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27+ shows to see this week: June 22-29

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John Doyle and Mick McAuley

John Doyle and Mick McAuley bring Irish tunes to Trumansburg, Steely Dan and The Chicks come to Syracuse, James Taylor and Maren Morris visit Canandaigua, and the Syracuse Jazz Fest returns after a five-year hiatus. Plus, dozens of other bands will be performing around the region in the coming week.

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)


50 Years of Jazz Fest
“’Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story’ weaves together live performances and interviews from the 50th anniversary of the iconic festival, featuring some of the biggest names in the music industry, along with a wealth of archival documentary footage from the past half century. This film not only captures the Festival in all of its beauty and glory, but also delves deep into the rich culture of The Big Easy.” Directed by Frank Marshall and Ryan Suffern. See the trailer here!

When: through Thursday, June 23, with screenings at 5:15 p.m. daily

Where: Cinemapolis

Cost: $9

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Sheila Jordan

Jazz in the ‘Cuse

The Syracuse Jazz Fest returns after a five-year, hiatus coming back to downtown Syracuse for the first time since 2000 to offer three days of local, regional, and national performers. Friday’s headliners include the Average White Band, Sheila Jordan, and David Sanborn and his Electric Band, while Saturday features Boney James, Joey DeFrancesco, and Nathan Williams & The Zydeco Cha Cha’s. For the first time since 1983, the festival also will include club shows, with a dozen downtown venues hosting performances. And it’s all free to attend! See the full schedule and lineup at http://www.syracusejazzfest.com/

When: Thursday-Saturday

Where: Clinton Square and other nearby venues, downtown Syracuse

Cost: free

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Bringing the Funk

The Downtown Ithaca Summer Concert Series continues with the Free Boody Institute, the funk-soul-R&B dance band led by local guitarist London McDaniel and singer Jeff Love. The band recently won a “Best R&B” Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY) for its album, “Myths, Legends & The Hard Truth.”

When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Bernie Milton Pavilion, The Commons

Cost: free

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Summer Jazz

The Marriott Summer Jazz Series continues at Monks on the Commons with Daniel Pugh and Friends.

When: 8-10 p.m. Thursday

Where: Monks on the Commons

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Musical Mingling

Summer Squabee returns to Hector, offering area musicians an opportunity to play for their peers and fans in a bucolic setting. Performers will include Rena Guinn, Terrapin Station, Lora Pendleton, Feed the Fire, and many more. See the Facebook event page for the full schedule.

When: Thursday-Sunday

Where: Glendale Farms, Hector

Cost: free

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Something is Brewing

Local indie-rock trios Material Objects and Chimes of Bayonets will join forces with Grass Jaw, a new project from Brendan Kuntz, who moved to Ithaca after a long residency in New Jersey. “He's been writing about getting older, taking comfort in the familiar, the things we do to keep going, and excuses we make when we don't.” Check it out here! https://grassjaw.bandcamp.com/

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Liquid State Brewing Company

Cost: free

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Trio Grande

Jason Kahn (electronic artist from Zürich), Alex Lukashevsky (songwriter from Toronto), and T.J. Borden (cellist from New York City) will all play solo sets at this intimate event, which is curated by the soon-to-depart Sarah Hennies, who leaving Ithaca for a teaching position at Bard College.

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Neighbors Gallery, 526 Elm St. Ext., Ithaca

Cost: $10 donation requested

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Donald Fagen of Steely Dan

Do It Again

Steely Dan brings its “Earth After Hours” tour to upstate New York, with Donald Fagen and company delving deep into the group’s vast catalog. The Dave Stryker Trio will open the show, playing songs from its acclaimed new CD, “As We Are.”

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday Where: St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview, Syracuse

Cost: $22 and up, available online here

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Quest Love

Country star Maren Morris brings her “Humble Quest” tour to the Finger Lakes to promote her latest album of the same name, which has produced two hit singles: “Circles Around This Town” and “Background Music.” Brent Cobb, the acclaimed Nashville singer-songwriter, will open the show.

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: CMAC, Canandaigua

Cost: $30-$99, available online here

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Funk for Lunch

The Funky Lunch debuts in downtown Ithaca, with some of Ithaca's favorite DJ's spinning disco, house, and funk every Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. Next up is DJ EverMix, who will spin 90 minutes of “funky flavor: at this family-friendly series, which is curated by DJ Proper Philth. “Bring your kids, bring your roller skates, bring a sandwich. It's the Funky Lunch!”

When: 12-1:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Bernie Milton Pavilion

Cost: free

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Uncut Gems

Dirty Gems is a recently created collaboration between Double Tiger (Jay Spaker) and djGOURD (Brian Mlodzinski of The Comb Down), featuring two DJs, live guitar, bass, and drums “traveling across genres centralized in deep African funk.” They’ll be joined by some special guests for this “sweaty getdown.”

