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ITHACA, NY – The History Center in Tompkins County is excited to host Samuel B. Lupowitz & The Ego Band for a performance of songs from their most recent album Ten Square Miles on Friday, September 4th, 2015 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.

Recorded in Newfield’s own Grammy-winning music studio Electric Wilburland, Ten Square Miles features songs about coming of age in Ithaca, New York, from songs inspired by the city’s folklore and history (“Lucifer Falls,” “Green Street Blues,” and “The Haunt”) to multi-movement epics about the town’s unique culture and atmosphere (“Land of Peace and Love” and “City on the Hill”).

See related: Ithaca band to release Ithaca-themed album called ‘Ten Square Miles’

“I wanted to write an album with a strong sense of place, like Born to Run or Sufjan Stevens’ Illinois,” says singer/songwriter/pianist/bassist Lupowitz. “But I wanted there to be something universal about the songs, too. So while the lyrics are inspired by Ithaca places and people, they’re character-driven and internal. They’re about battling your doubts, missing people you love, trying to understand the world you live in. Very personal stories about big themes.”

About the band: Armed with male and female vocals, vintage keyboards, electric guitar, a hard-grooving rhythm section, and a roaring horn section, Ithaca, NY’s Samuel B. Lupowitz & The Ego Band wave the flag of rock ‘n’ roll tradition while pushing stylistic boundaries with their original material.

Though firmly rooted in 1970s soul-rock, the band has shown a willingness to try just about anything: jazz standards, ’80s pop, Dixieland, even covering Led Zeppelin’s entire Houses of the Holy album in a hometown show in the summer of 2014. The group’s self-produced, crowd-funded debut LP, Songs to Make You Wealthier and More Attractive, made the list of best local music releases of 2012 in the Ithaca Journal.

Since then, the group has steadily gathered momentum, opening for artists such as Boston’s Jesse Dee and Brooklyn’s X Ambassadors, and winning the grand prize of $2000 at the VF Outlets corporation’s annual Battle of the Bands. The Ego Band’s newest album of Ithaca stories, Ten Square Miles, is available now on iTunes, Amazon, and samuelblupowitz.com.

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