Friday: If you haven't been to a musical Happy Hour for a while, there are a couple tonight. The Purple Valley Band is at Micawber's, starting at 6 pm, and the Coots are at the Haunt at 6:30. Classic rock and other good-time music for your drinking, and perhaps dancing, pleasure.
Saturday: Shtreimel, at Castaways, 8 p.m. Klezmer music is one of the hottest styles right now. Go know, but it is happening. Shtreimel are leading practicioners, from Montreal. Their "harmonica-led, groove-driven" music has also found them a home away from home in some of the hipper hangouts in Manhattan, and even among the elites in Brooklyn.
Stephen Bennett is an award-winning guitar player, an expert flatpicker and finger-picker. He is also renowned for his playing on National steel guitar, circa 1930, and on the innovative harp guitar. The show is presented by the Guitar League, at the Community School of Music and Arts, 8 p.m. $22 at the door, $18 in advance. Tickets are available at Small World Music, and other locations.
Local big shots Crow Greenspun and Sim Redmond share a bill at the Rongo. 10 p.m. These boys are among the best in Ithaca: best performers and best songwriters, and their work keeps getting better, as they continually search for new sounds to keep their music vital. You can find all Crow's and Sim's recorded work at Small World Music. Special offer: mention Ithaca Blog when you come in, and take $2 off any of Crow's or Sim's CDs.
Have fun -
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