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20+ shows to see this week: March 9-15

Mark Wilson
Club d'Elf plays Deep Dive Saturday night.

Funk-worldbeat collective Club d’Elf comes to Deep Dive, joined by two special guests: John Medeski (MM&W) and Reeves Gabrels (The Cure, Tin Machine)! Grace Potter’s two solo shows are sold out at the Center for the Arts in Homer, which also will host the acclaimed South African vocal troupe Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Three area classical organizations present concerts this weekend, and Ithaca Underground offers another cool show with four eclectic bands.

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

Also, NPR’s 2023 Tiny Desk Contest is now open for entries through March 13!!! Find out more here and here.

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


Let’s Dance

Ithaca singer-songwriter Magz1lla will showcase her distinctive electro-pop music that combines “ethereal dance beats with silvery vocals. Magz1lla fuses music that moves your feet with an introspective and often vulnerable narrative, which she refers to as ‘electro-pop tunes for the soul.’ She’ll be doing stripped down versions of her songs released and unreleased. Her debut single “Hush Hush” was released in October of 2022.”

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Brookton’s Market

Cost: free; donations welcome

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By Request

Local singer-songwriter Florencia Ulloa presents “Key Requests,” in which the show consists of requests from the audience. “Is there a song you love performed on the piano? Or better yet, a song you’ve always wanted to see someone perform on the piano? It’s your lucky day. If I can know it, I’ll play it. If I don’t, I perform by ear. I take requests from any genre, any timeframe. Come bring the house down!” OPpen to all ages.

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Bar and Tea Lounge

Cost: free; donation welcome

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Karan Casey

A Good Cause

Acclaimed Irish singer Karan Casey returns to Ithaca to perform a benefit concert for the Ithaca Catholic Worker, an organization whose mission is “welcoming and befriending marginalized people, advancing racial and economic justice, and speaking up for peace.”

Casey will be accompanied by fiddler Sheila Falls and guitarist Matt Heaton to perform songs from her deep repertoire as well as her just-released 12th record, “Nine Apples of Gold.”

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Community School of Music and Arts, 330 E. State St., Ithaca

Cost: $25-$35 sliding scale, available online here, at Mama Said Hand Pies in Press Bay Alley, and at the door

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Read an interview with Karan Casey here!

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Hank Roberts

Trio Grande

Local cello master Hank Roberts returns to spotlight his latest project, a trio that also includes drummer Ashley Ickes and keyboardist Chad Lieberman. “Over his nearly five-decade career, Hank Roberts has forged a compelling original voice as a cellist and composer, encompassing jazz influences, abstract improvisation, soulful folk melodies, intricate new-music compositions and vigorous rock songs. He is considered a major innovator as an improvisational cellist.”

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Strong Maybe

Local trio Strong Maybe – Matthew Saccuccimorano, Mark Wienand Karlsen, and Chad Lieberman – will open the show, showcasing their “mostly improvised psychotic cartoon animal music.”

When: 8:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $10-$15

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Angelo Peters

Myth Makers

Local musician Angelo Peters (Big Mean Sound Machine, Swamp Kids, Dom Martyr) spotlights his latest project, Living Myths, “A Folk-Rock-Experimental from the heart and soul of the American experience.” He’ll be joined by Michael Schuler, Cooper Casterline, and Willie B on drums for this acoustic show. Check out the self-titled EP that came out in December here!

When: 5-8 p.m. Friday

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: $10 at the door

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Song Showcase

“The Ithaca Songwriting Challenge Showcase will feature local songwriters who participated in a weekly songwriting challenge. Participants wrote a song a week for six weeks.” Songwriters include Russ Posegate, Andy Adelewitz, Julia Jasnosz, Dustin Stuhr, Eric Banford, Timothy Weber, Adam Bauchner, Steve Mandl, Wil Burns, and Leah West. Local cowpunk favorites the 86ers also will perform, previewing songs from their forthcoming release.

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar

Cost: small cover/donation

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Christa Patton

Harp Poetic

NYS Baroque continues its 34th season with “The Harp Speaks,” featuring “visions of Medieval women as seen through the music and poetry of Machaut and other harpists/composers.” Performers include Camila Parias, vocalist, Ged Owen, actor, Christa Patton, harp, Dongmyung Ahn, vielle, and Deborah Fox, lute.

“This concert, conceived and curated by harpist Christa Patton, explores the 14th-century world of chivalry through the music and poetry of Guillaume de Machaut, with additional music by Jacob Senleches, Pierre de Molins, Baude Cordier, and of course, Anonymous. The poem, known as the ‘Dit de la Harpe,’ was written by Machaut and explores the essential qualities of women as seen by the poet and the code of chivalry, but also likens those qualities to each string on the harp. Machaut was a poet and a composer/musician, but this poem is not very well known today. ‘The Harp Speaks’ gives voice to this poem through both words and music. The musical selections will amplify and illustrate the qualities discussed in the poem, such as Honesty, Truth, Pleasure, and Judgement. The poem is not without humor, and the music has many qualities such as quirky, rhythmic, complex, and beautifully melodic.”

