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11+ shows to see this week: Jan. 12-18

The Frank White Experience
The Frank White Experience

The Frank White Experience returns to Ithaca with its Notorious B.I.G. tribute, Motherwort plays another album release show, and Winter Village Music presents a pair of stellar duos at La Tourelle. Plus, catch a bunch of local favorites on stage around Ithaca, Cortland and CNY in the coming days.

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

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

Jacob Jolliff and Michael Daves
Zach Williams
Jacob Jolliff and Michael Daves

Dynamic Duos

Winter Village Music will present an evening of bluegrass, old-time, and original music featuring NYC-based Michael Daves & Jacob Jolliff and local favorite Richie & Rosie in concert at La Tourelle. “Heralded as a leading light of the New York bluegrass scene by the New York Times, Daves has garnered attention for his work with Tony Trischka, Steve Martin, and Chris Thile, with whom he shares a Grammy nomination for their 2011 Nonesuch Records release ‘Sleep With One Eye Open.’

“Jacob Jolliff is one of the country’s premier contemporary bluegrass mandolinists. His namesake solo project, The Jacob Jolliff Band, is the next generation of bluegrass supergroups, which features a rotating quartet of some of the most virtuosic and innovative young pickers in the country. Jolliff is currently touring with Bela Fleck's My Bluegrass Heart and has also performed with Yonder Mountain String Band and Joy Kills Sorrow

“As a duo, Daves and Jolliff use hard-core, traditional bluegrass songs as a jumping-off point for improvisation and spontaneous re-working of classic forms. Expect fiery picking and and high lonesome vocal harmonies.” Find out more about the show here!

When: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday

Where: La Tourelle, 1150 Danby Road, Ithaca

Cost: Advance tickets will cost $30 for adults and $25 for seniors and students. Door prices will be $35 and $30 for seniors and students; “Proof of vaccination will be required. Masks are welcome and at the discretion of attendees.”

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Getting Biggie Wit’ It

The Frank White Experience brings “the sounds of NOTORIOUS B.I.G. to your ears in a way never heard before! The Frank White Experience is the genre leader in live Hip Hop tribute bands. Best described as the Dark Star Orchestra of Hip Hop, FWE delivers a quality of sound & homage akin to acts like Pink Talking Phish, Lizards, Badfish and Start Making Sense. The first of its kind, FWE not only covers the music of Biggie Smalls but takes listeners on a journey back through the beloved soundscape of 1990’s hiphop, making them a guaranteed crowd pleaser sure to rock any audience in any venue, large or small.

“The Frank White Experience has shared the stage with Rakim, Styles P, Lil Kim, Fat Joe, C.J. Wallace, Havoc, DJ Enuff, Sway Calloway, Lil Cease, Klept, Smif-N-Wessun, Prayah, Reef The Lost Cauze, Shenseea, Badfish, and many more.” Find out more here!

Local hiphop artists Corey Loveless and Felix Free will open the show.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $8 in advance, available online here; $15 at the door,

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Good Vibrations

The Downstairs will host “The Vibe Check,” featuring Ithaca’s own Magz1lla and Binghamton artists Diamond D’Nali, Edge & Babi Lou. “Magz1lla is a pop artist with a bubbly sound and current singles ‘Hush Hush’ and ‘Mountains in my Soul.’
"Fresh off of her EP release ‘The World Is Mine,’ Diamond D’Nali is a R&B artist with heavy soulful inflections that are sure to leave an imprint as showcased in her tracks ‘Better and ‘On U Bad.’
"Edge & Babi Lou are an eclectic musical duo that bring you tastes of pop, hip hop, r&b, indie, and more. They’re able to show their range with tracks like ‘OMW’ and ‘Intoxicated.’”

When: 8:30 p.m. Friday

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: $10

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Sounds of Winter

The CCO Youth Orchestra will present its Winter Concert, with a program that includes Kenji Bunch's “Supermaximum,” Mendelssohn's “Violin Concerto” (ft. CCOYO Concerto Competition winner, Crosby Woods), and Respighi's “Pines of Rome.”

When: 4-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Ford Hall, Ithaca College

Cost: free and open to all

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Motherwort -- from left, Heather Sandford, Mahra Parian, Darrell Long, and Youngiee Quennell.
Motherwort -- from left, Heather Sandford, Mahra Parian, Darrell Long, and Youngiee Quennell.

Rockin’ Release

Local “farm-grrrl folk-punk” band Motherwort just completed their debut album, titled “Metamorphosis,” and will play the second of two release shows to mark the occasion. “Join us for an evening of festivities at Sweet Land Farm, where we recorded this EP! We'll be joined by our friends Janet Batch and the Four-Bangers. Cider and Wine for sale by Sweet Land Farm Cellars (no outside beverages). We'll have CDs and merch and fun things for sale! All ages and family-friendly!”

When: 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sweet Land Farm, 9732 Route 96, Trumansburg

Cost: $10, includes a free download card; or pay what you can (no card)

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Read an interview with Motherwort here!

Ageless Jazz Band
Ageless Jazz Band

Let’s Dance

The Ithaca Swing Dance Network will host its 35th-anniversary celebration, featuring the Ageless Jazz Band playing classic tunes throughout the evening. An Intro to Swing Dance Class at 6:30 p.m. is included with admission. “Masks are required to be worn over nose and mouth. (masks will be available if you don't have one.)”

When: 7-10 p.m. Saturday

Where: Community School of Music and Arts

Cost: $15

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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. This week’s guest is local singer Annie Burns!

