The Distance

Today begins another weekend of practically nonstop music.

In this case I’ll be running the gamut of playing a three-day, four-gig marathon with all three of my bands, while wrapping up the weekend with a Sunday recording session.

Tonight is my return to the Third Thursday concert series, but marks the first time I’ll be playing in a band other than The Elektra Kings. This time I’ll be plucking at my five-string bass with the Cold Lazarus gang.

The information for tonight’s show can be found below, but I’m once again looking forward to another Third Thursday show — usually among my favorite annual performances — and networking with the amazing Grace Stumberg from Buffalo, whom I’ve seen perform in Jamestown previously on a handful of occasions.

The sixth annual Brokenstring Music Festival in Youngsville, Pa., will be held this weekend and I’m going to actually officially plan to make a weekend of it this time around. I’ve been involved with every Brokenstring since it began in 2012 and, as with Third Thursday, this will be the first time I’ll be playing in another act along with The Elektra Kings.

But I’m actually getting ahead of myself. I’ll probably end up swinging down to the Brokenstring in the mid-afternoon on Friday before jaunting over to Warren to play with Danger Bird for the Music in the Park series from 7-9 p.m. After that, I’ll plan to head back to the Brokenstring and see some of the late night bands before finally calling it an evening.

Saturday will probably be an all-day affair at the festival, which I’ll wrap up by playing a 9 p.m. set with Cold Lazarus and a 10 p.m. set with The Elektra Kings. I guess I’ll truly be making the most of my Brokenstring experience this time around.

On Sunday, Cold Lazarus will head over to Tone Hill Recording in Jamestown for our first of many sessions that will culminate with the release of our first full-length album this fall. I’m really looking forward to getting this album underway, as it means we can finally get the bulk of the original material we’ve written down on tape and out to the public.

Up until now we’ve only recorded and released the four songs that appeared on our “All Alone” EP earlier this year. We’ll re-record those four tracks, as some of them have been improved upon and rearranged since we last recorded them in February, and bolster the track listing with another six or seven songs that have thus far only been heard in our live performances.

Additionally, releasing our debut album will also serve to free us up to focus on new material. As of right now we have a couple songs that we’ll probably end up holding onto until we’re ready to record a second album sometime next year. So, after we get our first songs recorded we’ll have more time to forge ahead and focus on the more recent music we’ve been making.

My intention with this column is to document the recording process, hopefully with in-studio photos, over the next several weeks. I’d like to articulate the process as a whole, from songwriting to recording each instrument to multi-tracking, and conclude with the mixing and mastering process — that is, if I can even grasp the concepts fully myself.

I’ll do my best to put all of this knowledge, much of which will be as new to me as it is to most of you, down in words. Never a dull moment, indeed.

And now, here’s some of what you can expect to find in the area this week.


‘Third Thursday’ To Feature Cold Lazarus, Grace Stumberg 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 Cold Lazarus and Buffalo musician Grace Stumberg 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. If the weather is uncooperative, the concert will be held at its “rain location” at Jamestown Skate Products, 209 Pine St., Jamestown.

Jamestown Cruise-In Is Friday: The Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce will present its Jamestown Cruise-In throughout the downtown area from 5-10 p.m. Friday. The event will take place along Third Street and its intersecting streets in downtown and will feature classic cars, live music from The In Crowd, various vendors, prizes, a free public skate at Northwest Arena, hula hoop and bubble gum-blowing contests, and more. The cruise-in is $5 per car registration and free to spectators. It is sponsored by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, Landmark Chevrolet, Northwest Arena and the Media One Group.

For more information, contact the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce at 338-6089, visit or find “Jamestown Cruise-In” on Facebook.

Infinity Arts Cafe To Feature Doc And Willy’s Acoustic Cafe Friday: Infinity Visual and Performing Arts will host Doc and Willy’s Acoustic Cafe on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Infinity Arts Cafe. Led by music veterans Doc Hamels and Will Russell, Doc and Willy’s Acoustic Cafe is open to all Infinity string students and area string players. This event will allow participants to perform together, share a song with the group and have a great time jamming on the Infinity Arts Cafe stage. This event is free, family friendly and open to the public. Musicians of all ages are welcome.

The Infinity Arts Cafe performance entrance is located at 300 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, call Infinity at 664-0991 or find the event on Facebook.

