15+ shows to see this week: Aug. 21-24
Catch some stellar singer-songwriters at the Center for the Arts in Homer this week, as Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore perform Tuesday night followed by Lori McKenna on Wednesday. Plus, Jenny Stockdale plays her first show in four years at the Ellis Hollow Community Center on Tuesday, Kyra Gordon brings her “Home to You” tour to the Downstairs on Wednesday, and Drank the Gold returns to South Hill Cider on Thursday!
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
Angelo Paradiso (New Planets, Living Myths, Big Mean Sound Machine, Swamp Kids) continues his weekly residency at Deep Dive, joined by special guest drummer Sam Fishman (Driftwood, Maddy Walsh’s AllStar Band).
“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
Songs to Sing
Local singer-songwriter Jenny Stockdale returns to the stage for the first time since 2019 to showcase her winsome voice and pensive lyrics, both amply showcased on her 2015 album, “Fingers Crossed.” She’ll be joined by a top-notch band, including Cass Barbour, Brian Dozoretz, Justin S Roeland, Mike Caporizzo, and Jessica Caporizzo.
“If that wasn't great on its own, somewhere along the way, Doug Levine got the crazy idea that it would be fun to have Jenny / band play some Fleetwood Mac too!” said Dozoretz. “Call it a late tribute to Christie McVie, a belated 75th B-Day to Stevie Nicks, or the 47th anniversary of this great album, but we WILL be playing the entire 'Rumors' album, top to bottom!”
When: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Ellis Hollow Community Center
Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore with the Guilty Ones come to Central New York on their first east-coast tour since the onset of the pandemic. They released a well-received 2018 album, “Downey to Lubbock,” that included reworkings of blues, rock, and country songs along with a couple of originals. Their subsequent touring, both as an acoustic duo and with Alvin’s band The Guilty Ones (drummer Lisa Pankratz, bassist Brad Fordham, and guitarist Chris Miller) showcased their deep song catalogs, including Alvin’s work with the Blasters and his solo career, Gilmore’s work with the Flatlanders and his solo albums, along with some well-chosen covers. The pair just released a new single, “Borderland,” a song written by Jimmie Dale Gilmore and David Hammond that pays tribute to the Rio Grande.
When: 8 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Center for the Arts of Homer
Cost: $35-$40, available online here
Down by the Old Mill Stream
The Notorious Stringbusters wrap up the 2023 Newfield Music Series at Mill Park, with the Broadwell brothers and company ready to showcase their “foot stompin, stage trompin, rug cuttin, string bustin, fist pumpin, gator jumpin, sweat drippin, ass kickin, name takin, jail brakin, swamp burnin, earth turnin, truck drivin, two timin, knee slappin, face plantin, blackout inducin bluegrass. So get your dancin shoes out and put your listening ears on!”
When: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Mill Park
Home Remedy – the duo of Rosie Newton and Lydia Garrison – make a rare live appearance to showcase their blend of old-time, country, folk, and other rootsy influences as displayed on their 2018 self-titled debut album.
When: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Ithaca Beer Company
“Her previous album, ‘The Tree,’ was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2019 Americana Music Awards and received widespread critical acclaim, including landing on several “Best of 2018” lists by Entertainment Weekly, Paste, Slate, The A.V. Club, the Washington Post, and Rolling Stone. In 2016, McKenna’s album ‘The Bird & The Rifle’ was nominated for three Grammy awards as well as three Americana Awards.
“In addition to her career as a solo artist, McKenna continues to enjoy tremendous success as one of the music industry’s most in-demand songwriters. In 2017, she became the first woman ever to win the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year award two years in a row. She also won back-to-back Grammys for Best Country Song for ‘Girl Crush,’ performed by Little Big Town, and ‘Humble and Kind,’ performed by Tim McGraw. This year, she won her third Best Country Song Grammy for co-writing ‘Crowded Table’ with Brandi Carlile and Natalie Hemby, performed by the Highwomen. Moreover, she became the first female to ever win Songwriter of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2017. She was nominated for a Grammy earlier this year for Best Country Song for co-writing ‘I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault),’ performed by Taylor Swift."
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Center for the Arts of Homer
Cost: $41-$45, available online here
“Kyra Gordon has belted out Janis Joplin hits in a one-woman show, earned a conservatory degree interpreting jazz standards, and traveled all over the US performing her songs in living rooms and backyards. The Berkeley vocalist, songwriter and pianist is slated to release her second album ‘Traveler’ this August over the course of her fourth national tour.”
“This is someone who is going places, and whether she’s hitchhiking or flying on a private plane will not matter, because wherever she goes Kyra Gordon will be sitting strong with a soul that could take her anywhere. Go with her.” - Bill Bentley, Americana Highways
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday
Where: The Downstairs
The Deep Dive House Big Band continues its every-other-Wednesday residency under the direction of local jazz professor Greg Evans, who teaches at Ithaca College and Cornell University and plays drums with Rose and the Bros and other area bands. The DDBB will feature players from Cornell University, Ithaca College, and the greater Ithaca Community every other Wednesday for the coming months.
When: 8-10 p.m. every other Wednesday
Where: Deep Dive
Cost: free; ages 18 and up
Drank the Gold returns to South Hill Cider for the Community Concert Series. Oona Grady (fiddle/viola/vocals) and James Gascoyne (guitar/banjo/vocals) play and sing North Atlantic dance tunes and folk songs.