When & Where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, First Unitarian Universalist, 109 Waring Road, Syracuse; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, First Unitarian Society, 306 N. Aurora St., Ithaca. Pre-concert talks start at 6:45 p.m.

Cost: $30 for adults, $10 for students and low-income, and are available online here and at the door

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Global Village

Electrolyte is an eclectic trio from Central New York “that seeks to respectfully agitate evolving musical traditions from across the globe. Deeply rooted in jazz and prog rock, these three electro-acousticians are eager to do more, and sound vast with less. It consists of Ithacan Paul Merrill who plays a collection of quarter-tone brass instruments, keyboards, and effects; Rochesterian Peter Chwazik, master of the nine-string electric bass; and Denmark native and percussionist, Simon Bjarning. Together they perform, improvise, groove, distort and fuse Pan-American folk music and Euro art-rock with sensibilities from around the globe. Listeners are just as likely to hear imaginative renditions of Margret Bonds’ art songs and tunes by Ornette Coleman as they are to hear covers from British-Bahrainian composer Yazz Ahmed and folk music from Armenia or Denmark. This respect-all approach drives Electrolyte’s moxie and ads to their substantial body of original work.”

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: $10

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Country All Day, Y’all

Grist Iron Brewing will host its first Country Music Jamboree, featuring local favorites Janet Batch and the Four-Bangers (1-3 p.m.), Justin Raynor Duo (3-6 p.m.), and Axton Landing (6-9 p.m.). They’ll be followed by a Silent Disco at 9-11 p.m.

When: 1-11 p.m. Saturday

Where: Grist Iron Brewing

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Satish Athavale
The Cornell Symphony Orchestra

Engaging and Inspiring

The Cornell Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Guillaume Pirard, presents its annual Young Person’s Concert. The program will showcase the orchestra’s versatility and includes Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, John Adams’ The Chairman Dances, and a world premiere by Cornell composer Laura Cetilia. Cornell Concerto Competition winner Brian Wang performs the first movement of Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2. This family concert will feature a pre-concert instrument petting zoo at 2:15 p.m. and curated musical examples during the concert targeted to engage and inspire younger audience members.

When: 3 p.m. Saturday (instrumental petting zoo at 2:15 p.m.)

Where: Bailey Hall, Cornell University

Cost: free and open to all

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Mozart and More

The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra will present “Mozart and More,” featuring Stravinsky’s “Danses Concertantes,” traditional “Selections from Romani Folk Songs,” and Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364.” Under the direction of Maestro Grant Cooper, “one of America’s finest concert artists, Paul Neubauer, teams up with rising star and CCO Concertmaster Christina Bouey for a virtuosic and passionate program with the orchestra.”

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday (pre-concert chat at 6:30)

Where: Ford Hall, Ithaca College

Cost: $10-$35, available online here and at the door

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Getting Loopy

Ithaca loop artists Fusebox and Angie Beeler join forces “for a night of loops, beats, and vocal brilliance. Check out the latest evolution of local fave Angie Beeler, and the new ensemble featuring Julia Felice (The Whiskey Crisis), Josh Ross (Kitestring), and Harry Nichols (Noon Fifteen).”

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: $5; pay what you can

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Dumb Waiter

Underground Sounds

Ithaca Underground returns with its latest show, featuring the return of Richmond avant-rock quartet Dumb Waiter joined by punk-rock upstarts Pleasure Dome and microbes, mostly, plus local prog trio BRIAN! which released its fifth album last fall. Open to all ages; safe space.

When: 8-11 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar

Cost: $10

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Read a recent interview with BRIAN! here!

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Funk Fiends

Club d'Elf brings its 25th-anniversary tour to Ithaca, showcasing its “mesmerizing synthesis of Moroccan traditional music and electronic, dubbed-out funk. “Circling about bassist/composer Mike Rivard and drummer Dean Johnston, each Club d'Elf performance features a different line-up, drawn from a constellation of some of the most creative improvisers from the jazz, DJ, rock & world music scenes of Boston, NYC and beyond.” This Ithaca show will reunite the “classic Club d'Elf line up from 2002, which toured the South and recorded the album ‘Live: Athens GA 3/28/02.’ The core band on that tour – John Medeski, Mat Maneri, Mister Rourke, Mike Rivard, Brahim Fribgane & Eric Kalb – were joined for two shows in Georgia by guitarist Reeves Gabrels, then on a break from his gig with David Bowie,” and now on a break from his gig with The Cure.