Third Annual Mark Pacheco WOW Fund Lip Sync Battle Is Friday: The TRC Foundation will present its third annual Lip Sync Battle to benefit the Mark Pacheco WOW Fund at Shawbucks on Friday at 9 p.m. The fund was established by the TRC Foundation in 2010 following the death of Pacheco. The 38-year-old employee of The Resource Center died as a result of an altercation in downtown Jamestown earlier that year. Marcos Figueroa, coordinator, said the lip-syncing contest was conceived in 2015 to raise money for the fund, partly due to Pacheco’s love of karaoke and partly because it’s a unique concept to the area.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three performances, which will be determined by a panel of five judges that consists of local arts performers and proponents Heather Skuggen, Paul Clemente and Marla Harris, as well as special guest stars Sabrina Williams and Kelly “Keke” Valasquez-Lord, winner of the Miss Continental Plus 2017 pageant in Chicago. The first-place prize is $300 and a trophy, while the second- and third-place finishers will receive $125 and $75, respectively. Presale tickets are $5, and can be purchased from Support Enterprises Inc., 92 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown, by calling 951-6118 or by contacting Figueroa on Facebook. Doors open at 9 p.m., and tickets are $10 at the door.

For more information, find the event on Facebook or visit

Annual St. Susan Benefit ‘Oktobenefest’ Is Tuesday: St. Susan Center’s 10th annual “Oktobenefest” fundraising event will be held Tuesday at Southern Tier Brewing Company from 5-9 p.m. St. Susan Center staff, board members and local volunteers will be working the food tents serving up Brats, Shish- K-Bobs, Corn on the Cob and Pulled Pork Sandwiches. Oktobenefester’s will be able to wash it down with their choice of all those great Southern Tier beers. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. Live music will be provided by Rebecca McIlvain, Randy Graham, Bill Ward, Amanda Lynn Barton, Ryan Buzzeto and Brian Hanna.

For more information contact St. Susan Center at 664-2253 or find the event on Facebook.


To include an upcoming show or event in this column, email or call 487-1111, ext. 243 by Monday.


The Bogarts: 7 p.m., Richard O. Hartley Park in Lakewood

Comedy open mic: 8 p.m., The Q, 104 W. Second St. in Jamestown

Jules-R-Us Karaoke: 8 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. 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


Brian Hanna: 6 p.m., The Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown

The Freeze: 6:30 p.m., The Vegas Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy

Steve Strickland Duo: 7 p.m., Hadley House, 3328 Hadley Bay Road in Stow

Big Tone: 8 p.m., Vikings Lake Lodge, 4923 Route 430 in Maple Springs

Dr. Doug’s Karaoke: 8 p.m., Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 865, 41 Bigelow Ave. in Jamestown

Amanda Barton and Juli Bessey: 9 p.m., Waddington’s Tavern, 344 W. Main St. in Falconer

Karaoke with Felony Entertainment: 9 p.m., Shawbucks, 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown

Razor: 10 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown


Tyler Smilo: 2 p.m., Southern Tier Brewing Company, 2072 Stoneman Circle in Lakewood

Jamie Smith: 6 p.m., The Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown

Not Sold Separately: 7 p.m., Craft Burgers and Brews, 60 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood

Ryan Buzzetto: 7 p.m., Hadley House, 3328 Hadley Bay Road in Stow

Jokes-R-Us (featuring six stand-up comedians): 8 p.m., Jamestown Moose, 405 E. Fifth St. in Jamestown

Steve Strickland: 8 p.m., Village Casino, 1 Lakeside Drive in Bemus Point

Jules-R-Us Karaoke featuring Tami T: 9 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown

Screamin’ Lou: 9 p.m., Big Shots, 674 Route 394 in Kennedy

Highway Lines: 10 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown


Big Tone Blues: 2 p.m., The Vegas Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy

Bill Ward: 4 p.m., Hadley House, 3328 Hadley Bay Road in Stow

Open Jam: 9 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown


Bill Ward: 6 p.m., Andriaccio’s, 4823 W. Lake Road in Mayville


Bluegrass Jam: 7 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown

Alex Kates: 7 p.m., Lakewood Legion, 174 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood

“Dirty Dancing” screening: 7 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown