New Album Alert
So, remember back a few months ago when I was trying to give you weekly updates on how the Cold Lazarus album was coming? And how those updates kind of fizzled out when I had nothing new to report?
Well, this is the week where it all pays off, because five months after we first entered the studio “Cold Lazarus” is set to be released digitally Friday.
It’s perhaps fitting that the album should have taken longer to produce than I originally anticipated because now its release will coincide with approximately the first anniversary of our official formation as a four-piece, as Drew — our master of keys and soulful saxophone — rounded things out by joining last January.
It’s also perhaps fitting that we ultimately opted to self-title our full-length debut album. I mentioned previously that we’d originally intended to name the album “Dimension Ascension,” however after we began composing material for a second album we noticed that our songwriting is now heading in a slightly different direction, and it became apparent that “Dimension Ascension” would be a more apt title for a future album containing those newer songs.
“Cold Lazarus” is a culmination of the music that we wrote over the course of our first eight months together as a band. Additionally, the people who have supported us by coming to our shows will likely recognize the songs from the several times we’ve played them live and, as such, would presumably most come to associate those songs with our band name (since we’ve never been the best about announcing song titles to our audiences when we play them live).
And so, with the new year comes a new album and several new opportunities to perform with some amazing regional bands. I remember just a few months ago marveling at the progress and success we were able to achieve in less than a year together, and right now it’s looking like 2018 is going to propel us well beyond that point.
“Cold Lazarus” will become available on major music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music on Friday. We do have a teaser track set up via our SoundCloud account, and will likely be including at least a portion of the album on our website (coldlazar.us) as well as our Bandcamp page.
Physical copies will be forthcoming once we place an order, however, not all of the tracks will fit on a standard CD. Our songs tend to run a bit long and 11 tracks averaging at about eight minutes a piece adds up quick. So, anyone wanting a CD will be able to hear most of the tunes, but we’ll probably have to leave off two tracks. For everyone else, keep your eyes peeled for the official album drop online.
We’re so glad to finally have these songs out there. To us, many of these songs feel like they’re so old because we’ve been playing them for a while, and writing new material has always been a top priority to us. But, for now, we’ll pretend that it’s all brand new and groove alongside you!
Thanks for listening!
And now, here’s some of what you can expect to find in the area this week.
JCC Uncommoners To Begin ‘Speech And Debate” Auditions Today: Auditions for Jamestown Community College’s production of “Speech and Debate” will today and Friday beginning at 7 p.m. They are open to JCC students, high school students and community members. Adam Owens will direct the production, which focuses on three high school students in Salem, Oregon, who unravel a sex scandal involving their teacher. Under the guise of forming the school’s first Speech and Debate team, the three students attempt to find their own brand of justice and expose the truth.
For more information about the audition process, contact Steven Gustafson, theater manager, at 338-1166.
The Q To Host 10-Year Anniversary Party Friday: The Q will host a 10-year anniversary party Friday starting at 9 p.m. The party will commemorate The Q’s 2008 opening as a small billiards hall. Attendees with a purchase of $5 or more will be entered to win a prize drawing to be held at midnight. Two winners will be drawn, and the prizes include a 32-inch flatscreen TV and $100 in cash. Winners must be present to receive their prizes. The event is 18 and over. Attendees from ages 18-20 will be admitted for $5 with proper ID, and attendees 21 and over will admitted for $3.
The Q is located at 104 W. Second St. in Jamestown. For more information find “The Q 10 Year Anniversary Party” on Facebook.
Seneca Allegany To Host Larry The Cable Guy In Back-To-Back Saturday Performances: The Seneca Allegany Events Center will play host to award-winning comedian Larry the Cable Guy in back-to-back performances Saturday, beginning at 7 p.m. and and 10 p.m. Larry the Cable Guy has released seven comedy albums, of which three have been certified gold by the RIAA for shipments of 500,000 copies, and in addition has starred in three “Blue Collar Comedy Tour”-related films.
