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The Great Chernesky' is coming to town

PLATTSBURGH - The Great Chernesky will soon be here.

The Auburn native will be bringing his brand of what he calls "vagrant Vaudeville" to Cheechako Taco, 87 Margaret St., next Saturday, Feb. 26. And, it's something he's really excited about.

"Basically, at its core, there's music - the old folks songs on guitar and harmonica - that kind of stuff," said Chernesky. "But, mixed in, there's scene work, there's skits, there's audience participation. There's a good mix to keep people on their toes."

Chernesky became interested in being a performer growing up in the Central New York city. He remembers there being "a decent number of street performers" there, mainly consisting of people who had been released from the Auburn Correctional Facility trying to make a living. Chernesky would watch them perform and was inspired to follow their path - minus run-ins with the law.

"I was always a bit of a ham as a kid," said Chernesky. "I always kind of dug what they did because I always had the urge to perform. You'd see these guys who just stand out on the street playing and doing all sorts of crazy stuff."

The only really high-quality programs for performing arts were in Syracuse and really expensive, said Chernesky.

"Only the rich kids could afford to go," he said. "Our family really couldn't afford that stuff and it was before there was any sort of initiative for scholarships."

So, Chernesky spent time studying the street performers and, in January 2007, started performing publicly himself with acts like juggling, guitar playing and singing.

"The big thing is variety in entertainment," he said. "I try to make sure every show is different."

Chernesky is already looking forward to his Plattsburgh show, saying that he plans to pull out all the stops with the help of friend and fellow performer "High N' Dry" Philly Phillips.

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