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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Free summer events

Friday concerts

Friday, July 1, 2016, 7:00 pm
Cornell Arts Quad
The Zydeco Trail Riders have been playing dance tunes for zydeco, Cajun, and creole music aficionados in upstate New York since 2004. The band is led by its founder, Greg Grodem, who learned to play accordion zydeco-style on trips to southwest Louisiana in the 1990s. Other band members include Jim Reidy on guitar, Ted Oberhaus on bass, Stuart Krasnoff on drums, and Sally Freund on rubboard. Laissez les bon temps rouler!
Friday, July 8, 2016, 7:00 pm
Cornell Arts Quad
Coracree melds a transatlantic mix of traditional Celtic, old-time, European, and original music with a playful, improvisational style—featuring the lively fiddling of Jane Rothfield, the driving swing of Bill Quern on tenor banjo, mandolin, and melodeon, the inventive guitar stylings of Sarah Gowan, and the melodic and rhythmic stand-up bass playing of Allan Carr.
Friday, July 15, 2016, 7:00 pm
Cornell Arts Quad
Radio London captures the spirit of ‘60s AM radio with danceable classics from British Invasion bands from the Animals to the Zombies, plus Motown and Surf sounds and more. Close harmonies, a tight rhythm section, and searing solos are hallmarks of this beloved local band, which features John Simon on guitar and vocals, Ken Zeserson on guitar, sax, and vocals, Jon Hilton on bass, Mike Vitucci on guitar, and Dan Lashkoff on drums and vocals.
Friday, July 22, 2016, 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 29, 2016, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
A longtime favorite of critics and fans, The Horse Flies blend Americana roots with indie rock, ethnic percussion, creative songwriting, and a fierce, percolating groove. With a love of both the traditional and the modern, The Flies have consistently explored the intersection of the two to create a musical world all their own. Part trance-inducing minimalism, achieved through a neo-primitive approach to fiddle music, and part folk-rock American gothic, The Flies’ music is intense, quirky, poetic, and extremely skillful. (Photo credit: Thomas Hoebbel)
Friday, August 5, 2016, 7:00 pm
Arts Quad
Central New York’s premier gypsy swing band, Djug Django has been delighting dancers and jazz buffs for years. The ensemble specializes in the music of guitarist Django Reinhardt, who founded the Quintette du Hot Club in Paris in the 1930s—but they also perform jazz standards, Latin rhythms, and “N’awlins soul,” as well as originals by band member and multi-instrumentalist Dave Davies.

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

  • 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