• Frostbit Blue, the local blues rockers who have shared stages with Dickey Betts, Marshall Tucker, Blue Oyster Cult and others, will kick off the weekly Sharkapalooza, the Thursday-evening summer series of concerts starting May 26 at Sharkey’s Eclectic Sports Lounge, 7240 Oswego Road, Liverpool. The lineup includes: Mike McKay and the Custom Taylor Band (June 2), Just Joe and The Reissues (June 9), 3 Inch Fury (June 16), Big-Eyed Phish (June 23), Case and Davidson and the Todd Hobin Band (June 30), Under the Gun (July 7), Dunes and the Del-Tunes (July 14), Kane (July 21), Prime Time (July 28), Zack Weber (Aug. 4), Radio Fever (Aug. 11) and Emerald City (Aug. 18). All shows are from 6 to 9 p.m., rain or shine. For more information, visit www.sharkeyssportsbar.com or call 214-4116.
• North Syracuse hotspot Fusion, 3705 Brewerton Road, will be exploding with bands and birthdays on Friday, May 27. Bartender and booking-event coordinator Sermila Sposato (aka Sam) will be celebrating her birthday with Knuckle Burn, Capricorn Black, Descending Angel, Setiva, Lowkey and Smite. These bands are also set to play Trishstock on June 3 and 4. (Check next week’s Syracuse New Times for more information.) Meanwhile, back at Fusion, the music will play from 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. with karaoke in the Backstage Lounge, drink specials and a free happy-hour buffet. Tickets for Trishstock will be available at the bar and from all of the bands. For more information, visit www.fusioncny.com or call 455-1270.
• This weekend’s Sterling Stage FolkFest, starting on Thursday, May 26, brings bands local and distant together for a respite of music, camping and community. Central New York acts such as the Tim Herron Corporation, Northbound Traveling Minstrel Jug Band, Los Blancos and House on a Spring will alternate on two separate stages at the Sterling kampitheater, 274 Kent Road, with plenty of visiting outfits including Dangermuffin, Jatoba and The Bridge, a six-piece featuring guitar, keys, mandolin, bass, sax and drums, with a sound reminiscent of fellow jammers Assembly of Dust. Weekend tickets are $75, day passes at the gate are $40 on Friday, May 27, and Saturday, May 28, and $30 on Sunday, May 29. For more information, visit www.sterlingstage.com. And here’s the music lineup: Thursday, Tent Stage: Stir Up the Gravy (7 p.m.), Turbine (9 p.m.)
Friday, Main Stage: Jamie Notarthomas (2 p.m.), Lucid (4 p.m.), Blue Sky Mission Club (6 p.m.), Quincy Mumford (8 p.m.), Giving Tree Band (10 p.m.)
Friday, Tent Stage: Switcharoo (3:10 p.m.), Northbound Traveling Minstrel Jug Band (5:10 p.m.), Dutch Bucket System (7:10 and 9:10 p.m.), Saturday, Main Stage: Red Sea (noon), MIZ (2 p.m.), Roosevelt Dime (4 p.m.), Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds (6 p.m.), The Bridge (9 p.m.)
Saturday, Tent Stage: Jerry Henderson (10 a.m.), Garafolo Brothers (11 a.m.), Kevin MacConkey (1:10 p.m.), Tioga County Heymakers (3:10 p.m.), The Siders (5:10 p.m.), Dangermuffin (7:30 p.m.)
Sunday, Main Stage: House on a Spring (noon), Los Blancos (2 p.m.), Jatoba (4 p.m.), Moss Back Mule Band (6 p.m.), Tim Herron Corporation (9 p.m.)
Sunday, Tent Stage: Arethusa (10 a.m.), Tom Barnes (11 a.m.), The Pound (1:10 p.m.), Mike Bogan Band (3:10 p.m.), The Blind Spots (5:10 p.m.), Family Dawgz (7:30 p.m.)
—Compiled by Jessica Novak