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8 shows to see this week: Jan. 20-23

Jan 20, 2020

Greensky Bluegrass makes their return to Ithaca and reggae legend Half Pint comes to the Haunt as we move into the third week of January. 

Greensky Bluegrass plays the State Theatre on Wednesday night.

Nothing But Greensky

Greensky Bluegrass returns to Ithaca, making the jump to the State after a few visits to the Haunt. For 18 years, the band has been winning fans with its energetic blend of bluegrass and rock ‘n’ roll – it has sold out venues such as Red Rocks, The Ryman, and performed at festivals such as Bonnaroo, ACL and Outside Lands. Their latest album is 2019’s “All For Money.”  Ghost Light, which features former Ithacan Dan Africano (John Brown’s Body, Elephant Wrecking Ball) on bass, will open the show.

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: State Theatre of Ithaca

Cost: $27.50-$32

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Overflow will play a show Monday night at Cayuga Lodge.

Hiphop Celebration

Local hiphop artist Overflow will celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with his “I Had A Dream” show, featuring new music, new dance moves and more.

When: 9 p.m. Monday; doors at 8 p.m.

Where: Cayuga Lodge, 630 Stewart Ave.

Cost: free, donations welcome

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Lloyd's Boys will play Swing Night at the Range on Tuesday.

Swing Thing

Swing Time Tuesday 2020 opens with Lloyd’s Boys, who blend hillbilly, country blues, and jug band for a sound that’s reminiscent of the dance halls of Texas and Oklahoma in the 1930s and 40s. “Their music is perfect for swing dance - both east and west coast, 2-steps, with a few Cajun waltzes & New Orleans second-line, street-beat grooves thrown in for some extra spice.” Come for a dance lesson at 6:30 p.m., followed by the music at 7:30 p.m.

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: The Range

Cost: $7 per person, $5 students with ID, over 21

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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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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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Louiston (aka Lou DiPietro) will host a monthly open mic at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Arts beginning Thursday night.
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Stepping Up To The Mic

The Trumansburg Conservatory of Arts will debut a new monthly open-mic series hosted by local songwriter Louiston (aka Lou DiPietro). The “acoustic-based open mic welcomes songwriters, musicians, poets, and storytellers of all skill levels who are looking for a stage and both a community and support group of fellow artists.” When: 7-9 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Trumansburg Conservatory of Arts

Cost: donations welcome

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Half Pint comes to the Haunt on Thursday night.

Reggae Rhythms

The legendary Half Pint, joined by special guests Andrew Bees of Black Uhuru and King Hopeton and backed by the Yellow Wall Dub Squad, will come to Ithaca. Born Lindon Andrew Roberts, Half Pint is best known for his 1983 hit “Wisdom,” which the Rolling Stones covered (renamed it as “Too Rude”) on their 1986 album “Dirty Work”; Sublime’s 1996 song “What I Got” used the chorus from his song “Loving.”

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Haunt

Cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door

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Caitlin Mathes will continue her new cabaret "Apple:Tree" at the Cherry Artspace Thursday-Saturday.

Dazzling Debut

In “Apple: Tree,” a new mixed-media “rolling cabaret” of song, art, and shifts in perspective, acclaimed opera singer-turned-cabaret chanteuse Caitlin Mathes will sing a palette of music from Baudelaire and Brecht to Piaf and Björk, paired with an immersive environment of her father Al Mathes’s visual art. The entire show surrounds an audience seated in rolling chairs, with performers and audience travelling around the space.

When: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday

Where: The Cherry Artspace

Cost: $25, $15 for students and seniors

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Hot Jazz

The Djangoners return to the Argos Warehouse to celebrate Django Reinhardt's birthday -- he's the legendary guitarist who inspired the band's approach to its brand of vintage hot jazz and swing. Hear Bobby Henrie, Eric Aceto, Brian Williams and Harry Aceto put their stamp on a variety of classic tunes from the 1930s and 40s.

When: 7-9 p.m. Thursday

Where: Argos Warehouse

Cost: free; donation suggested at the door.

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