Scene of the Month: Ithaca, NY

On any given night in Ithaca, New York, live music is never too far away. Whether it be an acoustic set at the Bernie Milton Pavilion, a touring band at the historic State Theater, local groups jamming at Porchfest or the town’s annual Grassroots Music Festival, there is no shortage of local music events to explore. 

July, 19th 2021

On any given night in Ithaca, New York, live music is never too far away. Whether it be an acoustic set at the Bernie Milton Pavilion, a touring band at the historic State Theater, local groups jamming at Porchfest or the town’s annual Grassroots Music Festival, there is no shortage of local music events to explore. 

When I moved to Ithaca to attend college in 2017, I quickly grew to appreciate the small town’s commitment to the arts and local musicians. Some of my favorite college memories involve watching my peers perform at The Haunt, connecting with new musicians at Porchfest and performing with my own band at The Dock.

Despite having a population of only 30,000 people, Ithaca has one of the most vibrant music scenes in Upstate New York. While it isn’t a paramount tour destination like New York City, Boston or Los Angeles, touring artists still often take the time to make a stop in the ‘gorges’ town. 

Kyra Skye

Through the mediums of performing, composing and word crafting, Kyra Skye aims to create spaces that encourage vulnerability and connection. She graduated from Ithaca College in May 2020 with a BA in Writing and a minor in Audio Production. Click here to check out our full interview with the Ithaca-based artist!

Teddy Hyde

Eddy Crowley, known professionally as Teddy Hyde, is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and indie-pop artist. Originally raised in the Beverly, Massachusetts area, he has spent the last few years living and performing in Ithaca, New York. Recently, he relocated to Brooklyn, NY. Click here to check out our full interview with Teddy Hyde!

Vee Da Bee

Vee Da Bee is an Ithaca-based alt-rock group fronted by Victoria DeBerry. DeBerry was born in Houston, Texas, before venturing to Upstate New York for college. She is now based in Ithaca, NY where she has been performing for 15 years. Interview coming soon!

Dan Smalls Presents

DSP Shows is an independent concert promoter and special events company located in Ithaca, NY. DSP is the official talent buyer for the State Theatre of Ithaca and The Haunt in Ithaca among other venues. DSP focuses on reviving artist development and providing true artist-centric promotion. Click here to learn more!

The State Theater

Since 1928, The State Theatre of Ithaca has served as one of the most significant venues for performing arts in the Finger Lakes region. In any given year, the non-profit theater hosts 75-90 performances. The venue, which has been holding livestream and donation-based performances since last April, will once again host live performances beginning in September. Buy tickets to their upcoming shows on their website!

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