A Record Month

This has been a rather album-oriented month for me.

As I’ve widely publicized, we in Cold Lazarus released our full-length debut online last week and have already seen a 400 percent increase in our monthly Spotify listeners as a result. We followed up our weekend release with a show at Nietzsche’s in Buffalo on Saturday, which far exceeded the turnout we had experienced in our previous Nietzsche’s show last September. It’s safe to say we’re starting to create a little buzz amongst our neighbors to the north.

With a lot of help from our manager, Kat, who has been relentlessly promoting the band and our album up in the Buffalo area, we are starting to gain some traction in the scene there. We’re expecting to begin yielding serious dividends this summer as we’ve been confirmed to play in a number of festivals between July and August including, but not limited to, the Great Blue Heron Music Festival, Night Lights Music Festival and the upstart Cobblestone Live! festival — an outdoor festival held in Buffalo’s Cobblestone District that experienced great success in its first incarnation last summer.

For those interested in hearing the album, it can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, our BandCamp page, and several other areas as well. For those reading online, here is a link to the album on our BandCamp page: https://coldlazarus.bandcamp.com/album/cold-lazarus.

We’ve also ordered CDs, which will be available by personal request and at any of our live performances.

With all of this excitement going on in the Cold Lazarus camp, I’ve neglected to call much attention to The Elektra Kings in recent months. People occasionally ask me if The Elektra Kings is still a band and the answer is: yes!

We have slowed down considerably in the gigging department, but we have not disbanded in any way. And here’s the big news: we’re actually going to (finally) hit the studio and record our long overdue debut album of original songs.

For those of you who have been following along with this column through the years, you’ll know that this is kind of a big deal. I joined the band in 2011 and, though we’ve had a good run of gigs since then, we still have nothing to show for it in terms of good, quality recordings.

That’s all going to change this weekend. To kick things off, we’ll be playing at Mojo’s all night on Friday. We’re kind of looking at this as kind of a pre-recording brush-up because on Saturday we’re off to North Collins to record with Mike Congilosi at LBA Recording Studio.

We’ve amassed about a dozen originals since I joined the group, and it will be nice to finally get these down on “tape.” Luckily, I’ve grown accustomed to the recording process over the past year, and I’m confident that these songs will come together quickly. It helps when you don’t have any vocals to worry about!

We anticipate being able to finish with the recording itself in one, possibly two, sessions — which will occur this weekend. As with the Cold Lazarus recording process, I’ll try to keep everyone updated if there is anything of interest to report.

Again, thanks for reading, and (hopefully) listening! It’s been a pleasure sharing my art with you, and I appreciate the interest.

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

HIGHLIGHTS

‘Wits ‘N Giggles’ Returns To Northwest Arena Saturday: The “Wits ‘n Giggles” stand-up comedy series at Northwest Arena will return Saturday at 7:30 p.m. to feature JJ Johnson and Tyrone Davis. Johnson is a new school comic who puts a unique new twist on life. Born and raised in Cleveland, Johnson started his comedy life in high school before taking his act on the road. With more than 20 years of comedic experience, Johnson has done benefit shows for the American Cancer Society, American Heart Society and is in the Guinness World Records for taking part in the longest continuous stand-up comedy show.

Headlining the Saturday comedy show is Davis, who has entertained audiences all over the country with his high energy and “take no prisoners” attitude. He has had multiple television and radio appearances with the likes of Todd Yohn, Spanky Brown, Killer Beaz, Bruce Bruce and more. He has entertained our troops in Kuwait and Iraq.

“Wits ‘n Giggles” is held in the Arena Club located on the top floor of the Northwest Arena. Tickets for the event are $10 pre-sale, $12 day of show and $5 for students. The show is for those ages 18 and over. For tickets call 484-2624, visit northwestarena.com or go to the arena’s box office.

Chautauqua Institution Announces 2018 Popular Entertainment Concerts: Chautauqua Institution has announced two favorite big-name acts and confirmed dates for the Silkroad Ensemble’s Week Seven mainstage performances, including a show featuring founder Yo-Yo Ma, as part of its programming for the 2018 season this summer.

