Stacey Waterman and Mike Banks (WaterBanks) had great
success establishing the Inner Harbor as a live music venue (our
readers even gave them a “Best of Syracuse” award for it), but now
they’ve outgrown it, pulled up their tent stakes and moved to the
Central New York Regional Market.
The line up of their Market Block Party
features established local rock bands like Under the Gun, Dead Rose and
One Hard Krank as well as up-and-comers like Motley Crouton and Cry To
The Blind. Head over as soon as you get out of work. They’ll be
cranking from around 5 until late in the night. This Thursday they’ll
be kicking off the New York State Blues Fest in style with Los Blancos,
The Delinquents and Shelley and the Barndogs. Did I mention it’s free?
The Regional Market makes an ideal place
to see bands; rain or shine. There’s plenty of space to grab some shade
or duck out of the rain beneath one of the huge tents or within the
15,000 square feet worth of structures on the property. Other
advantages of the venue are: central location, parking spaces by the
thousand, elevated stage, no mud, family friendly, 100% handicap
accessibility, excellent lighting, and VIP parking for motorcycles.
Quality food vendors sell summer fare like pizza, sausage sandwiches,
pulled pork, salt potatoes and ice cream, and as Banks says, “the
coldest beer in Syracuse!”
The Market Block Party gives us a free
party every week, but they find tons of ways to give back to the
community. Recently they helped the Golisano Children’s Hospital give
away a Vulcan 900 motorcycle, they hosted a mobile lab screening for
bone marrow donors, and the boy scouts profit from the many returnable
cans after every show. Goes to show you can rock and be a good citizen.