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25+ shows to see this week: August 3-10

Gov't Mule
Jacob Blickenstaff
Gov't Mule

It may be the dog days of summer, but there are still plenty of concerts to see around the region in the coming days, including Gov’t Mule and Dashboard Confessional at Beak and Skiff, Journey at CMAC, and Papa Roach in Syracuse. Plus, a new Leonard Cohen doc screens at Cinemapolis, and dozens of area bands are in action around CNY this 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!

And for a more extensive roundup of upcoming shows around the Finger Lakes and beyond, check out this curated list here!

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

Horns o’ Plenty

The Fall Creek Brass Band returns to the Downtown Ithaca Summer Concert, bringing their blend of funk, jazz, and pop to original tunes, New Orleans classics, and brassy arrangements of favorite pop songs. Find out more here:

When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Bernie Milton Pavilion, The Commons

Cost: free

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Songs to Share

Dan Forsyth of Driftwood hosts Songwriter’s Night at Hopshire, a series taking place every first Thursday of the month at Hopshire Farms and Brewery: “This is an opportunity for songwriters to share their craft with each other. Bring a song you are working on, it doesn’t have to be complete, to get input from your peers. All are welcome to come listen respectfully.”

When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Hopshire Farms and Brewery, Dryden

Cost: free

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Ready to Rock

The 2022 Rockzilla Tour with Papa Roach and Falling in Reverse comes to Syracuse, with Hollywood Undead and Bad Wolves rounding out the bill. Papa Roach are touring in support of their recently released “Ego Trip” album, while Falling in Reverse issued the song "Zombified" earlier this year in advance of a new EP.

When: 6 p.m. Thursday

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

Cost: $25-$289, available here:

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Rocking on the Waterfront

The Town of Lansing’s “Music in the Park” summer concert series continues at Myers Park, with Bad Alibi showcasing its energetic brand of classic rock. The band includes drummer Scott Hollister, singer-guitarist Steve Kern, bassist-vocalist Sergio Pedro, and keyboardist-vocalist Rob Romano.

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Myers Park, Lansing

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

Suddenly Sam

Georgia native Sam Hunt brings his R&B-inflected country sound to CMAC, ready to showcase hits such as “Drinkin’ Too Much” and “Body Like a Back Road” from his albums “Montevallo” and “Southside.” Learn more here:

Dustin Lynch and McKenzie Porter open the show.

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: CMAC, Canandaigua

Cost: $55-$125

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Summer Jazz

The Marriott Summer Jazz Series continues at Monks on the Commons with the MAQ jazz trio, which will play everything from classic and modern jazz to Brazilian bossa and folk music. Learn more here.

Where: Monks on the Commons

Cost: free; donations welcome

We All Scream

So Good Ice Cream Stand and the Center for the Arts of Homer have teamed up to bring you the So Good Music Series every Thursday through September. This week’s act is the Steve Daniels Band, featuring Cortland native and saxophonist Steve Daniels joined by some talented friends and family. So Good will feature “adult only” specialty ice cream for those 21 and up. Bring a chair or two to enjoy the show.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: 5 South West St., Homer

Cost: free

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Let’s Get Liquified

The weekly “Liquid Thursdays” debuts at Liquid State Brewing Company, with host Cooper Casterline (Double Tiger and New Planets) joined by a series of a rotating musicians and DJs for “an evening of live music, dance, and a full multi-media funky experience.”

When: 9 p.m. to midnight Thursday

Where: Liquid State Brewing Company

Cost: $5

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Tower of Song

Cinemapolis will screen “Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song.” Directed by Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine, the film is a “definitive exploration of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen as seen through the prism of his internationally renowned hymn, ‘Hallelujah.’ This feature-length documentary weaves together three creative strands: The songwriter and his times; the song’s dramatic journey from record label reject to chart-topping hit; and moving testimonies from major recording artists for whom ‘Hallelujah’ has become a personal touchstone. Approved for production by Leonard Cohen just before his 80th birthday in 2014, the film accesses a wealth of never-before-seen archival materials from the Cohen Trust including Cohen’s personal notebooks, journals and photographs, performance footage, and extremely rare audio recordings and interviews.”

