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22+ shows to see this week: Nov. 19-21

Nov 19, 2019

It’s another busy week of music on the Ithaca scene, with the return of the Dark Star Orchestra, Lady Lamb, the Djangoners and much more in the coming days!

The Dark Star Orchestra returns to the State Theatre Tuesday night.

Night of the Dead

The Dark Star Orchestra returns to Ithaca. Over its 22 years, the band has built an ardent following for its spot-on re-creation of classic Grateful Dead setlists, including playing the famed 1977 Barton Hall show at the State in 2007.

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: State Theatre

Cost: $32-$37

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DSO Warm Up

Eric the Red will play a Dark Star Orchestra pre-show featuring Dead-related and other inspired tunes from his catalog.

When: 4:30 p.m.

Where: Bike Bar Ithaca

Cost: free

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Gonna Live Forever

The Immortal Jellyfish return with the mix of funky grooves, tasty vocals, smoking guitar and blazing sax riffs.

When: 6-9 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Maxie’s Supper Club

Cost: free

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Hot Jazz

Swing Time Tuesday will feature the Djangoners – Bobby Henrie, Brian Williams, Eric Aceto and Harry Aceto – who take their inspiration from Django Reinhardt and his famous Hot Club of France jazz band from late-1930s Paris and London. The night begins with dance lessons by Iska Ziver at 6:30 p.m., followed by the band at 7:30 p.m.

When: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: The Range

Cost: $7, $5 for students

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Isabelle Faust plays a free concert at Ithaca College Tuesday night.

Beethoven on Stage

Violinist Isabelle Faust will give a concert of Beethoven sonatas at Ithaca College as part of the Louis K. Thaler Concert Violinist Series. Faust will be accompanied by pianist Alexander Melnikov for the program, which will include Violin Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 30, No. 1; Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30, No. 2; andViolin Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30, No. 3. Read more here.

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Hockett Family Recital Hall in the Whalen Center for Music, Ithaca College

Cost: Free

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Travis Knapp continues his Towns Tour this week.

Towns Tour

Travis Knapp continues his Southern Cayuga Lake Watershed Tour, a nine-day tour of all the Tompkins County towns, with three more shows this week: 

• 7 p.m. Tuesday, Argos Warehouse, Ithaca

•7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Yoga Farm, Lansing

• 7 p.m. Thursday, Lakshmi Living Center, Ulysses

Cost: $20 suggested donation at the door (no one turned away for lack of funds)

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The Center for the Arts in Homer will host Tinsley Ellis and Tommy Castro on Tuesday night.

Blues Duel

The “T’N’T Tour,” a double bill featuring blues guitarists Tinsley Ellis and Tommy Castro, comes to Central New York. The Alligator Records artists are both known for their high-energy shows, so expect a lot of fiery fretboard work throughout the evening.

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Center for the Arts, Homer

Cost: $30-$32

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Celtic Sounds

Members of Traonach host this weekly Irish jam session, which features traditional tunes and plenty of special guests.

When: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Argos Inn

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Lady Lamb returns to the Haunt Tuesday night.
Credit Erica Peplin

Shakin’ All Over

Indie-rock favorite Lady Lamb returns to Ithaca; Brooklyn-based songwriter Aly Spaltro released her latest album, “Even In The Tremor,” in the spring to excellent reviews. She and her new band have been touring with New Pornographers, but are headlining this show, her first in Ithaca since 2015. TŌTH, the solo project of Rubblebucket’s Alex Toth, will open the show.

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: The Haunt

Cost: $16

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Three of a Kind

Jazz trio Argos Grove – Ithaca College faculty members Nicholas Walker (bass), Greg Evans (drums), and Andrew Carroll (piano) – continue the celebrated Wednesday happy hour community music tradition initiated by i3° at Bar Argos. The trio’s repertoire ranges from Duke Ellington and Stevie Wonder to the Beatles, Disney, swing, funk and bossa nova.

When: 5-7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Argos Inn

Cost: free; donations welcome

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The Sound of Cornell

Chris Hoff and Sam Harnett of The World According to Sound will be performing a live audio show that represents Cornell University entirely through sound. The two have spent all semester recording sounds on and around campus, digging through archives, and listening to all the research at Cornell connected to the auditory world. And now they’re going to share everything they’ve discovered and created with you in an hour-long, surround sound, live audio show. They will set up a ring of powerful speakers, pass out eye masks, shut off the lights, and surround you with sound. They will transport you into the gears of a 19th-century Reuleaux machine, through a particle accelerator, alongside the skates of a hockey player and into the stomach of a cow. It will be the Cornell you know in a way you’ve never heard it before.

