Part III: Crime No. Nine
With all the chaos surrounding last weekend’s marathon that included two trips to Buffalo, three gigs in total, a recording session, and taking in two-thirds of a local hockey game and an entire live NFL game, this weekend’s schedule is starting to sound like a walk in the park.
The three-day stretch from Friday through Sunday was every bit as exhausting as I’d expected — so much so that I remember feeling rather worn out as I sat in New Era Field while the Bills did their job to place themselves atop the AFC East after Week One (go Bills!) — but I honestly wouldn’t trade any of it for anything. Except, maybe, a couple more hours of sleep.
Since I’ve been doing my best to try and relay updates on the Cold Lazarus recording endeavor, I’ll start there. This Saturday afternoon session, which was attended solely by myself and engineer Ben, was productive; though I can’t say it was particularly exciting for anyone except us.
Lasting all of two hours, I successfully navigated my way through the remaining four songs that we’d previously tracked with drums. Sleep deprivation and a lack of food, along with my sole subsistence on nothing but a cup of coffee up until that point that day, meant that I quickly began fading fast just as I was trying to wrap up the last track; so a couple extra takes were necessary, but I made it through before the full-on crash inevitably came.
So, as of now, bass and drums have been recorded (though not edited) for nine total tracks on this new album. As I mentioned last week, one track, “Come Again Now,” needs to be built from scratch since we somehow forgot to do that song in our initial ensemble sessions.
Additionally, we’re now considering including our most recent composition, which is still untitled, on the album. Now an essentially finished product, which proudly concludes with a piano-driven ballad, something we’ve never explored before, the general thought process seems to follow that we may as well cram as much material onto our debut album and start writing our second album from the ground up.
Since things are progressing at a relaxed pace I’m not entirely sure where we’ll land on this, or what the decision will be; but I’m certainly not opposed to the idea.
So, anyway, this weekend is three more gigs and, hopefully, my attending the Fall Festival of Bands at Jefferson Middle School (my cousin’s band is competing!) on Saturday evening. Before that comes a Friday night show at Mojo’s in which Cold Lazarus is opening for a trio out of Japan called The Molice. (I’ve listened to some of their music on Spotify and loved it!)
Also on Saturday is another performance by Cold Lazarus at the Bemus Point Fall Fest from 3-5 p.m., and then, after the Festival of Bands in Jamestown, it’s off to Erie for a late night show with The Elektra Kings.
Here we go again.
P.S. I did want to give a shout out to Infinity Visual and Performing Arts and everyone who came out to support the 14th annual Local Music Showcase. It was an awesome night of great music all around, and I personally had what I would consider my best live show ever in Jamestown at Mojo’s on Saturday night.
Thanks to everyone for supporting live, local music!
And now, here’s some of what you can expect to find in the area this week.
‘BRRH’ Season Premiere To Feature Buzzetto, Steel Rails Today: Trinity Guitars will premiere the fourth season of its WRFA-LP 107.9 FM-affiliated program known as “Back Room Radio Hour” with live performances by local acts Ryan Buzzetto and Steel Rails beginning at 7 p.m. today. Buzzetto is a newcomer to the local music circuit, but has quickly found momentum through a steady stream of gigs and his energetic live performance. He has appeared in the last two seasons of The Spire Theater’s annual “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” competition, and has amped up his performance schedule in the greater Jamestown area within the past year. Steel Rails is comprised of Dave Moller from Russell, Pa., and Gary Cuckler from Kennedy. The duo have been performing a variety of shows — from bars to benefits to back yards — for the past 15 years. From two varied musical backgrounds, Steel Rails has merged into a style that is uniquely theirs. They recorded their first CD with all original music and are ready to entertain their listeners with country, blues and rock.
There is no cost to attend a taping session of “Back Room Radio Hour,” but it is preferable that those interested in attending reserve their seats by contacting Trinity Guitars at 665-4490. Reservations may also be made by visiting trinityguitars.com or via the event’s Facebook page.
The show will begin at 7 p.m., and it is recommended that attendees arrive at 6:30 p.m. in order to ensure the program begins on time.
