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14+ shows to see this weekend: Sept. 1-4

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Miami duo Afrobeta sets up shop at South Hill Cider, Maddy Walsh & The Blind Spots inaugurate a new venue in Newfield, Boston’s Q-Tip Bandits come to Deep Dive, and Trumansburg Skate Park hosts a benefit event. Plus, the Great New York State Fair heads into its final weekend, Foreigner brings its farewell tour to Syracuse, and Duran Duran comes to CMAC!

Note: This week’s shows are listed in chronological order in two sections below, followed a list of New York State Fair concerts and upcoming shows around upstate New York.

Dynamic Duo

Miami-based Afrobeta returns to Central New York for a bunch of shows, including this one at South Hill Cider. Tony (“Smurphio) Laurencio and Cuci Amador got together in 2006, and since then have earned an ardent following with its mix of catchy songs and propulsive grooves. “They’ve toured internationally, performing at some of the largest music festivals and venues in the world including Glastonbury, Space Ibiza, Burning Man, Ultra Music Festival editions in Miami, South Korea and Brazil, Camp Bisco, and Identity Festival. Their fourth full-length album, the self-produced ‘Illusion Motel,’ was released in fall 2020 on their imprint, Pubic Zirconia.” The remix album, “Extended Stay: Illusion Motel Remixes,” features a full lineup of Miami producers and was released in April 2021.

Dom Martyr, the local duo of Angelo Peters and Alicia Aubin, will open the show.

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

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: $10

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Swing Thing

Zingology, a gypsy swing combo based in Ithaca, will host a swing-dance night at Stone Bend. The band recently recorded a new CD of 12 tracks of tunes inspired by Django Reinhardt titled "On The Boulevard.” The band's core players are Joanna Green on violin and vocals, Ted Caldwell on upright bass, Brian Keeler on guitar, Wayne Gottlieb on guitar and vocals, and Greg Ezra on drums. Occasionally the group is joined by Jennie Lavine or Brian Earle on clairnet.

When: 6-8 p.m. Friday

Where: Stone Bend Farm

Cost: $7

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Maddy Walsh and The Blind Spots
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Maddy Walsh and The Blind Spots

Barn Dance

Maddy Walsh & The Blind Spots will perform at a new event space, the Stratton Creek Inn in Newfield. They’ll perform at 7 p.m., followed by a dance party with a DJ.

“After Maddy & Suave return from maternity/paternity leave (interrupted only by the GrassRoots Festival!) and welcoming a tiny new band member to the rolling party, we're thrilled to bring our signature brand of MOXY ROCK to the Stratton. Come kick off your Labor Day Weekend with an early dance party in this gorgeous space!”

When: 7-9 p.m. Friday

Where: Stratton Creek Inn, 1642 W. Danby Road, Newfield

Cost: $16 in advance, available online here; $20 at the door

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Underground Sounds

Practice at Presents returns with another cool show at Sacred Root, this one featuring northeast New York bands Grape Juice (Saratoga Springs) and Everybody That Loves You (Troy). Ithaca punks Milk Cousin and local techno DJ Glitter Skulls open the show.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Bar and Tea Lounge

Cost: $10

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The Q-Tip Bandits
The Q-Tip Bandits

Shipping Down from Boston

“Since their inception in early 2018, The Q-Tip Bandits have emerged into the Boston music scene as an energetic and vibrant act that continues to touch audience’s hearts while getting them up on their feet. Their smooth yet powerful sound is backed by the raw energy of rock and the coolness and colors of R&B and funk — with palpable grooves coated with savory, soul-inspired riffs, anthemic horns, and meaningful lyrics. Described as ‘an indie-pop delight’ by The Deli Mag, their debut single ‘Willow’ made waves across the Atlantic, reaching 50,000 streams on Spotify within the first 3 weeks of release and garnering enough momentum for the band to record their debut EP, ‘Ain’t It Great,’ which was called ‘a must-add to your summer playlist’ by The Courier.”

Luke Mock and After Six open the show.

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $15

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A Good Cause

Trumansburg Skatepark and Skate Garden Inc. (a 501c3 organization) will host the Root Down Skate Jam #2, a fundraiser for Trumansburg Skate Garden. The event will feature several local bands, including Cozmic Theo, Motherwort, Microbes Mostly, Cast Iron Cowboys, and Silver Rein performing at 5-9 p.m., along with skate lessons, a ramp contest, and more!

Skate Garden Inc. is a “volunteer based non-profit organization of skateboarders dedicated to sharing the mental health benefits of Skateboarding and Ecology as forms Awareness. Both accessible, personal progression-oriented activities that bridge socio-economic boundaries. Our mentorship nurtures life skills that Ecology & Skateboard Culture have to offer. With comprehensive and actionable templates for success, we provide fiscal sponsorship & ongoing assistance to emerging community advocates and organizations. Our vision is to foster the creation & maintenance of local Skate Gardens, via volunteer programs in mutual support with their communities and our planet.”

