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Friday concerts

Friday, June 27, 2014, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
Terry Burns began her singing and songwriting career in the Southern Tier in the mid-'80s, working with her sisters in The Burns Sisters band. At the age of 28 she struck out on her own and headed to Nashville, where she met award-winning composer Ron Kristy. The two of them have been making beautiful music together ever since as Burns and Kristy, whose blend of folk and contemporary country has been called “refreshing,” “entrancingly beautiful,” and “timeless.”

Photo by Laura Kozlowski,
Friday, July 11, 2014, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
The Sim Redmond Band has been making its Afro-Caribbean, roots-rock world music at home in Ithaca, as well as across the globe, for more than a decade. Sim plays guitar and supplies vocals, together with the band’s one female member, Jen Middaugh, and keyboard player Nate Richardson. Supporting them are Jordan Aceto on guitar, Dan Merwin on bass, and Asa Redmond on percussion.

"Early-morning music, served sunny-side up.” (Jamie Lee, Relix Magazine)
Friday, July 18, 2014, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
El Rumbon means “big dance party”—and that’s what you get when this hot Latin band launches into a merengue, plena, bomba, cumbia, or chachacha. Led by conga player Charlie Izzo, El Rumbon keeps feet in motion with authentic and irresistible music from way south of the border, played with passion and joy on brass, strings, and percussion.
Friday, July 25, 2014, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
You'll want to put on your dancing shoes for the HotFoot Club, a six-piece band whose specialty is hot swing tunes and sultry R&B from the '30s to the '50s. Influenced by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fats Waller, and Billie Holiday, the HotFoot Club features a panoply of highly regarded local musicians, including Dave Davies, Brian Earle, Frank Campos, Molly MacMillan, Harry Aceto, and Mike Wellen.
Friday, August 1, 2014, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
Panache Quartet combines the prodigious talents of Cape Breton fiddler Andrea Beaton, Franco-American fiddler Donna Hébert, Southern-style fiddler Jane Rothfield, and Québecois fiddler Véronique Plasse. With roots in such a broad range of traditions, these four fiery women fiddlers have a staggering combined repertoire of traditional tunes--plus each writes spectacular original music that has become part of the living tradition."Listening to Panache is like watching art being made at the moment of inspiration!"

Past summer concerts on the Arts Quad

  • Andrew and Noah Band, August 2, 2013
  • Evil City String Band, July 26, 2013
  • Rising Sign, July 19, 2013
  • GoGone, July 12, 2013
  • Hardin Burns, July 5, 2013
  • Melissa Cox and Mythica, June 28, 2013
  • The Horse Flies, August 3, 2012
  • El Rumbon, July 27, 2012
  • Radio London, July 20, 2012
  • Djug Django, July 13, 2012
  • Gumbo Ya Ya, July 6, 2012
  • Cornerstone, June 29, 2012
  • Annie and the Hedonists, August 5, 2011
  • Not from Wisconsin, July 29, 2011
  • Backtalk Band, July 22, 2011
  • Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, July 15, 2011
  • Rising Sign, July 8, 2011
  • Ikebe Shakedown, July 1, 2011
  • Thousands of One, August 6, 2010
  • Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand Band, July 30, 2010
  • Ageless Jazz Band, July 23, 2010
  • Caribe Jazz All-Stars, July 16, 2010
  • Paso Fino, July 9, 2010
  • Diana Leigh and Crazy Rhythm, July 2, 2010
  • El Rumbon, July 31, 2009
  • Traonach, July 24, 2009
  • Ithaca New Orleans Dixieland Band, July 17, 2009
  • Li'l Anne & Hot Cayenne, July 10, 2009
  • Sim Redmond Band, June 26, 2009

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason play "The Lovers' Waltz" on the Arts Quad with Dave Davies and Harry Aceto, July 15, 2011.