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11 shows to see in January

Jan 3, 2020

The New Year is finally here, and there’s no better way to get 2020 off to a strong start than with some live music. Here’s a look at some big shows coming to Central New York in the coming month.

Too Many Zooz returns to the Haunt on Jan. 29.

  

  

Too Many Zooz

8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29

The Haunt, Ithaca

Tickets: $20-$22

This fiery brass band returns to Ithaca, with the trio of King of Sludge (drums), Leo P (sax) and Matt Doe (trumpet) ready to renew their tight bond with fans drawn by their propulsive grooves and relentless attack. Birocratic opens the show.

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Mike Gordon comes to the State Theatre of Ithaca on Jan. 17.

Mike Gordon

8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17

State Theatre of Ithaca

Tickets: $29.50-$39.50

Phish bassist Mike Gordon and his band – Scott Murawski, Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars), John Kimock, and Craig Myers – make their Ithaca debut in support of the new album, “OGOGO,” which was produced by Shawn Everett (The War on Drugs, Grizzly Bear, Broken Social Scene, Perfume Genius).

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Folk legend Holly Near plays the Auburn Public Theatre on Jan. 17.
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Holly Near

8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17

Auburn Public Theater

Tickets: $35-$75 SOLD OUT!

A legendary singer-songwriter and one of the founders of the Women’s Music Movement, Near is respected around the world for her music and activism. For more than 50 years, she has been lauded for insightful storytelling and a stage show that blends world consciousness, spiritual discovery and theatricality. This show is part of the Suffrage Centennial Celebration Concert sponsored by Auburn Public Theater and Women’s March in Seneca Falls Jan. 17-19.

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The Adicts play the Haunt on Jan. 18.

The Adicts

8 p.m. Jan. 18

The Haunt

Tickets: $25-$30

Formed in 1976, these British punk legends are known for their “Clockwork Orange”-inspired image and catchy songs. Their early 1980s albums “Songs of Praise” and “Sound of Music” produced several hits, and their stage shows are known to border on chaos with the use of confetti, costumes and magic tricks. Ithaca's own Secret Service Men will open the show.

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Greensky Bluegrass returns to Ithaca on Jan. 22.

Greensky Bluegrass

8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22

State Theatre of Ithaca

Tickets: $27.50-$32

After playing the Haunt a few times, Greensky Bluegrass makes the leap to the bigger State Theatre. For 18 years, the band has been winning fans with its energetic blend of bluegrass and rock ‘n’ roll and has sold out venues such as Red Rocks, The Ryman, and performed at festivals such as Bonnaroo, ACL and Outside Lands. Their latest album is 2019’s “All For Money.” Ghost Light opens the show.

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Half Pint comes to the Haunt Jan. 23.

Half Pint & the Yellow Wall Dub Squad

8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23

The Haunt, Ithaca

Tickets: $15-$20

Legendary reggae singer Half Pint comes to Central New York, joined by special guests Andrew Bees of Black Uhuru and King Hopeton. Half Pint’s best known for his 1983 hit “Wisdom,” which the Rolling Stones covered (though renamed it as “Too Rude”) on their 1986 album “Dirty Work”; Sublime’s 1996 song “What I Got” used the chorus from his song “Loving.” They’ll be backed by the Yellow Wall Dub Squad for the night.

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Hiroya Tsukamoto returns to Central New York for shows in Auburn and Trumansburg.

Hiroya Tsukamoto

8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24

Auburn Public Theater

Tickets: $10-$20

8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25

Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts

Tickets: $15-$18

The acclaimed Japanese-born, Berklee College of Music-educated guitarist returns to Central New York for a pair of shows in which he’ll showcase his fusion of folk, jazz and world music influences and virtuosic technique. He’ll also conduct a workshop at the Auburn Public Theatre at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25; tickets are $30 and are available here, and give another workshop in Trumansburg at 3:30-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 before his show later that night; tickets are $30 and available here.

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Roots of Creation comes to Syracuse on Jan. 29

  

Roots of Creation

8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29

Westcott Theater, Syracuse

Tickets: $12-$15

The New Hampshire reggae-rockers will bring their “Grateful Roots” tour to Central New York in honor of their latest project, “Grateful Dub,” in which they put a reggae-fied spin on classic Grateful Dead tunes such as “Fire on the Mountain” and “Friend of the Devil.” Pat Tato and the Baked Potatoes will open the show.

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TAUK comes to Syracuse's Westcott Theater on Jan. 30.

  

TAUK

8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30

Westcott Theater, Syracuse

Tickets: $15

This Long Island quartet will bring its “Squad Tour” to Syracuse to showcase its trademark blend of hiphop, jazz and prog rock. Their latest album is “Shapeshifter II: Outbreak,” which they created with longtime friend Robert Carranz, the Grammy Award-winning producer-mixer-engineer also known for his work The Mars Volta, Ozomatli, Marilyn Manson, and Taj Mahal. RCA, featuring members of Dopapod and Kung-Fu, will open the show.

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Nelly plays the Del Lago Casino in Waterloo Jan. 30.

Nelly

8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30

Del Lago Resort and Casino, Waterloo

Tickets: $30-$75 (ages 21 and up)

For nearly 20 years, this St. Louis-based rapper has been at the top of the hiphop world, scoring hits such as 2002’s Grammy-winning “Hot in Herre” and 2016’s “Cruise,” his collaboration with country-rockers Florida Georgia Line. He also has acted in movies and television series, as well as expanding his brand to other industries such as fashion and energy drinks.

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