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(Ithaca, NY) – Just off a sold out world tour, X AMBASSADORS will make their long-awaited return to Ithaca to celebrate the historic State Theatre of Ithaca at its 6th Annual “Benefit My State” Concert on Saturday, May 14th at 7:00 pm.

Just over 87 years old, the not-for-profit State Theatre of Ithaca depends on community support to host over 75 events a year including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Performers, world-renown classical composers, hilarious comedians, community performances and just recently, classic films.

The Ithaca born alt-rock ensemble X AMBASSADORS make passionate, dark, and literate music that mixes acoustic, electric, and electronic sounds.

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Originally, the band formed while singer/songwriter Sam Harris, his keyboardist brother Casey Harris, and childhood friend/guitarist Noah Feldshuh were in college. However, X Ambassadors officially solidified around 2010 after the three moved to New York City, where they met drummer Adam Levin.

They released their sophomore EP (and major-label debut), Love Songs Drug Songs, on Interscope in 2012. In 2014, the group received wider exposure when its song “The Jungle,” collaboration with Jamie N Commons, was featured in a commercial for Dr. Dre‘s electronics/headphones company Beats by Dre. On the heels of this success, X AMBASSADORS released their third EP, The Reason.

In 2015, they released their debut full-length album, VHS, which featured production from Alex Da Kid and included “Renegades.” The single helped the album debut at number seven on the Billboard 200.  In a 2015 interview Sam Harris remarked: “My dream is to come back to Ithaca and sell out the State Theatre.”

Joining the X AMBASSADORS at the 6th annual Benefit My State Concert will be electronic musician Robert Delong and local up-and-coming electro-pop trio JIMKATA.

General admission tickets for this show go on sale FRIDAY FEBRUARY 19th at 10am. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.  A limited number of VIP Meet and Greet tickets will be available at $100 per person will also be available through the State Theatre Box Office at 105 W. State/MLK Jr. St., by calling 607-277-8283, or online at  All proceeds will directly benefit the State Theatre of Ithaca, Inc.

With its 1,625 seat capacity, The State Theatre of Ithaca is one of the area’s most significant arts venues. Originally designed and built by local architect Henry N. Hinckley in 1915, it was originally an auto garage and dealership.

In 1926, Cornell Theatres, Inc. purchased the building and hired celebrated theatre architect Victor Rigaumont to design and oversee the transformation of the garage and showroom into an atmospheric cinema and vaudeville palace.

Opening night, December 6, 1928, was a memorable and entertaining spectacle featuring Paul Tremaine and his Aristocrats of Modern Music. The show promised “21 Peppy, Snappy Entertainers” and admission cost 50 cents.

State Theatre of Ithaca Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that owns and operates Tompkins County’s last remaining historic theatre.

Their mission is to enhance the cultural life of Ithaca and the Finger Lakes by preserving, operating and promoting the historic State Theatre as an active venue for national, international and community performances and programming. Over 50,000 people will attend events there during the 2015/16 season.

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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.