Grupo Pagan

For years, Kimberly Rossi has been pointing me toward stories that have turned out to be good. I'd get a message or a phone call, pleasantly worded and toned. When a CD from Syracuse blues band The Fabulous Ripcords turned up hand-dropped in my Eastwood mailbox as promised, it came with her calling card: Indigo Productions.

  Fine album from Irv Lyons, and he and his fellow First Nation band mates went on to gain recognition at the Native American Music Awards, too. Later, a story idea for my markbialczak.com blog wasn't about music, but rather alerted me of the good work done by Dr. Joan Laura, who on Veterans Day would devote her Eastwood practice to free dental care for those who'd served our country. I didn't go when Rossi invited me to a media get-together to meet Jessica Lahr, Mrs. New York State, but I took notice later when one of Lahr's appearances raised recognition for the services provided abused women by Syracuse's Vera House.

Syracuse Latino Festival Returns for 2013

Aug 8, 2013
Fanny Villarreal
John Smith, WAER News

The Syracuse Latino-Americano Festival is back again, and organizer Fanny Villarreal says it is going to be better than ever before.

Grupo Pagan

The Community Folk Art Center in Syracuse has been an established cultural epicenter of Central New York since its founding in 1972. This Friday evening, the CFAC is opening its doors and offering the community a chance to engage with and support its mission. In partnership with Syracuse Public Media WAER, the Folk Art Center is hosting An Evening of Jazz and Wine Tasting to wrap-up a month-long celebration of jazz appreciation. The event will feature the well-known talent of the locally based Latin American band, Grupo Pagan.