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25+ shows to see this week: Sept. 7-14

Cara Totman
Dinosaur Jr. returns to the State Theatre of Ithaca on Sept. 9

The fall season gets into full swing this week, with Dinosaur Jr. returning to Ithaca to open the State Theatre’s 2022-2023 season. Plus, Elton John comes to Syracuse, Robert Cray visits Hammondsport, and Alice Cooper gets back to Binghamton.

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!

Also, check out the newest show on WITH and withradio.org, “Breakfast with the Beatles,” hosted by Dave Kane from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday mornings. Read more about the show here!

And tune in to WITH from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 10, to hear Scott Regan, Jim Catalano, and Dave Kane broadcast live from the Clothesline Arts Festival at Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery! Read more about that here.

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

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

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A Good Cause

Recovery Rocks” returns for 2022, “where we will celebrate the victories of our Recovery Community, while we also remember the people we’ve lost… Come enjoy music, food, and games, and listen to the stories of people in recovery.” Local favorites Maddy Walsh and Miami Whizzdom, which features AfroBeta along with Mike Suave and Maddy of the Blind Spots, and Kitestring will perform at the event, which is a benefit for the Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County during Recovery Month.

When: 5-7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Large Pavilion, Stewart Park, Ithaca

Cost: free and open to all

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Weaving a Spell

Wovenhome is a band of five friends weaving eclectic sounds and voices to inspire dance and reflection. With ngoni harps, polyrhythms, baritone ukulele, jaw harp, synthesizer, call and response, and moving vocal harmonies, their music stays with you long after the evening is done.” The band includes Hayley Dayis, Alexander Fals, Shaun Jones, Adam Kujawski, and Gary Crocker.

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

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Summer Vibes

The Downtown Ithaca Summer Concert Series continues with the Sim Redmond Band, the long-running local folk-rock-pop-Afro-Caribbean band that has become a summer staple. “They have toured extensively in the U.S and Japan, bringing together sounds and people from all walks of life. Their uplifting, optimistic music is infectious. It will brighten your day, open your heart, and strengthen your resolve to make a positive impact on this crazy world we share.” By the way, this is the next-to-last show of the 2022 summer series, which concludes Sept. 15 with Maddy Walsh.

When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Bernie Milton Pavilion, The Commons

Cost: free

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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 edition features Tim Burns, the CNY singer-songwriter known for fronting the band Two-Hour Delay. 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 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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Going Up

Practice Presents returns to the Upstairs with the strong triple bill of Secret Service Men, Cobra Cadaver, and Microbes, Mostly – all veterans of much-loved, but now defunct Practice at Pete’s series.

When: 9 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Upstairs

Cost: $10

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Electric Avenue

Returning after a hiatus, NEEMFest 2022 will feature “performances, workshops and the usual petting zoo, and YOU! NEEMFest began life as a small electro-music conference, sponsored then as now by electro-music.com, a global online community of diverse electronic musicians.” Performers include Josh Oxford, James Spitznagel, stepwriterun, and many more; find out more here! If you can't make it in person, check out the Stage 1 performances online here. (By the way, NEEMFest means Northeast Electro-Music Festival.)

When: Friday-Sunday; see the full schedule here

Where: Center for the Arts, Homer

Cost: $15 for weekend pass; daily tickets are $10; both are available online here

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Pluck of the Irish

The Syracuse Irish Festival returns, with two full days of music and more in the heart of downtown Syracuse. The lineup includes House of Hamill, Enter the Haggis, The Causeway Giants, Hadrian’s Wall, The Elders, Connla, and many more, performing on two stages throughout the event.

When: Friday and Saturday

Where: Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse

Cost: free

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Sofia Scattarreggia

Seeking Haydn

The CCHK Salon presents “Haydn and Femininity” with Mike Lee and Ji-Young Kim, fortepiano, and Sofia Scattarreggia, soprano. “Many of Haydn's solo keyboard, vocal, and chamber works were products of relationships with women he encountered in his life. This salon focuses on music that grew out of Haydn's collaboration with two women he met in London: the poet Anne Hunter and virtuoso pianist Therese Jansen.”

When: 5 p.m. Friday

Where: A.D. White House, Cornell
Cost: free, but seating is limited and is first-come, first-served.

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Planetary Explorers

New Planets return to South Hill Cider, featuring members of Big Mean Sound Machine, Mosaic Foundation, Thousands of One, and other local bands. The all-star band is known for its danceable grooves, with plenty of African and other influences inspiring the original material.

When: 6-9 p.m. Friday

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: $10

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Arena Rock

Classic-rock stalwarts Styx and REO Speedwagon have joined forces for their “Live and UnZoomed” tour, promising an evening chock-full of hits from their heyday in the 1970s and early 1980s. Canadian favorites Loverboy will open the show.

When: 6:45 p.m. Friday

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

Cost: $18.70-$555, available online here

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Cara Totman
Dinosaur Jr.

Feel the Pain

After a pandemic-induced postponement, Dinosaur Jr. returns to Ithaca to showcase its latest album, “Sweep It Into Space,” the Massachusetts-based band’s fifth studio release since its original lineup of J. Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph reunited 13 years ago. The new album spotlights the group’s trademark blend of melody and noise, with some unusual detours along the way. Find out more here.

Chicago-based fingerstyle guitarist Ryley Walker will open the show.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: The State Theatre of Ithaca

Cost: $36, available online here

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For the Children

“Get ready to clap and sing along with the Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble! This free one-hour concert will be an enjoyable way for kids of all ages to learn about this great American music.”

When: 10-11 a.m. Saturday

Where: Ford Hall, Whalen Center for Music, Ithaca College

Cost: free

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John Gorka.

Living Colors

Colorscape returns to Norwich for two days of arts, crafts, live music, and more. This year’s performers include The Kennedys, Adam Ezra Group, Mustard’s Retreat, Aztec 2Step 2.0, Vance Gilbert, John Gorka, the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, and many more. See the full schedule here!

When: Saturday and Sunday

Where: East and West Parks, Norwich

Cost: free

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Dynamic Duo

Big Sky Studio continues its 2022 concert series with the stellar pairing of local favorites Jennie Lowe with Richie and Rosie. Lowe has released five albums since the 1990s that showcase her pensive lyrics and captivating vocals. Her latest release is “Ghost Tracks,” which was produced by Craig Street, who has worked with Norah Jones and Cassandra Wilson.

Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton have two albums to their name, including their latest, “Nowhere in Time,” along with lots of other albums done with different projects. Their sound blends old-time, country, and folk influences with tight vocal harmonies.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Big Sky Studio, Sweet Land Farm, Trumansburg

Cost: $18, available online here

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Saturday Night’s Alright for Rockin’

Elton John brings his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road: The Final Tour” to Central New York. For more than 50 years, the bespectacled piano man has been cranking out hits, most written with his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin, including “Crocodile Rock,” “Candle in the Wind,” “Levon,” “Rocket Man,” and so many, many more. Plus, he just released a new song with Britney Spears! Find out more here. And see setlists from recent shows here!

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: JMA Wireless Dome, Syracuse

Tickets: $181 and up, available online here

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Up and Away

The 5th Dimension brings its psychedelic soul sound to CNY, with original member Florence LaRue joined by four newer bandmates to preserve the group’s trademark five-part vocal harmonies. Since the mid-1960s, the band has scored 22 Top 40 hits and five No.1 songs, including “Up, Up and Away,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” “One Less Bell to Answer,” “Last Night I Didn’t Get to Sleep At All,” and “Aquarius/ Let the Sunshine In.” Find out more here.

When: 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Point of the Bluff Vineyards, Hammondsport

Cost: $50-$85, available online here

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Robert Cray

Strong Persuader

The Robert Cray Band returns to Central New York to promote its latest release, “That’s What I Heard,” which Cray describes as “Funky, cool and bad.” Since the 1980s, Cray has been one of blues music’s foremost proponents – his soulful voice and funky guitar style has fueled hits such as “Smokin’ Gun,” “Right Next Door” (Because of Me)” and “Time Makes Two” – and he also has been a regular participant at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival (not to mention a member of Otis Day and the Nights in “Animal House”). Learn more here.


The Gabe Stillman Duo will open the show.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Point of the Bluff Vineyards, Hammondsport

Cost: $45-$90, available online here

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MAQ Attack

MAQ, a musical ensemble based in Ithaca, comprises some of the area's best jazz and Brazilian-music performers. Its members have individually toured throughout the United States and Europe, in venues from concert halls to clubs, performing everything from classic and modern jazz to Brazilian bossa and folk music. The lineup features Eric Aceto, violin; Harry Aceto, bass; Doug Robinson, guitar/vocals; Chad Lieberman, accordion/piano; and Steve Pond, percussion.

