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Music: Mandolins at Music Barn

A plaintive mandolin, a rhythmic guitar and a ringing banjo will rise to the rafters inside the Music Barn when Kellish Hill Farm presents an open mic from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, outside Manlius. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Coffee and tea will be provided.

Musicians, songwriters and singers are all invited to perform cover songs and original tunes in any style at the weekly gathering. “Come express yourself,” said hostess Kathy Kellish. “Poets and dancers are welcome too.”

Kellish Hill Farm is located at 3191 Pompey Center Road, 4.2 miles from Route 92 in Manlius or .5 mile north of Route 20; rhbamericana.com; 682-1578.

Z-Bones rock in Liverpool

The Z-Bones call their mix of rock, funk, blues and boogie “melting pot music.” The Tipperary Hill-based quintet covers artists such as Sam Cooke and the Allman Brothers while writing their own tunes such as “You Must Be Kidding” and “Here Comes Another Christmas.”

The combo led by guitarist Ed Zacholl lays down its deep grooves at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, at the Limp Lizard Lounge at 201 First St., in the village of Liverpool. Admission is free and the barbecue is bodacious; 451-9774. The Z-Bones are bandleader Zacholl, plus Lorne Coon, Louie Fortin, Mike Gridley and Mike Lounsbery.

Salsa Friday-Saturday

A veritable melting pot of Syracuse, the Havana Nights Latin Dance Party convenes from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Friday, at Johnston’s BallyBay, 550 Richmond Ave., at the corner of Sackett Street, on the city’s West End. The dances are hosted by La Familia de la Salsa. Admission costs $5, or you can take a salsa lesson at 8:15 p.m. and pay $10 total; 447-6287.

DJ la Maquina is now featuring a danceable Latin mix direct from the streets of la Habana, Puerto Rico, Colombia y todo el mundo! Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Chachacha, Reggaeton y Timba!.

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