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

Noon Fifteen
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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!

It's Time for Noon Fifteen

The CFCU Downtown Ithaca Summer Concert Series continues this week with Noon Fifteen, the Ithaca-based progressive soul-rock band that features complex vocal harmonies and deft instrumentation. The lineup includes Mandy Goldman (vocals & guitar), Samuel B. Lupowitz (keyboards & vocals), Joe Massa (guitar), Harry Nichols (bass & vocals), and Phil Shay (drums & vocals). Find out more at

When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Bernie Milton Pavilion, the Commons

Cost: free

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PS: After the show, head to the Greenhouse Café and Cocktail Lounge at 320 E. State St. to see Vee Da Bee at 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Rena Guinn
Rena Guinn performs at South Hill Cider Thursday night

Down to the Roots

Trumansburg singer-songwriter Rena Guinn will be playing songs from her recently released EP, “Shine,” which showcases her captivating blend of folk, country and blues. She’ll be backed by her band, the Night Animals, which features guitarist Liam Lawson and drummer Zane Seubert. Louiston, another talented Trumansburg-er, will open the show

When: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: free

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Pine Box
Pine Box performs at Press Bay Thursday

Scraping the Strings

Pine Box will bring its raucous brand of old-time music to downtown Ithaca, with Shaun Whistler (banjo), Sid Burke (fiddle) and Seth Gregory (bass) teaming for a night of high-energy tunes

When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Press Bay

Cost: free

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Loons on the Lake

The Smoking Loons return with their vast catalog of cover songs, with Frank Raponi and Jeff McCaffery (The Small Kings) joined by drummer Josh Drotar (Terrapin Station) and bassist Josh Taylor.

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday POSTPONED due to flooding in the park

Where: Myers Park, Lansing

Cost: free

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Throw Down Cold
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Throw Down Cold returns to the Dock Saturday night

Rockin’ the Dock

The weekly “Bike Night” series continues Thursday with Muddy the Waters at 6-8 p.m. Friday, the East-West Blues Band returns for a happy-hour show at 7 p.m. Saturday, Throw Down Cold brings its blend of classic rock and heavy metal to the inlet at 8 p.m.

When:  Thursday-Saturday

Where: The Dock

Cost: free

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Feast of Beats

Afrobeta’s Tony Laurencio hosts this weekly residency that features a variety of guests from the Ithaca and Miami music scenes “improvising and just playing good music!”

When: 10 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Upstairs (formerly Lot 10)

Cost: $5

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Sim Redmond
Sim Redmond performs at the Finger Lakes Cider House Friday night.

Cider and Sim

The “Friday Night Farm Jams” summer series continues with local favorite Sim Redmond, who will be joined by Sim Redmond Band guitarist Nate Richardson for a family-friendly show. “It will be me and Nate, old school, like back in the days at ABC Cafe!!” says Sim. “We haven’t done a duo show in quite a while. Occasionally we have done acoustic trio gigs with (SRB vocalist) Jen Middaugh, but it’ll be fun to dust off the duo material, and get a handful of Nate’s great songs in the mix.”

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Finger Lakes Cider House, 4017 Hickok Road, Interlaken

Cost: $5 per adult

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The Purple Valley
The Purple Valley returns to Hopshire Brewing Friday night.

It’s Happy Hour Again

Friday, catch some happy hour shows around the area: The Purple Valley is at Hopshire Farm and Brewery at 6-8 p.m.; Harry Nichols is at Brookton’s Market at 4-7 p.m.; The Joe and San Trio is at Finger Lakes Distilling at 4:30-7:30 p.m.; Party of Four is at Two Goats Brewing at 6-8 p.m.; the Lisa Lee Band is at Buttonwood Winery at 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Tailor Made returns to Treleaven Winery at 6-9 p.m. (cover is $5); Roger Decker is at Summerhill Brewing at 6-8 p.m.; and Steve Maclean is at Homer Hops at 6 p.m.

When: Friday

Where: Various locations

Cost: free; donations always welcome

Tim Ball
Tim Ball performs at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts Friday night

Fiddle Fever

Celtic fiddle master Tim Ball will showcase his “Upstate Crossroads” project, which “sheds new light on nearly forgotten tunes and old favorites from all corners of the state, as well as drawing repertoire and inspiration from the surrounding Irish-American, New England, Canadian, and Bluegrass traditions.” He’ll be joined for this concert by pianist Jane Knoeck, who has more than 30 years of experience playing traditional dance music.  Note: due to the recent guidance from the CDC and Tompkins County, this show will take place outdoors at the side yard of the Conservatory.

When: 7-9 p.m. Friday

Where: Trumansburg Conservatory of Arts

Cost: $15 in advance via; $18 at the door

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House of Sounds
The Electro Zone will host 'House of Sounds' at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on Saturday evening.

Building a 'House'

The Electrozone presents "House of Sounds," a free, fun event featuring several local electronic and experimental acts, including Medusa, Jake and the Nowhere, Josh Oxford, Kompyootur Musheen, StepWriteRun, His Divine Shadow, and Human Resources. Please wear a mask while attending.

When: 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Bernie Milton Pavilion, The Commons, downtown Ithaca

Cost: free

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Tara Nevins
Tara Nevins

Jeb Puryear
Jeb Puryear

Roaming Buffalo

Donna the Buffalo’s Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins will team for a duo set of their classic songs, then will be joined by the full Buffalo Zydeco band for set of dance tunes. Food from Mama Said Hand Pies will be available, along with salad, winer and cider from Sweet Land Farms and beer from Liquid State.

When: 6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Big Sky Studio at Sweetland Farm, 9732 State Route 96, Trumansburg

Cost: $20, available at

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