He’s a New York Times bestselling author, a multi-platinum recording artist, and he’s even been on Forbes’ Celebrity 100 List four times and counting. As part of the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” ensemble — which also included Bill Engvall, Ron White and Jeff Foxworthy — and movies, he continues to sell out arenas around the country with his unique and unvarnished look at the world. Comedy Central’s “Roast of Larry the Cable Guy” is still one of their highest rated shows.
The Seneca Allegany Events Center is located at 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca. Tickets can be found at ticketmaster.com.
Doors Open Jamestown 2018 Is Saturday: Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and Jamestown Up Close are working with area attractions, retailers, and restaurants for Doors Open Jamestown, which is scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce are the lead sponsors for this year’s event.
Doors Open features free admission to a number of area attractions, many of which will be offering special events or features on site. This year’s attractions are: Audubon Community Nature Center, Busti Grist Mill, Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, Chautauqua Striders, Daughters of the American Revolution, Dykeman Young Gallery, Fenton History Center, Infinity Visual & Performing Arts, James Prendergast Public Library, Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, Martz-Kohl Observatory, Northwest Arena, Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, Robert H. Jackson Center, Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, and The Spire Theater. Every attraction will have a raffle that is free for all visitors to enter. Every raffle includes a $20 Chamber of Commerce gift card and a variety of items from the various attractions including tickets to shows/events/admission, gift certificates, books, bird seed and apparel.
There is also an added raffle this year that can be entered by making a purchase of at least $10 at any of the attractions listed above, or any Downtown Jamestown restaurant or retailer. This raffle includes a one night stay at the new DoubleTree by Hilton on Fourth Street, a $50 Chamber of Commerce gift card, $50 to a downtown restaurant of your choice, and $50 to a downtown retailer of your choice. To enter, either take a picture of your receipt clearly showing purchase amount and date (must be dated Jan. 20), and send the picture and your name to firstname.lastname@example.org; or stop by our information tent at AIDS Memorial Park/Wood Park (East Third Street, by Potters Alley), with your receipt before 5 p.m. the day of the event.
Visit doorsopenjamestown.com for an update on the special events at each attraction, and the list of participating restaurants and retailers.
Little Theatre To Kick Off 81st Season With Upcoming Season: The Lucille Ball Little Theatre of Jamestown will kick off its 81st season with its upcoming production of the comedy “Send Me No Flowers.” Performances will take place on Jan. 26, 27 and 28, as well as Feb. 2, 3 and 4. The next performance, “39 Steps,” will take place on March 9, 10 and 11, as well as March 16 and 17. “Jesus Christ Superstar” will be held on April 20, 21 and 22, as well as April 28 and 29. The musical comedy “Are We There Yet?” will be performed on June 1, 2 and 3, and June 8, 9 and 10. The season will conclude with “Mama Mia” with shows on Oct. 12, 13 and 14, as well as Oct. 19 and 20. All Sunday performances will be matinees. If rights are not available, “The Producers” will be substituted for “Mamma Mia.”
The Lucille Ball Little Theatre is located at 18 E. Second St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 483-1095 or visit lucilleballlittletheatre.org.
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The Karl-Mark Show (it’s revolutionary!): 7 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: 10:30 p.m., Forte, 114 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Jamie Smith: 6 p.m., The Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown
Comedy open mic: 7:30 p.m., The Q, 104 W. Second St. in Jamestown
Karaoke with Felony Entertainment: 9 p.m., Shawbucks, 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown
DJ Goodrich Karaoke: 9 p.m., Big Shots, 674 Route 394 in Kennedy
Comedy open mic: 10 p.m., Forte, 114 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Ion Sky: 10 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Press House Poetry Slam: 7 p.m., Labyrinth Press Co., 14 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown
“Lady Bird” screening: 8 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Charity Nuse: 8 p.m., Busti Tap House, Busti-Sugar Grove Road in Jamestown
No Limit: 8:30 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown
Smokehouse: 9 p.m., Big Shots, 674 Route 394 in Kennedy
Jules-R-Us Karaoke: 9 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
Porcelain Busdrivers: 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
Karaoke: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown
“The Disaster Artist” screening: 7 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Karaoke with DJ Felony: 10 p.m., The Q, 104 W. Second St. in Jamestown.