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Downtown After Dark: It’s trophy time for tunesmiths

— 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.

Voices at Palace next month

The New York Voices, the vocalese quartet which formed in 1988 at Ithaca College, will perform a “Jazz Christmas 2011” concert at Eastwood’s Palace Theater, 2378 James St., at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, to benefit the Dunbar Association of Syracuse. The Grammy-winning singing group has released seven CDs including Sing! Sing! Sing! And A Day Like This. The quartet, which will be accompanied here by a trio of piano, bass and drums, features Peter Eldridge, Lauren Kinhan, Darmon Meader and Kim Nazarian.

Tickets cost $25 and $35, or you can pay $50 and enjoy a pre-concert reception.

For info, visit Dunbarassociation.org, or call 506-8592.

Dunbar ‘saves lives’

This year marks the third year in a row that Syracuse Jazz Fest impresario Frank Malfitano has partnered with the Dunbar Association to produce a holiday concert at the Palace.

In 2009, Freddy Cole headlined and the concert raised more than $3,000 for Dunbar’s youth outreach services. Last year, Spyro Gyra drew a near-sell-out crowd and the 93-year-old South Side association banked a cool ten grand!

“We are building,” said Dunbar’s interim director, Louella Williams.

Malfitano praised Dunbar’s efforts such as “Each One Teach One,” in which strengthened the self-esteem of more than 190 local city kids. “These people are saving lives,” Malfitano said. “They’re saving the lives of Syracuse people who are falling between the cracks.”

Martinis for the Mission

The Rescue Mission’s Project Drumstick will get a shot in the arm during happy hour from 5 to 9 p.m. this Monday, Nov. 14, at the World Lounge and Martini Bar in Hanover Square.

Lounge manager Scott Chambers will donate a portion of the bar’s proceeds and 100 percent of the tips he pulls in that night. To sweeten the pie, vocalist Sean Halloran will entertain at the World Lounge that night, singing tunes by artists such as the Everly Brothers and Roy Orbison.

The World is located 134 E. Water St., downtown; 422-3404.

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