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30+ shows to see this week: Sept. 21-27

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Gary Clark Jr. plays the State Theatre of Ithaca Friday night.

We move into fall with a barrage of big events that include Gary Clark Jr. and They Might Be Giants at the State Theatre, and the return of Porchfest to Ithaca’s Fall Creek neighborhood. Plus, Tanya Tucker comes to Del Lago Casino, while the Killers and Johnny Marr play Turning Stone!

Also, it’s fall membership week at WITH and withradio.org. Please support us by making a contribution online at differentradio.org, or by calling (800) 295-9994. And tune in each morning from 9 a.m. to noon at 90.1 FM in Ithaca or at withradio.org for Scott Regan’s “Open Tunings” for guest appearances by Michael Black, Jim Catalano, and others throughout the week!

For a more extensive roundup of upcoming shows around the Finger Lakes and beyond, check out this extensive, curated list right here!

(Note: the concerts are listed below in chronological order)

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Maddy Walsh and The Blind Spots

Say Goodbye to Summer

The Stonecat Café will host a Super Summer Hump Day Dance Party to celebrate the end of the 2022 summer season, “Hector-style!” Area bluesman Brett Beardslee will open the night at 5:30-7:30 p.m., followed by local favorites Maddy Walsh and the Blind Spots at 8-10 p.m. Dinner service (indoors) will be available at 4-8 p.m., with a light menu available at 8-10 p.m. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to Seneca Lake Guardian, which is dedicated to “preserving and protecting the health of the Finger Lakes” and much more.

When: 5:30-10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21

Where: The Stonecat Café

Cost: $15 in advance; available at the Stonecat Cafe during open hours. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $20.

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Among the Rocks and Roots

Bring the Noise

Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, Among The Rocks and Roots bring their heavy, indigenous music to Ithaca for the first time. “To simply call Among The Rocks and Roots a noise rock duo would be a lazy assessment of the band’s sound. Certainly there is a noise rock element present but the duo stir in elements of world music, shoegaze, black metal and the avant garde to create a sonic force that is wholly unique to the experimental community. Operating as a unit since 2014 New York’s Abdul Hakim Bilal and Richmond, VA’s Samuel Goff have built a reputation of cathartic, emotional, LOUD and intense live performances to supplement their recordings.” Jen Kutler and Gravestone Glue will open the show.

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Angry Mom Records

Cost: $8

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30 Year Anniversary

After a couple of pandemic-related postponements, They Might Be Giants return to Ithaca to perform their iconic 1990 album “Flood” in its entirety, along with many other classics from the band’s deep catalog as well as new songs. Find out more here! Open only to ages 16 and up

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: State Theatre

Cost: SOLD OUT! But some tickets may be available online here

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Future Funk

Ghost-Note makes its Ithaca debut: “Headed by Snarky Puppy’s multi Grammy–winning percussion duo of Robert Sput Searight and Nate Werth, Ghost-Note is an explosion of sound. With an expansive roster of next-level musicians—representing members of Prince, Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Marcus Miller, Toto, Justin Timberlake, and more—the band is pushing funk music into the future, building on the uplifting, pioneering foundations laid out by the likes of James Brown and Sly & The Family Stone and infusing their fresh take with tastes of afrobeat, hip-hop, psychedelia, world folklore, and more.” Their latest album is “Swagism”; find out more here.

Fablesayer will open the show.

When: 9 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $25, available here

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The Dart Brothers

Fall Festivities

The Heebasquabee Treatops Festival returns, with nearly three-dozen area bands performing over four days. The lineup includes the East-West Blues Band, Rena Guinn, Brett Beardslee, Andrew Alling, Jesse Collins Quartet, The Dart Brothers, Cool Club and the Lipker Sisters, Los Finsteros, and many more. The event is “an endeavor to emulate this cornucopia of unsung singers, writers & ensembles. This conflux converges on a lofty meadow with commanding views over the resplendence of Seneca Lake and subsequent sunset.”

When: Thursday-Sunday

Where: Glendale Farms, Route 414 and Covert Road, Hector

Cost: free to get in; suggested exit fee to leave

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We All Scream

So Good Ice Cream Stand and the Center for the Arts of Homer have teamed up to bring you the So Good Music Series every Thursday through September. This week’s edition features The Cousins, the Cortland roots-rock band led by singer-songwriter-guitarists Clint Bush and Quona Hudson. So Good will feature “adult only” specialty ice cream for those 21 and up. Bring a chair or two to enjoy the show.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: 5 South West St., Homer

Cost: free

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Life of Delusion

Thursgay at the Range presents “Delusions of Band-eur,” a night of live music hosted by Tilia Cordata featuring three different groups of queer musicians: Motherwort, Bubba Crumrine, and Emma Vulnerability.

When: 9 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Range

Cost: $5

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Let’s Get Liquified

The new weekly “Liquid Thursdays” continues at Liquid State Brewing Company, with host Cooper Casterline (Double Tiger and New Planets) joined by a series of rotating musicians and DJs for “an evening of live music, dance, and a full multi-media funky experience.”

When: 9 p.m. to midnight Thursday

Where: Liquid State Brewing Company

Cost: $5

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A Good Cause

Thousands of One and Elisa and the YesMen will perform at a benefit show for Jon and Regina Petronzio, to help offset the expenses incurred by their recent trip to Germany so she could get a life-saving operation. “Jon Petronzio (JP) and his family are a cornerstone of the Ithaca music community and we wanted to come together to support them in their medical challenges. There will be two sets of music from Elisa and the Yes Men and Thousands of One, as well as a silent auction of local goods and services. All proceeds will benefit the Petronzio family to address their medical debts.”

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $10 at the door

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Gary Clark Jr.

Guitar Power

Texas guitar powerhouse Gary Clark Jr. will make his Ithaca debut, touring to promote his latest album, “This Land,” which adds soul influences and timely, topical lyrics to his blues-rock arsenal. He’ll be joined by bandmates King Zapata, Elijah Ford, Jon Deas, and JJ Johnson. Find out more here.

The Blue Bonnets, an Austin, Texas-based garage-rock band that includes longtime Clark friend Eve Monsees as well as Kathy Valentine of the GoGos, will open the show.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: State Theatre of Ithaca

Cost: $45-$65, available online here Event Info


Carnatic Concert

SPICMACAY and the Cornell South Asia Program present their first concert of the year featuring renowned Carnatic Vocal duo Ranjani Gayatri. They will be accompanied by L Ramakrishnan, and Manoj Siva.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Barnes Hall - 129 Ho Plaza, Cornell

Cost: free

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Fall Fun

Homer Hops hosts its second annual Fall Festival, with live music from Kitestring at 1-4 p.m. and the Bradford Allen Trio at 5-8 p.m. There also will be craft vendors, eats from Food Rescue Food Truck, desserts by Sinfully Sweet, pumpkin painting, new merchandise, and the autumn beer releases.

When: 12-8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Homer Hops

Cost: free to attend

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Dan Forsyth (left) and Joey Arcuri

Two in Tandem

Dan Forsyth and Joey Arcuri of Driftwood come together for a duo show at downtown Ithaca's newest restaurant. They’re each releasing solo albums this year, so they’ll be playing selections from their upcoming albums will be played, along with fun covers and even some Driftwood tunes. Performances at Revelry take place out back, in the new urban beer Ggarden dubbed “The Yards.”

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Revelry Yards

Cost: free

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Derek St. Holmes

Voice of Ted

Derek St. Holmes brings his “Night to Remember” tour to the area. St. Holmes is “best known as the vocalist and rhythm guitar player for Ted Nugent's early solo career. After splitting from Nugent in 1978, St. Holmes worked with various artists, most notably the Whitford/St. Holmes project with Brad Whitford, who had recently parted ways with Aerosmith.” Find out more here. Southern Tier funk-rock band Bad Bear opens the show.

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: The L, 116 Breesport Road, Horseheads

Cost: $17 and up, available online here

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Positive Vibrations

Syracuse reggae-soul favorites Root Shock journey to neighboring Cayuga County to perform in downtown Auburn. Led by powerhouse singer Jessica Brown, the band’s current lineup includes guitarist Phil Grajko, keyboardist Brian Lauri, drummer Tyre Outerbridge, and bassist Elliot Jarvis. Find out more here.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Auburn Public Theatre

Cost: $20, available online here

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Great Shakes

Shakey Graves returns to upstate New York. Born Alejandro Rose-Garcia, the Texas-bred singer-songwriter has released three albums, including 2018’s “Can’t Wake Up,” while building his ardent fanbase through incessant touring. Find out more here. The Ballroom Thieves, the duo of Martin Earley and Calin Peters, open the show.

When: 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Point of Bluff Vineyards, Hammondsport

Cost: $47.50, available online here Event Info

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Jeffrey Steele

Nashville Cat

Nashville singer-songwriter and five-time Grammy nominee Jeffrey Steele comes to King Ferry for an intimate acoustic show. “Steele has been recognized by BMI for over 63 million airplays for hits he penned for a multitude of artists including Keith Urban, Eric Church, Zac Brown Band, Jimmy Buffett, Montgomery Gentry, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cher, .38 Special, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, LeAnn Rimes, Rascal Flatts and Van Zant, Joe Cocker, Little Feat ft. Bob Seger, Joe Bonamassa, Cascada, Randy Travis, Aaron Lewis, Alabama, and more.” Find out more here.

Area favorite Allie Torto Music opens the show.

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Treleaven Winery, King Ferry

Cost: $15 in advance, available online here; $20 at the door

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Welcome Return

After a pandemic-induced hiatus, the Cosmic Joke Collective makes its long-awaited return to once again provide “a curated performers' salon that celebrates the artistic process of its diverse performers!” This month’s edition features local singer-songwriters Bronwen Exter, Drew Minson, Mandy Goldman, and Rose Fritzky-Randolph.

“The Cosmic Joke Collective provides a stage and audience for performers who want to experiment, play, collaborate, and share their creative process as they develop new material. New performers are welcomed in after they have seen a show and are endorsed by another Collective member. Performers include musicians, actors, puppeteers, poets, comedians, dancers, and video artists.”

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $5

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Western Centuries

On The Road

Western Centuries returns to CNY, ready to showcase the stellar songwriting of founding members Cahalen Morrison and Ethan Lawton along with late member Jim Miller, who passed away earlier this year while on tour with the band. They’re joined by bassist Nokosee Fields, pedal steel player Thomas Bryan Eaton, known for his work with Miss Tess, and fiddler Oliver Bates Craven, formerly of the Stray Birds. Find out more here.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Big Sky Music Studio, Sweet Land Farm, Trumansburg

Cost: $18, available online here

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Tanya Tucker

Texas Rose

Country legend Tanya Tucker comes to the Finger Lakes. Since scoring her first No. 1 hit, “Delta Dawn,” in 1972 – when she was just 13 – Tucker has earned 23 Top 40 albums and 56 Top 40 singles, ten of which reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard country charts. Her other hits include “Soon,” “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane,” “It’s a Little Too Late,” “Trouble,” “Texas (When I Die),” “If It Don’t Come Easy” and “Strong Enough To Bend.” In 2020, she received two Grammy Awards: Best Country Album for “While I’m Livin’” and Best Country Song for “Bring My Flowers Now.” Her latest release is “Live from The Troubadour.” Learn more here.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Del Lago Casino, Waterloo

Cost: $39-$11o, available online here.

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10-Year Anniversary

Ithaca hiphop favorite Mr. McBean returns to downtown to celebrate 10 years of local label Smacked Records. He’ll be joined by fellow Ithacans Anthony Kannon (who has released several albums this year) and Eyukaliptus for the show.

When: 10 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Upstairs


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Porchfest returns Sunday, Sept. 25.

Festive Fun

After a two-year hiatus, Porchfest returns, with dozens of Ithaca bands set to perform on the porches, driveways, and yards of the Fall Creek and Northside neighborhoods. Founded in 2007, the Ithaca event has inspired nearly 200 other Porchfests around the country and the world. New Motor Club, Elisa and the YesMen, Not From Wisconsin, and the Fall Creek Brass Band are just some of the many bands set to perform this year. Check out the full lineup and schedule here, or sign up to volunteer here.

When: 12-6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Fall Creek and Northside neighborhoods, Ithaca

Cost: free

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Rachel Philipson
CU Jazz Ensemble

Jazz al Fresco
The Cornell Jazz Ensemble and Combos, under the direction of Paul Merrill, will perform at Porchfest. The program will include selections by Jerome Richardson, Claudio Roditi, Horace Silver, and Sonny Stitt and arrangements by Quincy Jones. Melba Liston, and Thad Jones.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1019 N. Cayuga St.

