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25+ shows to see this week: June 1-8

Gunpoets perform at the 2019 Ithaca Festival
Jim Catalano
Gunpoets perform at the 2019 Ithaca Festival


Ithaca Festival returns, with dozens of area favorites performing on the Commons throughout the weekend. Plus, there are a bunch of other cool shows around Central New York in the coming week!

Dan Forsyth
Dan Forsyth

Songs to Sing

Dan Forsyth of Driftwood hosts Singer/Songwriter Night, a new series taking place every first Thursday of the month at Hopshire: “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.” Note: Singer/Songwriter Night will take a summer break after this week, and return in the fall

When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Hopshire Farm and Brewing, Dryden

Cost: free

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Combing It Down

Right after the Ithaca Festival Parade concludes, the Comb Down returns to downtown Ithaca, bringing with them their incessant funk grooves and boundless energy. The band features some of Ithaca’s top talents – keyboardist Jon Petronzio, bassist Andrew Battles, trombonist TJ Schaper, guitarist Brian Mlodzinski, drummer Ashley Ickes, percussionist Bryan Davis and trumpeter Jack Storer – playing funky instrumentals.

When: 7:15 p.m. Thursday

Where: Bernie Milton Pavilion, The Commons

Cost: free

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Going B.I.G.

The Frank White Experience returns from Syracuse with its Live Tribute to Notorious B.I.G. “The Frank White Experience brings things to a new level with live instrumentation, bringing 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, The Frank White Experience delivers a quality of sound and homage akin to acts like Pink Talking Phish, Lizards, Bad Fish and Start Making Sense. The first of its kind, The Frank White Experience not only covers the music of Biggie Smalls but takes their listeners on a journey back through the beloved soundscape of 1990’s Hip-Hip, making them a guaranteed crowd pleaser sure to rock any audience in any venue, large or small.”

Local hiphop artists Anthony Kannon (who just signed a record deal) and Corey Loveless will open the show.

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost $20

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Let’s Dance

Argos Warehouse Lounge & Event Space will host an Ithaca Festival Parade After-Party with djGourd and DJ ha-Meen. Proceeds will benefit the Ithaca Festival, which is a non-profit organization.

When: 10 p.m. Thursday

Where: Argos Warehouse

Cost: $5

It’s a Festival!

Ithaca Festival returns to downtown Ithaca, with dozens of local bands and performers on tap throughout the weekend on the Bernie Milton and Dewitt Park stages, as well as at the Cayuga Street Circle. Friday’s bands include the Strange Heavy, the Ilium Works, Metasequoia, and Gunpoets, while Saturday will see Alan Rose & the Restless Elements, Freight, Front & Main, Noon Fifteen, Walsh & the Blind Spots perform on the Bernie Milton Stage. Sunday’s lineup includes Papa Muse, Ariel Arbisser, ¡Viva Mayhem!, and SingTrece & Stone Cold Miracle.

The Silent Disco returns from 10 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.

See the full schedule here!

When: Friday-Sunday

Where: Downtown Ithaca

Cost: free; buy a button to support the festival

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Jerry Rigged

Scuba Jerry – an Ithaca-based band harvesting music from the catalog of the Jerry Garcia Band – comes to South Hill Cider. The band includes Mark Maynard, Cooper Casterline, Kenny Christianson, Russ Friedell, and Cha Cha.

When: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: $10

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Joe Crookston

Folk Favorite

The Finger Lakes Cider House's “Friday Night Farm Jams” series hosts the return of area favorite Joe Crookston, “songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member, and believer in all things possible. Named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in-Residence and signed to I Book Shows along with David Francey and Irish Mythen. His songs are being made into films.”

When: 6-9 p.m. Friday

Where: Finger Lakes Cider House

Cost: $10

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Digger Jones: from left, Chris Merkley, Chad Dean, and Stiv Morgan
Digger Jones: from left, Chris Merkley, Chad Dean, and Stiv Morgan

Blues Brothers

Rose Hall’s Spring Concert Series continues with two area favorites – Digger Jones and Raedwald Howland-Bolton – who put their own spin on blues and roots music. Digger Jones includes Chris Merkley, Stiv Morgan, and Chad Dean, while Raedwald plays his resonator guitars at venues all over upstate New York.