For more information, find “BRRH with Ryan Buzzetto & Steel Rails” on Facebook.
Art Exhibit Featuring Works By Current, Former JCC Faculty Kicks Off Today: A reception celebrating the works of several current and former Jamestown Community College faculty members will be held from 6-8 p.m. today in the Weeks Gallery. The event, free and open to the public, will include hors d’oeuvres created by Planet Earth, as well as artisan cheeses from Reverie Creamery.
The exhibition features works by current faculty members David Anderson, Ray Bonilla, Gary Deckard, Debra Eck, Deric Ence, Don Hill, Heather Kanazawa, Yu Kanazawa, Mark Kirsch, Marilyn Martin, Richard Minard and Kyle Turner; and retired faculty member William Disbro. Viewers will see colorful large non-representation abstractions by Minard and Heather Kanazawa, as well as naturalist drawings and paintings by Yu Kanazawa and Bonilla. Disbro presents decorative collages of animal and human figures pieced together from hand-painted patterned paper. Ence will show a series of wheel-thrown ceramic vessels decorated with stamped patterns. Various approaches to photography will be displayed, including a large grid of photographs that forms a single shot of Jamestown graffiti. Martin presents a photo series of old-fashioned stencils that are her poetic reflection on the history of typography, and Anderson knitted digital files together with software to form landscape abstractions. Using hand-knitted columns hung from the gallery ceiling, Eck’s installation of “Women Hold Up Half the Sky” was inspired by the caryatid columns of female figures on the Erechtheum on the ancient Acropolis in Athens.
The exhibition is on display until Oct 13. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; and by appointment.
Little Theatre To Hold Junior Guilders Auditions Saturday: The Junior Guilders of the Lucille Ball Little Theatre announce auditions for their 36th season. Auditions will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. for children ages 4-7, and at 11 a.m. for children ages 8 and older. Those wishing to audition should come wearing comfortable clothing and prepared to sing a song of their choice. An accompanist will be provided, and children are asked to bring sheet music if possible.
The Junior Guilders organization has performed at various social clubs, churches, fairs and festivals around the world since its inception in 1972. The children receive training in vocals, dance, theater performance and sign language. The organization consists of two groups: Children Sing (ages 4-7) and Junior Guilders (ages 8-18). Both have the opportunity of stage performance and training in the performing arts.
The Lucille Ball Little Theatre is located at 18 E. Second St. in Jamestown. For more information, contact Helen Merrill at 665-5750.
To include an upcoming show or event in this column, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 487-1111, ext. 243 by Monday.
Charity Nuse and Amanda Barton: 5 p.m., Southern Tier Brewing Company, 2072 Stoneman Circle in Lakewood
The Karl-Marks Duo (it’s revolutionary!): 7 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
Comedy open mic night: 8 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
Charity Nuse: 6 p.m., The Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown
Rustic Ramblers: 7 p.m., Lakewood Legion, 174 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
Karaoke: 8 p.m., Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 865, 41 Bigelow Ave. in Jamestown
Night Shift: 8 p.m., The Vegas Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy
Karaoke with Felony Entertainment: 9 p.m., Shawbucks, 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown
We Speak Canadian: 9 p.m., Big Shots, 674 Route 394 in Kennedy
The Molice with Cold Lazarus: 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
Adam Gould: 6 p.m., The Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown
Scroggins: 7 p.m., Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 865, 41 Bigelow Ave. in Jamestown
SevenSixteen716: 7:30 p.m., Craft Burgers and Brews, 60 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
“Wonder Woman” screening: 8 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Tyler Smilo: 8 p.m., Busti Tap House, Busti-Sugar Grove Road in Busti
Jules-R-Us Karaoke featuring Tami T: 9 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
Dereck Scott Mediak Band: 10 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Steve Strickland Duo: 9 p.m., Lakewood Legion, 174 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
Refuge: 10 p.m., Shawbucks, 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown
Iron Eyes: 2 p.m., The Vegas Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy
Paul Pope and Phil James (of Molkie Cole): 5 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown
Open Jam: 9 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Bluegrass Jam: 7 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown
“The Trip to Spain” screening: 7 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown.