Best Bets: Sammys to host regional talents Friday at OnCenter

— The Syracuse Area Music Awards will honor regional recording artists in 11 categories at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in the OnCenter Grand Ballroom at the corner of Harrison and Montgomery streets, downtown. Performers at the awards show include the bands 805 and The Rods. Sammys Hall of Famer Isreal Hagan will open with a solo acoustic set.

Admission to the awards show costs $15.

The Sammys Hall of Fame inductions will take place the night before, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, upstairs at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 246 W. Willow St., at the corner of North Franklin St., downtown. Admission costs $20 on Thursday.

David “Rock” Feinstein, guitarist for The Rods, and Dave Porter, frontman for 805, are two of this year’s Sammys Hall of Fame inductees. Also entering the Sammys hall will be blues singer Marcia Hagan, broadcaster Rick Gary and music educator and saxophonist Joe Riposo. The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra will receive the Sammys Lifetime Achievement Award.

For the second year, the Sammys will be staged as part of the two-day Music Industry Conference; micnys.com.

For Sammys info, dial 247-1718; or visit SyracuseAreaMusic.com.

‘No Regrets’ for Tom Rush

New England folksinger and songwriter Tom Rush will appear at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in the acoustically wondrous sanctuary at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 3800 East Genesee St., in Syracuse.

Over his 50-year career, Rush has worked with artists such as David Bromberg, Maria Muldaur and Jackson Browne. His 1968 song, “No Regrets” is now widely acknowledged as a standard, and two years ago his “The Remember Song” became a bona fide hit on YouTube.com

Rush’s concert here is presented by Tom Honan’s LiveSpace Entertainment. Tickets cost $30, and are available at brownpapertickets.com; (800) 838-3006 and at Sound Garden in Armory Square; tomrush.com.

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