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9 shows to see this week: Jan. 14-16

Jan 13, 2020

We hit January’s midpoint with a bunch of fun shows in Ithaca and Cortland that range from funk and jazz to blues and experimental.

West End Blend performs at the Haunt Thursday night.

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West End Blend will make a welcome return to Ithaca; the Connecticut-based funk-soul band has impressed on its previous visits -- especially singer Erica T. Bryan, drummer Sam Horan and former Big Mean Sound Machine keyboardist Paulie Philippone -- with its stellar musicianship and high energy shows. North Carolina’s Travers Brothership, which is led by twins Eric and Kyle Travers, will open the night.

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Haunt

Cost: $12

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American Made

Chickenwire Parachute will perform at Maxie’s. Led by Dustin Stuhr (ex-Urban Horse Thieves, Stone Cold Miracle), the band – which also includes Dan Lashkoff, Nick Johnston and David McKinley – plays original Americana music.

When: 6-9 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Maxie’s Supper Club

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Happy Blue Year

The Blue Rangers return for their first show of the year, with Andy Lockwood, Mike Allinger and company joined by some special guests for an evening of swinging, rocking blues.

When: 6 p.m.

Where: The Range

Cost: free

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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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Family Matters

Cortland’s own Von Barnes Band will showcase its updated lineup with a mix of familiar favorites and new tunes.

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: BRU 64, Cortland

Cost: free; donations welcome

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Chris Merkley will play solo show Thursday night at the Red Jug Pub.

Going Solo

Singer-songwriter-guitarist-harmonica wizard Chris Merkley will take a break from his many bands -- The Speculators, Digger Jones, the Unknown Jones, Merkley and Morgan, etc. -- to perform a solo show in downtown Cortland.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Red Jug Pub, Cortland

Cost: free; donations welcome

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The Falling Waters Music Camp will lead off with a concert featuring Jake Blount, Debra Clifford and Emily Schaad.

Singing Strings

Winter Village Music will kick off its Falling Waters Music Camp with an intimate unplugged concert featuring Emily Schaad (fiddle), Debra Clifford (guitar, singing) and Jake Blount (banjo, fiddle), along with Ithaca’s own String Theory (Tom Hodgson, Ariana Kim, Rick Manning and Tim Ball).

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: La Tourelle

Cost: $15 in advance, available here; $20 at the door

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Four top Ithaca musicians -- clockwise from top left: Chris Corsano, Annie Lewandowski, Brian Wilson and Sarah Hennies -- will join forces for a set of improvisations Thursday night at Sacred Root Kava Bar and Tea Lounge.

Sonic Explorations

Ithaca Underground will present its first show of 2020. “IU Evening of Improv” will include a headlining set by the quartet of Chris Corsano (drums), Sarah Hennies (vibraphone), Annie Lewandowski (electronics), and Brian Wilson (drums). Elmira’s Tara and Bobby and Ithaca’s Ailís Clyne and Jenae Lowe will open the all-ages show.

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Sacred Root Kava Bar and Tea Lounge

Cost: $7

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The Range will host its first Funk Night of 2020 on Thursday night.
Credit Jim Catalano

Funky Town

The biweekly Funk Night returns for its first 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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