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New Year's Eve shows in Ithaca

Dec 30, 2016

Ring in 2017 by catching one of the many live shows around Ithaca on Saturday night.

Big Mean Sound Machine will return to Lot 10 for a New Year's Eve show Saturday night.
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• Afro-beat funksters Big Mean Sound Machine will play their annual New Year’s Eve show at Lot 10, joined by special guests Tenzin Chopak (who released a great album this fall) and DJ Gourd. Big Mean will showcasing material from its forthcoming album as well its excellent past releases. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for the New Year’s Eve show, available in advance at lot10.ticketleap.com/nye15/. To learn more, visit www.bigmeansoundmachine.com.

• The Range will feature an eclectic triple bill of Kitestring (roots rock), Viva Mayhem (ska punk) and the duo of Samuel B. Lupowitz and Mandy Goldman (soul) for its first-ever New Year’s Eve show beginning at 9 p.m. Cover is $5.

The Jeff Love Band will perform at Agava Restaurant on New Year's Eve.
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The Jeff Love Band will return to Agava for a 10 p.m. set of classic funk, soul and R&B. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. If you want to reserve a table for dinner before the show, call 319-4366 or visit www.agavarestaurant.com/reservations.

The Destination, who were originally set to play at the now-closed Rongovian Embassy, will take its soul-funk party to the Dock beginning at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance.

DJ Tuggle will set up shop at Silky Jones, spinning tunes starting at 10 p.m. There will be free food from Viva Taqueria, Luna Inspired Street Food and Bandwagon Brew Pub as well. Next door, Taste of Thai will feature DJ Jah Stone, Gunpoets’ DJ Double A and others at a Great Gatsby Party. There’s a $20 cover charge at the door.

• K-House Karaoke Lounge and Suites will host a Black and White party starting at 4 p.m., with Arthur B and the Planetary Mix performing a set of live music from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., followed by more karaoke until 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Call 339-8981 or email [email protected] for more information.

• The Argos Inn is hosting an upscale New Year’s Soirée featuring the Analogue Sons (Michael Stark, Lee Hamilton, Aaron Speiser and Lars Burggren) joined by several guest vocalists, including Bronwen Exter, Jennie Lowe and Mary Lorson. Admission is $25 for the 8 p.m. event, which also includes a photo booth, fire pit and more. Visit www.argosinn.com to reserve a ticket.

• The Haunt will host the BOUND New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball, presented by Model Citizen. DJs Rob Haze and Dark Fader will provide the sonic backdrop to this unique event, which recommends a mask combined with formal, semi-formal, cocktail, Victorian, antique or vintage formal attire. Admission is $15 for those in costume, $30 for everyone else. Visit  www.facebook.com/events/1162127903906006/ for the full scoop on the event.

• For something a bit different, Opera Ithaca is hosting a New Year’s Eve gala at the Kitchen Theatre featuring an all-star cast in a production of Mozart's comedy “Abduction from the Seraglio.” Tickets are $50 for the 8:30 p.m. show. Visit www.OperaIthaca.org for more information. 

• In Trumansburg, Pete Panek and the Blue Cats will return to the Silverline Tap Room for a free 7 p.m. show, while Atlas Bowl will host a “Rock and Bowl New Year's Eve Extravaganza,” with $7 flat rate bowling and tunes after dinner from DJ RAF. Visit atlasbowl.com for information.

• In Cortland, Tribal Revival will be at BRU 64 for an evening of classic rock favorites and Ten Man Push returns to the Stone Lounge with their modern metal sound. Both shows kick off at 7 p.m. and have no cover charge.

• If you feel like taking a road trip to catch a New Year’s Eve show, a bunch of local favorites are playing around the state. The Blind Spots are in Saranac Lake for a First Night celebration, John Brown’s Body and Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad are teaming up at Anthology in Rochester, Driftwood is at the Ransom Steele Tavern in Apalachin and Jimkata is at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo.