Friday, 8/17: Students are back - freshman, anyway - thus, shows are back at the Nines in Collegetown. Tonight, at 10 p.m., it's Mectapus, who do not play as often as they might. Dirty Linen magazine reviewed their self-titled CD thusly:
This seven-piece ensemble from Ithaca, New York, integrates world, jazz, Latin, and rock influences into an original blend. Eric Aceto's violin is the main focus in most of the tunes, with acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, and percussion rounding out the complex sound. Tunes range from melodic and slow, to others with jazzy time changes, to King Crimson-like free-form jams, all of which the band plays with ease.
The CD is available at Small World Music.
Saturday, 8/18: Liz Berlin, singer for Rusted Root, does solo work too, and tonight she comes to Castaways, 8 p.m.
Mary Lorson and Saint Low are at the Chapter House, 10 p.m. (Watch for Mary and the boys at the State Theater on Sept. 11, opening for Nanci Griffith.)
Sunday, 8/19: Kelly Birtch, at brunch at the ABC Cafe. Kelly has a new CD, which she brought a demo copy of to Small World Music, and we think she is probably the best and most entertaining guitarist in Ithaca. She does original material, largely influenced by flamenco, and plays covers you will know, which are artfully chosen and rendered. 11 a.m.
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