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State Theater
Ithaca, New York


Ithaca’s State Theater

I had one final side excursion before climbing aboard Amtrak for the rail trip to Saint Paul. The Curator and I joined Doug & Cindy in Ithaca for a Kris Kristofferson concert.


The stage from the balcony

Ithaca, which sits alongside Cayuga Lake, is the home of Cornell University. The State Theater is next to the Ithaca Commons. The theater building was built in 1915, as the Ithaca Security Company auto garage and dealership.

The building was bought, with the idea of renovating it into a theater. The State Theater opened with a vaudeville act on December 6, 1928. At its peak, Ithaca had seventeen grand theaters downtown. Today, the State Theater is the last remaining cinema and vaudeville palace in Ithaca. The theater is a beautiful venue for a concert. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.


Kris Kristofferson & The Strangers

Kristofferson is one of the most prolific song writers out there today. I must admit, I never expected to see him play live. He was backed by Merle Haggard’s old band The Strangers, which included two of Merle’s sons: Ben & Noel. The 1600 seat theater was the perfect setting for the laid back and intimate concert put on by the 82 year old Kristofferson.

It was a good show. Kristofferson was in fine form, and after a bit of a tentative start, he relaxed with an audience that obviously adored the man. It didn’t take long for him to mix some things up and joke with the audience, although he was pure business, hitting song after song, for a 29 song set. Kristofferson is a masterful storyteller, and every song is a compelling tale on life.

The Strangers were a great addition. I thought Ben Haggard on guitar and vocals was an incredible artist. He’s be worth seeing in his own right. A good concert, and an unexpected surprise to the trip.


International Jazz Day

To celebrate International Jazz Day, here is the incomparable Aretha Franklin from the 2016 IJD event at the White House.


Wes Montgomery

Music Monday:

Switching it up a bit, with the great jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery.


It winds from Chicago to LA…

Music Monday:

A special dedication, going out to Barn-Stormin’ Andy of Osky. My partner in crime on The Second Floor.
The hooligans never got the best of us


Baby, Please Don’t Go

Music Monday:

Lightnin’ Hopkins singing “Baby, Please Don’t Go”.


The Strypes

Music Monday:

I made a quick visit over to another blog site that I like, Immortal Jukebox.
Link to site here: https://theimmortaljukebox.com.
I was reminded of a band that I liked, but kind of lost track of for a bit. Life gets busy, sometimes, you know?

The Strypes, out of Cavan Ireland, are a four piece band that really know how to rock. Here’s a video of their cover of Bo Diddley’s “You Can’t Judge a Book By the Cover”.

It’s an extremely well done video, and I’ve always loved the song. Personally, I think The Strypes do it justice.


Blue Christmas – Eve


TajMo

Bluesmen Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ have released their first album together, and are now touring the Globe.

Albany, NY: 8.17; Minneapolis, MN: 9.6; Des Moines, IA: 9.13; Austin, TX 9.22

You’d think an enterprising young man could make something work with those choices.

“There’s something working in life, in the Universe, in the bigger picture, that has nothing to do with commerce and money. I found after 20 years of going after money, that the faster I ran after money, the faster money ran. I finally ran out of breath, and stopped running” — Keb’Mo’

Video courtesy of the PBS Newshour


Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

A Flashback Friday Edition:

Where did they film this, Bonneville?


Skipper’s Smokehouse

Skipper's

Friday night we went back to an old favorite: Skipper’s Smokehouse. We were here the last time the Frozen Four was in Tampa. The food here is phenomenal and the live music often has a blues feel. The food this time was just as good as we remembered; the grouper rueben is worth the drive up from Tampa Bay.

Skipper's
Abandoned Royalty at Skipper’s

After dinner, we ventured outside to listen to some live music. A “Music Box Event” was being held at the saloon. From what I can tell, “Music Box” gives young, up and coming musicians a place to show off their talents to a large, live audience.

Abandoned Royalty
Jack Samter & Dan Smith of Abandoned Royalty

The bands at Skipper’s were Abandoned Royalty, Surviving the Mile, INKBLOT, A Long Way From Kansas, and Extra Celestial.

A Long Way From Kansas
A Long Way From Kansas at Skipper’s

Congrats to all of the bands on rocking the house.