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Where to Rock Out in Ithaca

Written by Michael Grippi

Government Mule plays at the State Theatre in Ithaca. Photo by Jeff Goodwin '10

Everyone knows Ithaca’s got a pretty extensive music scene. Here’s where to find it.

The Shop (312 E. Seneca St.) Catering to a younger crowd that needs a place to hang out where alcohol isn’t served, the Shop serves up coffee, tea, art, and live music in—you guessed it—a coffeehouse atmosphere.

WildFire Lounge (106 S. Cayuga St.) Downstairs it’s a restaurant; upstairs you’ll find live acts most nights of the week.

Castaways (413 Taughannock Blvd.) The quintessential rock ’n’ roll bar boasts an outdoor deck overlooking the inlet and a good-sized dance floor inside. Recent headliners: Henry Rollins and John Brown’s Body.

The Nines (311 College Ave.) Located in Collegetown, it’s famous for its rowdy shows and its phenomenal pizza.

The State Theatre (107 W. State St.) With 1,600 seats, this restored vaudeville-era venue attracts the nationally known performers who make their way to Ithaca, like Ani DiFranco, Shawn Colvin, They Might Be Giants, and John Prine.

Emerson Suites (Ithaca College) You can get your rock on right here on campus. The Student Activities Board books everything from punk rock to electronica to Ithacappella.



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