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10+ shows to see this week: Jan. 4-11

STCLVR, from Jamestown, N.Y., will perform at the Electrozone's show on Saturday night.
STCLVR, from Jamestown, N.Y., will perform at the Electrozone's show on Saturday night.

Catch some jazz this week, as downtown Ithaca welcomes a new venue, Seven Of, at the site of the former Lot 10, and Village Swing takes up residence at the Downstairs. Plus, Maddy Walsh marks her 40th birthday, and Motherwort releases their debut album!

Note: the events are listed below in chronological order, in two separate sections.

Also, see an updated list of dozens of shows across upstate New York happening in January and beyond!

And if you missed it, Jim Catalano highlighted his 15 favorite concerts of 2022 in his Soundoff column!

The Rongo Band
From left: Steve Selin, Ben Gould, Rosie Newton, and Richie Stearns.

Red Hot

Simply Red will host a pop-up event at South Hill Cider, with chef Samantha Buyskes dishing up her famous fried chicken and catfish from Mama Red’s Comfort Kitchen. Live music will be provided by the quartet of Richie Stearns, Rosie Newton, Ben Gould, and Steve Selin. “For many years Steve played music with Richie Stearns at Chef Sam's restaurant Simply Red in Trumansburg, at Sheldrake Point Winery and at Red Newt Cellars. She is bringing her recipes and Steve will play the string-band music that he loves!” All items will be available à la carte until she runs out; take-out will be available, as will indoors and outdoors seating, depending on the weather.

When: 5-8 p.m. Thursday

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: free; cost for food

Event Info

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

Event Info

Read a recent interview with Dan Forsyth here!

Owen Erickson, Joey Arcuri, and Zack Knewstub will perform at the new Seven Of club in downtown Ithaca.
Owen Erickson, Joey Arcuri, and Zack Knewstub will perform at the new Seven Of club in downtown Ithaca.

Grand Opening

Downtown Ithaca gets a new music venue with the opening of Seven Of, located in the former home of Lot 10 on South Cayuga Street: “Same place, different ownership and design!” Live music will be provided by pianist Zack Knewstub, bassist Joey Arcuri, and drummer Owen Erickson.

When: 7-10 p.m. Thursday

Where: Seven Of (the site of the former Lot 10, or downstairs from The Upstairs)

Cost: no cover

Event Info

Ready to Rock

Local favorites Chimes Of Bayonets and Material Objects welcome indie-noise rockers Uniform Operator from Buffalo.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Forest City Lodge 180

Cost: $5; open to 21 and up

Event Info

Quiet Storm

Indie-folk singer-songwriter Amber Martin “will deliver a delicate and soulful sound. Her solo acoustic show will leave the room quiet and intrigued.”

When: 9 p.m. Friday Postponed!!

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: $10

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Swinging Party

“Boost your January! Meet up with friends at the Village Swing scene, Saturdays 7 to 9 through January, at The Downstairs. Your hosts, Brian Earle and Wayne Gottlieb, will get your feet tapping! Watch for a new special guest artist each week. See you there!” They’ll be joined by bassists Ted Caldwell (Jan. 7, 21) and Harry Aceto (Jan. 14, 28) throughout the month.

When: 7-9 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: free; donations welcome

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A Moxy Birthday

To celebrate her 40th, Maddy Walsh will host “Maddy Walsh & Friends, Unplugged: A Birthday Show + Karaoke After-Party!” a special one-time-only unplugged performance in the ballroom at La Tourelle. She says: “This is not your average, pared-down, strummy-strummy acoustic show (not that there’s anything wrong with that); it was inspired by Nirvana’s iconic MTV Unplugged show from 1993. Songs you love, reimagined.”

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: La Tourelle, 1150 Danby Road, Ithaca

Cost: $25; purchase in-person at La Tourelle front desk if still available SOLD OUT!!

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Bring the Noise

The Electrozone returns with its first show of the year, this one promising “a Symphony of Pain in Six Parts” On the bill are CxNx (gorenoise duo), Stinkmeat (gorenoise solo), STCLVR (“harsh sounds and vocals with electro-pop beats and hooks”), Machine Moon (harsh and somber mourning sounds via tape echo and feedback manipulation”), Flose (the main performance alias of improviser and composer Charles Chatman, who “works to extract the complex sonic and affective capacity of nonstandard musical devices and techniques” such as toy keyboards, prepared lap harp, electric toothbrushes), and All Flesh Must Be Deleted (“the artificially intelligent vision of E of EZ/Avoidance/Phantom Project, etc.)

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Forest City Lodge 180, 536 W. Green St., Ithaca

Cost: $10-$15; free ear plugs will be offered.

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Songs to Sing

Singer-songwriters Jacinta Whitcome and Colleen Countryman team up for a show in downtown Ithaca. About the artists: “Jacinta Whitcome is a songwriter whose music career began in Cambridge at the legendary Passim. While her focus is on songwriting, her literary ventures include poetry, creative nonfiction, and postmodern fiction. Her songwriting and music has been described as ‘observational post-folk with pulverizing poetics on top of mesmeric finger-picking.’

“Colleen Countryman’s music centers around danceable, syncopated grooves paired with heartfelt themes of making connections in unexpected places and embracing change. Her songwriting has been informed by funk and soul records (like Prince, Carole King, and Vulfpeck) as well as authentic story-tellers (like Bonnie Raitt). Colleen has played in numerous bands, recently supporting Ariel Arbisser (with whom she has co-written some songs), Freight, and the Auroras.”

When: 7 p.m. Sunday (postponed from December)

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: donations welcome

Event Info

Ready for Release

Practice At Presents returns with its first show of the year, featuring local folk-punk quartet Motherwort, who will be marking the release of their debut EP “Metamorphosis,” along with Silver Rein and Secret Service Men.

When: 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11

Where: The Upstairs

Cost: $10

Event Info

The Rollin' Rust
The Rollin' Rust

More Shows

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

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

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

Marc Ryan is at the Cortland DAV at 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Benny T brings his Open Mic Posse to Crossroads Bar and Grille in Lansing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Harry Nichols is at Grist Iron Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Friday

Sandra Esparza is at Homer Hops at 6-8 p.m. Friday

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

Paul Davie is at McGraw Box Brewing Company at 6-8 p.m. Friday

M3 is at BRU64 at 6-8 p.m. Friday

The Cadleys are at Heuga’s Alpine in Tully at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Rachel Beverly is at the Dryden Hotel at 7-9 p.m. Friday

Joey Arcuri, Zack Knewstub, and Owen Erickson play jazz at Sevon Of at 7-10 p.m. Friday

Roger Decker is at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Friday

The Rollin’ Rust is at the Red Jug Pub in Cortland at 10 p.m. Friday

Jaimie Lee is at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards at 1-4 p.m. Saturday

Evan Dillon is at Treleaven Winery at 1-4 p.m. Saturday

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

Miss Angie/Angela Marion is at Brookton's Market at 5 p.m. Saturday

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

The Ende Brothers are at Homer Hops at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Ed Iseley is at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Dirtroad Ruckus is at Lake Como Inn at 8-11 p.m. Saturday

Levi and the Wranglers are at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Saturday

Marc Ryan is at the Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles at 4 p.m. Sunday

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

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


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