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Live music makes life worth livin’ in Liverpool

— The village was rockin’ like it was sittin’ on top of the world last Wednesday, July 16.

The BlackLites, one of Syracuse’s top rhythm and blues groups, boogied on the Amish-style country gazebo in front of a vintage-vehicle audience at Washington Park while the Black Water blues band plugged in two blocks away in the brick-lined amphitheater at Johnson Park where Liverpool Is The Place stages its free summer concerts.

More than 400 folks enjoyed each band under the sunshine.

In the summertime, Liverpool is becoming the place to be for live music. Not only does Johnson Park host a couple concerts each week, but four other village venues — Café at 407, the Limp Lizard Barbecue, The Retreat and the White Water Pub — regularly book bands.

Café society

The popular coffeehouse, Café at 407 at Ophelia’s Place will be closed from Aug. 4 through 8 while the kitchen is renovated, but music will liven up the scene before and after.

The invigorating Americana quartet, Butternut Creek Revival, appears at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, while guitarist-singer Isreal Hagan plays a solo set of R&B on July 31.

Mark Zane & Friends return on Aug. 14 to the café at 407 Tulip St.

Admission is free at Café at 407, but you’ll be encouraged to drop a little something in the musicians’ tip jar; 451-5544.

Bedlam at Limp Lizard

The pulled-pork pulls ’em in at The Limp Lizard BBQ, 201 First St., but so does the live music booked there by co-owner and electric bassist extraordinaire Scott Schimpff.

Syracuse blues guitarist Terry Mulhauser and Electric Bedlam go crazy at about 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 25. Mulhauser previously picked the six-string for Syracuse’s pioneering electric blues band The Kingsnakes.

A combo curiously named Hold the Air appears there on Aug. 7, and the Chad Bradshaw Blues Trio plugs in on Aug. 16

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