When: 6-9:30 p.m. Friday

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: $12, available here

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Diana Jacobs

A Whole Lotta Love

The Diana Jacobs Band, one of Auburn’s most popular acts, recently released its latest album, “Love Each Other, Love Our World.” The soul-funk-R&B band is fronted by singer Diana Jacobs (winner of two Syracuse Area Music Awards) and her husband, bassist-guitarist Mettis Jacobs, and features some of the region’s top players. Find out more here.

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Treleaven Winery, King Ferry

Cost: $5, advance tickets are available here

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Joe Kollar and Dan Forsyth

Forest Bathing

The Lime Hollow Nature Center and the Center for the Arts of Homer have partnered together to present the Red Oak Music Series, a new outdoor, family- friendly, free monthly music series running from April to September 2022. This month’s performers are Joe Kollar and Dan Forsyth, from regional roots favorites Driftwood, and Cloey Tierno, an up-and-coming local singer-songwriter.

When: 12-4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Lime Hollow Nature Center, 3277 Gracie Road, Cortland

Cost: free

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Come Together

TogethernessFest returns for 2022, offering a bunch of regional “bluegrass-ish” bands over three days. Performers include Motherwort, PA Line, Dapper Dan, Simmerin’ Stew, Technicolor Trailer Park, and many more. See the website for the full lineup and schedule: http://www.togethernessfest.net/

When: Friday – Sunday

Where: Fool’s Hill Farm, 657 Dawson Hill Road, Spencer

Cost: Pay what you can online here; donations requested via PayPal to offset festival costs here

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It’s a Celebration

Hopshire Farms and Brewery will celebrate its ninth birthday with the help of two of its favorite bands: Kitestring (1-3) and City Limits (4-6 p.m.). Hopshire will offer special brewing tappings every hour and mark the release of Tompkins County Ale, “an old stock ale aged 8 years… Our respectful tribute to the ‘Thomas Hardy Ale.’"

When: 12-6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Hopshire Farms and Brewery, Dryden

Cost: free

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The Zombies

Who’s Your Daddy?

The Zombies are still going strong, more than 50 years since their founding in England. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019, Colin Blunstone, Rod Argent, and company are still rocking audiences with their classic hit singles such as “Time of the Season” and “Tell Her No.” Find out more here. Altameda opens the show.

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Point of Bluff Vineyards, Hammondsport

Cost: $50-$120, available here

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Common Railers

Chicken Pickin’

Local roots-rock quartet Common Railers (Peter Glanville, Shane Hartman, Gordon Rowland, and Mike Costello) kick off the 2022 “Music in the Hollow” summer series at the Ellis Hollow Community Center, which will hold its annual meeting in combination with a Chicken BBQ Fundraiser.

When: 5-8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Ellis Hollow Community Center

Cost: free to attend; $9 fee for the chicken, which must be ordered in advance online here.


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Brothers in Arms

The Black Crowes bring their “Shake Your Money Maker” tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band’s breakout album. They’ll be playing the album in its entirety, along with many other hits from the band’s long-running career, which has been marked by the occasional hiatus caused by rifts between founding members and brothers Chris and Rich Robinson. But they reconciled again a couple of years ago with an almost-new lineup (longtime bassist Sven Pipien remains), and have been earning raves for their high-energy concerts. Howlin’ Rain, the psychedelilc space rock band from Oakland, Calif., will open the show.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: CMAC, Canandaigua

Cost: $35-$125, available here

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Angela and Dave Yantorno of Not From Wisconsin

Songs with Strings

Not From Wisconsin bring “a set of songs with strings” to downtown Ithaca. For this show, the band will comprise Dave Yantorno on guitar, Angela Yantorno on violin, John Young on bass, along with special appearances from Grace Dashnaw on cello and Kathryn Drake on violin. “We'll offer fresh arrangements of NFW songs with these very special guests...not to be missed.”

When: 8-10 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: small cover

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Bruce Hornsby

The Way It Is

Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers return to upstate New York. A multiple Grammy Award winner who has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including the Grateful Dead, Hornsby’s 21st album, “Absolute Zero,” was released in April 2019 and features collaborations with Justin Vernon and Sean Carey of Bon Iver; Jack DeJohnette, Blake Mills, yMusic, The Staves, and Brad Cook. Carm opens the show.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Point of Bluff Vineyards, Hammondsport

Cost: $50-$125, available here

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Singin’ and Slingin’

The husband-and-wife duo of acclaimed vocalist SingTrece and popular comedian Kenneth McLaurin come together in “Singing Notes & Slinging Jokes,” a unique mix of music, song, storytelling, comedy, life, love, and laughter. “As husband and wife, they share a partnership in life, in creativity. Together on stage, the pair are the classic case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.”

When: 5-7 p.m. Sunday

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: $20 and up, available in advance here

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As I Lay Dying

Heavy Sounds

As I Lay Dying comes to the Southern Tier – the San Diego-based metalcore band is touring to promote its latest album, “Shaped by Fire.” Find out more here. Whitechapel, Shadow of Intent, and Brand of Sacrifice open the show.

When: 6 p.m. Sunday

Where: The L, 116 Breesport Road, Horseheads

Cost: $30, available here

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Get Rhythm

Dave Davies RhythmMakers return for Jazz Mondays, as Dave Davies, Doug Robinson, Brian Earle, and Chad Lieberman will play classic jazz, blues, originals, and more.

When: 5:30-8:30 p.m., second and fourth Mondays of each month

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: free; donations welcome

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John Doyle and Mick McAuley

Pluck ‘o the Irish

Famed Irish musicians John Doyle and Mick McAuley will return to Ithaca to showcase their nearly telepathic musical connect that began in the Irish-American band Solas and continues to this day. These days, they’re both pursuing solo careers, but they occasionally reconvene to revisit classic Solas songs as well as their own material. Bring a picnic dinner, and enjoy Sweet Land Cider and Wine, as well as a dessert by Sara May.

When: 7 p.m. Monday

Where: Big Sky Music Studio, Sweet Land Farm, Trumansburg

Cost: $18, available online here

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Straight Outta Brooklyn

Clarinetist, composer, producer, and bandleader Michael Winograd returns to Ithaca with his band The Honorable Mentshn to present music from his new album, “Early Bird Special” (OU People). The album continues where “Kosher Style” left off pre-pandemic in 2019, exploring and updating the sound of 1950’s style instrumental music in the Klezmer tradition. Go here to learn more about him.

For an additional fee, ‘Early Birds’ can enjoy a ‘kosher style’ nosh (snack) featuring homemade deli-style knishes, pickles, lox and cream cheese bagels, egg creams, and seltzer.

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Community School of Music and Arts, Ithaca

Cost: $10-$36, available online here. (Kids under 15 get in free)

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Fire and Rain

James Taylor will bring his All-Star Band to Canandaigua for a full evening of songs from his vast discography, including hits such as “Fire and Rain,” “Your Smiling Face,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Carolina In My Mind,” and more. He’ll be joined by some stellar talent in his band, including drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Jimmy Johnson, and guitarist Michael Landau. Find out more here: https://www.jamestaylor.com/

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: CMAC, Canandaigua

Cost: $49 and up, available here

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Civil Songs

Louiston – the project of singer-songwriter Lou DiPietro – will kick off the 2022 Newfield Music Series at Mill Park. He’ll be joined by a full band, including drummer Chris Ploss and bassist Joey Arcuri, to play songs from his recently released album, “Civilian.” Find out more here. Fitnell Farms BBQ Food Truck and Dennis’ Homemade Ice Cream also will be on site for the event, and organizers will be hosting an Empty Bowls Ice Cream Fundraiser at the park starting at 5 p.m. and running throughout the evening.

When: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 (postponed from June 22)

Where: Mill Park, 222 Main St., Newfield

Cost: free

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Colorado Cool

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats return to Central New York for a sold-out show to promote their latest album, “The Future,” which captures the many facets of this energetic Denver-based band. Brooklyn-based Afrobeat band Antibalas will open the show.

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 29

Where: Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards, LaFayette

Cost: SOLD OUT; tickets for resale may be available here.

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The Chicks

Time to Fly

The Chicks fly into Syracuse, with Natalie Maines, Martie McGuire, and Emily Strayer touring to promote their latest album, “Gaslighter.” Their first album in 14 years, it was produced by Jack Antonoff, and came in concert with the band dropping the “Dixie” from its original name. Find out more here.

Patty Griffin will open the show.

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview, Syracuse

Cost: $24-$169, available here

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Red Betty

More Shows

Li’l Anne and Hot Cayenne play the Trumansburg Farmers Market at 4-7 p.m. Wednesday

Big J comes to Friendsday Wednesday at Lucky Hare in Hector at 5-8 p.m. Wednesday CANCELLED!!

