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19+ shows to see this week: Feb. 9-15

Deep Dive hosts a Sunday night triple bill, Practice Presents stages two cool shows, and the Upstairs will have a Saturday night double bill of Grateful Dead-inspired bands. Plus, there are a few Valentine’s Day-themed shows around the area!

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

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

Also, NPR's 2023 Tiny Desk Contest is now open for entries! Read more here!

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The Rongo Band

Red Hot

Simply Red will host another 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

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Ready to Rock

Practice at Presents returns to Deep Dive with another cool rock show, this one featuring Ithaca favorites Patchwork Down, Stranded With A Kiss, and The Ilium Works along with Binghamton’s Tijuana Danger Dogs.

When: 9 p.m. Thursday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $10

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Roll Dem Bones!

Good Bones brings old-time music to Freeville, with some of Ithaca’s most talented musicians teaming for an evening of fun tunes: Lloyd Graves, tenor banjo, tenor resonator guitar, vocals; Harry Aceto, resonator guitar, vocals; Kraz, washboard, bells, whistles; Brian Earle, clarinet; and Dave Davies, trombone. “Sounding like a New Orleans street band, Good Bones hits the sweet spot when swing, hillbilly, country blues, & jug band music all came together in the 1930s & 40s, filling the dancehalls of Texas & Oklahoma, and the street corners of Memphis & New Orleans. Perfect for swing dancing and two-stepping, or just tapping your foot.”

When: 6-8 p.m. Friday

Where: Hopshire Farm and Brewery

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Boot Scootin’

The Whiskey West duo of Eric Winders and Steve Tatowicz “will be strapping on their boots to play some songs off their new album, ‘Freight Train Mama.’ It will be a night of acoustic guitar, drums, and singing till the bar kicks them to the curb.”

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: $5

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Going Underground

Practice at Presents hosts its second show of the week, heading to downtown Ithaca for a quadruple punk bill featuring two out-of-town bands – latchkey kids (New Jersey) and Magazine Beach (Washington, D.C.) – along with local groups Microbes, Mostly and Gravestone Glue. Open to all ages.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar
Cost: $10

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Cornell Music
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Start Chopin

The Cornell Department of Music welcomes Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards artist-in-residence Mike Cheng-Yu Lee for an all-Chopin recital. Lee will perform on the CCHK’s 1850 Pleyel “pianino,” an unusual instrument similar to one that was a mainstay of Chopin's career as a composer and teacher. Works include a selection of pieces Chopin composed during his 1838-39 stay in Majorca, as well as his late masterpiece, the Sonata in B-minor, Op. 58.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Barnes Hall, Cornell

Cost: free and open to all

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Rayvon Moore

The Low Down

The Cornell Glee Club welcomes area high school singers to campus for their annual clinic “New York Lower Voices Sing.” Led by guest clinician Dr. Rayvon Moore, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at Friends University, the Glee Club and high school participants present a concert that culminates the experience. In addition to his duties at Friends, Moore is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Wichita Chamber Chorale and the Director of Music Ministries at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. Moore specializes in topics on conducting gesture, programming, and interpreting the spiritual. He has held faculty positions at Colgate University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and The Young Musicians Foundation, among others, and he also served as Associate Conductor of the Eastman-Rochester Chorus and Chorale.

When: 4:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sage Chapel, Cornell

Cost: free and open to all

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Bowling for Jerry

Scuba Jerry – Russ Friedell, Kenny Christianson, Cooper Casterline, and Mark Maynard – will host “Scuba Bowl 1” at Liquid as they pay tribute to the music of Jerry Garcia. “ARE YOU READY FOR SOME JERRY?!?!?”

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Liquid State Brewing Company

Cost: donations welcome

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Kenneth McLaurin and SingTrece

Love Songs

Singing Notes and Slinging Jokes – the duo of Ithaca’s own SingTrece and Kenneth McLaurin – will perform a Valentine’s-theme show in downtown Auburn. “Presented by R&B Entertainment in association with Auburn Public Theater, this intimate evening of live music, laughs, and fun is for everyone!”

