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18+ shows see this weekend: August 9-11

Aug 9, 2019

All sorts of music is on tap for the weekend in and around Ithaca, including several blues-rock shows from local favorites. Plus, the Edgar Winter Band comes to Auburn and a new festival debuts in LaFayette!

Erin and the Backwoods Blues Project play the Westy Friday night.

Blues Blasters

Erin and the Backwoods Blues Project return to Ithaca’s West End for a high-energy night featuring various shades of the blues. Bandleader Erin Mulrooney says they’ll be debuting five new songs at the show.

When: 7-9 p.m. Friday

Where: The Westy

Cost: free

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2707331449338462/

Common Railers play Hopshire Brewery Friday night.

Roots Riders

Common Railers – the Americana quartet fronted by singer-songwriters Peter Glanville and Gordon Rowland – head to Dryden for a happy-hour show. Their latest album, “Isn’t It Real,” came out earlier this year.

When: 6-8 p.m. Friday

Where: Hopshire Farm and Brewery

Cost: free

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/368968990454959/

Bad Alibi plays a happy-hour show at the BoatYard Grill on Friday.

Ready to Rock!

Bad Alibi will rock the Cayuga Inlet with its catalog of classic-rock favorites.

When: 6-8 p.m. Friday

Where: The BoatYard Grill

Cost: free

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/346933662852860/

Triple Threat

Three local bands will join forces for a show in downtown Ithaca. The Alexander Bradshaw Band is the latest project of Abel Bradshaw (Newman Brothers, Toto's Magic Show, Ithaca Bottom Boys), one that showcases a rootsy yet still funky musical approach along with thought-provoking lyrics. Rena Guinn is a Trumansburg-based singer-songwriter who’s beginning to make her mark on the local scene, while Wallace and the Apes are a group of longtime friends who just graduated high school and will be making their public debut after a string of recent house shows.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Bar & Tea Lounge

Cost: $6.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2378441672367920/

Will Henriksen will play an Ithaca Underground show Friday at the Chantiloft.

Upstairs Underground

Ithaca Underground will present an all-ages show headlined by Philadelphia singer-songwriter Will Henriksen, who will be joined by locals Dummy Plug and Sarah Noell of Wildflwr.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Chantiloft

Cost: cover

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/350943132268675/

The Brian Spencer Blues Project plays the Range Friday night.

Blues Boys

The Brian Spencer Blues Project returns to downtown Ithaca for a night of hard-rockin’ blues, including some cool originals from the band’s debut EP.

When: 10 p.m. Friday

Where: The Range

Cost: $5

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/356069398407649/

The Long Now returns to Press Bay Alley Saturday afternoon.

Goin’ Long

The Long Now – an new instrumental project featuring Ryan Vanderhoof, Matt Saccuccimorano and Brian Dozoretz – will return to Press Bay Alley for an afternoon set of original tunes that evoke the spirit of Bill Frisell, Julian Lage and other kindred spirits.

When: 2-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Press Bay Alley, 112 W. Green St.

Cost: free

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/424135448201671/

Rachel Beverly returns to Chateau Dusseau in Locke Saturday afternoon.

Songs to Sing

Hailing from Cortland and based in Ithaca, Rachel Beverly has been building an ardent following around the regional in the past couple of years. See her perform solo with the help of her handy looper pedal as she showcases a mix of originals and covers.

When: 3-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Chateau Dusseau, Erron Hill Road, Locke

Cost: free; donations welcome

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/525038024991438/

Sophistafunk will headline the first BrewFestaFunk at Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards in LaFayette on Saturday.

Brews and Beyond

Brewfestifunk – a new festival and successor to last year’s Sophistafest – will debut, offering live music from four regional bands, along with tastings from more than 20 craft breweries from around New York State. The lineup includes Big Sexy & The Scrambled Eggs, Funky Dawgz Brass Band, The Blind Owl Band and host band Sophistafunk.

When: 4-10 p.m. Saturday

Where: Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, LaFayette

Cost: $50 for music and tastings; $25 for music lover or designated driver

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2449657595261979/

Sweetheart of a Reunion

The Starry Mountain Sweetheart Band broke up in 2015, but three of its members will reunite for a combination book reading-mini concert.  Author-musicians Adam O'Fallon Price and J. Robert Lennon will celebrate their recent literary work -- Price, will read from his new novel “The Hotel Neversink” – and they’ll joined by fellow SMSB alum Elizabeth Watkins Price (Adam’s wife) on harmonies.

When: 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Buffalo Street Books

Cost: free

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/366616487388422/; https://www.buffalostreetbooks.com; https://starrymountainband.bandcamp.com

Campfire Songs

ElectroZone will present “Campfire Concert,” an electronica event headlined by Pas Musique, led by Brooklyn-based Robert Pepper. Also on the bill are Utica’s PHUNgEYE and Soft Hail, and Kopmpyootur Muhsheen, the solo project of Elijah Weber-Han.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Grayhaven Motel, 657 Elmira Road, Ithaca

Cover is $10

Info: http://www.facebook.com/ithacaelectrozone; https://www.facebook.com/events/368423357195753/

Maddy Walsh and the Blind Spots return to Taughannock Falls State Park Saturday night.
Credit Whitney Nichols Photography

Moxy Rockers

Maddy Walsh and the Blind Spots will perform on Cayuga Lake’s western shore. They’ll be showcasing songs from their recent album, “Talk,” as well as some recently written or reworked material from the band’s new lineup.

When: 7-9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Taughannock Falls State Park

Cost: $5 parking fee

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/508367639900660/

The Edgar Winter Band plays Auburn's Falcon Park on Saturday night.

Classic Rock

The Edgar Winter Band will come to Auburn for a concert to top off the city’s annual Founder’s Day celebration. Best known for his No. 1 hit single “Frankenstein” and the pop-funk classic “Free Ride,” Winter is known for his virtuosity on several instruments and for non-stop touring schedule. Find out more at edgarwinter.com. The Lightkeepers will open the show.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday (gates open at 5 p.m.)

Where: Falcon Park, 130 N. Division St., Auburn

Cost: $35; parking is free

Info: auburnny.gov; https://www.facebook.com/events/597594317430362/

City Limits returns Stella's Barn in Newfield Saturday night.

Blastin’ the Blues

City Limits returns with their high-energy blues-rock sound powered by a three-piece horn section and the fiery guitar riffs of Danny Paolangeli.

When: 7-9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Stella’s Barn, Newfield

Cost: free

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/433495927250225/

Goin’ Solo

Ithaca singer-songwriter Tenzin Chopak – formerly known as Rockwood Ferry and currently playing with Swamp Kids – will return to Hector for a solo show featuring songs from past, present and future projects.

When: 4-7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Two Goats Brewing, Hector

Cost: donation

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/541417380015059/

Peaches and Crime returns to Maxie's Sunday night.

Could it be… Murder?

Binghamton-based vaudevillians Peaches and Crime return to Ithaca for a night of “music, mayhem and murder ballads” featuring original songs, vintage costumes and cool sketches that recall the Roaring 20s.

When: 6-9 p.m. Sunday

Where: Maxie’s Supper Club

Cost: free; donations welcome

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/371865780380909/

The Local Farmers Union returns to the Westy on Sunday night.

What The Kale!

Cortland’s Local Farmers Union will return, offering original veggie-related tunes from their 2018 debut album “Kale-In-It” as well as some choice covers. Founding member Johnny “Elijah” Wild will return for the show.

When: 7-9 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Westy

Cost: free

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/945195829153501/

Indie Endeavor

An eclectic show will feature locals Wildflwr and Guy Fieri Fever Dream along with NYC’s Pasha and the Kindred Spirits.

When: 8 p.m. Sunday

Where: Chantiloft

Cost: $5

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2325841314165005/

Lake Life

The “Club Cayuga: DJ Cruises at Sunset” series continues with The Sunset Reggae Boat Cruise. DJ Mike Judah (host of WICB’s “Reggae Explosions”) will host a night of “Chill lounging and dancing vibes.” Guests are invited to bring their own food and drink. “This is NOT a Booze Cruise.”

When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Cruises depart from Allan H. Treman Marine State Park.

Cost: $25 for one person, $40 for two

Info: https://www.discovercayugalake.org/boat-tours-booking; https://www.facebook.com/events/2127377807373136/; https://bit.ly/clubcayuga