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Rose Hall, 19 Church St., Cortland

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

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In Two Deep

The two-night “Baritones at the Barn” promises “a rollicking journey through opera, art song, music theatre, and other delights,” with performances by baritones Tim LeFebvre, Todd Thomas, and Steven Stull accompanied by pianists Blaise Bryski and Richard Montgomery.

When: 7-8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Where: CRS Barn Studio, 2622 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca

Cost: Tickets are available at the gate: $20, general admission; $5, kids under 18; free for kids under 12

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Improv on Tap

Adam Arritola, the curator behind Miami Psych Fest and Rochester Experimental Week, comes to perform in Ithaca as part of his 50-state tour. Promising “an incredibly eclectic night filled with mystery and surprise,” Arritola will be freely improvising with Syracuse's very own Caleb Crittenden, who runs the Cruel Symphonies Label. This will be the only night that the two will duo on the tour. Flose (Charles Chatman), Wraith, Psionic Octopus, and Stinkmeat all offer local support. “To close out the show, all of the acts will band together to create special collaborative magic.”

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar

Cost: $10

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Uncut Gems

Dirty Gems is the collaboration between Double Tiger (Jay Spaker) and djGOURD (Brian Mlodzinski of The Comb Down), featuring two DJs, live guitar, bass, and drums “traveling across genres centralized in deep African funk.” They’ll be joined by some special guests for this “sweaty getdown,” which is Deep Dive’s first-ever night-time deck session.

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $5-$10 sliding scale donation

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 Kevin Farley
Chad Cockayne
Kevin Farley

A Lot of Laughs

Comedian Kevin Farley comes to Ithaca, ready to showcase his distinctive brand of Midwestern-bred humor. The younger brother of the late Chris Farley, Kevin Farley “began his career in entertainment as a member of Chicago's famous Second City comedy troupe, where he honed his skills as a writer and performer. From there, he went on to appear in a number of popular television shows and movies,” including "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The Waterboy," and "Joe Dirt."

Ithaca’s own Mike Brindisi will open the show, along with Buffalo’s Jacob Morrison.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Lakewatch Inn

Cost: $25, available online here

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Colorful Sounds

Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts will host an opening event for “Synesthesia: The Color of Sound,” the annual spring show of the Cayuga Arts Collective. “Curated by founding members Domenica Brockman and Marina Delaney, this exhibit features both established and emerging artists who this year explore the relationship between art and music or sound. The opening celebration will feature music by DJ Obvious Objects and an interactive audio and visual installation by Mark Oros.” The show runs through July 28, with open gallery hours Fridays and Sundays at 1-5 p.m.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts

Cost: free

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The Buck Stops Here

The 86ers, Cast Iron Cowboys, and Drew Kiddoo and the Blackouts team up for the inaugural Buck Fest, which features three of Ithaca’s top alt-country/Americana/cowpunk bands. Note: There’s no cussing or hat wearing at the bar.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Forest City Lodge 180
Cost: $5

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Flying Object
Flying Object

Let’s Roll

Deep Dive will host an Ithaca Fest After Party featuring Flying Object, the “lyric-driven, groove-based rock ‘n’ roll” from Matt and Chris O’Brian of Thunder Body and Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad.

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $10

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A Good Cause

South Hill Cider will host a fundraiser for Oji:sda, whose mission is expanding “indigenous visibility, land literacy and good health by using innovative methods of sharing ancestral knowledge. Through media arts and authentic curriculum we focus on environmental protection, sustainability, community wellbeing, healing, and cultural vibrancy.” Performers will include Akwesasne Mohawk singer Bear Fox and Lydia Garrison, a fiddler and banjo picker, as well as La Llorona, the solo loop/vocal/violin project of Alejandra Diemecke of the Ilium Works, and dance troupes from Southside Community Center. Dinner plates will be available for $10 for adults, and $5 for kids under 12

When: 3-7 p.m. Sunday

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: $20 suggested donation

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In Session

Traonach and Friends continue their Live Irish Music Session on alternating Sundays at the Watershed, carrying on in the fine tradition of their much-beloved sessions at the Argos, The Chapter House, and Micawbers.

