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10+ shows to see this week: Dec. 28-Jan. 4

Ring in 2023 with some cool New Year’s Eve shows around Ithaca and Cortland! Plus, Trampled by Turtles makes their delayed debut at the State Theatre of Ithaca, and Kid Bess and Dan Forsyth celebrate their new CDs in Binghamton!

Note: the events are listed below in chronological order, in two separate sections. And see the list of regional concerts at the end of the post!

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Sons of the Deep

Chips off the Block

It's a midweek happy hour with Sons of the Deep, featuring the offspring of some local jazz masters. The band features Daniel Zawel on keys, Silas Richardson on drums, Max Rubenstein on bass, Jacob Merrill on sax and Nate Silas Richardson on guitar. After, hang around for the Deep Dive Big Band, which plays at 8-10 p.m. (see below for more info on that).

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: free

Event Info


Turtles All the Way Down

Hailing from Minnesota, Trampled by Turtles will make their delayed Ithaca debut at the State Theatre. (Their originally scheduled date in November was postponed after frontman Dave Simonett got laryngitis.) The sextet is touring to promote its new album, “Alpenglow, which was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and includes 11 new songs that showcase the group’s signature blend of rock, folk, punk, country, and progressive bluegrass. Find out more here!

On <em>Strawberry Mansion</em>, Langhorne Slim dives into the aftermath of his struggle with addiction, hometown memories and mental health.
Harvey Robinson
Courtesy of the artist
On Strawberry Mansion, Langhorne Slim dives into the aftermath of his struggle with addiction, hometown memories and mental health.

Langhorne Slim, who performed at the Hangar Theatre in October, returns to promote his seventh album, “Strawberry Mansion,” a collection of songs written in March-May 2020. Since his 2004 debut album, “Electric Love Letter,” he has developed a wide following with his raucous live shows and sincere songwriting.

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28 (postponed from Nov. 9)

Where: State Theatre of Ithaca

Cost: $42-$54, available online here

Event Info

Read a recent Trampled by Turtles interview here!

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Going Big

The Deep Dive House Big Band continues its every-other-Wednesday residency under the direction of local jazz professor Greg Evans, who teaches at Ithaca College and Cornell University and plays drums with Rose and the Bros and other area bands. The DDBB will feature players from Cornell University, Ithaca College and the greater Ithaca Community every other Wednesday for the coming month.

When: 8-10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: free; ages 18 and up

Event Info

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Old-Time Tunes

South Hill Cider hosts a homecoming of sorts, with former Ithacan Oona Grady and James Gascoyne of Drank the Gold returning to play old-time tunes with Steve Selin, Leah Grady Sayvetz, and Jason Zorn.

When: 5-8 p.m. Thursday

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: free; donations welcome

Event Info

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Ready for Release

Two area favorites will combine forces to celebrate the release of their new CDs: “Friday Night Nowhere” by Dan Forsyth and “Pearls” by KidBess. Known as a co-founder of Driftwood, Forsyth will be joined by drummer Sam Fishman and bassist Ryan Cirbus for this show. Kid Bess, the stage name of Bess Greenberg, will be joined by her band the Magic Ring, which includes Mike Amadeo on bass, Joe Alston on guitar, Jeff McAuley on cello, and Moses Valle on drums.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29 (postponed from Dec. 15)

Where: Atomic Toms, 196 State St., Binghamton

Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; $40 ticket pre-order includes both CDs. Go here to purchase tickets.

Event Info

Read a recent interview with Dan Forsyth here!

Jimkata (left to right): Evan Friedell, Packy Lunn, Aaron Gorsch

On the Waterfront

Deep Dive will host a two-night stand featuring the one-two punch of local favorites Jimkata and the Comb Down. On Friday, Jimkata will play its “Die Digital” album in its entirety, while the Comb Down will play funkified versions of Beatles songs. Saturday will feature each band playing its regular set plus some new material to ring in 2023, followed by the debut of GemKata, a tag-team DJ/Live mash-up between the two bands!

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The Comb Down

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: A two-night pass is $85 in advance, if still available; each night is $45 in advance, $55 day of show. Go here for tickets!

Event Info

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Ready to Rock

Regional favorite Driftwood will return for its traditional NYE two-night stand, this time in downtown Ithaca. On Friday, they’ll be joined by longtime local folk favorite Joe Crookston, and Saturday, electro-pop duo Dom Martyr will open the show to help ring in 2023.

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Where: The Range

Cost: $45 for two-night pass, available online here; $20 for just Friday’s show, available here; $35 for just Saturday’s show, available here

Event Info Friday

Event Info Saturday

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The Electrozone will host a New Year's Eve show on Saturday in a secret location.

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The Electrozone wraps up a busy 2022 with a New Year’s Eve show at a secret location featuring three local acts: Black, MA, Stepwriterun, and Panther Smoothie. “We’ve got something special we’ve been keeping under our hat! A very special and very secret New Year’s Eve party! Our cover photo subtly teases at what you can expect! On top of that we have a bill filled with some of the hottest hitters in Ithaca and beyond! This is not the party to sleep on!”

Black, MA features hard techno and experimental noise mixes from Lexi C.M.K Turner of Prayer Rope / And the Maiden / Avoidance / Homocidal / Tears of Morning. Stepwriterun “is Jason Leifer, and his performances are all about improvisation. He uses a mix of modular synths, samplers, turntables, iPads, effects pedals, synthesizers, and sequencers to produce on the fly. His music is influenced by ambient, dub, techno, house, and triphop.” Panther Smoothie “is the weird beats project of E /EZ/Avoidance/Phantom Project/and many more. Expect strange sounds punctuated by slamming beats and other worldly sensations.”

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: DM for ticket and the address

Cost: $10; BYOB

Event Info

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Inn Between Nights

Bar Argos and the Argos Warehouse will host an extravaganza featuring two bands and one of Ithaca’s top DJs. MAQ – Eric Aceto, Harry Aceto, Doug Robinson, Chad Lieberman, and Steve Pond – will play Brazilian jazz in Bar Argos from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The Real Live Sextet – Jay Spaker, Mike Stark, Lee Hamilton, Thom Sayers, Zaun Marshburn, and Willie B. – will play classic soul, funk, and boom bap in the Argos Warehouse from 9 p.m. to midnight. And DJ Proper Philth will close out the night, spinning “Spaced Out Gangster Disco Funk” in the Warehouse from midnight to 2 a.m.

When: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday

Where: Argos Inn and Warehouse

Cost: $40 in advance, available online here; $45 at the door; hors d'oeuvres and desserts are included with your ticket, as well as access to the outdoor fire pit and patio between the inn and the warehouse.

Event Info

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10 Years of Smacked

To mark its first decade, Smacked Records will host “A Black Tie Occasion 2,” a New Year’s Eve event featuring DJ Jona along with live performances by hiphop artists Amir Ali, Anthony Kannon, and Mr. McBean. Learn more about the local label here!

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Upstairs

Cost: Advance tickets are $20, available online here

Event Info

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CRT downtown

Let’s Dance

Cortland Repertory Theatre will host its sixth annual “Dancin’ Thru The Decades” New Year’s Even Community Dance. “Patrons are invited to celebrate the new year by dancing to the greatest hits from the 1960s thru today while having a front-row look at the New Year’s events in downtown Cortland, including fireworks and the ball drop at the clocktower.” A beer and wine cash bar will be available. Open to all ages.

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Cortland Repertory Theatre Downtown, 24 Port Watson St., Cortland

Cost: $10 in advance, available by calling (800) 427-6160 or online here; $15 at the door, kids under 12 get in free

Event Info

The Smokin' Loons

More Shows

Scott Adams is at Solera Tap House at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday

The Argos Grove Trio plays jazz at the Argos Inn at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday

Flea Circus plays Salt Point Brewing at 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday

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

Scott B. Adams hosts Open Mic Night at the Scale House Brewery at 6-9 p.m. Thursdays

Clancy and McCann is at Mangia Stattizitto in Cortland at 6-8 p.m. Thursday

Pat and Dan are at Cortland Beer Company at 6 p.m. Thursday

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

The X'Plozionz are at McGraw Box Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Friday

McCardell and Westers are at Heuga’s Alpine in Tully at 6-9 p.m. Friday

The Smokin’ Loons are at BRU64 in Cortland at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Bad Alibi is at Hopshire Farm and Brewery at 6-8 p.m. Friday

John West and Ted Romer are at Night Owls at 7-10 p.m. Friday

Roger Decker is at the Dryden Hotel at 7-9 p.m. Friday

Northern Outlaws are at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Friday

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Past My Bedtime

New Year’s Eve

Bill Kulze is at Chateau Dusseau at 3-6 p.m. Saturday

Roger Decker is at Summerhill Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Saturday

K-HOUSE Karaoke Lounge & Suites will host a New Year's Eve Pajama Party beginning at 6 p.m. with free admission in the lounge and bar, and standard rates in the karaoke suites

The 607 Lounge and Event Space (1808 Hanshaw Road) will feature DJ Double A and DJ A Idol spinning at the “Night to Remember” party beginning at 9 p.m.

Past My Bedtime is at McGraw Box Brewing Company at 5 p.m. Saturday

The Dean Goble Band is at Cortland Country Music Park at 7 p.m. Saturday

The Hotel Ithaca will host its “Diamonds Are Forever” New Year’s Eve celebration, featuring live music from the New York Rockin’ Revue beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Chasing Neon is at Britches' Dance Bar in Auburn at 9 p.m. Saturday

Josh Dolan and Andrew Alling are at Sacred Root Kava Bar and Tea Lounge at 9 p.m. Saturday

Bad Alibi is at Garrett’s Brewing in Trumansburg at 9 p.m. Saturday

Glenmary's Ghost and Laughing Buddha Episodes are at the John Barleycorn Tavern in Owego at 9 p.m. Saturday

Steve Daniels and Zack Knewstub play jazz at Hairy Tony's in Cortland at 10 p.m. Saturday

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

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

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Regional Shows

Dec. 27, Sulaco, Inertia, and Babayaga, The Bug Jar, Rochester

Dec. 27, Tony Orlando, Turning Stone Showroom, Verona

Dec. 30, Mike Powell, 443 Social Club, Syracuse (SOLD OUT!)

Dec. 30, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Club at Water St., Rochester

Dec. 30, Zac Brown Tribute Band, Turning Stone Showroom, Verona

Dec. 31, Andy Frasco, Town Ballroom, Buffalo

Dec. 31, Goo Goo Dolls, Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino, Niagara Falls

Dec. 31, Stephen Phillips, Funk N Waffles, Syracuse

Dec. 31, Hairball, Del Lago Resort, Waterloo

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