The Comb Down Duo of Jon Petronzio (keyboards) and Ashley Ickes (drums) will open the show.

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $32 in advance, available online here; $40 at the door

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Dancing for Daylight

The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts will host a Community Dance Fundraiser with TOiVO to mark the beginning of Daylight Savings Time.

“Come and enjoy the biggest, best wooden dance floor in the Finger Lakes. All ages are welcome! TOiVO plays music that is good for dancing and good for listening! Refreshments will be available. Bring a partner or come alone! Wallflowers are welcome, too! TOiVO will play an eclectic mix of Scandinavian, Tex-Mex, Cajun, blues, honky-tonk, European, South American, and many original dance tunes. You’ll enjoy waltzes, tangos, two-steps, polkas, schottisches, hambos, foxtrots, and cheek-to-cheek.” The band includes Richard Koski, button accordion; Jason Koski, mandolin; Stefan Senders, banjo and triangle; Jim Reidy, guitar; Harley Campbell, upright bass; and Annie Campbell, snare drum.

When: 3-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts

Cost: $10 suggested donation; all proceeds will go to TCFA

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Sign of Spring

The Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble will present its spring chamber concert, featuring a program of Clara Schumann’s “Three Romances for Violin and Piano, Op. 22,” Gabriela Lena Frank’s “Snapshots for an Andean Album for Flute and Piano,” and Robert Schumann’s “Piano Quartet in E-flat, Op. 47” along with a world premiere of Snow Kim’s “Monologue for Solo Viola.” Performers include Janet Sung (violin), Roberta Crawford (viola), Heidi Hoffmann (cello), Molly Morkoski (piano), and Barry Crawford (flute).

When: 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: First Unitarian Church of Ithaca.

Cost: Adults $25; Seniors $20; College and High school students $10; Elementary and middle school students free when accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are available online here and at the door.

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Underground Jazz

ICU continues 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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Dashing Debut

“Calya Lea makes her downtown Ithaca debut, fresh off of the release of her new album ‘Consistently Inconsistent,’ accompanied by Joey Arcuri of Driftwood. The two have over a decade-long history of making music together and are excited to reunite onstage again. Join them for brand new originals and a timeless sound that will leave you wanting more!”

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: free; donations welcome

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The Sage Chapel organ at Cornell University.

Bach and Beyond

Cornell’s Midday Music for Organ series hosts Jeffrey Snedeker, who will perform “Out of the Depths,” with music by Bach, Mendelssohn, and 19th-century contemporaries. “An avid devotee of the organ across his life, Mendelssohn’s ‘Sonata in A Major, Op. 65 No. 3,’ with its stunning fugue on the chorale ‘Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu Dir,’ is now a classic of the organ repertory. Snedeker takes this piece as the starting point for a survey of settings of this chorale, from Mendelssohn’s idol J. S. Bach to his 19th-century German contemporaries and beyond.”

When: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Sage Chapel, Cornell

Cost: free and open to all

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Harmonic Convergence

The legendary South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo will return to Central New York. For more than 60 years, the five-time Grammy Award winners have won fans around the world with its uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming onstage banter. In 1987, Paul Simon’s “Graceland” album introduced Ladysmith Black Mambazo to the world; the late former South African President Nelson Mandela designated the group “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors to the world,” a title the members carry with them with the highest honor along with their message of peace, love, and harmony.

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Center for the Arts, Homer

Cost: $20-$45, available online here

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Going Galactic

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

When: 9 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $5

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More Shows

Louiston returns to Atwater Vineyards at 5-8 p.m. Thursday

Richie Stearns’s Friends (Crystal and Scott Van Gaasbeck, Adam Gulliford, and Paul Koanui) will play old time tunes at South Hill Cider at 5-8 p.m. Thursday (Richie Stearns is out of town this week)

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

Tom Shevory and Chris Bell are at Two Goats Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Friday

The Venissa Santí 4Tet is at Stone Bend Farm at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday

The Local Farmers Union returns to Hopshire Farm and Brewery at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Mark Nanni plays at Heuga’s Alpine in Tully at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Caleb Liber is at McGraw Box Brewing at 6-8 p.m. Friday

M3 is at Trax at Greek Peak in Cortland at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Steve Romer is at Homer Hops at 6-9 p.m. Friday

The Shylocks are at ONCO Fermentations in Tully at 7-9 p.m. Friday

Zack Knewstub, Harry Aceto, and Owen Erickson play at Seven Of Jazz Lounge at 7-10 p.m. Friday