See the trailer here:

When: Opens Friday

Where: Cinemapolis

Cost: $9.50, tickets are available here

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Two of a Kind

Two electronica duos will join forces for an evening on Ithaca’s South Hill, with Miami’s own AfroBeta – the duo of Tony “Smurphio” Laurencio and Cuci Amador – teaming with Ithaca-based Dom Martyr – the recently formed pairing of Alicia Aubin and Angelo Peters. DJ Jesse Hill will start off the night.

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: $10

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Thompson Square
Thompson Square

Country Cool

The Grammy-nominated and award-winning country act Thompson Square returns to the Treleaven stage, this time with the full band! The husband-and-wife duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson have acquired multi-platinum international success with their No. 1 hits like “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” and “If I Didn’t Have You,” and honors as Vocal Duo of the Year from both the ACM and CMA Awards. Learn more here:

The Ampersand Duo opens the show

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Treleaven Winery, King Ferry

Cost: $45, available online here

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On Display

Ithaca Underground returns with a First Friday Gallery Night after-party featuring an eclectic lineup featuring locals Corey Loveless (hiphop) and Microbes, Mostly (garage rock) joined by Buffalo electrohouse producer denzelworldpeace and Hudson, N.Y.-based RRB, the project musician, artist, designer, and educator Rebecca R. Borrer.

When: 7-10:30 p.m. Friday

Where: The Rest Gallery

Cost: $8

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Gary Levox
Gary Levox

Music and More

The SpiedieFest and Balloon Rally returns to Otsiningo Park in Binghamton, offering balloon rides, cooking contests, and much more, with concerts featuring Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, (7 p.m. Friday), Lou Gramm (7 p.m. Saturday), and Gary Levox of Rascal Flatts (7 p.m. Sunday). Visit the website to learn more:

When: Friday-Sunday

Where: Otsiningo Park in Binghamton

Cost: $20-$99, available online here

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A Good Cause

Several local bands will join forces for SOMAT 2022, a benefit concert for the Ithaca Health Alliance/ Ithaca Free Clinic in memory of Luke Vitarius, a local musician and longtime bartender at the Nines who passed away last November. The lineup includes MOFOS, The 86ers, Absolute Garbage, Thirsty, fatFinger, g9, and more to be announced. The all-ages, family-friendly event will be held outdoors, with BBQ and vegan food from Holy Smoke Catering. Find out more here!

When: 12-8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Hopshire Farms and Brewery

Cost: free; $10 donation requested

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Johnny Dowd
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Johnny Dowd

Going Underground

Johnny Dowd kicks off his August residency at the Downstairs; he’ll feature a special guest at each show. This week will feature longtime local favorite Jennie Lowe, who will open the night with a set of her compelling originals.

When: 8-10 p.m. Friday

Where: The Downstairs


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Zydeco Trail Riders
Zydeco Trail Riders

Good Times Roll

The Zydeco Trail Riders continue the 2022 summer concert series at Taughannock Falls State Park. The Ithaca-based dance band is guaranteed to get your feet moving with its infectious rhythms and grooves. The band is led by Greg Grodem, on vocals and accordions, with Jim Reidy on guitar, Ted Oberhaus on bass, Stuart Krasnoff on drums, and Pete Wolfanger on rubboard.

Learn more here:

(See the rest of the summer series schedule here.)

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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Gov't Mule

Still Riding Along

Gov’t Mule returns to CNY, with frontman Warren Haynes fully recovered from the broken shoulder blade that cause the postponement of the band’s April gig in Syracuse. The band recently released its first blues album, “Heavy Load Blues,” which was recorded live in the studio at The Power Station New England on analog tape, utilizing vintage guitars, amps, and other equipment to capture an authentic sound. Haynes is joined in the band by drummer Matt Abts, keyboardist Danny Louis, and bassist Jorgen Carlsson.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards, LaFayette

Cost: $45-$50, available here

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Ramble On

The oldest bluegrass festival in New York State, Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble Picnic is back for its 49th year. This year’s lineup features a batch of local and regional bands, including: Gospel Way, Salmon River Boys, Joe Davoli & Harvey Nussbaum, Melanie & the Boys, Simmer Stew, Joe LaMay & Sherry Reese, The New Snip City, The Cadleys, Barn Floor Groovers, The Atkinson Family, Northwater, Lake Effect, Larry Hoyt & the Good Acoustics, Lonesome Road Ramblers and the Delaney Brothers (host band). Bring a chair, blanket and snacks for this family-friendly event.

