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Bar-B-Que is bustlin'

The Dinosaur Bar-B-Que has a busy weekend booked beginning with Australian harp master Harper at 10 p.m. Thursday May 19.

Syracuse's own Pale Green Stars - Jeff Jones, Jay Fabri, Pete Stojanovski, Alvah Canfield, James Reidy and Pauly Kozlowski - take the stage for a night of bluesy originals at 10 p.m. Friday May 20. And The Shakedown - Sean Taylor, Sue Royal, Matt Zych and Shane Kelsen - perform music from The Beatles to The Band on Saturda, May 21.

The Dinosaur Bar-B-Que stands at 246 W. Willow St. at the corner of South Franklin, downtown. Admission is free; dinosaurbarbque.com; 476-4937.

Elliott-Cox Duo in B'ville

Syracuse Area Music Awards Hall of Fame vocalist Dan Elliott joins forces with keyboard maestro Jimmy Cox for a sultry set of standards and ballads from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday May 20, at Mohegan Manor, 58 Oswego St., in the heart of the village of Baldwinsville.

Mohegan Manor serves fine food and wines along with tasty jazz. Admission is free at Mohegan Manor; moheganmanor.com; 857-0079.

"On Friday audience members should feel free to request their favorites from Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole and others from the golden era of American songwriting," Elliott said.

High lonesome harmonies

Red Molly, a dynamic female trio from New York City, unleash their stunning three-part harmonies at 8 p.m. Friday, May 20, at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 3800 East Genesee St.

Red Molly's music is a fetching blend of original and traditional songs, including folk, gospel, Western swing and blues. High lonesome harmonies and incisive acoustic arrangements are complemented by the delightful chemistry among Laurie MacAllister (bass, banjo), Abbie Gardner (dobro, guitar) and Molly Venter (guitar). Their most recent CD, "James," peaked at No. 4 on the Americana Top 40 and was Folk DJ's No. 1 album for two months running.

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