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21+ shows to see this weekend: August 11-14

The Newman Brothers return to Ithaca on Friday night.
The Newman Brothers return to Ithaca on Friday night.

The Newman Brothers emerge from their long hibernation, Seedstock returns for its 12th year, and the LionsGate Family Cookout presents a “potent lineup of speakers, comedians, dancers, and spiritual leaders.” Plus, Noon Fifteen’s Mandy Goldman marks the release of her debut solo album Sunday night at Deep Dive!

Ben Ortiz at the Cornell Hip Hop Collection
Ben Ortiz at the Cornell Hip Hop Collection

In other Ithaca music news, Ben Ortiz – aka DJ ha-MEEN – has put together a new exhibit to mark the 50th anniversary of the birth of Hip Hop Culture. It’s on display at Cornell University’s Kroch Library through March 24. You can read more about it here!

Kevin Kinsella
Kevin Kinsella

Coming Together

“The LionsGate Family Campout is a coming together of minds, hearts, & hands with the intention to elevate the vision of a harmonious future here on planet Earth. The gathering takes place on a 50-acre sanctuary called LionsGate located in the heart of Prospect Valley New York. This is our 4th consecutive year and we are excited to return to the land with an inspired team of Musicians, Healers, Teachers, & Storytellers who are prepared to share their medicine with our budding community of change makers. Along with a diverse array of high-vibe entertainment we are excited to provide a potent lineup of speakers, comedians, dancers and spiritual leaders. Our goal is to provide an environment rich with play & creativity whilst allowing the sacred to shine through in each moment. Expect Ceremony, Wisdom Teachings, Sound Healings, Yoga, Ecstatic Dance, Somatic Workshops, Comedy, Theatre, Clowns, Soul Music, Hip-hop, Folk, Reggae, Electronic, Organic Food, Cacao, Amazing Art, Circus, and an incredible high vibe family centric container.”

Performers include Tubby Love and Superpowers, Kevin Kinsella, Cozmic Theo, Sophitafunk’s Jack Brown, Hollings, and many more.Find out more about it here!

When: Friday-Sunday

Where: Willseyville

Cost: Tickets are available online here

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Bard Rock

The Cherry Arts presents “As You Like It,” its first-ever Shakespeare production.

“The crew is in trouble — so they're putting on disguises, marching into the forest, and not coming out until everyone's married! As You Like It is a cheeky and adventurous comedy full of passionate lovers, nefarious schemes, and ridiculous disguises. It's also Shakespeare’s most musical play, and some of Ithaca’s most beloved musicians have written sweet new tunes to bring Shakespeare's songs to life.”

“The play is chock full of songs —which will be written by some of Ithaca’s most iconic songwriters including Jennie Lowe Stearns, Nate Silas Richardson (of the Sim Redmond Band), and Maddy Walsh (of The Blind Spots).” Other contributing local songwriters include Mandy Goldman, Evan Friedell, and Samuel B. Lupowitz.

When: runs through Sunday

Where: The Cherry Artspace

Cost: $10-$55, depending on the performance date; tickets are available online here

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American Music

Miss Tess returns to Ithaca to play South Hill Cider’s Golden Hour Music Series. “When most people think of defiant music, they think of punk rock or outlaw country. But defying genres while transcending eras and resisting clichés is hard to pin down when it comes to artistry—unless you’re talking about Miss Tess. Swinging for the fences and from the branches of jazz, country, blues and old school rock and roll, she has employed all of her influences and talents on a tour-de-force, while cleverly taking standard perspectives and ideas, like the definition of a love song, to task. After over a decade on the road, now making her home in Nashville — by way of Baltimore, Boston, and Brooklyn — Miss Tess has found a creative community that encourages and embraces wide artistic exploration and expression as much as she does.”

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

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: $10

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Waking April
Waking April

Two in Tandem

Deep Dive hosts a happy hour show with Waking April and Kompyootur Muhsheen.

Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, Waking April has released a string of singles and EPs, played shows across the United States, been profiled in American Songwriter, and been interviewed on CBS's My Carolina. “Spend enough time with Waking April and the world gets more zen and more ballistic at the same time. Their songs play with the rules and boundaries of Pop, Rock, Dance, and Electronica while inviting you to clap your hands, shake your ass, and, every once in a while, cry. That's what happens when you combine synth queen, songwriter, and vocalist Bethany McKee's Rock-fairy vibes with synth maniac, songwriter, and guitarist Alex McKee's fidget-frantic electricity.”

Kompootur Muhsheen: Teenage Algorithm is a “mild-mannered middle management cyborg that manufactures synthetic harmonics and psycho-sonic biological upgrades.”

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $10

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The Newman Brothers
The Newman Brothers

Brothers in Arms

“After many years behind bars, Dirty, Podunk, and Paul Blart Jr. Newman have posted bail” and return to perform in Ithaca. “The Newman Brothers grew up in a goat shed outside of Ithaca, NY and have been playing music together since prepubescent times. They were active in the early 2010s, hooking up with some freaks along the way (Big D and the Kids Table, Hank & Cupcakes, Mephiskapheles, What Cheer!, Mr. Boneless, Well Worn Boot, Seth Faergolzia).
"In 2024, the Newman Brothers plan to release the10 year anniversary edition of their children’s album Camping Trip! with additional songs, and an illustrated book.
"Come see the Newman Brothers and their #$%^kickin' buds Well Worn Boot and Dizzy DeScretion bring the ruckus to Deep Dive and see what all the fuss is about!”

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $15

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Dynamic Duo

Sacred Root hosts a double bill featuring Mars Ray and Eliza Waldman of Eliza and the Organix.

“Mars Ray is an emo-grunge singer-songwriter of wickedly lyrical songs for the revolution. She explores the shadow and punches up to power with melodies that will make you want to get up and dance while the world burns.”

“Eliza and the Organix is a funky rock project based in Brooklyn centered around the songwriting of vocalist and guitarist Eliza Waldman. E&tO deals in deep grooves, quirky humor, and high octane playing, drawing from a broad sonic canvas that remains focused in storytelling and soulful sound. Think Say Anything meets Alanis Morissette.”

When: 8:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Bar and Tea Lounge


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Night Moves

“DJs Apactor (Ithaca) and Priest (The Seed, Journeymen Productions) ease The Downstairs into the rest of the night after Wordle to a wide range of beats, including techno, house, experimental, and ambient music.”

When: 10 p.m. Friday, after the Competive Wordle event concludes

Cost: $5

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Outstanding in their Field

Seedstock XIII returns to Cortland to offer a “one-day celebration of music, art, and our incredible community of friends, family, and music fans.” Beginning at 11 a.m., the lineup in order includes Corey Paige, Raedwald Howland-Bolton, Bradford Allen and Casey Widger, Miss Tess, People People, Mike Powell and the Echosound, Metasequoia, Fall Creek Brass Band, The Rollin’ Rust, The Unknown Woodsmen, Digger Jones, The Unknown Jones, and DJ Kidd and Sydchik. See the complete schedule here!

When: Saturday

Where: 3336 State Route 215, Cortland

Cost: $25 and up; advance tickets are available here; camping is available

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The Brass Machine
The Brass Machine

Kicking Brass

Deep Dive presents a “N'awlins Jazz Happy Hour” with The Brass Machine. “

"Laying down funky New Orleans-style street beats across the United States and Canada. Formed in 2014 at the University at Buffalo, The Brass Machine provides a unique blend of hip hop, funk, and R&B, all in an infectious and energetic brass-y package. Having performed alongside national acts such as Earth, Wind, and Fire, Starship, The Soul Rebels, Rebirth Brass Band, Bonerama, John Papa Gros, CJ Chenier and more - The Brass Machine is hittin’ the streets HARD.

Led by frontman “Kidd” Kyle Yagielski, the group has been named the best FUNK BAND in Western New York three years in a row by JazzBuffalo, and continues to maintain a robust performance schedule at festivals across the Northeast including Borderland, RailRider, Rochester Jazz Fest, Night Lights, and more! If you want to hear music that’s good for your souls and soles, come party with The Brass Machine!”

