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7+ shows to see this week: August 23-25

Old Crow Medicine Show
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It may be the dog days of summer, but there are still plenty of shows to catch in the coming days around Ithaca and beyond. Please be sure to check with each show’s event page in case of a postponement or cancellation, as well as various covid protocols. Stay safe, and enjoy as much live music as you can in the coming days!

As Old Crow Flies

Old Crow Medicine Show returns to its former stomping grounds in Central New York. Frontman Ketch Secor, who co-founded the group while living in the Ithaca area in 1998, has seen the band through numerous lineup changes, a smash hit (“Wagon Wheel”) and eight albums, including its latest, “Live at the Ryman.” The band recently released a new song, “Pray for America.” Find out more here. Old Crow drummer Jerry Pentecost will open the show with a DJ set of country classics. 

Cost: $45-$50; tickets are available here

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Dave Davies Qtet
The Dave Davies Qtet plays at South Hill Cider Monday night

Pizza and Jazz

The Dave Davies Qtet continues its twice-monthly residency, with guitarist Davies joined by some of the area’s top players, including Eric Aceto (violin), Harry Aceto (bass), Brian Earle (clarinet) and Chad Lieberman (keyboards). Finger Lakes Flatbread will serve up pizza during the event.

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

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: donations welcome

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Joe Gibson
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Joe Gibson returns to Firelight Camps Tuesday night.

Songs to Sing

Local singer-songwriter Joe Gibson returns for the weekly Firelight Live series. He’ll be playing a mix of covers and originals, including songs from his recent album, “Time To Come Alive.” Check it out here

When: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Firelight Camps, La Tourelle, Danby Road

Cost: free

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Common Railers
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Common Railers perform at the Ellis Hollow Community Center Tuesday night.

Riding with the Railers

The Common Railers continue the weekly “Music in the Hollow” series, bring its mix of country, blues, rock and more to Ellis Hollow. Led by guitarist Peter Glanville and multi-instrumentalist Gordon Rowland, the band’s latest album, “Isn’t It Real,” came out in 2019; check it out here

When: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Ellis Hollow Community Center

Cost: free

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Erin + Backwoods Blues Project
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Erin and the Backwoods Blues Project return to Mill Park in Newfield Wednesday night.

A Matter at the Mill

Newfield’s Summer Concert Series at Mill Park concludes with the return of Erin and the Backwoods Blues Project, which features vocalist Erin Mulrooney joined by Lisa Bloom (bass), Dan Paolangeli (guitar), Glen Porter (drums) and Mike Allinger (keyboards) for a night of high-energy blues. The band released its excellent debut album, “Shake A Little Sugar,” in early 2020.

Where: Mill Park, Newfield

When: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday

Cost: free

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Sydney Irving
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Sydney Irving performs at Bright Leaf Vineyard Wednesday night

On The Rise

Hailing from Marcellus, talented singer-songwriter Sydney Irving will perform a solo show that will feature songs from her two albums, as well as her latest single, “Seasons Change. Over the summer, Irving and her band, The Mojo, have been playing relentlessly around Central New York, including an upcoming apperance at the State Fair. Learn more here

When: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Bright Leaf Vineyard, King Ferry

Cost: $5 (free for wine club members)

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REO Speedwagon
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REO Speedwagon returns to the New York State Fair on Wednesday night.

Fair Fun

The Great New York State Fair, which bills itself as “the largest free music festival at any state fair in America,” continues in Syracuse. A variety of shows covering a huge range of genres is set for the coming days at the Chevy Court and Chevy Park stages. This week’s highlights include Foreigner (8 p.m. Monday, Chevy Park), the Spinners (2 p.m. Tuesday, Chevy Court), Jackyl (7 p.m. Tuesday, Chevy Courty), Train (8 p.m. Tuesday, Chevy Park) and REO Speedwagon (8 pm. Wednesday, Chevy Park). See the website for a full list of concerts.

When: Through Sept. 6

Where: New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse

Cost: The shows are free to attend; they’re included with the $3 admission fee to the fair.

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