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21+ shows to see this weekend: Sept. 15-17

Mike + Ruthy
Megan Baker
Mike + Ruthy

Mike + Ruthy close out the Big Sky Studio summer season, The Machine returns to the State Theatre of Ithaca, Blues on the Bridge gets back to downtown Binghamton, Australian guitar master Daniel Champagne plays Trumansburg, and Summerhill Brewing in Locke marks its 7th anniversary!

Yosh Aerson
Yosh Aerson

Be Their Guest

Yosh Aerson will perform a happy hour show at Deep Dive, with the help of some friends. “Yosh Aerson is a non-binary composer and performer. Since coming to Ithaca from their hometown of Los Angeles, Yosh has found much inspiration from the Finger Lakes music scene. They are part of the new Ithacan neo-soul trio named DELAQUES, and performs regularly around the town with them. Yosh fell in love with the piano in childhood. It is their oasis in the late-stage capitalist nightmare we all endure. When they aren't softly dissociating at the mere thought of that, they are probably sitting down to play. Yosh will be performing a blend of original pieces, covers, and improvisations at the piano. Special guests will be on and off stage, depending on the vibe. There is always a seat for anyone who wants to listen. We invite you to come and enjoy the present moment, whether you come in silence, or with great company, or both.”

When: 5:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $5 suggested

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Sim Redmond Band
Sim Redmond Band

A Good Cause

The Ithaca Festival will host a Pop-Up Fall Fundraiser at the Ithaca Farmers Market at Steamboat Landing, with local favorites the Sim Redmond Band performing their classic songs. “Our in-person event promises a great time for everyone. Come and support our cause while enjoying a variety of activities, delicious food, and live entertainment. Help us make a difference in our community. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to have fun and contribute to a worthy cause.”

When: 6:30-11 p.m. Friday

Where: Ithaca Farmers Market

Cost: $20

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Ready to Rock

The L in Horseheads hosts a headbanging show, with No Resolve and Halocene teaming up for a night of heavy rock in The Pit. Ohio’s Hooked Like Helen and The Haunt will open the show.

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday

Where: The L, Horseheads

Cost: $20-$50, available online here

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Welcome to the Machine

The Machine Performs Pink Floyd returns to the State Theatre. “The Machine has forged a 30+ year reputation of extending the musical legacy of Pink Floyd. The New York-based quartet performs a diverse mix of The Floyd's extensive 16-album repertoire, complete with faithful renditions of popular hits as well as obscure gems. With stellar musicianship and passionate delivery, The Machine explores collective improvisation rivaling that of an early 1970's Pink Floyd, while their use of expanded theatrical elements and elaborate stage displays and lighting continues The Floyd spirit of the 1980's. The band is also known for recreating entire albums as a part of their show, accepting requests from fans, and for taking an A - Z approach in which one song is played for every letter of the alphabet.”

The band features founding member Tahrah Cohen (drums), longtime bandmates Scott Chasolen (keys, vocals) and Ryan Ball (guitar, vocals), and newest member Chris DeAngelis (bass, lead vocals). The band continues on to celebrate the music of Pink Floyd and to honor the life of Joe Pascarell, who co-founded the band with Tahrah in 1988 and passed away in 2022.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: State Theatre of Ithaca

Cost: $25-$45, available online here and at the State box office

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MSZM is Michael Stark and Zaun Marshburn

Dynamic Duo

Michael Stark and Zaun Marshburn, two of Ithaca’s busiest and most talented musicians, join forces in MSZM. “Piano, organ, bass pedals, drums and the spirit uniting Stark & Marshburn performing a collection of intimate songs and stretching improvisations. 25 years of music, intuition, trust, spontaneity allows these fellas to maneuver in many directions together & explore endless new territory.”

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: $10 or pay what you can

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Benny Feldman
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Benny Feldman

Lotsa Laughs

Deep Dive hosts the Ithaca debut of Benny Feldman, a stand-up comedian based out of New York City, who just recently performed on Comedy Central’s Stand-up Featuring series for 2023. “This past year, Feldman was named one of the New Faces at the 2022 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. Feldman is known for his one-liners and for performing with Tourette’s syndrome, which he was interviewed about on Tosh.0 on Comedy Central. Originally from Philadelphia, Feldman was a finalist in the 2019 ‘Phillies Phunniest’ competition.”

Feldman will be joined by fellow comedian Ibhan Kulkarni and DJ Mateo.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Deep Dive

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

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Voices Unleashed

“Up-and-coming rap collective 607-SOS with Zeb Whitford (Vicious Fishes) on drums will take center stage as they headline for the first time with Ithaca College’s Aka Burnyzz, Harlem's very own NOMADZ REKKIDZ leading the charge as an openers with DJ EVO EVOLUTION finishing off the night. The show will have many songs from 607-SOS's album "The Audition" as well as some new and unreleased music from the vault.”

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: The Upstairs

Cost: $10

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The Rods: from left, Carl Canedy, David "Rock" Feinstein, Freddy Villano
The Rods: from left, Carl Canedy, David "Rock" Feinstein, Freddy Villano

Binghamton Blues

The 22nd annual Blues on the Bridge returns to downtown Binghamton, with a dozen regional bands on tap for the all-day event organized by Donny Wilkins and Tom Martinos. Here’s the schedule:

12 p.m.: The Eric Ross Blues Band

12:45 p.m.: Home Brew

1:30 p.m.: StratCat Willie and The Strays

2:20 p.m.: Revenants with special guest Josh Ribakove

3 p.m.: Erin and the Backwoods Blues Project

3:40 p.m.: The Silvertones

4:20 p.m.: Caviar and Grits

5 p.m.: Rooster and The Roadhouse Horns

6 p.m.: Frostbit Blue

7 p.m.: Junkyard Heights

8 p.m.: Randy McStine, Tom Wescott and Jeff Howard

9 p.m.: The Rods

When: 12-10 p.m. Saturday

Where: South Washington Street Bridge, Riverside Drive & Water Street, Binghamton

Cost: free

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Seven Years Good Luck

Summerhill Brewing in Locke will mark its seventh anniversary Saturday, with an afternoon event featuring special beers, food, and giveaways from the Center for the Arts of Homer, Old Chatham Creamery, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Summerhill Brewing. Levi Dusseau (1-2 p.m.), Six-String Shotgun (2:30-4:30 p.m.) and Thompson-Hall McCracken (5-8 p.m.) will perform throughout the day.

When: 1-8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Summerhill Brewing

Cost: free

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bogo la$ik

Electronic Explorations

The ElectroZone returns with another cool show at Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar. On the bill are: 𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗣𝗔𝗖𝗧𝗢𝗥 (NYC), [ 𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘵 ]; 𝗦𝗧𝗖𝗟𝗩𝗥 (Jamestown) [ 𝘥𝘪𝘨𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘦 ]; 𝗠𝗔𝗚𝗡𝗘𝗧𝗜𝗖 𝗖𝗢𝗥𝗢𝗡𝗘𝗥 [ 𝘦𝘹𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘱𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘱𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 ]; 𝗣𝗥𝗔𝗬𝗘𝗥 𝗥𝗢𝗣𝗘 (Ithaca/Brooklyn) [ 𝘳𝘢𝘱𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘯𝘰𝘪𝘴𝘦 ]; 𝗕𝗢𝗚𝗢 𝗟𝗔$𝗜𝗞 (Baltimore) [ 𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵 & 𝘢𝘣𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘥 𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘤𝘴 ]; and 𝗣𝗛𝗔𝗡𝗧𝗢𝗠 𝗣𝗥𝗢𝗝𝗘𝗖𝗧 (Ithaca) [ 𝘢 𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘤 𝘴𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘤𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘴 ].

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar

Cost: $10-$15

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Mike + Ruthy
Mike + Ruthy

In Harmony

Big Sky Music Studio hosts its last show of the 2023 season, welcoming Mike + Ruthy of the Mammals. “When it comes to chemistry, Mike Merenda and Ruth Ungar have plenty to spare. Onstage, they are Mike + Ruthy, a husband-and-wife duo setting the folk scene ablaze. Singers and storytellers, poets and parents, the two tour with their children in tow, embodying a down-home approach to Americana that is honest, beautiful, and raw. Bouncing between festivals and intimate venues, these troubadours bring harmony-driven fiddle and banjo tunes to more than 100 shows a year. Road-tested material such as the pair’s celebrated reharmonizing of Woody Guthrie’s “My New York City” cement Merenda and Ungar’s status as a “national treasure,” according to peer Anaïs Mitchell.”

If you go, “Bring a blanket and picnic, and relax in the summer evening with friends and family. We are featuring our own Sweet Land Farm Cellars Rosé and Cider as well as Liquid State beer. There will not be dinner for sale this season so you are invited to bring your own food. We will offer a delicious dessert for sale by Rachel Conroy at each show.”

