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24+ shows to see this week: May 2-8

Buffalo's Strange Standard plays at Deep Dive Saturday night
Buffalo's Strange Standard plays at Deep Dive Saturday night

Buffalo’s Strange Standard comes to Deep Dive, Rochester’s Bad Bloom returns to Sacred Root Kava Bar, and Margaret Glaspy and Rickie Lee Jones come to the Center for the Arts of Homer.

Plus, the Spring Writes Literary Fest returns with a couple of music-related events and Hair•Color•Art celebrates its new location with a big bash featuring the 86ers, Teencat, and more!

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

Also, it’s our Spring Membership Drive week at The Route, so please consider making a gift at to support our mission (we're a nonprofit organization).

We’ve added more local and regional music to our playlists in recent months and hired a stellar new DJ, Jann Nyffeler, to host a Wednesday night show, “Ain’t That The Way.” We’ve also expanded our broadcast range, so you’ll now be able to hear The Route continuously from Ithaca to Rochester between WITH (90.1 FM in Ithaca) and WRUR (88.5 in Rochester).

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Four on the Floor

The Jesse Collins Quartet comes to downtown Ithaca, with saxophonist Collins joined by Alex Horath, Tom Contino, and Richard Bureau for night of jazz and more

When: 7-10 p.m. Thursday

Where: Bike Bar Ithaca

Cost: free; donations welcome

Event Info

It’s a Celebration!

Three of Cups is a celebration of borderlessness, a vast expanse, a bigger dream of what can be literary and what can be possible. Expect poems read, sung, music played, burlesquing, visual art, projection, imperfection, ending in a large group collaboration— all performed by femmes & thems only. You’re invited to a sister showcase to last year’s Two of Cups, both born of the anti-academic, chaos-blessed poet, visual artist, event producer nicole v basta’s refusal to accept creative constraints. Performers include: Winniebell Xinyu Zong, Jamaica Baldwin, Silver Rein, Erin the Axe, Lily Codera, nicole v basta, and Annie Sumi. Three of Cups is a part of The Spring Writes Literary Festival.”

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: free

Event Info

In Honor

“Join us May 3, as we honor Florence Nightingale—the founder of modern nursing. Celebrate the Guthrie Cortland Medical Center Nurses and help us kick off National Nurses’ Week.The welcome reception starts at 6 p.m., featuring hors d’oeuvres from M & D Deli, and a cash bar, followed by Live Music in the Concert Hall with the Fall Creek Brass Band. Purchase a cork and try your luck in the Wine Pull for added fun. A night to celebrate nurses. Proceeds will benefit Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.”

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Center for the Arts of Homer

Cost: Tickets available at the door

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Art of Jazz

“Zingology Combo plays gypsy swing at the North Star Fine Art Gallery on the Commons in downtown Ithaca, NY. This will be in conjunction with First Friday Gallery Night. The North Star is currently featuring the paintings of Ireland, Scotland and New England by Brian Keeler. Zingology includes Joanna Green on violin and vocals, Wayne Gottlieb on guitar and vocals, Greg Ezra on drums, Brian Keeler on guitar, Ted Caldwell on bass and Brian Earle on clarinet.”

When: 6-8:30 p.m. Friday

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Spin the Bottle
"Seven Minutes in Heaven: A spin-the-bottle of the arts" returns to Ithaca as part of the Spring Writes Literary Festival!

“Ithaca-area people, c'mon along to Lot 10 this coming Friday, May 3. From 7-9 PM, twenty-one compatriots will be doing some spontaneous collaborating, in the manner of 13-year-olds in a basement. Spring fever!

7 writers+7 musicians+7 readers = 7 one-time-things

Featuring: Rhian Ellis, Karlee Weaver, Jaime Warburton, Park Doing, Bob Proehl, Ubaldo Dante Valli, Jacob White, Felix Teitelbaum, Jennie Stearns, Pat Dutt, Sera Smolen, Matt Gordon, Melanie Bush, Jon Frankel, Aria Dawn, Carmi Orenstein, Mary Lorson, Erica Steinhagen, Jon Miller, Lesley Greene, Scott Whitham.”

When: 7-9 p.m.

Where: Lot 10

Cost: $5

The Big Comeback

“After four years touring the galaxy entertaining crown heads and intergalactic luminaries, La Cerise Noire is returning to The Cherry Artspace for two nights with its signature variety of delectable neo-vaudeville performances.

“The Cherry will transform into a decadent cabaret where you will be enchanted by aerial arts, comedy, music, burlesque, drag, and more! The Mighty Mickie Quinn hosts as the sensational Cherry Bombe and is accompanied by the multi-talented Nate the Great Marshall. Featuring dazzling performances by Dizzy DeScretion, Gina Tomorrow, Goddess, izac charp, Robin Guiver, The Amazing Stanley ...and a few surprises.”

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Where: The Cherry Arts

Cost: $10-$35 ($50 for VIP) available online here. “Equitable ticket pricing is available whether you're feeling the squeeze of inflation or you're lounging atop your piles of gold.”

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Good Vibrations

“The Analogue Sons, firing up original uplifting sound, deep groove, triumphant melodies and harmonies to make you feel exactly as you need....Nice Nice Vibes.

“A veteran lineup of musicians who’ve collectively toured all across the globe. The band performs predominantly original material while sprinkling in a few choice covers blurring any boundaries among reggae, jazz, dub, soul, rock, surf & eastern European music.”

The band includes Mike Stark (organ/synth/bass), Lee Hamilton (sax), Lars Burggren (drums), Aaron Speiser (dubs, melodica), Alicia Aubin (trombone), and Jason Shegogue (guitar).”

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: $10 or pay what you can

Event Info

Sparrows in Spring

Sacred Root hosts a cool show with Second Spring, Oran Delphi, Luisa Mei, and SadSad Sparrows.

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Bar & Tea Lounge

Cost: $5

Dancing Queens

Gimme Gimme Disco returns to Deep Dive with another dance event. “If you can’t get enough of ABBA, boy do we have THE dance party for you! We are a DJ based dance party playing all your favorite ABBA tracks, plus plenty of other disco hits from the 70s & 80's like The Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Cher, & so much more. So honey honey, take-a-chance and you’ll be dancing all night long. Grab tickets, put on your best disco attire, bring your friends, and have the best night of your life!”

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $21 in advance, available online here; $20 day of show

Event Info

Flying Object
Flying Object

Rochester Rockers

Flying Object is a song-based, lyric-driven, psychedelic, rock n' roll band featuring brothers Matt and Chris O'Brian and a rotating cast of players. For this performance, Flying Object is a Bad Weapon featuring Overhand Sam Snyder and guest drummer Dennis Mariano.”

When: 10:30 p.m. Friday

Where: The Range

Cost: $10, $5 with student ID

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Bird is the Word

The Cast Iron Cowboys play at “Birding Man,” a bird-theme-inspired event at Ramble On Farm in Trumansburg. They’ll kick off at 6:30 p.m. followed by DJ Dijon at 8:15 p.m.

When: 2-9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Ramble On Farm, 3383 Colegrove Road, Trumansburg

Cost: $10

Grand Reopening!

Hair•Color•Art has moved to the South Hill Business Park, and they’re celebrating!

“Join the HCA team while we celebrate our new space and first party at our new location! We have performances by The 86ers, TeenCat, Milk Cousin, and Skeleton Hands; Drink Slingin’ with Open Spaces Cider, and food from Beautifully Charcuterie. Our neighbors at Artist Alley will be hosting demonstrations in their private studios from 3-7 p.m. Each studio will provide refreshments. So come a little early to explore The Alley! Put a little cash in your pockets to support the bands and to buy drinks! Alcoholic and nonalcoholic options. Bring a friend! Enjoy the murals! May the 4th be with you!”

When: 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Where: South Hill Business Campus, 950 Danby Road, Ithaca

Cost: free to attend

Event Info

A Good Cause

Cascadilla Creek Women's Ensemble will present a Benefit Concert for Open Doors English, an organization that “empowers adult English language learners in Ithaca, Tompkins, and surrounding counties to live fuller lives through affordable, comprehensive English (ESL) classes.” Find out more here!

When: 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca, corner of Court and Cayuga Streets

Event Info

Underground Sounds

Practice at Presents returns to Sacred Root Kava Bar with a stacked show that includes the return of Rochester’s Bad Bloom and Saratoga Springs’ Black Tongued Reverend along with locals B.C.M.E. and Dead Letters.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sacred Root

Cost: $10

Event Info

Read a 2023 interview with Bad Bloom here!

Z Men

Plan Z returns to the Downstairs, offering “a collaborative musical journey featuring some of the great musicians in the area. You will hear jazz, blues, soul, and funk-filled originals as the group pushes their own boundaries to create something new.” The band includes Michael Stark (keys), Marc Devokaitis (saxophone) Andrew Battles (electric bass), Ryan Zawel (trombone and sousaphone), Paul Merrill (trumpets), Zaun Marshburn (drums), London McDaniel (guitar,) and Benjamin Barson (baritone sax).

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Downstairs

Cost: $10

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Regional Rock

Strange Standard brings their Steely Dan-inspired jams and Red Hot vibes to Deep Dive. Buffalo’s 8-piece Rock Fusion experience is joined by Metasequioa and Rye Makepeace for an exciting night of music! With food by Babes Burgers from 5-10 pm!”

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $8 in advance, $10 day of show

Event Info

Hot Jazz

The Original Cornell Syncopators will be performing for a swing dance alongside New York City trumpeter Mike Davis for an afternoon of upbeat music from the 1910s-1930s. There is a crash-course dance class at 3 p.m., followed by the dance at 3:30 p.m.

When: 3-5:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Big Red Barn, Cornell

Cost: $3; open to all, free for graduate/professional students with valid ID.

Event Info

Margaret Glaspy
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Margaret Glaspy

Going Solo

Acclaimed singer-songwriter-guitarist Margaret Glaspy returns to CNY for a solo show to promote her new EP, “The Sun Doesn’t Think.”

“For the first time, Margaret Glaspy is presenting a solo acoustic show filled with songs from her past and present.”

When: 8 p.m. Sunday

Where: Center for the Arts of Homer

Cost: $34, available online here

Event Info

Tuesday Tunes

Deep Dive will host a rare early Tuesday show, with local band Scratched Vinyl performing at 7 p.m.

The band includes: Russell Posegate (keyboards, backing vocals, occasional trumpet, percussion), Curtis Kretz (drums), Erik Herman (lead vocals), Lesley Greene (trumpet, flute, backing vocals), Christine Evans (lead vocals), Louie Dickinson (guitar), Chris Bell (guitar, backing vocals, occasional trumpet) and Andy Adelewitz (bass, backing vocals).

“Scratched Vinyl is a band. We can say that much objectively. Probably a rock band? Or indie rock, if you value that distinction. We're definitely independent. We like to rock.

Scratched Vinyl is a big band, sort of. There are eight of us. Two lead singers, two guitars, keyboard, bass, drums, and Lesley. Lesley plays trumpet and sometimes flute. (Chris and Russ play trumpet sometimes too. Nobody else plays trumpet, that we can recall.) Pretty much everyone sings, sometimes all at the same time. We like harmonies. Have there been larger bands? Certainly. But most are smaller, so.

“Scratched Vinyl plays a mix of original songs and covers. The covers range from songs by The Beatles, The Who and Led Zeppelin to The Killers, Rihanna and Adele. The originals are all by us, though you probably knew that. Describing them is the province of others, we just write 'em and play 'em, but it's fair to say they sound more like the Beatles and less like Rihanna, generally speaking.

