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22+ shows to see this week: August 11-17

Matt Condon

Adrian Belew performs in Homer, Alice in Chains, Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire come to Syracuse, Chris Stapleton plays Canandaigua, and Hiss Golden Messenger visits Hammondsport. Plus, some of the top female indie-rockers play Beak and Skiff at a pair of big shows!

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)

The Big Takeover

Summer Vibes

The Big Takeover returns to the Downtown Ithaca Summer Concert Series, bringing their modern spin on traditional Jamaican music up from the Hudson Valley. Fronted by energetic singer NeeNee Rushie, the seven-piece blends rocksteady, reggae, and ska with Motown, funk, and R&B. Find out more here: https://www.bigtakeoverband.com/

When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Bernie Milton Pavilion, The Commons

Cost: free

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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 The Ampersand Project covering a variety of rock, pop, and country tunes. The acoustic duo comprises multi-instrumentalist Paul Owens and singer Jeremy James, who have played with bands such as Bad Dog, Meads Creek, and Wendy Owens & Renegade.

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Myers Park, Lansing

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

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 Cherry Holler, an up-and-coming alt-rock band whose members hail from Homer and Cortland. 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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Jesse Collins

Summer Jazz

The Marriott Summer Jazz Series continues at Monks on the Commons with the Jesse Collins Quartet, in which the saxophonist is joined by some stellar players. Learn more here: https://jessecollinssaxophone.com/

Where: Monks on the Commons

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Tower of Song

Cinemapolis continues its screening of “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: runs through Aug. 18

Where: Cinemapolis

Cost: $9.50, tickets available here

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Let’s Get Liquified

The new weekly “Liquid Thursdays” continues at Liquid State Brewing Company, with host Cooper Casterline (Double Tiger and New Planets) joined by a series of 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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The Temple Cabin Band

Trio Grande

The Temple Cabin Band comes to Ithaca’s South Hill, featuring some of the top players in the Finger Lakes region. “Songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Aaron Lipp, Max Flansburg, and Ben Haravitch have teamed up with drummer Will Sigel to form an original organic sound drawing from multi-stylistic and song-focused approaches. The band was formed out of its members' love for getting together as friends and playing each other’s songs at Temple Cabin Studios in Naples (hence the band name). With roots in old time, bluegrass, rockabilly, country, psychedelia, and rock ‘n’ roll it is difficult to narrow it down to one genre. With an arsenal of solid original tunes and three-part harmonies with a grooving rhythm section, Temple Cabin Band moves the dance floor and makes you feel through lyrical poetry simultaneously.” Sam and Cap will open the night at 5 p.m., followed by a solo set from Tyler Westcott at 6 p.m.

When: 5-9 p.m. Friday

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: $10 in advance, available online here; $15 at the door

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The Blind Spots

Full of Moxie

Fresh off their well-received GrassRoots Festival set, Maddy Walsh and the Blind Spots return for a show at Treleaven Winery to showcase their energetic brand of “moxy rock.” They’ll be performing songs from the band’s various albums, as well as a few cool cover tunes and other surprises.

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Treleaven Winery, King Ferry

Cost: $10, available online here (Kids 12 and under get in free, but must have a ticket)

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Matthew Condon

Space Force

The Electrozone returns with another cool show, headlined by Darsombra, the Baltimore-based band that plays “trans-apocalyptic galaxy rock.” Featuring composer Brian Daniloski on guitar, vocals, and effects, and filmmaker Ann Everton on synth, vocals, percussion, and projections, Darsombra is “a truly immersive rock ’n’ roll extravaganza. Experienced live, it’s a symbiotic audio-visual-energetic amalgamation that creates a temporary reality, woven by sight, sound, and movement.” Find out more here: https://www.darsombra.com/

The lineup is rounded out by three local acts: 2 Fab, a new act with Matthew Grigorov and E Weber-Han, who “plumb the depths of the sonic psyche for your benefit!”; Staticer, who creates “ambient, drone, and a little noise”; and Microbes, Mostly, a recently formed punk and garage band. Please wear a mask to the show.

When: 8 p.m. Friday


Cost: $10-15 sliding scale

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Two of a Kind

Go Go Troubadour (the duo of Florinda Larkin and Olive Mitra) will bring bossa nova and jazz to downtown Ithaca. They’ll be joined by Immortal Peaches featuring Karlee Weaver, who will bring “knee slapping down home foot stomp” to the show.

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: $10

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Double Header

Hiss Golden Messenger and Aoife O’Donovan have joined forces for a tour that comes to Keuka Lake this weekend. O’Donovan is known both for her solo work and collaborations such as I’m With Her, Crooked Still, and the Goat Rodeo Sessions, while Hiss Golden Messenger (aka M.C. Taylor) has released several well-received roots albums that showcase his stellar songwriting and compelling vocals.

