9+ shows to see this week: Sept. 27-29
A new Afrobeta documentary debuts at Cinemapolis, Five for Fighting comes to Homer, and Lou Barlow (Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr.) kicks off his solo tour in Ithaca!
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!
The Cine con Cultura film festival continues with Jayme Kaye Gershen’s “Birthright,” which follows Miami-bred electro-pop musicians, Afrobeta (familiar to Ithacans for their many local appearances), as they are invited to perform in Havana, Cuba. The duo’s desire to visit their parents’ homeland ignites a surreal journey into who they are, where they come from and what being Cuban really means.” The event will feature a Q&A with Afrobeta’s Cuci Amador and Tony “Smurphio” Laurencio, moderated by Ben Ortiz (DJ ha-MEEN).
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
Cost: Advance tickets are available online here.
Lou Barlow – of Dinosaur Jr., Folk Implosion and Sebadoh – will launch his solo tour in Ithaca, filling 2.5 hours with audience requests as well as songs from his many projects, including his latest solo album, “Reason To Live.” Read more in our exclusive interview with Lou Barlow here! And find out more about Lou at his “vast and confusing” website.
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Six Mile Creek Vineyard, 1551 Slaterville Road, Ithaca
Cost: Tickets are $30, available here
Five for Fighting – led by singer-songwriter John Ondrasik – will come to Central New York. Breaking through in 2001 with the Grammy-nominated song “Superman,” Ondrasik has scored with the follow-up hits “100 Years,” "World," "The Riddle,” “Chances,” and “What If” while also landing his songs in movies, film and advertisements. Learn more here.
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Center for the Arts, Homer
Cost: General admission ickets are $10-$49.50, available online here
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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: 5-8 p.m. Monday
Where: South Hill Cider
Cost: donations welcome
Two in Tune
Naomi Sommers and Rick Manning will perform a blend of Naomi’s original songs, contemporary and traditional bluegrass songs and tunes. Sommers has sung and played on more than 20 records and has recorded three albums under her own name, as well as one with the slow-grass duo Gray Sky Girls; her album, “Gentle As The Sun”, was recorded in Nashville and produced by the acclaimed Jim Rooney (John Prine, Iris Dement, Nanci Griffith, Bonnie Raitt). Manning has played with Paris Texas, Cornerstone and the Falling Waters Trio, and is also the founder of both the Winter Village and Falling Waters Music Camps, both held during January at La Tourelle.
When: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Firelight Camps, La Tourelle
Blues and Beyond
Tuesday Bluesday returns, with Dan Paolangeli, Andy Lockwood and Friends laying down a variety of bluesy grooves throughout the evening.
When: 7-10 p.m. every other Tuesday
Where: The Dock
The Midday Music for Organ series features Annette Richards, who will present a program of J. S. Bach in “The World-Famous Organist.”
When: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Sage Chapel, Cornell University
Cost: free and open to the public; masks required
Pluck of the Irish
The Grady Girls will come to the Trumansburg Farmers Market, showcasing their mastery of traditional Irish and Celtic fiddle tunes.
When: 4-7 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Trumansburg Village Park, corner of Routes 227 and 96
Home on the Range
The Wednesday Pub Night series continues with Whistlin’ Dyl, who blends country and folk influences with his whistling prowess. He has two releases: 2016’s Wide Open Range” and 2018’s “Short Story Long” and describes his sound as “original hillbilly soul music with a western flair. Alternative rockers and Texas waltzes with occasional heartfelt ballads mixed in.” Find out more here.
When: 5-8 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Stonecat Café, Hector
Reggae Night at the Dock returns, with Bead N Bone holding down the weekly hang with. Fronted by singer-guitarist London McDaniel, the band includes Shawn Seals on keys, Jabare on bass, Eesa on drums, and Alina Kim on vocals.
When: 9 p.m. Wednesday
Where: The Dock