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Free summer events

Friday concerts

Friday, June 26, 2015, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
Rockwood Ferry, featuring the original music of singer-songwriter Tenzin Chopak, will open the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions' free summer concert series on the Cornell Arts Quad.

Praised for their "incandescent," "mesmerizing," and "transcendent" performances, the Rockwood Ferry ensemble comprises some of Ithaca's finest musicians, including Eric Aceto on fiddle, Rich DePaolo on guitar, Peter Dodge on keyboard, and Bill King on percussion.

In case of thunderstorms or heavy rain, the concert will take place at Uris Auditorium.

Cornell’s free summer events series, which runs from June 23 to July 31, includes Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.
Friday, July 10, 2015, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
Not from Wisconsin will bring its special blend of intelligent lyrics and memorable melodies to the Cornell Arts Quad at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 10.

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 at Uris Auditorium.

Cornell’s free summer events series, which runs from June 23 to July 31, includes Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.
Friday, July 17, 2015, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
A singer and songwriter in the folk and country traditions, Joe Crookston has won national acclaim for his engaging lyrics, excellent musicianship, and charismatic stage presence. His recording Able Baker Charlie and Dog was named 2009 Album of the Year by the International Folk Alliance, and in recent years he has shared festival stages with Arlo Guthrie, John McCutcheon, John Gorka, Livingston Taylor, and other folk notables.

In case of thunderstorms or heavy rain, the concert will take place at Uris Auditorium.

Cornell’s free summer events series, which runs from June 23 to July 31, includes Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.
Friday, July 24, 2015, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
Steeped in funk, soul, and afrobeat, the Mutron Warriors deliver an adrenaline-fuelled show that can keep an audience on its feet into the wee hours. Stephanie Agurkis provides powerful, soulful vocals, supported by Mark Weinand and Jamie Yaman on sax, Mike Yohan on keys, Greg Evans on drums, and Jorge Cuevas on percussion, as well as original members Brian Mlodzinski and Stefan Myers on guitar and Chuck Janvrin on bass.

In case of thunderstorms or heavy rain, the concert will take place at Uris Auditorium.

Cornell’s free summer events series, which runs from June 23 to July 31, includes Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.
Friday, July 31, 2015, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
One of Central New York’s premier performing string bands, the Ruddy Well Band delivers tight harmonies, driving rhythms, and thoughtful lyrics. Last year they won the Grassroots Festival Band Contest as well as two SAMMY Awards (People's Choice and Best Americana Album). The band features Andrew Ruddy, Monique Ritter, Ryan Burdick, Steve Scuteri, and Mike Sisto.

In case of thunderstorms or heavy rain, the concert will take place at Uris Auditorium.

Cornell’s free summer events series, which runs from June 23 to July 31, includes Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit summer.cornell.edu/events, e-mail cusce@cornell.edu, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.

Past summer concerts on the Arts Quad

  • 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, 2015
  • 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.