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*“Smooth Jazz Sunday” comes to The Beginning II on July 15th from 1pm -6pm, with live music from two of Central New York’s most popular jazz bands. E.S.P. and the Longwood Jazz Project will team up to fill the afternoon with groovy jazz on the bar’s outdoor stage.
Plus the kitchen will be open, serving up summer fare as well as their famous Chicken Wings with a secret recipe sauce which has been touted as the best in Syracuse. And to top it off, the bar will be serving up beer, wine and many handcrafted libations-perfect for a Sunday afternoon.
Since 1982, The Beginning two, has always been a mainstay for live music in Central New York. Owner Mike Krajacic even named the bar after the famous song “Beginnings” from the band Chicago. “Over the years, I have had acts ranging from Buddy Rich to Marshal Tucker” says Krajacic. “So this is the perfect spot to host a new live music tradition”
Triple SAMMY award winners E.S.P. will kick things off at 1pm, playing familiar tunes as well as several selections from their latest release “Zero Gravity”. Guitarist John Magnante, bassist Matthew Vacanti and drummer Evan Duchene will be joined by a special guest, the legendary Jeff Stockham on trumpet, adding a touch of Miles Davis to the afternoon. As an added bonus, Vocalist Kirsten Tegetmeyer will join the group for a few numbers. “We love outdoor shows! The Beginning II is a great spot to have live jazz on the lawn” says Vacanti. “A lawn chair, cool jazz and a glass of wine – the makings of a perfect Sunday afternoon.”
The second half of the day will feature the Longwood Jazz Project, a high energy quintet, that places its own eclectic stamp on traditional and contemporary jazz, covering jazz greats like Jeff Lorber, Yellow Jackets, David Sanborn, and Kirk Whalum. Lead by saxophonist Scott Remillard, the group is the perfect soundtrack for summer with drummer Gary Iacovelli, keyboardist Tom Witkowski, bassist Vynce Watson and vocal styling by T.K. Howard. “I love the idea of joining two top groovy jazz bands on one show.” Says Remillard. “For me, this will be the event of the summer!”
For the last set, a rousing finale will take place featuring members from both groups.


The Weather has been great
Party on Patio Every Wednesday
6:00 – 9:00 PM


Friday – July 20th
8:00 PM


Next Appearance – Saturday

July 28th

* Coachmen last Friday Next Appearance – July 27th
Mike’s Birthday Bash


Congratulations Mick Krajacic 
Inducted into the Utica College Hall of Fame


Make The BII  Your Stop For Lunch
Our menu offers great food 
Burgers, Sandwiches, Pizza, Wings and More
Call for take out – 463-5080
Come in and try our Food, It’s Sooooooo Good!!



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