November 13, 2011

Arts Around Ithaca: Week of November 14

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Events happening this week on Cornell’s Campus and around Ithaca.

State Radio 8 p.m. on Friday at The Haunt. Bros and hippies will unite and rejoice this Friday evening when the Boston jam trio State Radio comes down to The Haunt to rock out their blend of punk-infused roots reggae. Led by Chad Urmston, former member of the colossal indie-jam act Dispatch — the band most famous for their hit song “The General” and benefit reunion shows for Zimbabwe at Madison Square Garden (which sold-out within a half hour of going on sale!) — State Radio always packs a powerful performance full of driving reggae-rock, complemented by acoustic sing-alongs and a healthy dose of political activism. I’ve seen State Radio twice — opening for John Butler Trio at Central Park and headlining at Terminal 5 — and both shows were nothing short of inspiring. —Justin Zupnick

Drive By Truckers with Felice Brothers 8 p.m. on Wednesday at The State Theatre. Dubbed by The State Theatre as their best double billing of the fall concert season, alternative Southern rockers Drive-By Truckers will headline this Wednesday night with folk and country rock act, The Felice Brothers, hailing from the Catskills.  Supporting their latest record, Go-Go Boots, the Alabaman Drive-By Truckers constantly mingle Americana-tinged twang, steel and strings with mainstream alternative rock that fans of The Allman Brothers Band, Ryan Adams and North Mississippi All-Stars are sure to enjoy. Growing up in the Hudson River Valley, The Felice Brothers draw their influences from local  musical icons, Bob Dylan and The Band. Their unique upstate mountain sound brought them popularity that earned them recent spots at Bonnaroo, All Points West, Mountain Jam and the Newport Folk Festival, as well as gigs with Old Crow Medicine Show and the Dave Matthews Band. Wednesday night’s double billing is sure to be a night of American revelry. — Justin Zupnick

Deer Tick 8 p.m. on Thursday at Castaways. Indie-rock folksters Deer Tick will be kicking it down at Castaways this Thursday. Led by guitarist and singer-songwriter John McCauly, Deer Tick will be supporting their latest record, Divine Providence — a reference to their native hometown, Providence, Rhode Island. Deer Tick brings a stellar stew of scratchy grunge vocals tailored to a freshly fun combination of folk, blues and country rock that pairs along wonderfully with pitchers of your favorite local brews and a night with your friendly local crew. Fans of Nirvana, Dr. Dog, Langhorne Slim and Drive-By Truckers (if you’re up for another night of great music!) should definitely head on down. — Justin Zupnick

Other Events Around Town

Dark Star Orchestra at State Theater, 8 p.m. Nov. 19. The Grateful Dead tribute band will return to one of their favorite cities on Saturday night in in the band’s 2000th show.

Marjorie Garber, Wed. 4:30 p.m. in the Guerlac Room, A.D. White House. Harvard Professor of English and Visual Environmental Studies, Marjorie will present a lecture entitled “After the Humanities,” in which she discusses the current state and future of the humanities. Garber is one of the world’s leading Shakespeare scholars.  — Sun Staff