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Big Sky Music Studio, Sweet Land Farm, Trumansburg

Cost: $18

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Four on the Floor

Practice at Presents returns to Deep Dive, with a stacked lineup featuring local hardcore heroes Mill Bastards, NYS glam-pop-punk quartet Perilous, area rockers Tijuana Danger Dogs, and Ithaca rockers Cobra Cadaver.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $10

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John Stowell
John Stowell

Just Jazz

Jazz guitar great John Stowell returns to Ithaca to showcase his creative and complex approach to performing. Downbeat noted that Stowell “plays his amplified guitar as if he were surrounded by fine crystal... the type of slow-burning, sustained energy that you hear in players that practice all the time." He’ll be joined by some of Ithaca’s finest jazz players, including Seth Carper, saxophones; Paul Merrill, trumpet; Steve Brown, guitar; Peter Chwazik, bass; and Owen Erickson, drums.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Bike Bar Ithaca

Cost: free and open to all

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Underground Grooves

The Downstairs hosts SYNƎRGY, a two-night event featuring CNY-based DJs Apactor, Freeze, and Priest, “bringing you the finest cuts of electronica, techno, experimental and house music, and more!”

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: $5 or pay what you can

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Lakeside Lounge

The Ithaca Swing Dance Network will host an afternoon dance on the southern shore of Cayuga Lake, with the Pelotones performing in Stewart Park’s Large Pavilion. Here’s the schedule:

2 p.m.: Intro to East Coast Swing

3 p.m.: Live music by the Pelotones

3:45 p.m.: West Coast Swing Cool Moves

4:15 p.m.: More live music

5 p.m.: Dance demonstrations

5:15 - 6 p.m.: - The band plays on!

When: 2-6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Stewart Park, Large Pavilion

Cost: $15 suggested admission (cash or Venmo)

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Afternoon Delight

The Center for the Arts of Homer will host “A Concert of Song” featuring three local artists: Jessica Moss, soprano; Steve Jones, bass; and Marina Gorelaya, piano. Their program will feature familiar “light classic" and American standard selections.

“There will be no admission charge for this wonderful program. However, there will be an opportunity to make a ‘Good Will" contribution of which 100% will go to the Cortland County TOYS FOR TOTS campaign.” There will also be a "punch and cookies" reception following the program in the Community Room of the Center for the Arts.

When: 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Center for the Arts of Homer

Cost: free; donation welcome

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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.” This week’s special guest is Richie Stearns!

When: 1-4 p.m. Sundays

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

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Nick Dittmeier and the Sawdusters
Nick Dittmeier and the Sawdusters

Heartland Rock

Midwestern roots-rockers Nick Dittmeier and The Sawdusters return to Central New York to play songs off their latest album, “Heavy Denim.” The Indiana-based band understands “that to stay relevant, country and Americana—like any long-running musical genres—must be unceremoniously leveled from time to time. Blasted by a cold steel wrecking ball, and reassembled into new forms atop the rubble. And what better moment for a scheduled demolition than with all of planet Earth in a holding pattern, straddling the deep chasm between past and future. Into this void arrives ‘Heavy Denim,’ an album that artfully sidesteps any slavish, formulaic adherence to roots-music traditions.”

Opening the show is the Freight duo, comprising JP Payton and Loveday of the band Freight. “While both JP and Loveday remain busy with Freight's ever-expanding tour schedule, the duo have crafted an in-demand intimate show that finds them reaching new audiences near and far. Combining the best of Freight's road-tested material and delving deeper into each individual's unique songwriting and vocal stylings, JP and Loveday offer a show fit for the limelight of Saturday night, or the the quiet reflection of Sunday morning.”

When: 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Liquid State Brewing North Shore


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In Session

Traonach and Friends resume their Live Irish Music Session at the Watershed, carrying on in the fine tradition of their much-beloved sessions at the Argos, The Chapter House, and Micawbers on the first and third Sundays of each month

When: 5-8 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Watershed

Cost: free; donations welcome Event Info

Cruising on a Sunday Evening

Discover Cayuga Lake presents another Club Cayuga Reggae Sunset Cruise with DJ Mike Judah, host of WICB’s “Reggae Explosions.”

“Take a cruise on the MV Teal while enjoying reggae, spun by Ithaca’s longest running reggae DJ and MC, DJ Mike Judah. From reggae classics to the newest genres on the scene you’ll be sure to catch an easy-going vibe that just might get you up and dancing, all while enjoying an amazing sunset over Cayuga Lake. The views are spectacular! You may bring your own food and beverages.”

