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22+ shows to see this weekend: Feb. 28-March 1

Feb 28, 2020

We say goodbye to February and hello to March with three big shows at the State Theatre of Ithaca. And there are a bunch of other cool shows ranging from classical and jazz to reggae, funk and beyond in area venues this Leap Year weekend.

Kamasi Washington comes to the State Theatre Friday night.
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Busting Boundaries

Kamasi Washington will make his Ithaca debut. After releasing his groundbreaking “The Epic” in 2015, the acclaimed saxophonist and bandleader has continued to expand the boundaries of jazz with his latest album, 2018’s “Heaven and Earth.”  Along the way, he has worked with Kendrick Lamar, John Legend and Run the Jewels and also created “Harmony of Difference,” a standalone multimedia installation, during the 2017 Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. And earlier this month, he released the film “Kamasi Washington Live At The Apollo Theater,” which is available on Amazon Prime. DJ Gourd will open the show.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: State Theatre

Cost: $28.50-$38.50

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Erin and the Backwood Blues Project return to Two Goats Brewing Friday night. Their new album "Shake A Little Sugar" is now available at various online platforms.
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It’s Happy Hour Again

Friday, catch some happy hour shows around the area: Big J Blues and Mr. B are at Agava Restaurant at 4-6 p.m., the Stone Fence String Band (Richie Stearns, Rosie Newton, Ben Gould, Steve Selin) is at South Hill Cider at 5:30-8 p.m., The Beauchesnes return to Hopshire Farm and Brewery at 6-8 p.m., the Small Kings return to Grist Iron Brewing at 6-9 p.m., the Bonnie and Clyde Band is at Flynn’s Roadhouse at 6:30-9 p.m., Erin and the Backwoods Blues Project return to Two Goats Brewing at 7-10 p.m., Mike Stark will play a solo piano show at the Westy at 7-9 p.m., and The Purple Valley is at Stella’s Barn at 7:30-9:30 p.m. In the greater Cortland area, Teddy Kilts, Cierra Rae and Darrell Negley will play at the Center for the Arts at 5 p.m., Tracy and Chris are at Summerhill Brewing at 6-8 p.m., Travis Rocco is at BRU 64 at 7-10 p.m., Dimitri Cosimo is at Cortland Beer Company at 7 p.m., Roger Decker returns to Rex’s Pasta at 7 p.m., Jimmy Lawler is at the St. Charles Hotel at 8-10 p.m., and the Johnny West Trio is at the One Cent Saloon at 9:30 p.m.

When: Friday

Where: Various locations

Cost: free; donations always welcome

The annual WinterSquabee returns this weekend to the Stonecat Cafe in Hector.
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Winter Wonderland

The annual Wintersquabee Festival returns this weekend, with more than two-dozen area bands performing Friday-Sunday to raise funds for the protection of local water resources. Visit the event’s Facebook page for the complete lineup and schedule.

When: from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, from 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Stonecat Café, Hector

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"Once Were Brothers" opens at Cinemapolis Friday night.
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Band of Brothers

The new documentary “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band” plays at Cinemapolis. Directed by Daniel Roher, the film tells the story of one of the most-influential groups of the past 50 years as seen through the eyes of Robertson, its guitarist and main songwriter.

When: Opens Friday

Where: Cinemapolis

Cost: $10.50

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The Travelin' McCourys play a sold-out show in Homer Friday night.
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All in the Family

The Center for Arts also will rev up its spring season beginning this weekend, as The Travelin’ McCourys come to Homer. Led by Ronnie and Rob McCoury of the Del McCoury Band, the lineup also includes fiddler Jason Carter, guitarist Cody Kilby and bassist Alan Bartram. The quintet’s self-titled debut earned the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album, showing the brothers are wholly capable of adding to the family legacy. 

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Center for the Arts, Homer

Cost: $10-$30 SOLD OUT!!

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Telepathic Moon Dance plays Sacred Root Kava Lounge on Friday night.
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Marvelous Night for a Moon Dance

The Hudson Valley-based quartet Telepathic Moon Dance will bring its “jazz-infused dance-funk with house, world, and dub flavors” to downtown Ithaca.

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Lounge and Tea Bar

Cost: small cover charge

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Vee Da Bee plays at Lot 10 Friday night.
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Double Trouble

Local favorite Vee Da Bee will join forces with Buffalo blues-funk-rockers Strange Standard in downtown Ithaca.

When: 9:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Lot 10

Cost: $5

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Sophistafunk returns to the Range Friday night.

Funky Leap Year

The Range will host a Leap Year Party, with Syracuse favorites Sophistafunk returning to team with locals Metasequoia for a funk-filled evening.

When: 10 p.m. Friday

Where: The Range

Cost: $10

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Jen Cork returns to Red Newt Cellars Saturday afternoon.

Ready for Release

Ithaca singer-songwriter Jen Cork has just unveiled a new single, “Maybe Someday” – her first release since her stellar 2015 debut album “Forever to Fall." Hear that song and many other originals, plus a few well-chosen covers, at this intimate venue on the Cayuga Wine Trail.

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

Where: Red Newt Cellars, Hector

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Opus Ithaca will present "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" Saturday afternoon.

Classical Concert

Opus Ithaca will present a kid-friendly performance of Paul Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” which tells the story of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s famous ballad. The program also will include music from favorites such as “Harry Potter” and “Peer Gynt.” The ensemble features musicians from the faculties of Opus Ithaca, Ithaca College, Cornell University, and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and will be conducted by Opus Ithaca’s own Madeline Schatz-Harris.

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 402 N. Aurora St.

Cost: free and open to all

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Liam Lawson and JP Payton return to Bike Bar Ithaca Saturday night.
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Saturday Songs

Saturday, catch some tunes around the area: The StiffTones are at Chateau Dusseau in Locke at 3-6 p.m.,  John Bunge and William Hurley will bring their Narrow Path Tour to the Community School of Music at Arts at 4-6 p.m.; Vee Da Bee is at Summerhill Brewing at 5-8 p.m.; Beverly Stokes is at Brewer’s Café and Taproom at 6-8 p.m.; Mama Rabwa returns to Sacred Root Kava Lounge and Tea Bar at 6 p.m., along with DJ Evo, Julie Brown and Mighty Jet; JP Payton and Liam Lawson return to Bike Bar Ithaca at 7-9 p.m.; Stereopticon is at Trax Pub and Grille at Greek Peak; Billy Golicki is at the Union Tavern in Groton at 9 p.m.; and Chasing Neon is at Goody’s Lake Como Inn at 9 p.m.

When: Saturday

Where: Various locations

Cost: free; donations always welcome

We Have a Winner!

The Cornell Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Katherine Kilburn, will perform a featuring Joy Zhang, winner of the 2019 concerto competition. Zhang, a human biology, health and society major, studies flute with Elizabeth Shuhan and will play Georges Hüe’s “Fantasie for Flute and Orchestra.” The program also includes Gabriela Lena Frank's “Apu” and Sibelius’ “Symphony No. 6 in D Minor, Op. 104.” A pre-concert instrument petting zoo presented by Hickey’s Music Center begins at 2 p.m. in the lower lobby

When: 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Bailey Hall, Cornell University

Cost: free and open to all

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Colleen Kattau, who just released a new album "Besos Kisses," will perform at the annual Phil Clarke Benefit Concert Saturday night at BRU 64 in downtown Cortland.

A Good Cause

For more than 30 years, Cortland musicians have been coming together for the annual Phil Clarke Benefit Concert. This year’s event will feature several youth bands – The Offbeats, Butterchunks, The Screw Drivers, The Butter Chunks and Bikini Bottoms – along with Colleen Kattau, Mel Drake and Tanglewood, and Cloey Tierno. Proceeds will go to the Cortland Youth Bureau Scholarship Fund, which provides music lessons for children in need.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: BRU 64, Cortland

Cost: donations

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Saturday Swing

The Enfield Valley Grange will host Swing Dance Night, with Dance Club – guitarist Dave Richman, bassist Chris Gibbons, percussionist Keith Evan Green and saxophonist Ken Zeserson – providing a mix of swing standards, blues and country.

When: 7-10 p.m. Saturday

Where: Enfield Valley Grange, 178 Enfield Main Road, Ithaca

Cost: Suggested minimum donation is $10, which will support the Grange Building Fund

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Root Shock will play Rose Hall in Cortland Saturday night.

Triple Threat

Root Shock will make its Cortland debut, as the popular Syracuse reggae-rock band will perform at Rose Hall, a new venue in an old church (it’s kitty-corner from the Cortland Free Library), along with hometown favorites Unknown Woodsmen and Stiv Morgan.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Rose Hall, 19 Church St., Cortland

Cost: $10-$15

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The Machine Performs Pink Floyd returns to the State Theatre Saturday night.

