So here's a novel idea.  Do your holiday shopping inside surrounded by live music.  That's been the tradition at the Oakdale Mall over the past couple of years and according to a mall spokesperson, shoppers seem to really enjoy it.

The Greater Binghamton area has an abundance of talent and it's nice to have a space to showcase local bands, choirs, instrumentalists and ensembles.

The popular Johnson City shopping mall has a full schedule of local talent to entertain shoppers.  I actually went to high school with Jan DeAngelo and look forward to catching up with this talented piano man before or after his performance.  I always wanted to pick up one of his amazing CD's.

Here is the most up to date list of scheduled shows now through Christmas:

Wednesday 12/4 -  4:30-6:30pm - Miles Ahead Trio

Thursday 12/5 -  6:30-8:30pm - Georgetta Maiolo and Helen Harendza

Friday 12/6 -  6:30-8:30pm - Parlor City Flute Ensemble, 7:00-8:00pm - Binghamton University Gospel Choir

Saturday 12/7 - Noon-2pm -  Southern Tier Brass Quintet, 3:00-5:00pm - Holiday Saxophone Quartet, 6:30-8:30pm - Donna Wood Trio

Sunday 12/8 - 1:00-3:00pm - Ralph Muro and Friends, 4:00-6:00pm Paula Bacorn Ensemble

Monday 12/9 - 7:00-9:00pm - Endwell Community Chorus

Tuesday 12/10 - 7:00-8:00pm - Carousel Harmony Chorus

Wednesday 12/11 - 5:30-7:30pm - Rob Weinberger

Thursday 12/12 - 7:00-9:00pm - Vestal Community Band

Friday 12/13 - 6:30-8:30pm - Larry Lolli Trio

Saturday 12/14 - Noon-3:00pm - Tuba Christmas, 2:00-4:00pm - The Corner Carolers, 4:00-6:00pm - Mason Warrington Orchestra, 6:30-8:30pm - Cathi Marie Coro

Sunday 12/15 - 1:00-3:00pm - Ladene Miles Bourne Trio, 3:30-5:30pm - Fair Winds Woodwind Quintet

Monday 12/16 - 6:30-8:30pm - Four of Hearts, 7:00-8:00pm - Louie G

Tuesday 12/17 - 7:00-8:00pm - Southerntiersmen

Wednesday 12/18 - 6:30-8:30pm - Doug Beardsley Trio

Thursday 12/19 - 6:30-8:30pm - Judy Giblin and Friends, 8:00-9:30pm - JC Sophistacats & Cubs

Friday 12/20 - 6:30-8:30pm - A Touch of Brass

Saturday 12/21 - 1:30-3:30pm - Al Hamme and Friends, 4:00-7:00pm- Living Nativity, 4:30-6:30pm- Young and Restless Quartet

Sunday 12/22 - 1:00-3:00pm - Celtic Charm, 3:30-5:30pm - Four Gentlemen

Monday 12/23 - 6:30-8:30pm - Swing Street Jazztet, Noon-2:00pm - Jan DeAngelo at the Piano