There's a lot to do in town this weekend besides watching a football game. (Although, if you plan to do some of that, see our contest posting for this week, and enter to win by thinking of two numbers).
Friday 2 Feb: The Katherine Aelias Band play an early show at Castaways, at 5:30. They have a new CD called "Ripped at the Seams". They're followed at 8 pm by Exit Clov.
Out west in Trumansburg, the El Caminos play a western garage kind of rock. Their CD, "Business In the Front...Party in the Back!" features songs such as "Folsom Prison Blues" and a couple of Fred Eaglesmith covers, and the originals talk about Nascar, big belt buckles, Weber grills, Iris Dement, Fox News, peace in the valley, and other poignant elements of life. At the Pourhouse, 7 pm.
Saturday 3 Feb.: The biggest event of the weekend not involving tackling or kicking - but, rather, dancing and healing - is the Benefit Concert for the Ithaca Free Health Clinic at the State Theater, with the Horseflies, the Sim Redmond Band, Thousands of One, and Trevor MacDonald, a veritable surplus of local musical riches. Tickets are $10, or one Ithaca Hour. The show starts at 8 pm, but doors open at 7, to allow for schmooze time. Now that's an Ithaca event.
Sunday 4 Feb. Maxie's is conceding defeat to the Superbowl, and closing early on Sunday (no TV on the premises, which usually is a blessing). But they will party early, with entertainment at brunch, featuring old timey music by Richie Stearns, Pat Burke, and Steve Selin. 11 am - 2 pm.
The only thing the Irish love nearly as much as music is sport (well, the only other thing), so Kilpatrick's is also avoiding conflict with the ballgame, by presenting the great local Irish band, Traonach, at 5 p.m. They do, however, have TV there, if you end up staying for one last song, or one for the road. In the Hilton Hotel, 130 E. Seneca St.
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