When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Klarman Hall, Cornell

Cost: free and open to all

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

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Ready to Rock

Atlanta metal favorite Sevendust brings its “Animosity 2022” tour to the Southern Tier to mark the 20th anniversary of its well-known album of the same name. They’ll also be plugging their latest release, “Blood & Stone,” which came out in 2020. Find out more about the band here. Nonpoint, Bastardane, and Burden of the Sky will open the show.

When: 6 p.m. Monday

Where: The L, 116 Breesport Road, Horseheads

Cost: $40, available online here

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Greg Stuart

Percussive Power

The Cornell Department of Music and the Cornell Contemporary Chamber Players welcome experimental percussionist Greg Stuart for two concerts on campus. The performances are part of a week-long residency in which Stuart will work with Cornell composition doctoral students. The first concert on Monday will feature pieces by Sarah Hennies and Michael Pisaro-Liu. The second concert on Thursday, Sept. 15, will be the culmination of the residency, presenting pieces by Cornell composers John Eagle, Josh Biggs, Han Xu, Laura Cetilia, Michele Cheng, and María Bulla. Stuart is a percussionist whose work draws upon a mixture of music from the experimental tradition, Wandelweiser, improvisation, and electronics. His performances have been described as “a ghostly, gorgeous lesson in how close, concentrated listening can alter and enhance perception” (The New York Times).

When: 7 p.m. Monday

Where: Milstein Dome, Cornell Event Info

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15

Where: Milstein Dome, Cornell Event Info

Cost: both concerts are free and open to all

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Out of System Transfer

Triple Header

Practice Presents returns to the Downstairs with another cool show, this one headlined by NYC-based Out of System Transfer, who return with their “gonzo anti-folk punk rock radical leftist hootenanny.” Check out their latest album, “Just Be Loud,” right here!

They’ll be joined by local farm-to-folk-punk favorites Emma Vulnerability and Motherwort.

When: 9 p.m. Tuesday

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: $10 at the door

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Old 97's

Country Cool

Alt-country favorites Old 97’s make a welcome return to upstate New York, with Rhett Miller and company set to showcase their raucous, catchy songs such as “Timebomb,” “Let’s Get Drunk and Get It On,” and “Murder (Or a Heart Attack).” Their latest release is the aptly named “Twelfth,” giving the band a dozen albums under its belt over its 30-year career.

Vandoliers will open the show; make sure you arrive in time to see the rowdy Texas-based band, which just released its fourth album.

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Lost Horizon, Syracuse

Cost: $25, available online here

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Alice Cooper

Mr. Nice Guy

Alice Cooper returns to Binghamton, bringing his iconic, theatrical stage show – guillotine still included! He’s known for hits such as “School’s Out,” “Under My Wheels,” “No More Mister Nice Guy,” and more, with his appearance in “Wayne’s World” another career highlight. Find out more here.

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Visions Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton

Cost: $38-$78, available online here

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Positive Vibrations

Reggae Night makes its long-awaited return, helping new Ithaca club Deep Dive – on the site that formerly housed The Dock, Castaways, and Key West – kicks off its grand-opening week. The event will feature the longtime host band The Crucials, which includes members of area groups such as Jimkata, Mosaic Foundation, New Planets, and others. It’s back for three weeks only, though – Sept. 14, 28, and Oct. 1 – as the club gears up for its fall calendar.

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $5

Event Info

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Rachel Beverly

More Shows

Hold Your Horses play the Trumansburg Farmers Market at 4-7 p.m. Wednesday

Joey Arcuri and Friends play jazz at the Argos Inn at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday

Rachel Beverly is at Ithaca Beer at 6-8 p.m. Wednesday

The Papa Muse Acoustic Duo plays Damiani Wine Cellars at 6-8 p.m. Wednesday

Chickenwire Parachute is at the Bike Bar at 6-8 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

Glenmary’s Ghost is at Grist Iron Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Thursday

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Raedwald Howland-Bolton plays Atwater Winery at 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday

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

Tom and Marie play Brookton’s Market at 6 p.m. Thursday

Bendher plays Punk’s Place in Candor at 6-8 p.m. Thursday

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

The Oasis at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards hosts its weekly Open Mic Night at 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday

The Brewhouse Blues Jam returns Hopshire Brewery at 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday

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

Craig Snyder is at Bagley’s Winery at 5-8 p.m. Friday

Stereopticon is at Two Goats Brewing at 5 p.m. Friday

Black Robin Band is at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday

How’s The Soup? is at McGraw Box Brewing at 6-8 p.m. Friday

The Dylan Doyle Trio is at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Friday

The Jess Novak Band plays at Treleaven Winery at 6-9 p.m. Friday ($5)