“Steeped in Irish music for as far back as she can remember, Oona spent many years living in Cork, Ireland, where she honed her skills as a fiddle player and Irish music specialist. Upon moving back to her hometown of Ithaca, Oona immersed herself in the local traditional music scene and incorporated old-time and Cajun tunes into her repertoire.
“Growing up outside Louisville, Kentucky, James was surrounded by music from an early age; radio, vinyl records, church music, and live concerts were a part of daily life. Finding his own musical style as an adult, James always keeps his ears open for sounds – new, old, familiar, or strange. While singing and playing guitar and banjo with Drank The Gold, he delves into the traditions of American old-time and Irish dance tunes, while keeping true to his borderless, experimental musical roots.
Now based in Saratoga Springs, Oona and James collaborate as Drank The Gold, bringing new perspectives and innovative arrangements to the music they love. Craic agus ceol (good times and music)!”
When: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: South Hill Cider
Cost: free; donations welcome
The Downstairs hosts an eclectic bill, with the duo of Sarah & Lydia kicking off the night with their old-time and country tunes, followed by Lora Pendleton and Pat Burke playing some original and covers that blend folk and rock influences. Silver Rein, the solo project of Sarah Green, will close out the evening with her “Cinematic Electric Cello and voicescapes.”
When: 8 p.m. Thursday
Where: Sacred Root Kava Bar and Tea Lounge
Cost: $10, or pay what you can
The Downtown Ithaca Summer Concert Series continues its 2023 season with a double bill of Leo & the Maydays and Bead N’ Bone. Led by singer-songwriter Hannah Ruttle, Leo & the Maydays released their debut album in 2021. Bead N’ Bone is led by London McDaniel; they’ll be making up an earlier show that was postponed by the smokey air earlier this summer.
The Downtown Ithaca Summer Concert Series runs through Sept. 14; see the full lineup here!
When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday
Where: Bernie Milton Pavilion, the Commons
After the show, head down the Commons to Monks for Motherwort’s free after-party show at 8-10 p.m.
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
Andrew Alling is at the Dewitt Park Farmers Market at 3-6 p.m. Tuesday
Joe Lule is at Barnstormer Winery at 5-8 p.m. Tuesday
Frank Raponi and Peter Glanville are at Firelight Camps at 6-8 p.m. Tuesday
Auburn Public Theatre hosts Open Mic Night at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays
The Westy hosts its Open Mic Night at 9 p.m. Tuesdays
Curt Osgood and Friends are at the Trumansburg Farmers Market at 4-7 p.m.
Doolin’ O’Dey are at the Stonecat Café’s Pub Night at 5-7 p.m. Wednesday
The Argos Grove Trio plays jazz at the Argos Inn at 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays
The Bollicine Brothers are at Damiani Wine Cellars at 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays
The Jim E Leggs Trio is at Bright Leaf Vineyard in King Ferry at 6-8 p.m. Wednesday
Diana Leigh sings with the Hugh Douglass Trio at the Starlite Room in Elmira, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday (no cover)
JP Payton returns to Salt Point Brewing at 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday
Dan Forsyth, Joey Arcuri, and Sam Fishman of Driftwood play on the Homer Village Green at 7-8 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
Andrew Alling is at Grist Iron Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Thursday
Rena Guinn is at Atwater Vineyards at 6-8 p.m. Thursday
Louiston and Joey Arcuri are at Lucky Hare Brewing in Hector at 6-8 p.m. Thursday
Brian Hughes is at the Scale House Brewery at 6-8 p.m. Thursday
The Brewhouse Blues Jam returns to Hopshire Farm and Brewery at 6-8 p.m. Thursday
The Immortal Jellyfish are at Six Mile Creek Winery at 6-8 p.m. Thursday
Pat Nadge and Mike Aiken are at Cortland Beer Company at 6-9 p.m. Thursday
Calya Lea is at Two Goats 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
Atlas Bowl in Trumansburg hosts the weekly Vinyl Showcase at 7-10 p.m. Thursdays
Roo (from Metasequoia) plays a solo show at the Downstairs at 8 p.m. Thursday
Stiv Morgan is at the Glen Haven at 8-10 p.m. Thursday
DJ Dale hosts Karaoke Night at the Upstairs at 10 p.m. Thursday
Aug. 22, The Lumineers, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center
Aug. 23, Pentatonix and Lauren Alaina, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
Aug. 23, Chubby Checker, Chevy Court, New York State Fair, Syracuse
Aug. 24, Quiet Riot, Chevy Court, New York State Fair, Syracuse
Aug. 24, Theory of a Deadman, Suburban Park, New York State Fair, Syracuse
Aug. 24, Eric Church and Laney Wilson, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
Aug. 24, Sam Hunt, St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview, Syracuse
Aug. 24-27, Pickin’ in the Pasture Bluegrass Festival, Alexander Farm, Lodi
Aug. 25, Pixies, Modest Mouse, and Cat Power, Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown
Aug. 25, Pentatonix and Lauren Alaina, St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview, Syracuse
Aug. 26, Julio Iglesias Jr., Chevy Court, New York State Fair, Syracuse
Aug. 26, George Thorogood, Suburban Park, New York State Fair, Syracuse
Aug. 26, Steve Earle, Point of the Bluff Vineyards, Hammondsport
Aug. 27, Old Crow Medicine Show, Point of the Bluff Vineyards, Hammondsport