Downtown summer music and Cayuga Heights outdoor movies kick off tonight

June 25, 2015 by Mark H. Anbinder

A popular free concert series and a brand new free outdoor movie series both kick off this Thursday evening, June 25th. Downtown Ithaca's weekly concerts return under the State Theatre marquee, and the Cayuga Heights Fire Department is hosting movies at the fire station.

Radio London is first in the line-up for the weekly Thursday music series, with a show tonight from 6-8pm. Organizers say area residents can take advantage of free on-street parking after 6pm, or park in the nearby city-owned parking garages, which do charge for parking until 8pm. (Shop or eat in downtown merchants or restaurants to get your parking garage ticket validated for two hours of free parking.)

Made up of bassist Jon Hilton, guitar and vocalist John Simon, and sax player Ken Zeserson, often with Dan Lashkoff on drums and vocals, Neal Massa on keyboard and vocals, and Mike Vitucci on lead guitar, Radio London has been playing classic rock and '60s rock for over twenty years.

The Jeff Love Band will perform on August 20th.The Jeff Love Band will perform on August 20th.Also in the line-up for the downtown concert series are Kevin Kinsella and the Analogue Sons on July 2nd, Big Mean Sound Machine on July 9th, Sophistafunk on July 15th, Son Little and Stone Cold Miracle on July 22nd, El Rumbon on July 29th, the Gunpoets, Ave Mack, and Greatest Common Factor on August 6th, Jimkata on August 13th, the Jeff Love Band on August 20th, surprise guests on August 27th and September 3rd, and the Sim Redmond Band on September 10th.

Downtown organizers hope to move the weekly music series back onto the Commons by the end of the summer, depending on construction progress. In the meantime, the shows are under the State Theatre marquee on the 100 block of West State Street. The block will be closed to traffic for the evening.

Cayuga Heights Fire Department, at 194 Pleasant Grove Road in Ithaca's northeast, plans to show movies all summer long, according to Fire Chief George Tamborelle, beginning this Thursday with "The Sandlot," as soon as it's dark enough to project the movie outdoors. The Chief says, "Bring the kids, chairs, blankets and let's make this a summer long event!" If the weather doesn't cooperate, the movie showing will be moved into the fire station's truck bays.

The Smash Truck will be set up at the Cayuga Heights Fire Station beginning at 6:30pm tonight, offering grilled cheese, fries, and other treats made with lots of local ingredients. (They'll also be at their usual Thursday evening spot, Six Mile Creek Winery, with a limited menu, as the winery's live music series continues.)

Chief Tamborelle says CHFD plans to continue the movie series every Thursday night through August 13th. Next week? "The Princess Bride."

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