On Friday, July 13, Huey Lewis and the News will perform at the Chautauqua Amphitheater in an 8:15 p.m. concert. Huey Lewis and The News are truly one of America’s great rock ‘n’ roll bands. As they enter their 38th year together, their contagious brand of music has outlasted countless trends, and is as fresh today as ever. Formed from two rival Bay Area bands in 1979, they continue to thrill audiences worldwide, selling over 20 million albums in the process, earning them the right to mark their place on the pop history map. These GRAMMY Award winners have written and performed such classic Top 10 hits as “Heart of Rock & Roll,” “Stuck With You,” “I Want A New Drug,” “If This Is It,” “Hip To Be Square,” “Do You Believe In Love” and “Workin’ For A Livin.” The group also wrote and performed “The Power of Love” and “Back in Time” for the hit film “Back to the Future.”

On Wednesday, Aug. 15, the amphitheater will host “An Evening with Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi” at 8:15 p.m. Stunning Chautauqua during her 2017 performance, Giddens returns to the amphitheater as a 2017 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant. Giddens is an American artist specializing in folk and traditional music, equally adept performing on banjo, fiddle and voice. Creating a show for this special evening at Chautauqua, Giddens is joined by Turrisi, an Italian pianist, percussionist and accordionist specializing in jazz, early music and Mediterranean music. Together they trace a distinctive musical globalism. Join as they journey from Africa and the Middle East, through southern Europe and England, and over to the Americas for a hand-crafted evening of music across cultures.

The GRAMMY-Award winning Silkroad Ensemble will give two 8:15 p.m. concerts on Wednesday, Aug. 8, and Friday, Aug. 10 — with the latter featuring world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Silkroad Ensemble represents dozens of nationalities and artistic traditions, from Spain and Japan to Syria and the United States. Its Grammy Award-winning album “Sing Me Home” was developed and recorded alongside a 2016 documentary feature, “The Music of Strangers,” which will be shown as part of Silkroad’s enticing week at Chautauqua. Ma’s multifaceted career is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, coming together with colleagues for chamber music, or exploring cultures and musical forms outside the Western classical tradition, Ma strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 357-6250, email ticketoffice@chq.org or visit ciweb.org.

HAPPENINGS

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

Tonight

Ryan Buzzetto: 6:30 p.m., Lakewood Legion, 174 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood

Comedy open mic: 8 p.m., Labyrinth Press Co., 14 E. Fourth 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, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown

Friday

Adam Gould: 6 p.m., The Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown

Southern Tier Xpress home game: 7 p.m., Northwest Arena, 319 W. Third St. in Jamestown

Kyle Gustafson: 7:30 p.m., Fresco, 2 E. Second St. in Jamestown

Comedy open mic: 7:30 p.m., The Q, 104 W. Second St. in Jamestown

Jules-R-Us Karaoke: 7:30 p.m., Lakewood Legion, 174 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood

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

Ion Sky: 9 p.m., Big Shots, 674 Route 394 in Kennedy

Cody Willett and Tim Reed: 9 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown

The Elektra Kings: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown

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

Saturday

Southern Tier Xpress home game: 5 p.m., Northwest Arena, 319 W. Third St. in Jamestown

Adam McKillip: 7:30 p.m., Fresco, 2 E. Second St. in Jamestown

Karate Sleepover Comedy: 8 p.m., Craft Burgers and Brews, 60 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood

“Murder on the Orient Express” screening: 8 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown

Scott Horton and Friends: 8 p.m., Frewsburg Legion, 9 Meadow Lane in Frewsburg

Smokehouse: 8:30 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown

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

Flossie and the Gunslingers: 9 p.m., The Barr, 6801 Main St. in Cherry Creek

Splitfoot: 9 p.m., Big Shots, 674 Route 394 in Kennedy

We Speak Canadian: 10 p.m., Shawbucks, 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown

Tuesday

Karaoke: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown

Wednesday

“All the Money in the World” 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.

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