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Author: Dan_S
• Friday, February 20th, 2009

joan-3501. Joan Baez Tickets are almost gone - approximately 200-250 left and selling 25 a day - Get them now so you do not miss out!

2. George Thorogood is fast approaching - Get your tickets now.


3. An amazing week of music starts 3/27 with The African Children’s Choir - They tour top raise money to care for thousands of underprivileged children in Africa.  We’re working closely with the Village at Ithaca to provide over 500 free tickets to those who would normally not be able to attend such and event.  Buy tickets to help us in theis cause, help The Village, and Feed starving Children in Africa - OK?  Then come back the next night for the show of the season with the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.  In a word - monumental - unforgettable - and not to be missed!

gomez4. For the students: When you return from spring break - come empty your newly replenished  pockets on KELLER WILLIAMS 3/29 and GOMEZ and JOSH RITTER on 4/1!  


            3/10 - AC Newman - leader of New Pornographers

            4/9 - GENE WEEN Band - Leader of Ween

            4/11 - RHETT MILLER - leader of Old 97’s

            4/15 the debut of The HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN

            4/21 - The return of the FELICE BROTHERS

felice_brothers_3TICKETS HERE

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Author: Dan_S
• Saturday, December 13th, 2008
In her only upstate New York appearance, Joan Baez will return to perform at the State Theatre in Ithaca on Friday, March 6th. Reserved seats are $45 and $35 (plus a $1.50 facility restoration fee), and are on sale this Friday at 10AM. A limited number of gold circle tickets will be available.  call the box office for more info at 607.277.8283.  Tickets can be purchased at the State Theatre box office, 105 West State Street in Ithaca, online at, or by calling 800.919.6272  For theater information or directions call (607) 277-8283.  This show is presented in partnership with Great Northeast Productions.
American folk singer, social activist, and goodwill ambassador, Joan Baez, whose career has spanned four decades, has become one of the foundations in the junction between traditional folk music and political activism. Baez immersed herself in the developing folk scene surrounding Cambridge’s fabled Club 47 in the late 1950’s and since then has become an icon and idol for upcoming singer-songwriters and social activists alike. She has earned seven gold records and continues to raise the bar on the standards of contemporary folk music and it’s near first-cousins, pop, country, and rock.
This fall marked the release of Baez’s latest album, Day After Tomorrow. Baez recorded the tracks in Nashville in December and February, working with producer Steve Earle and a band that includes bluegrass veterans Tim O’Brien and Darryl Scott, as well as Viktor Krauss and Kenny Malone. The album features three songs written by Steve Earle, including “God Is God,” a song Joan debuted during her recent tour. Joan has also recorded songs by Eliza Gilkyson, Patti Griffin, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Diana Jones and Thea Gilmore.
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Author: Dan_S
• Monday, November 10th, 2008

Three Girls and their Buddy - Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller

You read that correctly… the show of the year is here!  Just confirmed yesterday, the second annual ”Three Girls and their Buddy” tour will grace our fair city this February 9th at the State Theatre.  This is an astounding lineup of performers and we at Dan Smalls Presents couldn’t be happier that we have been selected as a presenter for a date on this year’s tour.  Tickets will go on sale Friday, November 21st at 10AM at the State Theatre Box Office, 105 West State Street in Ithaca, NY, online at, or by calling 800.919.6272.  There are three price levels: Gold Circle -$68.00 plus theatre restoration surcharge, $51.00 plus theatre restoration surcharge and $41.00 plus theatre restoration surcharge.  Fanclub tickets go an sale here a week earlier… sign up now!  For more information visit:

In the only upstate New York play (No Rochester, No Buffalo, No Syracuse, No Albany, No Binghamton, etc.), Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller will arrive in Ithaca for one-night of intimate music and storytelling akin to last year’s wall-to-wall sellout with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt.  During last year’s innaugural run of the “Three Girls and their Buddy” Tour, the songwriters all shared the stage together and traded songs for several hours.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see four of the greatest songwriters of our time share the stage together.