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Auburn Public Theatre

Cost: $20, available online here

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Heart Songs

The Savage Club of Ithaca returns with “From The Heart,” its long-awaited love-themed Valentine’s Concert that will feature choral, instrumental, and solo performances. “It promises to be an enjoyable night out for the family, couples, and anyone who loves live music.”

The Savage Club of Ithaca is a nonprofit charitable 501(c)(3) organization. “Our mission is to cultivate a lifelong pursuit and enjoyment of the arts through our support of community groups and events. If you would like to donate to our Community and Youth Grants or if you are a local arts group interested in applying for a grant, please click here.”

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, 306 N. Aurora St., Ithaca

Cost: $10, available online here, and at the door

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Western Stars

The Cast Iron Cowboys continue their weekly February residency in downtown Ithaca. The band includes bassist Josh Chamberlain (aka Rev Ezra), Max Moses, and slide guitarist Rob Beck, who play a mix of covers and originals they characterize as “Real American Music.”

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturdays in February

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: $7

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Let’s get Jellicle!

Deep Dive will present the Jellicle Ball in tribute to the long-running Broadway show and hit film. “Join your hosts Tilia Cordata and Femme de Violette for a screening of 1998's film of ‘Cats’ with live shadowcast and performances featuring your favorite local performers of drag, burlesque and dance! Doors open at 8 p.m. for a dance party with the Dutchess of Spirit Posse; the movie will begin at 9 with a dance party to follow. Plus, it’s a fundraiser for Brown Coat Cat Rescue.”

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $15 in advance, available online here; $20 at the door

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Dynamic Duo

Dark Hollow – the long-running Grateful Dead tribute band – and Organ Fairchild – a funky, jammy organ trio from Buffalo – team up for “One More Saturday Night” in downtown Ithaca.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Upstairs

Cost: $15 in advance, available online here (low ticket alert!)

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Read a Nov. 2021 interview with Organ Fairchild here!


Underground Jazz

ICU kicks off its monthly residency, as “jazz groups from Cornell University and Ithaca College join forces for a night of Jazz, jamming, and community on the second Sunday of February, March, and April with special guests.

When: 7-9 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: donations welcome

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Super Show

Looking for an alternative to the “Big Game”? Brooklyn's GIFT and Los Angeles's Hooveriii come to Deep Dive for a psychedelic night of music. GIFT’s 2022 debut album, 2022’s “Momentary Presence,” was dubbed “a portal to another dimension” by Rolling Stone. Hooveriii (pronounced “Hoover Three”) recently released “A Round of Applause,” its second full-length album. Ithaca's own garage-rockers Microbes, Mostly kicks off the evening.

When: 8 p.m. Sunday

Where: Deep Dive

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

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Cupid via Cuba

The Venissa Santí 4 Tet will play a Valentine’s Day show in downtown Ithaca. “A Cuban-American vocalist and composer, trained in jazz in Philly and schooled in sacred and secular Afro Cuban rhythms in Havana And Matanzas Cuba, Venissa Santí has traveled a long road to develop her signature style.” The 4 Tet features Michael Stark on piano, Walt Lorenzut on bass, and Olive Mitra on percussion. Area favorite Whistin’ Dyl will open the show with his western-inflected original songs.

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: $10

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Before Bach

Cornell’s Midday Music for Organ series continues as DMA student Nathan Mondry presents German and French music from the generation before J. S. Bach, including contrapuntal works from Bach’s presumed teacher, the Lüneburg organist Georg Böhm (1661-1733) and a suite by Jacques Boyvin (c. 1649-1706), organist at Rouen Cathedral.

When: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Anabel Taylor Chapel, Cornell

Cost: free and open to all

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Trio Grande

Firefly Trio – Keith Evan Green (drums), Kevin Jones (guitar), and Stu Zimny (acoustic bass) – will play “a swinging mix of jazz standards and original tunes” in downtown Ithaca.

