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17+ shows to see this weekend: Dec. 27-31

Secret Service Men return to the Range for a rockin' New Year's Eve party on Sunday night
Jim Catalano
Secret Service Men return to the Range for a rockin' New Year's Eve party on Sunday night

Ring in 2024 with a bunch of cool New Year’s Eve events around Ithaca, Cortland, and Groton! Plus, longtime favorites Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Nahko, and Driftwood return for weekend performances in Ithaca and Homer, respectively, and many other local and regional bands are playing throughout the area in the coming days.

Here’s to another year of great local and regional music in 2024!

Note: This week’s shows are listed in chronological order in two sections below.

Wednesday Night Jazz
Kicking off a full night of jazz, Greg Lofaro and The Firefly Trio return for the Deep Dive Jazz Happy Hour. They’ll be followed by the Deep Dive House Big Band at 8-10 p.m. and the new People’s Jam hosted by Drew Martin at 10:30 p.m.

When: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: free

Event Info

Going Big

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

Event Info

Noah Johnson

Trio Grande

Seven Presents will bring “A Night of Trio Performances” to downtown Ithaca, with Keir Neuringer, Charles Chatman, and Wraith joining forces on the Angry Mom Records stage.

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Angry Mom Records

Cost: $5

Event Info

People Get Ready

“The People’s Jam,” a new jam night hosted by saxophonist Drew Martin, continues every other Wednesday right after Deep Dive House Big Band. A native of the Bronx, Martin is currently a jazz studies major at Ithaca College and has played a key role in the local music scene over the past couple of years.

When: 10:30 p.m. every other Wednesday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: free

Event Info

Old-Time Tunes

Oona Grady and James Gascoyne (of Drank The Gold) will team up with Leah Grady Sayvetz, Jason Zorn, and Rosie Newton for a night of old-time fiddle tunes.

When: 5-8 p.m. Thursday

Where: South Hill Cider

Cost: free; donations welcome

Event Info

Dance the Night Away

“Hello Dancers! Join us for a great night of swing dancing at the Shorty Gorge. This week we will have a New Year’s celebration-themed dance!! Formal wear suggested!! No dance experience or partner necessary just bring yourself!! We will be teaching a Lindy Hop crash course from 7:30 – 8 p.m., which is perfect for beginners so bring your friends!”

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Room 303 (3rd floor) Studio B, 119 S. Cayuga St.

Cost: $5-$10, sliding scale at the door (cash or Venmo)

Event Info


Songs to Share

WonderMonday returns to downtown Ithaca, with Zaun Marshburn, Walt Lorenzut, and Michael Decatur performing original music with a very special guest, Cid Decatur.

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Ba

Event Info

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Good Vibrations

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad returns to Ithaca, ready to showcase its blend of reggae, world, rock, and dub influences. The band released its latest album, “Love in Time,” earlier this year. Felix Free and the Rxcketeers will open the show.

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $18 in advance, available online here; $25 day of show

Event Info

Tiger Beats

DJ DBL TGR will host a NYE Warmup Dance at the Upstairs, spinning “Nu Disco, Boogie Funk, Afrobeats, Dancehall, New Jack, HipHop, & Global bass. Bring a towel!”

When: 10 p.m. Friday

Where: The Upstairs

Event Info


Drift on In

Longtime regional favorite Driftwood returns to the Center for the Arts in Homer, with Dan Forsyth, Claire Byrne, Joe Kollar, Joey Arcuri, and Sam Fishman gearing up to unveil a new album in 2024. The band recently released a new single, “December Last Call.”

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Center for the Arts of Homer

Cost: $25, available online here

Event Info

Going Underground

The 1980 Underground returns with its last dance party of the year.



When: 10 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar

Event Info

Nahko returns to Ithaca this weekend for a pair of shows at Deep Dive.
Nahko returns to Ithaca this weekend for a pair of shows at Deep Dive.

Double Down

Nahko and Medicine for the People return to Ithaca for a pair of shows at Deep Dive. Saturday, Nahko will go solo, and Sunday he’ll ring in the New Year with the help of some of his many musical friends. He recently released his seventh album, “Trenches,” which “reflects more than a thousand days of open-hearted self-excavation, avid learning/unlearning, and radical internal re-calibration.”

“’Trenches’ has something for everybody,” says Nahko. “A range of emotions from anger to accountability and redemption; sorrow and mourning to soaring joy; forgiveness to rejoicing.”

