Open mic at the Shire
Every Wednesday is Open Mike Night at the DeWittShire Tavern, 3010 Erie Blvd. East. Hosted by musicians Bob Holz and Jimmy Jennings, pickers and singers take the Shire stage from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesdays. Everyone's welcome to perform, and admission is free; 446-2865.
Excelsior Cornet Band
The Excelsior Cornet Band plays a free concert at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 26, at Homer Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer; (877) 749-2787. The ECB, led by Syracuse cornetist Jeff Stockham, performs military charts from the Civil War era.
AppleJazz returns June 4
Charlie Bertini's 27th annual AppleJazz concert will be staged at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Dwyer Memorial Park on Little York Lake, in Preble, about 20 miles south of the city on Route 81.
AppleJazz is an annual happening presented by Cortland-bred, Orlando-based trumpeter Charlie Bertini. This year's AppleJazz Band features Bertini, reedman Terry Myers, trombonist John Allred, drummer Dave Hanlon, bassist Ronnie France, keyboardist Jeff Phillips, guitarist Mark Doyle and vocalists Ronnie Leigh and Lauren-Jessica Bertini.
No tickets will be sold at the door; admission costs $35 for either concert seating or table seating. Children ages 12 and younger will be admitted free. Just 275 seats are available. Call (407) 248-2898; or visit applejazz.com.
On his AppleJazz Records label, Bertini recently released a new CD titled "Triology" also featuring keyboardist Jeff Phillips and drummer Eddie Metz Jr. The disc's 13 tracks include "It's Only a Paper Moon," "Someday You'll Be Sorry," and "Caravan."
Stopped by the American Diner for breakfast the other day in Liverpool and noticed a morning meal deal on the menu:
The Obama/NYS Special - two eggs and toast, $1.99 + tax $17.99.
It's got to be one of the city's best bar beer bargains. You can buy a Pabst Blue Ribbon 24-oz. "Pounder" for an affordable $2 at the Limp Lizard Lounge. And, hey, the affable bar maids will even give you a frosted glass in which to pour the canned suds.
The Limp Lizard's newest location, 210 First St. in Liverpool, stages a full lineup of live music this weekend.
The Lisa Lee Trio cranks out classic rock and R&B from 9 p.m. to midnight Thursday, May 19. Tuff Luck unpacks its horn cases at 10 p.m. Friday May 20, and the Miss E Trio entertains at ten o'clock on Saturday May 21. For Liverpool Lizard info, call 451-9774.