The Finger Lakes Thaw
Fri, Mar 23
Sat, Mar 24
The Finger Lakes Thaw
PJ Morton, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Big Mean Sound Machine, Cas Haley, Double Tiger, Richie & Rosie, Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People, Tenzin Chopak, Dub Apocalypse, Stone Cold Miracle, Road Man, Cuddle Magic, Fat Night, Dreamt, The Big Takeover, Xamalian, Cocek Brass Band, New Roots Rock Band, The Oxtet, Steamboats, Dingonek Street Band, Butterchild, The English Project, Skunk City, The Neighbors, Rose & the Bros, Sabouyouma, River Run, Blue Iris, Chris Kazarian & the Velcro Soul, DJ Gourd, DJ ha-MEEN, DJ Terkalerk
This event is 21 and over
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PJ Morton (b.March 29, 1981, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA) is an American R&B singer, musician, record producer, songwriter and one of the keyboardists in the pop rock band Maroon 5.
PJ Morton (b.March 29, 1981, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA) is an American R&B singer, musician, record producer, songwriter and one of the keyboardists in the pop rock band Maroon 5.
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad’s sixth studio album MAKE IT BETTER was released September 16, 2016 on Rootfire Cooperative. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart.
Formed in 2001 in Rochester, New York, GPGDS first received praise for their live show, which combined world beats and reggae rhythms within jamband aesthetics. In recent years the band’s studio recordings, which showcase their songwriting and musicianship across all genres of roots music, have further cemented their legend as master innovators and artists. “There is a lot of intention in this release. We had a purpose to prove to ourselves recording this album [MAKE IT BETTER]. We wanted to know that we could put our heads down and do good work fast. It was a great release artistically. It uniquely sounds the most progressive of anything we have ever done while also sounding the most like our first album.” -James Searl, Bassist/Vocalist
Big Mean Sound Machine
“BMSM might be one of my favorite bands on the planet. With a horn section to kill for, a drummer that can put me in a beat coma instantly, and a knack for hitting grooves in a pantsless stride, they aren't easy to ignore,” writes Joel Frieders of SYFFAL.com and he’s not kidding. For a band with no front man, Big Mean Sound Machine has character in spades. When assembled from every corner of the northeastern United States, the Machine is built from a rotating selection of the finest, well-lubricated, musically brilliant human components all working together in a rhythmic assembly line of creativity. The result is the aural equivalent of positive feeling, “...the embodiment of feeling fucking delicious,” writes Joel. People dance when a rhythm moves them, and there’s no defying instinct when Big Mean Sound Machine is on stage.
“For the listener who stops shaking to pay attention at a Big Mean show, they can find a musical education,” writes Josh Brokaw of The Ithaca Times. Few bands can trace their roots all the way back to a specific set of values shared in casual conversation among good friends; but in the case of Big Mean Sound Machine, honoring the ideas the group was founded on seems more instinctual than an aesthetic choice. The band was formed to move people, and though their sound has evolved since their inception in June 2009, they’ve been staying true to their mission for the better part of a decade. “Incorporating Caribbean, African, and Latin sounds and everything in between, these musicians… sound as though they’ve been playing together since the sandbox days. They transition effortlessly from a collective of trombone, sax, and trumpet to riveting soloists. Then, there is heavy bass before… percussion, guitar, or keys take the limelight, and when [they’re] not playing simultaneously, those who are stepping aside are jamming out as if they were in the crowd with the rest of us.” - Mary Mistretta, UpstateLIVE
At the band’s birth in Central New York State, the founders didn’t know what would develop creatively. What they did know was that they wanted to set themselves apart artistically while honoring the true, primal reason that people make and listen to music in the first place: because good music feels good. Big Mean is contemporary proof that it’s possible to create art that stimulates the body while also challenging the mind to explore beyond the status quo. Their instrumental soundscapes have no overt messages yet they’re anything but barren. “You get the feel of walking the streets in a city late at night as those who are up to no good are coming out of their homes searching for their next score,” writes Bryan Lasky of NYSmusic.com. Though devoid of vocal indoctrination, the theme delivered again and again through evolving rhythmic and melodic brilliance is to enjoy music for its creativity and musicality, and the way it makes you feel in every sense of being able to feel. Borrowing elements from traditional Afrobeat, roots reggae, Ethiojazz, and funk among others, “Big Mean’s [style] is not easily captured by the precise, genre-parsing descriptors of a contemporary music press that’s uncomfortable admitting to being surprised with a new sound,” Josh Brokaw writes. Anyone who’s experienced the band in action knows that their performances are the heaviest and sweatiest, and “everything feels intentional yet relaxed,” according to Joel. “Seamed together by an amazing rhythm section… the core of the group commands attention while providing a passionate and constant groove,” boasts Vinyl Fluid Records, and BMSM proves that a purely instrumental band can stimulate both the body and mind. A polyrhythmic monster with a crisp, constant, unrelenting groove, the band brings together the musical traditions of West Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and North America in a unique blend that reinterprets and reanimates live dance music unlike any other band playing today. “Big Mean Sound Machine make music that's palatable as fuck, combining funk nuggets with dub gluten inside of rasta pasta on the corner of a jazz avenue I can not only enjoy, I would baste my shirtless self in their steel meals on a daily basis if given permission. And if that previous sentence is confusing, you try describing how fucking disgustingly erotically inspiring they make you feel,” raves Joel.
Even today on the brink of releasing their 4th studio album, “Runnin’ for the Ghost” (2016) in fewer than twice as many years, Big Mean Sound Machine has managed to continue rejuvenating their sound while still honoring the core principles the band was founded on. "...With  members... Big Mean Sound Machine’s name can be taken literally as well as being a reflection of their music… Fusing psych, funk, afrobeat, acid jazz and everything in between..." Bandcamp Staff Picks’ Firenote exclaims, the band has truly crafted a sound of its own. The release of their third album “Contraband” (2014) added more critical acclaim to that garnered from the releases of “Marauders” (2012) and “Ouroboros” (2011). Recorded live in two sessions in 19th Century churches in the heart of New York State, including Grammy Winning studio Electric Wilburland (which also served as the setting for Big Mean’s 2012 feature-length film, “Dr. Iguana: Live in the Studio”), “Contraband” pushes the band even further into new territory. Working with engineers Matthew Sacuccimorano (John Brown’s Body, Johnny Dowd, Jennie Lowe Sterns, Black Castle) and the Grammy award-winning Robert Hunter (Branford Marsalis, Donna the Buffalo, Raven) also provided a new dimension to the product of a band that has traditionally been entirely responsible for it’s own production from beginning to end. Hunter’s mastery over analog technology, specifically the 1970’s-era Triton console (originally built for Elvis Costello, and frequently used by legendary Zydeco powerhouse Donna The Buffalo) and the 2” reel-to-reel tape machine it feeds brought a whole new dimension to the production, most apparent when listened to on vinyl. However, “dramatic descriptions aside, that raw edginess was what I liked most about… Big Mean Sound Machine because it differentiated the band’s music from your typical jam band fare.” - Cornell Daily Sun
In addition to studio efforts released under the name Big Mean Sound Machine, the band has collaborated with Ghanaian vocalist Yao Foli “Cha Cha” Augustine (Mosaic Foundation) hailing as Cha Cha & The Ndor Band, releasing “Food For Thought,” (2013) from which the proceeds helped to raise funds for the Ndor EcoVillage NGO; “...the production on this record is diverse, tasteful, and constantly intriguing,” writes Morgan Greenstreet of Afropop Worldwide, as is the tradition and standard of all productions Big Mean. Founded by Augustine in his home village of Aklorbortornu, Ghana, the Ndor EcoVillage organization teaches permaculture and other sustainable farming practices to local citizens, farmers, and youth. Production for the next Ndor Band album is already in progress and scattered shows throughout the year are a treat for both the band and knowledgeable Big Mean fans alike. Previously, BMSM released “Warrior,” (2012) with vocalist Jay Spaker a.k.a. J-San (John Brown’s Body, J-San & the Analogue Sons, Double Tiger, Dub-Stuy Records, Club Rub A Dub) under the name J-San & the Big Mean and the band toured later that summer in support of the album. Future collaborations with these artists and others are definitely something BMSM fans can look forward to in the future. Additionally, BMSM hosts the annual “Big Mean I-Town Revue” during which the band backs dozens of locally based Central New York State vocalists for a traditionally sold-out night of showcasing regional talent. It is this sort of community-building that Big Mean thrives on and has sought to incorporate into their creative mission. In August 2015, Big Mean Sound Machine hosted the first annual Big Mean BBQ which was a raging success and promises to be a significant tradition for many years to come.
