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8+ shows to see this week: March 3-5

Geoff Tate

Two classic Queensryche album performed by the band’s former lead singer, a live score to a classic silent film, and a festival celebrating the legacy of Robert Moog top this week’s musical highlights in Ithaca and beyond. Plus, the new "Once Were Brothers" documentary continues at Cinemapolis.

Queensryche Classics

Former Queensryche singer Geoff Tate returns to Central New York to perform at the Haunt. This time around, he’ll be marking the 30th anniversary of “Empire,” the best-selling Queensryche album that produced several hits, including “Silent Lucidity,” as well as the band’s second album, 1986’s “Rage for Order,” by performing both of those albums in their entirety. Mark Daly will open the show.

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: The Haunt

Cost: $35-$40

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Celtic Sounds

Members of Traonach host this weekly Irish jam session, which features traditional tunes and plenty of special guests.

When: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Argos Inn

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Crossing Generations

The weekly Intergenerational Irish Music Session continues its two-year run, welcoming players and listeners of ages to enjoy a variety of traditional Irish tunes.

When: 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar

Cost: free

High Kings
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The High Kings perform at the Smith Opera House in Geneva Tuesday night.

Pluck O’ The Irish

The High Kings will visit upstate New York. One of Ireland’s most acclaimed bands, the quartet – Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Darren Holden and Paul O’Brien – has earned a worldwide following since its 2008 debut with its mix of traditional and original songs.

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Smith Opera House, Geneva

Cost: $25-$35

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Three of a Kind

Jazz trio Argos Grove – Ithaca College faculty members Nicholas Walker (bass), Greg Evans (drums), and Andrew Carroll (piano) – continue the celebrated Wednesday happy hour community music tradition initiated by i3° at Bar Argos. The trio’s repertoire ranges from Duke Ellington and Stevie Wonder to the Beatles, Disney, swing, funk and bossa nova.

When: 5-7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Argos Inn

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Gary Lucas
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Gary Lucas will bring his live score of "The Golem" to Cornell Cinema Wednesday night.

Guitars and ‘The Golem’

Guitarist Gary Lucas will perform live score to ‘The Golem” at Cornell Cinema. Known for his work with Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band, Jeff Buckley and his own Gods and Monsters, Syracuse native Lucas first performed his score to Paul Wegener’s 1920 silent-film classic based on the legend of the Golem in 1989. Visit and for information.

When: 7:15 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Willard Straight Theatre, Cornell Universitt

Cost: $11-$14

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Read an interview with Gary Lucas here

Concert for the Kids

Now in its sixth season, the Tompkins County Public Library’s Family Concert and Storytime series continues with members of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. Free and open to everyone, the event combines live music, narrated children's books, and a chance for children to try out instruments with the help of the CCO musicians.

When: 4 p.m. Thursday

Where: Tompkins County Public Library

Cost: free

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The Jayhawks will play a sold-out show in Homer Thursday night.

Minnesota Roots Rock

The Jayhawks will bring their harmony-heavy songs to Central New York. Led by Gary Louris, the Minnesota-based band has released several acclaimed albums since the 1980s, including 1995’s “Tomorrow The Green Grass,” which produced the hit, “Blue.” The band’s tenth studio album, “Back Roads And Abandoned Motels,” came out in 2018. The Mastersons, who also tour with Steve Earle’s band, will open the show.

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Center for the Arts, Homer

Cost: $35  SOLD OUT!!

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Cornell University will host "When Machines Rock: A Celebration of Robert Moog and Electronic Music" beginning Thursday

Welcome to the Machines

“When Machines Rock: A Celebration of Robert Moog and Electronic Music,” which will include three days of panels, concerts, workshops and the opening of a new exhibit at Cornell’s Kroch Library, kicks off on Thursday with three events:

What: During the Midday Music in Lincoln presentation, Cornell Music department chair Roger Moseley discusses the festival

When: 12:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Lincoln Hall, Room B20, Cornell University

Cost: free

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What: Cornell professor Trevor Pinch, who co-wrote the book “Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer,” will moderate the panel “The Life and Legacy of Robert Moog,” which will also include David Borden, composer, founder of Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Company; Albert Glinsky, composer, Moog biographer, and author of “Theremin: Ether Music and Espionage”; and Michelle Moog-Koussa, executive director, The Bob Moog Foundation.

When: 4:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Klarman Auditorium, Cornell University

Cost: free

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What: A performance by musicians of the Cornell Electroacoustic Music Center directed by Kevin Ernste.

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Sage Chapel, Cornell University

Cost: free

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See the complete list of “When Machines Rock” events here

Once Were Brothers
"Once Were Brothers" continues at Cinemapolis this week.

Band of Brothers

The new documentary “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band” plays at Cinemapolis. Directed by Daniel Roher, the film tells the story of one of the most-influential groups of the past 50 years as seen through the eyes of Robertson, its guitarist and main songwriter.

When: continues this week

Where: Cinemapolis

Cost: $10.50

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