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20+ shows to see this weekend: Dec. 20-23

Dec 20, 2019

Celebrate the holiday season by catching a live show – there’s a bunch of good ones in the coming days in Ithaca and beyond!

Rose and the Bros returns to the Carriage House Hayloft for a holiday Zydeco dance party on Friday night.

Let the Good Times Roll

Rose and the Bros return for a holiday Zydeco dance. Led by Rosie Newton on accordion, fiddle and vocals, the band also features Angelo Peters on bass, Greg Evans on drums, Paul Martin on guitar, Sally Freund on washboard and Steve Selin on fiddle. The group released its debut CD earlier this year.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Carriage House Hayloft

Cost: $10

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The Flywheels will play at the Dewitt Mall at 5-7 p.m. Friday.

It’s Happy Hour Again

Kick off the weekend with some live music at various venues around Ithaca: The Flywheels bring their old-time tunes to the Dewitt Mall at 5-7 p.m.; bluesman Pat Burke plays South Hill Cider at 5:30-8 p.m.; southern-rock band Iron Horse returns to the Haunt at 6 p.m. to celebrate its 12th anniversary; the Canaan Jazz Trio – Ted Caldwell (bass), Wayne Gottlieb (guitar, vocals) and Michael Ludgate (mandolin) – will play jazz and swing from the 1920's-30's at Brookton’s Market at 6-8 p.m.; Grassanova will return to Ithaca Bakery at 6-8 p.m.; Joe Crookston will bring his old-time band Gravel Gerty (with Dee Specker Jeff Lang, Joe Damiano, Peter Granville, Jason Zorn) to the Westy at 7-9 p.m.; Rochester singer-songwriter Maria Gillard is at Agava Restaurant at 7-9 p.m., and Raedwald Howland-Bolton brings his blues to the Bike Bar at 7-9 p.m. At bit later, and more farflung from Ithaca, the Analogue Sons are at Two Goats Brewing in Hector at 7-10 p.m., and the Bob Roberts Calamity will host  “Festivus for the Rest of Us” at Trumanburg’s Little Venice at 8-11 p.m. And over in Cortland, Matt Barnes returns to Cortland Beer Company at 7 p.m., Roger Decker is at Rex’s Pasta at 7 p.m., Uncle Charlie and the Meatballs are at BRU 64 at 7 p.m., and the Mudkickers are at One Cent Saloon at 9 p.m.

When: Friday

Where: Various locations

Cost: free

Madd Daddy will be just one of the many Walsh family bands performing at Hopshire Farms on Friday night.

Family Ties

The fourth annual Walsh Family & Friends Christmas Show will feature Madd Daddy (Ted and Maddy Walsh), the Beauchesnes, Unreal City and various other members of the extended Walsh family coming together for some holiday musical merriment. There’s no cover for the 6-9 p.m. show.

When: 6-9 p.m. Friday

Where: Hopshire Farms and Brewery, Dryden

Cost: free

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Dashing Debut

Local singer-songwriter Teddy K will return to Flynn’s Roadhouse in Lansing. Teddy Kilts will be joined by saxophonist Darrell Negley, who has 40 years of experience, and Marty Flynn; Cierra Rae also will make her vocal debut on some holiday songs as well as a new original co-written with Kilts titled “Sorry.”

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Flynn’s Roadhouse, Lansing

Cost: donations welcome

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Circle of Song

Elisa Sciscioli Keeler will host a Winter Solstice Song Circle in which she’ll be joined by some of her musical friends for a night of songs from various cultures, toning practices and inspiring poems to nourish us through the dark season”; members of the Freeing Your Voice Class she teaches also will perform a few selections.

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar

Cost: Suggested donation is sliding scale of $5-$20

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Merry Oxmas

Just back from his PhD program for winter break, Josh Oxford will host “Oxmas ’19,” with his group The OXtet convening for two sets of music. The local composer and synth wizard promises “New music, Christmas music, and OXified music!”; the last from his CD released earlier this year. Dan Yapp (Quail) will join the band for the first set, and Emily Hoyt (Junkyard Theory, Viva Mayhem) will guest during the second set. DJ Proper Philth will close out the night at 11:30 p.m.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Lot 10

Cost: $10

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The Burns Sisters will play two holiday shows this weekend at the Kitchen Theatre.

Holiday Tradition

After a one-year hiatus, the Burns Sisters are back with their holiday show, and have enlisted a top-notch band for this weekend’s performances: Dave Borisoff on pedal steel, London McDaniel on guitar, Doug Robinson on guitar, Tony Markellis on bass, with a couple of special surprise guests. Expected to hear seasonal selections from their 1996 album “Tradition: Holiday Songs Old and New,” as well as other songs from their other albums. Please bring winter coats, warm socks and canned food to donate to the Friendship Center/St. John’s Community Services of Ithaca.

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Where: Kitchen Theatre

Cost: $25

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Thru Spectrums returns to the Range Friday night.

Change of Seasons

The “Near Solstice Party” will feature local funk-rock favorites Thru Spectrums along with Ithaca College soul-rock band Quail. Both bands are in the process of recording new albums, so expect to hear plenty of new songs..

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: The Range

Cost: $5

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A Revue to Remember

In a celebration of music from past, present and future Running to Places (R2P) shows, the R2P company – and alumni – present “The R2P Family Reunion Show,” a musical revue to brighten the winter season. “The show features skillful performances from fabulously talented people who are thrilled to be performing together,” says Joey Steinhagen, R2P artistic director. “It’s a taste of some of your favorite R2P shows, plus some new surprises, all rolled up into one.”

When: 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Community School of Music and Arts

Cost: $15 for general admission, $25 for Priority VIP

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Ready to Rockabilly

“It's A Rockabilly X-Mas” will feature Ryan Vanderhoof and The Elves. Expect to hear holiday favorites done up rockabilly style, as well other classics of the genre, by the singer-guitarist and his merry sidekicks.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Haunt

Cost: $8

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Slay Bells are Ringing

Whiskey Tango Sideshow will bring “The 12 SLAYS of Christmas!” to downtown Ithaca for a night of burlesque, drag entertainment and more holiday fun. Hosted by the Mighty Mickie Quinn, the event includes local performers such as Susan The Burgundy Bullet, Sizzlin' Liz, Erin The Axe, Robin Rhinestone, Danielle Saint Velvet, Athena Merlot and Coraline Chardonnay as well as artists from Syracuse’s Eerie Rottica and Lulu La Femme and Rochester’s Evie Delilah.

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Range

Cost: $10

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Sonic Expeditions

Beatscene Hub will return to host “Dance Back The Sun.” The event will feature all original production from Fuzzy Bunny Slippers, Sine Caster and Tou Nei, along with DJ sets by Sine Caster and Rockmon and visuals by GIRLDEBORD.

When: 9:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Lot 10

Cost: RSVP on the Facebook event page for free entry

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Digger Jones plays the Red Jug Pub Saturday night.

Rhythm Kings

Blues-rock trio Digger Jones –Chris Merkley, Stiv Morgan and Chad Dean – return for their final show of 2019.

When: 10 p.m. Saturday

Where: Red Jug Pub, Cortland

Cost: donations

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Tribal Revival returns to Easy Street Saturday night.

Ready to Rock

Tribal Revival returns with its vast catalog of classic rock tunes from the past five decades, with Marc Ryan leading the way on guitar and vocals.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Easy Street, Cortland

Cost: donations

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Root Shock is one of many CNY bands playing a benefit show for Charley Orlando Sunday at Syracuse's Westcott Theatre.

Strength in Numbers

Several top Central New York bands will join forces to raise funds for Charley Orlando, a musician – he’s in Pearly Baker’s Best – and promoter – he helps to book Funk ‘N Waffles and the annual Seed Stock festival – and all-around good guy who recently had to undergo emergency spinal surgery. On the bill, in order of performance, are Bea, The Old Main, Chris Merkley, Pearly Baker’s Best, Chris Eves, Joe Driscoll, Sophistafunk and Root Shock. Visit LittleRockMusicGroup.com for more information.

When: 12-9 p.m. Sunday

Where: Westcott Theatre, Syracuse

Cost: $20, with all proceeds going to Orlando.

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Holiday Pickin’

The Delaney Brothers’ “Bluegrass Christmas” returns, as the long-running band will pluck its way through timeless classics, old favorites, and songs to put you in the mood for the season.

When: 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Homer Center for the Arts

Cost: $5-$12

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Sounds for the Solstice

Scott B Adams will host the second of this year’s annual solstice concerts – he’s been doing them for 22 years – with Brett Beardslee joining him for a set of holiday favorites. The show also will feature area songwriters Louiston and Erich with an H as special guests.

When: 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Barry Family Cellars in Burdett

Cost: $15 in advance, limited to 30 seats

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The Comb Down will play at Hector Wine Company Sunday night.
Credit Lilac O'Brien

Combin’ It Down

The Comb Down will head to the Hector Wine Company for its annual holiday party. The all-star funk collective features singer-guitarist Brian (djGourd) Mlodzinski, drummer Ashley Ickes and keyboardist Jon Petronzio along with some other top players. There’s a $5 cover for the 6-9 p.m. show.

When: 6-9 p.m. Sunday

Where: Hector Wine Company

Cost: $5

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Ti-Ti Chickapea plays the Argos Warehouse Sunday night.

Trio Grande

Ti-Ti Chickapea – the trio of Eric Aceto, Hank Roberts and Richie Stearns – will reunite for an intimate show featuring songs from their two albums as well as material from other projects. (This is a makeup show for the Dec. 1 cancelled by an ice storm.)

When: 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Argos Warehouse

Cost: Suggested donation

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Christmas Classic

Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis, the top-selling Christmas group, is celebrating 35 years of holiday shows, and will perform the album “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” live in its entirety for the first time ever.

When: 7 p.m. Monday

Where: Clemens Center, Elmira

Cost: $35-$75

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