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16+ shows to see this week: July 21-27

Joe Louis Walker will play Cortland Friday night.

Not going to GrassRoots this weekend? Check out this list of all the other shows happening around the region in the coming days: Lita Ford! Stryper! The Cult! Vanilla Ice! And much more!

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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The Bigness

Make It Big

“The Bigness is an indie pop/rock band founded in 2011 by singer-songwriter Kristin Bigness and her partner, John Bueno. For years they operated as a guitar-centric power pop band based out of Philadelphia. In 2020, what started as a playful exploration of electronic music became a necessity. In lieu of weekly rehearsals with their longtime bandmates, they built a new sound as a duo—consuming a steady diet of Portishead, Mazzy Star, Sylvan Esso, Talking Heads, Emily Haines, and Fleetwood Mac in the process. Their current indie-pop catalog of originals and covers rests upon dance beats, keys, electric guitar, and looping, lush vocals.” Find out more here.


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

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Ready to Rock

The Town of Lansing’s “Music in the Park” summer concert series continues at Myers Park, with Cruise Control showcasing its mix of rock, blues, and country. Fronted by singers Kevin Carpenter and christina Marie House, the band also includes Brian Machold, Dave D’Alberto, Steve Bertonica, Pat Doyle, and Paul Liberatore.

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Myers Park, Lansing

Cost: free for Lansing residents, small entry fee for everyone else

Summer Jazz

The Marriott Summer Jazz Series continues at Monks on the Commons with guitarist-composer Steve Brown, who taught for decades at Ithaca College while maintaining a diverse recording and performing schedule.

When: 8-10 p.m. Thursday

Where: Monks on the Commons

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Funk for Lunch

The Funky Lunch continues in downtown Ithaca, with some of Ithaca's favorite DJs spinning disco, house, and funk every Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. This family-friendly series is curated by DJ Proper Philth, who says: “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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Raedwald Howland Bolton

Blues Church

The Cortland Main Street Music Series continues its 2022 season at a new venue, Rose Hall, but with the same focus on presenting a mix of top-notch national, regional, and local acts. This week’s show is headlined by Joe Louis Walker, the Bay Area blues guitarist who has earned acclaim during his long recording career. Two more area favorites – Mike Powell and Raedwald Howland-Bolton – round out the lineup.

When: 5-9 p.m. Friday

Where: Rose Hall, 19 Church Street, Cortland

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Lita Ford

Kiss Me Deadly

Lita Ford brings powerhouse guitar and vocal style to the Southern Tier. Ford first gained notice in 1975 as a founding member of the Runaways, who scored hits such as “Cherry Bomb” and “Queens of Noise.” In the1980s, she became a true metal star, with hits such as “Kiss Me Deadly” and “Close My Eyes Forever,” the latter duet with Ozzy Osbourne. After taking a long hiatus, she returned to music in 2008 and has since continued to garner praise and recognition for her groundbreaking achievements. Find out more here: http://litafordonline.com/

The Jeremy Edge Project rounds out the bill.

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: The L, 116 Breesport Road, Horseheads

Cost: $25 and up, available online here

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Going Solo

Mark Burgess, lead singer of moody legends The Chameleons UK, will play a rare acoustic concert in Trumansburg. Hailing from Manchester's famous postpunk scene, Burgess is the musician behind the Chameleons' hits such as "Swamp Thing," "Second Skin," and "Perfume Garden." His music blends folk, psychedelic, gothic, and punk styles, and has influenced Oasis, the Verve, the Flaming Lips, and Interpol.

Opening the show is Artoffact Records artist Alex Reed, singer of the band Seeming and ThouShaltNot.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Garrett’s Brewing, Trumansburg

Cost: $7 at the door

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Ice Ice, Baby

The “I Love the 90s” tour featuring Vanilla Ice with special guests Coolio, Rob Base, Tone Loc and Young MC comes to the Southern Tier.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Tag’s Summer Stage, Big Flats

Cost: $35 and up

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Leo, of Leo and the Maydays

Returning to Rock

Leo and the Maydays continue their weekly July residency in downtown Ithaca, showcasing their distinctive brand of alternative indie pop, as displayed on their recent album, “Freshman.”