When: 5-8 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Watershed

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Dennis Winge
Dennis Winge

Sunday Jazz

The Savage Club of Ithaca’s “Jazz Stars,” a free six-concert and conversation series “aimed at broadening the accessibility and appreciation of jazz and live performance to a wider range of people,” continues with jazz guitarist Dennis Winge, who just released “Sketches,” his third album in three years.

“In line with this goal of broadening the accessibility and appreciation for jazz, each of the six scheduled performances will give a different young high school “rising star” a safe and supportive opportunity to play in front of a jazz-loving audience.” For this show, Winge will be joined by rising jazz star Jacob Merrill, a saxophonist from Ithaca High School who leads the band Three Sharp Minors. The Ira Kamp Trio, which also includes Peter Rothbart and Domo Ronsvalle (Lansing High), will open the evening.

“This isn’t just a jazz concert,” said Brian Wansink, one of organizers of the series for the Savage Club, which hosts the events. “These aren’t just stars from the City or Eastman. These people are going to share secrets, their love for jazz, their journey, things like that. It’s a concert and a conversation.”

When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Lansing Performance Hall (The Savage Club), 1004 Auburn Road, Lansing

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Triple Threat

Sunk Coast returns to the Downstairs, joined by Grass Jaw and Oleg Kuksgauzen. “Sunk Coast wails on and on about attachment, self-delusion, uncertainty, and precarious social identities through the vessel of indie alt-country garage emo. If you like Pinegrove, Andy Shauf, or Wilco, you'll probably find this music sufferable.” Check out their music here!

When: 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: $7

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MAQ Attack

South Hill Cider’s Monday Night Jazz series continues this week with MAQ, a quartet that performs everything from classic and modern jazz to Brazilian bossa and folk music. The lineup includes Eric Aceto (violin), Harry Aceto (bass), Doug Robinson (guitar, vocals), Chad Lieberman (accordion), and Steve Pond (percussion). MAQ plays the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month.

When: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: free

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Jimmy Traskelin

Finnish Folk

The Finger Lakes Finns will sponsor a concert with the Finnish folk band Kardemimmit, who will play music on traditional Finnish kanteles while singing in their native language. Band members Maija Pokela, Jutta Rahmel, Anna Wegelius, and Leeni Wegelius compose, arrange, and produce their own music, which is characterized by mesmerizing vocal harmonies. “Alongside 15 and 38 stringed kanteles, singing has a big part in Kardemimmit’s musical universe where original pieces with a modern approach still have a strong foundation in Finnish, Eastern European and Scandinavian traditions. The Finnish reki-singing style, 19th century dancing music and Perhonjokilaakso kantele playing style, Eastern Finnish archaic improvisation and ancient runo singing are all present in Kardemimmit’s music.” Members of the Finger Lakes Finns will provide traditional baked goods and coffee after the concert.

When: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday

Where: First Unitarian Society of Ithaca (FUSIT)

Cost: free admission; donations are welcome

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Going Galactic

The Galactic Escort Service returns every other Wednesday to 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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Curley Taylor
Curley Taylor

Bon Ton Roulet!

Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble return to Ithaca, bringing their unique sound from the town of Grand Coteau in Louisiana’s Creole country. “Get those dancing shoes ready for Curley's soulful, bluesy vocals and the band's hard-driving zydeco beat will keep you dancing well into the night.”

Opening the show is Living Myths, “Folk-Rock-Experimental from the heart and soul of the American experience.” Angelo Peters (Big Mean Sound Machine, Swamp Kids, Dom Martyr) is joined by Michael Schuler, Jason Shegogue, and Willie B on drums for this show. Check out the self-titled EP that came out in December here!

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 8

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $15, available online here; $20 day of show

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New York Rock

Practice at Presents will host its first show of June, returning to Sacred Root for garage rock show featuring locals Microbes, Mostly and Gravestone Glue along with Pons from New York City.