When: at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday

Where: Flex Theater, Cornell’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts

Cost: The performances are free and open to the public, but be sure to save your seat by securing a free ticket at Eventbrite.

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The Motet comes to the Haunt Wednesday night.
Credit Emily Sevin

Soul at the Speed of Light

The Motet brings its “Speed of Light” tour to Ithaca. The Denver-based funk and soul ensemble, which includes former John Brown’s Body saxophonist Drew Sayers, is touring to promote its latest album, “Death Or Devotion.” Syracuse hiphop favorites Sophistafunk will open the show.

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: The Haunt

Cost: $20 in advance, more at the door

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Good Vibrations

The Crucials continue their weekly Reggae Night residency in downtown Ithaca, with some of Ithaca’s top musicians joining forces for an evening of classic and obscure reggae and dub classics. DJ Ziggy will start off the night by spinning on the decks.

When: 9 p.m. Wednesday

Where: The Range

Cost: $5

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Storytime Tunes

Now in its sixth season, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra’s Family Concert and Storytime series combines live music, narrated children's books, and a chance for children to try out instruments with the help of CCO musicians.

When: 4 p.m. Thursday

Where: Tompkins County Public Library

Cost: free

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Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band will bring the Big Damn Blues Revolution Tour to the Corning Museum of Glass Thursday night.

Roots and Blues

The Corning Museum of Glass’s 2300° series will host The Big Damn Blues Revolution Tour, which brings together three popular roots musicians: The Reverend Peyton, Dom Flemons, and J.D. Wilkes. All three have played here several times with their bands (The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and the Legendary Shack Shakers, respectively), but this is the first time all will be on the same bill.

When: 6 p.m. Thursday

Where: Corning Museum of Glass

Cost: free

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Fiddle Fun

The Finger Lakes Fiddle Orchestra will present its fall concert. The program will feature a variety of traditional fiddle tunes performed by regional fiddlers, plus other musicians on mandolin, guitar, cello, and flute.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Community School of Music and Arts

Cost: free

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Darsono Hadiraharjo will be at the Johnson Museum Thursday night.

Masters of Puppets

Indonesian guest artists Gusti Sudarta (Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Denpasar) and Darsono Hadiraharjo (SEAP Visiting Critic) will perform excerpts of traditional wayang (shadow puppetry), providing audiences a rare opportunity to experience both Balinese and Javanese forms of this vital art form. They will be accompanied, respectively, by guest musicians Gusti Nyoman Darta and Bethany Collier, and the Cornell Gamelan Ensemble.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell

Cost: free

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Lawrence returns to the Haunt Thursday night.

Family Ties

Lawrence returns to Ithaca. The brother-sister duo of Gracie and Clyde Lawrence made their local debut at the Finger Lakes Thaw in March, and played an impressive set that mixed pop, rock and soul influences. Lohai, the duo of Alita Moses and Devon Yesberger, will open the show.

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Haunt

Cost: $18 in advance

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Practice Makes Perfect

The monthly Practice at Pete’s residency returns, with host band Secret Service Men joined by local garage-rock trio Alter Koker and Cobra Cadaver, featuring new singer Christine S. on a bunch of tunes.

When: 9 p.m. Thursday

Where: Pete’s Cayuga Bar

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Dean's Kids will be joined by Danielle Ponder for Thursday's Funk Night at the Range.

Feeling the Funk

Funk Night continues its biweekly schedule, with resident band Dean’s Kids – Dan Keller, Owen Erickson, Archer Cowen and Hayden Frank – joined by special guest Danielle Ponder, the powerhouse vocalist who leads Rochester’s soul band Tomorrow People. She’ll play a few of her originals, including her new single, “Holding Me Down,” which comes out Friday.

When: 10 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Range

Cost: $5

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Mr. McBean will host a listening party for his new EP Thursday at Casita del Polaris.

Sneak Peek

Local hiphop artist Mr. McBean will host a listening party for his forthcoming EP, “Set.” He’ll be joined by a special guest Matthew Cornwell for the event.

When: 10 p.m. Thursday

Where: Casita del Polaris

Cost: Admission is $7 in advance, $10 at the door.

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