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8 shows to see this week: Jan. 28-30

Jan 28, 2020

Close out January with these shows in venues around Ithaca. Plus, Ithaca Sounding 2020, a new multiday festival and symposium, kicks off Thursday at Cornell University!

Too Many Zooz returns to the Haunt Wednesday night.

Rockin’ the Brasshouse

Fiery NYC-based band Too Many Zooz returns to Ithaca, with the trio of King of Sludge (drums), Leo P (sax) and Matt Doe (trumpet) ready to reacquaint fans with their powerful brasshouse sound. Birocratic, the Brooklyn-based project of producer and multi-instrumentalist Brandon Rowan, opens the show.

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: The Haunt

Cost: $20-$22

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Crossing Generations

The weekly Intergenerational Irish Music Session continues its two-year run, welcoming players and listeners of ages to enjoy a variety of traditional Irish tunes.

When: 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar

Cost: free

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Series Startup

“Expressions in Jazz,” a new concert series, will feature the Jesse Collins Quartet and the Diana Leigh Quartet playing a variety of standards and originals.

When: 7-10 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Argos Warehouse

Cost: $10 in advance, available here dianaleighmusic.ticketleap.com/eij/, or $15 at the door.

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Trumpet master Aaron Witek will play a concert at Ithaca College Wednesday.
Credit Jeffrey Foote

Trumpet Showcase

Ithaca College’s Aaron Witek will present a faculty recital, “Renaissance to Lizzo; The Many Roles of the Trumpet.” He’ll be joined by numerous talented IC faculty members for an eclectic program that includes works by Monteverdi, Hindemith, Scarlatti and Morales, as well as the pop standard “On The Sunny Side of the Street.”

When: 8:15 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Hockett Family Recital Hall, Ithaca College

Cost: free and open to all

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Adam Tendler performs at Cornell on Thursday afternoon.

Kickoff Concert

Ithaca Sounding 2020, a new festival, kicks off with this Midday Music concert, “In Search of Robert Palmer,” a solo piano lecture-recital by Adam Tendler. Ithaca Sounding 2020 is a multi-day, multi-venue festival and symposium celebrating, exploring, and questioning the traditions of modernist and experimental concert music by Ithacans past and present. A complete schedule of events is available here.

When: 12:30-1:15 p.m. Thursday

Where: Cornell University, Lincoln Hall, room B20

Cost: free

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Two of a Kind

Cap Cooke and Sam Schmidt will join forces for a night of old-time tunes on banjo, fiddle and more.

When: 5-7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Main Street Market, Trumansburg

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Beverly Stokes plays at East Hill Plaza's Collegetown Bagels on Thursday.

Songs to Sing

Local singer-songwriter Beverly Stokes continues her recent return to performing. Stokes, who has been playing with Mary Lorson and Billy Cote for a couple of years, will perform songs from the debut album “All These Dotted Lines” as well some newer material.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Collegetown Bagels, East Hill Plaza

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Brian Francis of Moon Rabbit performs at Bike Bar Ithaca Thursday night.

American Music

Brian Francis of Syracuse’s Moonrabbit will bring his “Acoustic American Gothic Roots Rhythm & Blues” to downtown Ithaca.

When: 7-9 p.m. Thursday

Where: Bike Bar Ithaca

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Richard Valitutto will perform at Cornell's Johnson Museum Thursday night as part of Ithaca Sounding 2020.

Going Solo

Ithaca Sounding 2020 continues as festival director and pianist Richard Valitutto plays Sarah Hennies’s hour-long work “SOVT” (2017) for solo prepared piano.

When: 7-8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University

Cost: free

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Funk Night with Dean's Kids returns to the Range on Thursday night.
Credit Jim Catalano

Funky Town

The biweekly Funk Night returns for its second show of 2020, with resident band Dean’s Kids – Dan Keller, Max Shuhan, Owen Erickson, Hayden Frank and Archer Cowen – putting their spin on familiar favorites from the 1960s through the present day.

When: 9:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Range

Cost: $5

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