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Ithaca Journal Writes about the launch of our Spirit Cafe Series at La Tourelle

Soundoff: Start off 2013 with some live music

Written by Jim Catalano Correspondent

Jan. 07 Read the Full Article for a limited time at the Ithaca Journal HERE

We’re in the usual early January lull this week, but there still are a few shows worth checking out as we begin the New Year:

• Friday, Felicia’s Atomic Lounge hosts its first happy hour show of 2013, as Rich Ryan, Valerie Graves and Lloyd Graves play Southern-style string band music at 5:30 p.m. And later that night, the Fly Rods and State & Plain join forces for “The Holiday Hangover Cure” show at Lot 10 Lounge. There’s no cover for the 9 p.m. show.

• If you haven’t checked out The Gates, the new club in Collegetown, this could be a good time to do so with the students out of town. At 9 p.m. Friday, the Gates will host local singer-songwriter Travis Knapp, who in 2008 won BMI’s John Lennon Songwriting Contest for his song “Before You Go.” Visit www.travisknapp.comto learn more.

• Friday, the Brian Spencer Band will return to the Haunt for a free happy hour show of hard-rockin’ blues running from 7 to 9 p.m. Later that night, the Bluefield Blues Band from Auburn will return to the Nines for a 9 p.m. show. The band includes Andrew Klock on drums, Zach Casper on bass and Austin Doody on guitar and vocals. The Silver Queen Casket Company will open the show, for which there’s a small cover charge. Visit to learn more.

• Saturday, the Johnny Dowd Band and Jennie Lowe Stearns and the Fire Choir team for a “2013 Winter Wonderland” show at the Gates. Cover is $7 for the 10 p.m. show. Visit to learn more. (And if you feel like road-tripping to see Johnny Dowd, he’ll be at the John Barleycorn Tavern in Owego Friday night along with Tzar for an 8 p.m. show. Cover is $5 at the door.)

• Also Saturday, Lot 10 will host an evening of string-band music with The Prickers, from Naples, N.Y.; and Home Remedy, the trio of Oona Grady DeFlaun, Rosie Newton and Lydia Garrison. Showtime is 9:30 p.m.

• Looking for a cure for the post-holiday blues? Sunday, local yoga-pop band Answer the Muse will offer a “a joyful antidote, an offering to uplift body and soul” with the launch of its new seasonal series, “The Spirit Café,” at La Tourelle from 5 to 7 p.m. NEO Project, a new funk/soul dance band led by former Shalamar guitarist Dwight Carroll, will open the show. Admission is $15, which includes appetizers and more. Visit to learn more.

• Also on Sunday, Sundown Sally will return to Felicia’s Atomic Lounge for a 7 p.m. show. The band features singer-guitarist Heather Boob and bassist Audrey Miller along with the Broadwell brothers (Ash and Rylan) on guitar and banjo. There’s no cover for the show, but donations are welcome.

• Looking ahead to next week, Dan Smalls Presents has a couple of cool shows at the Haunt. Canadian acoustic band the Duhks, who have played in Ithaca a few times (including GrassRoots) but not recently, will perform Thursday night. Freakwater, which has Catherine Irwin and Janet Bean on their first tour in five years, will perform Saturday night. Visit to learn more.

Jim Catalano has covered the local music scene since 1992. He co-hosts the Homemade Jam radio show, which airs weekly at 9 p.m. Sunday on i100 (99.9 FM). Contact him at  jimcat at


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