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ITHACA, NY -- Almost Queen opens the fall portion of the State Theatre’s season on Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. They are a New York-based Queen cover band, boasting four-part harmonies and vintage costumes. American author and comedian David Sedaris returns to the State on Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. Sedaris r…

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ITHACA, NY -- If you’ve ever turned on the radio in Ithaca, chances are you’ve tuned into 91.7 FM, WICB. With around two dozen different shows — including funk, jazz and modern rock — the self-proclaimed “station for innovation” has become pretty prolific throughout the area thanks to its un…

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ITHACA, NY -- The Ithaca Hotel, with its informal olden-days elegance, was a downtown musical venue before there was a Commons. "Soni & The Bravados" performed there on several occasions. Also, The Alt Heidelberg, a more rough and tumble place, was a large C-town bar on Eddy St., where S…

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The Australian new wave band Men at Work topped the early 80s pop charts with tunes like “Who Can It Be Now?” “Down Under” and “Overkill”.? The band’s frontman Colin Hay recently finished “I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself,” a new album of favorite 60s pop classic covers, including Th…

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Over the years, I have heard the energetic and talented musician Terri Hendrix perform. Sadly, the last time I caught her concert was more than 10 years ago at a South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas. She was performing with Lloyd Maines (legendary producer/Austin City Limits …

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The COVID-19 vaccine rollout is paying off in Tompkins County’s arts and entertainment industry. With 65% of the county’s population having received at least one dose of the vaccine, theaters and music venues in Ithaca are adjusting their summer events accordingly.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic recedes and the world begins to turn again, Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival has announced Finger Lakes GrassRoots Live!: a series of limited capacity, POD (Personal Outdoor Dance Space) based, one night concerts on the Infield Stage of the festival’s Trumansburg Fai…

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ITHACA, NY -- As we all know, the 2020–21 concert season has been more than challenging — and mostly nonexistent — for musical organizations worldwide. Here in Ithaca, our local and greatly admired Cayuga Chamber Orchestra decided to meet the major issues surrounding the performance of live …

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The “Boogie Shakedown,” which started in 1998 as a backyard music festival to kick off the summer, has become an annual tradition celebrated by local musicians, their friends and families. When last year’s “Boogie” was canceled at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the State Theatre of Itha…

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The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts is proud to present Songs of Separation, featuring lyric baritone and Trumansburg native Geoffrey Peterson accompanied by Richard Montgomery on piano. This performance of traditional spirituals and contemporary works will be presented as an online pr…

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Bandleader, musician, and seven-time Grammy award-winner Paul Winter has a new album out, Light of the Sun, which was released in November of 2020. The new record features Winter singing and for the first time being the lead soprano sax player throughout the CD.??

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ITHACA, NY -- Nearly 300 Ithaca College student musicians and vocalists are premiering a virtual performance of "Amazing Grace" on Tuesday, Dec.15 at 7 p.m.

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ITHACA, NY -- The Cornell Concert Series has closed out its Fall 2020 season withJeremy Denk, one of America's foremost pianists. The winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the Avery Fisher Prize, Denk was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Denk returns fre…

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Standing in his church-turned-recording studio, all Will Russell knew about the 12-year-old girl with bangs and a mouth full of braces was that she had a nice voice. He didn’t know it would leave him speechless.?

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ITHACA, NY -- “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber is among the most famous works of American music ever written. There are many connections between the?Dover?Quartet, the Curtis Institute of Music and Samuel Barber. Barber was a child prodigy who studied at?Curtis; the Dover Quartet, compr…

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Who has been voted DownBeat Magazine‘s Artist of the Year four times, was named Artist of the Year in Jazz Times‘ Critics’ and Readers’ Polls and a United States Artists Fellow in 2017, holds a lifetime appointment as the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts at Harvard U…

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Unlike most street performers in Ithaca, musician Danny Gone (his stage name) sets up shop far away from the buzz of the Commons. On a cool October night, you can find him in the parking lot of Five Guys and Taco Bell off Elmira road, a silhouette illuminated by the neon glow of traffic ligh…

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In celebration of her newly released career-spanning album, “An Evening of New York Songs and Stories,” Suzanne Vega (“Luka,” “Tom’s Diner,” “Blood Makes Noise” and “Left of Center,” a personal favorite from the “Pretty in Pink” soundtrack) will play two globally live streamed concerts from …