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GrassRoots Festival relaunches with 2021 summer concert series

In a rare positive reversal for concert plans during the pandemic, GrassRoots will present live music this summer at Trumansburg Fairgrounds after all. In lieu of the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival, which had been effectively canceled in March, festival organizers have announced “Finger Lakes GrassRoots Live!” a series of concerts running from July 9 through 31 — including performances on the originally scheduled GrassRoots Festival Weekend, July 23-25. That weekend will feature multiple...

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9+ shows to see this week: Sept. 13-16

Sep 13, 2021
Foo Fighters
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Some of Ithaca’s top musicians will be showcasing their talents at various venues around town this week. Plus, Foo Fighters bring their big rock sound to Syracuse!

17+ shows to see this weekend: Sept 9-12

Sep 9, 2021
Gunpoets
Provided

Gunpoets close out the Downtown Ithaca Summer Concert Series, Chamber Music at New Park returns for its fifth year, and an international reggae performer makes her Ithaca debut! Plus, a plethora of other shows around Central New York in the coming days!

Samuel B. Lupowitz
JP Feenstra

Like many musicians, the pandemic hit Samuel B. Lupowitz particularly hard.

For more than a decade, the keyboardist-bassist-vocalist had been one of the busiest players of the Ithaca music scene – his groups include Noon Fifteen, Thru Spectrums, Julia Felice and the Whiskey Crisis, Maddy Walsh and the Blind Spots, and his own Ego Band, which he founded while attending Ithaca College from 2008 to 2011. But that all came to halt in March 2020, when the pandemic made playing live shows all but impossible.

7+ shows to see this week: Sept. 7-8

Sep 7, 2021
Taylor Ashton
Provided

We enter the fall season with a batch of shows that will help you to hold on to summer for just a little bit longer. Plus, a cool documentary premieres at Cornell Cinema!

12+ shows to see this weekend: Sept 2-6

Sep 2, 2021
Danielle Ponder
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We head into the Labor Day weekend with five days chock-full of all kind of music on tap in venues in Ithaca and around Central New York. Plus, the State Fair concludes its run in Syracuse!

8+ shows to see this week: August 30-Sept. 1

Aug 30, 2021
Burns and Kristy
Provided

We exit August and enter September with a spate of shows that include folk, jazz, pop and more at venues around Ithaca. Plus, the Great New York State Fair continues in Syracuse!

6+ shows to see this weekend: August 27-29

Aug 27, 2021
Alex Cano
Provided

The oppressive heat of recent days seems to be lifting just in time for the weekend, which will feature a variety of shows spanning folk and blues to rock and reggae in Ithaca and beyond.

5+ shows to see tonight: August 26

Aug 26, 2021
Henrie Lipp
Provided

It’s another hot day in Ithaca, but there are some cool shows happening around town tonight, including an album release show and a special two-band show on the Commons.

7+ shows to see this week: August 23-25

Aug 23, 2021
Old Crow Medicine Show
Kit Wood

It may be the dog days of summer, but there are still plenty of shows to catch in the coming days around Ithaca and beyond. Please be sure to check with each show’s event page in case of a postponement or cancellation, as well as various covid protocols. Stay safe, and enjoy as much live music as you can in the coming days!

10+ shows to see this weekend: August 19-22

Aug 19, 2021
Noon Fifteen
Armitage Photography

Rain, rain, go away – there are too many shows to see today! Not to mention the rest of the weekend at various venues in and around Ithaca. 

Please be sure to check with each show’s page in event of a postponement or cancellation, as well as various covid protocols. (Note: Tonight's Smoking Loons concert at Lansing's Myers Park has been postponed due to flooding; Friday’s Strange Heavy/Ilium Works/La Llorona triple album release show at the Range has been postponed to Oct. 14 and moved to South Hill Cider.) Stay safe, and enjoy as much live music as you can in the coming days!

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9+ shows to see this week: Sept. 13-16

Sep 13, 2021
Foo Fighters
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Some of Ithaca’s top musicians will be showcasing their talents at various venues around town this week. Plus, Foo Fighters bring their big rock sound to Syracuse!

17+ shows to see this weekend: Sept 9-12

Sep 9, 2021
Gunpoets
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Gunpoets close out the Downtown Ithaca Summer Concert Series, Chamber Music at New Park returns for its fifth year, and an international reggae performer makes her Ithaca debut! Plus, a plethora of other shows around Central New York in the coming days!

Samuel B. Lupowitz
JP Feenstra

Like many musicians, the pandemic hit Samuel B. Lupowitz particularly hard.

For more than a decade, the keyboardist-bassist-vocalist had been one of the busiest players of the Ithaca music scene – his groups include Noon Fifteen, Thru Spectrums, Julia Felice and the Whiskey Crisis, Maddy Walsh and the Blind Spots, and his own Ego Band, which he founded while attending Ithaca College from 2008 to 2011. But that all came to halt in March 2020, when the pandemic made playing live shows all but impossible.

7+ shows to see this week: Sept. 7-8

Sep 7, 2021
Taylor Ashton
Provided

We enter the fall season with a batch of shows that will help you to hold on to summer for just a little bit longer. Plus, a cool documentary premieres at Cornell Cinema!

12+ shows to see this weekend: Sept 2-6

Sep 2, 2021
Danielle Ponder
Provided

We head into the Labor Day weekend with five days chock-full of all kind of music on tap in venues in Ithaca and around Central New York. Plus, the State Fair concludes its run in Syracuse!

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