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23+ shows to see this week: April 21-27

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Lindsey Buckingham

A lot of familiar faces return to the area in the coming week: Get The Led Out and Lindsey Buckingham are back at the State Theatre of Ithaca; Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad comes to the Range; and George Winston, John Jorgenson, and Hot Tuna return to the Center for the Arts in Homer. Plus, Metasequoia releases its new album!

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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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. Update: Willie Watson will preview his upcoming national touring lineup!

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

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Improvisation Sensations

Neighbors Gallery will present a concert featuring three of improvised music's legendary figures: Nate Wooley (trumpet), Ken Vandermark (reeds), and Laul Pytton (drums/percussion), with an opening set by Ithaca musicians Sarah Hennies (vibraphone) and Keir Neuringer (saxophone). This event is BYOB, though some beer and wine may be available while supplies last. All ages; masks required.

When: 8-10 p.m. Thursday

Where: Neighbors Gallery, 526 Elm St., Ithaca

Cost: $7 suggested donation

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Get The Led Out

Rock ‘n’ Roll

Get the Led Out returns to Ithaca, offering one of the country’s top Led Zeppelin tribute shows. Drawing from classic tracks and deep album cuts, GTLO uses its six (and sometimes more)-person lineup to re-create the studio sound that Led Zep itself never achieved on tour. “No wigs or fake English accents, GTLO brings what the audience wants…a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity.” Find out more here.

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: State Theatre

Cost: $25-$45; advance tickets are available online here

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Tenzin Chopak

Dynamic Duo

Local singer-songwriter Tenzin Chopak (Rockwood Ferry, Swamp Kids) returns for an intimate duo show with pianist Emmett Scott.

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: $10; advance tickets are available here

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Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Downtown Dub

Rochester’s Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad returns to downtown Ithaca on its “Keep It Nice” tour, bringing its powerful blend of reggae, dub, rock and roots influences. DUBBEST, the Boston reggae-rockers that just released a new album titled “Don’t Leave Me Out,” will open the show. Proof of vax required When: 9 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Range

Cost: $15, available online here

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Gabe Stillman

Blues Blaster

The Gabe Stillman Band returns to Central New York. Based in Williamsport, Pa., the trio draws from the blues as well as other branches of Americana. Stillman’s first two albums, “The Grind” and “Flyin’ High,” the latter on which he’s backed by the Nighthawks, have been followed by his latest album, “Just Say the Word,” which features the Texas Horns and guest appearances by Anson Funderburgh (who produced the album), Sue Foley, and Greg Izor. Find out more here.

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Garrett’s Brewing Company, Trumansburg

Cost: small cover

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Organist James Kealey

Eclectic Organ

Organist James Kealey will present a recital featuring an eclectic program including Bossi, Laurin, and Whitlock, as well as a couple of less frequently-heard French Romantic works and Vierne's first symphony finale to conclude. This recital will be live-streamed on the Music at St. Luke Ithaca Youtube page.

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: St. Luke Lutheran Church, 109 Oak Ave., Collegetown, Ithaca

Cost: free and open to all

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Percussion Power

The Cornell Concert Series presents The Percussion Collective, an ensemble of young artists assembled by legendary performer and pedagogue Robert van Sice. Using marimbas, vibraphones, and an assortment of drums and other struck instruments, The Percussion Collective will perform Emmy Award-winning composer Garth Neustadter’s “Seaborne,” a musical and visual work at the nexus of the percussive art soundscape. Neustadter’s mastery of cinematic composition and Kjell van Sice’s poetic aquatic images produce a powerful collaboration, paving the way for Steve Reich’s iconic “Sextet” to end the program.

When: 8 p.m. Friday Where: Bailey Hall

Tickets: $19-39, available here

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George Winston

Road Warrior

A frequent visitor to Central New York, George Winston returns to once again showcase his talent on piano, guitar, and harmonica. He’s best known for his solo acoustic piano albums, including the season favorites “Autumn” and “December” and his latest, 2019’s “Restless Wind”; he’s already released two singles from his forthcoming record, “Night.” Learn more here.

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When: 8 p.m. Friday Where: Center for the Arts, Homer

Cost: $17.50-$35, available here

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Reggie "King" Sears

Riding with the ‘King’

Florida-based guitarist Reggie “King” Sears makes his Ithaca debut, ready to showcase the talents that have earned him plaudits from many of his peers. Roland Orzabal of Tears For Fears called Sears a “great talent”; Quinn Sullivan said “Reggie Sears is a great player who is absolutely killing it right now”; Christone “Kingfish” Ingram called Sears “amazing”; Son Little called him “Maybe the best and most soulful guitar player in the world.” A former child prodigy, Sears is touring to promote his fifth album. Learn more here.

When: 10 p.m. Friday

Where: The Upstairs

Cost: small cover

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Record Store Day returns

Vinyl lovers rejoice: it’s time for Record Store Day 2022! Once again, Angry Mom Records will open its doors early so customers can check out this year’s trove of limited-edition releases. (See the full list here.) “We will be back in the basement as we used to do pre-Covid and will be opening at 10 a.m. No holds, no multiple purchases of the same title, first come first serve, and line up on the Commons as early as you would like.”

When: 10 a.m. to close Saturday

Where: Angry Mom Records, downtown Ithaca

Cost: free

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Timothy Eng

Oboe Solo

Cornell’s Timothy Eng will present a senior honors project, conducting and performing as oboe soloist with an orchestra. Works on the program include Marcello’s “Oboe Concerto,” Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll,” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 8.”

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Barnes Hall, Cornell

Cost: free

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Camille Thurman

Be My Guest

The Cornell Jazz Ensemble, directed by Paul Merrill, welcomes guest vocalist and tenor saxophonist Camille Thurman for a concert. As a composer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and unique interpreter of the jazz tradition, Thurman has shared stages with luminaries including George Coleman, Dianne Reeves, Kenny Barron, Jack DeJohnette, Jon Batiste, Patti LaBelle, Alicia Keys, Jill Scott, and many more. Thurman toured internationally for two seasons as a saxophonist with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, becoming the first woman in 30 years to tour and perform full time with the group (2018-2020). Thurman also tours with and leads her band, The Camille Thurman Quartet, and she is a featured artist with the Darrell Green Trio, with whom she has performed at the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, and numerous other respected international jazz festivals and venues. The program at Cornell will include works by Toshiko Akiyoshi, Maria Schneider, Lester Young, Florence Price, and Horace Silver, along with arrangements by John Clayton, Joe Henderson, Billy May, Rob McConnell, and Merrill.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Bailey Hall, Cornell University

Cost: free and open to all

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Strong Maybe

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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The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band

Bluegrass and Beyond

The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band will return to upstate New York, showcasing its impeccable musicianship, incomparable songwriting, and tight harmony vocals. The band includes John Jorgenson on acoustic guitar, mandolin, and vocals; Herb Pedersen on banjo, acoustic guitar, and vocals; Mark Fain on bass; and Patrick Sauber on acoustic guitar and vocals. Known for his work with the Desert Rose Band, Elton John, the Hellecasters, and his own hot jazz quintet, Jorgenson has long been one of the most in-demand musicians in Nashville and southern California, while Pedersen was a member of the Dillards, Old and in the Way, and the Desert Rose Band. Fain toured and recorded as bass player for Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder for 13 years, while Sauber toured with Peter Rowan and Laurie Lewis. J2B2’s debut album, “From The Crow’s Nest,” was recorded in Sheryl Crow’s home barn studio in Nashville, and was recently released as part of a John Jorgenson limited edition, 3-CD box set called “Divertuoso .”

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Center for the Arts, Homer

Cost: $25

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Metasequoia returns to the Upstairs Saturday night.

Ready for Release

Local band Metasequoia will host a release show for its latest album, “In The Redwoods.” The quartet will perform the album in its entirety “with a couple of surprises along the way!” Feed The Fire, another Ithaca band, will open the show.

When: 9:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Upstairs

Cost: small cover

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Hear a Symphony

The Cornell Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michelle Di Russo, performs a concert including Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5,” Chausson’s “Poème, Op. 25” with Cornell Concerto Competition winner violinist Nanor Seraydarian, and a world premiere by composer Daniel Sabzghabaei.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday Where: Bailey Hall

Cost: free and open to all

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CNY Songbirds

Triple Threat

Three of the region’s top vocalists will join forces in “CNY Songbirds - The Music of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.” Donna Colton, Maureen Sheridan Henesey, and Joanna Nix Jewett will re-create the intricate harmonies and songs that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are so well known for under the guise of "Ruby Throated Sparrow."

When: 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Center for the Arts, Homer

Cost: $25-$30, available online here

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Lindsey Buckingham

Going His Own Way

Lindsey Buckingham returns to Ithaca for the first time since 2012, touring to promote his new self-titled solo album – his first solo release since 2011’s “Seeds We Sow.” While he’s best known for his work with Fleetwood Mac since the 1970s – writing hits such as “Go Your Own Way” and “Big Love” – his solo work has been equally compelling, as demonstrated on his 2019 release “Solo Anthology: The Best of Lindsey Buckingham.” On the new record, he plays all the instruments himself, once again demonstrating he’s one of the most inventive and unique guitarists of the past 50 years. On this tour, he'll be joined by guitarist Neale Heywood, keyboardist Michael Kianka, and drummer Michael Urbano. Find out more here.