But the band doesn’t only lead by example, they have a hands-on approach to inspiring others as well. Outside the group, most of the members of BMSM work professionally as educators with students ranging from infants to adults, hobbyists, enthusiasts and professional musicians alike. Within the group setting, Big Mean Sound Machine has led clinics introducing the inner workings of the band to the next generation of musicians. The workshops, which are situationally tailored to any age range, skill set and level of proficiency, indoctrinate participants with such concepts as rhythm, improvisation, cooperative communication, team building, and other crucial aspects to achieving success as applied to music influenced by global cultures. “The Egyptian priests who made men into the regulated mega-machine that built the pyramids would have little tolerance for the inner workings of a group called Big Mean Sound Machine. Even the lowly engineers who plan your margarita maker’s immediate obsolescence would get nervous at the logistical challenges presented by Ithaca’s [largest] band,” writes Josh Brokaw. It’s surely not easy for a big band to maneuver, but Big Mean does it with style and grace, and they want to show you how, logistically and musically. One of the founders of the band, former member Rob Tate articulates in an interview with SYFFAL the musical formula of “layered melodic arrangements that gradually build over the recurrent vamping of a steady rhythm section, culminating in a unity of diverse elements, oneness in multiplicity.” It’s no surprise he left the band to pursue a PhD in literature.
All of the growth BMSM has experienced up to the present is a result of a dedicated following of live music enthusiasts from all walks of life as well as other musicians themselves. The band has enshrined itself in the regional music community as a pillar of hope for the concepts of art for art’s sake, musician’s music, and creativity for pleasure. Word-of-mouth and a hearty presence on the festival circuit along with the group’s raw talent and international presence have earned the loyalty of fans and peers far and wide, evident in the CDs and vinyl records purchased from and shipped out regularly to every inhabited continent on the globe (we’re not counting Antarctica). The members’ virtuosity alone is enough to capture anyone’s attention, and the collective “machining” on display is a rare sight to behold from any live band, let alone a group with so many members. “Imagine taking a huge swig of… deliciously golden hoppy nectar and sticking your tongue straight out and feeling each individual bubble massage and stroke your mouth muscle. But in your ears,” Joel writes. And what keeps people coming back is the knowledge that every show will be unique, yet it will always sound uniquely Big and Mean.
Double Tiger is producer/vocalist Jay Spaker. Co-Founder at Dub-Stuy Records. One half of Tour De Force. Guitarist & vocals with John Browns Body. Past productions include artists Luciano, Johnny Osbourne, Sly & Robbie, Rankin Joe, Brother Culture, Jahdan Blakkamoore, Omar Perry and more. Inspired by Kurosawa films, King Tubby and Vibration comes Double Tiger. The recent Double Tiger album, Sharp & Ready (Easy Star Records) Debuted at #3 on the Itunes charts & #5 on the Billboard charts.