Cost: free

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Feat of Strength

Little Feat returns to the Finger Lakes, ready to showcase their rollicking brand of roots-rock that has won them fans for more than 50 years. Founding pianist Bill Payne is still aboard, joined by longtime members Kenny Gradney, Sam Clayton, and Fred Tackett and recent additions Scott Sherrard and Tony Leone. Find out more here. Americana singer Miko Marks will open the show.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Point of Bluff Vineyards, Hammondsport

Cost: $55 and up, available online here

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Pickin’ Party

Bike Bar Ithaca hosts a post-Porchfest “Old-Time Music Special” featuring Richie Stearns, Joe Hayward, Rosie Newton, Aaron Lipp, Steve Selin, and Taki Masuko.

When: 6-9 p.m. Sunday

Where: Bike Bar Ithaca

Cost: $5 suggested donation

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The Killers

Somebody Told Me

The Killers bring their anthemic rock sound to CNY, with Brandon Flowers and company ready to spotlight hits such as “Mr. Brightside,” “While We Were Young,” “Somebody Told Me,” and “All These Things That I’ve Done,” as well as songs from their recent albums “Imploding the Mirage” and “Pressure Machine.”  Johnny Marr, the founding guitarist of The Smiths who has released several solo albums as well as recording and playing with many other bands, will open the show.

When: 7:30 p.m. Monday

Where: Turning Stone Event Center, Verona

Cost: $119 and up, available online here

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Lost in Space

The Galactic Escort Service returns for the latest edition of Galactic Monday, promising a night of interstellar improvisations from some of Ithaca’s top musicians. “Join the Galactic Escort Service on another journey through real-time sonic vibe interpretations. Sit on velvety green couches, see a film projected on long curtains in voluptuous folds, and blast off with us.”

When: 9 p.m. Monday

Where: Argos Warehouse

Cost: $10 cash/Venmo at the door

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Get On My Lawn!

Postponed from earlier this fall, the Lawncert house concert is back with a double bill featuring The Venissa Santí 4tet and The Bigness. Santí will be joined by keyboardist Michael Stark, bassist Walt Lorenzut, and drummer Olive Mitra; the Bigness features the duo of Kristin Bigness and John Bueno. This outdoor concert is family friendly; pack a picnic, and camping chairs. BYOB. Attendees are encouraged to please arrive on time to see the sets at 5:30 and 7:15 p.m.

When: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28

Where: 6018 Podunk Road, Trumansburg

Cost: $10 in advance $15 cash or Venmo at the door.

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Joe Gibson

More Shows

Taksim plays the Trumansburg Farmers Market at 4-7 p.m. Wednesday

Joe Gibson plays Lucky Hare Brewing in Hector at 5-7 p..m Wednesday

Joey Arcuri and Friends play jazz at the Argos Inn at 5-7 p.m. Wednesday

Sacred Root Kava Bar and Tea Lounge hosts its weekly Open Mic Night at 7 p.m. Wednesday

The Range hosts its weekly Salsa Night Latin Dance Party, featuring DJs and dance lessons, from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday

Jeremy Bussman hosts the weekly Open Mic Night at the Upstairs at 8-11 p.m. Wednesday

Cornell’s Midday Music in Lincoln series continues with the Original Cornell Syncopators at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Lincoln Hall B20

F.A.R. Trio

F.A.R. Trio is at Grist Iron Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Thursday

The Analogue Sons are at Two Goats Brewing at 5 p.m. Friday

High Fidelity plays Atwater Winery at 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday


Freight plays South Hill Cider at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday

The Pelotones play the Six Mile Creek Vineyard’s Sunset Music Series at 6-8 p.m. Thursday

Aiken is at Cortland Beer Company at 6 p.m. Thursday

The Brewhouse Blues Jam returns to Hopshire Farm and Brewery at 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday

Benny T brings his Open Mic Posse to CrossRoads in Lansing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Mattee Namer and Penelope Voss play at the Downstairs at 7 p.m. Thursday, with the $5 cover going to the Frankie Rex Memorial Fund.

