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Scott & Hartwell jam at the Dino

Yonrico Scott, the drummer for the Derek Trucks Band, appears with guitarist Geoff Hartwell at 10 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 3, at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 246 W. Willow St. at the corner of South Franklin, downtown; 476-4937. Admission is free.

Scott is the son of Detroit gospel singer Ruth Scott, who has accompanied everyone from Aretha Franklin to Outkast. Hartwell is a New York-bred slide guitarist who has worked with Greg Allman, Sonny Landreth and Cindy Cashdollar.

Canadian duo makes CNY debut

Selected as Vocal Group of the Year at the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Dala makes its Syracuse debut at 8 p.m. Friday Feb. 4, at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 3800 East Genesee St. Admission costs $15.

The duo's latest album, "Everyone is Someone," earned a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, a Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Folk Group, and was touted by The Irish Post as the Album of the Year.

Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine are Dala, whose music combines beautiful harmonies, compelling stories and memorable melodies. Walther's ethereal soprano blends seamlessly with Carabine's velvety alto as they draw upon influences such as The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan.

Friday's concert is hosted by The Folkus Project. For reservations, call 440-7444.

A cappella for the fellas

Six vocal groups will perform a benefit concert for the Syracuse Rescue Mission at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb.5, at Storer Auditorium at Onondaga Community College.

Four award-winning collegiate groups -- Closer Still from SUNY Oswego, The Crosbys from SUNY Binghamton, and Ithacappella and Premium Blend both from Ithaca College -- will perform along with special guests The Geneva Convention and No Xcuse.

The concert be staged in Storer Auditorium of Ferrante Hall on the OCC campus at 4585 W.Seneca Tpk., on Onondaga Hill. Parking is available in Lot 4. Tickets cost $20 at the door, $15 in advance and for senior citizens and $10 for students; 478-9710; rmsyr.org.

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