Stereopticon is at Ithaca Beer Company at 6 p.m. Wednesday

Red Betty plays Bike Bar Ithaca at 6 p.m. Wednesday

Jimmy Jam plays the Scale House Brewery at 6-8 p.m. Wednesday

Shaka is at Salt Point Brewing at 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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 8-11 p.m. Wednesday

Richie Stearns returns to South Hill Cider (filling in for Lefty Righty) at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday

Astro Hawk comes to Atwater Winery at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday

The Under Construction Band plays the Six Mile Creek Vineyard’s Sunset Music Series at 6-8 p.m. Thursday

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

Bad Alibi plays Punk’s Place in Candor at 6 p.m. Thursday

Mary Monroe is at the Scale House Brewery at 6-8 p.m. Thursday

Smilo and The Ghost are at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Thursday

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

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

The Brewhouse Blues Jam (featuring the Tuesday Bluesday players) returns to Hopshire Farm and Brewery at 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday

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

The Dutchess of Spirit Posse presents an ABBA Hour dance party at the Range at 9 p.m. Thursday ($5)

Telephone Party is at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday

GoGone returns to the Firelight Live concert series at Firelight Camps (behind La Tourelle) at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Scratched Vinyl is at Hopshire Farm and Brewery at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Clint Bush is at Trax Pub and Grill at Greek Peak at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Bad Alibi plays Buttonwood Grove Winery at 6 p.m. Friday

The Notorious Stringbusters play the Seneca County Courthouse’s Lawn Concert Series at 6-7:30 p.m. Friday

The Analogue Sons are at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Friday

The East-West Blues Band is at Two Goats Brewing at 6 p.m. Friday

The Thompson Hall Duo plays Bright Leaf Vineyard at 6 p.m. Friday

The Nate Gross Band is at Homer Hops at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Rev. Ezra and the Cast Iron Cowboys are at Summerhill Brewing at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Li’l Anne and Hot Cayenne plays the Finger Lakes Cider House at 6:30 p.m. Friday ($5)

Hot Dogs and Gin are at Wagner Vineyards at 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday

Gabe Stillman is at Garrett’s Brewing Company in Trumansburg at 7 p.m. Friday

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Organ Fairchild

Organ Fairchild is at Ransom Steele Tavern in Apalachin at 9 p.m. Friday

Tru Bleu is at Chateau Dusseau at 3-6 p.m. Saturday

The Tribal Revival Duo is at Summerhill Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Saturday

The Sweats are at Lucky Hare Brewing in Hector at 5 p.m. Saturday

Chickenwire Parachute is at Stone Bend Farm at 6 p.m. Saturday

Greg McQuade is at Homer Hops at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Plan Z is at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

The Soul Benders are at Two Goats Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

The Jess Novak Band is at ONCO Fermentations in Tully at 7 p.m. Saturday

Matthew W. Charles is at Sacred Root Kava Bar and Tea Lounge at 8 p.m. Saturday

DJs Rob Haze and Law host the “Dark Alternative Dance Party” at Level B in Collegetown at 9 p.m. Saturday

DJ Split Image is at the Range at 10 p.m. Saturday

The Local Farmers Union is at the Ithaca Farmers Market from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday

Lynn Wiles and Jessica Bindel are at Red Newt Winery at 1-3 p.m. Sunday

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Tenzin Chopak

Tenzin Chopak is at the Finger Lakes Cider House at 1-3 p.m. Sunday

Sean Fried and Payton Bird play at Treleaven Winery at 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Marc Ryan is at the Glen Haven at 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday

Louiston is at Solera Tap House at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Mariah Counts is at Grist Iron Brewing at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Pat Comstock and Scott Muir are at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards at 2 p.m. Sunday

Aaron DeRuyter and the Confluence are at Two Goats Brewing at 4 p.m. Sunday

The Eric Aceto Quartet will play hot jazz and swing at Maxie's Supper Club at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday

Brett Beardslee brings his weekly Monday Night Blues back to Rasta Ranch Vineyards at 5-8 p.m. Monday

Dennis Winge plays Barnstormer Winery at 5-8 p.m. Tuesday

Marc Berger plays the Firelight Camps at 6-8 p.m. Tuesday

The Center for the Arts in Homer hosts its weekly Open Mic Night at 7-9 p.m. Tuesday

SingTrece will host her open mic for “Singers, Rappers, Songwriters & Poets” at the Downstairs at 7 p.m. Tuesday

Nate Marshall plays the Trumansburg Farmers Market at 4-7 p.m. Wednesday

Taksim plays Brookton’s Market at 6-8 p.m. Wednesday

The Ampersand Project plays Bright Leaf Vineyard at 6 p.m. Wednesday ($5)

Mark Maynard plays Ithaca Beer at 6 p.m. Wednesday

Fresh Vintage plays the Scale House Brewery at 6-8 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 8-11 p.m. Wednesday


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