WITH 90.1 FM

14 shows to see this weekend: May 3-5

May 3, 2019

If you were hoping to see Canadian country star Colter Wall at the Haunt Saturday night, you’re out of luck unless you already have a ticket – the show sold out weeks ago. But there are more than a dozen other cool shows to consider this weekend in and around Ithaca.

Jonny Pierce will bring The Drums to the Haunt Friday night
Credit Nicholas Moore

Beat of the Drums

The Drums – the indie-rock band fronted by Horseheads native Jonny Pierce – will come to promote their new album, “Brutalism.” Pierce wrote and recorded the new album in Los Angeles and Upstate New York – he has a cabin on Seneca Lake (which he subtly pay tribute to on the song “Loner”) – following a painful divorce and tough time living on his own in L.A. Tanukichan, the project of San Francisco’s Hannah Van Loon, will open.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: The Haunt

Cost: $20

Info: the haunt.com, wearethedrums.com

Kitestring will play the "LAWNCH" party at Ithaca Beer Company Friday night.
Credit Jim Catalano

Ready to Lawnch!

“LAWNCH! A Beer Garden Opening and Benefit for Ithaca Festival” will feature live music from Pierce Walsh, Pinebox and Kitestring. Attendees can enjoy a batch of beer brewed especially to support the festival.

When: 5-9 p.m. Friday

Where: Ithaca Beer Company

Cost: Free

Info: ithacabeer.com

The Hop City Hellcats come to the Westy Friday night
Credit Provided

Hopping on In

Hailing from Oneonta, the Hop City Hellcats specialize in alt-country and rootsy blues and play a mix of originals and classic covers.

When: 7-9 p.m. Friday

Where: The Westy

Cost: free; donations welcome

Info: www.hopcityhellcats.com

The Original Cornell Syncopators play their final show of the school Friday night.
Credit Stephanie Laginestra

Hot Jazz

The Original Cornell Syncopators will play their final concert of the year at Barnes Hall. Led by Colin Hancock, the 13-piece band specializes in vintage hot jazz from the 1920s and 1930s and recently toured the northeast.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Barnes Hall, Cornell University

Cost: Free

Info: music.cornell.edu.

Circle of Song

Andrew Alling will host the bi-monthly songwriters group, with Samuel B. Lupowitz, Mandy Goldman, Leon Arguello, J. Schmitt and Polly Wood trading songs and stories.

When: 8-11 p.m. Friday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Bar & Tea Lounge

Cost: small cover charge

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/438396166971739/

Rockin’ the Range

Friday, Ithaca trio Teencat and the Tins, from Buffalo, will team for a night of indie rock.  Saturday, Mosaic Foundation will return with their reggae-dub grooves and the soulful vocals of Yao Foli “Cha Cha” Augustine.

When: 9 p.m. Friday & Saturday

Where: The Range

Cost: small cover charge

Info: therangeithaca.com

Going for a Spin

Mary Lorson will host “Seven Minutes in Heaven: a spin-the-bottle of the arts” as part of the Spring Writes Literary Festival happening this weekend. The event features seven writers, seven musicians, and seven actors mixing it up, for seven minutes at a time – all matched by a spin of the bottle. Actors will read, accompanied by musicians (improvising), for seven minutes, and the writers will be named at the end of each piece.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Lot 10

Cost: $5

Info: springwrites.org

A Night of Improv

Ithaca Underground will host an evening of improvisation, as four of Ithaca’s top musicians – Annie Lewandowski (electronics), Sarah Hennies (vibes), Brian “Willie B” Wilson (drums) and Chris Corsano (drums) – will join forces for the first time. The trio of Desmond Bratton (bass), Dara Anissi (oud, guitar) and Simon Bjarning (drums) will open with the show.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Bar

Cost: $7

Info: ithacaunderground.org

Tatiana Hargreaves and Allison deGroot come to Casita del Polaris Saturday night
Credit Provided

Old-Time Tunes for Today

Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves, rising stars in the acoustic music world, and come to Ithaca to promote their just-released self-titled debut album.  DeGroot is know for her intricate clawhammer banjo work with Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, while Hargreaves has made her name with her powerhouse fiddle style with Gillian Welch and Laurie Lewis. 

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Casita del Polaris

Cost: UPDATE: the show is now sold out!

Info: www.facebook.com/casitapolaris/

Panther Power

“Panther on Piano” will feature the talented double bill of keyboardists Remanu Panther and Michael Stark. “Panther on Piano” showcases theatrical telling of pieces of Remanu’s journey from Long Island to Ithaca; Stark also is from Long Island, and the pair will combine forces for an improvisational concert event.

When; 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts

Cost: $10 in advance online at www.TCFA.live; $15 at the door

Info: tburgconservatory.org

Ready for Release

The Auroras will release their new EP, “Chicco,” at Agava Restaurant. The Ithaca band bills its sound as “Future soul, party funk”

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Agava Restaurant

Cost: small cover charge

Info: theaurorasband.com

(Sandy) Alex G comes to the Haunt Sunday night
Credit Provided

Expanding His Palette

Sandy (Alex G) – aka Alex Giannascoli, who played at Angry Mom Records a few years ago – recently released “Rocket,” the latest album in a prolific decade of making original music, and one that welcomes contributions from other musicians for the first time. Tomberlin, the project of Louisville-based singer-songwriter Sarah Beth Tomberlin, will open.

When: 8 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Haunt

Cost: $18

Info: thehaunt.com, sandyalexg.com, www.tomberlinmusic.com

Mike Agranoff returns to Bound for Glory Sunday night
Credit Provided

New Jersey Folk

Bound for Glory continues its 52nd season with Mike Agranoff, the New Jersey singer-songwriter who has appeared many times on the show. He’s known for his funny songs and stories, but he also can be quite serious as well.

When: 8-11 p.m. Sunday

Where: Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell University

Cost: free

Info: mikeagranoff.com, boundforglory.org