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14+ shows to see this week: April 14-20

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We move further into April with Bangladeafy headlining a cool Ithaca Underground show, Funk Night returning to the Range, and Donna the Buffalo riding into Homer's Center for the Arts. Plus, the State Theatre will screen "Dazed and Confused"!

Please be sure to check 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!

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Going Underground

Ithaca Underground returns with a cool show headlined by Bangladeafy, the duo of drummer Atif Haq and bassist/pianist/vocalist Jon Ehlers. Their latest album, “Housefly,” finds the two revisiting influences of their youth such as Skinny Puppy, Nine Inch Nails, and Devo on 13 “anxiety-ridden compositions performed live on hardware synths, sample pads, and acoustic drums, and entirely abandons the electric bass acrobatics the tag team has become known for. Inspired by the human manipulation of electronic sounds, 'Housefly' sees Bangladeafy revisiting influences of their youth such as Skinny Puppy, Nine Inch Nails, and Devo." Ithaca’s own BRIAN!, which recently recorded its fifth album (slated for fall release), returns with the bassoon-driven avant-rock created by David Resig, Willie B., and Bubba Crumrine. Local punk quartet Skip Tracer rounds out the lineup., which is open to all ages.

When: 8:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Bar and Tea Lounge

Cost: $8 in advance, available online here; $10 at the door

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That’s What Friends Are For

Cornell’s Midday Music series continues, as Rachel Horner, Nik Pasqualini, Cibele Moura, and Thomas Feng present a cabaret-style recital of light-hearted musical theatre pieces that reflect on life and the importance of friendship.

When: 12:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Lincoln Hall B20

Cost: free and open to all

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String Thing

Richie Stearns and Friends return to South Hill Cider for a night of old-time tunes. Richie, best known for his work with the Horse Flies, Richie & Rosie, and the Evil City String Band, will be joined by a special guest or two (or more) for this week’s event.

When: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Night of the Dead

Syracuse-based Dark Hollow, now in its 25th year paying tribute to the music of the Grateful Dead, comes to Trumansburg. “Known for their dynamic performances, the band crafts songs from the extensive Dead family catalog to create unique concert experiences. Their ability to move seamlessly between songs and musical styles enables them to tell a musical story that both honors the original song versions and allows the band members to create new interpretations.” Learn more here.

When: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts

Cost: $17 in advance, available online here; $20 at the door

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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: 10 p.m. Friday

Where: The Upstairs

Cost: small cover

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Funk Night returns

After a too-long hiatus, Funk Night returns to the Range, with Dean’s Kids laying down the funk, soul, and R&B grooves on a variety of classics from the 1970s to the present day. The band’s current lineup includes Dean Kollier (guitar/voice), Max Childs (keys/voice), Hayden Frank (bass), Owen Erickson (drums), and Jack Storer (trumpet).

When: 10:30 p.m. Friday

Where: The Range

Cost: $10; 21+, proof of vaccination and valid id required

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Cartoon Hallucinations

Strong Maybe continues its April residency in downtown Ithaca, performing on Saturday nights for the entire month. The Ithaca-based band includes Matthew Saccuccimorano (drums), Mark Wienand Karlsen (saxes and flute), and Chad Lieberman (keyboards), who have created a sound they describe as “mostly improvised psychotic cartoon animal dream soundtrack music.” Their latest release is “Rona,” created via file sharing during the lockdown. Hear for yourself here!

When: 8-11 p.m. Saturdays in April

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: $5

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Piano Powe

Pianist Andrew Zhou performs two programs on April 15 and 17 at Cornell’s Barnes Hall. On Friday, at both 6 and 8 p.m., Zhou presents a talk and performance of rarely heard works that bring to life various fantasies of the past: Greek antiquity for Debussy (his Six épigraphes antiques) and Ravel (Zhou's own transcription from Daphnis et Chloé), wistful Romanticism for the Latvian-Canadian composer-in-exile Tālivaldis Ķeniņš, and an imagined past of Black repertoires in the music of Florence Price (her Fantasie Nègre No. 2). The program will be performed on the 1878 Blüthner piano, the favored instrument of Debussy.

When: 6 and 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Barnes Hall, Cornell

Cost: free and open to all

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Zhou’s program at 7 p.m. Sunday is titled “The Great Black and White North” and highlights gems in the contemporary Canadian repertoire. Featured are a set of études by Ana Sokolović (complemented by études by Didier Rotella and Unsuk Chin), nostalgic paraphrases on Schumann by Tālivaldis Ķeniņš, and Claude Vivier’s Shiraz, his fiercely demanding ode not only to Schumann, but also to two blind singers he followed one fateful day in the Iranian “city of gardens.”

