Mark Bialczak

Digital Editor

Mark Bialczak has lived in Central New York for 30 years. He's well known for writing about music and entertainment.   In 2013, he started his own blog,, to comment about the many and various things that cross his mind daily. Mark will post a weekly column about life in and around Syracuse on

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 Late Friday afternoon, Jimmy Cavallo will walk down the jetway at Hancock International, make sure he's got his sax and satchel, and locate his ground transportation.

Not in any Syracuse football fan's worst nightmare would this happen.

After three decades of dust, gusts and deluges at the New York State Fair Grandstand, from having my belly pushing up against the front rail for the Southern Spirit Tour to resting my back two rows from the top for Kid Rock, I sat smack dab in the middle of a green patch of grass next to my dear wife Karen Thursday night on chairs from bags I brought slung over my shoulders.

The New York State Fair was never an early endeavor in these decades I've snaked my way through Syracuse to Geddes.

 My M.O. as music critic for the big daily was to get there in time to snag a good seat at Chevy Court for the afternoon concert. In the past couple summers of blogging here for WAER and at my own place,, I caught Grace Potter at the court and Train at the Grandstand, night shows both, and wandered through the buildings, too.

It's about time Kim Lembo is getting back to putting so much of her soul into her music.

The Regional Market on Park Street pulls in shoppers for many reasons.  That plot of parking lot punctuated by sheds that sits smack dab in the middle of Destiny USA, NBT Bank Stadium and the Regional Transportation Center is a hot spot on Saturday and Sunday mornings year round. The official hours are from 7 a.m. to p.m. those days. (And on Thursdays as well from May to November.) Try finding a parking spot on the weekend from, say, 10 a.m. to noon.

Our drive to Ostrom Avenue and Thornden Park is an annual summer must.

Much may be accomplished at Kellish Hill Music Farm's new amphitheater in Manlius on Aug. 15. 

Irv Lyons Jr. has nurtured the fest so close to his heart through its many stages, and he's sure the best is yet to come.