When: 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Trumansburg Skatepark and Skate Garden, 8669 Falls Road, Trumansburg

Cost: $20+ donation, which you can do online in advance here

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Feels Like The Last Time

Hard-rock icons Foreigner will play the penultimate show of its 2023 “Historic Farewell Tour” (though the group just announced a few more Las Vegas residency shows in 2024), showcasing hits such as “Cold As Ice,” “Jukebox Hero,” “Double Vision,” “Feels Like The First Time, and many more. Though the group includes only one founding member, guitarist Mick Jones (whose ongoing health issues often prevent him from performing), its legacy has been carried on by a stellar cast of players, including longtime frontman Kelly Hansen, who replaced original singer Lou Gramm in 2005.

Canadian rockers Loverboy will open the show, ready to perform hits such as “Working for the Weekend,” “Hot Girls in Love,” and more!

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview, Syracuse

Cost: $36 and up, available online here

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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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Duran Duran
Duran Duran

British Invasion

Duran Duran comes to Canandaigua to close out CMAC’s summer season. Formed in 1980, the British band still includes four founding members: singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor. They scored a bunch of hits in the 1980s, including “Hungry Like The Wolf,” “Rio,” “Girls on Film,” and many more, and they’re still going strong as shown by the well-received 2021 album “Future Past.” The band will release its sixteenth studio album, “Danse Macabre,” in late October, just in time for Halloween! Bastille and Nile Rogers & Chic will open the show, so make sure to get there early.

When: 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: CMAC, Canandaigua

Cost: $56-$319, available online here

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Plan Z
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Plan Z

Downtown Sounds

Plan Z returns to the Downstairs, with band leader and drummer Zaun Marshburn joined by some of Ithaca’s top players, including Paul Merrill (trumpet), Ryan Zawel (tuba, trombone), Marc Devokaitis (sax), Mike Stark (keyboards), and Andrew Battles bass) for an evening of “original jazz musics.”

When: 7:30-10 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: $10

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Rocky Mountain High

Deep Dive will host a livestream of the Phish concert at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado! “The closest thing to being at the show in Colorado is hearing their board mix through our sound system while watching it on the big screen!”

When: 9:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: free!

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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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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 Tony Laurencio (aka Smurphio) of Miami-based electronica duo AfroBeta.

“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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Erin and the Backwoods Blues Project
Erin and the Backwoods Blues Project

More Shows

Immortal Jellyfish play Liquid State North Shore at 5-7:30 p.m. Friday

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

Infrared Radiation Orchestra plays a First Friday show at the Seward House Museum in Auburn at 5-8 p.m. Friday

The Delta Mike Shaw Band is at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday

Erin and the Backwoods Blues Project is at Hopshire Farms and Brewery at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Rocco Rich is at Trax Pub and Grille at Greek Peak at 6-8 p.m. Friday

The Kitestring Duo (Josh Ross and Joe Massa) are at BRU 64 in Cortland at 6-8 p.m.

Mike Aiken is at Homer Hops at 6-9 p.m. Friday

The Local Farmers Union is at Summerhill Brewing at 6-8 p.m. Friday

The Destination is at Treleaven Winery at 6-9 p.m. Friday ($10)

Rockabilly Steve and BR3 are at Two Goats Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Friday

The Tarps are at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Telephone Party is at the Scale House Brewery at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Feed the Fire is at Finger Lakes Cider House at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Virgil Cain
Virgil Cain

Virgil Cain is at the BoatYard Grill at 6-9 p.m. Friday

The Gillmuir Girls are at Seneca Lake Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Bad Bear plays Wagner Vineyards at 6:30 p.m. Friday

Ben Wayne is at ONCO Fermentations in Tully at 7-9 p.m. Friday

The Cousins are at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Friday

Fattenin’ Frogs play Moondog’s Lounge in Auburn at 8-11 p.m. Friday

¡Viva Mayhem! is at the Downstairs at 9 p.m. Friday(CANCELED due to illness!)

Cast Iron Cowboys and Janet Batch & the Four-Bangers play the Range at 9:30 p.m. Friday

The Scale House Brewery hosts its End of Summer Jam on Saturday, with Qwister playing 12-2 p.m., followed by Bob Roberts Calamity at 3-5 p.m. and Terrapin Station at 6-9 p.m.

The Dart Brothers are at Buttonwood Grove Winery at 1-4 p.m. Saturday followed by Mike Lacey at 4-7 p.m.