When: 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Point of the Bluff Vineyards, Hammondsport

Cost: $50-$80, available online here

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Marc Berger and The Ride

Roots Rockers

Marc Berger and The Ride conclude the 2022 summer concert series at Taughannock Falls State Park, promising “a shake yer booty, American roots rock, blues and Western country music extravaganza!” Singer-guitarist Berger will joined by Zac Doob (keyboards), Joey Arcuri (bass), Mike Ricciardi (drums) and Steve Addabbo (guitar) for the show on the western shore of Cayuga Lake

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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Alice in Chains

Ready to Rock

Alice in Chains returns to Syracuse, with Jerry Cantrell and company ready to unleash hits such as “Rooster” and “No Excuses,” as well as songs from their most recent album, 2018’s “Rainier Fog.” Breaking Benjamin and Bush round out the lineup.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

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

Cost: $15-$89, available online here

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Steve Gollnick and Mike Parker of Night of the Iguana, shown performing at the Chantiloft on Oct. 5, 2019

Triple Threat

Three of Ithaca’s top indie-rock bands -- Night of the Iguana, Water Bears, and Spazzare – join forces for “an epic night of the loud!” The first two bands recently released new albums, while Spazzare has been working on the follow-up to its stellar debut album from a few years back.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Bar and Tea Lounge

Cost: $10

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Ivan Da Great

Beats and Rhymes

Controlled Accident Network presents a show featuring Ivan Da Great, who will be joined by special guests Streets Soprano, King No Luv, Kage Greene, Corey Loveless, Vinny Freeman, King Lo, and P.S. the Writer. DJ GEDA will also drop tunes throughout the night,

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Upstairs

Cost: $10, available online here

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On The Road

Here and There, a new touring festival curated by Courtney Barnett, will come to Central New York. Barnett will be joined by up-and-coming indie artists Hana Vu, Faye Webster and Snail Mail. Get the full scoop here from Barnett herself, in this exclusive interview!

When: 5:30 p.m. Sunday, August 14 (gates open at 4 p.m.)

Where: Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards, 2708 Lords Hill Road (Route 80, just off Route 20), LaFayette, N.Y.

Cost: $40-$125; advance tickets are available online here

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Adrian Belew

Twang Bar King

Acclaimed guitarist Adrian Belew will come to Central New York. A member of King Crimson for more than 30 years, Belew also has worked with David Bowie, Talking Heads, Laurie Anderson, and Paul Simon. Along the way, he’s released more than 20 solo albums, including his latest, “Elevator.” He’ll be joined by bassist Julie Slick and drummer Johnnie Luca for the show.

When: 8 p.m. Sunday

Where: Homer Center for the Arts

Cost: $35, available here

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MAQ Attack

South Hill Cider’s Monday Night Jazz series continues this week with MAQ, a quartet that performs everything from classic and modern jazz to Brazilian bossa and folk music. The lineup includes Eric Aceto (violin), Harry Aceto (bass), Doug Robinson (guitar, vocals), Chad Lieberman (accordion), and Steve Pond (percussion).

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

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: free

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From left: Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen, Julien Baker

Hearts Aligned

The Wild Hearts Tour comes to CNY, with Sharon Van Etten, Julien Baker, and Angel Olsen joining forces for a memorable night of songs from their respective catalogs. Quinn Christopherson will open the show.

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday (doors at 5 p.m.)

Where: Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards, LaFayette

Cost: $50-$55, available here

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Keeping It Country

Chris Stapleton brings his “All-American Road Show” to Canandaigua. The five-time Grammy-winning country superstar, known for hits such as “Tennessee Whiskey,” “You Should Probably Leave,” and “Cold,” will be joined by Elle King and Madeline Edwards for the show.

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: CMAC, Canandaigua

Cost: $100 and up, available online here

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Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana

Perfect Pair

Santana and Earth, Wind and Fire bring their “Miraculous Supernatural” tour to Syracuse, ready to showcase the hits that made them famous: “Smooth,” “Oye Como Va,” and “Smooth” for Santana; “September,” “Getaway,” “Shining Star” and many more for EWF.

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

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

Cost: $24 and up, available online here

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WC Edgar

More Shows

WC Edgar is at Grist Iron Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Thursday

Jessie Gray plays Atwater Winery at 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday

The Custom Taylor Band plays the Super Cream Family Night and Truck Cruise In at 5-9 p.m. in Homer

The Papa Muse Acoustic Duo is at South Hill Cider at 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday

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

The Michele Gordon Quartet, which also includes Alex Specker on guitar, Harry Aceto on bass, and Greg Ezra, will play jazz Standards at Brookton’s Market at 6-8 p.m. Thursday

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

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

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

Alex Cano is at Two Goats Brewing at 6 p.m. Thursday

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

The Brewhouse Blues Jam returns to Hopshire at 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Jazz Happens plays Courthouse Park in Cortland at 7 p.m. Thursday

