Infinity To Host 14th Annual Local Music Showcase Sept. 9
Every September, several downtown Jamestown businesses band together on a particular Saturday and allow music to reign for an entire evening.
This year, that evening will fall on Saturday, Sept. 9, when Infinity Visual and Performing Arts’ 14th annual Local Music Showcase will feature dozens of musical acts at 10 downtown locations from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Operating as Infinity’s largest fundraiser of the year, the Local Music Showcase is an opportunity for performers throughout the area to converge in a non-stop, eight-hour musical extravaganza across Jamestown. This year’s event will be held at the following venues: Brazil Craft Beer and Wine Lounge, Forte, Jamestown Skate Products, Labyrinth Press Company, Mojo’s Music Bar, Shawbucks, The Pub, The Q, The Wine Cellar and the Infinity Arts Cafe.
The Local Music Showcase typically raises between $7,000 and $8,000 each year. It takes over 200 individual volunteers from the community to make the annual event a success. All funds raised directly benefit Chautauqua County students and support music and arts education for area young people at the Infinity Center through private lessons, group classes, hands-on learning experiences and performance opportunities.
“This is always my favorite time of year to work at Infinity,” said Stephanie Rogers, Infinity’s grants and marketing coordinator and chief Local Music Showcase coordinator. “It’s amazing to collaborate with our venues, musicians, sound engineers and volunteers every year, and watch the community really pull together to create such a fun event for all that raises funding and awareness for a great cause.”
Community response to the showcase has also grown exponentially since its humble beginnings in Bemus Point in 2004, to the point where between 700 and 800 tickets are being sold from year to year. The money raised from ticket sales goes directly to the instructional and programming costs for Infinity, which begins its programming in September to coincide with a new school year.
“We are not funded at the state or federal level,” said Shane Hawkins, executive director. “Fundraising makes up about 10-15 percent of our annual budget, so fundraisers like this are very crucial for us.”
Tickets for the showcase are available at Infinity’s downtown location at 301 E. Second St. or online at infinityperformingarts.org. They can be purchased for $10 in advance, and exchanged for an all-access wristband on the day of the showcase.
Wristbands can also be purchased on the day of the event for $15 at one of two kiosks at the Infinity Arts Cafe entrance, 300 E. Third St., from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., and at Shawbucks from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Infinity is still seeking volunteers to help make the night a success. Those who may be interested in volunteering their time in exchange for a complimentary all-access event pass can contact Infinity by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, including a complete schedule of bands, call 664-0991, visit infinityperformingarts.org, or search for “Infinity’s 14th Annual Local Music Showcase” on Facebook.