When: 4-7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $5, tips welcome!

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On the Inlet

WaterMusic & Dancing on the Trail returns to offer music and dance performances for paddlers, pedestrians and bicyclists along the Cayuga Waterfront Trail in Ithaca. Performance areas will be along the Waterfront Trail on the east and west banks of the Cayuga Inlet between the Farmers Market and Dragon Boat Docks on the north, and Look Out Point (Inlet Island) on the south. Performers include:

1. Fly By Night (Old Time) at Dragon Boat Dock

2. Nikolai Ruskin (Violin) at Inlet Overlook

3. Triphammer Arts Dancers at Cass Bird Garden

4. London McDaniel (Jazz) at Rowing Finish Line

5. Djug Django (Swing) at Lookout Point

6. Six Mile Craic (Irish) at Crew Cove Overlook

7. Sow’s Ear at Farmers Market Trailhead

(Please note that there is a wedding at the market on the 12th so the Pier will not be a WaterMusic Stage.)

8. WaterGrass (Bluegrass) on Floating Stage

When: 5:30-7:30 pm. Saturday. Postponed to 5:30-7:30 pm. Sunday!

Where: Cayuga Waterfront Trail

Cost: free

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Arun Ramamurthy and Trina Basu
Arun Ramamurthy and Trina Basu

String Thing

Big Sky Music Studio Summer Concert Series continues with violinists Trina Basu and Arun Ramamurthy, who “reimagine the potential of string chamber music with a unique sound both deeply intimate and cinematically expansive. Rooted in traditions of South Indian classical music, Western chamber music, and jazz, the duo is uniquely positioned to create a sound that feels ancient, orchestral, and contemporary or as The New Yorker put it “free-flowing and globe-spanning.” Combined with the duo’s fluency in improvisation, there is a clear architecture to their sound that still gives space for the two violins to be delightfully indiscernible and shine individually. Their debut album, ‘Nakshatra,’ the Sanskrit word for constellation, is a profound exploration of this dance between a collective and singular sound, bursting with energy, playfulness, and a cosmic gravitas.

“As a duo they have been artists-in-residence at Avaloch Farm Music Institute and Next Stage Arts Project, and have performed at Ragas Live Festival, The Jazz Gallery, Bang on a Can, Benque Cultural Center, Sri Ramanjaneya Sangeetha Sabha, and Lyric Chamber Society of NY. Varying colors, shapes, and sounds emerge from the ensemble with their esteemed collaborators, who have included cellists Marika Hughes and Jake Charkey, percussionists Dan Kurfirst and Rich Stein, bassists Damon Banks and Rashaan Carter and guitarist Shane Parish. Basu and Ramamurthy are married and live in Brooklyn, NY with their two young children.”

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sweet Land Farm CSA, Trumansburg

Cost: $18 in advance, available online here; $20 at the door

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Friends, Indeed!

The Davey Squires & Friends band comes to downtown Ithaca. “Serving up a wide array of genres, band leader Davey Squires composes to include anything from jazz to blues and ragtime to rock within his original songs, along with a blend of swing-inspired covers. Davey Squires & Friends is completed as a 4-piece band at its core with an ever-changing arsenal of guest musicians, notably not including a guitar like much of their local counterparts. Prior to the band, Squires toured around the country from New York to Montana as a solo act and with numerous studio musicians.”

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: $5

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Underground Sounds

Practice at Presents returns to Sacred Root Kava Bar with local favorite Microbes, Mostly joined by Birdweek and Chicago’s Soft and Dumb. “Don’t miss out!”

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Bar and Tea Lounge

Cost: $10

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Disco Fever

Get ready to dance at Lucky Hare Brewery! “Disco time is here friends!!! Join us for our 3rd Annual Disco Dance Party, this year we have the amazing DJ Proper Philth spinning all your disco favorites. There will be prizes for best costume and for those who dare to participate in our disco dance off!!! Maybe for the brave soul who's willing to get up and sing along too!!! Oh where will the night take us! No door charge, just come and have a great time and bring those dancing platforms!!”

