A Return To Normalcy
By Gavin Paterniti
OK, so last week’s column was admittedly a bit of a downer.
I don’t really regret writing it, particularly because it’s about the best I could’ve done in my headspace as it was, and it helped me to kind of put my jumbled thoughts together and make peace with myself, but I don’t want to dwell on it too much.
This is the entertainment page, after all, and the show, as they say, must go on. And, thankfully, by the time Friday rolled around I was feeling pretty much back to my regular old self.
If I had to get sick, then I’m glad it happened when it did because there’s no way I could’ve pulled off a gig in that condition, let alone the upcoming weekend that Cold Lazarus has in store for itself. That’s because we’ve assembled for ourselves a nice little triple-header that should really go a long way in making us a more cohesive unit while granting us some extra exposure in the Buffalo area.
On Friday we’ll make our return to the Tap Room in Westfield. At first glance I wouldn’t have expected much in the way of enthusiasm and support for original bands from this venue, but I took a chance on it last year after seeing the crowd Qwister pulled for itself in January 2017. Once Cold Lazarus got itself up and running I took a shot in the dark by booking us there last October, and the results were quite pleasing.
Not only did we have a good-sized crowd turn out for us in our Westfield debut, but they stuck around all night and genuinely enjoyed what we had for them. Obviously there’s nothing so satisfying as playing songs that you wrote for a grateful crowd, but it’s even better when you feel like the night could have gone either way and the scales ended up tipping overwhelmingly in your favor.
We’re hoping for more of the same on Friday, and if the Facebook posts and promo I’ve seen from the regulars up there are any indication, we could be in for another solid night in Westfield!
On Saturday we’ll make our 2018 debut in Jamestown when we open for the Rochester band Haewa at Mojo’s Music Bar. We haven’t played a show in our hometown since Christmas weekend and, as you may recall, we released a studio album in the interim. While this isn’t an official album release show, for reasons I’ll get to momentarily, we will have copies of the album for sale at the show and will be performing a good representation of the songs, in addition to some more recent material to keep things consistently fresh.
Since we’re opening for Haewa, who are in the midst of a tour right now, etiquette dictates that we adopt the traditional supporting act role and stick to getting the crowd amped for them — which is more than fine with me. As I write this I’m in talks with our manager about trying to assemble a mini-run of shows in the Jamestown, Erie and Buffalo areas that we can utilize as a small run of CD release shows.
Finally, on Sunday, we’ll be making our debut at Buffalo Iron Works opening for the Chicago-based Mungion, who has been doing amazing things in the jam circuit in their three short years as a group. Last summer they also had to overcome having practically all of their equipment, instruments and gear stolen, along with their van, while playing in Detroit. Following a successful online fundraising campaign, they were able to raise the approximately $40,000 needed to buy replacement gear and are now back in action.
This Sunday’s show was originally scheduled to happen back in November, but Mungion had to cancel several dates from their fall tour due to an unexpected death in the family. We’re glad to have a second shot at this, and to continue to further the momentum we’re trying to build for ourselves in the Buffalo scene.
So that’s what I’ll be doing this weekend and, given the state I was in only a week and a half ago, I’m just grateful that I can play a bass again. Thankfully, my passion for playing has also returned and I’m excited as ever to get Cold Lazarus back on the road and doing what we love most.
And now, here’s some of what you can expect to find in the area this week.
National ‘WIN & You’re IN’ Poetry Slam To Be Held In Jamestown Saturday: Pulse Poetry Slam of Jamestown has been invited to host the 2018 National Win & You’re In Poetry Slam, a qualifier event for poetry slam teams in the region, at the Studio Metro Underground Theater, 316 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown, Saturday from 7-10 p.m. Poetry slam teams representing Buffalo, Pittsburgh, and Columbus and Cleveland, will travel to Jamestown to participate in this event, which will decide which teams will have a spot to compete in the 2018 National Poetry Slam, hosted in Chicago this summer.
The National Poetry Slam is the largest and longest running team poetry slam in the world, and teams from across the country will participate.
A poetry slam is a performance poetry competition. Poets who participate in a slam read or recite original poetry in front of an audience, and five randomly selected judges, who are generally individuals simply attending the event as spectators. These judges attribute numerical scores to the performances, and cumulative scores from multiple rounds and performances decide the winner of the slam. The performances are judged on the content of the poems, the performance itself, the impact, style and overall way that the performances move the judges. Poetry slams are energetic, engaging and fun.
In addition to the team slam, there will be an open mic for participants interested in performing their own original poetry at the event. There will also be live music from local musicians. This event is free to attend.
For more information, visit facebook.com/pulsepoetryslam, email email@example.com or call 602-339-6980.
‘Rolling Hills Radio’ To Feature Tom Paxton In Monday Episode: “Rolling Hills Radio” will feature the legendary Tom Paxton in the live taping of its upcoming episode at Shawbucks on Monday beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The event will mark Paxton’s first visit to Jamestown in his 58-year career, and he will be performing alongside The DonJuans — a GRAMMY Award-winning duo which has performed far and wide sharing stages with artists such as Joey Ramone, John Hartford and David Crosby. Comprised of Don Henry and Jon Vezner, the DonJuans’ songs have been recorded by Janis Ian, Ray Charles and John Mellencamp. Both are known for their gifted musicianship and dry wit.
Paxton’s illustrious career is practically unrivaled. He has performed worldwide in venues as diverse as Greenwich Village coffee houses, Albert Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York. In addition to his 50 albums of original songs, hundreds of artists have recorded his songs including Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Joan Baez, Willie Nelson and Judy Collins. Even the opera star, Placido Domingo incorporated Paxton into his repertoire.
Tickets to Monday’s performance are $25. They can be purchased in advance by calling 484-1101, visiting chautauquachamber.org/events or in person at the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce offices at 512 Falconer St. in Jamestown. They will also be available at the door on the night of the event, barring a preshow sellout.
For more information find “Rolling Hills Radio Show Episode #72” on Facebook.
To include an upcoming show or event in this column, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 487-1111, ext. 243 by Monday.
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
Jules-R-Us Karaoke: 8 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: 10 p.m., Forte, 114 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Jamie Smith: 6 p.m., The Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown
“Coco” screening: 7 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Juli Bessey: 7:30 p.m., Fresco, 2 E. Second St. in Jamestown
No Limit: 9 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
DJ Karaoke: 9 p.m., Big Shots, 674 Route 394 in Kennedy
Karate Sleepover: 10 p.m., Forte, 114 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Cold Lazarus: 10 p.m., The Tap Room, 43 E. Main St. in Westfield
The Allegany Duo: 10 a.m., Crown Street Roasting Company, 16 W. Third St. in Jamestown
“Coco” screening: 2 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Adam McKillip: 7:30 p.m., Fresco, 2 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Jules-R-Us Karaoke: 9 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
Splitfoot: 9 p.m., Big Shots, 674 Route 394 in Kennedy
We Speak Canadian: 10 p.m., Shawbucks, 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown
Haewa with Cold Lazarus: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown
“Darkest Hour” screening: 7 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Open Mic: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown.