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12+ shows to see this week: Sept. 23-26

Sep 23, 2019

It’s officially fall, so get the season off to an appropriate start with this batch of shows!

Southern Culture on the Skids returns to the Haunt Monday night.

Double Wide Fun

Southern Culture on the Skids will make a welcome return to Ithaca; the North Carolina-based trio features frontman Rick Miller unleashing a barrage of humorous lyrics and twangy licks over the propulsive rhythm section of drummer Dave Hartman and Mary Huff. The Split Squad will open the show – its lineup includes Blondie’s Clem Burke on drums, the Fleshtones' Keith Streng and the Plimsouls' Eddie Munoz on guitars, the Baseball Project’s Josh Kantor on keyboards (also the organist at Fenway Park), and Parallax Project’s Michael Giblin on bass.

When: 8 p.m. Monday

Where: The Haunt

Cost $20

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/416659642400365/

The Split Squad will open for Southern Culture on the Skids at the Haunt on Monday night.

Planet Rockers

The weekly Galactic Monday residency continues, with the host band Galactic Escort Service  returning for the usual set of sonic improvisations.

When: 9:30 p.m. Monday

Where: Casita del Polaris

Cost: $5

Info: https://www.facebook.com/casitapolaris/

Party of Four

Indian Creek Farm will host a cool “Queers-Punx-Psychedelia” show featuring local rockers Spazzare, along with Rochester’s Jan the Actress, Woodstock’s Bitter Peach, and Heckdang from Charlotte, N.C.

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Indian Creek Farm

Cost: sliding-scale cover

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/460481877871228/

Uncle Joe and the Rosebud Ramblers return to the Ulysses Historical Society on Tuesday night.

String Songs

The Ulysses Historical Society will host its annual fall meeting, with play traditional and American folk music from Uncle Joe and the Rosebud Ramblers.

Open to both members and non-members alike.

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Ulysses Historical Society, 39 South St., Trumansburg

Cost: free

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/220630402191004/

Rainbow Kitten Surprise will make their Ithaca debut at the State Theatre on Tuesday night.

Herding Cats

Rainbow Kitten Surprise will make their Ithaca debut; the North Carolina-based quintet has built a huge following with its eclectic blend of influences ranging from indie rock to hiphop, and its stellar debut album “How to: Friend, Love, Freefall,” which was produced by Jay Joyce (Cage The Elephant, Sleeper Agent). Brooklyn rock duo Illiterate Light will open.

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: State Theatre of Ithaca

Cost: $29.50-$99.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/388239782025548/

By The Fire

The weekly Firelight Live series continues with host Ted Walsh joined by singer-songwriter-winemaker Levi Dusseau, of the Locke Dusseaus, for evening Equinox show that will also feature autumnal produce from the Youth Farm Project's mobile market.

When: 6-9 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Firelight Camps, La Tourelle

Cost: free

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/725030184592363/

Good Vibrations

The Crucials continue their weekly Reggae Night residency in downtown Ithaca, with some of Ithaca’s top musicians joining forces for an evening of classic and obscure reggae and dub classics. DJ Jesse Hill will start off the night by spinning on the decks.

When: 9 p.m. Wednesday

Where: The Range

Cost: $5

Info: therangeithaca.com

Vocal Exchange

The monthly Cypher Night continues, once again hosted by Ithaca’s Ben “DJ ha-MEEN” Ortiz. In hiphop parlance, a cypher is an exchange of ideas, especially when it comes to the voice. To that end, the night will feature three hourly segments: 7-8 p.m., open-mic format, just show up and sign up; 8-9 p.m., invited poets and singers will perform; 9-10 p.m., DJ ha-MEEN will play a continuous selection of beats for the emcee cyphers to rhyme over, either pre-written or freestyle. There’s no cover for the event, which is open to all ages.

When: 7-10 p.m. Thursday

Where: Maxie’s Supper Club

Cost: free

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2785947211432502/

Sammy Rae and The Friends come to Ithaca College Thursday night.

Songs from Sammy

Ithaca College’s Bureau of Concerts presents Sammy Rae and the Friends. The NYC-based singer-songwriter-pianist draws on jazz, rock, blues and R&B influences for her inimitable sound.

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Ithaca College's IC Square

Doors open at 6:30, Show at 7:30.

Cost:  $5 for IC students and $10 for the public.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1386263724845689/; https://www.sammyrae.com

Olivia Gatwood brings her "Life of the Party" tour to the Haunt Thursday night.

Words of Wisdom

DSP Shows & Ithaca Underground join forces to present Olivia Gatwood’s “Life of the Party” tour to promote her latest book of poetry, the follow-up to her acclaimed “New American Best Friend.” Originally from Albuquerque and now living in Santa Cruz, Gatwood has received national recognition for her poetry, writing workshops, and work as a Title IX Compliance educator in sexual assault prevention and recovery. She’ll be joined by Ari Chi and Cailin Nolte.

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Haunt

Cost: $15 in advance, $17 at the door

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/643896206023007/


Sonic Explorations

The ElectroZone kicks off its fall season with “Portable Necrotonics,” a multi-act electronica bill featuring Finite Element, zachuoso, ˈmɜːdə(ɹ)foɡ, Fainting Lessons, and Billy Jackass.

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar

Cost: $10

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/704801896655769/

Practice at Pete’s

Hardcore vets Secret Service Men continue their monthly residency with another old-school show featuring The Moon Landing and Joyous Shrub666.

When: 9 p.m. Thursday

Where: Pete’s Cayuga Bar

Cost: free

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2384571918295092/

Feelin’ Funky

Funk Night returns to downtown Ithaca, as Dean’s Kids – Hayden Frank, Max Shuhan, Owen Erickson, Archer Cowen, Dan Keller – lay down their versions of funk, soul and R&B classics from the past five decades.

When: 9:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Range

Cost: $5

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/389160255097528/

Cinemapolis continues to screen the new, acclaimed Linda Ronstadt documentary.

Voice of a Generation

The new documentary “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice” continues to screen in downtown Ithaca. The film chronicles the career of the versatile vocalist whose mastery of several styles – country rock, pop, rock, new wave, Mexican, and more – kept her at the forefront of popular music for decades.

When: all week

Where: Cinemapolis

Cost: $10.50

Info: https://cinemapolis.org/film/linda-ronstadt-the-sound-of-my-voice/