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11 shows to see this weekend: May 10-12

May 10, 2019

It’s another busy weekend in and around Ithaca. Check out these shows, which offer everything from 1970s pop and fiery reggae to indie rock and Celtic folk.

Gordon Lightfoot returns to the State Theatre of Ithaca Friday night.
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Carefree Highways

Canadian legend Gordon Lightfoot returns to Ithaca with his “80 Years Strong” tour, which will feature deep cuts from his many albums along with hits such as “Rainy Day People, “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Carefree Highway,” “Sundown” and “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” all tied together by stories and anecdotes from his long career.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: State Theatre of Ithaca

Cost: $35-$75

Info: stateofithaca.com, www.lightfoot.ca

Root Shock returns to the Haunt Friday night
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Reggae Return

Fronted by fiery vocalist Jessica Brown, the Syracuse-based reggae-dub-soul-rock Root Shock continues to build its fan base through relentless touring throughout the northeast. Local favorites Kite String and Road Man (solo) will open, with DJ Mike Judah spinning tunes between sets.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: The Haunt

Cost: $12

Info: thehaunt.com, rootshockmusic.com

Quail marks the end of the Ithaca College semester with a Friday night show at Sacred Root Kava Bar and Tea Lounge.
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Joining Forces

Ithaca College bands Quail and Kyra Skye will mark the end of the semester with a show in downtown Ithaca. In August 2017, Skye released her debut album "Summer Nights" that she singlehandedly wrote, performed, produced, and mastered. Fronted by singer Maddy Carroll, Quail is an octet specializing in funk and R&B.

When: 9 p.m. Friday
Where: Sacred Root Kava Lounge and Tea Bar

Cost: $5

Info: www.facebook.com/events/801879816864893/, www.kyraskye.com, www.facebook.com/thequailtrail/

It’s a Launch

Local authors Liz Bowen and Marty Cain have chapbooks coming out – “Compassion Fountain” (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2019) and “Four Essays” (Tammy, 2019), respectively – so “we're doing a wild launch party that will also be a wild loud show!” with music sets by SLFHLP (seasonally appropriate synthy summery beats), Wildflwr (indie power trio) and Joyous Shrub 666 (surf punk for people who don't live near the ocean).

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: The Chantiloft

Cost: small cover charge

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2359591090939185/

Let’s Dance

It’s time for another Bowie & Company Dance Party, with DJs Bob Proehl and Alex Reed spinning tunes from David Bowie and his musical peers. All proceeds will go to Out for Health (outforhealth.org), Planned Parenthood of the Southern Lakes’ LGBT Health and Wellness Program.

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: Casita del Polaris

Cost: Donations

Info: www.facebook.com/events/2448139638847174/

Fall Creek Brass Band returns to the Range Friday night
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Bring on the Brass

The Fall Creek Brass Band returns for a night of fun-filled street music that blends jazz, funk, pop, hiphop and rock influences. Expect to hear originals from their two albums, as well as their takes on classic tunes.

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: The Range

Cost: $5

Info: therangeithaca.com, www.facebook.com/events/2381444588573055/

Getting ‘Philthy’

The “Philthy Evolution Party” will offers sets from Proper Philth with EVO Evolution, Junkyard Theory, and the debut of The Good and the Wicked, a new funk band featuring London McDaniel, Ramsey Fulcher, Mike Barry and Daniel Borcherding.

When: 10 p.m. Friday

Where: Lot 10

Cost: $5


Take me to ‘The Other Side’

The Cosmic Joke Collective – Ithaca’s monthly creative salon – will host "The Other Side." This round will feature sets from one-man band Cozmic Theo, Heather Sandford and Josh Dolan of the 86ers, Strange Heavy’s McKenzie Lauren Jones, Honey Cave’s Lora Pendleton, and raucous old-time trio Pine Box.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Lot 10 Lounge

Cost: $5

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/626823734396765/

Sego makes their Ithaca debut Saturday at the Haunt.
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Sego Genesis

Indie-pop band Sego will make its Ithaca debut Originally from Utah and now based in Los Angeles, the quartet takes its name from Utah’s state flower, the sego lily. The band’s latest album, “Sego Sucks,” just came out. Locals Jake and the Nowhere Men and BadNew will open.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Haunt

Cost: $12

Info: theHaunt.com, www.facebook.com/SegoMusic

Castlebay plays Bound for Glory Sunday night
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Coastal Celtic

Bound for Glory closes out its spring season with Castlebay, the Maine-based Celtic duo of Julia Lane and Fred Gosbell, who combine a variety of influences.

When: 8-11 p.m. Sunday

Where: Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell University

Cost: free

Info: boundforglory.org, www.castlebay.net

NeedToBreathe play Ithaca's State Theatre Sunday night.
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Acoustic Alchemy

NeedtoBreathe will make its Ithaca debut. Led by brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart, this Grammy-nominated band from South Carolina will bring its intimate “Acoustic Live” tour to Ithaca. Their latest studio album, “H A R D L O V E” topped various charts in 2016, while the new “Acoustic Live Vol. 1” captures highlights from the 2018 legs of the tour. Nashville singer-songwriter Trent Dabbs will open.

When: 8 p.m. Sunday

Where: State Theatre of Ithaca

Cost: $34.50-$54.50

Info: stateofithaca.com, www.needtobreathe.com