Nate Marshall plays Deep Dive at 5-7 p.m. Friday


Shaka plays Brookton’s Market at 5 p.m. Friday

Madd Daddy plays Chateau Dusseau’s Harvest Festival at 5-7 p.m. Friday

John Liuzzo is at McGraw Box Brewing Company at 5-8 p.m. Friday

Jim E. Leggs is at Bagley’s Winery at 5-8 p.m. Friday

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Fabi plays first annual Harvest Jam at South Hill Cider at 6-9 p.m. Friday ($10)

The Tink Bennett Duo is at Homer Hops at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Doc’sology plays jazz at the Downstairs at 6-9 p.m. Friday

The Tarps are at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Friday

City Limits plays at Treleaven Winery at 6-9 p.m. Friday ($5)

The Small Kings play the Finger Lakes Cider House at 6:30 p.m. Friday ($5)

The Vectors are at Heuga’s Alpine in Tully at 7-10 p.m. Friday

The Jess Novak Band is at ONCO Fermentations in Tully at 7 p.m. Friday

Andrew Alling returns to Sacred Root Kava Bar and Tea Lounge at 7:30 p.m. Friday

The F.A.R Trio is at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Friday

DJ Jona continues his weekly residency at the Upstairs at 10 p.m. Friday

Solera Tap House hosts Oktoberfest 2022, with live music from Two Horse Johnson (12-3 p.m.), Common Railers (3-6 p.m.), and All Strung Out (6-9 p.m.) on Saturday

DJ Proper Philth spins for brunch at Deep Dive at 12-4 p.m. Saturday

Jon Rogalia and the Swamp Boys play Tim’s Pumpkin Patch at 2 p.m. Saturday

The Immortal Jellyfish are at Americana Vineyards at 2-4:30 p.m Saturday

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Erin and the Backwoods Blues Project

Erin and the Backwoods Blues Project plays at Hopshire Farms and Brewery’s IPA Festival and CoHOPeration Release at 3-5 p.m. Saturday

Bright Leaf Vineyard hosts its annual Harvest Festival with Tribal Revival Duo at 1-3 p.m. and Madd Daddy at 4-6 p.m. Saturday

Wayne Gottlieb and Harry Aceto are at Ithaca Coffee Company at 5 p.m. Saturday

The Vectors are at McGraw Box Brewing Company at 5-8 p.m. Saturday

Adam Guinn is at Liquid State North Shore at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday

The Due South Band is at Bagley’s Winery at 5-8 p.m. Saturday

The Forty Thieves are at Two Goats Brewing at 5 p.m. Saturday

Tenzin Chopak returns to Stone Bend Farm at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Rocco Rich and Aaron Craig are at Brewer’s Kitchen and Tap Room at 6 p.m. Saturday

Amber Martin is at Summerhill Brewing at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

MSZM is at the Westy at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

M3 is at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Saturday


Delaques concludes their September “And Friends” residency at the Downstairs, hosting a “Delaques Delicatessen” at the 9 p.m. Saturday show ($5-$10 sliding scale)

The 1980 Underground returns to host a dance event at Sacred Root Kava Bar at 10 p.m. Saturday

Blue Skies plays the Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Stonecat Café from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday Lynn Wiles and Jessica Bindel play Red Newt Cellars at 1-3 p.m. Sunday

Fabi and Friends play Damiani Wine Cellars at 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Benny T brings his Open Mic Posse to Homer Hops at 1 p.m. Sunday

The Ende Brothers play Treleaven Winery at 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Kosmic Trio plays Brookton’s Market at 1-5 p.m. Sunday

Chasing Neon is at Tim’s Pumpkin Patch at 2 p.m. Sunday

Sam I Am plays Chateau Dusseau’s Harvest Fest at 2 p.m. Sunday

The Lum Family Band is at the Cortland Country Music Park at 2 p.m. Sunday


Louiston is at Solera Tap House at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Leo and the Maydays are at Two Goats Brewing at 4 p.m. Sunday

The new weekly series Beer Wax Sundays returns to Liquid State at 4-7 p.m. Sunday

Brett Beardslee brings his weekly Monday Night Blues back to Rasta Ranch Vineyards at 5-8 p.m. Monday

Ben Borkowski is at Solera Tap House at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday

Annie Sumi is at Firelight Camps at 6-8 p.m. Tuesday

Cornell’s Midday Music for Organ continues with Anna Steppler’s program “Magnificat,” which includes music inspired by the Virgin Mary, framed by two monumental early seventeenth–century Magnificat settings by H. Praetorius and H.L. Hassler, at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in Anabel Taylor Chapel

Delta Mike Shaw and Carol Xtine plays the Trumansburg Farmers Market at 4-7 p.m. Wednesday

The Oasis at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards hosts its weekly Open Mic Night at 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday

For a more extensive roundup of upcoming shows around the Finger Lakes and beyond, check out this extensive, curated list right here!

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