Fri. 2/8: Scythian was a hit at GrassRoots Festival, with an exuberant, multicultural sound reflecting a new style of Celtic music, of the modern immigrant (not emigrant) Ireland. Tonight at Castaways, 9 pm.
Sat. 2/9: Colleen Kattau, another GrassRoots favorite, and Kelly Birtch, an extraordinary guitarist, perform for the Crossing Borders series, Upstairs at Pancho Villa, 602 W. State St., 9 pm.
Kaplan-Shaw Blues Trio play both original and classic blues. At the Rongo in T-burg, 9 pm.
Sun. 2/10: At ABC Cafe's brunch, keyboardist Michael Stark, recent Ithaca Times cover boy. Performance starts 11 am; go earlier for a seat.
Jennie Stearns returns to Felicia's Atomic Lounge, 508 W. State St., 7 pm.
Johnny Dowd, Kim Caso, and Richie Stearns get together for an evening of down-home helter-skelter at Maxie's, 635 W. State St., 7:30 pm. (Richie was just here at Small World Music, read this, and suggested instead, "hillbilly helter-skelter." Your call. )
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