When: 9 p.m. Fridays in July

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: $5

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Read more about Leo and the Maydays in this interview from last fall!

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Chasing Neon and Jon Rogalia

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 Chasing Neon and Jon Rogalia, two area favorites that blend country and rock influences.

When: 12-4 p.m. Saturday

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

Cost: free

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Papa Muse

In Harmony

Papa Muse continues the 2022 summer concert series at Taughannock Falls State Park. The band just released a new single, “If We Stand Together,” which “represents Papa Muse's danceable ‘Indie World’ style, combining world music and rock twisted into something new. This uplifting song glues Reggae’s righteous vibe, with a rowdy juxtaposition of Gypsy Punk, proving that even the most different extremes can find a way to create a harmonious union.”

When: 7-9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Taughannock Falls State Park

Cost: free; $5 parking fee per car (Empire Pass honored)

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Earning Their Strypes

Stryper brings its 35th anniversary tour to the Southern Tier. The Christian “heavenly metal” band scored several hits in the 1980s, including “Calling on You,” “Honestly,” and “Always There for You.” The band still includes three founding members – Michael Sweet, Oz Fox, and Robert Sweet – along with ex-Firehouse bassist Perry Richardson. Their latest release is “Even the Devil Believes,” the band’s thirteenth studio album. Find out more here: http://www.stryper.com/

Brady Bond rounds out the bill.

When: 6 p.m. Sunday

Where: The L, 116 Breesport Road, Horseheads

Cost: $25 and up, available online 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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The Cult

British Invasion

The Cult brings its “We Own The Night” tour to CNY, with founding members Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy ready to crank out hits such as “Love Removal Machine” and “She Sells Sanctuary.” The band just released a new album, “Under The Midnight Sun.” Find out more here: https://thecult.us/UTMS/index.html

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Zola Jesus round out the bill.

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: OnCenter Crouse-Hinds Theatre, Syracuse

Cost: $35-$90, available here

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Rosie Newton (left) and Lydia Garrison are Home Remedy

String Cure

Home Remedy continues the Newfield Music Series at Mill Park. In 2018, the folk-pop duo of Lydia Garrison and Rosie Newton released their self-titled debut album, which they recorded at Sunwood Recording in Trumansburg. Find out more about them here!

Fitnell Farms BBQ Food Truck and Dennis’ Homemade Ice Cream also will be on site for the event.

When: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Mill Park, 222 Main St., Newfield

Cost: free

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Ready to Rock

Halestorm and the Pretty Reckless team up for a night of female-fronted heavy rock bands in Syracuse. Halestorm is led by singer-guitarist Lzzy Hale, while the Pretty Reckless is led by singer Taylor Momsen. The Warning and Lilith Czar round out the bill.

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday

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

Cost: $29.50-$89.50, available here

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Joe Gibson

More Shows

Michael Francis McCarthy is at Grist Iron Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Thursday

Sarah Noelle is at Atwater Winery at 5:30 p.m. Thursday

The Diana Leigh Duo is at Dano’s Heuriger at 6-8 p.m. Thursdauy

Harry Nichols is at Two Goats Brewing at 6 p.m. Thursday

The Backtalk Band plays the Nautie Summer Nights series at Lucas Vineyards at 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday

The Oasis at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards hosts its weekly Open Mic Night at 6-8 p.m. Thursday

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

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

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

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

Austin MacRae and Casey Widger play Courthouse Park in Cortland at 7 p.m. Thursday

The Ithaca Concert Band plays a free concert at Lakewatch Inn at 7 p.m. Thursday

Joe Gibson is at the Downstairs at 8 p.m. Friday

Off The Rails is at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday

The Gabe Stillman Band is at Wagner Vineyards at 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday

Mike Brown and Tessa Wilcox are at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Far Trio is at Two Goats Brewing at 6 p.m. Friday

Hot Dogs and Gin play Buttonwood Grove Winery at 6 p.m. Friday

BeatleCuse is at Homer Hops at 6 p.m. Friday

The Thompson-Hall Duo is at Summerhill Brewing at 6-8 p.m. Friday

City Limits is at Hopshire Farm and Brewery at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Greg McQuade is at Cortland Beer Company at 6 p.m. Friday

Mike Passorale is at Heuga’s Alpine in Tully at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Brass Inc. plays at Treleaven Winery at 6-9 p.m. Friday ($5)

Tailor Made continues the 2022 summer concert series at the Groton American Legion at 6:30-9 p.m. Friday

NEO Project plays the Finger Lakes Cider House at 6:30 p.m. Friday ($5)

Erin and the Backwoods Blues Project play the Tiki Bar on Seneca Lake in Watkins Glen from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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NEO Project

NEO Project is at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

J Floyd and the Gravesitters are at Two Goats Brewing at 6 p.m. Saturday

Rocco Rich and Aaron Craig are at Brewer's Kitchen & Taproom at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Jay P is at Homer Hops at 6 p.m. Friday

The Rollin’ Rust is at Summerhill Brewing at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Rachel Beverly is at the Glen Haven at 7 p.m. Saturday

The Dart Brothers play Nickel’s Pit BBQ in Watkins Glen at 7 p.m. Saturday

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

PeoplePeople are at the Red Jug Pub in Cortland at 10 p.m. Saturday

The Jesse Collins Duo will play the Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Stonecat Café from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday

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

The Fabi World Music Summer Duo (featuring Martini) hosts the Buena Vista Sunday Club at Damiani Wine Cellars at 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Gravel Gerty and the Scratch Out Squad is at the Finger Lakes Cider House at 1-3 p.m. Sunday

Mark Nanni plays at Treleaven Winery at 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Eileen, Shirley and Tom play Buttonwood Grove Winery at 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Rachel Beverly is at Wagner Vineyards at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Horse Stories is at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

The Immortal Jellyfish return to American Vineyards at 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday

The Bob Keefe Trio is at Aurora Brewing Company at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

The Woodshed Prophets

The Woodshed Prophets are at Grist Iron Brewing at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

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

Jess Novak and Ben Wayne are at ONCO Fermentations in Tully at 3 p.m. Sunday

Melle Ghirardi is at the Glen Haven at 8 p.m. Saturday

The Forty Thieves are at Two Goats Brewing at 4 p.m. Sunday

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

Small Tattoo is at Brookton’s Market at 6-8 p.m. Tuesday

Grassanova is at Firelight Camps at 6 p.m. Tuesday

The Small Kings play the “Music in the Hollow” concert series at the Ellis Hollow Community Center at 6-8 p.m. Tuesday

Singtrece will host her Open Mic for Singers, Rappers, Songwriters & Poets at The Downstairs at 7 p.m. Tuesday

Six Mile Craic play the Trumansburg Farmers Market at 4-7 p.m. Wednesday

Gillmuir Girls play the Stonecat Café’s Pub Night at 5-9 p.m. Wednesday

The Bollicine Brothers play Damiani Wine Cellers at 6-8 p.m. Wednesday

The Tarps play the Dryden VFW at 6 p.m. Wednesday

GoGone plays Bright Leaf Vineyard at 6-8 p.m. Wednesday ($5)

Pine Box plays Ithaca Beer at 6 p.m. Wednesday

M3 plays the Homer Summer Concert Series on the Green at 7 p.m. Wednesday

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

The Range hosts its weekly Salsa Night Latin Dance Party, featuring DJs and dance lessons, from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.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.