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8

Where: Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar

Cost: $10

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Bead N Bone

Getting It Started

The Downtown Ithaca Summer Concert Series kicks off its 2023 season with Bead N Bone, an alt-reggae band formed in 2017 by singer-guitarist London McDaniel to “share the Groove of Life, Consciousness & Love through music.” The concert series runs through Sept. 14; see the full lineup here!

When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 8

Where: Bernie Milton Pavilion, the Commons

Cost: free

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More Shows

Moqueca is at Brookton’s Market at 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday

Venissa Santi and Zack Knewstub play “their favorite jazz standards and obscure gems” at South Hill Cider at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday

Tru Bleu is at Six Mile Creek Winery at 6-8 p.m. Thursday

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

Oliver Burdo is at Scale House Brewery at 6-8 p.m. Thursday

Seneca Cheese Company hosts Open Mic Night at 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday

Rev Ezra and Monallo are at Atwater Vineyards at 6-8 p.m. Thursday

Doc Possum is at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Thursday

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

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

Levi Dusseau is at the Glen Haven at 7-9 p.m. Thursday


GoGone plays Deep Dive at 5-7 p.m. Friday

Brett Beardslee plays Bagley’s Winery at 5-8 p.m. Friday

The Delta Mike Shaw Band is at Liquid State Brewing North in Romulus at 5-7:30 p.m. Friday

Howard Rothenberg plays Brookton’s Market at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday

Black Robin Band is at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday

UnParallel Live is at Seneca Cheese Company at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday

Marc Ryan is at Wolffy’s Tavern at 6 p.m. Friday

The Payton Bird Duo is at Homer Hops at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Bradford Allen is at Summerhill Brewing at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Biggs and Young are at ONCO Fermentations at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Rose Alaimo plays the Cortland Free Library at 6 p.m. Friday

Freight is at Hopshire Farms and Brewery at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Tru Bleu is at Treleaven Winery at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Mystic Twangers are at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Friday

The Band 3 is at Scale House Brewery at 6-9 p.m. Friday

The Dart Brothers are Two Goats Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Backtalk featuring Hannah Martin
Backtalk featuring Hannah Martin

Backtalk with Hannah Martin plays Wagner Vineyards at 6:30 p.m. Friday

Rachel Beverly is at the Glen Haven at 7-9 p.m. Friday

Grooveyard marks 30 years of rocking at Jake’s Tavern in Horseheads at 8 p.m. Friday

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

Clint Bush, Quona Hudson, and The Cousins play the Village Tavern in Marcellus at 8 p.m. Friday

Terrapin Station are at Grist Iron Brewing at 1-4 p.m. Saturday

M3 is at McGraw Box Brewing at 2-5 p.m. Saturday

The Major Keys are at Treleaven Winery at 2-5 p.m. Saturday

Unreal Village plays Chateau Dusseau Winery at 3-7 p.m. Saturday

Aunt Millie’s Biscuits is at Scale House Brewery at 4-7 p.m. Saturday

Levi Gangi plays Bagley’s Winery at 5-8 p.m. Saturday

Darkwine is at Summerhill Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Saturday

Moe Michnick is at Homer Hops at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Jazz Asylum are at Heuga’s Alpine in Tully at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Tailor Made plays McGraw’s Music in the Park series at 6 p.m. Saturday

Roger Decker is at Brewer’s Café and Taproom at 6-8 p.m. Saturday Jr. Rich Project is at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Deco & The Dusters are Two Goats Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Cozmic Theo plays Brookton’s Market at 7 p.m. Saturday

Off the Rails plays Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Saturday

Bendher is at the Ransom Steele Tavern in Apalachin at 9 p.m. Saturday

Dom Martyr
Dom Martyr

Dom Martyr plays the Upstairs at 9 p.m. Saturday

Ben and Sarah are at Heuga’s Alpine in Tully from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday

Blue Skies play the Live Jazz Brunch series at Stonecat Café from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday

The Dart Brothers are at Grist Iron Brewing at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Harmonic Dirt are at ONCO Fermentations at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

The Tony Serdula Band is at the Horseheads Brewing Seneca Lake at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Seattle Sons are at the at Nest Tavern in Apulia at 4 p.m. Sunday