The Bob Keefe Trio plays Bright Leaf Vineyard at 6-8 p.m. Friday ($5)

Molly and the Ringwalds are at Homer Hops at 6-9 p.m. Friday

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Noon Fifteen

Noon Fifteen is at Hopshire Brewery at 6-8 p.m. Friday

GoGone is back at Firelight Camps at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Jesse Collins and Cyndi host a birthday bash, with many special guests, at Brookton’s Market at 6-10 p.m. Friday

Cisco and the Soul Benders are at Finger Lakes Cider House at 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday ($5)

Metasequoia plays Garrett’s Brewing in Trumansburg at 7 p.m. Friday

The Ripcords are at Heuga’s Alpine in Tully at 7-10 p.m. Friday

Bendher are at Landon's Pub in Watkins Glen at 7:30-11 p.m. Friday

Bob Holz and Vision Forward are at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Friday

Jon Rogalia is at The Glen Haven at 8-11 p.m. Friday

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La Llorona and Silver Rein team up for an intriguing double bill at the Downstairs at 8 p.m. Friday ($5)

DJ Jona continues his weekly residency at the Upstairs at 10 p.m. Friday

Lou Kaplan and John Kelsey are at Willowdale Bend in Skaneateles at 12-2 p.m. Saturday

The Oasis at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards hosts the Red Cat Fall Splash Bash Dance Party at 2-5 p.m. Saturday

The Cosmic Groan is at Chateau Dusseau at 3-6 p.m. Saturday

Tailor Made is at Seneca Lake Resorts in Romulus at 3 p.m. Saturday

Dana Twigg is at McGraw Box Brewing at 4-6 p.m. Saturday

Qwister is at Scale House Brewery at 4-7 p.m. Saturday

Still Kickin’ is at Bagley’s Winery at 5-8 p.m. Saturday

The Dart Brothers are at Two Goats Brewing at 5 p.m. Saturday

Nikolai Ruskin plays Brookton’s Market at 5 p.m. Saturday

Melanie and the Boys are at Summerhill Brewing at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Off The Rails is at Brewer’s Kitchen and Taproom at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Hot Dogs and Gin are at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

The Outcrops are at Two Goats Brewing at 6 p.m. Saturday

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

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Amanda Lee Peers

Amanda Lee Peers is at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Saturday

Sandra Esparza is at Ransom Steele Tavern at 9 p.m. Saturday

Salsa Ithaca hosts a Welcome Back Latin Dance Party at the Range at 9 p.m. Saturday

Delaques continues their September “And Friends” residency at the Downstairs, joined by Annatto for the 9 p.m. show ($5-$10 sliding scale)

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

Charlie Young plays Brookton’s Market at 11 a.m. Sunday

Erich with an H plays Red Newt Cellars at 1-3 p.m. Sunday

ONCO Fermentations hosts Hazel Fest at 1-6 p.m. Sunday, with Amanda Lee Peers performing at 3-5 p.m.

Shawn Halloran plays at Treleaven Winery at 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Fabi and Friends play Damiani Wine Cellars at 1-4 p.m. Sunday

90 Proof is at Hosmer Winery at 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Richman and the Poorboys are at Americana Vineyards at 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday

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Rena Guinn

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

Virgil Cain is at Homer Hops at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Marc Ryan (Tribal Revival) and Tink Bennett (Tailor Made) team up for the first time ever as the Shenanigan Twins for an autism awareness benefit show at the Cortland DAV at 3-5 p.m. Sunday

Singing Notes and Slinging Jokes is at Two Goats Brewing at 4 p.m. Sunday

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

Louiston plays the Service Industry Night at Lucky Hare Stage in Press Bay Alley at 5-7 p.m. Monday

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

Jeremy James is at Solera Tap House at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday

The Burns and Kristy Band play at Firelight Camps at 6-8 p.m. Tuesday

MegaStrings plays Brookton’s Market at 6 p.m. Tuesday

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

Cornell’s Midday Music for Organ series features Michael Plagerman, whose program “Symphonic Rhapsody” will include works by Saint-Saëns, Bach, and Mendelssohn, in Sage Chapel at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday

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

Obvious Objects returns for the Pub Night DJ Dance Party at the Stonecat Café at 5-9 p.m. Wednesday

Rena Guinn is at Lucky Hare Brewing in Hector at 6-8 p.m. Wednesday

The Delta Mike Shaw Band is at Ithaca Beer at 6-8 p.m. Wednesday

Sandra Esparza plays Salt Point Brewing at 6:30 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

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

Sandra Esparza
Sandra Esparza

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