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Best Bets: Music

JC & Co. at Castaways

Castaways, the classy lakeside eatery in Central Square has long showcased the best entertainers in Central New York.

Now on the Castaways stage every Friday is JC and Company, a trio featuring organtist extraordinaire Jimmy Cox along with Frank Farnsworth and Norm Mattice.

On Saturday, Feb. 12, singer Joey Nigro and multi-instrumentalist John Nielsen play everything from show tunes to classic rock standards.

All shows run from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Castaways, 916 County Route 37, in Central Square. Admission is free; 668-3434.

Good Acoustics at WCC

Folk, originals and oldies rock will be performed by Larry Hoyt and the Good Acoustics at 8 p.m. Saturday Feb. 12, at the Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Ave., on Syracuse's east side.

Hoyt, who hosts WAER-FM's Sunday afternoon folk show Common Threads, fronts a quartet playing a wide range of music including folk, country and oldies rock.

"Variety is the spice of life," says Hoyt, a veteran singer/songwriter and guitarist. In addition to his own compositions, Hoyt and the Acoustics perform songs by Stephen Foster, Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.

Rounding out the quartet are bassist David Goldman; violinist Judy Stanton; and vocalist Eileen Rose. Admission costs $10; 478-8634.

Carnindyle at Red House

Subcat Music Series presents the Buffalo-based indie band Carnindyle at Red House, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. The inventive combo plays tunes with titles like "Childbeaters to the Schoolboard" and "My Home Town is Building a Casino."

This series brings up-and-coming regional bands brought to you by Red House's soon-to-be next-door neighbor, SubCat Music Studios.

Red House is located at 201 S. West St, at the corner of West Fayette, on the outskirts of Armory Square. Admission Saturday costs $5; 425-0405.

Original Music at Lost

The first-ever Syracuse Original Music Experience (SOME) will be staged at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Lost Horizon, 5863 Thompson Road, in Syracuse; 446-1934. The two-stage experience will showcase Joe Driscoll, the Tim Herron Corporation, The Siders, Mike Powell, Merit, Sophistafunk, Elephant Mountain and Los Blancos.

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