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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Free summer events

Friday concerts

Friday, June 28, 2019, 7:00 pm
Cornell University Arts Quad

Dubbed "Ghana's most artistic drummer" (Modern Ghana), Ghana-born drummer and composer, Paa Kow, (pronounced Pah-Ko) blends rhythm and artistry from his home with jazz and African roots creating his own Afro-Fusion sound.  Touring internationally with his custom Ghanaian drum set and his Afro-Fusion Orchestra,  Paa Kow brings concert goers an extraordinary musical experience filled with deep grooves and incredible beats.  Paa Kow has shared stages with many African and American luminaries including Kojo Antwi, Amakye Dede and Victor Wooten.

"Paa Kow has taken the world music of his native Ghana, and tossed it into a basket with heaps of American influences to create an album that the great purveyors of world music - the Paul Simon's and the Bela Fleck's of the world - would envy." - Marquee Magazine

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

Friday, July 5, 2019, 7:00 pm
Cornell University Arts Quad

The Blind Spots return to Ithaca this summer following a national tour supporting their fourth studio album, "Talk."  The tenured, five-piece moxy-rock band steered by the magnetic Maddy Walsh (think Heart, think Adele, Blondie, and Joan Jett all rolled into one) are sure to bring a high-energy performance to Cornell's Summer Event Series with original tunes and an incessant penchant for fun.

The Blind Spots have shared bills with Lake Street Dive, Silversun Pickups, Valerie June, Amy Helm, Rubblebucket, Donna the Buffalo, Sharon Jones, The Punch Brothers, and many others. 

"Maddy Walsh, the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the Ithaca, NY-based The Blind Spots, has a Janis Joplin-kind of charisma. Walsh holds her own in the rock music world." - Centre Daily Times

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

Friday, July 12, 2019, 7:00 pm
Cornell University Arts Quad

A former child piano prodigy, singer-songwriter Jon Petronzio blossomed into a virtuoso musician highly regarded in the jam band scene. Touring and recording with roots music innovators John Brown’s Body, Petronzio has shared the stage with Sublime, Groundation, Freddy McGregor, Galactic, SOJA, the Easy Star All-Stars, and many others. On a break from extensive touring, Petronzio jumped at the chance to pursue a solo project: Road Man. In this current incarnation, Road Man and his talented band of musicians present an invigorating and body-moving mix of funk, blues, and reggae driven by Petronzio's awesome keys and soulful voice.

"[Road Man's] stylish yet natural voice, expressed with such conviction and passion is perfectly placed over a stunning set of summer vibes. This is Reggae, Roots, and Soul at their very best." --Stereo Stickman 

Friday, July 19, 2019, 7:00 pm
Cornell Arts Quad

Celestial grooves for the celebration of life is how Arthur B and The Planetary Mix describes their classic R&B influenced sound. Silky rhythms supplied by vocalist and guitarist Arthur B and soulful harmonies from Jessie Baldassari, Angie Beeler (locals may know her best from Miss Angie's Music), and Karen Wyatte meld into a smooth, sunshine sound that will make you want to snap and sway. The band's live performances have been described as "A rare treat" and "Pure soul healing."   

Friday, July 26, 2019, 7:00 pm
Cornell University Arts Quad

Come out for a free Latin dance party on the Arts Quad with Jorge T. Cuevas and the Caribe Jazz All-Stars. Featuring some of the region’s best jazz musicians, the All-Stars play an irresistible mix of originals and jazz standards in the styles of salsa, cha cha, bolero, samba, and merengue. 

Rain location: Rhodes Rawlings Auditorium in Klarman Hall 

Friday, August 2, 2019, 7:00 pm
Cornell Arts Quad

Mosaic Foundation performs forward thinking reggae that stays true to the roots. The band has grown a loyal following, thanks to electric live performances and four studio releases. Mosaic pushes reggae to the limits and sometimes spills over with a dynamic blend of roots, ska, dub, dance-hall, and beyond. Their rhythms inspire dancing in the moment fueled by songs that encourage positivity, living in harmony with the planet, and community.

Mosaic Foundation has opened for world renowned reggae artists Toots and the Maytals, Lee "Stratch" Perry, Rebelution, Passafire, and local favorites like John Brown's Body and Thousands of One. 

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