NEO Project plays Lucky Hare Brewing at 2-5 p.m. Saturday

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

M3 is at McGraw Box Brewing at 3-6 p.m. Saturday

Janet Batch
Janet Batch

Janet Batch and the Four-Bangers play Liquid State North Shore at 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday

The Fall Creek Brass Band is at Hopshire Farms and Brewery at 5-7 p.m. Friday

Clint Bush is at Fat Patties Burger Bar in Binghamton at 5-8 p.m. Saturday

Unreal City is at Summerhill Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Saturday

Cherry Holler is at Homer Hops at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Bryan Jacobson is at Brewer’s Café and Taproom at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Paul Davie is at McGraw Box Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

The Vectors are at ONCO Fermentations in Tully at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Uncle Uku and the Guise are at Two Goats Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

The Delta Mike Shaw Band is at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

DJ Mateo and Dijon spin boogie, disco and funk at South Hill Cider at 7-10 p.m. Saturday ($5 donation)

4 Word Days are at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Saturday

Salsa Ithaca hosts First Saturday Salsa Night at the Upstairs at 9 p.m. Saturday

The Sweats play “Toast & Jamz” at Stonecat Café from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday

Mark Douglas is at Heuga’s Alpine in Tully from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday

Rachel Beverly is at Hosmer Winery at 1-4 p.m. Sunday

The Sheridans are at Buttonwood Grove Winery at 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Evan Dillon is at Wagner Vineyards at 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Gooseberry is at Grist Iron Brewing at 1-4 p.m. Sunday, followed by the F.A.R Trio at 6-9 p.m.

Fools Hill Farm in Spencer hosts the weekly “Chill on the Hill” Open Mic at 1-7 p.m. Sunday

Pat Comstock is at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Ben Wayne is at Treleaven Winery at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Quona Hudson is at ONCO Fermentations in Tully at 3-5 p.m. Sunday

Wild Weeds are at Two Goats Brewing at 4-7 p.m. Sunday

Tribal Revival plays Bob’s BBQ in Homer at 3-6 p.m. Monday

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

Claire Rosinkranz
Claire Rosinkranz

Music at the State Fair

The 2023 Great New York State Fair – running through Monday, Sept. 4, at the Fairgrounds just outside of Syracuse – will once again present The Chevrolet Music Series, which is known for providing high-quality entertainment from national touring acts throughout those 13 days.

The Suburban Park Stage, formerly known as the Experience Stage at Chevy Park, is located on the western end of the Fairgrounds, beyond the Midway, and will host at least one major concert every day during the 2023 Fair. Chevy Court is located near the Gate 1 entrance, and will host at least two concerts every day during the 2023 Fair.

All concerts/acts in the Chevrolet Music Series – including those at Suburban Park – are free to fairgoers with the price of admission. Seating areas in Suburban Park are available on a first-come, first-seated basis. Additional information is provided in the Fair’s Concert Policy. Here’s this year’s schedule of shows:

Suburban Park

Friday, Sept. 6, 2 p.m., Danielle Bradbery

Friday, Sept. 6, 8 p.m., J.I.D

Saturday, Sept. 2, 2 p.m., Claire Rosinkranz

Saturday, Sept. 2, 8 p.m., Quinn XCII

Sunday, Sept. 3, 2 p.m., Disney Junior Live on Tour: Costume Palooza

Sunday, Sept. 3, 8 p.m., Yung Gravy featuring bbno$

Monday, Sept. 4, 6 p.m., Hairball

Monday, Sept. 4, 6 p.m., Skid Row

The High Kings in NPR's Studio 4A.
Gemma Watters, NPR
The High Kings

Chevy Court

Friday, Sept. 1, 1 p.m., Crash Adams

Friday, Sept. 1, 6 p.m., The Fray

Saturday, Sept. 2, 12 p.m., DJ Dretronix - JAMS Funk Fest 2k23

Saturday, Sept. 2, 12:30 p.m., JAMS Funk Fest 2k23 Youth Performances

Saturday, Sept. 2, 1:30 p.m., Brownskin Band - JAMS Funk Fest 2k23

Saturday, Sept. 2, 2:45 p.m., Fallout From WAR - JAMS Funk Fest 2k23

Saturday, Sept. 2, 4: p.m., Trump Tight 315 - JAMS Funk Fest 2k23

Saturday, Sept. 2, 5:15 p.m., The Blacklites - JAMS Funk Fest 2k23

Saturday, Sept. 2, 6:45 p.m., Brick - JAMS Funk Fest 2k23

Saturday, Sept. 2, 8:15 p.m., Dazz Band - JAMS Funk Fest 2k23

Sunday, Sept. 3, 1 p.m., Elvie Shane

Sunday, Sept. 3, 6 p.m., Joywave

Monday, Sept. 4, 12 p.m., The High Kings

Monday, Sept. 4, 4 p.m., Foghat

Regional Shows

Sept. 1, Trace Adkins, Point of the Bluff Vineyards, Hammondsport

Sept. 1, Odesza, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center

Sept. 1, Noah Kahane, St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview, Syracuse

Sept. 1, Guns N’ Roses, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs

Sept. 1, Rod Stewart and Cheap Trick, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel

Sept. 7, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, JMA Wireless Dome, Syracuse

Sept. 8, ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd and Uncle Kracker, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs

Sept. 9, Rusko, Westcott Theatre, Syracuse

Cheap Trick
Cheap Trick

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