“Scratched Vinyl is a band of Ithaca doers. Erik runs the Physics Bus. Lesley and Andy run Porchfest. Russ is an IC music prof who occasionally dons tights for community theater purposes (and maybe other purposes, but those are none of our business). When Chris isn't running the band with his usual megalomaniacal fervor (don't tell him we said that) he's a teacher at Fall Creek Elementary. Louie teaches at the high school and holds some public office in Dryden that we're not entirely clear on (but we're very proud of him). Christine sings in the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, and teaches Spanish and ESL at TC3. Curtis plays the drums, with us and with others, and sometimes just alone in a field somewhere; drummers are inscrutable like that. When not out in a field somewhere, he’s a lab tech at Cornell’s vet school.

Audiences tend to find us quite pleasant. Our assorted spouses and children find us mostly tolerable. You'll have to make up your own mind, but one thing is pretty much certain: Scratched Vinyl... is a band.”

When: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $5

Event Info

Rickie Lee Jones
Rickie Lee Jones

Stories and Songs

Rickie Lee Jones returns to Central New York for an intimate show in Homer.

“Rickie Lee Jones is an American musician, storyteller, and two-time Grammy winner who has been inspiring pop culture for decades, beginning with her star-making self-titled debut, followed by the seminal “Pirates.”

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Center for the Arts of Homer

Cost: $55, available online here

Event Info

Read a 2022 Q&A with Rickie Lee Jones here!

Just Jazz

Deep Dive will host the IC Jazz Fest, featuring The IC Jazz Ensemble, Cobra Ensemble, IC Jazz Vocal Ensemble, Out at Third, Crease, and The Bomb Co.

When: 9 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: free

Event Info

Going Galactic

The Galactic Escort Service returns to Deep Dive for Galactic Wednesday, with Ashley Ickes, Tenzin Chopak, Josh Oxford, Emmett Scott, and Michael Schuler ready to whip up some atmospheric grooves.

“Every other Wednesday, a core group of Ithaca-based musicians join forces to create live improvised music on the spot. The group projects both obscure and classic films to aid in enhancing the experience as both audience and performers embark into the unknown spaces and places of the sonic realm. Guaranteed no two shows are the same, come be a part of the excitement of musical creation in real time.”

The kitchen is open from 6-10 p.m. featuring Yxi's Arepas

When: 9 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Deep Dive

Cost: $10

Event Info

Tenzin Chopak
Tenzin Chopak

More Shows

Tenzin Chopak returns to South Hill Cider at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday

Driftwood’s Dan Forsyth hosts Songwriter’s Night at Hopshire Farms and Brewery at 6-8 p.m. Thursday

Aiken is at Cortland Beer Company at 6-9 p.m. Thursday

Oliver Burdo is at Atwater Winery at 6-9 p.m. Thursday

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

Marc Ryan is at the Cortland DAV at 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Atlas Bowl in Trumansburg hosts Vinyl Night at 7-10 p.m. Thursday

DJ Awesome Sauce (aka Eliot Rich of Gunpoets) DJs at the Downtown Ithaca Summer Concert Series lineup announcement at 12-2 p.m. Friday at Monk’s on the Commons

Melanie and the Boys are at Summerhill Brewing at 5-8 p.m. Friday


GoGone returns to Deep Dive for a happy hour show at 5:30 p.m. Friday

Liam Lawson is at Aurora Brewing Company at 5-8 p.m. Friday

The Kitestring Duo is at Homer Hops at 6-8 p.m. Friday

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

David Graybeard Band is at BRU64 at 6-8 p.m. Friday

Saint Vith are at Two Goats Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Scott Tremolo is at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Tony Serdula is at Scale House Brewery at 6-9 p.m. Friday

The Butternut Creek Trio is at Heuga’s Alpine in Tully at 6-9 p.m. Friday

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

Alice Saltonstall and Tracy Robertson busk jazz vocal standards at Café Dewitt in the Dewitt Mall at 6-7:30 p.m. Friday; proceeds benefit World Central Kitchen

Cielle on Solid Ground
Cielle on Solid Ground

Cielle on Solid Ground is at Stone Bend Farm at 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday

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

Richman and the Poorboys are at Cedarwood Event Venue at 7-10 p.m. Friday

Immortal Jellyfish are at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Friday

Marc and Monica are at Hairy Tony’s in downtown Cortland at 8 p.m. Friday

The JLC Country Duo is at the Dryden Hotel at 8-10 p.m. Friday

DJ ha-MEEN is at Lot 10 at 10 p.m. Friday

NY Record Fairs hosts a Vinyl Records and CD Fair at Cayuga Blu Hotel from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Jess Novak
Jess Novak

Jess Novak is at Treleaven Winery at 1-4 p.m. Saturday

Levi Dusseau is at Owasco Lake Brewing in Moravia at 5-8 p.m. Saturday

Marc Ryan is at Fat Pattie’s in Binghamton at 5:30 p.m. Saturday

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

Jess Novak and Ben Wayne are at Homer Hops at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

The Tailor Made Duo is at McGraw Box Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Terrapin Station is at Two Goats Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Saturday

Doc Possum is at Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m. Friday

Roger Decker is at the Syracuse Crawfish Festival at 6-7 p.m. Saturday (lots of other CNY bands are there, too, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

Madd Daddy is at the Antlers Restaurant at 7 p.m. Saturday (SOLD OUT!)

The Town Pants
The Town Pants

The Sim Redmond Band and The Town Pants join forces at the Essex in Rochester at 7 p.m. Saturday

Sweet Degenerates are at Cedarwood Event Venue at 7 p.m. Saturday

Transient Kicks are at ONCO Fermentations’ Cinco de Mayo party at 3-5 p.m. Sunday

Yayle Hues and Jon Rogalia are at Cortland Beer Company at 8 p.m. Saturday

DJ Split Image is at the Range at 9:30 p.m. Saturday ($5)

DJ Juno is at O’Malley’s Lakeside Tavern at 10 p.m. Saturday

Wayne Gottlieb and Harry Aceto are at the Stonecat Café for Jazz Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday

Benny T brings his Open Mic Posse to Summerhill Brewing from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday

Ana Florencia plays originals at the Ithaca Farmers Market from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday

Grist Iron Brewing hosts the annual Notorious G.I.B. Cheese Fest at 12-5 p.m. Sunday

Tom Chamberlain is at Summerhill Brewing at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Still Kickin’ is at Cedarwood Event Venue at 2-5 p.m. Sunday

Six Mile Craic is at Brookton’s Market at 3-5 p.m. Sunday

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

Mike Lucey is at Hopnotch Brewing in Montour Falls at 4-7 p.m. Sunday

DeWayne Perry’s Jazz Jam returns to the Downstairs at 6-9 p.m. Sunday

Clint Bush opens for Margaret Glaspy at the Center for the Arts of Homer at 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday

Brett Beardslee brings the blues to Rasta Ranch Vineyards at 5-9 p.m. Mondays

MAQ kicks off South Hill Cider’s 2024 Jazz Mondays series at 5:30 p.m. Monday

Poetry & Prose Open Mic Night returns to the Downstairs at 7-9 p.m. Monday

Open Mic Standup Comedy Night returns to the Downstairs at 7-9 p.m. Tuesday

The Notorious Stringbusters are at the Trumansburg Farmers Market at 5-7 p.m. Wednesday

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

Green Street Jazz plays at Brookton’s Market at 6-8 p.m. Wednesday

Bobby Rowe is at Scale House Brewing at 6-8 p.m. Wednesday

Hannah Toombs 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

Hannah Toombs
Hannah Toombs

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