When: 7-9 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Goin’ Underground

Ithaca Underground returns with its first show of 2023, ready to present “an epic night of beats, bass, and prose” in downtown Ithaca. On the bill are S00P (“Ithaca's S00Preme experimental bass music project”), Queen Niya (Niya Foster, “26 yr old momma of 3 spiritual queens trying to make a dollar off of her dreams”), Trew Sudaam (aka Terhan Winston; learn more here!), BayFay (“A black female with passion for music and the industry”), and DJ Evo Evolution (the pop-performance persona of Ramsey “Lightyear” Fulcher).

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Bar and Tea Lounge

Cost: $8

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Bring the Heavy

Practice at Presents returns to Deep Dive “with one of our heaviest shows yet!” Cactus Cathedral is back in town with support from Mill Bastards, Cobra Cadaver, and Water Bears. Open to ages 18 and up.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $10

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Freight and Friends

After a holiday hiatus, Liam Lawson returns with his monthly “Future Folk” series. This fifth edition will feature an acoustic set from Lawson’s main band, Freight – “expect stripped-down alt-country and psychedelic folk songs with catchy hooks and three-part harmonies” – along with an opening set of “melancholy bedroom pop” from local songwriter Lilac Milk.

When: 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: $10

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Soulful Strings

Silver Rein returns to The Downstairs for “more femme-forward folk and magic.” See one of Silver Rein’s previous shows here:

She’ll be joined by local singer-songwriter Lora Pendleton, whose “Waiting for Light” album is now available on bandcamp.

When: 8 p.m. Monday

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: $5

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Richie Stearns
Richie Stearns

More Shows

Anthropologist (aka Angelo Paradiso) brings deep cuts to Seven Of Jazz Lounge at 12-4 p.m. Thursday

Richie Stearns, Cap Cooke, Sam Schmidt, and Joe Hayward play old-time tunes at South Hill Cider at 5-8 p.m. Thursday

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

The Brewhouse Blues Jam returns to Hopshire Farm and Brewery at 6-8 p.m. Thursday

Pat and Don 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

Atlas Bowl's Vinyl Showcase will feature JT Tompkins of WRFI’s “Dance the Mutation” show at 7-10 p.m. Thursday; he promises a “deep dive into the shallow end of garage rock, post punk, and indie fuzz.”

Brian Fitz hosts Live Music Night at Ake Gallery in Cortland (165 S. Main St.) at 7 p.m.

The Sweats are at Two Goats Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Friday

Jim E. Leggs is at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Erin + Backwoods Blues Project
Amy Katherine Jacot Photography
Erin and the Backwoods Blues Project

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

GeriRig plays acoustic at Heuga’s Alpine in Tully at 6-9 p.m. Friday

John West and Ted Romer’s Excellent Adventure Duo is at McGraw Box Brewing Company at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Paul Davie is at Homer Hops at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Citi Cat is at the Dryden Hotel at 7-9 p.m. Friday

The Rollin’ Rust with Dan Forsyth and Joey Arcuri play Funk N Waffles in Syracuse at 8 p.m. Friday

Billy Golicki and the Therapists are at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Friday

Caleb Madl
New Vine Records

Metasequoia returns to the Range at 9 p.m. Friday

Dubber Rucky is at the Upstairs at 10 p.m. Friday

Brian Hughes is at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards at 1-4 p.m. Saturday

Tom Chick is at Treleaven Winery at 1-4 p.m. Saturday

The Vollmers are at Chateau Dusseau at 3-6 p.m. Saturday

Deuces Wild is at McGraw Box Brewing Company at 5-8 p.m. Saturday

Ghost Train plays Trax Pub and Grille at Greek Peak at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Mike Aiken is at Homer Hops at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Just Joe is at ONCO Fermentations in Tully at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

F.A.R. Trio is at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Past My Bedtime plays the St. Charles in Cortland at 8 p.m Saturday

Crystal Vision
Crystal Vision

Crystal Vision is at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Saturday

The Dutchess of Spirit Posse returns to the Range for a dance party at 9 p.m. Saturday

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

Benny T brings his Open Mic Posse to Homer Hops at 1 p.m. Sunday

Tru Bleu is at Six Mile Creek Vineyard at 1-3 p.m. Sunday

StratCat Willie and the Strays are at Solera Tap House at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

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

Jesse Collins hosts the Sandwich Sessions at Brookton’s Market at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday

Rachel Beverly is at 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

Greensky Bluegrass
Dylan Langille
Courtesy of the artist
Greensky Bluegrass

Regional Shows

Jan. 12, Greensky Bluegrass, Town Ballroom, Buffalo

Jan. 12, Lustre Kings’ Elvis Birthday Bash, 443 Social Club, Syracuse (SOLD OUT!)

Jan. 13, Brian Regan, Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater, Syracuse

Jan. 13, Sirsy, 443 Social Club, Syracuse (SOLD OUT!)

Jan. 14, Howie Mandel, Del Lago Resort, Waterloo

Jan. 14, Peter Mulvey, Oswego Music Hall, Oswego

Jan. 14, Travis Denning, Touch of Texas, Binghamton

Jan. 15, Greensky Bluegrass, The Stanley Theatre, Utica

Jan. 18, Plastic Picnic, The 9th Ward at Babeville, Buffalo

Jan. 19, Disco Biscuits, Town Ballroom, Buffalo

Jan. 19, Circles Around the Sun, Deep Dive, Ithaca

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

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