Syracuse NY – CNY Jazz is launching a regional call for artists to perform in a unique and innovative pop-up festival that will take place in downtown Syracuse this summer. Called the “Salt City Summerfest,” its goals are to support the residents, businesses and restaurants of the city’s bustling heart during a summer almost devoid of festival activity, in addition to providing much-needed jobs for artistic workers. of the region, the constituency hardest hit by the pandemic.
The call is not just for musicians, but for any type of performance presentation that can be mobile and portable, including dramatic arts and even interactive electronic visual art.
Actions will be limited to individuals and small groups of no more than four. They must be completely acoustic and do not require a power supply, except in special cases. Battery operated equipment is acceptable. Instruments and equipment will be limited to what may be limited to a “carry, carry” rule.
Most acts will be assigned predetermined locations to occur. Others, especially singles, may be forced to stroll along several restaurants on the sidewalks in the city center. The focus will be on diversity and equitable access for BIPOC artists (black, indigenous and people of color) of all kinds.
The festival is scheduled to begin during the usual Syracuse Artsweek period, the “festival of festivals” which takes place each year during the last full week of July. The weekly schedule will focus on midweek lunchtime concerts and weekend meal times and is expected to run through Labor Day weekend and end with a presentation week. of the arts in mid-September.
Performance zones are now chosen which include Hanover Square, Perseverance Park, Marriott Downtown and Armory Square, the Stopwatch Lawn and the alley between the Blue Tusk and Lemon Grass, among others. Buskers will also move between several outdoor dining rooms.
Although presented by CNY Jazz, the festival will by no means be limited to jazz. “We’re uniquely positioned to host an audience engagement festival like this, having successfully produced the CRAVE pop-up festival and art conference with Connective Corridor in 2013,” said Larry Luttinger of CNY Jazz. “We are extremely grateful for the support of a regional coalition of state lawmakers who have collaborated to provide major support for this concept – Al Stirpe, co-chair of the Assembly’s Economic Recovery Task Force, with Pam Hunter and Bill Magnarelli. All have seen the wisdom and power of the performing arts‘ ability to support our downtown area in this extremely vulnerable time. “
Other annual sponsors of the Northeast Jazz & Wine Fest also lend their support, including National Grid, Critical Link, new sponsors C&S Companies and OneGroup, and other key stakeholders. Others will be added.
Interested artists should go to www.saltcitysummerfest.org and immediately fill out information forms. “We realize that some larger groups will need to form smaller portable units that fit this model, which is good, as we are looking for maximum variety,” said Luttinger. “Our focus will be on working professionals hardest hit by the pandemic. New York artists perform on the streets and in the subways, up close and personal, all the time. I am totally convinced that our beautiful regional pool of performing artists can do the same. This is what we do on a daily basis.
Luttinger assembled a team to handle the logistics of the ongoing activities, including visionary presenters Tom Honan and Michael John Heagerty. The full program will be unveiled at a later date in June