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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Free summer events

Friday concerts

Friday, June 30, 2017, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
Playing original soul music with deep grooves, funky beats, and gospel-inspired vocals, Stone Cold Miracle features rich-voiced diva LaTrece Stevenson backed by rhythm guitarist Dustin Stuhr (Urban Horse Thieves, Black Walnut Band, The Habits), lead guitarist Nick LaVerne (Screaming Meemies, Guardrail, The Habits), drummer Zaun Marshburn (Wingnut, Hank Roberts, Mary Lorson and Saint Low, GunPoets), and bassist Andy Adelewitz (Armageddon Monks).

In case of thunderstorms or heavy rain, the concert will take place in the Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium in Klarman Hall.
Friday, July 7, 2017, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
One of the Finger Lakes region's premier dance bands, The Destination has made its reputation playing classic R&B, funk, and soul, as well as covers by frontman Joe Lonsky. The nine-piece band features Joe and his wife, Karen, on vocals; horn players Ryan Zawel (trombone), Jeff Stockham (trumpet), and Mike Dubaniewicz (saxophone); percussionists Jorge Cuevas and Bill King; guitarist Pat Driscoll; and bassist Bill Avery.

It's a party! At this special concert we'll be celebrating the 125th anniversary of Cornell University Summer Sessions, which began its first formal Summer Session on July 7, 1892—so we invite you to share in some birthday cake provided by the Summer Session office, sponsor of the free summer events series.

In case of thunderstorms or heavy rain, the concert will take place in the Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium in Klarman Hall.
Friday, July 14, 2017, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
Dynamic vocalist Diana Leigh brings her swinging sense of phrasing and sparkling stage presence to one of Ithaca’s hottest new dance bands: the Savoy Stompers. A collaboration with the great alto sax player Jesse Collins, this band features world-class musicians and tight arrangements of classic swing, blues, and R&B tunes. Don’t forget your dance shoes!

In case of thunderstorms or heavy rain, the concert will take place in the Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium in Klarman Hall.
Friday, July 21, 2017, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
A favorite of social dancers throughout the Finger Lakes, The Pelotones play in a wide range of styles, from swing, jazz, and R&B to rock-and-roll and country. A lot of their repertoire is original, written by frontman Wayne Gottlieb (vocals) and Alex Specker (lead guitar, vocals). Completing the quartet are bassist Harry Aceto and drummer Michael Wellen.

In case of thunderstorms or heavy rain, the concert will take place in the Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium in Klarman Hall.
Friday, July 28, 2017, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
Led by singer-guitarist Dave Yantorno, Not From Wisconsin offers pop music with a serious edge. String arrangements swell around somber lyrics, buttressing compact song structures. The band also includes Angela Comprone on violin and vocals, Brett Powell on drums and vocals, and Joey Arcuri on bass.

In case of thunderstorms or heavy rain, the concert will take place in the Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium in Klarman Hall.
Friday, August 4, 2017, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
Honey-voiced Annie Rosen leads this eclectic Albany-based band with skillfully arranged covers of favorite jazz, blues, folk, and bluegrass standards. Backing her up are Jonny Rosen on guitar, Peter Davis on clarinet, saxophone, and keyboard, and Don Young on bass.

In case of thunderstorms or heavy rain, the concert will take place in the Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium in Klarman Hall.

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

Past summer concerts on the Arts Quad

  • Djug Django, August 5, 2016
  • The Horse Flies, July 29, 2016
  • El Rumbon, July 22, 2016
  • Radio London, July 15, 2016
  • Coracree, July 8, 2016
  • Zydeco Trail Riders, July 1, 2016
  • Ruddy Well Band, July 31, 2015
  • Mutron Warriors, July 24, 2015
  • Joe Crookston, July 17, 2015
  • Not From Wisconsin, July 10, 2015
  • Rockwood Ferry, June 26, 2015
  • Panache Quartet, August 1, 2014
  • HotFoot Club, July 25, 2014
  • El Rumbon, July 18, 2014
  • Sim Redmond Band, July 11, 2014
  • Burns and Kristy, June 27, 2014
  • 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