Each of these artists could fill the theatre on their own, but in the spirit of musical sharing and the fun they have together, they have chosen to play smaller theatres and present an extremely intimate offering.  In case you are unfamiliar… here’s some information about each of them:


Twelve-time Grammy award winner Emmylou Harris has been hailed as a major figure in several of America’s most important musical movements of the past three decades. Harris’ contributions to country-rock, the bluegrass revival, folk music, and the Americana movement are widely lauded, and in recent years she also has carved out a sound that is uniquely her own. A steadfast supporter of roots music and a skilled interpreter of compelling songs, she also has been associated with a diverse array of admiring collaborators.  Her 1995 Wrecking Ball was a watershed album for her, combining several world-music elements with acoustic instruments, driving percussion, and a folk/roots flavor. The new style would evolve on a number of Harris’ subsequent releases, including 1998’s Spyboy, 1999’s Western Wall (a collaboration with Linda Ronstadt), and 2000’s Red Dirt Girl, which was praised as a showcase for Emmylou Harris’s songwriting talent.


Shawn Colvin is one of the bright spots of the so-called “new folk movement” that began in the late ’80s. And though she grew out of the somewhat limited “woman with a guitar” school, she has managed to keep the form fresh with a diverse approach, avoiding the clichéd sentiments and all-too-often formulaic arrangements that have plagued the genre. In less than a decade of recording, Colvin has emerged as a songcraftsman with plenty of pop smarts, which has earned her a broad and loyal following.  In an era when female singer-songwriters have been ever-more ubiquitous, Shawn Colvin stands out as a singular and enduring talent. The three-time Grammy winner has released eight albums to date, including the platinum A Few Small Repairs which featured the hit song “Sunny Came Home.”


Patty Griffin’s new album Children Running Through (ATO) continues the remarkable creative evolution that’s quietly established Griffin as a vital and singular musical force. It also belies her persistent sensitive-singer-songwriter image—a limiting perception that fails to fully convey the emotional depth and breadth of her songwriting or the emotive power of her fluid, soulful singing. Folk and rock singer Patty Griffin burst onto the national music scene in 1996 with her stark, emotional acoustic CDLiving with Ghosts.  The album introduced a singer-songwriter of uncommon power. John Scheinman writing in the Fairfax Journal said, “Here’s this woman from Old Town, Maine … making the kind of record only Bob Dylan gets to make anymore…. [But] Griffin doesn’t need a band to fill the spaces because the songs come out of her gut with a conviction that’s more than enough.”


Behind the music is a modest man of extraordinarily broad skills. Emmylou Harris, in whose band Buddy served for 8 years, calls the 51-year old Ohio-born Nashville transplant “one of the best guitar players of all time.” Steve Earle, another former bandmate, pronounces him “the best country singer working today.” Records by artists ranging from Lucinda Williams to Trisha Yearwood have benefited from Buddy’s vocal and instrumental prowess. As for the taut, elegiac songs he composes, they could be mistaken for disinterred relics, resonant of a lost age when white and black music were casually consanguineous – could be, only cover versions by hitmakers like Lee Ann Womack, Brooks & Dunn, and the Dixie Chicks have proved their contemporary power, affirming Buddy as one of Music City’s most valuable writers. Then there is his superiority as a producer and engineer (Harris, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Jim Lauderdale). And he has a nice sideline mastering records.  He just finished touring with Allison Krauss and Robert Plant.

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Author: Dan_S
• Tuesday, November 04th, 2008

It’s hard to believe its been almost 12 years since Canada’s Cowboy Junkies last visited Ithaca. Well the long wait is over as they return for one night only on Thursday, February 5th at the State Theatre. See also:

Reserved seating tickets will be $28.00 plus theatre restoration fee. A limited number of gold circle seating will be available for $35.00 plus restoration. Tickets will go on sale Friday, November 7th at 10am at the State Theatre Box Office, 105 West State Street in Ithaca, online at or by calling 800.919.6272.

