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— “You’re practically a village landmark,” I insisted.

Without batting an eyelash nor bothering to insert his tongue into his cheek, the judge quickly replied, “Remember, landmarks have a way of attracting pigeons.”

Touché, Herm ! We’ll see you in B’ville.

‘Journeyman’ at 407

The Christopher Ames Band plays one of the catchiest versions of The Beatles’ “One After 909,” but the local trio also performs plenty of Ames originals. The guitarist’s compositions include songs such as “Coins in the Jar” and “Off the Beaten Highway” from his 2011 CD, “Journeyman.”

The thumping threesome will rock the joint from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the Café at 407 at Ophelia’s Place, 407 Tulip St., in the village. Admission is free; 451-5544.

Syracuse Area Music Award Hall of Fame guitarist Mark Hoffman and Swing This will take the stage at the Café at 407 on Friday, Oct. 12.

Cajun pawn star

Paul McCoy’s dad bought the kid his first guitar when he was 12 years old shortly after his family moved from Mississippi to Louisiana in 1993. Ten years later, McCoy won a Grammy as a member of the band Evanescence, singing the hit song “Bring Me to Life.”

Now the Southern rocker fronts a post-grunge combo called 12 Stones which will roll into Monirae’s at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.

Monirae’s (formerly the Red Door North) is an authentic rock roadhouse a few miles north of Liverpool at 688 County Route 10, in Pennellville. The Louisiana quartet will appear here in support of its fourth album. “Beneath The Scars,” featuring tracks with titles such as “Infested” and “Pretty Poison.”

Local fans of radio-friendly hard rock will be making the drive down Count y Route 10 on Saturday take advantage of the rare opportunity to catch this hot and hard-working band in an intimate bar setting. For ticket info, dial 668-1248.

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