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8+ shows to see this week: August 30-Sept. 1

Burns and Kristy

We exit August and enter September with a spate of shows that include folk, jazz, pop and more at venues around Ithaca. Plus, the Great New York State Fair continues in Syracuse!

Please be sure to check with each show’s event page for various venue protocols, as well as potential postponement or cancellation information due to the weather. Stay safe, and enjoy as much live music as you can in the coming days!

Songs to Sing

Singer-songwriters Terry Burns and Ron Kristy return to the stage, joined by longtime bandmates Rich DePaolo, Doug Robinson and Bill King for an evening of inspired originals. They describe their sound as “indie folky pop with a spiritual, whimsical attitude.” Find out more here.

When: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Firelight Camps, La Tourelle, Danby Road

Cost: free

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Djug Django
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Djug Django play South Hill Cider Monday night.

Hot Jazz

Djug Django returns for a special bonus Monday show, with some of the area’s top players, including Eric Aceto (violin), Brian Earle (clarinet), Chad Lieberman (keyboards), Dave Davies (guitar), Doug Robinson (guitar) and others joining for forces for a night of hot vintage jazz and swing. Area piano legend Ed Clute will join the festivities. 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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Music Because Music
Mike Titlebaum and Music Because Music perform at Ithaca College Monday night.


Just Because

Mike Titlebaum and Music Because Music return to the stage to kick off the semester at the Ithaca College School of Music. Saxophonist Titlebaum and vocalist Catherine Gale will be joined by several of their talented peers, including Theo Curtin, Kurt Eide, Greg Evans, Rick Faria, Scott Harrell, Nick Peloso, James Spinazzola and John White. Masks are required at the event.

When: 8:15 p.m. Monday

Where: Hockett Family Recital Hall, Ithaca College.

Cost: Free

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Terrapin Station
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Terrapin Station

Dead Reckoning

Terrapin Station returns to continue the weekly “Music in the Hollow” series, with guitarists Larry Honigbaum and Frank Raponi joined by drummer Josh Drotar and others for a night of Grateful Dead classics. Silo Food Truck will be there with its tasty fried chicken specialties.

When: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Ellis Hollow Community Center

Cost: free

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Blues and Beyond

Tuesday Bluesday returns, with Dan Paolangeli and Friends laying down a variety of bluesy grooves throughout the evening.

When: 6-9 p.m.

Where: The Dock

Cost: free

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Henhouse Prowlers
Henhouse Prowlers visit Cortland Tuesday night.

Bluegrass Ambassadors

The Henhouse Prowlers bring their fiery bluegrass sound to Central New York. Literal music ambassadors, the quintet have toured to more than 25 countries across the globe, working with the U.S. State Department and under their own nonprofit, Bluegrass Ambassadors, “incorporating” music from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and more into their already robust repertoire of unique traditional American music.” The in-person show is sold out, but tickets are available for the livestream here.

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Rose Hall, Cortland

Cost: $4.99 for the livestream

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Hannah Martin and Bob Keefe
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Hannah Martin and Bob Keefe will be joined by keyboardist John White Wednesday night at Bright Leaf Vineyard.

American Songbook

Guitarist Bob Keefe and singer Hannah Martin will be joined by keyboardist John White for an evening of pop, blues and jazz standards on the eastern show of Cayuga Lake. Dugan’s Country Grill will be serving up food throughout the show.

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

Where: Bright Leaf Vineyard, King Ferry

Cost: $5 (free for wine club members)

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Grateful Grooves

Dead Night at the Dock returns, with Planet Jr., the Elmira-based jam band playing a variety of Grateful Dead classics. Hear their versions of “Scarlet Begonias” and “Fire on the Mountain” here.

When: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: The Dock

Cost: free

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Blue Oyster Cult
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Blue Oyster Cult returns to the New York State Fair 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 are set for the coming days at the Chevy Court and Chevy Park stages. This week’s shows include Herman’s Hermits with Peter Noone (2 p.m. Monday, Chevy Court), Justin Moore (8 p.m. Monday, Chevy Park), Halestorm (8 p.m. Tuesday, Chevy Park), Jamey Johnson (7 p.m. Tuesday, Chevy Court), Sheena Easton (2 p.m. Wednesday, Chevy Court), Nelly (8 p.m. Wednesday, Chevy Park) and Blue Öyster Cult (7 p.m. Wednesday, Chevy Court). 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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