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18+ shows to see this weekend: Nov. 1-3

Nov 1, 2019

Kick off November with this big batch of shows, including a few that extend Halloween into the weekend!

Rufus Wainwright returns to Ithaca Friday night.

Going Solo

Rufus Wainwright returns to Ithaca with his “Oh Solo Wainwright” tour. Known for his impressive vocal, musical and lyrical skills, Wainwright is at home in a variety of settings, including folk, pop, jazz and rock. He has worked with Elton John, David Byrne, Mark Ronson, Joni Mitchell and Burt Bacharach, recorded a live tribute album to Judy Garland, and wrote the acclaimed opera “Prima Donna.” His latest album, 2016’s “Take All My Loves, “ marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Singer-songwriter Matracia will open the show.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: State Theatre

Cost: $33-$55

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It’s Happy Hour Again

Kick off the weekend with some live music at various venues around Ithaca and Cortland. Wayne Gottlieb and Dennis Winge are at Ithaca Bakery at 6-8 p.m., The Austin MacRae Band is at Hopshire Farm and Brewery in Dryden at 6-8 p.m., Janet Batch and her band return to the Westy at 7-9 p.m., the Purple Valley is at Americana Vineyards at 6-8 p.m., Mihail Martinez and Joe Hayward are Bike Bar Ithaca at 7 p.m., the Glacial Erotics are at Garrett’s Brewing in Trumansburg at 6 p.m. for a costume party, Roger Decker is at BRU 64 at 7 p.m., and Clint Bush is at Cortland Beer Company at 7 p.m.

When: Friday

Where: Various locations

Cost: free

 

Ire Clad returns to the Haunt Friday night.
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Heavy Metal Thunder

The Metallic Onslaught will host a big show, with local favorites Ire Clad joined by One Step From Falling, DramaScream, DredNeks, Traverse the Abyss, and Invictra for a night of headbanging hard rock and heavy metal.

When: 7 p.m. Friday (ends by midnght)

Where: The Haunt

Cost: $10

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Junkyard Theory will play at the Hotel Groton Friday night.
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Hotel Happening

The Hotel Groton will host “Haunted Hotel” to mark All Saints Day. Curated by SensE, the event will feature sets from Junkyard Theory, Cozmic Theo, Proper Philth, Selina Carerra, DJ Jesse Hill, Hollings and Whiskey Tango Sideshow’s Sizzlin’ Liz and Danielle Saint Velvet, plus palmistry, fire spinning and other intriguing activities. Shuttles will be available from downtown Ithaca to Groton for $5.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Hotel Groton, 101 Main St., Groton

Cost: $25; ticket must be purchased in advance to attend; they’re $25 each via Eventbrite.com.

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Marlow Rosado plays at Cornell's Bailey Hall on Friday night.

Piano Power

A salsero at heart, two-time Grammy-winning pianist-composer-producer Marlow Rosado has also worked with most renowned artists in Latin music across genres – from salsa to rock, from merengue to hip-hop, from bachata to reggaeton. After moving north from Puerto Rico, he has been sought out by Latin artists such as salsa legend Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Jr., Tito Nieves, Selena, Larry Harlow, Tommy Olivencia, Marc Anthony, Ricardo Montaner, Olga Tañón, Ricky Martin, and others.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Bailey Hall, Cornell University

Cost: $19-$36

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Let’s Dance

Trevor MacDonald and The Sunny Weather return with their energetic blend of Americana, roots-rock and Zydeco that’s ready-made for dancing the night away.

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Bar & Tea Lounge

Cost: small cover

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These Beasts, from Chicago, play the Chantiloft Friday night.

Ready to Rock

A cool triple bill features local garage-rockers New Motor Club and Cobra Cadaver teaming with Chicago’s These Beasts. 

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: Chantiloft

Cost: $5

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Brass Bash

The Fall Creek Brass Band returns to downtown Ithaca for a “Halloween Brass Bash,” featuring selections from “Stranger Things,” “Ghostbusters,” “The Munsters,” and more, plus its usual fun array of high-energy street music.

When: 9:30 p.m. Friday

Where: The Range

Cost: $5

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Falling Backwards

Toivo – possibly the country’s only Finnish-TexMex band – will play a “Fall (Back)” dance party fundraiser at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts. Proceeds will go to the conservatory, which now sports the biggest newly refinished wooden dance floor in the Finger Lakes.

When: 7-9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts

Cost: $10

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Jessie Gray will release her solo debut album Saturday night at Casita del Polaris.
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Solo Debut

Singer-songwriter Jessie Gray (Arthur B and the Planetary Mix, Honey Cave) steps out on her own with the unveiling of her solo debut album, “Through The Woods.” Lora Pendleton, who also recently put out her own album,  “Waiting for Light,” will open the show, accompanied by Pat Burke

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Casita del Polaris

Cost: small cover charge

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Maddy Walsh and the Blind Spots host a Halloween Spectacular at the Haunt on Saturday night.
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A Spooky Spectacular

Maddy Walsh and the Blind Spots will return for a Halloween Spectacular. Given the band’s history of all going all-out for special occasions, expect to see lots of costumes, props and other finery onstage along with some timely cover songs. They’ll be joined by Dirty Mae, winner of this summer’s GrassRoots band contest, and Kurt Riley, the local rocker who released a new song, “FTR SHK,” this week on New Vine Records.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Haunt

Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door

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Joshua Radin and the Weepies come to Homer's Center for the Arts on Saturday night.

Radin and Weep

Joshua Radin & The Weepies will come to Central New York. After the first song he ever wrote, “Winter,” appeared in an episode of “Scrubs,” Radin has seen his songs featured in more than 150 films, TV shows and commercials. His latest album is “Here, Right Now.” The Weepies – Deb Talan and Steve Tannen – have released five records that have racked up more than 50 million online streams. Lily Kershaw will open the show.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Homer Center for the Arts

Cost: $37-$40

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Noon Fifteen will mark the release of their prog-rock suite "At The Festival" Saturday night at the Range.
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How Suite It Is

Noon Fifteen marks the release of its second album, “At The Festival,” a prog-rock suite created by singer-guitarist Harry Nichols. The eight-song album “tells the story of a man in mourning whose trip to a music festival takes a dark turn toward the supernatural.” Check it out at noonfifteen.bandcamp.com.

When: 9:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Range

Cost: small cover charge

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Duo Dudes

Tenzin Chopak returns for an intimate afternoon show with pianist Emmett Scott. He’ll be playing originals from his Rockwood Ferry and solo albums as well as from upcoming projects

When: 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Red Newt Bistro, Hector

Cost: free

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Rolling On

Andrew Alling returns to Ithaca’s West End with his one-man show featuring guitar, vocals, harmonica and bass pedals – but no looping.

When: 7-9 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Westy

Cost: free

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Vintage Vibes

Djug Django will emerge from hibernation, with Eric Aceto, Doug Robinson, Dave Davies and company once again joining forces for a funi night vintage hot jazz.

When:  7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Argos Warehouse

Cost: free; $5 donation suggested

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Gregory Alan Isakow play the State Theatre of Ithaca Sunday night.

Farm Folk

Gregory Alan Isakov will return to Ithaca after selling out the Haunt a few years ago. The Colorado-based Isakov is also a full-time farmer, and recorded his latest album, 2018’s “Evening Machines,” in a barn on his farm. His quietly powerful, often sparse indie-folk songs should sound great in the State. British singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh will open the show.

When: 8 p.m. Sunday

Where: State Theatre

Cost: $26-$46

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Naomi Summers plays Bound for Glory Sunday night.

American Music

Bound for Glory continues its 53rd season with Naomi Summers, an Ithaca-based singer-songwriter whose latest album, “Gentle As The Sun,” was recorded in Nashville and produced by Jim Rooney (Iris DeMent, John Prine, Nanci Griffith). (Note: Bill Staines was previously announced as the performer for this date.)

When: 8-11 p.m. Sunday

Where: Alternatives Library, Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell University

Cost: free and open to all

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