Elks to celebrate 25 years of Music Fest Sunday

— ‘Café Saturdays’

Syracuse area Music Hall of Famer Maria DeSantis continues her series of Café Saturdays at Café at 407 at Ophelia’s Place, 407 Tulip St., here in Liverpool.

From 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, members of Maria’s own DeSantis Band play a wide variety of pop, rock and show tunes. The combo often spotlights native Liverpudlian Keith Condon, a truly gifted vocalist who does justice equally to swing standards and classic rock’n’roll tunes.

Admission is free at Café at 407, but don’t forget to drop a little something in the musicians’ tip jar; 451-5544.

Neural Groove reunion

The best alternative rock band to hail from Liverpool was Neural Groove which reigned over the Syracuse scene from 1997 to 2002.

The band hosts an 11th-year reunion starting at about 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Lost Horizon, near the corner of Erie Boulevard East and Thompson Road South on Syracuse’s East Side. Three other acts are on the bill, including Ryan Fitzsimmons (who now lives in Boston), and the bands Candid and Anodyne. Admission costs $8, and all ages may attend; 446-1934.

At the tail end of the 20th century, the Neural Groove toured heavily across Central New York area and beyond. The band won multiple Syracuse Area Music Awards and proved that a local, original band could create as much buzz and draw as many people as the most popular cover bands do.

The band features Craig Costello, Dave Springall, Steve Carbone, Mike Carbone, Tim “Sully” Sullivan and Joe Albicelli.

Clock is telling time

Contractors have erected the new Victorian-style clock at Washington Park Point at the intersection of Oswego and First streets.

The clock, which was funded by business and individual contributions and the village of Liverpool, is the brainchild of Wetzel Road contractor Jack Fisher.

An official dedication ceremony will be announced in a few weeks.

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