Best Bets: John Lerner Band reunites Friday in Baldwinsville

— The John Lerner Band reunites this weekend after a 10-year layoff.

The classic rock party band performs from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, at the Fireside Inn, 2345 W. Genesee St., in Baldwinsville. Admission is free; 638-0214

“We’ll play 1970s dance music,” Lerner said, “and since we were once a Phish tribute band, we’ll do some Phish as well.”

Red beans at Bar-B-Que

Mississippi guitarist Johnny Rawls returns to the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, followed by Syracuse’s own Grupo Pagan at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30.

Jam-masters Turnip Stampede perform at 10 p.m. Dec. 31, and that New Year‘s Eve bash will include a champagne toast and free red beans and rice at midnight.

The world-famous barbecue bistro will be serving booze and food from noon to 10 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

Sean Patrick Taylor will entertain at 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, followed by Dave “Big D” Schneider on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

The Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is at 246 W. Willow St., at the corner of North Franklin Street. Admission is free; 476-4937.

Collective swings at Suds

On the first Wednesday of each month, the 16-piece Salt City Jazz Collective holds fort from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Syracuse Suds Factory, South Clinton and Walton streets, in Armory Square.

Led by trombonist Joe Colombo, the Collective performs hard-charging charts by Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Stan Kenton and Woody Herman. The band also performs compositions and arrangements by band members Joe Riposo and Angelo Candela.

Admission is free; 471-2253; saltcityjazz.com.

Folk duo dances too!

For more than 25 years, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly have been performing their unique blend of traditional American and Celtic folk music along with their original songs. The husband-and-wife duo from Rhode Island plays a wide variety of instruments including dulcimer, banjo, tin whistle, harmonica, guitar and mandolin.

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