Mark Bialczak

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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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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.

Pondering the M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest on the Monday after ...

At 5 p.m. Friday, the first notes of the 33rd edition of the M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest will depart from the instruments from the students that make up the city of Syracuse's Park & Rec All-Star Band and roll out over the campus of Onondaga Community College.

Come 9 o'clock Friday night, expect Clinton Square to be rocking.

I could guess it's because Francis Scott Key decided that the line "bombs bursting in air" needed to be in the verses of that poem he wrote that became our National Anthem that we've been fascinated with fireworks, this country of ours, so thoroughly and collectively.

So far so good, Mark Coyle.

Music will fill the streets and bounce off the stoops of the city Sunday, thanks to the folks at Making Music magazine decided a few years ago that Syracuse, the place where they walk up those steps to work so many morning, deserved to take part of a worldwide phenomena.

You've gone to NBT Bank Stadium for a Chiefs game, settled into your seats, looked out over the green field, leaned back to enjoy the game and ...

Somebody giving a fleeting glance while passing room G22 in Jamesville-DeWitt High School around 2:30 p.m. earlier this week might think that second-year teacher Kristin Hardy had invited a student up front for an English class presentation.

The sight and sound filled my eyes and ears, a piece of America on Memorial Day Weekend so right.