Grab a calendar and find a concert you love

For many people, Labor Day weekend marks the start of the fall concert season — and this year looks to be an especially busy one.

Some shows, such as Paul McCartney’s Sept. 23 concert at Syracuse’s Carrier Dome and Modest Mouse’s Oct. 6 at the State Theatre of Ithaca, sold out almost immediately, and there are low ticket alerts on several other shows, including Shovels and Rope at the Hangar Theatre Oct. 10 and Ray Lamontagne at the State on Oct. 14. It’s all the more reason to purchase your tickets sooner rather than later if you want to catch a particular show.

So let’s take a look at some of the big shows scheduled around the region in the coming months.

Conor Oberst

When: Sept. 12

Where: State Theatre of Ithaca

Tickets: $32.50-$40

More info: stateofithaca.com

The former Bright Eyes frontman is touring to support his latest album “Salutations,” a companion piece to his acclaimed 2016 record “Ruminations.”

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

When: Sept. 13

Where: State Theatre of Ithaca

Tickets: $35

More info: stateofithaca.com

Denver-based Rateliff and company, a raucous folk-blues-gospel band known for the hit “S.O.B.,” from their self-titled 2015 album, will make their Ithaca debut. Other State shows that week: Two Door Cinema Club on Sept. 14 and Broken Social Scene on Sept. 16.

Barry Manilow

When: Sept. 16

Where: Turning Stone Event Center, Verona

Tickets: $54-$94

More info: turningstone.com

One of pop’s top showmen is still out on the road, singing hits such as “Mandy,” “I Write The Songs” and “Copacabana.” Catch him while you can!

Ellis Paul

When: Sept. 16

Where: 6 On The Square, Oxford

Tickets: $27

More info: 6onthesquare.org

This folk favorite will mark 25 years on the road this fall, drawing from his 16 albums for his “The World Ain’t Slowin’ Down” tour. Other shows at 6 On The Square include:The Levins on Sept. 30, The Slambovian Circus of Dreams on Oct. 7, Ryanhood on Oct. 14, Brooks Williams on Oct. 28, Bill Staines on Nov. 4, Eric Schwartz on Dec. 3 and the Whynotte Sisters on Dec. 10.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

When: Sept 16

Where: Center for the Arts, Homer

Tickets: Tickets: $10-$38

More info: center4art.org

These California-based swing revivalists are always in fashion, with hits such as “You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3” and “Go Daddy-O.” The band’s ninth album “Louie, Louie, Louie” pays tribute to the music of Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan and Louis Prima.

An Evening with Dawes

When: Sept. 19

Where: State Theatre of Ithaca

Tickets: $27-$37

More info: stateofithaca.com

Returning to make up their concert that was snowed out earlier this year, this California rock band has been keeping busy this summer, opening for Elvis Costello and John Mayer in recent upstate shows while continuing to tour on its own to promote its latest album, “We’re All Gonna Die.”

Cayuga Sound Festival

When: Sept. 23

Where: Stewart Park, Ithaca

Tickets: $59.50 (VIP tickets sold out)

More info: cayugasoundfestival.com

“A festival for the city of Ithaca, curated by X Ambassadors” will debut on the shore of Cayuga Lake, with the fast-rising pop-rock band (which includes Ithaca natives Sam and Casey Harris) joined by The Roots and several other of their favorites bands, including several local acts such as Sammus and Stone Cold Miracle.

Arturo Sandoval

When: Sept. 23

Where: Corning Museum of Glass, Corning

Tickets: $45

More info: corningcivicmusic.org

Corning Civic Music kicks off its 89th presenting season with the Grammy Award-winning Cuban-American trumpeter, who has performed with Dizzy Gillespie Paquito D’Rivera and Tito Puente among many others.

Dinosaur Jr.

When: Sept. 30

Where: State Theatre of Ithaca

Tickets: $28.50

More info: stateofithaca.com

J. Mascis and company have long been known as one of the loudest bands around. We’ll see how they fill the vintage State Theatre with their guitar-heavy sound, including songs from their new album, “Give a Glimpse.”

Black Violin

When: Oct. 19

Where: Clemens Center, Elmira

Tickets: $20-$40

More info: clemenscenter.org

The duo of Wil Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester bring their “Classical Boom” tour to the Southern Tier, showcasing their blend of classical, hiphop, rock, R&B and bluegrass with the help of DJ SPS and a drummer.

MercyMe

When: Oct. 22

Where: Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton

Tickets: $35-$75

More info: broomearenaforum.com

Contemporary Christian favorites MercyMe bring their “Lifer” tour to town, celebrating the release of their ninth studio album. The Texas quintet will be joined by Unspoken and Ryan Stevenson, who will open the 6 p.m. show.

Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore

When: Nov. 1

Where: Hangar Theatre, Ithaca

Tickets: $30-$35

More info: dspshows.com

Two of roots music’s top songwriters join forces to showcase tunes from their deep repertoires. Alvin wrote a bunch of great songs for the Blasters before going solo 30 years ago, while Gilmore started off in the Flatlanders with Joe Ely and Butch Hancock before releasing several fine cosmic country albums of his own. Also at the Hangar this fall: John McCutcheon on Oct. 13, Iris Dement on Oct. 20, Colin Hay on Oct. 25, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason on Nov. 4, Bruce Cockburn on Nov. 6 and Josh Ritter on Nov. 7.

Irma Thomas will perform with the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Preservation Legacy Quintet on Nov. 2 at Binghamton University’s Anderson Center. (Photo: Rick Olivier)

Irma Thomas, Blind Boys of Alabama and Preservation Legacy Quintet

When: Nov. 2

Where: Anderson Center, Binghamton University

Tickets: $18-$5

More info: anderson.binghamton.edu

The spirit of New Orleans comes alive with “Soul Queen” Irma Thomas joined by performers from the city’s Preservation Hall, with legendary Blind Boys of Alabama bringing their long-running (since the late 1930s) gospel sound that blends traditional and modern influences.

Billy Gilman

When: Nov. 11

Where: Clemens Center, Elmira

Tickets: $35-$75

More info: clemenscenter.org

The country-pop singer finished as the runner-up in the 2016 season of “The Voice,” and that was after he had already scored double platinum and gold albums along with becoming the youngest singer to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Album charts. (Country fans will also want to consider “Memories of Patsy: The Patsy Cline Tribute Show” at the Clemens Center on Nov. 18.)

John Sebastian performs Nov. 4 at the Center for the Arts in Homer. (Photo: Provided)

John Sebastian

When: Nov. 4

Where: Center for the Arts, Homer

Tickets: $25-$30

More info: center4art.org

The former Lovin’ Spoonful (“Do You Believe in Magic?” “Nashville Cats”) leader has carved out a long career on his own, with hits such as “Welcome Back” and several solo albums to his name.

David Crosby & Friends

When: Nov. 8

Where: State Theatre of Ithaca

Tickets: $46 and up

More info: stateofithaca.com

Long known as one of the best harmony singers in rock from his work with the Byrds and CSNY, Crosby has been on a roll recently since falling out with longtime bandmate Graham Nash, and he’ll be joined by a great band on his “Sky Trails” tour. Also around that time at the State: Amos Lee on Oct. 29; Tommy Emmanuel and David Grisman on Nov. 11.

Joe Bonamassa

When: Nov. 16

Where: State Theatre of Ithaca

Tickets: $91-$151

More info: stateofithaca.com

The Utica native is one of the hardest-working guys in music, constantly releasing new albums and exploring various strands of music. He’ll be in top form for his return to the State, in what he bills as “The Guitar Event of the Year.”

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

When: Nov. 18

Where: State Theatre of Ithaca

Tickets: $28.50-$88.50

More info: stateofithaca.com

This collective of talented singers puts a retro spin on modern songs; their first appearance at the State couple of years ago was one of the most fun shows to hit Ithaca in years. (They’ll be followed by the Dark Star Orchestra on Nov. 19.)

John Covelli (Photo: File)

Classical concerts

Binghamton Philharmonic

The Forum, Binghamton;binghamtonphilharmonic.org

•Sept. 9: “Dvorak 8”

•Sept. 23: “Sibelius 7”

•Oct. 6: “Cello Fury” (at State Office Building, Binghamton)

•Oct. 27: “The Music of Harry Potter” (also Oct. 28 at State Theatre of Ithaca)

•Nov. 11: “Tchaikovsky 5”

Corning Civic Music Association

Corning Museum of Glass; corningcivicmusic.org

•Oct. 27: Brentano String Quartet with violist Hsin-Yun Huang

•Nov. 18: Donal Fox Inventions Trio

Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes

Corning Museum of Glass; osfl.org

•Oct. 7: “Folk Tales à la Russe” (”Folk Tales, Russian Style”)

Other

•Oct. 14: Ten Years of Maestro John Covelli Anniversary Tribute Concert (Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, Johnson City)

•Oct. 22: Madrigal Choir of Binghamton presents “Celebrate the Reformation” (Trinity Memorial Church, Binghamton)

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