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Rodgers at Sparky Town, Stompin’ Sunday in Camillus and more

Rodgers at Sparky Town

The Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers Trio performs songs by the Beatles, Grateful Dead, Anna Nalick and Elvis Costello from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Sparky Town, 324 Burnet Ave. Fronted by Rodgers, a grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, the trio features percussionist Josh Dekaney and guitarist-flutist Wendy Ramsey. Admission is free; 422-8401.

The trio appears again at 1 p.m. Oct. 8, at Kellish Hill Farm Music Barn, near Manlius.

Kinloch picks on Kellish Hill

Rochester guitar wizard Kinloch Nelson makes his six strings sing at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Kellish Hill Farm Music Barn, outside Manlius.

Nelson plays everything from J.S. Bach to the blues and often alludes to Miles Davis, Schubert, Flatt & Scruggs, The Ventures or the occasional TV theme. He’s the author of a book titled “Alternate Guitar Tunings.”

The music barn at Kellish Hill Farm is a rustic rural venue located at 3191 Pompey Center Road, 4.2 miles from Route 92 in Manlius or .5 mile north of Route 20. Admission costs $15; rhbamericana.com; 682-1578.

Stompin’ Sunday in Camillus

The Morgan Street Stompers trace their roots back to 1972 when drummer Jack Bacon invited a few fellow musicians over to play some “Dixie” at his house on Morgan Street in Tonawanda. Since then The Stompers have played gigs large and small, from private parties to major festivals.

The Morgan Street Stompers return to Central New York from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at McNamara’s Pub, 5600 Newport Road in Camillus; 672-8872. The concert will be presented by the Jazz Appreciation Society of Syracuse, and admission costs $10 for JASS members, or $12 for non-members; 652-0547.

Stephanie takes it in stride

One of the world’s most impressive young stride pianists, Stephanie Trick, will perform a free concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Syracuse University’s Setnor Auditorium, located inside Crouse College.

With a swinging style that includes boogie woogie and blues from the late-1920s, Trick’s music recalls past piano masters such as James P. Johnson and Fats Waller. The 24-year-old native of St. Louis has showcased at prestigious venues such as the Great Connecticut Traditional Jazz Festival, the Cincy Blues Fest and the West Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento.

Free parking is available Tuesday in the Irving Garage; patrons should mention that they’re attending the concert; 443-2191.

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