Are You Experienced?
Whenever I start feeling content with the category of songs that I contain in my brain, I’m often reminded that there are some files missing in very important areas.
I consider myself pretty well-versed in my musical knowledge, particularly in the diversity and scope of artists and songs that I’ve specifically set out to familiarize myself with, but sometimes the task of tackling what I don’t know — or, more specifically, what I should know — is nearly overwhelming.
When I was in high school, I had a difficult time connecting emotionally and psychologically with many of my peers. This can be most summarily illustrated by my musical preferences, which largely consisted of classic, folk and progressive rock. It’s not an altogether uncommon catalog of music for the generation that preceded me, but for a teenager at the turn of the 21st century, suffice to say that the pool of classmates with whom I could even remotely relate on this subject was rather shallow and selective.
Fast forward to the present day, and I’ve expanded my tastes to include more modern artists (i.e., music that was made during my lifetime). I’ve put forth a fair amount of effort to open up my mind and hear some of the things that I was missing out on while I had my 60s and 70s blinders on in my earlier days.
Yet, I’m finding myself outmatched by many or most of my musical comrades. It seems that every other time Cold Lazarus meets up for practice the conversation takes a tangent or three in which all kinds of artists, bands and songs are being thrown around. And more often than not I’m the only one in the group who can’t share an opinion on said artists, bands and songs because either I’ve never even heard of them or I haven’t listened to them thoroughly enough to have an opinion.
Most recently, I’ve discovered gaping holes in my knowledge of the discographies of musicians with whom I have a fair-to-decent amount of familiarity, such as Led Zeppelin, Neil Young and Jimi Hendrix. Sure, I know a good number of the hits that most people would hear on the radio, but my bandmates are talking about all these B-sides as if they’re just as widely known as the hits.
And that’s not to mention all the obscure stuff that only the most die-hard music listeners would ever have heard! I consider myself an album guy rather than a singles guy, but when I couldn’t tell you which Zeppelin songs appear on which album, I consider that a problem that needs resolving.
As someone who has a tendency to be a bit hard on himself, it’s easy to become discouraged by my inability to partake in these discussions. The challenge now is to transform that discouragement into motivation to explore. Listening to music shouldn’t be a job. It should be enjoyable and, if you so choose, can be a transformative experience.
And so, in slightly uncharacteristic fashion, I’ve decided to join the modern world in the way of music consumption by joining Spotify. I always hesitate to become a subscriber of pretty much anything, but I have to say that this was a worthwhile investment.
It’s been more than handy to be able to stream albums worth of material right from my desk, or while I’m hanging out at my apartment doing nothing of consequence. And now, whenever someone throws an artist or song my way, I can do a quick search on my Spotify app and 99 percent of the time it will be there for me to hear at my next available moment.
Perhaps, in this one instance, I can be OK with this whole instant gratification thing. Because when it comes to music, complacency isn’t an option for me.
And now, here’s some of what you can expect to find in the area this week.
‘Third Thursday’ To Feature Bogarts And Others Tonight: The sixth annual “Third Thursday” downtown Jamestown concert series, presented by the Active Artists Alliance and the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, will continue with a concert tonight by The Bogarts, Tony Flint and Deep Fried and Dipped in Honey at the Winter Garden Plaza starting at 6:30 p.m. “Third Thursday” concerts are free, family-friendly and open to attendees of all ages. Music will run until approximately 9 p.m.
The Winter Garden Plaza is located adjacent to The Wine Cellar at 313 N. Main St. For more information, find the event on Facebook.
35th Annual Yassou Festival Is This Weekend: The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Jamestown will kick off its 35th annual Yassou Festival on Friday. The two-day event will run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, and will feature live Bouzouki music and dancing. Traditional Greek food and pastries will be sold, along with Greek hot dogs. There will also be imported beer and wine, pocket sandwiches and baklava, a traditional Greek pastry made with phyllo dough and nuts and spices drenched in syrup. Performances by the Greek dancers will take place both days. Admission is $2, and free for children under 12.
The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church is located at the intersection of Mt. Vernon Place and Francis Street. For more information, call 483-0022 or find the festival on Facebook.
Jamestown Skating Club To Perform Saturday: The Jamestown Skating Club’s 2017 Ice Extravaganza will be held Saturday at the Northwest Arena, beginning at 7 p.m. The event will be presented as a trip through time, with performances and music from years past. Those in attendance can expect to see 10 decades worth of history and music represented, starting with the Roaring Twenties and ending with today’s best hits. This year’s cast range in age from 4-25, and will feature everyone from beginners to U.S. Figure Skating gold medalists. With hopes of taking the audience back in time, each skater will be wearing decade-accurate costumes while performing to timely tunes that all know and love.
Tickets are available for $5, and can be purchased Northwest Arena’s Landmark Chevrolet box office or from members of the Jamestown Skating Club. For more information, visit jamestownskatingclubonice.com or stop in to the Northwest Arena.
Southern Tier Wrestling To Present ‘Battle Lines’ Saturday: Southern Tier Wrestling will invade Frewsburg’s Fireman Grounds with its presentation of “Battle Lines” Saturday from 1-4 p.m. The production will include a Tag Team Championship match between The Divine Alliance and The HomeWreckers, former WWE superstar Gene Snitsky and much more. Tickets are available for $10, or $20 for front-row seats. Prices go up $3 on the day of the show.
The Frewsburg Fireman Grounds are located at 4 Main St. in Frewsburg. For more information, find the event on Facebook.
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Ryan Buzzetto: 6 p.m., Southern Tier Brewing Company, 2072 Stoneman Circle in Lakewood
Comedy open mic: 7:30 p.m., The Q, 104 W. Second St. in Jamestown
Karaoke with DJ Xcite: 9 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Karaoke with Felony Entertainment: 10 p.m., Forte, 114 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Adam McKillip: 6 p.m., The Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown
Greg Ford: 6 p.m., Lakeview Hotel, 13 Water St. in Jamestown
Jules-R-Us Karaoke: 7 p.m., Lakewood Legion, 174 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
Left of Center: 7 p.m., Ellicottville Brewing on Chautauqua, 57 Lakeside Drive in Bemus Point
Karaoke with Felony Entertainment: 9 p.m., Shawbucks, 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown
Virus X with BastardBastardBastard and The Noise Upstairs: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Steelhorse: 10 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Addison Moon: 11 a.m., Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market, Cherry Street (between Second and Third streets)
Addison Moon: 6 p.m., Lakeview Hotel, 13 Water St. in Mayville
Jules-R-Us Karaoke featuring Tami T: 9 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
Free Jukebox: 10 p.m., Lakeview Hotel, 13 Water St. in Mayville
The Thunderskulls and Morganthus: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Widow Maker: 10 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Bob and Liz: 2 p.m., Lakeview Hotel, 13 Water St. in Mayville
Acoustic Confusion Duo: 2 p.m., Lakeview Hotel, 13 Water St. in Mayville
Sean Patrick McGraw: 2 p.m., Ellicottville Brewing on Chautauqua, 57 Lakeside Drive in Bemus Point
Bill Ward: 4 p.m., The Hadley House, 3328 Hadley Bay Road in Stow
Open Jam: 9 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
“All Hallow’s Eve” screening: 6 p.m., Chapel Theater, 316 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown
Press House Poetry Slam: 7 p.m., Labyrinth Press Company, 12 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown
Alex Kates: 7 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
Bluegrass Jam: 7 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown