Fall Creek Brass Band
Oct
8
3:45 PM15:45

Fall Creek Brass Band

The Fall Creek Brass Band’s headwaters are found in the funky beats, groovy bass lines, and hot licks hidden in the hills in the outskirts of Tompkins County. The waters of Fall Creek flow, at times slow and meandering and at times raucous and untethered, carrying this miasma of groove to Ithaca and surrounding towns where it infects the local population with an inescapable need to dance, sing, smile, and laugh. When the party ends, the waters of Fall Creek evaporate to travel back to their hilltop homes to rejuvenate their funk juices for the next party.

Originally formed at Dryden High School a decade ago, FCBB has experienced a lot of evolution in that time. Graduation from high school dispersed the band’s original members far and wide and the band played only a handful of times in the past few years. However, a new cadre of Ithaca’s and Cortland’s funk masters have joined the band and Fall Creek has found itself reinvigorated with new life.

In their inexhaustible effort to get the world up and shaking that groove thing, the Fall Creek Brass Band plays a wide variety of dance music from traditional New Orleans tunes to funk, hip-hop to rock and roll. Fall Creek can also be heard on their albums, Mad Fun and Fat Beats.

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Vee Da Bee
Oct
8
3:15 PM15:15

Vee Da Bee

Vee Da Bee is a pseudonym for Victoria DeBerry. She was born in Houston, TX and ventured up to NY for college. She has been playing and performing for about 15 years now. Chris Bedell (Castle Bravo, Toto's Magic Show) can be found playing percussion and providing back up vocals and harmonies. 

Her style is eclectic, citing influences like SRV, Fleetwood Mac, Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce, George Strait, Marvin Gaye and so many more. 

Singer/songwriter? Nope. Vee Da Bee is far from Cafe; she entertains and amuses, as her day job is a radio jock for a local Top 40 station.

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Thru Spectrums
Oct
8
2:30 PM14:30

Thru Spectrums

Thru Spectrums is a unique tour de force of experienced musicians who combine rock and funk in a way that makes you want to cut up the dance floor and sing along to the melodic grooves of each and every song.

Comprised of brother and sister duo Amanda Massa (vocals) & Joe Massa (guitar), the Massa’s are joined by Sterling Clarke (bass), & Berklee College of Music alumnus Dan Collins (drums, background vocals). Joining this dynamic quartet is a two-piece horn section: Crane School of Music alumnus Bob McMahon on Trumpet & Ithaca College School of Music alumnus Alec Staples on Saxophone. Rounding out the funky progressive sound of Thru Spectrums is the one and only Sam Lupowitz on keyboards and background vocals.

Take a listen to the funky rockin' grooves of this powerhouse of a band. Go on a musical journey through dynamic highs and lows - sway to the funky bass lines, ripping horns, searing guitar and keys solos, driving drums, and soulful, rocking vocals.

Thru Spectrums has an attitude you won't forget and a soul that will tug on your heart strings. Catch a show or pick up an album today!

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Joe Gibson
Oct
8
2:00 PM14:00

Joe Gibson

Joe Gibson is a multi-instrumentalist, local singer/songwriter with influences ranging from reggae to grunge music. With beautiful vocals and rockin' guitar, Gibson always keep you coming back for more!

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Black Mountain Symphony
Oct
8
1:15 PM13:15

Black Mountain Symphony

Black Mountain Symphony showcases an eclectic range of influences, blended together to create their own special sound. From baroque classical violin and haunting folk-tinged ballads to punk-rock drums and hard-hitting dance numbers, the six piece band sprinkles their live sets with hints of everything from classical music to bits of Motown, blues and jazz.

Whether touring nationally or performing at their favorite local digs, this up-and-coming group of young musicians features a roundtable of powerful lead vocals and harmonies that dance with captivating violin lines and soar over stunning soundscapes, shaped by years of classical training infused with an irresistible love for musical roots and a fresh, ultramodern mentality.

Evocative of such artists as Fleetwood Mac, The Corrs, Yes, Belle & Sebastian, Damien Rice, Guster and The Dave Matthews Band, the group implements the same skill and vision on cover tunes as they do in their own carefully crafted compositions, and in the process manage to capture something unique and refreshing... This is Black Mountain Symphony.

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Rachel Beverly
Oct
8
12:45 PM12:45

Rachel Beverly

Rachel Beverly is a musician based in Cortland, NY, who brings her own approach to a wide variety of cover songs as well as original music. Beverly’s pure yet gutsy vocals come from a heartfelt desire to bring her audience a fresh new twist to songs old and new. With a unique sound ranging from singer songwriter, pop, and folk she has been incorporating her original music through out each one of her shows.

 

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Surf Renegades
Oct
8
12:00 PM12:00

Surf Renegades

Bob Keefe and the Surf Renegades is the only authentic surf rock band in the Southern Tier (NY).  With the lineup of lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar, and drums, their music holds true to the Southern California surf scene of the 1960's.  

Their wide variety of repertoire includes music by The Ventures, Dick Dale, The Surfaris, The Surfmen, The Pyramids, and countless Southern California surf bands.

Also included in their setlist are TV and movie theme songs like Batman, Hawaii 5-0, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Rawhide, Green Acres, and the theme song from The Midnight Cowboy!

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Harry Nichols
Oct
7
4:30 PM16:30

Harry Nichols

Harry Nichols has written songs intensively since he was fourteen years old. Over a decade later, all of that practice certainly shows. His songs have an acute pop sensibility, and fit several styles to satisfy a wide array of tastes. His solo albums, Hangover Sundays (2010), Love en Route (2012), This Isn't the Album You're Looking For . . . (2014), and Good Things Will Come (2016) are full of imagination reminiscent of The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan and Blink 182 at their finest. Harry also regularly contributes to several other projects including soul pop a cappella group, The Funx, alt metal rockers, Baku, and Ithaca supergroup, Julia Felice and the Whiskey Crisis.

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The Blind Spots
Oct
7
3:00 PM15:00

The Blind Spots

This all original, five-piece moxy rock band steered by magnetic songstress and force of nature Maddy Walsh has been actively touring the country after the release of its third studio album, RHIZOMATIC, which was accompanied by several music videos released at two sold-out premieres in their hometown of Ithaca, NY.

The Blind Spots have shared festival bills with Lake Street Dive, Amy Helm, Rubblebucket, Donna the Buffalo, Sharon Jones, John Brown's Body, The Punch Brothers, Brett Dennen, Jim Lauderdale, Steve Earle, Anders Osborne, etc. and have shared city event bills with Blues Traveller at Blue Cross Arena, Rochester; Eddie Money in Albany, NY; and Rusted Root both at Tussey Mountain, PA and in Friendsville, PA. The band has played the Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance the past six years; Virginia Key Grassroots Festival in Miami, FL; Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival in Pittsboro, NC; Corning Glass Museum; Rochester Lilac Festival (119 years running) alongside Dr. Dog, the Psychedelic Furs, and Ana Popovich among others.; several colleges including the University of Vermont, Cornell University, SUNY Brockport, and Elmira College; the State Theatre of Ithaca; The Basement in Nashville, TN; Johnny D's in Somerville, MA; both The Bowery Electric and Rockwood Music Hall in New York City; the Florida Music Festival and Conference in Orlando, FL; Dewey Beach Music Conference in Dewey Beach, DE, etc.

The band shows no signs of slowing as it continues to expand its touring radius, gaining new fans and momentum with each electrifying live performance.

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Austin MacRae
Oct
7
2:00 PM14:00

Austin MacRae

Austin MacRae is a singer/songwriter from Ithaca, NY, whose music is known for its lyrical and vocal intensity.  With a sensitive finger-picking style, MacRae crafts songs rich in wordplay and story.  He has showcased his music regionally at venues such as the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (Emerging Artist), Turtle Hill Folk Festival (New Voices Showcase), Ithaca Festival, Oswego Music Hall, Homer Center for the Arts, Bill Knowlton's Bluegrass Ramble Picnic and other area venues.  His debut album, Bats in the Attic, won a Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY) for Best Folk Recording of 2015. 
 

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Catskill Puppet Theater
Oct
7
2:00 PM14:00

Catskill Puppet Theater

Since 1979, John Potocnik and Carol Mandigo, co-founders of the Catskill Puppet Theater, have been touring internationally, enchanting young and old with their delightful musical productions!

This year's performance is the Willow Girl. When a young Chinese girl immigrates to the American frontier, she finds herself facing discrimination in a swirl of other immigrants and cultures. But she possesses special gifts. She has been taught the healing power of plants and has a secret friend…the mysterious spirit who inhabits a beautiful Willow Tree!

When the Willow Girl meets two Irish brothers, one generous and good, the other selfish and unkind, they all discover that the magic of The Willow works two ways. This rod puppet show features a huge, gracefully animated Willow Tree and is a wonderful blend of humor, mystery, drama and magical effects. It is illustrated with original and traditional fiddle music.

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New York Rock
Oct
7
1:00 PM13:00

New York Rock

Though known for its vibrant music scene, Ithaca, NY is a relative fishbowl musically, often keeping its boundless talents within city limits for nobody outside the local scene’s elite to hear.

Meet the fish that jumped out of the water.

The New York Rock has been one of the city’s shining stars since its founding in February 2008 by Mike Brindisi (Guitars/Vocals) and John O’Leary (Keyboards). Begun as a dream of Brindisi on the streets of Manhattan, the dream behind the New York Rock started with handfuls of change in the bottom of a guitar case following a brief stint on Saturday Night Live and a rough runaround in Nashville, when a trip down south after high school ended with “a broken heart, empty pockets and another tough lesson learned.”

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Badhand
Oct
7
12:30 PM12:30

Badhand

BADHAND is a one manded band

He sho nuff doth have the baddest of hands

BADHAND was rumored to have been born somewhere in the dusty hills of Danby, NY. Some say with a can of spray paint and a stencil in his hands, others say he wielded a set of tile nippers and a bucket of mortar. The truth however is that he came out with a shiny red guitar and full drum set which he proceeded to beat on mercilessly. His life was pretty average really. He spent his early years painting birds but soon realized they couldn't fly very well with paint in their feathers, so he tried fish but couldn't seem to make the paint stick. When he was about 11 years old he picked up that shiny red guitar and drumset for the first time since his birth and invented 4 different new styles of post progressive, alt country, neo-folk-hop, Dada music. After a few bad reviews he retreated into the wilderness where he developed an abnormal affinity for rocks. In fact some would say he became one with the rocks.  Several years later once he returned from the dank wilderness of Danby's hills he began working on the most ambitious endeavor he had ever faced: finding a j.o.b.

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Molly and the Badly Bent Bluegrass Boys
Oct
7
11:30 AM11:30

Molly and the Badly Bent Bluegrass Boys

Hailing from Cortland, Molly & the Badly Bent Bluegrass Boys are a high-energy, traditional bluegrass band with a modern flavor consisting of quality harmonies and solos. The band’s sound resembles its influences, including the Del McCoury Band, Hot Rize, Della Mae, and Flatt & Scruggs, with a hint of Bill Monroe.

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Madd Daddy
Oct
7
10:00 AM10:00

Madd Daddy

Ted Walsh is a solo artist who plays his own songs and less familiar covers by artists such as Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell, David Olney, Johnny Mercer, and many more. Ted is also a member of the Ithaca, NY based band "Go Gone".

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