Prior Big Mean Sound Machine performance. Courtesy of their Facebook page

Ithaca, N.Y. — Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Ithaca?

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Here are seven ways to ring in 2015 in the city of gorges*:

1 — Rock out at Lot 10

Ithaca favorite the Big Mean Sound Machine will be playing at the downtown Ithaca bar Lot 10 as part of a New Year’s Eve “triple bill” show.

Reggae act Mosaic Foundation and the Grey Gary band will also be performing, as will DJ Ben Ortiz.

Says “Performances will take place on both floors throughout the evening starting at 9:00 pm and running up until 3 a.m.”

The kicker: The guys from Gorgers will be serving “Kimchi Tacos, Two Kinds Of Chili, and Fried Dough Balls with Cinnamon And Sugar,” according to their Facebook page.

Tickets are $20.

Prior Big Mean Sound Machine performance. Courtesy of their Facebook page

2 — Watch Cornell take down on Syracuse basketball

Cornell basketball will playing our upstate rivals Syracuse tonight at SU’s Carrier Dome. has a good rundown of what to look for in the upcoming game.

Writes Mike Waters:

“If Cornell is going to pull off the upset, the Big Red will need big performances from a trio of seniors: Shonn Miller, Galal Cancer and Devin Cherry.”

Tipoff is at 6 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPNU, according to

3 — Drinks at the Argos Inn

The Argos Inn in lower Collegetown will be partying from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. with live music from the Greg Evans Trio and Hank Roberts, featuring Richie Stearns, Mike Stark, & Zaun Marshburn.

“Plus tasty cocktails, a patio fire pit, and a new years fortune teller – all at the swankiest party in town!,” the inn says on its Facebook page.

Here’s the promotion for the show:

4 — Tuck in at Ithaca’s new Italian restaurant

Gola Osteria, Ithaca’s new Italian restaurant, has opened and is taking New Year’s Eve reservations.

So far, the restaurant is booked until 10 p.m. — which means you still have the chance to try one of the most exciting new culinary experiences in town. (This is as of 10:40 a.m.)

“I’ve literally dedicated all of my adult life to learning about Italian food and cooking Italian food,” says one of the restaurant’s owners, who studied at the French Culinary Institute and has taught “How to Cook Italian” to tourists at Toscana Saporita in Tuscany.

“It will be as if you were eating food in Italy.”

Gola is Italian for “gorge.”

5 — Dance the night away at Oasis

You can dance till you drop at the Oasis Dance Club in Ithaca until 3 a.m.

According to “Tickets: $20. Advance ticket purchase recommended. Tickets available at Oasis Dance Club and online at”

Live music and party favors included, as well as the always-critical “champagne toast.”

You can also get a room for the night & shuttle in connection with the party tickets … assuming that fits your fancy (and relationship status).

Here’s the promotional poster:

6 — Check out a show at Agava, or Felicia’s, or The Haunt, or …

There are a handful of other great shows tonight in Ithaca, including:

— Jimkata for $15 at The Haunt

— The Sim Redmond Band at Castaways

“Another really great time, great crowd and music you can dance and sway to,” the upstate travel mag The Free George says.

— Jazz at Felicia’s Atomic Lounge on West State Street

Felicia’s Facebook page: “Jazz with the Don Slatoff Trio from 6:30pm-8:30pm, followed by champagne cocktails and DJ Felicia spinning the iPod until 1am. NO COVER. We open at 6pm.”

— Jeff Love Band at Agava

Agava on Pine Tree Road will play host to the soulful Jeff Love Band — tickets $10 in advance, or with dinner.

From Agava’s Facebook page: “Ring in the New Year at AGAVA! Join us for dinner and/or live music December 31 with the soulful Jeff Love Band! Music tickets $10 in advance, or with dinner. $15 at the door. Music 10pm to 1am with champagne toast at midnight. Special prix fixe dinner options with early and late seatings available for $45 or you can order al a carte. Reservations for 2 or more by calling 607-319-4366 or email

7 — Swim in the falls

Just kidding. Please don’t do this; it’s too cold.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.