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17+ shows to see this week: May 25-June 1

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There’s a bounty of big shows on tap for the Memorial Day weekend, including three huge concerts each at Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards and CMAC! Plus, the new Dinosaur Jr. documentary plays for one night only at Cinemapolis, and dozens of local bands play around the region in the coming days.

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!

(Note: the concerts are listed below in chronological order)

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Elisa and the YesMen

Soul Singing

Elisa & the YesMen will present "The Origin of Song,” their first live show in two years, performing original soul with world music influences. The band is led by Elisa S. Keeler, who is “reemerging with song medicine - new music intended to heal, unite and uplift us.” The YesMen include Travis Knapp (keys/vocals), Jon Keefner (drums/vocals), Rusty Keeler (bass), Mark Karlsen (sax/flute) and Jamie Yaman (sax). Find out more here.

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

Where: Ithaca Farmers Market

Cost: free; suggested donation of $20 welcome at the show or online here

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Lipp Service

Aaron Lipp returns to South Hill Cider. A native of Naples, N.Y., and a master of many instruments – guitar, fiddle, Hammond B3 organ – and styles – old-time, bluegrass, rockabilly, country, gospel – Lipp is a familiar face to upstate music fans through a variety of projects and collaborations in recent years. His latest solo album is “Nothing to Lose.” Find out more here.

When: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Triple Bill

Practice at Pete’s returns with a diverse lineup featuring host band and local punk icons Secret Service Men along with heavy psychedelic rockers Spazzare and eclectic rockers Patchwork Down.

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Pete’s Cayuga Bar

Cost: $5

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Smorgasbord of Song

The Friday Night Farm Jams series continues with Michael Francis McCarthy. “Born in the Andes mountains and raised the woods of rural New Hampshire, McCarthy has gathered influences from the many branches of the greater American roots family tree while wandering the Western Hemisphere over the last 15 years. Elements of delta blues, bluegrass, early country, Bolivian folklore, Celtic folk, 70s jam and even thrash metal blend seamlessly in live sets featuring original compositions and carefully selected deep cuts, rich guitar work and powerful vocals. McCarthy has performed all over the country and overseas in Central America and Ireland.”

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Finger Lakes Cider House

Cost: $5

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Welcome Return

Lake Street Dive returns to Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards to showcase their trademark blend of pop, jazz, rock, and soul with singer Rachael Price, bassist Bridget Kearney and drummer Michael Calabrese joined by new members Akie Bermiss and James Cornelison, who replaced the retired Mike “McDuck” Olson. Philadelphia-bred singer-songwriter Devon Gilfillian opens the show.

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards, 2708 Lords Hill Road (corner of Routes 20 and 80), LaFayette

Cost: $49.50-$55, available online here

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Play Ball!

The Avett Brothers return for their “Let’s Play Two” weekend in Cooperstown. Saturday’s show with opener Lake Street Dive is sold out, but tickets remain for Friday’s show featuring opener Sierra Ferrell.

When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday (SOLD OUT); gates at 5 p.m.

Where: Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown

Cost: $59.50-$70, available online here

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Opening Night

The Lumineers open CMAC’s summer season, bringing their “Brightside” world tour to Canandaigua to promote their latest album. Caamp opens the show.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: CMAC, 3355 Marvin Sands Dr., Canandaigua

Cost: $75-$126, available online here

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Downtown Takeover

Local nonprofit label New Vine Records is taking over the Range for May, with Friday and Saturday shows on tap for each weekend through the end of the month. Each show will feature a New Vine act paired with another local artist. The takeover concludes this weekend: Friday will feature DJ Evo Evolution, LGN, and Tee Melly for “a sick night of rap, hip hop, and DJ EVO”; Saturday will feature Emma Vulnerability, Timothy, Leo and the Maydays, Bob Roberts Calamity, and Metasequoia.

When: 9 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Range

Cost: small cover

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Friday & Saturday

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Trio Scampi

Long Island-based funk trio Baked Shrimp returns to Ithaca – the band is marking its five-year anniversary as well as the recent release of its third studio album, “Pork Etiquette.” The band – guitarist Jared Cowen, drummer Jager Soss, and bassist Scott Reill – was voted as a finalist in NYSMusic's March Madness up-and-coming bands competition last year. Learn more about them here.

