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Taste of Syracuse comes to Clinton Square this weekend

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The 15th annual Taste of Syracuse will draw thousands of hungry visitors to Clinton Square in downtown Syracuse on Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2.

More than 100 restaurants, beverage vendors and exhibitors will spill out onto the city streets all around the square. Tasty tunes will ring out from three stages culminating with Under the Gun at 9:30 p.m. Friday on the Volkswagen Main Stage and Prime Time at the same time on the VitaFit Clinton Square Stage.

Several national touring acts headline on Saturday when the festival celebrates Blues, Brews and Barbecue on the main stage. The music starts at 1 p.m. with the Perry-Mulhauser band, the Fabulous Ripcords, the Tyler Shakedown Band, Duke Robillard, Elephant Mountina and, at 9 p.m., .38 Special. Admission is free.

Pro Baseball: Louisville Bats at ABS

After swinging through the Midwest this week, the Syracuse Chiefs return to Alliance Bank Stadium at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, to face the Louisville Bats. Games against the Bats are also scheduled at ABS at 7 p.m. June 6-8, before the Lehigh Valley IronPigs arrive at 7 p.m. June 9.

Louisville is the top farm team of the Cincinnati Reds while the Chiefs are affiliated with the Washington Nationals.

Field-level ticket prices at ABS range from $9 to $20, while upper-deck seats cost $8, and $4 for kids and seniors. Parking costs $5 per vehicle; 474-7833.

Music: Baby Soda Jazz Band

When you hear single-string bass player Peter Ford sing “Digga Digga Doo,” you know you’re in for something special.

Sporting a snappy vest and an art deco tie, Ford coordinates the calendar for Brooklyn’s Baby Soda Jazz Band. He also handles most of the vocal chores and lays down the bottom for the band’s traditional sound.

Ford brings the Baby Soda Jazz Band back to Central New York for a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, June 1, at Kellish Hill Farm Music Barn, 3192 Pompey Center Road, just south of Manlius. Admission costs $10; 682-1578.

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