Colors And Lights
This weekend will see another bucket list item removed from my inventory of desired venues to play.
Below you’ll see the information regarding this weekend’s “Home for the Holidays 2: Christmas at the Reg,” and you might notice that Cold Lazarus is on the bill.
Needless to say, the Reg Lenna is undoubtedly one of the more prestigious entertainment venues in our immediate area, and I’ve always thought it would be great to be able to perform from that stage. Technically, this was accomplished during my high school years when I would play with the Falconer High School concert band for our school’s commencement ceremonies.
Heck, I even walked that stage myself for my high school graduation in 2005. Yet, this Saturday’s show will still be a high point for me in my playing career. To have been personally asked by Dennis Drew to have my band play this show was particularly special for me.
He had told me immediately following Cold Lazarus’ set at the annual WRFA Great American Picnic benefit at Southern Tier Brewing Company in June that we had impressed him with our short set of songs composed in 1967. Apparently that impression carried over into his booking for this year’s show when we were high up on his short list of acts to have aboard.
This sentiment was further reinforced by Len Barry, the Reg Lenna’s marketing and communications director, who told me as I interviewed him for a preview article on the show that the planning committee was all in agreement that Cold Lazarus would be a good fit.
I’m beyond grateful to those who wished to include us in this year’s festivities. It’s just another indication that we are doing good things, and we’re always glad for the opportunities to give back to the community that has supported us as they arise.
It’s also interesting to note that this weekend marks one year from first time Adam, Scap and I convened in a Willow Avenue basement for our very first Cold Lazarus rehearsal — with no notion of where to begin, what kind of sound we wanted to develop or even what we would call ourselves. Fast forward to the present day, and I think it’s safe to say that all of our achievements to this point have far exceeded any of our broadest expectations set forth in our 12-month projections.
We’ve been working hard to put together a solid set of Christmas-themed music for this show, and we’re all looking forward to sharing that with those who turn out. We’ll also be featuring several guests musicians on vocals and brass, which add an entirely different (and awesome) element to our sound.
I encourage everyone reading this to consider coming out to “Home for the Holidays 2: Christmas at the Reg” this weekend. There will be a wide variety of acts to kick this holiday season off right.
Hope to see you there!
And now, here’s some of what you can expect to find in the area this week.
Reg Lenna’s ‘Home For The Holidays 2’ Christmas Show Is Saturday: The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts will host its “Home for the Holidays 2: Christmas at The Reg” concert from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, during which time a wide variety of acts comprised of musicians from in and around the area will perform a menagerie of holiday songs.
Hosted by Dennis Drew, WRFA-LP 107.9 FM general manager and a founding member of 10,000 Maniacs, the concert is a follow-up to last year’s inaugural holiday-themed show, which was extremely well received by its audience. This year’s concert will again feature a variety of musical styles including ensemble choirs, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, big band jazz, folk and a few surprises. Performers include: Panama Concert Choir; Russell and Hamels; Southwestern Choraliers; Pearl City Jazz, featuring Razz Rasmussen; Jamestown High School Madrigal Singers; Bill Ward & Friends; Cold Lazarus; Svenska Spelman; and Ron Orbach, Marla Harris and Steve Davis, who will be returning from last year’s lineup.
Tickets to “Home for the Holidays 2” start at $5 for children under 18 and $10 for adults. They can be purchased in advance by calling the Reg Lenna Box Office at 484-7070 or online at reglenna.com. Limited “Pay What You Can” seats will be available beginning one hour before the concert.
The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts is located at 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown.
Frank Valente Trio To Perform At Labyrinth Press Co. Saturday: The Labyrinth Press Co., as part of its monthly jazz series hosted by John Cross, will feature the Frank Valente Trio in a 7 p.m. performance Saturday. The evening will feature Valente, a vibraphonist who performs straight-ahead jazz tunes with his trio. Valente performs regularly in the Rochester, Buffalo and Fredonia area in various jazz combos, as well as his own jazz fusion project, Mela. The Frank Valente Trio includes Jake Payne, of Rochester, on drums and Andrew Paratore, of Lewiston, on bass. Selections for the evening include compositions by Johnny Mercer, Miles Davis, Benny Golson, Thelonius Monk, Gerorge Gershwin, Vernon Duke, Milt Jackson and Sonny Rollins. The trio will be joined by Cross on saxophone.
The show is free and will take place on the Labyrinth stage. The kitchen will be open during the entire event and patrons can bring drinks from Brazil Craft Beer & Wine Lounge downstairs to enjoy with the jazz.
The Labyrinth Press Co. is located at 10 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown. For more information, find the event on Facebook.