‘The Wall’ and all

The Machine Performs Pink Floyd will make its annual Ithaca visit to mark the 40th anniversary of “The Wall” by playing the double album in its entirety, plus an encore featuring favorites from other Floyd albums. Find out more at the band’s website.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday


Cost: $25-$35

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Leonardo Decapitated will play an Ithaca Underground show Saturday night.

Bringing the Noise

Ithaca Underground will present a show in downtown Ithaca, with Brooklyn’s Absolute Garbage joined by locals Zero Mean, Tilling, and Leonardo Decapitated for a night of hardcore, punk, noise and more.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Chanticleer

Cost: $7

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Via Intercom plays at the Hotel Groton Saturday night.

Secret Society

The Electrozone returns to the Hotel Groton to host “Top Secret!” It’s a “Deep Listening Experience” that will feature local electronic artists Thomas Bruce, Finite Element, Shaawano and Fainting Lessons, as well as Brooklyn-based Via Intercom, who's currently touring the region.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Hotel Groton

Cost: $10, includes a mask!

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Alexa Tarantino will join the IC Jazz Ensemble Saturday night.
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Swinging Sax

The Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble will perform a set of swinging jazz big band jazz along with guest Alexa Tarantino, who was recently named one of the “Top 5 Alto Saxophonists of 2019” in the JazzTimes Critics’ Poll. For this concert, which will take place in Ford Hall in the Whalen Center for Music, all the music has been learned by ear and will be performed from memory.

When: 8:15 p.m. Saturday

Where: Ford Hall, Ithaca College

Cost: free and open to all

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Terrapin Station returns to the Haunt Saturday night.
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Dead Reckoning

Terrapin Station returns with its vast catalog of Grateful Dead tunes, as guitarist-singers Larry Honigbaum and Frank Raponi will lead the band through a night of classics

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Haunt

Cost: $10

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Dapper Dan plays at Lot 10 Saturday night.

Ready to Rock

Celebrate Leap Year in downtown Ithaca, as local favorites Dapper Dan and the Bob Roberts Calamity will team for a show at Lot 10.

When: 10 p.m. Saturday

Where: Lot 10

Cost: $5

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Ashley Rose plays at Ithaca Bakery Sunday afternoon.

Sunday Songs

Catch some free music around the area on Sunday: Syracuse singer-songwriter Ashley Rose is at Ithaca Bakery at 4:30-6:30 p.m., Radio London is at Bickering Twin Restaurant at 5-7 p.m., and local jazz trio Wingnut is at Two Goats Brewing at 4-7 p.m.

When: Sunday

Where: Various locations

Cost: free

Funds from Flatbread

The Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming will host a Flatbread Fundraiser at Agava Restaurant. The Local Farmers Union, from Cortland, will provided live music. Suggested donation is $5, and $5 of every flatbread purchase and $1 of every specialty cocktail goes towards training the next generation of local farmers.

When: 4-6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Agava Restaurant

Cost: $5 suggested donation

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Dashing Debuts

Festival Chamber Orchestra will feature a sinfonietta performing new works by Cornell graduate composers Sergio Cote and Miles Jefferson Friday.

When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Barnes Hall, Cornell University

Cost: free

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The Vollmers play Bound for Glory Sunday night.

Perfect Pair

Bound for Glory continues its season with the Vollmers, the husband-and-wife duo of Brian Vollmer (Simmerin’ Stew) and Claire Byrne (Driftwood). They play country, old-time and folk tunes on fiddle, banjo and guitar, some of which they captured on their 2019 debut CD, “Waves on the Sea.” Find out more at banjoandfiddle.com.

When: 8-11 p.m. Sunday

Where: Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell University

Cost: free and open to all

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Rosanne Cash plays the State Theatre Sunday night.

American Music

Four-time Grammy Award winner Rosanne Cash will visit downtown Ithaca. After scoring numerous country hits – including "My Baby Thinks He's a Train" and “Seven Year Ache” – in the 1980s, Cash turned in a more pensive direction in the 1990s with her albums “Interiors” and “The Wheel." After putting out the acclaimed 2014 album “The River & The Thread,” Cash followed up in 2018 with “She Remembers Everything,” a poetic, lush and soulful collection of women’s narratives that reckon with a complex world.

When: 8 p.m. Sunday

Where: State Theatre

Cost: $35-$55

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