The Range has been open for a month, overlooking the Downtown Ithaca Commons from its second-floor perch, and tonight they kick off their live music schedule. This weekend brings the Cheyenne Band tonight and the Rapid River Boys tomorrow.
Owned by Andrew Schreck of the Westy and Tommy Grozier of the Ithaca Sports Club, the Range is a western saloon-themed bar above Trader K’s in the former spot occupied by the Second Floor Bar. The decor was finished on opening night when artists Efren Rebugio and KAZILLA painted an old-west wall mural as customers enjoyed their drinks.
The bar, managed by Mike Brindisi, features a baker’s dozen beers on tap and a couple dozen more in cans and bottles, and a wide selection of spirits to meet your shot or cocktail desires.
A new stage in the corner, completed in July along with a brand new sound system, will support a weekly schedule of live music two or three nights a week. That kicks off tonight at 9pm with the Cheyenne Band, bringing what they call “real country music to Ithaca.” Based in Elmira, the Cheyenne Band plays around the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes at spots like the Town Tavern in Erin, the Hector Fair, Watkins Glen Italian Festival, and Newfield Old Home Days. They’ll be followed by the Rapid River Boys, bringing Corning-based “organic folk” to the Range on Saturday at 9pm. (They’re also at the Westy tonight.)
The Range is upstairs at 119 East State Street. Find the stairs on your right just inside the Trader K’s alcove.