M&T Bank Downtown Summer Concert Series
The Summer Concert series is brought to you by
Seneca Beverage Corp. MAINES Paper and Food Service, Inc.
C.S.P. Management Cedarbaum Chiropractic
GreenStar Community Projects, Inc, La Tourelle Resort & Spa & The Friends of Stewart Park, Ithaca Times
Mighty Yoga - Cornell University - Cayuga Security and Investigation, Inc. - State Theatre of Ithaca Inc. - Sound On Sound Productions - Collegetown Bagels - Ithaca Guitar Works
Join us for the M&T Bank Downtown Ithaca Summer Concert Series
Free live music on Thursday evenings from 6-8pm in Downtown Ithaca
June 20 to September 6, 2013
Join us for the M&T Bank Downtown Ithaca Summer Concert Series, free live music on Thursday evenings from 6-8pm in Downtown Ithaca from June to September, 2013. The concerts will still go on this year while the Commons is under construction. The Downtown Alliance will be partnering with the State Theatre and West State Street businesses to host the concerts on the 100 West State block.
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Welcome Back Students Shows
August 29 - Jimkata
August 30 (Friday) - Big Mean Sound Machine
September 5 - Neo Project
September 6 (Friday) - with Sim Redmond Band (7-9pm) & Second Dam(6-7pm)
(Look below for full description)
June 20th - The Xskavators
The Xskavators might be a new addition to Ithaca, but their sound is 100% old-school ska, seasoned with a dash of the Caribbean and a pinch of Latin America, for a tasty treat that's guaranteed to get you on your feet and dancing. Driving bass and percussion (Harry Aceto, Cesar Enciso, and John-Paul Nawn a solid foundation for a down and dirty horn section (Bob McMahon , Don Slatoff and Dave Davis), and Dan Barker's rock-steady guitar and the amazing keyboard sound of Neal Massa complete the band's lineup. Most of the band members are well known in Ithaca's local music scene, and once again, they deliver as promised, this time with a repertoire ranging from originals to old standards, but any and every tune is fair game - when the Xskavators get their hands on it, you won't be able to resist! DIG IT!
June 27th - Billy Eli
Billy Eli plays country that rocks and rock that's country, delivering songs that are vivid slices of real life lived to the fullest and chased down with a stiff shot of whiskey. With a style that's rooted in his small town Southeast Texas origins that transcends the Lone Star State to achieve an international reach, the Austin, TX-based singer and songwriter has been compared by critics to such stellar American music artists as Tom Petty, Steve Earle, John Prine and John Mellencamp, to name a few. And like them, Eli's music bears an indelible trademark that's all his own, nimbly riding the fulcrum where rock and country converge, and singing with fervent heart and soul about the range of human experience from sin to salvation.
The Ithaca Journal in 2007 called Eli a "recent addition" to the blue ribbon roster of notable Texas singer-songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Billy Joe Shaver, Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely and Willie Nelson. His talents as a entertainer and storyteller in song have been honed to razor sharpness over decades of gigs, first in the honky-tonks and barrooms of Southeast Texas, and then later in his Austin home base as well as clubs throughout the American West, Southeast and in and around the city of Ithaca in Upstate New York, which has become Eli's second musical hometown.
July 11th - Radio London
Dedicated to bringing new life to semi-obscure gems from the golden age of Top 40 radio, Radio London delivers vintage rock 'n' roll from the Animals to the Zombies (Beatles, Byrds, Elvis, Motown, and more), played in the spirit it was originally heard: infectious, foot-tapping, booty-shaking, and engaging.
Wednesday July 17th - Sunny Weather
It's a rainy April day at the famous New York botanical gardens and Sunny Weather is setting up their equipment to play the Earth Day Festival. Hesitant folks linger at picnic tables grouped together under canopies and listen as the sound check echoes from the speakers. Trevor MacDonald stands center stage as he fires up the accordion, with all the spirit of the Louisiana dance hall circuit. His oldest friend Tim nods at him as he drops in the bass line, and taps his foot to the sound of metal spoons cascading down the scrub board. Old time Zydeco dancers, event organizers, friends, and city kids, hanging back at first, all make their way to the stage. An electric guitar chops on the down beat as the undeniable kick drum picks up speed. And they are off, filling the stage with an irresistible shot of sunlight. People gather and watch as the band mixes Louisiana two step and festival foot stompers. A blaze of energy shoots through the crowd and a rip roaring party quickly spreads under the small tent...
July 25th - Pete Panek & The Blue Cats and Go Gone
"Pete Panek & The Blue Cats "House Rocking Blues" are teaming up with Go Gone's "Roots, Rock and Blues" to bring the community a great live double feature. The concert's talent hope to raise supportive funds for a new sprayground and playground at Stewart Park! The Concert is free and open to the public but those willing to donate can do so at the Friends of Stewart Park table by the stage. Please get your dancing shoes on and bring every Ithaca child's vision into reality. For more information on the bands visit: facebook.com/PetePanekandTheBlueCats or gogonemusic.com
August 1st - El Rumbon
High-energy dance-music in the styles of Salsa, Mambo, Plena, Merenge, Cumbia and ChaChaCha from artists such as Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Manny Oquendo, Tito Rodriguez, Eddie Palmieri, Johnny Pacheco, and more.
August 8th - Thousands of One
Gaining notoriety for their spirited live shows throughout the nation, Thousands of One jumps from activist/retro soul - think Olu Dara or Marvin Gaye - to cross Atlantic afrobeat/funk jams as in Fela Kuti meets James Brown- to underground Hiphop a la The Roots or Talib Kweli with a funk rock edge.
Before joining forces as Thousands of One, group members graced projects across the musical spectrum from Hiphop to rock and reggae, jazz, Motown, Full Gospel, West African drumming, Middle Eastern Arabic and even Nashville country.
The vocals of Jhakeem Haltom have left audiences captivated. His ability to transition smoothly between searing conscious Hiphop verse, soulful melodic choruses, preaching the gospel, embarking on spontaneous trance-induced operatic themes and at times that of a tonal instrument devoid of words, yet sounding something like a cross between an Indian flute and a kora, is a journey unto itself. The instrumentation uses an intensely dynamic balance of both tasteful scarcity and busyness, driven by the incredibly adept bass and drum section, Brent Eva and Joel Blizzard respectively, who convey with soulful force and ferocious devotion, deep, original grooves that demand dance. Every song is peppered with catchy hooks hanging around every corner that linger on. The players are seasoned listeners, able to bring out the subtle awesomeness that music can be! Wil Sapp on tenor sax, holding down the soul and releasing a raw inviting tone that rocks from motown days. Thom Sayers is, simply put, the man behind the guitar! One of the ruest most pure musicians you will ever meet - music is found in his DNA. Never ceasing to reinterpret an arrangement or an established riff in order to reach the audience, while maintaining loyalty to the voicing of the song work, THOUSANDS OF ONE are charismatic and engaging performers, capable of playing anywhere from your living room to an arena. For more information visit http://thousandsofone.com/home
August 15th - Rockwood Ferry
Tenzin Chopak, Eric Aceto, Ethan Jodziewicz
Descended from roots, jazz, and progressive folk, Rockwood Ferry speak with a haunting language of their own yet understood by all. Since their first performance in December of 2011, the ensemble has released two studio albums: "Speak Like Water" (July 2012) and the self titled "Rockwood Ferry" (April 2013). They have toured and performed in various configurations, from duo to quintet, specializing in chamber-like arrangements with an emphasis on dynamic expressions that move between simplicity and intricacy, all of which frame Tenzin Chopak's lyrics, described as "a collage of waking dreams, painted in the colors of East Tennessee and beyond." Listeners have described Rockwood Ferry's live performances as "incandescent" and "stunningly beautiful," while from the perspective of the group, their aim is to offer "something meaningful" and, in the words of Eric Aceto: "We like it when it sounds like music."
August 22nd - Jeff Love Band
The Jeff Love Band is an 11-piece funk/soul band playing music from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Rife with a tight rhythm section, funky horns and strong soulful vocals - lead singer Jeff Love's energy and charisma are infectious to the point where you won't be able to stop dancing all night! Piano player Neal Massa has been a staple in the Ithaca music scene for over 30 years and has recruited Donald House original bassist of Smokin' '73 to bring a classic vibe to this new band. Get ready to dance and sing the night away to the classic songs that you can't get enough of!
August 29th - Jimkata
Now touring to support their innovative, fan-funded record Die Digital, Jimkata has been a mainstay of the Northeast for years. Recent traction stemming from the rise of electronic dance music (EDM) has afforded them the opportunity to continue expanding their signature brand of song-oriented electro-rock. Analog synthesizers and heavy bass notes fill the electronic role, while big guitars create space for shredding within the structure of pure indie rock.
Friday August 30th - Big Mean Sound Machine
In 2009, Big Mean Sound Machine formed in Ithaca, New York with one goal: to create music that stimulates both Body AND Brain. The result is a fiery exhibition of artfully conceived dance music that truly is Big and Mean. Today, BMSM comprises a collective of over 15 analog artists spread out over the Northeastern United States, who strive day in and day out to reanimate and reinterpret Afrobeat, Funk, Jazz, Fusion and just about everything else, all through a postmodern lens.
This show is brought to you by GreenStar Community Projects, Inc. (GSCP) is the non-proﬁt affiliate of GreenStar Cooperative Market, initiated by GreenStar members in 2004 to help create a system of regional food sustainability that promotes health, equity, and community control of essential resources. You can help GSCP create a successful community of healthy people and thriving businesses with equal access for all our neighbors. For more in formation visit: greenstarcommunityprojects.peaksoverpoverty.org
September 5th - NEO Project
Dwight Carroll, former music director for Shalamar, Papa John Creach, Betsy Pecanins & others, invited 5 extremely talented musicians living in Ithaca, New York to collaborate in building a tantalizing & powerful musical energy, Neo Project. Drawing from R&B, Funk, Blues, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Rock & Reggae music, Neo Project offers an authentic fresh twist on new pockets of soulful grooves. Experience Neo Project for yourself!
Friday September 6th - Sim Redmond Band (7-9pm) & Second Dam(6-7pm)
Since their inception over 10 years ago, the Sim Redmond Band has been steadily on the rise, forging new ground in roots music. Traveling around the globe, playing with the likes of moe., the Neville Brothers, the Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, and Habib Koite, in some of the most beautiful venues in the U.S. and Japan, the world has taken notice. With 6 tours of Japan under their belt, SRB's unique blend of roots-rock, Afro-Carribean, and reggae music continues to spread like wild fire.
They are based in Ithaca, NY but their magnetic pole is Africa, particularly the sounds eminating from West & South Africa. This magnetic pole has served as a pivot for the Sim Redmond Band to spring into straight rock grooves and pumping reggae. The vocal teamwork of Sim Redmond, Jen Middaugh, and Nate Silas Richardson creates some of the richest harmonies you'll ever hear. For more information visit: http://www.simredmondband.com/shows.html
Second Dam is a band hailing from the lovely town of Ithaca, NY. It started from the broken bones of former musical projects that involved Kayla Sewell and KC Weston and developed when the pair met the other musicians of the band in a myriad of ways; Brian and Andrew at the school's weekly open mic's, PJ in a college a cappella group and Zack in academic scholar program.
"The combination of diverse instruments - electric guitars, bass guitars, string instruments, a ukulele and drums - blended together to create a sound that is difficult to categorize.
Second Dam has a way of making their songs suspenseful in a way that captivates the listener and commands full mental and physical attention. Their musical depth was pervasive and the crescendos of their songs reverberated wall to wall. The added vocal harmonies provided a sound that cannot be compared to any other band. Each song the band played sounded totally different from the one before. It kept the night feeling fresh, and it seemed that even people who had never heard Second Dam before were able to sing along."
- Robyn Schmitz, Buzzsaw Magazine For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/seconddam
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