When: 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: Deep Dive

Event & Ticket Info Saturday

Event & Ticket Info Sunday

Chicken Dance

Silo Food Truck will host a "NYE ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET" event at Liquid State Brewing Company, featuring live Latin Jazz from Jorge T. Cuevas and the Caribe Jazz All Stars

“SILO is closing out the year (and our season) with all your favorite Silo dishes- and then some! We will also be featuring some items off our catering menu including smoked tomato black beans, BBQ pulled pork and seasonal veg. Buffet opens at 5pm and closes at 9pm. We encourage you to not wait till the last min! (Limited tickets sold at the door). Limited tickets will be sold... last year we sold out, so scoop them up quick! SILO will be closed all of January with a return for mid-February.”

When: 5-9 p.m. Sunday

Where: Liquid State Brewing Company

Cost: $30, available online here

Event Info

Rockin’ Revelry

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Upstairs, with music from New Planets, Rose and the Bros, Lil Stupid Ass, and Dirty Gems, with the first-floor bar finally reopening!

When: 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Upstairs

Cost: $32 in advance, available online here; $45 of show

Event Info

Beats a’Plenty

Microtones returns to Forest City Lodge 180 on West Green Street for its latest event. “We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be ringing in the new year with special guest Cherriel, from Detroit, alongside residents Kamal Naeem and Otodojo.”

When: 8 p.m. Sunday “until late”

Where: Forest City Lodge 180

Cost: $10 advance tickets are available at Angry Mom Records; $20 at the door

Event Info

A Historical Occasion

Siren Styling Events returns to the historic Hotel Groton for New Year’s Eve Black & White Ball and micro-rave, with live music from Cast Iron Cowboys and Motherwort, DJ sets from Hectorworks’ DJ Hill and Lucas M, “burlesque from Lulu Lafemme, comedy, art, and a lil bit of fun madness.”

About the venue: “Built in 1853, Hotel Groton served as a rural Native American crossroads for trading purposes, a stop on the Underground Railroad, and a unique gathering place across the ages. An electric lady named Marion ran it in the 1900s and threw grand parties on a ballroom. It once held Prohibition liquor, delivered via a secret stairwell. Rumor has it someone rode a horse up the stairwell after a dare. It was also called the Corona Hotel in the 70s. This is a special place and we want you to experience its magic.”

About Siren Styling Events: “We are a collective of creators and artists believing in self-expression & empowerment through uniquely curated events. We aim to ignite creativity, connection, play, and host safe spaces for all. We focus on dance parties and multi-experiential design.”

When: opening ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Hotel Groton

Cost: $35 in advance, available online here; $40 day of show; $15 after 11:30 p.m.

Event Info

Tarot Tales

Ake Gallery and Cortland Comedy will present a New Year’s Event featuring “America's funniest psychic standup comedian, Karen Rontowski.

“Find out what 2024 has in store for you at central New York's premiere art venue, The Ake Gallery. Karen's guests include comedian Abdul Hadi, Baby New Year, and the mysterious and confused Doctor Seventhsense. At 10:37 we drop the ball so you can celebrate New Year's twice and be home before the drunk drivers hit the road.”

When: 8:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: 177 Main St., Cortland

Cost: $20 in advance, available online here; $25 at the door

Event Info

Inn Between

The Argos Inn and Warehouse will host a pair of events on New Year’s Eve, with the Djangoners playing vintage Parisian hot jazz in Bar Argos and SingTrece and Stone Cold Miracle bringing their fiery blend of soul, gospel, funk, and rock to the Warehouse followed by DJ Tuggle, who will spin funk, soul, hiphop, and more from midnight to 2 a.m.

When: 9 p.m. Sunday

Where: Argos Inn and Warehouse

Cost: $45 in advance, available online here; $50 day of show

Event Info

Sense of Community

Cortland Repertory Theatre Downtown will present “Dancin’ Thru The Decades,” its seventh annual New Year’s Eve Community Dance.

“It’s BACK! Come celebrate the holiday by dancing in the New Year and have a front-row seat to downtown Cortland’s New Year’s Celebrations! The evening will have the ULTIMATE DANCE MIX of the greatest tunes from the 60s to today! A family-friendly event – all ages welcome!”

When: 9 p.m. Sunday

Where: Cortland Repertory Theatre Downtown

Cost: $10 in advance, available online here; $15 at the door; kids 12 and under free!

Event Info

Rockin’ New Year’s Eve

Practice at Presents caps a stellar 2023 with a New Year’s Eve blowout featuring local favorites Secret Service Men, Vicious Fishes, Milk Cousin, and Metasequoia. “Get Ready To Ring In The New Year With Some Rock and Roll!”

When: 9 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Range

Cost: $18 in advance, available online here; $25 day of show

Event Info

Two Horse Johnson
Two Johnson Horse

More Shows

The Argos Grove Trio plays jazz at the Argos Inn at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays

The Green Street Jazz Band is at Brookton’s Market at 6-8 p.m. Wednesday

Two Johnson Horse brings its tribute to 2 Horse Johnson to Scale House Brewery at 6-8 p.m. Wednesday

Dan Segal of Flea Circus is at 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 Upstairs hosts its weekly Open Mic Night at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday

Salsa Ithaca presents the weekly “Salsa Wednesdays” dance event at the Range at 8 p.m. Wednesday

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

Scale House Brewery hosts Open Mic Night at 6-8 p.m. Thursday

Mike Aiken and Pat Nadge are at Cortland Beer at 6-9 p.m. Thursday

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

Atlas Bowl in Trumansburg hosts the weekly Vinyl Showcase at 7-10 p.m. Thursday

DJ Dale hosts Karaoke Night at the Upstairs at 10 p.m. Thursday

Travis Knapp is at Finger Lakes Cider House at 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday

DJ Dijon

DJ Dijon spins “boogie, disco, and funk” at South Hill Cider at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Bad Alibi plays classic rock at Hopshire Farms and Brewery at 6-8 p.m. Friday

The F.A.R. Trio is at Scale House Brewing at 6-8 p.m. Friday

The Ripcords are at Heuga’s Alpine in Tully at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Michael Francis McCarthy is at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Rick Starmer is at the St. Charles Hotel at 7-9 p.m. Friday

Marc Ryan and Monica are at the Dryden Hotel at 7-9 p.m. Friday

Homebrewed Comedy returns to McGraw Box Brewing at 7 p.m. Friday

Steve Romer is at the Hiawatha Inn in Truxton at 7:30 p.m. Friday

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

DJ ha-MEEN gets back to the 80s at the Range at 10 p.m. Friday

JT and Sam from the Petty Thieves are at Treleaven Winery at 1-4 p.m. Saturday

Prime Box
Prime Box

Prime Box is at Brookton’s Market at 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday

The John West Trio is at Summerhill Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Saturday

Destination Unknown is at McGraw Box Brewing at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday

The Pizza Steve Band is at Scale House Brewing at 6-8 p.m. Saturday

The Small Kings are at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

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

Root Shock and Stephen Phillips are at the Middle Ages Brewing Company in Syracuse at 8 p.m. Saturday

A Kid Called Danger hostsan album release show for “Cowards & Kings” at Funk 'n Waffles in Syracuse at 8 p.m. Saturday; AUK, DooWiTTle, and Slack round out the bill

DJ Hot Cole is at the Range at 10 p.m. Saturday ($5)

DJ Hot Cole
DJ Hot Cole


The Scale House Brewing hosts a “Noon Year’s Eve” party at 12-4 p.m. Sunday

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

Marc Ryan is at the Cortland Country Club at 4 p.m. Sunday

The Sorters are at Grist Iron Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Sunday

Marcie Beaton is at the Royal Court at 6 p.m. Sunday

K-House Karaoke Lounge and Suites hosts a New Year’s Eve Pajama Party at 6 p.m. Sunday

The Hotel Ithaca will host “Saturday Night Fever” New Year’s Eve, a disco-themed dance party, at 7 p.m. Sunday

Throw Down Cold is at the Double Down (formerly Punk’s Place) in Candor at 7 p.m. Sunday

M3 is at the Cortland DAV at 7 p.m. Sunday

Chasing Neon is at Average Joe’s Beernasium in Baldwinsville at 8 p.m. Sunday

Sophistafunk rings in 2024 at Funk N’ Waffles in Syracuse, joined by Transient Kicks and Roots Collider at 8:30 p.m. Sunday

Modern Alchemy Game Bar will host Emo New Year's at 9 p.m. Sunday

DJ Awesome Sauce (aka Eliot Rich) spins tunes at Longshots Sports Bar and Grill at 9 p.m.

The Song and Dance in Syracuse hosts “Gimme Gimme Disco: The New Year’s Eve Disco Ball” at 9 p.m. Sunday

Tim Herron is at the Glen Haven at 9 p.m. Sunday



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