Sine Caster will bring high-dance grooves to the Upstairs at 10 p.m. Thursday

The East Hill Classic Jazz Band will play during the 30th annual Ithaca Artists Market, running from noon to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Ithaca Farmers Market pavilion

GoGone is at Firelight Camps at 5-8 p.m. Friday

The Lisa Lee Trio plays Buttonwood Grove Winery at 6 p.m. Friday

Rob Ervin is at Owasco Lake Brewing in Moravia at 5-8 p.m. Friday

Roll The Dice Band is at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday

Johnny Dowd with The Keepers are at Two Goats Brewing at 6 p.m. Friday

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

The Lisa Lee Trio plays Buttonwood Grove Winery at 6 p.m. Friday

¡Viva Mayhem! returns for its first post-pandemic show at Hopshire at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Roger Decker is at Summerhill Brewing at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Joe Gibson is at Press Bay Alley's Lucky Hare stage at 6-8 p.m. Friday

B-Shift Duo is at Homer Hops at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Rachel Beverly is at Brewer’s Kitchen and Tap Room at 6 p.m. Friday

All Strung Out is at Brookton’s Market at 6 p.m. Friday

The Smoking Loons
Smoking Loons

The Smokin’ Loons are at Wagner Vineyards at 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday

The Tenzin Chopak Band is at Finger Lakes Cider House at 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday ($5)

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

The Chuck Schiele Quatro is at Heuga’s Alpine in Tully at 7-10 p.m. Friday

Tim Herron is at The Glen Haven at 7 p.m. Friday

Tribal Revival is at Drifters on Owasco at 7 p.m. Friday

Tedd Hazard, Horse Professor and Keith Ian Neal join forces for a folk-punk show at Cortland’s Finger Lakes Tasting and Tap at 7:30 p.m. Friday

Aiken, Bob Holz, and Greg McQuade are at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Friday

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Max Childs

Max Childs and Aaron Rizzo play the Range at 9 p.m. Friday

Bob and Dee play Buttonwood Grove Winery at 1-4 p.m. Saturday

SingTrece and Stone Cold Miracle are at Wagner Vineyards at 3-6 p.m. Saturday

Brian Francis is at Chateau Dusseau in Locke at 3 p.m. Saturday

Grassanova is at Brews and Brats at Autumn View at 4 p.m. Saturday

The Lakeside Drifters are at Bagley’s Winery at 5-8 p.m. Saturday

The Vectors are at McGraw Box Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Saturday

Insolent Cur is at Brookton’s Market at 5:30 p.m. Saturday

Tribal Revival is at ONCO Fermentations at 6 p.m. Saturday

Strange Heavy with Galen Morley is at Stone Bend Farm at 6 p.m. Saturday

Joe Gibson is at the Westy at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Mystic Stew is at Two Goats Brewing at 6 p.m. Saturday

Uncle Uku and the Guise is at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Darkwine is at Homer Hops at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Rocco Rich and Aaron Craig are at Summerhill Brewing at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Clint Bush is at The Glen Haven at 7 p.m. Saturday

Bob Holz and a Vision Forward is at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Saturday

DJ Midwife hosts a Disco Costume Dance Party at Lucky Hare Brewing in Hector at 8-11 p.m. Saturday

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Cass and the Bailout Crew

Cass and The Bailout Crew play the Range at 9 p.m. Saturday

The Maplewood Jazz Team will play the Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Stonecat Café from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday

Jen Cork is at the Finger Lakes Cider House at 1-3 p.m. Sunday

Andrew Alling is at Brews and Brats at Autumn View at 1-3 p.m. Sunday

Feed the Fire plays the "Rock the Dock" series at Lansing Harbor Marina at 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Dave Turner plays at Treleaven Winery at 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Quona Hudson is at ONCO Fermentations at 2 p.m. Sunday

Smith and Baker is at Solera Tap House at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

The Boot Hill Band is at Grist Iron Brewing at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

The Ende Brothers are at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Bob Roberts Calamity is at Two Goats Brewing at 4 p.m. Sunday

The Piperventilators are at Brookton’s Market at 4 p.m. Sunday

The new weekly series Beer Wax Sundays returns to Liquid State at 4-7 p.m. Sunday

Evan Friedell of Jimkata and Mark Maynard play the Pre-BQ2 gig at the Westy at 4-7 p.m. Sunday to whet your appetite for the upcoming BBQ IV on Aug. 27-28

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

Nate and Silas Richardson play Maxie's Super Club at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday

Jacob Shipley plays Barnstormer Winery at 5-8 p.m. Tuesday

Delta Mike Shaw is at Solera Tap House at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday

Rachel Beverly plays 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

The Inner Crazy plays the Trumansburg Farmers Market at 4-7 p.m. Wednesday

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

Six String Shotgun plays the Dryden VFW at 6 -8 p.m. Wednesday

Jacob Shipley plays Ithaca Beer at 6 -8 p.m. Wednesday

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

Rachel Beverly plays Salt Point Brewing at 6:30 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.