When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Dwyer Memorial Park, Little York

Cost: free

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Lakeside Lounge

The Ithaca Swing Dance Network presents “Swinging on Cayuga ’22,” with music by the Diana Leigh Quartet and dance workshops conducted by local instructors Cindy Overstreet and Steve Ryan. Masks are required for indoor dancing (and will be available onsite). An outdoor dance area, nearby, will be designated for those who wish to dance unmasked. See for more information.

When: 2-6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Large Pavilion, Stewart Park

Cost: Suggested admission is $5 to $10

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Hair Apparent

Platinum-selling and GRAMMY-nominated singer Chris Isaak makes a rare Finger Lakes appearance, joined by his longtime band Silvertone. Best known for his 1989 hit “Wicked Game,” from the stellar album “Heart Shaped World,” Isaak has released nine albums during his 30+ year career. Find out more here:

Sally Louise opens the show.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Point of the Bluff Vineyards, Hammondsport

Cost: $55-$125, available online here

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The Brother Brothers
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The Brother Brothers

In Harmony

The Brother Brothers return to the area, touring to promote their new album, “Cover to Cover,” which comes out August 5. Twins Adam and David Moss play a variety of instruments and possess an uncanny sense of vocal harmony. The new album includes songs from Richard Thompson, the Beatles, Tom T. Hall, James Taylor, and Jackson Browne. Find out more here:

When: 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Big Sky Studio, Sweet Land Farm, Trumansburg

Cost: $18, available here

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A Rhythmic Remembering

Jazz Mondays return to South Hill Cider, with Djug Django reuniting to remember the late drummer Al Hartland (aka Al Micucci). Local vocalist Annie Burns will be a special guest for the evening, billed as a “Memorial and Celebration of a Memorable Music Life.”

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

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Anyway You Want It

Journey makes a welcome return to upstate New York, touring to promote their new album, “Freedom.” But expect to hear plenty of classic tunes, such as “Separate Ways,” “Lights,” “Don’t Stop Believin’” and many more. The current Journey lineup features founding guitarist Neal Schon, singer Arnel Pineda, keyboardist Jonathan Cain, bassist Todd Jensen, keyboardist Jason Derlatka, and drummer Deen Castronuovo. Find out more here:

When: 8 p.m. Monday

Where: CMAC, Canandaigua

Cost: $55 and up, available here

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Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba.
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Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba.

The Emo You Know

Dashboard Confessional and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness bring their “Hello Gone Days” tour to central New York. Still fronted by Chris Carabba, Dashboard Confessional is touring to promote their new album, “All The Truth That I Can Tell.” Formerly with Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin, McMahon draws inspiration from 1970s singer-songwriters such as Billy Joel and Elton John.

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards, LaFayette

Cost: $39-$45, available here

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Good Dog
Good Dog

Power of Two

Good Dog continues the Newfield Music Series at Mill Park. The duo of Joe Hayward and Sarah Noell plays
“calm country folk” on pedal steel and acoustic guitar. Find out more 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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Tenzin Chopak
Tenzin Chopak

More Shows

Uncle Joe and the Rosebud Ramblers play the Trumansburg Farmers Market at 4-7 p.m. Wednesday

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

Matthews Family Tradition plays the Dryden VFW at 6 p.m. Wednesday

The Tribal Revival Trio plays the Virgil C.O.V.E. Concert Series at Virgil Town Hall at 6-8 p.m. Wednesday

Billy Golicki is at Drifers on Owasco at 6 p.m. Wednesday

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

The Ithaca Concert Band plays a free “Sundaes on Wednesday” concert at Danby Community Church at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Tru Bleu plays Salt Point Brewing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

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

Joe Henson hosts Open Mic Night at the Glen Haven at 7-9 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

The Inner Crazy is at Grist Iron Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Thursday

Tenzin Chopak is at South Hill Cider at 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday

Scott B Adams plays Atwater Winery at 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday

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

Erin and the Backwoods Blues Project plays the Six Mile Creek Vineyard’s Sunset Music Series at 6-8 p.m. Thursday

The Cayuga Blue Notes are at Two Goats Brewing at 6 p.m. Thursday

Whiskey Business plays the Nautie Summer Nights series at Lucas Vineyards at 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday

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

Taking Back October is at the Glen Haven at 6 p.m. Thursday

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

GoGone plays Courthouse Park in Cortland at 7 p.m. Thursday

Fabi hosts an “electropical bash” for the weekly Elektro-Thursdays series at 10:30 p.m. Thursday at the Upstairs

Jimmy Jam is at Bagley’s Winery at 5-8 p.m. Friday

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

Erin + Backwoods Blues Project
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Erin and the Backwoods Blues Project

Erin and the Backwoods Blues Project are at Hopshire Farm and Brewery at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Dean’s List plays Buttonwood Grove Winery at 6 p.m. Friday

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

Stratcat Willie and the Strays are at Two Goats Brewing at 6 p.m. Friday

Levi and the Wranglers are at Homer Hops at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Madd Daddy is at Summerhill Brewing at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Jess Novak is at the Glen Haven at 6 p.m. Friday

Bad Alibi is at Wagner Vineyards at 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday

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

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

The Midnight Mike Petroff Blues Harp Band is at ONCO Fermentations in Tully at 7 p.m. Friday

Organ Fairchild is at Prison City Brewing in Auburn at 7 p.m. Friday

Bog Brothers are at Heuga’s Alpine in Tully at 7-10 p.m. Friday

People People are at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Friday

Louiston and Liam Lawson are at Nickel's Pit BBQ in Watkins Glen at 8-11p.m. Friday

Sine Caster is at the Range at 10 p.m. Friday

Chasing Neon is at the Red Jug Pub in Cortland at 10 p.m. Friday

Roger Decker and Brian Mingle (10 a.m. to noon) and Hangman’s Heart (afternoon) play the “Divas and Dudes for a Cure” breast-cancer awareness event at the Homer Elks on Saturday

Spudz and Taggit plays Buttonwood Grove Winery at 1-4 p.m. Saturday

Tribal Revival plays Hosmer Winery’s 37th Anniversary Party at 1-5 p.m. Saturday

The Tarps are at Brews and Brats at Autumn View at 5 p.m. Saturday

Feed the Fire is at Summerhill Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Saturday

Gerard Burke
Gerard Burke

Gerard Burke plays the Westy at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Freight returns to Stone Bend Farm at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

The Endless Mountain Derelicts are at Two Goats Brewing at 6 p.m. Saturday

Clint Bush is at McGraw Box Brewing at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

The Rods will roll to Sharkey’s Bar and Grill in Liverpool, with Lou Kaplan and Crazy Neighbors opening, at 6 p.m. Saturday

Billy Golicki is at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Saturday

The Upstairs hosts a Summer Salsa Celebration, featuring DJs and dance lessons, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.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

The Inner Crazy plays Bright Leaf Vineyard from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

Rick Manning and Naomi Summers are at the Finger Lakes Cider House at 1-3 p.m. Sunday

The Tribal Revival Duo plays “Music and Mimosas” at Hosmer Winery at 1 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

Tenzin Chopak and Emmett Scott play Red Newt Cellars at 1-3 p.m. Sunday

Roadhouse Prophets play at Treleaven Winery at 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Tru Bleu is at Americana Vineyards at 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday

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

The Ampersand Project is at Wagner Vineyards at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

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

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

Adam Guinn is at Landon’s Pub in Watkins Glen at 5 p.m. Sunday

Papa Muse plays Lincoln Hill Farms’ “Sunday Fundays” in Canandaigua at 5 p.m. Sunday

The East-West Blues Band plays Maxie’s Supper Club at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday

Grease the Band is at Brookton’s Market at 6 p.m. Sunday

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

Rachel Beverly
Rachel Beverly

Rachel Beverly plays Barnstormer Winery at 5-8 p.m. Tuesday

The Jesse Collins Quartet is at Firelight Camps at 6 p.m. Tuesday

Tom and Marie are at Brookton’s Market at 6 p.m. Tuesday

The Notorious Stringbusters play the “Music in the Hollow” concert series at the Ellis Hollow Community Center 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

Cayuga Blue Notes play the Trumansburg Farmers Market at 4-7 p.m. Wednesday

Obvious Objects plays the Stonecat Café’s DJ Pub Night Dance Party at 5-9 p.m. Wednesday

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

Tailor Made’s Tink Bennett and Derek Gasque play the Dryden VFW at 6 p.m. Wednesday

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

Not From Wisconsin plays Ithaca Beer at 6 p.m. Wednesday

Madd Daddy and Cloey Tierno play 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

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