Richie & Rosie
With the fated combination of Richie and Rosie's unique skill, varied musical influence, and honest storytelling, Nowhere in Time defines exactly what the duo hopes to achieve -- music that people can connect with. As two musicians in two very different parts of life, Richie and Rosie are proof of two things: the power and magic of two people making music, and that the universal messages that lie within their songs remain timeless.
Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People
When Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People hit the stage things get torqued up quickly like a tent revival during tornado season. Named Top Ten Bands to watch by CityPaper, and winner of the 2015 and 2016 Roc Awards, "Best Band", Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People transcend musical genres with a blast of deep, powerful groove and soul. The band is the groove while Ponder’s pipes keep it rooted in soul. And according to Ponder, soul is more than a sound.
“Soul music is something you feel,” she says. “It gives you goose bumps.”
This Rochester, NY Native has spent the past years rendering goose bumps by perfecting her style and charismatic performance. She sings, you listen, you melt. The result of her focus and dedication is a tone that is both enchanting and seductive along with a riveting, honest stage presence. It is this voice that has helped her secure gigs opening up for powerhouses such as George Clinton, Ledisi and The Roots. The band has also completed two successful European tours. Boyd Kletter of Bourbon Street Blues Club in Amsterdam said "Danielle shines bright both on and off the stage. She's truly is a star!"
In 2016 the singer released her debut EP Blow Out The Sun. Soultracks.com said “Ponder’s vocals combine the spirit of the church with the speak-truth- to-power assertiveness of a movement leader. “ Jeff Speak of the Democrat & Chronicle wrote "Ponder’s tough-sounding vocals on “Three Word Revolution (I Love Myself)” is a defiant call to self worth. That title track feels custom built as a room-shaking anthem for women in the audience.” In 2016 the band would also enter the AfroPunk Battle of the Bands contest, where they surpassed hundreds of bands and made it to the final four.
To Ponder, the audience is integral to the performance. They are, in a sense, part of the band. We are all tomorrow people.
"When I get on stage I want the audience to be just as important as the musicians. I want to hear them, feel them, and see them dancing and moving.”
And the crowd does just that. This daughter of a preacher take the audience to church, as she dances across stage and belts out her notes, it is clear that her gospel roots have had a strong influence. This sensational singer also lists powerful influences that lit her fuse like Nina Simone, Big Mama Thornton, Koko Taylor, and Lauryn Hill. Ponder opens her mouth to sing and it’s readily apparent; there’s another name that belongs in that pantheon as well. Danielle Ponder, and her time is now.
Tenzin Chopak is an artist and songwriter based in Ithaca, NY. The son of a minister and an artist, and the brother of a fellow musician and songwriter Greg Horne, Tenzin learned to love music in his father's church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Tenzin Chopak is known for composing and performing music across the genres of roots and progressive chamber folk, world beat influenced rock, and experimental and improvisational music including analog electronica (Moog) and trance mixed with instruments such as cello, piano, double bass, acoustic/electric guitars and voice. Most commonly, he performs with guitar and voice.
Dub Apocalypse is an instrumental dub reggae band from Boston,MA. They have created their own unique sound that fuses the militant toughness of Sly and Robbie, and Scientist productions, with a balanced twin guitar attack, explosive Coltrane inspired sax, and a healthy dose of improvisation. The band plays a mix of classic Jamaican tunes and dub plates from the 70s and early 80s,mixed with their own compostitions. Featuring current and former members of John Brown's Body, Ghosts of Jupiter, Morphine and G Love and Special Sauce, Dub Apocalypse brings decades of combined experience from clubs, theaters and festivals around the globe to the stage every night.
Stone Cold Miracle
Stone Cold Miracle is a soul music dance band featuring vocal sensation Trece Stevenson and veteran Ithaca musicians.
No matter who you are, or where you are on your life journey, music always wields epiphanic power. It can mend the sick, enliven the downtrodden, and give direction to the lost. Storytelling singer-songwriter Jon Petronzio is a former child piano prodigy who has blossomed into a virtuoso musician highly regarded in the jam band scene. But seven years ago, after he established himself with an acclaimed career as a professional musician, Jon began tinkering with some musical ideas that would lead to the most transformative time of his life.
The results of this profoundly life-changing time is his solo project, Road Man, which brims with an invigorating mix of funk, blues, reggae, mystical enlightenment, introspection, and environmentalism. He calls the debut album from this creative outlet, Light At The Speed Of Life.
"I describe this music as my light at the speed of life. Life is an incredible gift... we are afforded only a finite span of time to learn, grow and accomplish something meaningful," he says. "I believe I may have found my voice and my purpose through this unfolding of this project - something that's taken seven years to reach completion".
Jonathan Petronzio grew up something of a natural musician. By age 12, after studying jazz and classical music with a highly regarded piano teacher, he was earning money playing ragtime music at an ice cream parlor. Jon would go on to earn a BA Music Education from Ithaca College School of Music. Upon graduation, he formed the funk band Revision. That band recorded six albums, averaged 150 shows a year. Recently, Jon's been touring and recording with future roots music innovators John Brown's Body. He's toured extensively throughout the country with the group, sharing the stage with acts such as, Sublime, Groundation, Freddy McGregor, Galactic, SOJA, and the Easy Star All-Stars, among many others. The two albums he's recorded with the band have both topped Billboard and iTunes charts at #1.
Road Man was created away from career hoopla, and it basically created itself in three distinct phases over seven years. The first phase began with Jon learning recording software for his own edification; his explorations yielded upwards of 250 demo ideas. The second phase involved him consciously whittling that body of work down to 15 songs, and tracking the finished music and co-producing with Alan Evans of Soulive and an all-star lineup by way of John Brown's body.
The third phase of this process, writing lyrics to the finished music, was the most daunting and profound. "That was something of an existential journey. There I was with all this finished and completely produced music, and it was like singing karaoke to my own songs," he recalls, laughing good-naturedly. Writing the words for tracks while holed up in his Ithaca home, alone in the dead of winter, he went on something of a spiritual adventure tapping into his subconscious, exploring medicinal ceremonial rituals, and playing intriguing William Burroughs cut-up exercises with a set of magnetic poetry words and phrases.
The collection of songs resulting range from this illuminating adventure recall the work of Bob Marley and Michael Franti because of their balmy, groove-driven spiritual purposefulness. Some highlights are the euphoric reggae of "Who Do You Love" which includes the gloriously redemptive lyrics: But have you ever wanted something better, but the answer is hardly clear/Have you ever wanted someone so badly, but you can't seem to leave your fears behind; the hypnotically bluesy "Chosen"; and the centered, laidback gospel swagger of"The Meeting."
"This album is seven very powerful years of my life documented in song," Jon says. "I'm not the same man I was when I started this project. I had to get out of the way and let these messages come out honestly and in their own time, and it's changed me. I've seen how magical life can be, how much hope there is out there, and now I want Road Man to provide light at the end of the tunnel for others."
Cuddle Magic is a band from Brooklyn, NY. They play dance listening music that unfolds in waves of vocal harmony, contrapuntal woodwinds, dense wordplay, and overlapping rhythmic cycles.
Some wild jivin' cats got together in the evenin'. Was some funky kind of music on which they were feastin'. Each new full moon these cats would conspire, maan them grooves would reach higher like fire. If your ears are startled, don't be scared, take a bite. Some folks call this thing FAT NIGHT.
Dreamt a collective of musicians and songwriters spread out across the Northeast US, with Ithaca, NY at the center. In 2011, Aidan Boardman recorded the first of two EP's with the help of Jason Staniulis at Ithaca College. In 2012, Aidan formed the band. They have toured and released new music ever since, whenever possible.
The Big Takeover
Since 2007, the New York six-piece The Big Takeover has been fulfilling the mission implied in their name: packing clubs in the city and upstate and building their brand and reputation on the road and in the studio. A far cry from the pop-punk of American ska, The Big Takeover take their cues from Desmond Dekker and the first wave of Jamaican pop music as well as from the soulful energy and sophistication of Motown.
Growing up in a musical household, Max began piano and cello lessons at the age of 6. In studying western and American classical music, his songwriting utilizes aspects of folk and jazz harmony. At the age of 11, Max was gifted Stevie Wonder's album Fulfillingness’ First Finale and took to writing Motown inspired love songs. His songwriting influence expanded in discovering artists like Allen Stone, Cataldo, Lianne La Havas and Roadman.
Max performs regularly with Crucial Reggae Social Club, sharing the stage with members of John Brown’s Body, Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, Big Mean Sound Machine, Dreamt, Mutron Warriors, Jimkata and Mosaic Foundation. In 2017, Max played with Doe Paoro supporting the fall segment of Son Little’s Blue Magic tour.
Cocek Brass Band
Cocek! consists of Sam Dechenne (trumpet/vocals/composer), Ezra Weller (flugelhorn), Clayton DeWalt (Trombone), Jim Gray (Tuba) and Grant Smith (Tappan Drum). A 5-piece ensemble from Boston, MA playing all original compositions. The music is influenced by Eastern-European and New Orleans dance songs, Afrobeat, Klezmer and elements of reggae and Western classical pieces.
CBB sounds are inspired by acts like Fanfare Ciocarlia, Fela Kuti, Miles Davis, Rebirth Brass Band, traditional Balkan songs and chamber brass repertoire. Dance music for those seeking something new and unique, contemplative Old World melodies that hark to a lost era and catchy riffs that will have you singing along and tapping your foot all night long.
In performance spaces ranging from hollowed out warehouses and arts spaces in Boston to the Kennedy Center in D.C., The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival in Vermont, WorldFest in Louisville, KY and the 11th Annual NY Gypsy Music Festival, Cocek! can be found sprinkling their Phrygian magic dust on audience members all over the world. They also put on programs for schools and universities traditional Balkan/Klezmer & New Orleans Jazz music, it's wonderfully beautiful history and it's relation to their original compositions.
In 2015, Cocek! released a professionally produced music video for "There Goes Shlomo", a track from their debut ablum Here Comes Shlomo. The video has been nominated for the 2016 Manchester Film Festival in UK. Also in the Fall of 2015 they collaborated with a traditional Japanese Taiko drum troupe for the UNIQLO clothing company’s grande opening and VIP event in Boston. In the Winter of 2014, the ensemble joined with Boston-area electronic musician "String N' Fader" to create a re-mix album consisting of different DJs and electronic musicians sample songs from Shlomo.
New Roots Rock Band
New Roots Rock Band is a performance ensemble composed of students from New Roots School, focusing on ensemble performance skills, popular music literature, arranging for a rock ensemble, live sound reinforcement, studio recording, and marketing and promotions related to booking and management. The group has 90 minutes of cover material ranging from Grunge, Rock, Metal, Pop, and R&B.
Josh Oxford graduated in 2007 with a degree in percussion performance from Ithaca College. Seeking an outlet for his keyboard playing and love of vintage keyboards and synthesizers, Josh started a jazz quintet, consisting of drums, bass, vibes, trumpet, and Oxford on keyboards. The OXtet quickly evolved into something far more devious than simply playing jazz standards. Over the years guitar and sax was added to fill out the ensemble and create the unique blend of acoustic and electronic instruments. The music takes from the rhythmic complexities inherent in the music of Frank Zappa and the Mahavishnu Orchestra; the funk aspects of 80s Miles Davis; and compositional techniques used in modern classical music, such as atonality and 12-Tone serialism.
Steamboats is an ensemble of picker-singer-songwriters who combine reverence for the American vocal group with a progressive sensibility all their own. Their sophomore release, "Chosen Peace" is now available for download.
Dingonek Street Band
The Dingonek Street Band is a raucous, improvisatory brass band fusing Afrobeat and Ethio-jazz with post-bop, funk, and New Orleans parade music:
From the ashes of the phoenix that was the Underground Society Band rises a stronger primal force in avant-brass funkiness. Shaped by the music of Cryptozoology and our exploration of the universal roots of human jubilation, the Dingonek will serve to fuse Afrobeat, Ethio-jazz, post-bop, and New Orleans second line into a potent improvisatory musical brew.
Formerly known as Champney Street.. new name, new sound, new era R&B/SOUL music.
The English Project
Based out of Western NY, the English Project has solidified itself in the North Eastern U.S. as a collective that pushes the envelope of groove and improvisation. Comprised of core members Chris English on drums and vocals, Paul McArdle on guitar, Andres Rivera on bass and Dave Solazzo on piano, the English Project seamlessly fuses funk and soul with elements of modern jazz. They’ve also opened for artists such as Bobby Brown, Arrested Development, Jazz is Phsh, Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, Sophistafunk, Thunderbody, John Kadlecik Band, and many others. Their debut EP, “The English Project, Vol.1” is scheduled to release this year.
Hailing from Syracuse, NY, Skunk City is CNY's premiere Funk/Rock experience! Our self-titled EP is available at our live shows and our first full-length album drops on 11/22
Featuring Joe Kollar and Joey Arcuri (Driftwood), Calya Perricelli, Pete Ruttle (Lutheran Skirts), and Will Sigel, The Neighbors are friends, musicians and neighbors. Guitar, Harmonica, and 3-part harmony are their tools of choice to play anything from old 1920's swing, 50's Country, 60's R&B, and even some originals that were just penned last week. The band has been keeping things quiet social-media/internet presence wise – not because they are slackers or anything, but because they’ve been immersed in artistic pursuits, and the creation of beautiful things.
Rose & the Bros
Rose & The Bros began as a collective dream. Rosie Newton, Steve Selin and Paul Martin wanted to put together a band playing rockin’ music people just couldn’t help but dance to! Together they specialize in Cajun and Zydeco music from South West Louisiana including some sweet vocal harmonies and a few crooning country classic into the mix. Their goal is to breath life into the young dance music scene and have a great time doing it.
Sabouyouma is a high energy 7-piece polyrhythmic groove machine that formed through ongoing musical relationships in Burlington, Vermont's vibrant West-African dance and drumming scene. Sabouyouma is led by Guinean-born Ousmane Camara: the band's front man, composer, and master Balafonist (the Balafon is a West-African marimba).
River Run is not your typical Americana band. Their sound is rooted firmly in guitarist Bill's classic rock influences, earthy vocals from lead singer Sam, and Kat's intuitive and sonorous fiddle interludes. With soaring sibling harmony and original song writing, they create a unique musical experience.
Based out of Brooklyn, NY, Blue Iris writes original neo-folk music. Inspired by childhood favorites like Norah Jones and James Taylor, she infuses her modern music inspiration for an ambient and grounded sound. Working with Grant Carey at BIRDNOSE audio to produce new unique music.
Chris Kazarian & the Velcro Soul
DJ ha-MEEN (aka Benny Blanco from Da'troit, aka DJ Funksutawney Phil, aka DJ No-U-Got-Me-Confused-wit-Some1-Else, aka DJ Triple One-Eight, aka Ben Ortiz) lives in Ithaca, NY where he rocks dancefloors of all stripes with his unique blend of Classic Hip Hop, R&B, Funk n' Soul, House, Salsa, Boogaloo, Dancehall Reggae, Bboy/Bgirl Breaks, and other miscellaneous funkiness.
DJ Terkalerk brings the dirty hip-hip and R&B classics straight from 1996 to your doorstep. Served up piping hot. All night long.
A multi-venue music festival that takes place throughout the city of Ithaca, experience the a diverse array of artists at the Finger Lakes Thaw in exclusive and intimate settings.
*Please note that admittance to shows will be first come, first serve subject to venue capacity*