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14+ shows to see this week: Feb. 25-27

Feb 25, 2020

A few Mardi Gras shows will get the good times rolling this week, which also feature a couple of monthly residencies and a big classical concert at Cornell.

C.J. Chenier comes to the Haunt Wednesday night.
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Louisiana Calling

C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band will come to Ithaca with their fiery brand of Zydeco, which incorporates blues, rock, jam and other influences into the traditional grooves. Local favorites Rose and the Bros will open with their high-energy blend of Cajun, country and more.

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: The Haunt

Cost: $15 in advance, more at the door

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The Fall Creek Brass Band plays at Coltivare Tuesday night
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New Orleans Notes

Tompkins Cortland Community College and Coltivare will host a night of Mardi Gras-style merriment benefitting Tompkins County through the United Way. Enjoy authentic Cajun and Creole appetizers from New Orleans native and Coltivare executive chef Patrick Blackman, sip beverages prepared for you by local celebrities, and sway to the funky street sounds of the Fall Creek Brass Band.

When: 5-8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Coltivare

Cost: $40, which includes food, music and one complimentary drink voucher

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Bon Ton Roulet

Celebrate Fat Tuesday with Trumansburg’s own Zydeco Trailriders, who will play a free all-ages show in Ithaca’s West End neighborhood.

When: 6-9 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Maxie’s Supper Club

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Sax Songs

The Steve Daniels Swingtet will bring the jazz and blues to downtown Cortland for a special Mardi Gras show

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Brix Pubaria

Cost: free

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Bluesday Tuesday

The Blue Rangers return to downtown Ithaca for Blues Night, with Andy Lockwood and friends rocking out with the help of some special guests

When: 6-9 p.m.

Where: The Range

Cost: free

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Celtic Sounds

Members of Traonach host this weekly Irish jam session, which features traditional tunes and plenty of special guests.

When: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Argos Inn

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Crossing Generations

The weekly Intergenerational Irish Music Session continues its two-year run, welcoming players and listeners of ages to enjoy a variety of traditional Irish tunes.

When: 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar

Cost: free

Three of a Kind

Jazz trio Argos Grove – Ithaca College faculty members Nicholas Walker (bass), Greg Evans (drums), and Andrew Carroll (piano) – continue the celebrated Wednesday happy hour community music tradition initiated by i3° at Bar Argos. The trio’s repertoire ranges from Duke Ellington and Stevie Wonder to the Beatles, Disney, swing, funk and bossa nova.

When: 5-7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Argos Inn

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Tim Vee makes his Ithaca debut Wednesday night at the Chantiloft.
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Ready to Rock

In a just-announced show, the 86ers – the local alt-country/cowpunk favorites just off their debut recording session – will be joined by Tim Vee, a rootsy singer-songwriter from Gloversville, N.Y., for a show in downtown Ithaca.

When 9 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Chanticleer Loft

Cost: small cover/donation

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Danielle Ponder concludes her residency at the Range Wednesday night.
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Wrap It Up

Danielle Ponder concludes her weekly February residency at the Range, with the fourth night devoted to 1990s-themed hiphop. She’ll be joined by Rochester band Stupid November, who will open with their own set of jazz fusion.

When: 10 p.m. Wednesday

Where: The Range

Cost: $5

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Steve Pond and Deixa Samba will perform at Cornell Thursday afternoon.
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Samba Stories

Cornell’s Midday Music series continues with professor Steve Pond, who will discuss samba’s aesthetics and the music’s diasporic connections to sub-Saharan West Africa. Aided by members of Cornell’s Brazilian music ensemble, Deixa Sambar, Steve’s lecture-demonstration will introduce the audience – hands-on – to this exciting national music of Brazil.”

When: 12:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Lincoln B20, Cornell University

Cost: free

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Mike Tolomeo and Bob Keefe will play at East Hill Plaza's Collegetown Bagels Thursday night.
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Thursday Tunes

Catch a show around town Thursday night: The Cayuga Blue Notes will bring the blues to Trumansburg’s Main Street Market at 5-7 p.m.; Bob Keefe and Mike Tolomeo will play jazz, surf and pop at Collegetown Bagels in East Hill Plaza at 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Liam Lawson and Alison Wahl will team for a show at Brookton’s Market at 6-8 p.m.; and MSZM returns to the Argos Warehouse at 7-10 p.m., with Michael Stark and Zaun Marshburn playing a variety of originals and improvisations on keyboards, drums and bass pedals.

When: Thursday

Where: Various locations

Cost: free; donations welcome

Louiston -- aka Lou DiPietro -- will host the second open mic night at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Arts on Thursday.
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Step Up To The Mic

The Trumansburg Conservatory of Arts continues its new monthly open-mic series hosted by local songwriter Louiston (aka Lou DiPietro). The “acoustic-based open mic welcomes songwriters, musicians, poets, and storytellers of all skill levels who are looking for a stage and both a community and support group of fellow artists.” When: 7-9 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Trumansburg Conservatory of Arts

Cost: donations welcome

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The Chamber Society of Lincoln Center comes to Cornell Thursday night.
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Mozart and More

The Cornell Concert Series will present The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, which will feature the institute’s piano and wind quintet that combines six distinctive instruments with composers from five countries. The program will feature Mozart’s “Quintet for Winds and Piano, K. 452,” as the distinguished ancestor to the other works on the program, is an unceasingly beautiful masterwork from the composer’s busiest days in Vienna. The other four works, by composers Barber, Françaix, Ligeti, and Reicha, show the full range of color and mood that imaginative composers can create with this brilliant sound palette.

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Bailey Hall, Cornell University

Cost: $19-$30

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Cobra Cadaver returns to Practice at Pete's Thursday night.
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Perfect Practice

The monthly “Practice at Pete’s” residency returns to Pete’s Cayuga Bar for its first show of the year, with host band Cobra Cadaver joined by The Moon Landing and Water Bears for a night of raucous punk and garage rock

When: 9 p.m. Thursday

Where: Pete’s Cayuga Bar

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Funk Night returns to the Range on Thursday night.
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Feel the Funk

The biweekly Funk Night returns, with Dean’s Kids – Dan Keller, Owen Erickson, Hayden Frank, Max Shuhan and Archer Cowen –  putting their distinctive stamp on soul, funk, R&B and pop classics from the past 50 years.

When: 10 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Range

Cost: $5

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