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What is Ithaca Festival? The Ithaca Festival is a four day music and arts celebration, the premier event of its kind in Tompkins County. Over 1,000 talented local musicians, painters, dancers, clowns, community groups, and ensembles perform throughout the Ithaca Festival weekend. Enjoy multiple stages of entertainment, some special kid’s activities, a craft show, a parade, a local film festival, an arts for social justice area, and delicious festival food at various locations. Mission Celebrating the artist in everyone and supporting arts in the community. History The Ithaca Festival began in 1977 as an arts festival called “Celebration Ithaca.” Over the years, the Ithaca Festival has taken many creative forms under a long tradition of excellent leadership by festival directors. Through it all, we have always remained true to our roots and to our mission to celebrate the artist in everyone. We provide a concentrated outlet for the artistic output of our greater community, from our favorite kazoo band to the nationally touring performer. The Ithaca Festival kicks off the summer with a fun, diverse, delicious, whimsical experience that we look forward to creating for many years to come. Who’s Behind the Scenes? A volunteer Board of Directors establishes festival policy. A full-time Executive Director and Assistant Director plan the festival and several seasonal part-time staff members oversee various programs and projects. During festival weekend, the majority of work support is provided by close to 100 volunteers. Where Does Our Funding Come From? The Ithaca Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a self-sustaining festival. The City of Ithaca does not provide financial support but they donate many in-kind services such as police and fire department power. The revenue from this year’s festival will ensure that the festival will return next year. The majority of our funding comes from the sale of t-shirts and buttons with sponsorships and the sale of vending real estate filling out the rest of our budget.Save
The Blind Spots are opening for blues artist Samantha Fish! Here's who she is: Kansas City-based Samantha Fish has been on a major roll ever since she teamed up with Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde on Ruf’s 2011 release, Girls with Guitars, and fueled by the trio’s Blues Caravan tour of Europe and the U.S., created an international buzz in the blues world. Later that same year she recorded Runaway, her solo debut on Ruf, which mixed gutsy riff-blues rockers like “Down In The Swamp” with the mellow small-hours jazz of “Feelin’ Alright,” while marinating her songwriting in the groove of the Rolling Stones and even tipping a hat to Heart. “It’s all the sounds I grew up with,” she explained at the time, “with my own spin.” Earlier this year Samantha joined labelmate Devon Allman for a sultry duet of the Tom Petty classic, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” that appeared on Devon’s Turquoise CD and accompanying video. Now, the wait is over, as Samantha Fish unleashes a major storm of her trademark guitar work and soulful vocals on Black Wind Howlin’. “It has a rebellious streak,” says the bandleader of her game-changing new album, “and a prevalent theme is, ‘I’m not gonna take your sh*t anymore…’” No “sophomore slump” here, as Black Wind Howlin’ leaps from the speakers with 12 smoking tracks that chart Samantha’s evolution as songwriter, gunslinger and lyricist. “Since completing Runaway back in 2011, I’ve been on tour pretty much non-stop,” she proclaims. “I’ve spent a lot of time writing, playing and listening to music. I feel like the themes and the sound of my music have matured. To me, it’s about the human experience from my perspective, as well as people I’ve come into contact with over the last few years.” Leading Ladies Concert Series: This is a series that celebrates and supports women in music. We have hand-picked some of our shows featuring influential female artists to be part of this series. Johnny D's also has partnered with a local program called Girls Rock Campaign Boston (GRCB) - an organization that provides music education to young women. As a supporter of this program, we create opportunities for the youth to attend the series, and allows our concert-goers to donate to the educational program. Please consider donating when you purchase your ticket and/or enrolling your youth into the GRCB program. Thank you! More about GRCB: http://girlsrockboston.org/ Girls Rock Campaign Boston empowers girls to believe in themselves by providing a supportive community that fosters self-expression, confidence, and collaboration through musical education and performance. Girls Rock Campaign Boston (GRCB) offers a volunteer run summer program for girls aged 8-17. During each session, girls have the opportunity to form bands, learn how to play an instrument (guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, or vocals), compose an original song and perform live at a local rock venue - all in one week’s time. In addition to the band practices and instrumental lessons, GRCB also provides workshops geared towards self-esteem building and self-expression including Self-Defense, Screen Printing, Women in Rock History, and Songwriting. Girls are rarely encouraged to explore self-expression and creative outlets that are not tied to body image or to meeting strict standards of appearance. Girls are also less likely to be given access to musical and technical instruction or equipment. We have cultivated a supportive community of peers and positive female mentors that encourage and teach girls to be their own rock heroes, allowing them to think differently about limits that may be placed upon them by our society. Girls Rock Campaign Boston is a 501(c)(3) non profit, feminist organization. By making knowledge accessible and providing a safe space for girls and women, GRCB is a key element in bringing about necessary social change in our community. Day of Show ticket price: $20.00 "I can't believe Johnny D's will be Samanthas first REAL Boston market performance! She's selling out shows all over New England and the rest of the country so don't delay in making sure you're here to see this high-energy show!"Tickets Save
Sounds Like: The Cars, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, The Doors, Rilo Kiley
Manager: Dan Cole
Bio: The Blind Spots, a five-piece rock band featuring electrifying lead singer and force of nature, Maddy Walsh, released a widely-anticipated debut album, El Camino Dream, in 2010 and their sophomore album, Small Stampede, in 2012. El Camino Dream gained immediate attention and was named in the top...See Full Bio
“The Blind Spots, "El Camino Dream" - Singer Maddy Walsh released a solo CD a few years ago, but that only hinted at the vocal abilities she displays on the Blinds Spots' debut. She's found her musical soulmate in guitarist Mike Suave, and they've formed a band that rapidly gained a following with a series of strong shows in 2010...Best Female Singer: Maddy Walsh, for her powerful vocals on the Blind Spots' debut CD. She also did a great job overdubbing her harmonies. And she really brings it on stage, which not all singers can do when it comes to raising their game in concert.”