From The Citizen: Brown’s ballpark blues: Rocker talks Auburn concert, his connection to the area

Paul McCartney won’t be the only ’60s British export performing in a central New York sports venue this weekend.

Savoy Brown will headline the first Auburn BlueJazz Festival, presented by Auburn Public Theater and the Auburn Doubledays, Saturday at Falcon Park. Led by founding member, guitarist and vocalist Kim Simmonds, the three-piece will celebrate both the 50th anniversary of its first album, “Shake Down,” and the recent release of its latest, “Witchy Feelin’.”

Before Simmonds, bassist Pat Desalvo and drummer Garnet Grimm take the stage at the Auburn ballpark, it will host a bill of local rock, blues and jazz artists. Youth collective the Exchange Street Records Band will play from 1 to 2 p.m., Carrie Lazarus will introduce her Extraordinary Talent Jazz Band for a set from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m., three-time Syracuse Area Music Award-nominated The Funky Blu Roots will perform music from recent release “Auburn Lights” from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., and all-star group Peter Mack & The Macktet will jazz up the stage from 5 to 6:15 p.m.

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