10+ shows to see this weekend: August 19-22
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 noonfifteen.com.
When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday
Where: Bernie Milton Pavilion, the Commons
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.
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
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
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.
6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday POSTPONED due to flooding in the park
Where: Myers Park, Lansing
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.
Where: The Dock
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)
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
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.
Where: Various locations
Cost: free; donations always welcome
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 TCFA.live; $18 at the door
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
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 www.bigskymusicstudio.com