Ampersand Project is at Scale House Brewery at 4-7 p.m. Sunday

40 Theeves are at Two Goats Brewing at 4-7 p.m. Sunday

Brett Beardslee is back with the blues at Rasta Ranch Vineyards at 5-8 p.m. Mondays

Mark Maynard hosts Open Mic Night at Lucky Hare Brewing in Hector at 6-8 p.m. Mondays

The Downstairs hosts Poetry & Prose Open Mic Night at 6:30-9 p.m. Monday

The Freight Duo is at Firelight Camps at 6-8 p.m. Tuesday

Kenneth McLaurin hosts Open Mic Stand Up Comedy Night at the Downstairs at 7-9 p.m. Tuesday

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

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

Three Stone Fire are at the Trumansburg Farmers Market at 4-7 p.m. Wednesday

Jesse Collins and Friends host the Sandwich Sessions at Brookton’s Market at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays

The Argos Trio plays jazz at the Argos Inn at 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays

Louiston with Colleen Countryman plays Lucky Hare Brewing in Hector at 5-7 p.m. Wednesday

Rachel Beverly is at Ithaca Beer Company at 6-8 p.m. Wednesday

The Inner Crazy is at Bright Leaf Vineyard in King Ferry at 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday

JP Payton plays Salt Point Brewing at 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday

DJ Dale hosts Trivia Night at Revelry Yards at 7-9 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 Partyreturns to the Range at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays

The Upstairs has resumed its weekly Open Mic Night, now at 8:30 p.m. to midnight Wednesdays

Raedwald Howland-Bolton plays South Hill Cider at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8

Radio London is at Six Mile Creek Winery at 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 8

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

Noah Kahane
Noah Kahane

Regional Shows

June 1, Collective Soul and The Summit, Perinton Center Park Amphitheater, Fairport

June 1, Nikki Hill, Abilene Bar & Lounge, Rochester

June 1, Styx, Watertown Fairgrounds Arena, Watertown

June 1, Chris Trapper, 443 Social Club, Syracuse

June 1, The Hollywood Vampires, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel

June 2, Joan Osborne: A Tribute to Jerry Garcia, Lincoln Hill Farms, Canandaigua

June 2, Styx, Artpark, Lewiston

June 2-3, Taste of Syracuse with Spin Doctors and Eve6, Syracuse

June 3, Noah Kahan, Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, LaFayette (SOLD OUT!)

June 3, Justin Hayward, Del Lago Resort, Waterloo

June 3, The Garcia Project, Prison City Brewery North, Auburn

June 4, The Bacon Brothers, Point of the Bluff Vineyards, Hammondsport

June 6, Chris Duarte, Abilene Bar and Lounge, Rochester

June 6, An Encore Tribute to the Music of Paul Simon, The Ridge, Chittenango

June 7, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Artpark, Lewiston (CANCELED!)

June 7, Curtis Salgado, 443 Social Club, Syracuse

June 8, Thomas Rhett, MVP Arena, Albany

Deer Tick

June 8, Deer Tick and Rafay Rashid, Lincoln Hill Farms, Canandaigua

June 8, Chris Stapleton with Charley Crockett and The War & Treaty, St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview, Syracuse

June 9, Spafford, Lincoln Hill Farms, Cazenovia

June 9, Chelsea Handler, Del Lago Resort, Waterloo

June 9, Organ Fairchild, Abilene Bar and Lounge, Rochester

June 9-10, Mike Powell, 443 Social Club, Syracuse (SOLD OUT!)

June 9-10, moe., Saranac Brewery, Utica

June 10, Glengarry Bhoys, Center for the Arts, Homer

June 10, Buddy Guy, Artpark, Lewiston

June 10, Rainbow Kitten Surprise and Carol Ades, Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, LaFayette CANCELED!

June 10, Luke Bryan, St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview, Syracuse

June 10, Los Lobos and Taj Mahal Quartet, Point of the Bluff Vineyards, Hammondsport

June 10, Jeffrey Osborne, Del Lago Resort, Waterloo

Taj Mahal

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