A variety of music is on tap this weekend, from Americana and electronica to Celtic, gospel and ska – not to mention a couple of choice classic-rock shows.
Fresh off winning her first two Grammy Awards – for Best Folk Album (for “Undercurrent”) and Best American Roots Performance (for “House of Mercy”) – the multitalented Sarah Jarosz will make her Ithaca debut backed by guitarist Anthony deCosta and bassist Jeff Picker.
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Hangar Theatre
Cost: sold out
Atlanta-based Modern Measure will make its Itahca debut; the electronica duo released a new album titled “For the Moment,” which features 11 original tracks with collaborations from Jeffree Lerner of STS9, Kevin Donohue of SunSquabi and others. Project Aspect will open.
When: 9 p.m. Friday
Where: The Haunt
The Festival of Black Gospel will mark its 40th anniversary with headliner Casey J and other groups performing.
When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Hotel Ithaca
The Ithaca Catholic Worker will present a Celtic concert with acclaimed Irish singer Karan Casey, The Vallely Brothers and Robbie Overson to support efforts to end “the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism,” as described by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Cornell’s Statler Auditorium
Cost: $20 suggested donation, available at Homespun Boutique, Angry Mom Records, on line at Ticket Leap at icw.ticketleap.com/karan-casey/ or by calling 279-8303
An Honest Man
Canadian soul-blues singer-guitarist Matt Andersen will make his Ithaca debut, performing solo to promote his excellent new album, “Honest Man,” produced by Commissioner Gordon (Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin, Joss Stone).
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Dock
Info: www.stubbyfingers.ca, www.thedockithaca.com
The Uncommons will return with an expanded repertoire. “We have four new original songs, as well as five new covers, not including our trademark entire B side of the ‘Abbey Road’ album,” said singer Kelly Serbonich. “We'll also have Lee Hamilton joining us on 3 songs on sax, and (guitarist) Jay (Skezas) will don his fiddle for a few songs.” There’s a small cover for the 8 p.m. show.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Casita del Polaris
Going Their Own Way
Fleetwood Mac tribute band Rumourz will mark the 40th anniversary of the Mac’s iconic “Rumours” album, plus other classic songs from the long-running band.
When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Range
Ska Til You Drop
Ithaca ska octet ¡Viva Mayhem! will release its debut EP, “Fool on Fire,” recorded at Electric Wilburland in Newfield. Thru Spectrums, the local funk band that has its own new album coming out in May, will open.
When: 10 p.m. Saturday
Where: Lot 10
Roots and Blues
The Detroit duo of the Rev. Robert Jones, Sr., and Matt Watroba will perform folk songs, blues, spirituals, work songs, and chants to “revive and instill appreciation for the history, social change, and migration in the lives of all Americans.”
When: 8-11 p.m. Sunday
Where: Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell University