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22+ shows to see this weekend: Oct. 11-13

Oct 11, 2019

A busy weekend of shows is highlighted by the return of a Grammy-winning blues legend, a pop-jazz song chanteuse and an Idaho troubadour. Plus, lots of local favorites will be on stage both inside and outdoors throughout the weekend.

Robert Cray returns to the State Theatre of Ithaca Friday night.

Strong Persuader

Winner of five Grammy Awards, blues guitarist Robert Cray has released more than 20 albums that showcase his stinging guitar style, soulful vocals and funky rhythms. Among his hits are “Smokin’ Gun,” “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” and “Strong Persuader.” Texas singer-songwriter Bonnie Bishop will open the show; she earned a Grammy for co-writing  “Not Cause I Wanted To,” which Bonnie Raitt made a big hit in 2012.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: State Theatre of Ithaca

Cost: $28.50-$48.50

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Airplay performs at Hopshire Farm and Brewery in Dryden Friday night.

They Wanna Rock

Airplay – a recently formed band that includes Garry Bordonaro, Danny Stillwell, Tom Bergeron and Dan Gill – will showcase its wide-ranging repertoire of danceable classic-rock favorites.

When: 6-8 p.m. Friday

Where: Hopshire Farm and Brewery, Dryden

Cost: free

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The Diana Leigh Quartet comes to Trumansburg Friday night.

Swingin’ In

The Diana Leigh Quartet comes to Trumansburg, with singer Leigh joined by  Jesse Collins on saxophone, Robbert VanRenesse on guitar, and Stu Zimny on bass for an evening of jazz, blues and swing.

When: 6-8 p.m. Friday

Where: Autumn View Brats & Brews, Trumansburg

Cost: free

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Leo & the Maydays return to the Westy Friday night.

Double Header

An eclectic double bill will feature Leo & The Maydays – led by Freeville singer-songwriter Hannah Ruttle – and kurt.riley+praxis – fronted by compelling glam-rock singer-guitarist Kurt Riley, whose vocal style recalls David Bowie and Suicide’s Alan Vega.

When: 7-9 p.m. Friday

Where: The Westy

Cost: free

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Marco Benevento returns to the Haunt Friday night.

Sliding On In

Keyboard virtuoso Marco Benevento will return to Ithaca to celebrate the release of his latest album, “Let It Slide.” He describes his sound as "hot dance piano rock,” drawing on rock, soul, psychedelic and R&B influences to create his unique style. Rochester singer-songwriter-harpist Mikaela Davis will open the show.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: The Haunt

Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

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Kat Wright returns to the Range Friday night.

Soul Sounds

Kat Wright returns to downtown Ithaca. Hailing from Burlington, Vt., Wright is a powerful, soulful vocalist that some have compared to Bonnie Raitt and Amy Winehouse, and she also has a great stage presence (and a great band.). Local favorite Kitestring will open the show.

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: the Range

Cost: small cover charge

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Mountain Jam

The 5th annual Hops and Swaps Fall Festival will feature live music from Cortland favorites The Unknown Woodsmen and other bands along with downhill mountain biking, chairlift rides, mountain coaster rides and fall-themed festival games.

When: 12:30-4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Greek Peak Mountain Resort, Cortland

Cost: $15, which includes 15 tasting tickets, entertainment and access to family activities.

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Swamp Kids play Ithaca Beer Company Saturday afternoon

Hop To It

Ithaca Beer Company will host its fourth annual Hoptoberfest, featuring live music from Swamp Kids and DJ Proper Philth, along with beer, games, food and more.

When: 2-8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Ithaca Beer Company

Cost: Advance tickets are $20; day-of price is $25.

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Thru Spectrums play at the Boathouse Beer Garden on Saturday.

Funky Fun

Fiery funk septet Thru Spectrums returns with their blend of cool covers and high-powered originals, including material from past and upcoming albums.

When: 5-8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Boathouse Beer Garden, Romulus

Cost: free

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Classic Quartet

The Delta Mike Shaw Band returns to King Ferry to perform in the Pavilion at Treleavan – the heaters will be on and walls will be down in the pavilion to keep everyone warm. Expect to hear lots of classic rock and pop favorites from the past 50 years from Shaw and company.

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Treleaven Winery, King Ferry

Cost: free

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Stan Stewart returns to Autumn View Brews and Brats on Saturday.

Stan the Man

Singer-keyboardist Stan Stewart will perform favorites both solo and with the help of some special guests at this early evening gig.

When: 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Autumn View Brews & Brats, Trumansburg

Cost: free, donations welcome

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Meridian, joined by pianist Phillip Bush, performs at the CSMA on Saturday.

Dashing Debut

Queer Sound Ithaca presents Sarah Hennies's new one-hour work for piano and three percussionists, "Reservoir 1: Preservation" performed by the percussion trio Meridian (Tim Feeney, Sarah Hennies, Greg Stuart) and pianist Phillip Bush. This concert celebrates the release of the "Reservoir 1" album on Black Truffle Records. New Ithaca resident Morgan Evans-Weiler opens the concert with a solo violin performance.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Community School of Music and Arts

Cost: $10

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Rickie Lee Jones returns to the Hangar Theatre Saturday night.

The Return of Rickie Lee 

Rickie Lee Jones comes back to Ithaca promoting her new album “Kicks,” on which she tackles songs from the 1950s-1970s in her inimitable style. For more than 40 years, she has been one of the most distinctive vocalists in popular music, bringing to life songs such as “Chuck E’s in Love” and other bohemian character sketches with a mix of jazz, pop and folk influences.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Hangar Theatre

Cost: $55-$60

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Josh Ritter comes to the Homer Center for the Arts Saturday night.

Ritter Returns

Idaho singer-songwriter Josh Ritter has made numerous visits to central New York over the past 20 years, and always impresses with his stellar originals, warm stage presence, and blend of folk, country and rock influences. His latest album, “Fever Breaks,” was lauded by Rolling Stone as “a vital career summation, a survey course sampler in a word-swilling artist’s narrative gifts and endearing empathy.” New Orleans singer-songwriter Carsie Blanton will open the show, after a 7 p.m. pregame set by Austin MacRae.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Homer Center for the Arts

Cost: $16-$35

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Perfect Pairs

The Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble performs its first big concert of the new school year. The program’s theme is “jazz pairs” – two pieces each by classic jazz composers/arrangers Thad Jones, Duke Ellington, and Bill Holman (and then two by un-classic me) plus a cool, challenging piece by Pacific Northwest-based pianist/composer Ezra Weiss: “Blues and the Alternative Fact,” which was a Directors Choice selection from last year’s David P. and Susan W. Wohlhueter Jazz Composition Contest.

When: 8:15 p.m. Saturday

Where: IC School of Music

Cost: free

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Work in Progress

Ithaca quintet Not From Wisconsin launches its Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to complete their next album. The band – Angela Yantorno, Dave Yantorno, Brooks Miner, Brett Powell and John Young – will play tunes from the forthcoming record, as well as from past releases in this intimate setting

When: 8:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Casita del Polaris

Cost: donations welcome

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Wade Preston returns to Cortland Rep Downtown on Saturday night.

The Piano Man’s Piano Man

“Billy Joel’s Piano Man” Wade Preston returns to Cortland for a show titled “In a New York State of Mind.” An original cast member of the Broadway show “Movin’ Out,” Preston is known for serving as Joel’s stand-in during rehearsals for his “Last Play at Shea” concerts as well as playing with the Movin’ Out Band alongside other alumni of Joel’s band. At this show, he’ll songs from Joel’s vast catalog as well as his own originals.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Cortland Repertory Theatre Downtown

Cost: $25

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Spafford returns to the Haunt Saturday.

Flights of Fancy

Spafford returns to the Ithaca wits its “Fall Into Place” tour. The Arizona jam band is known for its extended improvisation flights that draw on electronic, R&B, reggae, rock, jazz and funk influences. Their latest album is 2018’s “For Amusement Only.”

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Haunt

Cost: $20

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Cas Haley comes to the Range Saturday night.

Texas Troubadour

Texas singer-songwriter Cas Haley made his Ithaca debut at the 2018 Finger Lakes Thaw and impressed with his blend of rock, pop, reggae and folk. Since then, he’s released a new album,”Lessons and Blessings.” Dan Keller, the former Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad guitarist who recently released his first solo album, will open the show.

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Range

Cost: small cover charge

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Reelin’ in the Years

Steely Dan returns to Syracuse to perform songs from its vast songbook, with co-founder Donald Fagen carrying on the band’s legacy after the passing of Walter Becker with the help of a talented ensemble of players.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Landmark Theatre, Syracuse

Cost: $45.50-$95.50

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The Dogpatch String Quartet returns to Red Newt Cellars on Sunday afternoon.

 Four of a Kind

The Dogpatch String Quartet – Judy Hyman, Jeff Claus, Sally Freund and Mac Benford – will return for an afternoon set of old-time fiddle and banjo tunes.

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

Where: Red Newt Cellars

Cost: donations welcome

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Three of a Kind

A new all-star trio will debut this weekend. Jambo Liar includes guitarist Nate Richardson, keyboardist Jon Petronzio and drummer Zaun Marshburn, who collectively promise “instrumental grooves all night long.”

When: 6-9 p.m. Sunday

Where: Maxie’s Supper Club

Cost: free, open to all ages

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Bass great George Porter Jr. will bring his trio to the Haunt Sunday night.

Funky Favorite

For more than 50 years, George Porter Jr., has been one of the leading lights of the New Orleans music. He not only played on Meters hits such as “Cissy Strut” and “Look-Ka Py Py,” he also led the Runnin’ Pardners and other bands while performing with everyone from John Scofield and Warren Haynes to Paul McCartney and Jimmy Buffet. Porter will be joined in his trio by keyboardist Michael Lemmler and drummer Terrence Houston. Elisa and the YesMen, a new Ithaca band fronted by Elisa Sciscioli Keeler, will open the show.

When: 8 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Haunt

Cost: $20

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