The Toronto quartet have made a career out of its soft-focus sound, initially emphasizing the drowsily pretty vocals of Margo Timmins, with brother Michael Timmins’ droning guitar leads gradually assuming a bigger role. They’ve maximized that rather limited approach by evincing exquisite taste, particularly on the covers-heavy early albums, and by playing off the tension between Margo’s lullaby voice and the frequently dire imagery of Michael’s lyrics. Their breakthrough came with “The Trinity Sessions,” recorded through only one microphone at the Trinity Church in Toronto. That was 20 years ago…

“To celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Trinity Session, we decided to head back to Toronto’s Trinity Church with the idea of revisiting the album from the perspective of twenty years’ experience,” reflects Cowboy Junkies guitarist and songwriter Michael Timmins. “We enlisted a few musicians for whom The Trinity Session had some personal and professional resonance, and whose individual work resonates with us.” Joined by Ryan Adams, Vic Chesnutt, Natalie Merchant, and longtime cohort Jeff Bird, Cowboy Junkies dedicated themselves to a fresh exploration of The Trinity Session’s songs - as spontaneous and open-ended as the original. “The idea was to cobble together a loose band sound with just a few hours of rehearsal, and a one day recording schedule,” Timmins continues, “much in the same way we created the original recording. We came, we played, and the church, once again, did the rest.”

In November of 1987, the young and road-worn Cowboy Junkies gathered there and, around one microphone in the course of a few quiet hours, recorded the epochal set of songs that were released one year later as The Trinity Session. The album not only put the nascent Junkies - composed then and now of siblings Michael, Margo, and Peter Timmins and bassist Alan Anton - on the musical map: it also ushered in a new approach to roots music. Imbued with a bewitching and ominous radiance, The Trinity Session was modest in its means, unpretentious and honest. Drawing from the elemental yearning that underpinned the band’s heroes (from Hank Williams to the Velvet Underground to Robert Johnson), the Junkies fashioned a direct, unmannered sound they then wrapped around Michael’s poetic originals and an insightful selection of outside material. The album has long been heralded as a touchstone for both the Junkies and for a new generation of musicians in the burgeoning alt-country and Americana genres.
Read the full bio here

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Author: Dan_S
• Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Denied a record deal for years because she didn’t have the right look (”too heavy, too dark, too short”), Sharon Jones worked as a Riker’s Island prison guard, an armored truck guard for Wells Fargo, and countless other day jobs. Now at 52 years old, Jones is being heralded as the new “Queen of Soul.” Taking a cue from her idol, James Brown, with whom she shares a hometown, Jones is unabashedly funky, old-school, and full of soul. Jones lives in the projects in Queens with her mother when she’s not on the road with her band, The Dap-Kings. The Dap-Kings are best known for recording as the backing band on Amy Winehouse’s hit record “Back to Black.” Though that’s about all that Jones and the troubled diva have in common, Jones told the Houston Chronicle, “if it hadn’t been for Amy, you wouldn’t be interviewing me. But I don’t take no backseat to no one. Amy said I inspired her. That’s a good thing.”

So let her inspire you! Join us at the State Theatre on Saturday, November 1 for a night of vintage soul and retro funk. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are on the verge of mega-stardom, wouldn’t you like to say that you saw her back when?

BEST SHOWMANSHIP — Sharon Jones, at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits “The first time I saw the funky soul phenomenon was at Coachella in May, where I wrote that her show ”ranks among the best I’ve seen in my life. Actually, I could almost be convinced that her set is that good, every single time.” By ACL in September, I needed no further convincing. When she kicks off her heels to dance through her ancestry, it’s school, church, and sex all rolled into one.” — EW.COM

PS - Sharon will be signing records at Volume on the commons at 5PM!  Come meet her before she rocks you!

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