When: 10 p.m. Friday

Where: The Upstairs

Cost: cover charge

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Lonsky Beat

Treleaven Winery’s annual Memorial Day Weekend event featuring The Destination will kick off its summer season. Joe Lonsky and The Destination will once again showcase their energetic mix of funk, rock, R&B, soul, and more as performed by some of the region’s best players. Tickets are $10; free for premier wine club members. Kids 12 and under are free but must have a ticket. Seating is based on first come first serve.

When: 6-9 p.m. Saturday (doors open at 4 p.m.)

Where: Treleaven Winery, King Ferry

Cost: $10, available online here

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What a Rush

Primus pays prog-rock legends Rush with “A Tribute to Kings,” a cross-country tour that will feature the Bay Area trio playing Rush's classic 1977 album “A Farewell to Kings” in its entirety, in addition to its own music: “The 'Tribute to Kings' tour will be just as it is implied, a respectful and loving tribute to three spectacular musicians, songwriters, legends and friends."

Battles, the duo of guitarist-keyboardist Williams and drummer John Stanier, will open the show.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards, 2708 Lords Hill Road (corner of Routes 20 and 80), LaFayette

Cost: $45 and up, available online here

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It’s An Elevation

Journeyman Productions' monthly "Elevate" event returns, promising a “higher state of consciousness.” This month’s event features Scanner Darkly, an upstate New York DJ-producer-remixer who “creates a distinct blend of dark progressive and melodic sounds. Known for bridging various genres he has consistently been building a solid catalog of original music and remixes. His focus is to push boundaries by bridging the gap between dark pulsating beats, hard-hitting percussion, and uplifting melodies.” Resident DJs Priest, HighStone, and Freeze also will perform during the event, offering techno, house, drum n’ bass, deep house, and more.

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Forest City Lodge 180, 536 W. Green St., Ithaca

Cost: $10 at the door

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Exit Ox

Ithaca’s own Josh Oxford will present his final concert to commemorate earning his DMA from Arizona State University! “The program will include some solo piano music, music for tuba/euphonium and electronics, OxDos electric clarinet/synthesizer duo, and some praise and worship music,” he says. “There will be a livestream option that will soon materialize.” Check the Facebook event page for updates

When: 10:30 p.m. Saturday EST

Where: Online

Cost: free

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Jazz on the Hill

The Jesse Collins Quartet continues South Hill Cider’s Jazz Monday series, performing Collins’ original music as well as his arrangements of jazz standards and R&B classics. Find out more here.

When: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: free; donations welcome

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A Little Help From His Friends

Ringo Starr brings his latest All Starr Band to Canandaigua, as the ex-Beatle drummer is joined by long-time All Starrs Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Warren Ham, Hamish Stuart, and Gregg Bissonette and welcomes back All Starr alumnus Edgar Winter.

When: 7 p.m. Monday

Where: CMAC, 3355 Marvin Sands Dr., Canandaigua

Cost: $35-$150, available online here

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Get Your ‘Freakscene’ On

For one night only, Cinemapolis will screen “Freakscene: The Story of Dinosaur Jr.” the documentary that tells the story of the Massachusetts-based indie-rock band led by J. Mascis. Written and directed by Philipp Virus, the film is a “homage of one of the most influential bands on the American East Coast, which inspired the rock scene – an emotional, tragically funny and sometimes noisy roller-coaster ride by a dysfunctional family – Dinosaur Jr.” Phuong Le, a reviewer for The Guardian, wrote: “Amid such intense ups and downs, what makes Freakscene so engaging is its decision to put Dinosaur Jr’s music front and centre, with numerous audio and live performance excerpts.” See the trailer here.

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 31

Where: Cinemapolis

Cost: $10.50

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Tuesday Bluesday

The Head and The Heart will bring its “Every Shade of Blue” tour to Central New York to promote its new album of the same name. British singer-songwriter Jade Bird, who just released the album “Different Kinds of Light,” will open the show.

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards, 2708 Lords Hill Road (corner of Routes 20 and 80), LaFayette

Cost: $45-$50, available online here

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Roof Raisers

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss bring their “Raising the Roof” tour to Canandaigua to mark the release of “Raise the Roof,” their second album together, more than a decade after their initial successful collaboration, “Raising Sand.” Stellar roots-rocker J.D. McPherson will open the show.

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 1

Where: CMAC, 3355 Marvin Sands Dr., Canandaigua

Cost: $37-$117 available online here

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More Events

Small Tattoo is at the Trumansburg Farmers Market at 4:30-7 p.m. Wednesday

Argos Grove is at Bar Argos in the Argos Inn at 5-7 p.m. Wednesday

Two Horse Johnson is at Lucky Hare Brewing in Hector at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday

Endres and the Manurevers are at the Bike Bar at 7 p.m. Wednesday

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

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

Mike Brown is at Grist Iron Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Thursday

Feed the Fire is at Brookton’s Market at 6 p.m. Thursday

Off the Rails plays the Six Mile Creek Vineyard’s Sunset Music Series at 6-8 p.m. Thursday

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

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

M3 is at the Three Bear Inn in Marathon for Bike Night at 6 p.m. Thursday

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

JoJo and the Blue Notes are at Lucky Hare Press Bay Alley stage at 5:30 p.m. Friday

Backtalk with Hannah Martin is at Wagner Vineyards at 5:30 p.m. Friday

Tony Serdula is at Seneca Cheese Company at 5:30 p.m. Friday

Top Shelf is at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday

The Steve Daniele Jazz Trio is at Bright Leaf Vineyard at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday

The Delta Mike Shaw Band kicks off Solera Tap House’s 1-year Anniversary weekend at 5:30 p.m. Friday

The Rezenens are at Homer Hops at 6-8 p.m. Friday

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Madd Daddy

Madd Daddy is at Summerhill Brewing at 6 p.m. Friday

McArdell and Westers are at ONCO Fermentations in Tully at 6 p.m. Friday

Bad Alibi is at Hopshire Brewing at 6-8 p.m. Friday

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

Jim E Leggs is at Buttonwood Grove Winery at 6 p.m. Friday

SingTrece and Kenneth McLaurin bring their “Singing Notes and Slinging Jokes” show to Two Goats Brewing at 6 p.m. Friday

The Midnight Mike Petroff Blues Harp Band is at the Amber Inn at 7 p.m. Friday

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

10th Avenue is at Buttonwood Grove Winery at 1 p.m. Saturday

Off The Rails is at Solera Tap House at 2-5 p.m. Saturday

Joel Kane and Grassanova, with special guests Dave Borisoff and Joe Crum, will play Chateau Dusseau’s Anniversary Weekend at 2-7 p.m. Saturday

Brad Allen and Casey Widger are at Summerhill Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Saturday

Adam Parker is at Owasco Lake Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Saturday

Travis Knapp brings his trio to Stone Bend Farm at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Roger Decker is at the Westy at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Peg Newell is at Homer Hops at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Stone Cold Miracle is at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Gabe Stillman is at Two Goats Brewing at 6 p.m. Saturday

In Too Deep is at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Saturday

NEO Project returns to the Upstairs at 9:30 p.m. Saturday

Jessie Gray is at the Elf in the Oak in Burdett at 10:30 a.m. Sunday

The Tribal Revival Duo of Marc Ryan and Tom Gath kick off the “Music and Mimosas” series at Hosmer Winery at 1 p.m. Sunday

Eric Aceto, Doug Robinson and Chad Lieberman are at Red Newt Winery at 1-3 p.m. Sunday

Bob and Dee are at Buttonwood Grove Winery at 1 p.m. Sunday

Fools Hill in Spencer hosts its weekly Open Mic “Chill on the Hill” at 1-7 p.m. Sunday

Tru Bleu is at Treleaven Winery at 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Joanna Yaeger is at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards at 2 p.m. Sunday

Unoriginal Gravity is at Grist Iron Brewing at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Two Horse Johnson is at Solera Tap House at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Sam I Am, with special guests, will play Chateau Dusseau’s Anniversary Weekend at 2 p.m. Sunday

Caleb Liber is at the Glen Haven at 3-6 p.m. Sunday

Darwin is at Two Goats Brewing at 4 p.m. Sunday

Bad Alibi is at Spruce Row Campground at 7 p.m. Sunday

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

Richie Stearns and Steve Selin play the Firelight Live concert series at Firelight Camps (behind La Tourelle) at 6-8 p.m. Tuesday

Dee Specker and Bob Walpole are at the Trumansburg Farmers Market at 4:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1

Kitestring is at Bright Leaf Vineyard at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday

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

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

Johnny Dowd is at Bike Bar Ithaca 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.