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5+ shows to see this week: Feb. 3-9

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Shemekia Copeland performs at the Center for the Arts in Homer on Sunday night.

Shemekia Copeland and Sophistafunk will perform makeup concerts this weekend in Cortland County, while downtown Ithaca features a couple of cool events showcasing Americana and EDM acts.

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

Also, it's almost time for the 2022 NPR Tiny Desk Contest! It's open to area musicians of any style — you'll just have to upload a video of you or your band performing one original song. The contest is open from Feb. 8 through March 14. Find out all the details here.

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February Funk

The Cortland Main Street Music Series at Rose Hall concludes with its fourth and final show, postponed from its original date in December. This round features Syracuse hiphop/funk/rock trio Sophistafunk, who will be performing in the large upstairs concert space. They’ll be joined by regional acts Gary Carpentier and People People, who will perform in the intimate first-floor lounge.

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Rose Hall, 19 Church St., Cortland

Cost: free, donations are welcome to support the series.

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Trio Grande

Three area roots-rock bands will join forces in downtown Ithaca for Americana Night at the Range. On the bill are Freight, led by singer-songwriters JP Payton, Liam Lawson, and Colleen Countryman; Mortal Combine, the long-running Caywood-based band fronted by Michael Callahan; and The Dart Brothers, who released their latest album in 2020.

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: The Range

Cost: $5

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Beat Collision

Rochester-based EDM rock band Roots Collider returns to Ithaca to showcase its propulsive style that blends live riffing with electronic beats and samples. “Think of if Rage Against the Machine & The Beastie Boys went to an illicit warehouse rave and collaborated with all of the DJ's from EDM's golden era of the 1990s.” Local DJ Proper Philth will round out the night with a DNB set.

When: 10 p.m. Friday

Where: The Upstairs

Cost: $5

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Honk & Stonk

Upstate quartet Honker will bring its high-energy blend of funk, rock, and jam influences to Ithaca, showcasing its original tunes and covers from Frank Zappa, Talking Heads, and others. The band includes Nate Calzetoni (guitar), Jeff Howard (drums), Jim Lomonaco (bass), and Mike Paffie (keys); their latest album is “Street Lights.” Find out more here.

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Upstairs

Cost: small cover charge

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Blues and Beyond

Powerhouse blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland returns to Central New York to promote her latest album, “Uncivil War,” which was produced by Will Kimbrough and includes guests like Jason Isbell, Steve Cropper, Christone”Kingfish”Ingram, Webb Wilder, and others. The new album tackles the problems of contemporary American life, and like its predecessor, “America’s Child,” it adds dashes of country, rock, and soul to Copeland’s deep blues roots. Find out more here.

When: 8 p.m. Sunday (postponed from Dec. 2021)

Where: Center for the Arts, Homer

Cost: $28; tickets available online here.

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Local Civilian

The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts will host a livestream event showcasing local singer-songwriter Lou DiPietro, aka Louiston. He’ll be playing songs from his new record, "Civilian," and raising funds to support TCFA. With influences ranging from 90s-era “alternative” to the golden, vintage sounds of classic country, Louiston mixes them all up into something fresh and uniquely his own – up-tempo, acoustic folk n’ roll, sometimes tender, sometimes caustic, but always human. Learn more about him here.

When: 7-8:15 p.m. Tuesday

Where: online, streaming here.

Cost: free, but donations will welcome via an online link during the performance

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More shows

Aiken is at Cortland Beer Company at 6 p.m. Thursday

Benny T brings his Open Mic Posse to Crossroads Bar and Grille in Lansing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Isaac French is at Homer Hops at 6 p.m. Friday

Frank Raponi and Friends are at Hopshire Brewing at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Sam Swanson is at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Steve Daniels and Friends are at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Friday

Rob Ervin is at Treleaven Winery at 1-4 p.m. Saturday

Brian Francis is at Chateau Dusseau at 3 p.m. Saturday

Josh Ross and Phil Shay of Kitestring are at Brewer’s Café and Taproom at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Jeremy and Evan are at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Clint Bush at Homer Hops at 6 p.m. Saturday

Amber Martin is at Summerhill Brewing at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

The Longwood Jazz Project is at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Saturday

The Center for the Arts in Homer hosts its weekly Open Mic Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday

Sandra Esparza is at Salt Point Brewing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Sacred Root Kava Bar and Tea Lounge hosts its weekly Open Mic Night at 7 p.m. Wednesday

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Jim Catalano covers the Finger Lakes music scene for WITH (90.1 FM in Ithaca, WITHradio.org) and its affiliates.