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29+ shows to see this weekend: Nov. 15-17

Nov 15, 2019

The return of Bob Dylan tops this weekend’s slate of shows, which also feature the Battle of the Farmer Bands, another screening of the Highwoods String Band documentary, and the return of Start Making Sense.

Start Making Sense returns to the Haunt on Friday with its Talking Heads tribute show.

Talking Heads Time

Start Making Sense returns to Ithaca with its Talking Heads tribute show. Hailing from Bethlehem, Pa., and led by brothers Jon Braun (vocals) and Jesse (drums) Braun, the band has been making twice-yearly visits to Ithaca for the past few years. Ruby Dear, which features singer Jenny Founds backed up by the Braun brothers, will open the 8 p.m. show with a set of her original songs.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: The Haunt

Cost: $20

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Lloyd's Boys will play a happy-hour show at Hopshire Brewing at 6 p.m. Friday

It’s Happy Hour Again

Kick off the weekend with some live music at various venues around Ithaca and Cortland: Rachel Beverly is at Summerhill Brewing at 5-7 p.m., Lynn Wiles is at Ithaca Bakery at 6-8 p.m., Lloyd’s Boys are at Hopshire Farm and Brewery in Dryden at 6-8 p.m., Pete Panek and the Blue Cats are at the Westy at 7-9 p.m., Jimmy Lawler is at the St. Charles Hotel at 7 p.m., Roger Decker is at Cortland Beer Company at 7 p.m., Steve Romer is at the Eagles Club of Cortland at 7 p.m., and Dmitri Cosimo at BRU 64 at 7 p.m. A bit later, Tribal Revival is at Penny’s One Cent Saloon in Cortland at 9 p.m.

When: Friday

Where: Various locations

Cost: free

David Borden and Mother Mallard will perform Friday night at Cornell's Johnson Museum of Art.

Marking 50 Years, Part II

The fabled synthesizer ensemble Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Company concludes its 50th anniversary celebration with the second of two shows at Cornell. The group will perform pieces from founder David Borden’s “The Continuing Story of Counterpoint” on vintage instruments that include original Moogs, Fender Rhodes pianos, and more. Mother Mallard was the first live synthesizer ensemble in the world and came about through Borden’s work with Robert Moog in Trumansburg.

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University

Cost: free

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A scene from the 1928 silent film “The Passion of Joan of Arc.”

Sound of Silents

The classic 1928 silent film “The Passion of Joan of Arc” will be screened with improvised music by organist Stephen Kennedy and singers from the Christ Church Schola Cantorum.

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: St. Luke Lutheran Church, 109 Oak Ave., Collegetown

Cost: free

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Travis Knapp continues his Tompkins County Towns Tour this weekend.

Travis Knapp continues his tour of the towns of Tompkins County with three more shows this weekend:  

• 7 p.m. Friday, Littletree Orchards, Newfield; Traditional Center for Indigenous Knowledge & Healing

• 1 p.m. Saturday, Freeville house show (contact Knapp for address at travisknappmusic@gmail.com); Youth Music Arts Scholarship at Southside Community Center

• 3 p.m. Sunday, Brooktondale Community Center; Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming

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

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Rocking for Consent

The Advocacy Center of Tompkins County’s ACTion teen organizers have put together “Consent Rocks!” a benefit concert featuring student performers and community groups. The funds raised will be used to increase awareness of ACTion, teen access to Advocacy Center services, as well as for the agency's youth services.

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Kulp Auditorium, Ithaca High School

Cost: Suggested donation of $10

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McKenzie Lauren Jones of Strange Heavy, which will perform Friday at Casita del Polaris.

Triple Bill

Local favorities Strange Heavy, The ilium Works and The 86ers will team for a night of original roots music.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Casita del Polaris

Cost: Small cover charge

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Ambience on Tap

The ElectroZone will present “A Very FN Ambient Evening” with harpist Chelsea Smarr, Finite Element, stepwriterun, shaawano and Kompyootur Muhsheen – each putting their unique spin on ambient music. There’s a $10 cover for the 8 p.m. show. Find out more at facebook.com/ithacaelectrozone.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Bar

Cost: $10

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Double Header

It’s time for “Vee Da Teencat,” as local favorites Teencat and Vee Da Bee team for a show in downtown Ithaca. Both bands blend rock, punk and indie influences with catchy riffs and cool songs.

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: The Range

Cost: small cover

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The Jersey Tenors return to Cortland Rep Downtown for two shows on Saturday.

Jersey Guys

Cortland Rep welcomes back the Jersey Tenors, a quartet of talented Broadway singers who premiered in Cortland in the spring of 2018, and are back with an all new show: “Make American Macho Again.”

When: 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Cortland Repertory Theatre Downtown, 24 Port Watson St., Cortland

Cost: $25

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Laura Amoriello will present “The Girl Gershwin: Music of Dana Suesse" Saturday afternoon.

Paying Tribute

Ithaca College professor of piano Laura Amoriello will present “The Girl Gershwin: Music of Dana Suesse,” highlighting the composer who wrote “You Ought To Be in Pictures,” “Ho Hum” and other classic tunes in the 1930s yet remains little known today. This lecture-recital includes solo music for piano as well as a vocal set featuring Hannah Martin.

When: 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Hockett Family Recital Hall, Ithaca College

Cost: free

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The Local Farmers Union is just one of five bands competing in the first "Battle of the Farmer Bands" Saturday at Hopshire Farms in Dryden.

Farm-Fed Fun

The first “Battle of the Farmer Bands” will see five local groups – each featuring at least one farmer – take the stage to help raise funds for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of NY (NOFA-NY). On the bill are the Local Farmers Union, Brookton Bridge, The 86ers, The Flywheels, and Rot N Roll – all of which play their own version of Americana by blending country, folk, bluegrass and old-time influences with topical lyrics.

When: 5-9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Hopshire Farm and Brewery in Dryden

Cost: donations welcome

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Aaron Lipp performs at South Hill Cider Saturday evening.

Lipp Talk

Talented multi-instrumentalist and singer Aaron Lipp returns to Ithaca for a solo show that will feature a mix of original and old-time tunes at this recently opened tasting room.

When: 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday

Where: South Hill Cider, 550 Sandbank Road, Ithaca

Cost: free

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Songs to Sing

Cortland-bred, Ithaca-based singer-songwriter Rachel Beverly returns to Dryden for a night of originals and covers.

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Brewer’s Café and Tap Room, Dryden

Cost: free

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Samite will perform at the third annual "Music for the Ages" benefit gala at Coltivare on Saturday night

‘Music for the Ages’

Musicians for World Harmony will host the third annual “Music for the Ages” gala to raise funds to bring healing music to people of all ages. The event will feature internationally acclaimed musician Samite Mulondo, as well as sumptuous snacks and beverages, a diverse silent auction and an inspirational program showcasing stories of how music can heal all ages.

When: 7-10 p.m. Saturday

Where: Coltivare

Cost: $45

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The Highwoods String Band

On the Screen

If you missed the sold-out screening of “Dance All Night: The Highwoods String Band Story” when it premiered in Ithaca last year, here’s another chance to see it. Directed by Larry Edelman, the film tells the tale of the influential Tompkins County band, which helped to spearhead the old-time music revival in the 1970s through extensive touring and three albums on Rounder Records. Following the screening of the film will be a special performance by The Original Fat City Stringband – Mac Benford, Walt Koken, and Bob Potts (all found Highwoods members) – with special guest Jennifer Cleland (also a Highwoods member).

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts

Cost: $10

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Zingology will play a swing dance at the Enfield Grange Saturday night.

Swing Sultans

Hot gypsy jazz combo Zingology will play a swing dance in a century-old Grange hall just a few miles west of Ithaca.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday (dance lesson at 6 p.m.)

Where: The Enfield Grange, 182 Enfield Main Road (Route 327), Enfield

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Veretski Pass with Joel Rubin. Pictured from l to r: Stuart Brotman, Joel Rubin, Cookie Segelstein and Joshua Horowitz.

Klezmer Quest

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Veretski Pass’s klezmer music CD, “The Magid Chronicles.” The band and master klezmer clarinetist Joel Rubin will detail project development based on the fieldwork of Sofia Magid, the Jewish ethnographer who worked intensively documenting Jewish music in Belarus and Ukraine during Stalin’s regime in the 1920s and 30s. (Rubin and Varetski Pass also will perform music from the CD at Cornell’s Anabel Taylor Hall Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.)

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Temple Beth El, 402 N. Tioga St.

Cost: Suggested donation for each event is $10, but no one will be turned away.

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Godcaster plays at the Chantiloft on Saturday night.

Indie Rock

Ithaca Underground and Goo Lagoon will join forces to present a show in downtown Ithaca. Godcaster, a rock band from Philadelphia and New York City, will be joined by local punks Tilling and Syracuse garage rockers Winter Beach.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Chanticleer

Cost: $7

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Mihali plays the Haunt Saturday night.

Going Solo

The lead guitarist and singer for jam-band favorites Twiddle, Mihali Savoulidis will step out in his solo Ithaca debut. He’ll showcase his songwriting, lyrical, beatboxing, looping and guitar talents in this intimate setting. Find out more at mihalimusic.com. Sam Johnson will open the show.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Haunt

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

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Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad plays the Range Saturday night.

Two Sets of Tunes

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad comes to downtown Ithaca. The Rochester-based band will be playing two sets – the first focusing on its acoustic-based Americana songs, the second focused on its traditional blend of dub and reggae.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Range

Cost: Advance tickets are $20 on eventbrite.com.

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Ready to Dance

“Dancer” will feature an overview of dance music from the 1970s through the present day, with funk, disco and house sets from Playhouse 90, DJ Pleocene and Andrew Voltage.

When: 8:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Forest City Lodge 180, 536 W. Green St.

Cost: free, ages 21 and up

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Cornell will celebrate Clara Schumann this weekend.

Celebrating Clara Schumann

"Experiencing Clara Schumann's Musical Environments will feature performers and Cornell students and faculty, including Richard Valitutto, Lucy Fitz-Gibbon and students, Roger Moseley, Theodora Serbanescu-Martin, David Keep, Soo Yeon Kim, and Junghwa Lee, perform works in honor of Clara Schumann's bicentennial as part of the conference “Performing Clara Schumann: Keyboard Legacies and Feminine Identities in the Long Romantic Tradition.”

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Barnes Hall, Cornell

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Ready to Rock

Led by singer-guitarists Phil Muka and Casey King, the Unknown Woodsmen return to downtown Cortland, promising a few new tunes along with some of their familiar favorites.

When: 8:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: BRU 64, Cortland

Cost: free

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The Cornell Symphony Orchestra will perform Sunday afternoon at Bailey Hall.

Sea Change

The Cornell Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Katherine Kilburn, performs a concert featuring Emily Cooley's “Argo, “and Johannes Brahms' “Symphony No. 4 in E Minor.” Inspired by the voyage of the ship Argo from the mythology of Jason and the Argonauts, “Argo” is a meditation on change.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Bailey Hall, Cornell

Cost: free

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Party of Four plays the Danby Town Hall Sunday afternoon.

In Harmony

Party of Four -- Cookie Coogan, Wayne Gottlieb, Doug Robinson and Dave Davies -- will showcase their vocal harmonies and jazz chops on a variety of classic and original tunes.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Danby Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road

Cost: free

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Fall Colors

The Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus (IGMC) will perform its fall concert, “True Colors,” which will comprise a varied list of musical pieces including a new arrangement of “True Colors, composed by Cyndi Lauper, two compositions using the poetry of William Blake and much more.  Also appearing on the program will be AFAB4, a newly formed quartet composed of members of IGMC.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: First Baptist Church, 309 N. Cayuga St.

Cost: A donation of $15 is suggested at the door.

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Raising Their Voices

Odyssey Choir's Fall Concert, "Homeward Bound,” will feature selection of choral music celebrating giving thanks and coming home with family and friends. The Odyssey Choir is directed by Melissa Rooklidge and consists of two ensembles, Alpha (youth treble choir) and Omega (adult mixed choir).

When: 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Opus Ithaca School of Music, 402 N. Aurora St, Ithaca, New York 14850

Cost: free and open to all

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Sound of the Sixties

Radio London – John Simon, Mike Vitucci, Jon Hilton, Ken Zeserson and Dan Lashkoff – returns with their high-energy brand of classic rock ‘n’ roll from the 1960s.

When: 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Argos Warehouse

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Jane Monheit comes to the Homer Center for the Arts on Sunday night.

Jazz on Tap

Jane Monheit returns to Central New York; the acclaimed singer recently released “Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald,” her tenth studio recording since her 2000 debut, “Never Never Land,” but first on her own label, Emerald City Records.

When: 8 p.m. Sunday

Where: Center for the Arts Homer

Cost: $18-$35

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Sea Songs

Bound for Glory continues its 53rd season with Joy Bennett and Chris Koldewey, whose songs “tend toward the traditional, songs of the sea and the land.” Find out more at chriskoldewey.com.

When: 8-11 p.m. Sunday

Where: Alternatives Library, Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell University

Cost: free and open to all

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Bob Dylan and His Band will play at Ithaca College Sunday night.

Bob is Back

Bob Dylan and His Band will return to Ithaca after a six-year hiatus to perform at Ithaca College. Dylan has been getting excellent reviews on the current tour: one writer described his October show in Denver as “an intense, often stirring tour through his catalogue,” while another reviewer called his Lincoln, Neb., concert as “the best Dylan show I’ve seen in at least a decade, maybe longer.” Read more about the show here.

When: 8 p.m. Sunday

Where: Athletics and Events Center, Ithaca College

Cost: $55-$85, available online here

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