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Los Blancos stays busy

One of the Salt City's best blues bands, Los Blancos performs twice in Armory Square this weekend.

At 10 p.m. Friday, April 1, the quartet kicks out the jams at Gio's, 207 Walton St.; 299-6174; no cover.

Then from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 3, they'll perform for the Blues Brunch at Empire Brewing Co., 120 Walton St.; 475-2337; no cover. Los Blancos is also booked for brunches there April 10 and 17.

The band - guitarist Colin Aberdeen, keyboardist Mark Nanni, drummer Mark Tiffault and bassist Steve Winston - will play music from their recent discs, "Taj for Breakfast" and "Just This Once."

Hammond organist at OCC

Onondaga Community College's Legends of Jazz Series concludes at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 2, as the Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio kicks off Jazz Appreciation Month at OCC's Storer Auditorium.

After more than five decades and more than 70 albums, Smith has made his name synonymous with the Hammond B3 organ. Jazz Times magazine recently described him as "a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a turban."

The Buffalo-born musician was selected as Organ Keyboardist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association five times over the past decade.

Admission to the concert is free; 498-2944.

Ward & Bryant on Kellish Hill

The husband-and-wife duo of Dick Ward and Carol Bryant will present their unusual blend of acoustic guitar and vocals at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Kellish Hill Farms, 3192 Pompey Center Road, 4.2 miles from Route 92 in Manlius or .5 mile north of Route 20. Admission costs $6. Refreshments and snacks will be available; rhbamericana.com; 682-1578.

Bear Cats roar in Canastota

Syracuse's Bear Cat Jass Band, led by 91-year-old cornetist Dick Ames, will perform a free concert from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at the Canastota Public Library, 102 West Center St. in Canastota.; 697-7030.

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