When: 7-9 p.m. Sunday

Where: Cayuga Lake

Cost: $30 per adult, $50 for two or $10 per child, available online here

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Daniel Champagne
Daniel Champagne

Thunder from Down Under

Australian virtuoso guitarist Daniel Champagne comes to Trumansburg to promote his latest album, “Shimmer Through the Windscreen.” He has earned raves from around the world for “reinventing roots guitar’ (Rhythms Magazine, Australia):

“The word Prodigy seems to entirely fall short of this soft-spoken young man’s skills, he coaxes sounds and melodies out of his instrument that literally drop jaws.” The Calgary Herald, CANADA

“Today I saw the future of Folk – Festival goers flocking in the thousands towards the main stage to witness a young musical phenomenon from Australia dish out an absolute show-stopper.” The Firefly Column, USA

“Daniel Champagne is a crossroads. Fusing the strong traditions of Blues, Folk and other roots art with pop showmanship and admirable lyrical ability. I firmly believe that he will become an ambassador for roots music in a time where it desperately needs representation.” The Indie Blender, CANADA

“Watching Daniel Champagne perform is a once in a lifetime experience. He is a true prodigy that plays like no one else could possibly play unless they spent at least two lifetimes studying the art.” BW Review, NEW ZEALAND

‘Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magical’, AUSTRALIA

When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts

Cost: $18 in advance, available online here; $22 at the door

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New Planets

More Shows

Roger Decker is at Liquid State North Shore Brewing North Shore at 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Dave Gallagher plays Bagley’s Winery at 5-8 p.m. Friday

New Planets are at South Hill Cider at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday ($10)

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

Band by the River plays at BRU64 in Cortland at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Clint Bush is at Lucky Hare Brewing in Owego at 6-8 p.m. Friday

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

Strange Heavy
Strange Heavy

Strange Heavy is at Stone Bend Farm at 6-8 p.m. Friday ($5)

Grito will play Mexican music at CDMX Tacos in Press Bay Alley at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Past My Bedtime is at McGraw Box Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Crystal Vision is at Homer Hops at 6-9 p.m. Friday

JackFire Band is at Treleaven Winery at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Tenzin Chopak and Emmett Scott are at Finger Lakes Cider House at 6-9 p.m. Friday

St. Vith is at Two Goats Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Friday

The Ampersand Project is at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Ashley Marquez is at the Scale House Brewery at 6-9 p.m. Friday

M3 is at ONCO Fermentations in Tully at 7-9 p.m. Friday

Tim Herron is at the Glen Haven at 7-10 p.m. Friday

The F.A.R. Trio is at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Friday

Blast plays Moondog’s Lounge in Auburn at 8-11 p.m. Friday

DJ Juno
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DJ Juno

DJ Juno hosts a dance party at the Range at 10 p.m. Friday

Rachel Beverly is at White Springs Winery in Geneva at 1 p.m. Saturday

Benny T brings his Open Mic Posse to Chateau Dusseau in Locke at 3-6 p.m. Saturday

The 86ers play the Honky Tonk Happy Hour at Deep Dive at 4 p.m. Saturday

Bob Keefe and the Surf Renegades with the Hula Hut dancers play Liquid State Brewing North Shore at 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday

Logan Route plays Bagley’s Winery at 5-8 p.m. Saturday

The Vectors are at McGraw Box Brewing at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday

Karlee and Aria are at Brookton’s Market at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday

Roger Decker is at Stout Beard Brewing Company in Liverpool at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Rocco Rich and Aaron Craig return to Brewer’s Tap Room and Kitchen at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

The BeatleCUSE All Stars are at Homer Hops at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Two Hour Delay is at Heuga’s Alpine in Tully at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

The F.A.R. Trio is at Two Goats Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

The X'Plosionz are at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

M3 is at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Saturday

No Filter plays Moondog’s Lounge in Auburn at 8-11 p.m. Saturday


Bendher is at the Shoe Inn in Van Etten at 9 p.m. Saturday

Front & Main and Kitestring are at the John Barleycorn Tavern in Owego at 9:30 p.m. Friday

The Mary Ott Band plays the Jazz Brunch at Stonecat Café from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday

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

TOiVo plays the Finger Lakes Finns meeting at the Newfield Fire Hall at 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday

City Limits is at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards’ “Sunday Funday” at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Fritz’s Polka Band plays ONCO Fermentations’ ONCtoberfest at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Patrick Young is at Bright Leaf Vineyard at 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday

Jitensha 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


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