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13 shows to see this weekend: April 26-28

Apr 26, 2019

It’s another busy week on the Ithaca music scene, with a lucky 13 shows worthy of your consideration.

Almost Queen headlines the State Theatre's "Benefit My State" show Saturday night

A Good Cause

The State Theatre of Ithaca will host its 9th annual “Benefit My State” concert, featuring “Almost Queen: The Ultimate Queen Experience,” at 8 p.m. Saturday. All proceeds will benefit the 501(c3) not-for-profit State Theatre of Ithaca. The most authentic Queen live show since the days of Queen themselves, Almost Queen delivers a live performance showcasing signature four-part harmonies and intricate musical interludes

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: State Theatre

Cost: $$19.50-$39.50; tickets are available through the State Theatre Box Office at 105 West State/MLK Jr. St., by calling 277-8283

Info: stateofithaca.com, almostqueen.com

Metal Health

Bendher returns for a happy hour show, bringing metal and hard-rock favorites from past decades, along with some cool originals that stand along those classic covers.

When: 6-9 p.m. Friday

Where: The Haunt

Cost: Free

Info: theHaunt.com

Pop ’Til You Drop

Domino Saints will make their Ithaca debut, as the Puerto Rican urban pop duo of Gigi and David is on its way to Albany to open for Jay Sean. DJ ha-MEEN will spin tunes throughout the night.

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: Maxie’s Supper Club

Cost: $10

Info: therangeithaca.com

Entranced by Dance

The Electrozone will host “Dancetrance2: So You Think You Can Trance?!?” with sets from Zalatan, PHUNgEYE, Stepwriterun, Thrash Brian, and DJ Demo. Weird attire is “strongly encouraged.”

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar

Cost: $5

Info: www.facebook.com/ithacaelectrozone/

Birth performs at Maxie's Saturday afternoon

Jazz on the Edge

Power jazz trio Birth will return to Ithaca for an afternoon. The trio of Joshua Smith (sax) Jeremy Bleich (bass) and Joe Tomino (drums) has drawn praise for its high-energy shows. (Some may know Tomino from his work with Matisyahu and Dub Trio).

When: 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Maxie’s Supper Club

Cost: free; donations welcome

Info: maxies.com

Dancing in the Street

Local group Mostly Motown will present its spring show in downtown Ithaca. The program will feature iconic songs by Smokey Robinson, The Marvellettes, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Jelly Beans, Olivia Newton-John, Linda Ronstadt, Donna Summer, and much more.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: First Unitarian Society of Ithaca

Cost: $12 at the door

Rock ‘N’ Bowl

The monthly Gutterpunk series returns with a lineup that leans in the roots-rock and country direction. On the bill are the 86ers, Drew Kiddoo and the Blackouts, Bad Hand and New Motor Club, with DJ Rocket Morton spinning tunes from the underbelly of American music between sets.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Bowl-O-Drome

Cost: free, but donations are welcome in the hollowed-out bowling ball.

Info: www.facebook.com/lowprofileevents/

The Blind Spots
Credit Whitney Nichols Photography

Jamming for the Twins

The Blind Spots say farewell to two of their longtime members with “Diaper Jam,” a concert to raise funds and collect donations for bassist Khris Oursler’s soon-to-arrive twin boys, as well as bid adios to Oursler and keyboardist Zach Rohrer.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Haunt

Cost: $10 in advance, plus diapers at the door (or a gift from the registry); $20 at the door without diapers; or $15 plus diapers (or a gift from the registry).  

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2358998124134226/

Trio Grande

Three rootsy local acts – Strange Heavy, the Whistlin' Dyl Electric Prayer Ensemble, and Juge Greenspun – team for a show in this intimate venue.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Casita del Polaris

Cost: $5


Remembering Dan Gaibel

Last month, Dan Gaibel – guitarist for bands such as Spacetrain, Tryin' Joe and the Mad Scientist, Monk Meat, and Din – passed away at 45 after being diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Melanoma in May 2018. This Sunday, several of his friends and bandmates are teaming to present “Gaibelball” at the Range. The all-ages show will feature sets from Noon Fifteen, Hollow Choir, Monkmeat (reunion), Thru Spectrums and Spacetrain.

When: 5-8 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Range

Cost: $10 suggested donation; funds will offset medical expenses and benefit Gaibel’s wife Taiya Luce and four-year-old son Kai.

Info: www.facebook.com/events/2018824408244818/

Deep Grooves

“Stark Nights Sunday Sessions” continues its weekly residency, with host Michael Stark joined this week by the Analogue Sons, the dub-rock-jazz-soul-ska group that also includes Jason Shegogue, Lars Burggren, Aaron Speiser, Lee Hamilton and Alicia Aubin.

When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Argos Warehouse

Cost: No cover charge, but donations are welcome at the door.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/378449279669637/

Scotland meets Appalachia

Bound for Glory continues its 52nd season with Jane Rothfield and Allan Carr, who blend Scottish and Appalachian influences on fiddle, banjo and guitar.

When: 8-11 p.m. Sunday

Where: Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell University

Cost: free

Info: boundforglory.org

Going Solo

Road Man – the project of ex-John Brown’s Body keyboardist Jon Petronzio – returns with his one-man show, which blends guitar and vocal loops to create a complex sound that draws on soul, rock, reggae, funk and folk influences. 

When: 6-9 p.m. Sunday

Where: Maxie’s Supper Club

Cost: free

Info: Maxies.com