Downtown show will be Jimkata farewell and a band battle

Downtown Ithaca’s CFCU summer concert series ends this Thursday with a Battle of the Bands contest followed by Jimkata’s final Ithaca show. The popular local band says they’re going “on hold indefinitely” after their current tour.

The Fall Creek Brass Band is one of Thursday’s contestants at the Bernie Milton Pavilion. 14850 file photo.

The United Way says this week’s show continues last week’s fundraising efforts to benefit the Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund, with proceeds from reusable cup and t-shirt sales going to the fund.

The night kicks off with a series of bands competing for a prize package that includes a recording session at Pyramid Sound, strings and picks and more from Ithaca Guitar Works, and a photoshoot with Casey Martin Photography.

The winner of the recent MC Cypher contest, Knew, is first at 6pm, followed by the Fall Creek Brass Band at 6:15, Stranded with a Kiss at 6:45, and Kitestring at 7:15.

Then Jimkata kicks off their farewell tour for a hometown crowd before heading to Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany, Manchester CT, and New York City. They’ve played the Downtown Ithaca concert series multiple times and have been regular guests at Grassroots.

Jimkata on the Ithaca Commons last year. 14850 file photo.

14850’s Alan Rose says of Jimkata, “These four electro-rockers have become a seasoned touring band in recent years and their local shows are few and far between, so it will be a treat to see them again. They’ve been livening up their sets with a light show and props that make their performance a more interactive experience.”

“It’s all DIY,” says Jimkata frontman Evan Friedell on their Facebook page. “Doing 150 shows a year, sleeping on floors, recording songs along the way. We built everything organically, all word of mouth. The advice we got when we started was ‘Just go out and play. It’ll pay off.’”

Thursday’s free show runs from 6-9pm on the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Ithaca Commons, with Jimkata taking the stage at 7:45.

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