Best bets: Taste of 'Country Blues'

Southern Rock icon Gregg Allman headlines the Taste of Syracuse 2011, with a free concert at 9 p.m. Saturday June 4, on the festival's main stage at the corner of West Washington and South Franklin streets, downtown.

One of the founders of the legendary Allman Brothers Band, the 63-year-old keyboardist and singer released his latest solo album, "Low Country Blues," earlier this year.

On Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4, Taste of Syracuse will feature nearly four dozen restaurant booths and beverage stations all around Clinton Square. The festival will also present live music on three stages. Among the main-stage sets by regional rockers will be Under the Gun at 9:30 p.m. Friday June 3, and Kane at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 4.

Other notable sets will be performed by The Ripcords at 4:15 p.m. Friday June 3, and The Flashcubes at 6:15 p.m. Saturday June 4, both on the Verizon Wireless Clinton Square Stage; tasteofsyracuse.com.

Taste of Syracuse Concert Schedule

Friday, June 3

Main StageNoon Kim Monroe and Chris Eves; 1:15 p.m. Silent Fury; 2:30 p.m. Mike McKay; 3:45 p.m. Syracuse Academy of Science Atom Band; 5:30 p.m. Square Pegs; 7 p.m. Gridley Paige; 8:15 p.m. Radio Fever; 9:30 p.m. Under the Gun

Clinton Square StageNoon Just Joe; 1:45 p.m. The Wannabes; 3 p.m. Colin Aberdeen; 4:15 p.m. The Fabulous Ripcords; 5:30 p.m. The Barndogs; 7:20 p.m. The Nasty Truth; 9 p.m. The Goonies.

Champion Stage4 p.m. Catastrophe Me!; 4:45 p.m. White Picket Fence; 5:30 p.m. Black Lockets; 6:15 p.m. The Failed States; 7 p.m. Reckless Drivin'; 8:45 p.m. Prime Time

Saturday, June 4

Main Stage1 p.m. South Bay; 2:15 p.m. Shakedown; 3:30 p.m. Miss 3; 4:45 p.m. Just Joe & the Janglers; 6 p.m. Kane; 7:15 p.m. Super 400; 9 p.m. Gregg Allman

Clinton Square Stage11 a.m. No Xcuse; Noon Fab Cats; 1:15 p.m. Professional Victims; 2:30 p.m. Pale Green Stars; 3:45 p.m. House on a Spring; 5 p.m. The Reissues; 6:15 p.m. The Flashcubes; 7:45 p.m. 3 Inch Fury; 9:15 p.m. One Hard Krank.

Champion StageNoon to 5 p.m.- Champion Local Talent Showcase; 6 p.m.- Soul Risin'; 7:15 p.m.- Stroke; 9 p.m.- Custom Taylor Band

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