continued Swingin’ dad and daughter
That same evening over at 201 S. Salina St., the Sammy-winning jazz band E.S.P. held forth at Wise Guys.
Bandleader and bassist Matt Vacanti, who lives just north of Liverpool on Gaskin Road, invited his daughter, violinist Cecelia Vacanti, to sit in with the band for a few Gypsy jazz tunes. With guitarists Joe Ferlo and John Magnante strumming the chords, Cecelia played joyous leads on tunes such as “Djangology,” “Jitterbug Waltz” and “Rosetta.”
They made “Minor Swing” special when father and daughter traded fours on bass and fiddle, respectively.
E.S.P. performs from 5 to 8 p.m. every Friday, at Wise Guys, at the corner of East Washington and South Salina streets, down city. Admission is free; 477-9898
Motivated by munchies
An energetic cast of six deliver a delightfully devilish parody of the old “Scooby Doo” cartoons as Rarely Done Productions presents “Spooky Dog and the Teen-Age Gang Mysteries,” through Feb. 23, at Jazz Central: 441 E. Washington St., down city.
Baldwinsville’s hyperkinetic thespian, Josh Taylor, appears as Scraggly, an amiable stoner motivated by the munchies. He and his fellow youth sleuths search for the singer Cher on the grounds of the Creepola County Fair.
The script by Boston-based satirists Eric Pilner and Amy Rhodes pays homage to “Scooby Doo” with its eye-winking references to recreational drugs and alternative sexual orientations.
Directed by Dan Tursi, the hour-long comedy also features Theresa Constantine, Robert Kovak, Gennaro Parlato, Derek Potocki and a titillating Rita Worlock. Shows continue at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23, at Jazz Central. Tickets cost $20 each; rarelydone.org; 546-3224.