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Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Horse Flies & Natalie Merchant Vs. Fracking: Sat. 10 March

Natalie Merchant and the Horse Flies have both logged lots of miles as touring musicians, but they call central New York home. Like many of us, they oppose drilling for natural gas in our region, and are doing something about it.

On Saturday 10 March, Ms. Merchant headlines a benefit performance for anti-fracking efforts. The Horse Flies open. Dr. Sandra Steingraber of Ithaca College will speak about fracking issues.

The venue is the Broome County Forum Theater in Binghamton. For ticket information, call the Forum: 607/778-6626.

Steve Burke
for Ithaca NY Blog

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

One More More Stop For Mardi Gras: Angry Mom Records

What better way to celebrate Mardi Gras than by bringing a little music into your life?

Angry Mom Records/Small World Music is the place to do that in Ithaca. New & used CDs and LPs in an appropriately funky setting, in the basement of Autumn Leaves Used Books, 115 The Commons.

Yes, this is self-promotion, as we are a partner in the store, but what of it? As they say, if you don't blow your own horn, there's no music.   

We are here working all day today. Right now the Neville Brothers are playing. Next Dr. John. Then Kermit Ruffin. Then Trombone Shorty.

Come in!

Steve Burke
for Angry Mom Records/Small World Music/Ithaca NY Blog

One More Stop For Mardi Gras: GreenStar

We mentioned Maxie's yesterday as the surrogate here in Ithaca for New Orleans on Mardi Gras day.

It turns out that GreenStar Coop is also in the spirit today, with special Big Easy items on the deli menu. For lunch, we picked up some red beans, some greens, and some gumbo from their hot bar.

Deli manager Eric tells us there are lots of changes coming to the department. The ones we got right here indicate a flying start.

red beans and ricely,
Steve Burke
for Ithaca NY Blog

Monday, February 20, 2012

In Ithaca, Mardi Gras Means Maxie's

We don't know why people bother searching online for "Mardi Gras & Ithaca" when the obvious site is Maxie's.

Maxie's Supper Club conjures Oak Street in New Orleans any night, but it is truly New Orleans North around Mardi Gras day.

There have been special features at Maxie's all weekend. Tonight is Drag Night. Don't be scared, it isn't mandatory.

Tomorrow, of course, is the big night, and there will be live zydeco music, and much revelry.

If you know what it means to miss New Orleans, stop in and say How You Feelin'. You'll be happy.

Steve Burke
for Ithaca New York Blog

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Pearly Snaps on Bound For Glory Tonight

Bound For Glory, the live weekly folk music show, somehow doesn't get around much to featuring local artists, although Ithaca is certainly large with them.

Tonight that changes with the appearance of Pearly Snaps, a female folk duo from town.

Rosie Newton and Stephanie Jenkins play fiddle and standup bass and a few other acoustic instruments. The music is more old-timey than folk. It tends to feature a lot of vocals and it is very good. The duo have a good time when they play.

Bound For Glory broadcasts from Anabel Taylor Hall at Cornell. The show starts at 8 p.m. Admission is free.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Live Music This Week, Somewhere Under the Radar

We won't bother to promote the music of Devil Makes Three and Nat Baldwin to those who don't already know it. But for those who do, we want to make sure you know they are playing weeknight dates in Ithaca this week.

Devil Makes Three is at the Haunt on Wednesday the 15th. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $12.50.

Nat Baldwin is at Culture Shock on Thursday. Doors open at 8 p.m. for the 9 p.m. show. Tickets are $10, and are limited to 50.

Tickets for both events are available at Angry Mom Records, on the Commons, and business has been brisk today.

Steve Burke
for Angry Mom Records/Small World Music
and Ithaca Blog

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Get Out

We guess people really mean it when they say they miss and like winter, as there are a lot of people downtown today, though nothing special is going on, and it is one of the first snowy days this season.

We guess they just want to experience cold. We understand; we like planet Earth too.

So imagine what next weekend will be like downtown, with the Light In Winter festival in the State Theater and other city venues, and the Chili Cookoff on the Commons on Saturday afternoon. Busy, that's what.

We hope and trust we will see you out there, enjoying Ithaca's cultural climate.

Steve Burke
for Ithaca NY Blog

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Coneheads Puzzler Revealed

So you can all enjoy the football contest tonight with a clear head, we will reveal the answer to the Coneheads crossword puzzler, previously posted.

The correct New York Times crossword puzzle answer for the clue, "The Coneheads, etc.", six letters, was "aliens."

My answer was "French." And I was sincere. 

The winner of our contest, for a $10 gift certificate to Angry Mom Records/Small World Music, is Chris M., of Lansing. Chris was randomly selected from a number of people who gave "aliens" as the correct answer, and guessed our incorrect answer was "sketch", which is a good guess at an incorrect answer, but not as funny as our actual one, is it?  We wouldn't have brought the whole thing up if it wasn't funny.

Enjoy the game!
Steve Burke
for Itahca NY Blog