Friday: the big event tonight is the benefit concert at Castaways for the Cayuga Nature Trail. The show has a compelling gimmick: all Beatles songs, covered by local bands. You have to be a real sour square not to love the noisy, nutty, happy Beatles, I once read (I was seven, I think).
The show includes Hubcap, Plastic Nebraska, Joe Crookston, Five2, Jaime Notarthomas, and others. Mary Lorson will be there and plans to perform "Cry Baby Cry", which alone will be worth the price of admission, which is of course goes to a good cause. Tickets at the door are $15. Doors open at 8 pm and the show will start at 9.
Saturday: the Roche Sisters are at the State Theater. The Roches were quite a revelation when they first hit the big time almost 30 years ago: great harmonies, great songs, artistically liberated, and funny. They are reunited as a touring and recording trio after a long hiatus. Highly recommended.