symphony musicians return to Al's on Jan. 6 to talk about Schumann, Beethoven and Strauss with guest cellist Julie Albers. Al's bartenders better stock up on Wild Turkey that Thursday. Albers' husband is named Bourbon.

Blues and jazz too! Al's (Awful no longer) Wine & Whiskey Lounge hosts jazz and blues musicians on Sunday and Wednesday nights. Los Blancos will perform at 9:30 p.m. Sunday Oct. 24 and

The Delinquents, with lovely Liz Strodel on the trap set, take the stage at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 27. Admission is always free at Al's; alswineandwhiskey.com; 703-4773.

Mickey sings on Radio LPL Syracuse bandleader Mickey Vendetti will mark his golden anniversary in the music biz on. Saturday Oct. 23, at Le Moyne Manor, 629 Old Liverpool Road. The celebration of rock'n'roll through the decades begins at 7 p.m. with an opening performance by TimeLine.

Tickets cost $10 and are available at Gilligan's Pub, 3601 James St. in Eastwood, or call Mickey directly at 345-1002.

But you can hear Mickey sing a few tunes on Liverpool Public Library's "Local Artist Spotlight" program streaming online daily at 1 and 7 p.m. On the show, I interview Mick about his five decades as an entertainer, and we play tracks from his two recent discs, "The Best of the Goodtime Band Live" and "Sentimental Journey," also featuring the late guitarist Barry Fairbanks.

Atlas drummer dies Nick Russo, a longtime member of Atlas, died Oct. 1 at St. Joseph's Hospital. He was 69.

The talented drummer and hair dresser had previously played with The Seven.

"Nick made a lifetime contribution to the Syracuse music scene and deserves major props," said his friend, Frank Malfitano. "Anyone who ever saw Nick perform knew that he was one of the hardest working men ever in Syracuse showbiz. In the jazz funk genre regionally, Nick was one of the greats and someone who'll be dearly missed."

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