Music at Red Newt

The Red Newt Bistro is a space that is delightfully elegant, relaxing and informal in which to enjoy music, company and great food. Our intimate space, seats no more than 70 guests and is replete with an exquisite Mason & Hamlin BB grand piano.  It is the perfect setting to be wholly immersed in a  music experience.

There are three tracks to the music programming at Red Newt.

The Sunset Chamber Music series take place in the early evening in order to capture the beauty of the Finger Lakes sunset over Seneca Lake.  These programs draw on incredible well of musical talent in the Finger Lakes as well as from musicians across the globe.  Several performances are planned each fall and spring, and the focus is not only great music, but in making a connection with the musicians through music and  conversation in an intimate space.  Admission is by reservation and doors open early to allow guests to take a table and order from our special menu of lite fare prior to the start of the concert.  Of course a  great selection of Red Newt wines are also served.

The Lunchtime Music Series is very informal and eclectic.  Musical styles range from solo jazz piano, to modern string duos to folk.  Music starts a 1pm and is open to guests free and without reservations.  Lunch is served concurrently from our regular menu from 11am – 3pm.

Happy Hour every Friday from 5pm – 7pm.  An eclectic mix of folk, blues, jazz and old-time music.  Up close and personal with great wine, beer, cider and localvore fare from the Bistro kitchen.

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Fifth Parallel Jazz Trio

May 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Red Newt Welcomes Fifth Parallel Jazz Trio  in the Bistro on Friday May 25th for 5pm Happy Hour! Fifth Parallel is Rowan Lynch (alto sax), Misha Bjerken (bass) and Frits Marohn (piano) ... an outstanding Jazz Trio hailing from the halls of Ithaca High! Have a listen!![youtube] [youtube] [youtube]

Richie Stearns Happy Hour

June 1 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Red Newt welcomes Richie Stearns in the Bistro on Friday June 1st for 5pm Happy Hour! He’s been described as one of the major innovators of 5-string banjo playing, a wonderfully idiosyncratic musician. Fellow musician Tony Trischka calls him“a transcendentally clawhammering force of nature” and Bela Fleck says simply, "Richie is a wonderful musician. I love his mantra-groove spooky-banjo style." For Natalie Merchant, it’s his ability to blend traditional technique and rertoire with contemporary and original material that sets him…


Bert Salmirs – Sunday Afternoon Piano

June 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 1:00pm on day First of the month, repeating until May 31, 2019

First Sunday of Every Month, 1pm  Please join us at lunchtime on Sunday for this special treat!Bert Salmirs started his musical career at Julliard School of Music, and has been playing piano in the Finger Lakes for over four decades. With a repertoire from the American Song Book that includes jazz, ragtime, Broadway show tunes and more, Bert never fails to show his virtuosity. Some of you may remember him tickling the ivories with the "Bert Sal Trio" across the southern…

Rosie Newton and Steve Selin Happy Hour

June 8 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Red Newt welcomes  Rosie Newton and Steve Selin to Happy Hour Friday June 8th.  Rosie  and Steve have been playing and singing together for ten years and are still enjoying every minute of it. Come share the musical evening with us. The event is free and the space is lovely, as well as the cider, wine and food! Fiddle music, old-time, bluegrass, cajun, harmonies...

Long John and the Tights

June 15 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Long John and the Tights  is an old time string band from Ithaca, New York. We play dance music, fiddle tunes and songs inspired by American country music popular before it splintered off Blues, Bluegrass and Rock & Roll. John Hoffmann is the fiddler for New Cut Road as well as UpSouth, and Long John & the Tights. John played banjo for The Tompkins County Horseflies in the early 1980’s before he segued to fiddling. John has garnered a number…

Mac Benford, Judy Hyman, Sally Freund, Jeff Claus – Appalachian Fiddle Music!

June 22 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Mac Benford has been a leading figure in the preservation and performance of traditional Appalachian stringband music for more than forty years. He began playing clawhammer banjo in 1960, while a student at Williams College. His interest in the authentic mountain styles of playing the 5-string led him to the greatest living masters of the time - players like Wade Ward, Kyle Creed, Tom Ashley, and Roscoe Holcomb who would provide life-long inspiration and models in the formation of his…

Travis Knapp

June 29 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Travis Knapp is an Ithaca singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Travis Knapp released his third album of uplifting soulful folk songs in August of 2016.  “All the Stars You Hold” is largely driven by clawhammer banjo, piano, and other less-conventional songwriting instruments (kalimba, shruti box), and it features many of Ithaca’s finest musicians.  The album travels from celebratory fiddle tunes and prayerful grooves to playful storytelling and meditative moods. Winter of 2017 was a successful bicycling and music tour from Oakland to Vancouver –…

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