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Aretha Franklin to Headline Syracuse Jazz Fest 2015

aretha_franklinLegendary Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin will perform Saturday, July 18, at the 33rd edition of the M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest on the Onondaga Community College Campus, executive director and founder of the event Frank Malfitano said Wednesday.

Wynton Marsalis and Buckwheat Zydeco will also co-headline the free event, which will take place Friday, July 17, and Saturday, July 18.

Malfitano announced the lineup during a press conference at M&T Bank in downtown Syracuse.

“Headliners Aretha Franklin and Wynton Marsalis are superstars, two of the most-recognizable entertainers in the world, and artists that everyone knows and loves,” Malfitano stated.

This will be Franklin’s second appearance at Jazz Fest, after making an appearance in 2007 to celebrate the festival’s 25th anniversary.

She’ll take the stage after Lake Street Dive, a popular new quartet from Brooklyn, during Saturday’s lineup.

Friday, The City of Syracuse Parks and Rec All Star Band will open the festival, followed by AppleJazz, a local group of Syracuse-based jazz musicians.

In addition, two other Central New York-area jazz ensembles, Noteified and The Upstate Burners, will perform in Saturday’s lineup as well.

Malfitano said this year’s theme for the festival will be “Superstars, shooting stars, and rising stars.”

The event’s full lineup has been scheduled as follows:

Friday, July 17

• City of Syracuse Parks and Rec All Star Band, 5 p.m.

• AppleJazz, 6 p.m.

• Buckwheat Zydeco, 7:45 p.m.

• Wynton Marsalis & The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 18

• NOTEified, 5 p.m.

• The Upstate Burners, 6 p.m.

• Lake Street Dive, 7:45 p.m.

• Aretha Franklin, 9:30 p.m.

• Fireworks, 11 p.m.

Malfitano said M&T Bank, National Grid, C&S Companies, and others have sponsored the event, which the Jazz Fest is holding in partnership with OCC.