LMS Turns 15

Volunteers Are Backbone Of Successful Event

Trip The Deuce performs at a previous Local Music Showcase. Submitted photo

Considering the longevity Infinity’s Local Music Showcase enjoys, it is the local businesses and volunteers that especially make “The Night Music Reigns” possible.

The Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center announced its 15th Local Music Showcase. It will be held on Saturday. Events will start at 6 p.m. and end at 2 a.m. LMS is a community-based event that raises funds for youth music, arts and programming at the Infinity Center. At Infinity, education is provided through private lessons, group classes, hands on learning, and performance groups and opportunities.

This year has more than 40 local musical acts and will take place in eight different venues

Venues are Brazil Craft Beer and Wine Lounge, Forte, Labyrinth Press Co., Shawbucks, Tarmac Cafe, The Chadakoin Club, The Pub and The Wine Cellar. Each one has generously donated their performance spaces for the event. This alone is a testament to community business’ supporting downtown Jamestown.

Yet, it is the 200 plus volunteers that make the event a success.

Volunteers work eight two-hour shifts. Their only duty according to Infinity Grants and Marketing Coordinator Shephanie Rogers is to help “sit at doors and handle ticketing,” to the host venues. Volunteers also receive a free wristband. Those who take part are generally residents, students, families, and past volunteers. This year Rogers also said Cummins Inc. also provided volunteers.

In addition, Infinity Executive Director Shane Hawkins said that they are “still looking for six,” more volunteers. In particular, they ask for participants in the early morning hours, which are difficult to set up.

Rogers assists LMS every year and said “It’s hard to believe that we’re hitting a 15-year milestone for Local Music Showcase. It’s wonderful to see our community members linking arms year after year to make this night happen.” Rogers said Infinity is especially greatful because “as a nonprofit organization, Infinity relies heavily on fundraising to ensure that we continue to nurture and support the next generation of musicians and artists in our area, and this night helps make that mission possible,” said Rogers.

Most of all, Rogers thanked the community for all its years of support. “We are incredibly grateful to everyone who works with us to make this night a success not just for Infinity, but as a celebration of our area businesses and musicians who work so hard to bring vibrancy to Chautauqua County,” she said.

Pre-sale tickets for Local Music Showcase are available at a discount of $10. They can be purchased online or in person at Infinity until Friday. In addition, $15 wristbands are available at five ticketing kiosks located at some of the venues. All wrist bands must be purchased before attending any event.

Infinity is still seeking volunteers to help during the event. All volunteers will receive a complimentary all access pass.

To volunteer, email Infinity at lms@infinityperformingarts.org

For a full schedule of events visit www.infinityperformingarts.org or Infinity on Facebook.

Call 664-0991 for more information.

Ticket Kiosk/Venue Locations

Shawbucks: 212 W. Second St., Jamestown, cash and credit/debit card

open 5:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

The Chadakoin Club: 104 W. Second St., Jamestown, cash only,

open 5:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

Labyrinth Press Company/Brazil Craft Beer and Wine Lounge:

12 E. Fourth St., Jamestown, cash only, open 5:30 p.m.-12 midnight

The Wine Cellar: 309 N. Main St., Jamestown, cash only,

open 6 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

Forte: 114 E. Third St., Jamestown, cash only,

open 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

Venue Locations Only

The Pub: 209 N. Main St., Jamestown, open 6 p.m.-12 midnight

The Tarmac Cafe: 205 Cherry St. Jamestown, open 6 p.m.-2 a.m.