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6 shows to see this week: Dec. 22-29

Dec 22, 2016

Celebrate the holiday season with these shows, which feature everything from hiphop, pop and old-time to Celtic, bluegrass and New Orleans grooves.

Party time

The 10th annual Ithaca Musicians’ Office Party returns, with several local favorites – Mary Lorson, Jennie Lowe Stearns, Johnny Dowd, Beverly Stokes, Bronwen Exter and others – paying tribute to the many musical heroes who passed in 2016.

When: 6-11 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Dock

Cost: donation

Info: www.thedockithaca.com

The Howlin' Brothers return to the Haunt Thursday, Dec. 22
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Ready to howl

The Howlin’ Brothers return to Ithaca with their raucous blend of old-time, bluegrass, blues and folk. Based in Nashville, the band features two Ithaca College grads: Jared Green and Ian Craft.

When: 9 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Haunt

Cost: $13

Info: www.thehaunt.com

Gunpoets return to the Dock Friday night for a double bill with the Sim Redmond Band.

Double feature

Two of Ithaca’s most popular groups – the Sim Redmond Band and Gunpoets – join forces for this holiday weekend show. The latter band released a new album titled “Bombs Away!” this summer.

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: The Dock

Cost: $15

Info: www.thedockithaca.com

Fiddling families

The Grady Girls will play a post-holiday show of their traditional Irish dance tunes. Also performing is Specker, Kornblum & Norman, which features Lila and Ida Mae Specker on fiddles, Molly Kornblum on bass and Josh Norman on guitar.

When: 6-9 p.m. Monday

Where: The Westy

Cost: free

Info: www.facebook.com/events/1743668252620374/

Ithaca native Greg Schatz returns from New Orleans to perform at Maxie's Supper Club Tuesday night.
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Piano man

Pianist-singer and Ithaca native Greg Schatz returns from New Orleans to perform some of his original songs with Max Buckholtz (violin) and Doug Robinson (guitar).

When: 6-10 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Maxie’s Supper Club

Cost: free

Info: www.schatzymusic.com, www.maxies.com

Two-night stand

Southern Tier quartet Driftwood returns to Ithaca for a pair of shows to celebrate the release of its new CD, “City Lights.” Tenzin Chopak, who just released a new CD of his own, will open the first show; the Rapid River Boys the second show.

When: Thursday & Friday, Dec. 29-30

Where: The Haunt

Cost: $15 per show

Info: www.thehaunt.com, www.dspshows.com

• Also, don’t forget the weekly residencies: Galactic Mondays at Casita del Polaris, Irish Sessions at Rulloff’s (Tuesdays), Tuesday Bluesday at the Dock, Reggae Night at the Dock (Wednesdays), the new Musicians’ Noodle Bowl at Lot 10 (first and third Wednesday each month), and the various open-mic nights around towns.