CCHS To Hold Holiday Open House Sunday: The Chautauqua County Historical Society will say “goodbye” to 2017 with its annual Holiday Open House on Sunday at the McClurg Museum in Westfield from 2-4 p.m.
The day will feature music provided by The McClurg Street String Band, which is comprised of music students from Westfield Academy and Central School under the direction of acclaimed WACS music director Kent Knappenberger. Guests will also get to see a new exhibit focusing on the New York 112th Infantry Regiment of the Civil War, which includes portraits of several locals who fought while serving in the regiment. As with past years, the event will also have refreshments and delectable desserts, provided by trustees, volunteers and members of the Society.
The historical society holds the open house each year to provide visitors the opportunity for to see the latest items that have been added to the collection, as well as learn about renovations and new exhibits that have been added during the past year. It’s also an opportunity for the organization to recruit new members for the new year. A single, annual membership is just $20 and provides free admittance to the museum throughout the year, plus a subscription to the award-winning Timelines newsletter — which is mailed to all members five times each year.
There is no cost to attend the open house at the McClurg Museum, which is located at Moore Park in Westfield. For more information, call 326-2977 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Little Theatre To Host ‘Send Me No Flowers’ Auditions Next Week: The Lucille Ball Little Theatre is holding auditions for its upcoming production of “Send Me No Flowers” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The show is a three-act comedy that follows its protagonist, George Kimball, who’s favorite hobby is hypochondria. When Kimball mistakenly overhears his doctor discussing another patient with heart trouble, he prepares to meet the end bravely, sure it is “his time.” Putting his affairs in order, he writes a heartbreaking letter to his wife to be read as his eulogy. He even arranges a good second husband for his soon-to-be widow, with a cemetery plot for three: himself, his wife and the new future “Mr. Kimball.”
The script specifies a cast of nine males and three females. Those auditioning should bring their stage resume, and be prepared to read and demonstrate their potential for character development. Interested individuals in set construction, costume design and sewing, make up, and running crew are also welcome to contact Todd Pullan, artistic director, at email@example.com.
The Lucille Ball Little Theatre is located at 18 E. Second St. in Jamestown.
JCC Ensembles To Perform Holiday Concerts Next Week: Jamestown Community College’s music ensembles will perform seasonal concerts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. JCC’s choir, directed by Julie Costantini, and concert band, under the direction of Ralph Rasmusson and Richard Lundquist, perform on Tuesday. Rock Ensembles will present its annual Winter Jam concert Thursday, featuring bands ranging in style from acoustic to rock.
Admission to each concert is $4 for the general public, $3 for area students and senior citizens, and $2 for JCC Faculty Student Association members. Tickets can be purchased by calling the JCC box office at 338-1187, at the theatre door or online at campusstore.sunyjcc.edu.
To include an upcoming show or event in this column, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 487-1111, ext. 243 by Monday.
Pulse Poetry open mic: 6 p.m., Infinity Arts Cafe, 300 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Karaoke contest: 7 p.m., Busti Tap House, Busti-Sugar Grove Road in Busti
The Karl-Marks Show (it’s revolutionary!): 7 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 p.m., Forte, 114 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Bill Ward: 6 p.m., The Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown
Paint night: 6 p.m., Crown Street Roasting Company, 16 W. Third St. in Jamestown
Rustic Ramblers: 7:30 p.m., Lakewood Legion, 174 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
Lip Sync Battle semi-finals: 8 p.m., Jamestown Moose, 405 E. Fifth St. in Jamestown
Steve Strickland Duo: 8 p.m., Frewsburg Legion, 9 Meadow Lane in Frewsburg
Karaoke with DJ Eternalnyght: 8 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown
Karaoke with Felony Entertainment: 9 p.m., Shawbucks, 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown
No Limit: 9 p.m., Big Shots, 674 Route 394 in Kennedy
Alex Kates and Danny Shanahan: 9 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
Live Christmas from Conduit Ministries: 10 a.m., Crown Street Roasting Company, 16 W. Third St. in Jamestown
Ryan Buzzetto: 7 p.m., The Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown
Karaoke with Infinity Entertainment: 8 p.m., Busti Tap House, Busti-Sugar Grove Road in Busti
Scroggins: 8 p.m., Frewsburg Legion, 9 Frewsburg Lane in Frewsburg
Iron Eyes: 8 p.m., The Vegas Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy
We Speak Canadian: 8:30 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown
Pressure Sensitive: 9 p.m., Big Shots, 674 Route 394 in Kennedy
Jules-R-Us Karaoke featuring Tami T: 9:30 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
Steelhorse: 10 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Smokin’ 45: 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
Live local music: 6 p.m., Crown Street Roasting Company, 16 W. Third St. in Jamestown
Bluegrass Jam: 7 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown