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21+ shows see this weekend: August 16-18

Aug 16, 2019

We’re now more than halfway through August, but there’s still time to catch some live music – rain or shine – this weekend.

Speaking of rain, the inclement weather has caused postponement of several shows: The Small Kings will now close out the Music in the Hollow series on August 27; Maddy Walsh and the Blind Spots will close out the Downtown Ithaca Summer Concert Series on Sept. 19; and the new Hillberry Jam, set to debut in Berkshire this weekend, will now take place Sept. 13-14.

Here’s this weekend’s batch of shows – if the weather looks iffy, be sure to check their event pages to confirm that they’re taking place.

Erin and the Backwoods Blues Project play at Hopshire in Dryden at 6 p.m. Friday.

Blues Blazers

Erin and the Backwoods Blues Project – Erin Mulrooney, Danny Paolangeli, Glen Porter, Mike Allinger and Lisa Bloom – return to Ithaca’s West End for a high-energy night of various shades of the blues. Mulrooney says the band recently added five new songs to their set.

When: 6-8 p.m. Friday

Where: Hopshire Farm and Brewery, Dryden

Cost: free

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/439154546632048/

Rachel Beverly returns to Ithaca Bakery at 6 p.m. Friday.

Songs from the Heart

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: 6-8 p.m. Friday

Where: Ithaca Bakery

Cost: free

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/544913012709835/

Future Soul

The Auroras released their debut EP, titled “Chicco,” earlier this year – see them perform those songs and more at Ithaca’s own glampground. Singer-guitarist and main songwriter Liam Lawson is joined by Colleen Countryman on keys, Nate Cowles on bass, Erik Babcock on bari, and Zane Seubert on drums.

When: 6-9 p.m. Friday

Where: Firelight Camps at La Tourelle

Cost: free

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/354839372107508/

Keepin’ It Country

The Groton Summer Concert Series concludes with Chasing Neon, the local country-rock band led by Nicholas Stark. The group has been building its following around the region.through a series of shows this summer.

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Groton American Legion, 307 Main St., Groton

Cost: free

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/400881103738162/

Rollin’ On

Richman and the Poor Boys return to Ithaca’s West End for a night of rootsy rock ‘n’ roll.

When: 7-9 p.m. Friday

Where: The Westy

Cost: free

Toivo plays at Garrett's Brewing in Trumansburg Friday night.
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Roots Fusion

Toivo will bring their blend of Finnish and Tex-Mex influences to the former home of the Rongovian Embassy. Bring your dancing shoes.

When: 7-9 p.m. Friday

Where: Garrett’s Brewing Company, Trumansburg

Cost: free

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/638846443294073/

Goin’ Solo

Matt Barnes will play a solo show that draws on songs from his past bands (Bent Peg, Tom Fury, Genitor, Royal Dano and more), as well as the occasional cover.

When: 7-9 p.m. Friday

Where: Cortland Beer Company

Cost: free

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/885345025155645/

The Purple Valley plays at Stella's Barn Friday night.

Swing Time

The Purple Valley returns with its fun blend of blues, swing, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll, with guitarist John Saylor and singer Mindy Voorheis leading the way.

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

Where: Stella’s Barn, Newfield

Cost: free

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/686267921836948/

The Analogue Sons return to Two Goats Brewing in Hector Friday night.
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Dub Style

The Analogue Sons return to Hector to showcase their recently expanded lineup and blooming catalog that includes originals and a few covers that blur the boundaries among reggae, jazz, dub, soul, rock, surf and Eastern European music. The band includes Mike Stark (keyboards), Lars Burggren (drums), Aaron Speiser (dubs, melodica), Alicia Aubin (trombone), Lee Hamilton (sax) and Jason Shegogue (guitar).

When: 8-11 p.m. Friday

Where: Two Goats Brewing

Cost: free; donations welcome

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2310972669001262/

The Ridgeline Duo returns to BRU 64 in Cortland Friday night.

Power of Two

The Ridgeline Duo – Steve Romer and Bradford Allen – returns to downtown Cortland for night of favorite ‘90s rock songs, as well as some original tunes.

When; 8 pm. Friday

Where; BRU 64

Cost: free

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1319431108226691/

Synth Sounds

The Synthetic Music Collective returns with an evening of mingling and music. Come early to hang out and chat, or come later for the music supplied by several members of the Collective on a variety of cool electronic instruments.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Bar & Tea Lounge

Cost: small cover

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/353481675327916/

Mountain Weekend comes to the Range Friday night

Roots Rock

New England band Mountain Weekend comes to downtown Ithaca for a night of acoustic roots rock. Hailing from Middleboro, Mass., the band has released an album, “Autumn,” as well as a new single, “Song for Mary.”

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: The Range

Cost: $5

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/711548485954400/; https://www.mtnwknd.com

Tab Benoit performs at the Chenango Blues Fest on Saturday.

A Bunch of Blues

The 27th annual Chenango Blues Fest returns, offering a variety of national and regional blues acts. Friday, Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, Joanna Connor and the Gabe Stillman Band will perform a free show. Saturday’s lineup includes Tab Benoit, Downchild Blues Band, Danielle Nicole, Mississippi Heat with special guest Lurrie Bell, Joe Louis Walker Trio, Pokey LaFarge, Johnny Sansone, Jontavious Willis and the Brian Golden Blues Experiment.

When: 5-10 p.m. Friday; 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m Saturday

Where: Chenango County Fairgrounds, Norwich

Cost: Free on Friday, $35 on Saturday

Info: https://www.chenangobluesfest

Jen Cork plays Chateau Dusseau in Locke Saturday afternoon.

Hills Alive

Ithaca singer-songwriter Jen Cork heads to the hills of Locke for an afternoon set that will showcase her rich voice, pensive originals and cool covers.

When: 3-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Chateau Dusseau, Erron Hill Road, Locke

Cost: free; donations welcome

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2811127335568443/

Dance The Night Away

Lil’ Anne and Hot Cayenne will amble to Cayuga Lake’s western shore to close out the Taughannock Summer Concert Series with their high-energy blend of danceable Zydeco, Cajun, blues and more.

When: 7-9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Taughannock Falls State Park

Cost: $5 parking fee

Beats and Beyond

Some of Ithaca’s top producers and electronic artists have joined forces in Beatscene Hub. Big Sister, Fuzzy Bunny Slippers, Tounei, Andrew Beats and more will showcase their sonic creations in downtown Ithaca.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Range

Cost: small cover charge

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1952028358231278/

Community Celebration

Cortland’s annual PorchFest celebration returns for its third year, and will showcase three-dozen acts of all styles during the afternoon.

When: 12-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Van Hoesen Street neighborhood adjoining Suggett Park

Cost: free; donations will support the Cortland Youth Bureau

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2350512635205018/; https://www.facebook.com/porchfestcortland/

The Dogpatch String Quartet play at Red Newt Cellars in Hector Sunday afternoon.

Fiddle Fun

Dogpatch String Quartet – Judy Hyman (fiddle), Mac Benford (banjo), Jeff Claus (guitar), Sally Freund (bass) – will come to Hector for an afternoon show of Appalachian fiddle tunes.

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

Where: Red Newt Wine Cellars

Cost: free

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1150385601815292/

The Notorious Stringbusters play at the Ithaca Yacht Club at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Rocking on the Water

The Notorious String Busters will bring their high-energy sound to a non-traditional venue right on Cayuga Lake. Expect to hear some fiery picking and singing from the Broadwell Brothers and their bandmates.

When: 4:30-7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Ithaca Yacht Club, 1090 Glenwood Road

Cost: free

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2281052765541710/

One-Man Band

Andrew Alling uses guitar, harmonica, and bass pedals – without looping – to create a complex sound for his compelling originals. He’ll play songs from his recent and forthcoming albums, and thrown in an occasional cover as well at two shows this weekend.

When & Where: 8 p.m. Saturday at Sacred Root Kava Bar & Tea Lounge; 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the Westy

Cost: free

Info: Sacred Root: https://www.facebook.com/events/2255277934783040/; The Westy: https://www.facebook.com/events/428054428053433/

Feel the Rhythms

Damn Yanquis will play their debut show; they’re a “new Ithaca-based band playing Salsa, Cha-cha-cha, Danzón, Son, Boleros, Rumba, Descarga, and other Latin/Afro-Cuban music.” The members include David Zakalik on piano, Genji Onishi on bass, Ben Ortiz on congas, Jose Javier Fuentes Rivera on vocals and percussion, Charlie Izzo on timbales, Rick Huyge on sax and flute, and Jonathan Kline on violin and percussion.

When: 7-10 p.m. Sunday

Where: Argos Warehouse

Cost: free; donations welcome

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1438861716289430/