When: 8-10 p.m. Saturday

Where: Lucky Hare Brewing, Hector

Cost: no cover

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Let’s Dance

“It's bright outside, let light up the night! Join your host Tilia Cordata and her glowing cast of local performers for a Neon Show! Come early to get into the mood, and stay late to party the night away with a DJ Dance party with The Dutchess of Spirit Posse.” Featured performers include Kizzie LoveLips, Vivi Nox, Skarlet Killz, and James Ballin'.

When: 9:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $10

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Sunday Club

The Buena Vista Sunday Club with Fabi and Friends and the Sabores de Oaxaca Food Truck returns to Damiani Vineyards for the summer season. “Join us every Sunday in summer for the eclectic and amazing music from Fabi World Music Summer Duo featuring Martini. We have wines by the glass, by the bottle, and special wine cocktails available for you to enjoy as you take in the views and wonderful vibes.”

When: 1-4 p.m. Sundays

Where: Damiani Wine Cellars, 4704 NY Route 414, Burdett

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Mandy Goldman
Mandy Goldman

Ready for Release

Noon Fifteen’s vocalist Mandy Goldman will celebrate the release of her debut album. A singer, songwriter, and vocal coach based in Ithaca, she “has been deeply involved in the Ithaca music scene for the last ten years, singing with Maddy Walsh and the Blind Spots, NEO Project, Alan Rose and the Restless Elements, and her band with her husband Samuel B. Lupowitz, Noon Fifteen. After many years singing for the Ithaca community at Ithaca Festival, Apple Fest, and Grassroots, Mandy is releasing her own solo album, ‘Balance of the Trade,' which will be available on all platforms August 13, 2023.”

Opening the show is Fusebox, a new local trio that includes Harry Nichols, Julia Felice, and Josh Ross. Their debut single, "He Feels," is available on all streaming platforms.

When: 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $12in advance, available online here; $20 day of show

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Get Rhythm

Dave Davies RhythMakers return for Jazz Mondays, as Dave Davies, Doug Robinson, Brian Earle, and Chad Lieberman will play classic jazz, blues, originals, and more.

When: 5:30-8:30 p.m., second and fourth Mondays of each month

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Cutting Edge

Theoretical Events presents Cindy Lee, Freak Heat Waves, and Microbes, Mostly!

When: 8 p.m. Monday

Where: Angry Mom Records

Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

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Pressure Drop

Angelo Paradiso (New Planets, Living Myths, Big Mean Sound Machine, Swamp Kids) continues his weekly residency at Deep Dive, joined by special guest drummer Brian “Willie B” Wilson, who has played with Johnny Dowd, Black Castle, Jamie Lidell,

“Angelo Paradiso (multi - instrumentalist / mad scientist) brings you a VS battle that will make that tush pop and jaw drop. Man VS machine : Angelo invites a rotating cast of characters that range in instruments, names and forms to battle machine sequences, modular synths and all things sample-able. All styles from all places. All things funky. No computers, just humans. Bring your dancing shoes, your party hat, and dial 1-800-NOREQUESTS.”

When: 8:30 p.m. Monday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $10

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Wingnut plays Lucky Hare Brewing in Hector Thursday night.
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More Shows

Wingnut is at Liquid State North Shore at 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday

Jasperoo plays Brookton’s Market at 5-7 p.m. Friday

Scott Adams plays Bagley’s Winery at 5-8 p.m. Friday

The Undefeated is atFillmore Days in Moraviaat 5 p.m., followed by Tailor Made at 6:30 p.m.

DJ ha-MEEN spins at Osmote Winery at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday

Bad Bear is at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday

Gerard Burke is at Seneca Cheese Company at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday

John Liuzzo is at McGraw Box Brewing at 6-8 p.m. Friday

The BobCats Band is at Hopshire Farms and Brewery at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Levi and the Wranglers are at Summerhill Brewing at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Cherry Holler is at Homer Hops at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Friends with Bennys are at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Friday

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

The Delta Mike Shaw Band is at Scale House Brewery at 6-9 p.m. Friday

The Jim E Leggs Trio is at Buttonwood Grove Winery at 6-9 p.m. Friday

The Soul Benders
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The Soul Benders

