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10+ shows to see this Halloween weekend: Oct. 29-31

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Bryan Davis's Frankentet

Celebrate this Halloween weekend with a variety of spooky shows that include an album release from Leo and the Maydays, the return Black Sabbath-tribute favorites Band of Doom, and several other fun shows around Ithaca and beyond.

Please be sure to check with each venue for its covid protocols, as well as potential postponement or cancellations due to the weather. Stay safe, and enjoy as much live music as you can in the coming days!

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Secret Service Men

Practice Makes Perfect

Practice at Pete’s returns with a special Halloween show featuring host bands Secret Service Men (who released their debut album this summer) and Cobra Cadaver battling it out after an opening set from Cool Cough, a local Misfits tribute band.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Pete’s Cayuga Bar

Cost: $8

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Trio Grande

Three of Ithaca’s top singer-songwriters – Joe Crookson, Frank Raponi, Peter Glanville – join forces for the first time as The Real Treats to celebrate the birthday of Doug Levine, executive director of the State Theatre.

When: 6-8 p.m. Friday

Where: Hopshire Brewing, Dryden

Cost: free

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Band of Doom

They Are Iron Men

Just in time for Halloween, Band of Doom returns to pay tribute to one of metal’s most influential bands: Black Sabbath! Bassist Freddy Villano and friends will tackle a couple of dozen classics from the British band’s deep catalog

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: The Dock

Cost: small cover charge

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Jimkata (left to right): Evan Friedell, Packy Lunn, Aaron Gorsch

Together Again

After reuniting this summer following a four-year hiatus, Jimkata continues its Halloween weekend tour of upstate New York with a stop in Syracuse. The trio of Aaron Gorsch, Evan Friedell, and Packy Lunn will be playing songs from the band’s new album, “Bonfires,” plus many favorites from Jimkata’s earlier records. Rochester’s Roots Collider will open the show

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Westcott Theatre, Syracuse

Cost: $20-$30

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Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives

Keeping It Country

Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives – guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson, bassist Chris Scruggs – return to upstate New York for a sold-out show. Stuart has been one of the biggest champions of traditional country music, hosting “The Marty Stuart Show” on RFD-TV for many years, opening the Congress of Country Music in his Mississippi hometown, and releasing many stellar albums that showcase his sublime musicianship.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Center for the Arts, Homer

Cost: SOLD OUT!

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Tricks and Treats

Metasequoia will be the featured band at “All Hallow’s Eve,” a family-friendly event in downtown Ithaca that features a costume contest, fire spinning, juggling from Nate the Great, and much more!

When: 3-8 p.m. Saturday, band at 5-8 p.m.

Where: Press Bay Alley Cost: free

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Bryan Davis's Frankentet

Double Feature

Bryan Davis’s Frankentet will provide the sonic backdrop to two legendary silent horror movies: “The Phantom of the Opera” (1925) at 7 p.m., and “Nosferatu” (1922) at 9 p.m. Percussionist will be joined by keyboardist Emmett Scott, bassist Brian Dozoretz, drummer Ashley Ickes, and guitarist Tenzin Chopak to improvise appropriately spooky soundtracks to the films.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: State Theatre of Ithaca

Cost: $10-$12

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Creeper rehearsing for their 2019 reunion show

Ready to Rock

Two years after reuniting for their first show in a quarter-century, the legendary Cortland-based heavy rock trio Creeper returns for another show. Marc Ryan, Dameon Torrey and Pat Pascucci will draw songs from the band’s early catalog along with a few other surprises. Ruination and Throw Down Cold will open the show.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Dock

Cost: $20

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Funky Town

After a year’s hiatus, The Great Funkin' returns, featuring Funk Night favorites Dean's Kid's along with the Fall Creek Brass Band.

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Range

Cost: cover charge; proof of vaccination and matching government ID is required

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Leo and the Maydays will release their album "Freshman" on Halloween night

Trick or Treat

Ithaca indie-pop quartet Leo and the Maydays will mark the release of their new album, “Freshman,” which was recorded at New Vine studio. Tijuana Danger Dogs and Metasequoia’s Roo Earthling will open the show

When: 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Dock

Cost: $5

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Read more about Leo here!

More Shows

Bad Alibi at Garrett’s Brewing at 7 p.m. Friday

Michael Francis McCarthy at Grist Iron Brewing at 5-8 p.m.

Chasing Neon at Goody’s Lake Como Inn, 9 p.m. Friday

DJ ha-MEEN at the Upstairs, 10 p.m. Friday

Dana Twigg at Summerhill Brewing at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Isaac French is at Homer Hops at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Kitestring at Brewer’s Café and Taproom, 6-8 p.m. Saturday

EVO Evolution & DJ Anthony at the Upstairs, 10 p.m. Saturday

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Kitestring

Jim Catalano covers the Finger Lakes music scene for WITH (90.1 FM in Ithaca, WITHradio.org) and its affiliates.