Bogarts, Uncle Ben’s Remedy To Perform Joint Show In Mayville
Two reputable area bands will share a stage this weekend, offering an evening of original southern rock.
The Bogarts and Uncle Ben’s Remedy, based out of Jamestown and Versailles, respectively, will take the stage at Mayville’s Lakeview Hotel on Saturday in a joint bill beginning at 9 p.m.
One of the Jamestown area’s premier Americana and Southern rock-roots bands, The Bogarts have grown their reputation toward becoming a favorite in the local music scene. Formed in 2008, the band has released three studio albums, with the most recent, “80 Proof Truth,” being released last year.
The band has also broken into the area festival circuit, having added reputable venues such as the Great Blue Heron Music Festival, the Sportsmen’s Tavern in Buffalo, the Flood City Music Festival in Johnstown, Pa., and the Edinboro Arts and Music Festival in Edinboro, Pa., to its growing resume.
After a number of lineup changes, the current incarnation of the band has been together for approximately three years. The lineup consists of Chris Passamonte, guitarist, vocalist and principal songwriter; Shawn McKane on drums, harmonica and vocals; Chris Rammacher on bass; Warren Sischo on pedal steel and guitar; and Jamie Trusler on lead guitar.
The band will also be performing in downtown Jamestown tonight at the Winter Garden Plaza as part of the Active Artists Alliance’s “Third Thursday” summer concert series. The concert will run from 6:30-9:30 p.m., and The Bogarts will take the stage following performances by opening acts Tony Flint and Deep Fried & Dipped in Honey.
The five-piece “outlaw” country band known as Uncle Ben’s Remedy was formed in 2013 from the remnants of a now-defunct rock band called Junk Button. It consists of Ben Westlund, singer and guitarist; Harmony Griffin on guitar, banjo and mandolin; Shawn Huestis on piano, accordion, fife, vocals and more; Brendan O’Connor on upright bass; and Jimmy Royce on drums and vocals.
“We sort of took the long way home,” Westlund said. “We all paid our dues in rock bands while coming up. This rock and roll background is quite evident in Uncle Ben’s live show and the audience reaction.”
In 2014, the band released its first album, “Yesterday’s Clothes, and won a Battle of the Bands at the Canalside Concert Series in Buffalo that earned them an opening slot for Lake Street Dive. The group also opened for Artimus Pyle and have played at Nietzsche’s and the Sportsman Tavern in Buffalo, and Mickey Rat’s on Lake Erie.
The Lakeview Hotel is located at 13 Water St. in Mayville. For more information on Saturday’s show with The Bogarts and Uncle Ben’s Remedy, find “The Lakeview Hotel Gig w/ Uncle Ben’s Remedy” on Facebook.