Cisco and the Soul Benders are at Finger Lakes Cider House at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Brass Inc. is at Treleaven Winery at 6-9 p.m. Friday

City Limits is at the BoatYard Grill at 6-9 p.m. Friday

The Smoking Loons play Wagner Vineyards at 6:30 p.m. Friday

Past My Bedtime is at the Groton American Legion at 6:30 p.m. Friday

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

Clint Bush is at the Glen Haven at 7-10 p.m. Friday

Bradford Allen is at Revelry Yards at 7-10 p.m. Friday

Tribal Revival is at BRU64 at 7-10 p.m. Friday

Northern Ramble is at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Friday

The Diana Leigh Quartet is at Buttonwood Grove Winery at 1-4 p.m. Saturday

Miller and the Other Sinners are at Grist Iron Brewing at 1-4 p.m. Saturday, followed by Terrapin Station at 6-9 p.m.

Richman and the Poorboys are at Chateau Dusseau at 3-6 p.m. Saturday

Kitestring is at Scale House Brewery at 4-7 p.m. Saturday

Quinn Bedore is at Liquid State North Shore at 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday

The Delta Mike Shaw Band plays Bagley’s Winery at 5-8 p.m. Saturday

Ship of Phools are at Summerhill Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Saturday

Driftwood and the Brothers Blue are at Inspire Moore Winery in Naples at 5 p.m. Saturday

Clint Bush is at McGraw Box Brewing at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Rocco Rich and Aaron Craig are at Homer Hops at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Tenzin Chopak and Emmett Scott are at Two Goats Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Bradford Allen and Steve Romer are at Trax Pub and Grille at Greek Peak in Cortland at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

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

The Cast Iron Cowboys are at Cayuga Shoreline at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

DJ AstroHawk is at Atwater Vineyards at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Freight's JP Payton and Loveday
Freight's JP Payton and Loveday

JP Payton and Loveday of Freight are at Ithaca Beer in Collegetown at 7 p.m. Saturday

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

The 86ers are at the Night Drop in Syracuse at 10 p.m. Saturday

Ronnie Leigh is at Heuga’s Alpine in Tully from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday

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

The One-Man Steel Band is at Cayuga Shoreline at 12-3 p.m. Sunday

David Siurano is at Wagner Vineyards at 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Brian Hughes is at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Tom Gath is at ONCO Fermentations at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Tim Herron is at the Glen Haven at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Payton Bird and Sean Fried are at McGraw Box Brewing at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Jacob Shipley is at Treleaven Winery at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Major Bigtime is at Grist Iron Brewing at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Cordless Telephone is at Seneca Cheese Company at 3-6 p.m. Sunday

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

Seneca Jam is at Scale House Brewery at 4-7 p.m. Saturday

Rachel Beverly is at Hop Notch Brewing in Montour Falls at 4 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

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy comes to Geneva's Smith Opera House on Saturday night
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy comes to Geneva's Smith Opera House on Saturday night

Regional Shows

Aug. 11, The Frank White Experience, Westcott Theatre, Syracuse

Aug. 11, The Chicks, CMAC, Canandaigua

Aug. 11, Zac Brown Band with Marcus King and King Calaway, St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview, Syracuse

Aug. 12, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Smith Opera House, Geneva

Aug. 12, Dan + Shay, Turning Stone Event Center, Verona

Aug. 12, Disturbed, St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview, Syracuse

Aug. 12, Zac Brown Band, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel

Aug. 13, Mastodon and Gojira, Upstate Medical Arena at the Oncenter War Memorial, Syracuse

Aug. 13, Zac Brown Band with Marcus King and King Calaway, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs

Aug. 13, Joe Bonamassa, Styx, and Don Felder, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel

Aug. 14, Maddie Poppe, Westcott Theatre, Syracuse

Aug. 16, Goo Goo Dolls and O.A.R., St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview, Syracuse

Aug. 16, Nickelback, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center

Aug. 17, The Steeldrivers, Center for the Arts, Homer

Aug. 17, Yellowcard, St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview, Syracuse

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