Two of the best venues are just minutes away in Ithaca. The Haunt is a mid-sized nightclub and BBQ eatery on Willow Avenue. Because of its size, casual environment, and great food, "smaller" talented bands like to pack the house here, treating patrons to a rip-roaring good time. The State Theater on State Street is a historic performance venue that seats 1600, making it a great place for bigger acts to put on an intimate shown for a larger audience.
The following are the acts coming to these two locations in the next couple of months. Pick up tickets now to enjoy a great concert during your getaway here in Upstate New York! Interested in something other than music? A few other options are also listed for comedy and drama at the State Theater. Shows are being added all the time, so check the websites for the latest additions to the performance schedule!
Spring Shows at The Haunt
- March 21 - Sara Watkins
Mistress of the voice and fiddle, Ms. Watkins began her career with the progressive acoustic group Nickel Creek. Today she has embarked on a solo career that promises to be inspiring.
- March 22 - Todd Snider
As a self-made musician, Todd has 16 Americana/Folk albums under his belt featuring poignantly humorous lyrics.
- March 23 - Hot Buttered Rum with Cabinet
HBR is a progressive bluegrass band that is a hit on the music festival scene. Teaming up with Cabinet, the team creates an unforgettable bluegrass show.
- April 2 - Honor Society
Hailing from our own great state, HS has made a name for themselves through seven tours, and were the guest musicians in one of the highest-rated Jimmy Kimmel Live! episode ever.
- April 4 - Afrika Bambaataa
A pioneer in the hip hop movement, this noted DJ is responsible for encouraging gang members to use music as a way to break out of an unproductive life. His Zulu Nation created a way for young outcasts to grow and create. He has worked with dozens of artists and is a creative force that continues to contribute to the world of music and rap today.
- April 5 - Meat Puppets
A family-based punk rock band who brought together the sounds of country and psychedelica to arrive at their own unique sound.
- April 6 - Jimkata
Hailing from Ithaca, this group mixes rock and electronica for an unforgettable musical experience.
- April 7 - GZA
One of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan, this chart-topping artists offers hip hop with award-winning lyrics.
- April 12 - Consider the Source
Complex progressive rock with a flare for experimentation!
- April 13 - Driftwood
Local artists (from Binghamton!) who bring together an unexpected mix of instruments and sound into a rock band experience.
- April 14 - Bella Morte
Gothic music lovers will not want to miss hearing the beautifully tragic sounds of Bella Morte.
- April 18 - Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole
The sounds of the bayou come to the Finger Lakes when this Louisiana-based duo brings Creole Zydeco to our shores.
- April 19 - The Felice Brothers
Blending folk, country, and rock, this foursome overcame their humble roots to tour and provide music to some of today's popular cable television shows.
- April 24 - Shabazz Palaces
Hip hop returns to Upstate New York in the form of this Seattle-based group.
- April 26 - Dopapod
This group is almost beyond definition, blending rock, funk, progressive, and more into a unique and unexpected sound.
- May 2 - Emily Wells
"Punk Violin?" Maybe. Emily's artistry, based on the violin, is a wildly fun ride as she uses layered sounds to create a unique result all her own.
- May 9 - Aqueous
Rock and groove unite to create an energetic dance sound. The band's incredible talent belies their young ages, and you won't be able to help but join in the party when they perform.
The State Theater in Ithaca
- March 16 - Cirque Ziva
Chinese acrobatics result in an unforgettable performance experience.
- April 5 - Ron White
In-your-face humor served with cigar smoke and a shot of scotch. Mr. White will leave you chuckling for days!
- April 9 - David Sedaris
This American humorist brings his newest book to life through perfectly-presented humor and anecdotes.
- April 12 - Imago Theatre's ZooZoo
Acrobatics, humor, and lovable characters unite in a family-friendly good time.
- April 13 - John Prine
This award-winning folk-bluegrass singer/songwriter has not let cancer slow him down. His career has spanned more than three decades, and his victory over cancer has only brought more maturity and soul to his sound.
- April 21 - Buddy Guy
He inspired the sounds of Clapton, Hendricks, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. This ex-Muddy Waters member is ranked 30th in Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Not only does he play the guitar, but he also experiments with it, even to this day, and his love of music is apparent during his blues performances.
- April 26 - Billy Bragg
Join our British Invasion with the alternative sounds of Billy Bragg. Although politically active, this singer/songwriter doesn't let politics interfere with his art!
- May 4 & 5 - The Little Mermaid
The Ithaca Ballet presents this children's classic.
- May 16 - The National
Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, this indie rock band brings their unique sound to our neighborhood.
- May 17 - Hot Rize
Bluegrass comes to town in the form of this Grammy-winning band. Don't let their performance humor fool you: their experience and mastery is evident thanks to their long career.
- May 18 - David Bromberg
This talented guitarist covers a wide range of musical genres. Not only has he released 15 albums and four performance recordings of his own, he has also worked with a long list of artists including The Eagles, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Leon Redbone, Kris Kristofferson, and so many more.