When: 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Barnes Hall, Cornell

Cost: free and open to all

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East meets West

The Cornell Department of Music presents Ariana Kim, gayageum and violin, and Young-Nam Kim, violin. “Gayageum, Meet Violin” is a recital and discussion featuring a preview performance of a new composition “Apba Hagoo, Nah Hagoo” by Ariana Kim for the Korean traditional zither (gayageum) and violin. The concert features an exploration into the sound worlds of Korean folk music, Western art music, and an introduction/discussion about the gayageum and its history. Learn more here.

Where: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Anabel Taylor Chapel, Cornell University

Cost: free and open to all

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Where the Buffalo Roam

Get a jump on this summer’s GrassRoots Festival, as host band Donna the Buffalo returns to Homer. For more than 30 years, the band has crisscrossed the country, winning fans with its infectious blend of rock, country, Cajun, and other rootsy influences backing the vocals of cofounders Tara Nevins and Jeb Puryear. The band’s latest album is 2018’s “Dance in the Street.” Find out more here.

Syracuse Americana quartet Harmonic Dirt, whose latest album is titled “Live at the Ridge,” will play a preshow set at 7-8 p.m. in the Center’s Community Room.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday; doors at 7 p.m.

Where: Center for the Arts, Homer

Cost: $25, available online here

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MAQ Attack

South Hill Cider’s Monday Night Jazz series returns this week with MAQ, a quartet that performs everything from classic and modern jazz to Brazilian bossa and folk music. The lineup includes Eric Aceto (violin), Harry Aceto (bass), Doug Robinson (guitar, vocals), Chad Lieberman (accordion), and Charlie Shew (percussion). Learn more here.

When: 5-8 p.m. Monday

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: free

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Getting Bach

Cornell’s Midday Music for Organ continues with Annette Richards and David Yearsley’s “Bach in Sage.” Bringing the Aeolian-Skinner organ (1940) in Sage Chapel back to sounding life after its long silence of the past two years, Richards and Yearsley will perform major works by J. S. Bach. This recital offers a preview of the beautiful sounds and remarkable power of the instrument’s thoroughly cleaned and retuned flue stops. The program includes the Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542.

When: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20

Where: Anabel Taylor Chapel

Cost: free and open to all

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Alright, alright, alright!

Celebrate 4/20, as the State Theatre continues its Classic Movies Series with a screening of “Dazed and Confused,” the 1993 stoner comedy starring Matthew McConaughey, Joey Lauren Adams, Rory Cochrane, and many others. The film follows various groups of teens on their last day of school at a high school in a small town in Texas in 1976. Features a stellar soundtrack chock-full of classic rock songs, including “Stranglehold,” “Slow Road,” “Highway Star,” and many more!

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: State Theatre

Cost: $5-$6, available online here

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More Events

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

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

Benny T brings his Open Mic Posse back to Salt Point Brewing at 6 p.m. Thursday

Jeremy Bussman hosts the weekly Open Mic Night at the Upstairs at 7-10 p.m. Thursday

The Vinyl Lounge continues its weekly residency at Trumansburg’s Atlas Bowl at 7-10 p.m.

The Skyline Jazz Band – Jeff Dovi, Molly Reagan, Ted Walsh, Dave Alexander, and Sonny Norton – will play old-time jazz standards at Hopshire Brewing at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Spooky and the Truth bring their “city folk” to Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Six String Shotgun is at Homer Hops at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Kitestring is at Two Goats Brewing at 6 p.m. Friday

Levi and the Wranglers are at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Friday

Jon Rogalia is at the Lafayette Inn at 9 p.m. Friday

NEO Project is at Little Venice in Trumansburg at 9:30 p.m. Friday

The Petty Thieves Duo is at Treleaven Winery at 1-4 p.m. Saturday

Rachel Beverly is at Chateau Dusseau at 3 p.m. Saturday

Billy Golicki is at Summerhill Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Saturday

Evan Meulmans is at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Dirty Doves are at Homer Hops at 6 p.m. Saturday

Rob Spence is at Two Goats Brewing at 6 p.m. Saturday

Pine Box is at Garrett’s Brewing Company in Trumansburg at 6:30 p.m. Saturday

The Beauchesnes Trio is at the Upstairs Saturday 8-11 p.m.

Bob Holt 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

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.