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: pay what you can

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Going Galactic

The Galactic Escort Service returns, this time on every other Wednesday at Deep Dive, promising “another epic journey through sonic cosmology.” Core players include Tenzin Chopak, Emmett Scott, Michael Schuler and Ashley Ickes, who create improvisations on a variety of instruments.

When: 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $5

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More Shows

Jaimie Lee is at Atwater Vineyards at 5-8 p.m. Thursday

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

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

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

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

Rockabilly Steve and BR3 are at Two Goats Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Friday

Roger Decker is at McGraw Box Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Friday

Freight's JP Payton and Liam Lawson are joined by Rena Guinn at Stone Bend Farm at 5:30 p.m. Friday

Mudflats is at Grist Iron Brewing at 6 p.m. Friday,

Darkwine is at Trax at Greek Peak in Virgil at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Quona Hudson is at Homer Hops at 6 p.m. Friday

Steve Romer is at the Hiawatha Inn in Truxton at 6 p.m. Friday

McArdell and Westers are at ONCO Fermentations in Tully at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Ronnie Leigh plays at Heuga’s Alpine in Tully at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Scott Michael plays Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Friday

Dave Turner is at Treleaven Winery at 1-4 p.m. Saturday

Prime Box plays Brookton’s Market at 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday

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Scott Michael is at Chateau Dusseau in Locke at 3-6 p.m. Saturday

The Bradshaw Blues Trio is at ONCO Fermentations at 4-7 p.m. Saturday

Levi Gangi is at Grist Iron Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Saturday

Chickenwire Parachute is at Two Goats Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Saturday

Billy Golicki and the Therapists are at Summerhill Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Saturday

Rocco Rich and Aaron Craig are at Homer Hops at 6 p.m. Saturday

Solera Tap House hosts the Retro Prom at 6-10 p.m. Saturday

DJ Dijon spins at the Retro Dance Party at Hopshire Farm and Brewery at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

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

Tom Chamberlain is at Summerhill Brewing at 12-3 p.m. Sunday

Lisa Ann Wright comes to Brookton’s Market at 1-3 p.m. Sunday

Country Express plays a Valentine’s Dance and Dinner at the Cortland Country Music Park at 2-5 p.m. Sunday


Jasperoo returns to Brookton’s Market at 5-7 p.m. Tuesday

Roger Decker is at Pontillo's Pizzeria in Cortland at 6-9 p.m. Tuesday

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

Auburn Public Theatre hosts Open Mic Night at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays

The Westy host its new Open Mic Night at 9 p.m. Tuesdays

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

The Argos Grove trio plays jazz at Bar Argos at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays

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

The Salsa Night Dance Party returns to the Range at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays

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Tyler Rich

Regional Shows

Feb. 9, Tyler Rich, The L, Horseheads

Feb. 9, Jarrod Dickenson, Abilene Bar & Lounge, Rochester

Feb. 10, Alter Bridge, Del Lago Resort, Waterloo

Feb. 11, Sawyer Fredericks, Oswego Music Hall, Oswego

Feb. 11, Bush, Del Lago Resort, Waterloo (SOLD OUT!)

Feb. 11, Dark Hollow + Organ Fairchild, The Upstairs, Ithaca

Feb. 11, RED, The L, Horseheads

Feb. 15, Natalie McMaster, UB Center for the Arts, Buffalo

Feb. 15, Alan Doyle, Town Ballroom, Buffalo

Feb. 16, The Mountain Goats and Lilly Hiatt, Water Street Music Hall, Rochester

Feb. 16, Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, Westcott Theater, Syracuse

Feb. 16, Our Lady Peace, Del Lago Resort, Waterloo

Feb. 17, Flogging Molly, Main Street Armory, Rochester

Feb. 17, The Honey Dew Drops, May Memorial UU Society

Feb. 17, Matt Nakoa, 443 Social Club, Syracuse

Feb. 17, Dokken and Lynch Mob Reunion Tour, Del Lago Resort, Waterloo

Feb. 17, Brule County Bad Boys and Dangerbyrd, Lux Bar, Rochester

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

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