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Darick Campbell of Rochester’s The Campbell Brothers dies

Darick Campbell, one of the trio of brothers who made up the scintillating Rochester sacred-steel band The Campbell Brothers, has died. The band announced the news Monday morning on Facebook that Campbell had passed away in Atlanta, where he lived. No cause of death was given. Together with his older brothers Chuck and Phillip, and his nephew Carlton, The Campbell Brothers emerged from the closeted world of their church to take their sound across the United States, Europe, Africa and even...

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Led Zeppelin has partnered with YouTube for an exclusive streaming event of Celebration Day, the concert film chronicling the band’s historic live performance from the 2007 tribute concert for dear friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. Celebration Day will be streamed in its entirely for three days only on the official Led Zeppelin YouTube channel, premiering this Saturday, May 30, at 3PM ET. You can watch it here:

HomeStage: Benton Sillick

May 12, 2020

There's a new album out by The Heavy Love Trust's titled "Always Kinda Nothing". Check it out on your favorite streaming platform. 

To mark the release, we've got The Heavy Love Trust's Benton Sillick with us on HomeStage to play the only song he's written during quarantine.

Music lovers are invited to celebrate the songs of John Prine with a very special LiveStream Tribute concert produced by The State Theatre of Ithaca and DSP Shows.

HomeStage: John Dady

May 1, 2020

Looks like we won't have live in-person concerts for a bit, so we'll bring some performances to you, with a series called HomeStage.

Jeff Spevak presents Rochester Music Hall of Famer John Dady. We'll have more performances for you by Rochester's talented musicians from the most intimate stage of all...their homes! 

Devin Peddie

Saturday night, APM's Live From Here, starring Chris Thile, airs on WITH at 6PM. This variety show features a unique blend of musical performances, comedy and audience interaction. Acclaimed musician and songwriter Chris Thile welcomes a wide range of well-known and up-and-coming talent to share the stage and create a beautiful listening experience. Thile is a MacArthur Genius Grant winner and Mandolin master.

The 30th Annual Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival scheduled for this July is postponed until next year. From their website: "Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will postpone the 30th Anniversary Celebration until July 22-25, 2021. Culture Camp is also postponed until July 18-21, 2021. The health and safety of everyone (performers, music lovers, vendors & staff) is our primary consideration and supersedes everything else.

Join Different Radio and NPR Music as we celebrate Public Radio Music Day. Tonight, singer-songwriter Steve Earle will perform in a live concert from his living room in Nashville starting at 7 PM. You can watch it online here  https://livesessions.npr.org/live/steve-earle

We lost two musical giants this week: Bill Withers and John Prine. In this radio hour, Death, Sex & Money host Anna Sale shares her conversations with these two songwriters -- interviews that are filled with wisdom, beauty, and, of course, irreverent humor and music. The show airs Monday at 7PM on Different Radio.
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With the current social distancing recommendations extending past our original festival date, The Ithaca Festival of the Arts will be moving to our new date August 27-30th, 2020. The Ithaca Festival Board of Directors and the Executive Director are committed to doing a festival in 2020 as long as it becomes safe to do so.   

Concert Cancellations and Postponements

Mar 13, 2020
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
Jim McGuire

Here’s a running tally of recent cancellations and postponements of some of the bigger shows in Ithaca and the surrounding area as of April 1.


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Concert Cancellations and Postponements

Mar 13, 2020
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
Jim McGuire

Here’s a running tally of recent cancellations and postponements of some of the bigger shows in Ithaca and the surrounding area as of April 1.

11+ shows to see this weekend: March 13-15

Mar 13, 2020
Analogue Sons
Jim Catalano

COVID-19 has adversely impacted the area’s music scene, with many concerts cancelled in recent days. But there are still some noteworthy shows happening if you’d like to catch some live music this weekend.

11+ shows to see this week: March 10-12

Mar 10, 2020
Danielle Nicole

It’s another busy week on the area’s music scene, with return of several popular bands as well as some experimental acts to expand your sonic palette.

Suzanne Onadera

Cornell University will host a three-day celebration of Robert Moog PhD ’65 and his pioneering invention of the Moog synthesizer, which electrified music and sparked a revolution in sound.

“When Machines Rock: A Celebration of Robert Moog and Electronic Music,” running March 5-7, features panels and performances by a wide array of electronic music artists, including renowned synthpop and electro-industrial artist Gary Numan; singer-songwriter, beat-maker, and producer Suzi Analogue; and electronic music composers David Borden, Herb Deutsch, and Suzanne Ciani.

28+ shows to see this weekend: March 6-8

Mar 6, 2020
Graham Nash

It’s another busy weekend in Ithaca and beyond, with the return of a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, album release shows from two local bands, and the conclusion of the festival celebrating the legacy of an electronic music pioneer.

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