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Tonight at 7:30, the Cracker Factory on Geneva’s north side hosts an Under the Covers concert. It’s the seventh in the series.

Since 2014, Geneva has officially celebrated the life and legacy of jazz bassist Scott LaFaro around his birthday in April. The group behind Geneva Night Out successfully lobbied to have a stretch of downtown street named in his honor. Another committee organizes an annual concert at The Smith Opera House. Tonight, at City Council the Public Art Committee will present a plan to erect a statue honoring LaFaro. It’s an idea that’s starting to gain traction, but it’s actually been on the mind of Kevin Dunn, a professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges for more than a decade.

The Lipker Sisters


If you’ve ever seen the upstate New York group the Cool Club perform, it’s likely you saw them with a trio of musical sisters.

The Lipker Sisters perform in a style that is decades removed for their own lives. The eldest, Marilla Gonzalez, says that their love of all kinds of music is all part of growing up with all kinds of music.

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This week marks the 48th anniversary of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair. On August 16, 1969, Country Joe McDonald took the stage for what would be one of his two appearances. Unlike a lot of his fellow musicians who perfored at Woodstock, Country Joe is still going strong. He just released a new album called 50, that’s been featured all summer on the program Stuck in the Psychedelic Era. The program’s host, The Hermit, also had a conversation with Country Joe.


The Geneva Music Festival presents the duo New Morse Code tonight on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. New Morse Code is percussionist Michael Compitello and festival co-founder cellist Hannah Collins. They specialize in new works and often challenge and expand the sonic possibilities of their instruments. For this year’s festival, they’re bringing two new works, one of which they commissioned from composer Christopher Stark. “The Language of Landscapes”

 

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Downtown Geneva has established itself as a destination for dining and drinks in recent years. But, on any given night, it’s not uncommon to find live music as well in Microclimate Wine Bar or The Linden Social Club or Lake Drum Brewery. Kashong Creek Craft Cider at the corner of Linden and Castle Streets is hosting live music nearly every night of the week. Owner Dan Bissell says it didn’t start that way.

 

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The Geneva Music Festival is underway with performances happening at venues across the Finger Lakes. The festival opened last Thursday night with the Cavani String Quartet. The next morning, they were performing again.

 

The group gave two performances for the students at North Street School. It’s the school the festival’s artistic director Geoffrey Herd attended.

 

Madrigalia recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Cary Ratcliff is the group’s current artistic director.

"It was founded by a group of people that got together for the joy of singing and then they formalized it a little bit. Originally they sang just madrigals from the 16th century and then over the years, and three or four directors, it expanded to be to be a group that took on all kinds of choral music at this time of year."

Saturday night, August 20th, Geneva native Christine Lavin performs in Pulteney Park for Moonshadow over Pulteney.  It’s the second year for the food and music event, which is put on by the Historic South Neighborhood Association. Last year drew a large crowd for hometown favorite Christine Lavin, but this year she decided to invite her long-time friend Julie Gold.