When: 8 p.m. Sunday Where: State Theatre of Ithaca

Cost: from $49.50, available online here

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Jazz and Beyond

Dave Davies' RhythmMakers kick off their 2022 residency at South Hill Cider, performing classic jazz, blues, and originals on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.

When: 5-8 p.m. Monday

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Hot Tuna

Tuna Time!

Hot Tuna – the duo of Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady – returns to upstate New York for an acoustic show. Longtime friends dating back to their teen years in Washington, D.C., through their time in Jefferson Airplane, Kaukonen and Casady have been mining blues and folk influences in both electric and acoustic settings for more than 50 years in Hot Tuna. "Hot Tuna is a Psychedelic-Blues Institution” – Rolling Stone Magazine. At the 2016 Grammys, they were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Area singer-songwriter Tim Burns will open the night with a 7 p.m. set in the Community Room

When: 8 p.m. Monday

Where: Center for the Arts, Homer

Cost: $23.50-$47, available online here.

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Start Chopin

Pianist Mike Lee will present “Chopin: The Four Scherzi”: With spoken commentary and accompanying visuals, Lee offers four tableaux of Chopin’s life anchored by the composer’s four Scherzi, a form which Chopin personalized into epic narratives and which span the length of his compositional career. The event will feature the newly restored 1843 Pleyel piano.

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Barnes Hall, Cornell

Cost: free and open to all

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Brahms on Board

Pianist Theodora Serbanescu-Martin will present “An Evening of Brahms.” The program includes the “Violin Sonata Op. 100” with Karan Mehta, selections from Klavierstücke, and Brahms’ “Quintet Op. 34b” (arranged for two pianos) with Roger Moseley.

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Barnes Hall, Cornell

Cost: free and open to all

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More Events

Taylor Cromer is at Homer Hops at 6 p.m. Wednesday

Benny T brings his Open Mic Posse back to Crossroads Bar and Grill at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

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

The Scale House Brewery hosts its weekly Open Mic Night at 6-9 p.m. Thursday

The Vinyl Lounge continues its weekly residency with DJ Rocket Morton at Trumansburg’s Atlas Bowl at 7-10 p.m. Thursday

Good Dog and Jessie Gray team up for a country-folk double bill at Sacred Root Kava Bar and Tea Lounge at 7:30 p.m. Thursday

The Fun Bunch is at Seneca Cheese Company at 5:30 p.m. Friday

Whistlin’ Dyl is at Two Goats Brewing at 6 p.m. Friday

The Zydeco Trail Riders are at Hopshire Brewing at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Rocco Rich and Aaron Craig (of Small Town Shade) are at Homer Hops at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Cass and the Bail Out Crew Duo is at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Roger Decker is at BRU64 at 7-9 p.m. Friday

The 86ers and Emma Vulnerability play Sacred Root Kava Bar and Tea Lounge at 7 p.m. Friday

Wingnut is at the Downstairs at 8 p.m. Friday

The Steve Daniele Jazz Trio is at Hairy Tony’s in downtown Cortland at 8-10 p.m. Friday

Exit 11 is at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Friday

Kitestring and Alex Cano team up for a show at 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Range

City Limits is at Hazlitt Winery at 1-4 p.m. Saturday

Shawn Halloran is at Treleaven Winery at 1-4 p.m. Saturday

J9 is at Chateau Dusseau at 3 p.m. Saturday

Tenzin Chopak is at Stone Bend Farm at 4-7 p.m. Saturday

The Kitestring Duo is at Homer Hops at 6 p.m. Saturday

Mark Nanni is at Summerhill Brewing at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Larry Childs and Night Train are at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Aiken Allen is at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Saturday

Bad Alibi returns to the Elmira Heights Legion Post 154 at 8 p.m. Saturday

Dave Davies, Brian Earle, and Harry Aceto play acoustic jazz at a New Orleans-themed brunch at Agava from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m Sunday

Benny T brings his Open Mic Posse back to Homer Hops at 1 p.m. Sunday

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

WonderMonday will play a solo show at the Bike Bar at 7 p.m. Wednesday

Benny T brings his Open Mic Posse back to The Ridge in Lansing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28

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