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8+ shows to see this weekend: Dec. 27-29

Dec 27, 2019

Enjoy the last weekend of 2019 with some live music – everything from reggae and rock to folk and pop will be showcased in clubs around Ithaca and Cortland.

Andrew Alling returns to Sacred Root Kava Lounge and Tea Bar on Friday night.
Credit Spencer Schwartz

One Man Band

Local singer-songwriter Andrew Alling returns to showcase an expanded sonic setup that will include two organ bass pedals and a new keyboard plus his usual harmonica, guitar and vocals – all without looping. “I’ve worked out some older songs and some newly invented groove bass tunes, too,” he says. He’ll also be shooting a video of the show -- all are welcome to attend and become part of the festivities.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Lounge and Tea Bar

Cost: donations welcome

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The David Graybeard Band will play at happy-hour show at South Hill Cider on Friday night.

It’s Happy Hour Again

Kick off the weekend with some live music at various venues around Ithaca: The David Graybeard Band plays South Hill Cider at 5:30-8 p.m.; The Swampcats return to Hopshire Farm and Brewery at 6-8 p.m.; and the Royal Enfield Blues Band returns to the Westy at 7-9 p.m. In Cortland, the Tribal Revival Duo of Marc Ryan and Tom Gath are at Rex's Pasta at 7-9 p.m. and the Starmer Brothers are at the St. Charles Hotel at 7 p.m.

When: Friday

Where: Various locations

Cost: free

DJ Proper Philth will be part of a Sound Clash at the Haunt on Friday night.
Credit Jim Catalano

Holiday Celebration Benefit

DJ Mike Judah of WICB’s “Reggae Explosions” will host a Caribbean Christmas Show featuring Caribbean Soca queen Denise "Saucy Wow" Belfon, Trinidad reggae sensation Jamelody, and Ithaca's very own roots-reggae general Cha Cha (of Mosaic Foundation), along with a Sound Clash featuring DJ Double A, DJ Ziggy, DJ ha-MEEN, Evo Evolution, Proper Philth, and Rockmon.  Caribbean food also will be available for purchase.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: The Haunt

Cost: $20 in advance, $30 at the door, with proceeds going to the Ithaca Youth Soccer Academy.

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The Unknown Woodsmen return to the Red Jug Pub in Cortland on Friday night.

Start Chopping

The Unknown Woodsmen return to downtown Cortland for their final show of the year. Led by guitarists Phil Muka and Casey King, the quintet has earned fans around central New York with strong original songs and stellar musicianship

When: 10 p.m. Friday

Where: Red Jug Pub, Cortland

Cost: small cover

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Josh Oxford is one of many electronic artists performing at the Hotel Groton on Saturday night.

Happy New Year’s Eve Eve Eve Eve

The Hotel Groton and the ElectroZone – Ithaca’s salon for electromusicians and experimenters – will celebrate the New Year four days early with an immersive event that features performers such as Josh Oxford, Proper Philth, and 5T0K3, two stages, dazzling lights, a dance party, and balloon drop. The event is for ages 21 and up.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Hotel Groton

Cost: Tickets are $27.50 for early bird rates and $35 full price, and must be purchased in advance.

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X Ambassadors -- featuring Ithaca natives Sam (left) and Casey (middle) Harris -- will perform at Turning Stone Casino in Verona on Saturday night.

Holiday Homecoming

X Ambassadors, featuring Ithaca natives and brothers Sam and Casey Harris, will return to Central New York for their final show before they head abroad in February to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Russia and Europe.The band recently released its second full-length album, “Orion,” which produced the hits “Hey Child,” “Boom,” “Confidence” and “Hold You Down.” Sam Harris also has collaborated with Lizzo and other pop artists as a singer and songwriter.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Turning Stone Casino Event Center, Verona

Cost: $40-$95

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Root Shock returns to the Range on Saturday night.

Reggae Return

Syracuse favorite Root Shock returns to downtown Ithaca to showcase its blend of reggae, rock, pop soul and more. Fronted by powerhouse singer Jessica Brown, the hard-touring quintet has journeyed throughout the northeast and up and down the east coast winning fans with its high-energy shows.

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Range

Cost: small cover charge

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DJ ha-MEEN returns to Lot 10 on Saturday night.
Credit Jim Catalano

Double Decker

The recently reopened Lot 10 will host two events on Saturday night. Upstairs, Smacked Records will host a Pre-New Year’s Eve Party featuring performances by regional hiphop artists Mr. McBean (Ithaca)  and Matthew Cornwall (Binghamton). Downstairs, DJ ha-MEEN will host a 90s Hip Hop and R&B Dance Party.

When: 10 p.m. Saturday

Where: Lot 10

Cost: No cover

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Smacked Records

Dance Party

Greg Schatz returns to Maxie's on Sunday night.
Credit Ray Helmke

Schatzy’s Back

Based in New Orleans since 1995, Ithaca native and keyboardist Greg Schatz will return home to play a gig with Michael Wellen on drums and Max Buckholtz on violect. They’ll be performing songs from his many albums, including his latest, “Amoebotics.”

When: 6-9 p.m. Sunday

Where: Maxie’s Supper Club

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Family Matters

Up-and-coming Ithaca rockers Wallace and the Apes will team with local duo Unsubscribe (formerly The Settlers) for a double bill that spans two generations of family musicians.

When: 7-9 p.m. Sunday

Where: Argos Warehouse

Cost: donations

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