Free Saturday Performances

This year we have the most entertainment we have ever offered with street musicians, clogging,  multiple bands, crafts, children's activities and a wide variety of food.

Showmobile Stage


Julie Howard and Friends


Perform 4 Purpose Allstars


Professor Louie and The Crowmatix


Generation Gap

State Street Band Shell/Kiosk


Free Range Children


Have you Heard?

2:30 pm

UKE Nuts

4-7 pm

Jess Novak Band @Prison City


Buddy Barret Blues

Street Music at Genesee Mall - 100 Genesee
1pm: Khai French
2pm: Tom Weaver
3pm: Luke Mock
4pm: Brian Blowers
5pm: Mike Shaw
6pm: Zoey & Lydia
7pm: Connor Vaneps

Street Music at Chad Building - 75 Genesee
1pm: Dan Vitale
2pm: Salvatore Vitale
3pm: Never Too Late
4pm: Gregg Hoover
5pm: Brian Lyna
6pm: Drake Butler
7pm: Gary Babliot

Street Music at Tourism Building - 131 Genesee
1pm: Dan Cleveland
2pm: Drum Circle
3pm: Chris Blessing
4pm: Wayne & Marilyn Fuller
5pm: Never Too Late
6pm: Tom Weaver
7pm: Brian Blowers

Ticketed Concert at Auburn Public Theater

WHERE: Auburn Public Theater, 32 Exchange Street, Auburn
New York 13021  

WHEN: 8 pm Saturday, September 10th, 2016

WHO: Rory Block, Professor Louie and the Crowmatix and
the Rock of Ages Brass

FOR TICKETS: Auburn Public Theater Box Office 315 253 6669 or on line at

Chip Falichio, a member of the Entertainment Committee added, “I am thrilled to announce that the big benefit concert this year will take place at the Auburn Public Theater’s MainStage Theater, thanks in part to support from the Senator John A.DeFrancisco Arts in Cayuga County 2016 Program and to the Auburn Public Theater. This is a concert you do not want to miss. The concert is Saturday September 10th, 2016 at 8pm. We are bringing national blues recording artist Rory Block, Professor Louie and the Crowmatix and the Rock of Ages Brass to this special TomatoFest 2016 concert!

Heralded as “a living landmark” (Berkeley Express), “a national treasure” (Guitar Extra), and “one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists” (Blues Revue), Rory Block has committed her life and her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to life for 21st century audiences around the world. A traditionalist and an innovator at the same time, she wields a fiery and haunting guitar and vocal style that redefines the boundaries of acoustic blues and folk. The New York Times declared: “Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly as she wrestles with ghosts, shadows and legends.”

Today, after more than twenty highly acclaimed releases and five Blues Music Awards, Block is at the absolute height of her creative powers, bringing a world full of life lessons to bear on what she calls “a total celebration of my beloved instrument and best friend, the guitar."Rory has played and recorded with Keb Mo, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Wonder, Taj Mahal, Mark Knopfler, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jorma Kaukonen, Livingston Taylor, Paul Shaffer, John Sebastian, David Lindley the Band (Woodstock '94 with Bruce Hornsby & Bob Weir), Koko Taylor, Michael Hedges, Stanley Jordan,and Herb Ellis.

After Rory finishes her performance, the concert will then feature Professor Louie and the Crowmatix w/The Rock Of Ages Horns! For those of you who do not know he was named Professor Louie by Rick Danko of the famous “The Band”. Professor Louie played on 3 cds with The Band. This Crowmatix also include Gary Burke, the drummer for Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Concert Tour and guitarist John Platania has played and recorded with Van Morrison and Don McClean and produced 4 CD’s for Guy Davis. Vocalist/song writer Miss Marie Spinoza and bassist Frank Campbell round out the Cromatix. Miss Marie's soulful vocals and percussion can be heard on "Jubilation" by The Band and also on Rick Danko's "Sip the Wine" and "Times like These and Garth Hudson's CD "The Sea To The North". Frank toured with Rick Danko and Levon Helm through the 70’s and 80’s and eventually moved back to Woodstock to join Professor Louie.  

Professor Louie & The Crowmatix have performed at many of the best festivals, theaters and clubs throughout The USA, at the Thunder Bay Festival in Canada, The Sellersville Theater in PA, BB Kings, NYC, House Of Blues, LA and much more.

The Crowmatix songs are steeped in Rock n Roll, Blues, and American Roots Music. Partial Repertoire includes: Ophelia, Atlantic City, Domino, Makes No Difference, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The Weight and Crowmatix hits: Open Hand Open Heart, Light In Your Eyes, One More Day and Top Of The World.

Professor Louie (Keys-Vocals) performed, produced and collaborated with The Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame group The Band for over 16 years.

John Platania (Guitar-Vocals) known for his great performances with Van Morrison for over thirty years and collaborated with Van creating some top hits such as Domino.

Gary Burke (Drums) One of the best all time drummers. He performed with Bob Dylan’s The Rolling Thunder Review and also recorded and toured extensively with Joe Jackson.

Miss Marie (Vocals-Percussionist-Keys) preformed, recorded with Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and more. Composer of many of The Crowmatix original songs.

Frank Campbell (Bass-Vocals) Levon Helm’s music director with the Woodstock All-stars touring around the country, and also performed with Steve Forbert on tour.

Rock Of Ages Horns – Four Piece Horn section with great arrangements written by Allan Toussaint, Howard Johnson, Tom Bones Malone, Gary Burke and Professor Louie.

Woodstock Records has released twelve CD’s by Professor Louie & The Crowmatix.

Professor Louie & The Crowmatix are honored to have been inducted into the South Canada Blues Hall Of Fame and the New York Blues Of Fame.

Tickets can be obtained on line at or call the APT box office at 315-253-6669. But don't delay, there are only 200 tickets for this benefit concert. Proceeds from TomatoFest continue to support 9 food pantries in Cayuga County, as they have for 31 years…