Exit 11 are at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Friday

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Cass and the Bailout Crew

Cass and the Bailout Crew are at the Range at 9:30 p.m. Friday

Showtime returns to the Ithaca Ale House at 9:30 p.m. Friday

City Limits is at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards at 1-4 p.m. Saturday

Prime Box is at Brookton’s Market at 1:30-5 p.m. Saturday

The Inner Crazy is at Treleaven Winery at 2-5 p.m. Saturday

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Two Horse Johnson

Two Horse Johnson plays at Finger Lakes Distilling at 2 p.m. Saturday

Brian Francis is at Chateau Dusseau at 3-6 p.m. Saturday

Stratcat Willie and The Strays are at Two Goats Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Saturday

M3 is at McGraw Box Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Saturday

The Rollin’ Rust is at Summerhill Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Saturday

DJ Dijon returns to Hopshire Farm and Brewery for a Retro Dance Party at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Butternut Creek Revival is at Homer Hops at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Just Joe hosts Vinyl Night at ONCO Fermentations in Tully at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Rachel Beverly is at Brewer’s Kitchen and Taproom at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Logan Wannall is at the Hiawatha Inn in Truxton at 7-9 p.m. Saturday

Trick Shot are at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Saturday

Chasing Neon is at Brix in downtown Cortland at 9 p.m. Saturday ($10)

Oarlock and Making Strangers are at John Barleycorn Tavern in Owego at 9 p.m. Saturday

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

J. Schnitt is at Two Goats Brewing at 4-7 p.m. Sunday

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

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

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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Regional Shows

March 9, Quiet Riot and Hair Nation, The L, Horseheads

March 9, Jerry Harrison and Adrian Belew “Remain in Light” tour, Empire Live, Albany

March 9, Nikki Glaser, State Theatre, Ithaca

March 9, Life of Agony, Empire Live, Albany

March 10, Canadian Brass, Corning Museum of Glass

March 10-11, Driftwood, Funk N Waffles, Syracuse

March 10, Adawagin Pratt with Symphoria, Smith Opera House, Geneva

March 10, Ichi-Bons and The Televisionaries, Lux Bar, Rochester

March 11, Guy Davis, Oswego Music Hall, Oswego

March 11, Thank You Scientist, Westcott Theater, Syracuse

March 11, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Main Street Armory, Rochester

March 11, America, Kodak Center, Rochester

March 11, Mark O’Connor, The Egg, Albany

March 11, David Wilcox, Greece Baptist Church, Rochester

March 11, Adam Ezra Group, Munson-Proctor-Williams Museum, Utica

March 11, Jeffrey Gaines, 443 Social Club, Syracuse

March 11, Wings: A Celtic Dance Celebration, Anderson Center, Binghamton

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Robert Cray

March 11, Robert Cray Band, Smith Opera House, Geneva

March 11, Parmalee, Kegs Canalside, Jordan

March 12, Jackson Stokes and Mattie Schell, The L, Horseheads

March 12, Dogs in a Pile, Buffalo Iron Works

March 12, David Cross, Asbury Hall at Babeville, Buffalo

March 13, Wishbone Ash, Sportsmens Tavern, Buffalo

March 13, Adam Ezra Group, 443 Social Club, Syracuse

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March 13-14, Grace Potter, Center for the Arts, Homer (SOLD OUT!)

March 14, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, MVP Arena, Albany

March 14, Wishbone Ash, Fanatics Pub, Lima

March 14, Richard Lloyd Group  and Thee Isolators, Mohawk Place, Buffalo

March 15, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Center for the Arts, Homer

March 15, Chasity Brown, 443 Social Club, Syracuse

March 15, Scott Bradlee’s Post-Modern Jukebox, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy

March 15, Dogs in a Pile, Water Street Music Hall, Rochester

March 15, Enter the Haggis, Buffalo Iron Works, Buffalo

March 15, Toto, The Egg, Albany

March 15, Michael Glabicki, Funk N Waffles, Syracuse

March 16, Jackson Stokes, Funk N Waffles, Syracuse

March 16, Dogs in a Pile and Haley Jane, Deep Dive, Ithaca

March 16, Journey and Toto, KeyBank Center, Buffalo

March 16, Enter the Haggis, Center for the Arts, Homer (SOLD OUT!)

March 16, Dervish, The Smith Opera House, Geneva

March 16, Grace Potter, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel

March 16, The Sea The Sea, 443 Social Club, Syracuse

March 17, Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem, May Memorial UU Society

March 17, Cooper Alan, The L, Horseheads

March 17, That Arena Rock Show, Del Lago Resort, Waterloo

March 17, Cold, Lost Horizon, Syracuse

March 17, Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble, 443 Social Club, Syracuse

March 17, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel

March 17, Red Devil Ryders, Lux Bar, Rochester

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

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Bruce Springsteen

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