Ithaca’s next music festival is indoors, and it’s all around town

Early-bird tickets are on sale for the upcoming Finger Lakes Thaw music festival, a two-day event bringing over a dozen musical acts to five Ithaca area stages this March.

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad playing at GrassRoots. 14850 file photo.

The two-day festival, Friday and Saturday March 23rd and 24th, will be in locations all over Ithaca, including Lot 10, Casita del Polaris, the Range, the Space at GreenStar, and the brand new warehouse space operated by Argos Inn, offering a variety of venue styles from intimate to spacious, and will feature Ithaca favorites like Big Mean Sound Machine and Stone Cold Miracle, regional winners like Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, and a variety of acts big and small from around the northeast.

Festival organizer Nick Frazier says he and local musician T.J. Schaper developed a plan for an Ithaca jazz festival for a class inspired by a jazz festival in Greenwich Village, then decided they didn’t want to do jazz, and the Finger Lakes Thaw was conceived.

The festival has an educational component, with a connection to the New Roots Charter School. Frazier tells us the New Roots Rock Band will have its own performance slot on the main stage. “A lot of the people playing are music educators,” he adds. And everything that can be “homegrown” is — “We don’t need to farm this out,” he says of the staff talent, including camera crews and production. “It can all be done locally.”

A limited number of early bird tickets are on sale for $50 via Ticketfly before the ticket price goes up to $95, and Frazier says a limited number of paper tickets are for sale at the State Theatre box office.

Update: The early bird tickets are sold out, and the festival tickets are now selling at their regular price.

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