This past week has probably been my most productive in recent memory as it relates to Cold Lazarus, both live and in the studio.
The fun began last Friday when we made our way up to Westfield to perform at The Tap Room for the first time; a show which had been heavily promoted by both ourselves and the small, but faithful crowd of live music supporters there.
All in all, the show was quite well-received. We made a small contingent of new fans, sold somewhere between five and seven CDs and got a chance to mingle with a few new acquaintances after the show concluded. It was a boon to our confidence that the music we’re making and the positive intent we’re putting into the band is setting us on the path to future successes down the line.
On Saturday, Adam and I managed to claw our way back into reality by the time the afternoon rolled around to hit the studio for some vocal tracking. Truthfully, this was a feat in itself considering we didn’t make it home until about 5 a.m. and 7 a.m., respectively, that morning; in addition to the fact that vocals are typically the most demanding and finicky part of the recording.
The biggest surprise of all was that we both managed to record all of our vocal tracks for the entire album in a single, four-hour session. That’s a major accomplishment even if we’d been in top form, which we weren’t. But nevertheless we accomplished what we’d set out to do, at a level that was satisfactory to us both, and now we are officially on the home stretch in getting this album out.
After recording I went back to my apartment and after a much-needed, but ultimately unsatisfying, couple hours of laying low I was back at it again, preparing for another show — this time at Mojo’s for our Halloween show. This was also a great time, as Mojo’s always tends to be, and it was great to see so many familiar faces in the crowd and out on the town that evening.
Also adding to the experience was the live premiere of our newest song — now apparently titled “Color and Light” — over the course of our two weekend shows, and it went much better than I’d expected.
As I mentioned two weeks ago, this most recent composition spans about 15 minutes and is probably among the most technically diverse song we’ve written. I figured we might have a few hiccups getting our transitions down when we played it live, as we did during rehearsals, but apparently we perform well under pressure because it came off nearly flawlessly on both occasions!
This weekend will be practically a 180 for me as I’ll be heading out to New York City for a few days. Perhaps most notably, I’ve got tickets to the Bills-Jets game in East Rutherford, N.J., tonight; so that should be pretty sweet. After that I’ll be spending the next two days wandering all over Manhattan to see what I can see.
I don’t often get out of town for anything besides playing gigs, so it will be nice just for the novelty if nothing else. Perhaps when I return I’ll have an even better perspective on where I’m going and all of the possibilities life may have in store. Or, I’ll be the same old Gavin but with newer stories to tell.
Either way, updates of a different kind to follow in next week’s column. Until then, adios!
And now, here’s some of what you can expect to find in the area this week.
Infinity To Host Pulse Poetry Slam Event Tonight: Infinity Visual and Performing Arts will host a Pulse Poetry Slam open mic night tonight at 6 in the Infinity Arts Cafe. This month’s event will feature slam poet “ODD?ROD.” Since 2011, “ODD?ROD” has toured over 350 colleges and earned many awards including the APCA Spokenword Artist of the Year in 2014 and 2016. Pulse Poetry Slam events are free, family friendly and open to the public. Performance poetry is an excellent way to express creativity while practicing performance and public speaking. Poets and audience members are welcome.
The Infinity Arts Cafe entrance is located at 300 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, call Infinity at 664-0991 or visit infinityperformingarts.org.
JCA To Present Nikita Mndoyants In Concert Friday: The Jamestown Concert Association will host world-renowned and award-winning pianist Nikita Mndoyants in a Friday concert at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church beginning at 8 p.m. Predicted to be “one of the leading Beethoven interpreters” by Pianist Magazine, Nikita Mndoyants has impressed audiences worldwide with his daunting repertoire of the classics. In addition, he is also a prolific composer and will be sharing some of his original work in the form of his “Variations on a Theme by Paganini” in Friday’s concert. Rounding out the rest of the program, Mndoyants will also perform Beethoven’s “Six Bagatelles,” Wagner’s “Overture to ‘Tannhauser,'” and Prokofiev’s “Sonata in B-Flat Major.”
In addition to his first-place finish at the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Mndoyants also claimed first prize at the 2007 Paderewsky International Piano Competition, and was a finalist at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. As a composer, he received first prize at the 2014 Myaskovsky International Competition of Composers in Moscow, and the 2016 Prokofiev International Competition of Composers in Sochi, Russia. For more information about Mndoyants, visit his website at mndoyants.com.
Presale tickets to the concert are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for college students. They can be purchased at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, Chautauqua Music, Germaine and Pappalardo, and Trinity Guitars — or by calling 484-7070 or 487-1522. Tickets purchased at the door are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and $7.50 for college students. Children 18 and under will be admitted for free if accompanied by a paying adult.
For more information, visit jamestownconcertassociation.org or find the JCA on Facebook.
Community Music Project To Present Sunday Concert: The first concert of Community Music Project’s vocal music series, “Let My Love Be Heard,” will take place Sunday at 4 p.m. at St. James Roman Catholic Church. Performing will be The Chautauqua Chamber Singers, under the direction of Rebecca Ryan, and The Jamestown Choral Society, under the direction of Andy Schmidt. The Chamber Singers will perform music ranging from classic vocal works to newly composed pieces centering on poetry of the ages. Among other selections, the Choral Society will be presenting “God of our Fathers,” “Shall we Gather at the River,” and selections by Brahms and Mozart. The “Let My Love Be Heard” concert is dedicated to the memory of those who have died in past years. The Community Music Project offers a tribute to the many contributions they made during their lives for the enrichment of their community.
Presale tickets are $10 for adults and $9 for seniors. Tickets at the door are $13 for adults. All students are admitted free to Community Music Project concerts. To purchase tickets, leave a message at 664-2227 or visit communitymusicproject.com.
To include an upcoming show or event in this column, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 487-1111, ext. 243 by Monday.
Jules-R-Us Karaoke: 8 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
Comedy open mic: 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: 10:30 p.m., Forte, 114 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Steve Strickland Duo: 6:30 p.m., Southern Tier Distilling Company, 2051A Stoneman Circle in Lakewood
Charity Nuse: 6 p.m., The Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown
Bryan Moore: 7 p.m., Craft Burgers and Brews, 60 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
Rustic Ramblers: 7:30 p.m., Lakewood Legion, 174 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
DJ Karaoke with Miss Claudia: 9 p.m., Big Shots, 674 Route 394 in Kennedy
Screamin’ Lou: 10 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Let’s Be Leonard: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Flossie and the Gunslingers: 6 p.m., Sugar Grove Amvets, 3838 Stoney Run Road in Sugar Grove, Pa.
Kyle Gustafson: 7 p.m., The Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown
“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” screening: 8 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Bill Ward: 8 p.m., Busti Tap House, Busti-Sugar Grove Road in Busti
Nightshift: 8 p.m., The Vegas Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy
The Untouchables: 8:30 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown
Jules-R-Us Karaoke featuring Tami T: 9 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
No Limit: 9 p.m., Big Shots, 674 Route 394 in Kennedy
Afraid of Human: 10 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
We Speak Canadian: 10 p.m., Shawbucks, 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown
Stray Kat Karaoke: 4:30 p.m., The Vegas Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy
Open Jam: 9 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Open Jam: 11 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Karaoke: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown
“Wind River” screening: 7 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Karaoke: 10 p.m., The Q, 104 W. Second St. in Jamestown.