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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 …

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The Cornell Concert Series is returning for the 2020-21 season in a virtual way. The online episodes will feature artists performing and speaking about their music. They will offer insights into their repertoire, and discuss ways of creating, practicing and enjoying music in a socially-dista…

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It was inspiring to see when any musical group had recorded individual parts of a performance via Zoom or home recording and then synced the clips together in a video for the viewing pleasure of a waiting audience. At the start of the pandemic, it really said something about the persistence …

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While remaining under-covered, the Ithaca hip hop environment has produced a vibrant set of artists over the last 20 years or so. Highlighting that has been the evolution of Smacked Records, which is celebrating its 10th year of operation in 2020, even as the ongoing pandemic puts a stop to …

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Ever since last March, when concert venues were closed and our opportunities for enjoying live classical music abruptly ended, we have benefited from the amazing facilities such as Zoom and YouTube. Fortunately, many musical organizations have set up their own online programs for our benefit…

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Synth-pop pioneer Howard Jones scored numerous hits in the 1980s like “No One is to Blame,” “What Is Love,” “New Song,” “Life in One Day” and “Things Can Only Get Better” (heard recently in season three of “Stranger Things”). Jones brings his all-acoustic trio to Ithaca for a show at the Han…

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Comedian, actor and podcaster Kyle Kinane is coming to Ithaca for the first time for a show at the Haunt on March 12. Kinane has appeared on many podcasts and TV shows, including “@midnight.” He’s also done voice acting in movies like “Hell and Back” and the Netflix animated series “Paradise…

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The Machine (Joe Pascarell, guitar, lead vocals; Tahrah Cohen, drums; Dylan Kelehan, bass and vocals; Scott Chasolen, keys, vocals) is one of the oldest U.S. Pink Floyd tribute bands. They will return to the State Theatre for the third time in four years. In 2017, they performed The Dark Sid…

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Graham Nash began singing with his mate Allan Clarke when they were kids growing up in Manchester, England. They formed The Hollies (“On a Carousel,” “Carrie Anne”) and then Nash went on to one of the first supergroups, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, later shortened to CSN. He’s also record…

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Always blessed with exceptional musical treats, we are particularly fortunate to hear much music now by the great Ludwig van Beethoven, as 2020 marks his 250 th birth anniversary. Two highlights of the season, although far from Beethoven, include the visit of award-winning composer and A. D.…

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John Sebastian founded The Lovin’ Spoonful in 1965 and scored hits like “Daydream” and “Do You Believe in Magic?” The band was inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He also had a No. 1 hit in 1976 with “Welcome Back,” the theme to “Welcome Back, Kotter.”

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Harmony Falls, a chapter of Harmony, Incorporated, an international organization of female a cappella singers specializing in the barbershop harmony style, will commemorate national Harmony Awareness Week, February 8-14, 2020, with a special invitation to their Monday night rehearsal, Februa…

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As a musician Half Pint began his musical career while singing in the school choir and later after his schooling was completed he continued on by seeking work as a vocalist in the Jamaican music scene. For more than four decades Half Pint performed and wrote music as a Reggae artist, and has…

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This story was originally published in the Ithaca Times in 2008. We've re-upped it onto the site to honor Bobby Comstock, who died on Thursday, January 9, 2020 after a legendary career and life.?

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“You can think about the Burns Sisters in descriptive terms -- powerful songs, gorgeous sibling harmony, a distinctive blend of folk, country, and rock styles -- but their essence is spirit. Soul, if you will. Marie and Annie Burns have been singing together all their lives, and their music …

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Almost every year our outstanding early music group, New York State Baroque, presents a big show, and this time it’s a special holiday program, “A Baroque Noel,” featuring festive and contemplative music in celebration of Christmas by two outstanding composers, the Italian Antonio Vivaldi an…