The Return Of Third Thursday

For me, summer officially kicks off at the sound of live music projecting for several blocks of Jamestown’s downtown area.

Today marks the return of the Third Thursday concert series to Winter Green Plaza; and, though I will be unable to attend the first of five concerts to be held this year, I am still excited at the notion of Jamestown’s very active arts and music community taking center stage on a monthly basis.

Though the annual concert series is now in its fifth year, I attended my first Third Thursday event two years ago and was instantly hooked. The atmosphere at these concerts, although largely weather dependent, is unparalleled by any other outdoor live music event in the heart of our city – at least as far as this humble writer-musician is concerned. The air is, almost literally, electric with the sound of musical instruments and the outpouring of community interest and support for local and regional talent.

I myself had an opportunity to participate in last year’s series as a performer with The Elektra Kings, an endeavor which I am very much looking forward to replicating this year when we open for The Audience on Sept. 15. I thoroughly enjoyed the festive experience last year, which was only made better by the warm reception we received from roughly a hundred people congregating on the plaza and Wine Cellar patio.

It’s important that we as a community recognize the importance of celebrating events such as Third Thursday, which offers free entertainment to art and music lovers of all ages. Possessing such a thriving arts community isn’t something that every city can boast about, and it would be an absolute shame if the community wasn’t allowed an opportunity to shine in a very public and family-friendly setting.

I would encourage anyone with a desire to witness just what our community is capable of when we all support and work together to come down to the Winter Green Plaza, 313 N. Main St., between the hours of 6 and 9 tonight. What you may find is just a small sampling of the amazing talent and camaraderie that is harbored and nourished by the Jamestown community.

I myself can think of very few things I’d rather be doing on a summer evening in the heart of my hometown.

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

HIGHLIGHTS

‘Third Thursday’ Concert Series To Feature Bogarts, Pine Fever Today: The fifth annual Third Thursday summer concert series, sponsored by the Active Artists Alliance and the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, will kick off tonight at 6, with performances by the Buffalo-based Pine Fever and hometown country rockers The Bogarts. The monthly concert series has been held at the Winter Garden Plaza, at 313 N. Main St., next to the Wine Cellar, during the summer season since 2012. It features live music from a variety of local and regional bands on the third Thursday of each month from May through September. The free, all-ages public event allows bands to perform right in the heart of Jamestown in an outdoor setting that consistently draws hundreds of people throughout the evening. The Active Artists Alliance maintains a Facebook page under the same name, where updates on its upcoming ‘Third Thursday’ shows can be found. For more information on tonight’s show, find “THIRD THURSDAY :: THE BOGARTS w/ PINE FEVER” on Facebook.

Yesterdays To Host ‘Sunday Funday Party’ This Sunday: Yesterdays Restaurant Lounge will host a “Sunday Funday” party Sunday from 1-10 p.m. The event will feature several different bands, including: the Swamp Yankees, from 1-2 p.m.; Tim Reed and Cody Willett, from 2:30-3:30 p.m.; Michael Key and Rockin’ Rick, from 4-5:30 p.m.; Brian Chase, from 6-7 p.m.; Alex Kates, from 7:30-8:30 p.m.; and the Derek Davis Duo from 9-10 p.m. Daisha Dilker will serve as emcee of the event, which is presented by Blue Moon Management.

Yesterdays is located at 103 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood. For more information, find the event on Facebook.

Infinity Seeking Bands For 13th Annual Local Music Showcase: Infinity Visual and Performing Arts is inviting local bands and musicians to participate in its 13th annual Local Music Showcase fundraising event, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, at various downtown locations. Nearly 50 local bands and musicians donate their time each year to help Infinity, and more than a dozen local venues will donate their space for the cause. Interested bands or musicians are asked to fill out a short informational form, which can be obtained by stopping in to the Infinity Center or by sending an email to lms@infinityperformingarts.org. All acts must submit their forms no later than July 1 in order to be considered for this year’s schedule. No late submissions will be accepted. The official performance schedule for the evening will be released July 15.

The Infinity Center is located a 301 E. Second St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 664-0991 or contact Stephanie Rogers at lms@infinityperformingarts.org.

Seneca Allegany Adds To Summer Concert Lineup: The Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino has announced its expanded summer concert lineup. New additions to the bill at the Seneca Allegany Events Center include: Bill Engvall, who will perform Saturday, July 2, at 7 p.m; Creedence Clearwater Revisited on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m.; and Chicago, which will perform an outdoor concert on Friday, Aug. 19, at 8 p.m. Other summer concerts to be held at the Salamanca entertainment venue include: Kenny Rogers on Saturday, May 28, at 7 p.m.; Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band outside on Saturday, June 4, at 8 p.m.; Ron White on Saturday, June 18, at 7 p.m.; Michael McDonald and America on Saturday, July 16, at 7 p.m.; and Kim Russo on Saturday, July 30, at 7 p.m.

For more information on the Seneca Allegany Events Center’s upcoming summer concerts, or to purchase tickets, call 1-877-873-6322 or visit senecaalleganycasino.com/entertainment/events-center/.

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 Melquist and Friends: 5 p.m., Southern Tier Brewing Company, 2072 Stoneman Circle in Lakewood

New Belgium tap takeover: 5 p.m., Brazil Craft Beer and Wine Lounge, 410 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown

Networking cruise aboard the Summer Wind: 5 p.m., Lucille Ball Memorial Bark, 21 Boulevard Ave. in Celoron

Jamestown Young Professionals mixer: 5 p.m., Gialy’s, 210 Pine St. in Jamestown

Bluegrass Jam: 7 p.m., Lakewood Legion, 174 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood

Jules-R-Us Karaoke: 8 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown

Joint Effort: 8 p.m., Library Bar and Grill, 203 N. Center St. in Corry, Pa.

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

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

Friday

Velvet Cabbies: 6 p.m., The Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown

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

Chris Vogt: 6 p.m., The Docks, 7 Water St. in Mayville

Ralph Chamberlain Duo: 9 p.m., Murdock’s, 100 E. Main St. in Sherman

Brian Chase: 9 p.m., Yesterday’s, 103 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood

Qwister: 9 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown

DJ Griz: 10 p.m., Lakeview Hotel, 13 Water St. in Mayville

The Release: 10 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown

All’amore with Elemantra: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown

DJ Fish: 10 p.m., Shawbucks, 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown

Saturday

“Zootopia” screening: 2 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown

Saloonatics: 2 p.m., The Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy

Rhema Poetry open mic: 4 p.m., RydersCup Coffee, 28 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood

Derek Davis Duo: 7 p.m., Celoron Moose, 52 Dunham Ave. in Celoron

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

Rock Star Karaoke with DJ Felony: 9 p.m., Yesterday’s, 103 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood

Qwister Collective: 9 p.m., Steener’s Pub, 3022 Route 430 in Greenhurst

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

Ken Larsen: 10 p.m., Lakeview Hotel, 13 Water St. in Mayville

Pocket Vinyl with Adam Gould: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown

1980 Something: 10 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown

The Probables: 10:30 p.m., Shawbucks, 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown

Sunday

“Zootopia” screening: 2 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown

Jamie Smith: 2 p.m., Lakeview Hotel, 13 Water St. in Mayville

Iron Eyes Experience: 2 p.m., The Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy

Open Jam: 9 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown

Monday

Singer-Songwriter open mic: 7 p.m., Phoenix Rising Wellness Studio, 212 Pine St. in Jamestown

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

Wednesday

“Everybody Wants Some” screening: 7 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown