The Start Of Something Beautiful
Well, now that the excitement surrounding the Buffalo Bills’ playoffs appearance has subsided, and in decidedly anti-climactic fashion, I might add, I suppose I’ll bring focus back around to what’s happening on the Cold Lazarus front.
Thankfully there’s a lot to report, and all of it good.
For starters, I can say that we’re making some pretty serious headway at the beginning of our second official year as a band. Kat, our manager who lives in Buffalo, has really been coming through for us in a big way as far as booking shows and promoting us on social media — which has helped us to gain some traction up in that area despite having only played two shows there to this point.
As a matter of fact, our second Buffalo gig just happened this past weekend, when we played Mr. Goodbar and got a good response from a respectably sized crowd. In contrast with our first Buffalo show back in September, there was a stable and enthusiastic audience which largely stuck with us for our hour and a half headlining set.
We made some good contacts with members of the bands who supported us on the bill, and met a few others who just enjoyed what they heard. But Kat was the real hero of the night, because she was out on the floor simultaneously dancing around the room, chatting up the crowd and selling merch for us. Thanks to her we sold about five CDs in one go, which is a pretty big deal for us since none of us could really be considered adept salesmen.
But the fun didn’t stop that night. All this week she’s been in contact with us practically every day keeping us informed about shows that she’s either acquired for us or is in the process of confirming.
The biggest one of note is a show at Buffalo Iron Works on Feb. 25, at which we’ll be opening for the Chicago-based band Mungion. This show was originally supposed to happen in November, but was canceled when one of Mungion’s members had an unexpected death in the family. We were all decidedly bummed that the show didn’t go through initially, seeing as how Mungion has been blowing up the very scene that we’re trying to break into and getting a supporting slot for them is kind of a big deal; but now I’m feeling redeemed by a second opportunity to make it happen.
Looking ahead, we’ve also got some pretty awesome summer shows falling into place in the form of several festivals including, but not limited to, the Great Blue Heron and Night Lights, as well as a new outdoors festival in Buffalo called “Cobblestone LIVE.” Between these summer shows, and the very shortly forthcoming release of our first full-length album “Cold Lazarus,” I have a feeling 2018 is going to start putting us on the map as a regional band with with a fairly decent draw.
So, yes, things are definitely trending up. I’ve never felt so fulfilled as a musician in my life, and it’s been so refreshing to be able to bring turn my focus back around to writing and playing music instead of trying to juggle booking and marketing duties on top of it all.
I’ve realized that I tend to have a bit of trouble with authority, but in this case I think I’ll make an exception. After all, when management is actively working toward helping you achieve your lifelong goal, I’m not above taking the help.
And now, here’s some of what you can expect to find in the area this week.
‘Back Room Radio Hour’ To Feature Claire Lynch Trio Tonight: Trinity Guitars’ “Back Room Radio Hour” is ringing in the new year right with an appearance by a Grammy-recognized national icon in the field of bluegrass music: Claire Lynch, and her trio. The WRFA-LP 107.9 FM-affiliated program will feature the award-winning Claire Lynch Trio today at 7 p.m., when the group and its decorated and lauded namesake will perform original selections for a very lucky studio audience at 800 W. Third St. in Jamestown. Lynch is a pioneer of the bluegrass genre in many ways. Her career has been decorated with many accolades including three Grammy nominations, six International Bluegrass Music Association awards — three of which dubbed her “best female vocalist” — and the prestigious United States Artists Walker Fellowship.
It is her voice and songwriting prowess that have earned her the recognition and respect of several prominent figures in the country and bluegrass music industries. Dolly Parton credits Claire with “one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today,” and her harmonies have graced the recordings of many well-known musicians.
Equally gifted as a writer, her songs have been recorded by The Seldom Scene, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, Cherryholmes, The Whites, and others.
Also featured on the program will be the My Blue Heaven bed and breakfast located at 122 S. Erie St. in Mayville. Opened in 1999, My Blue Heaven offers comfortable accommodations in renovated homes for overnight guests who desire a quiet and relaxing environment. They also offer fantastic gourmet breakfasts, prepared with special dietary concerns in mind.
While most “Back Room Radio Hour” performances are free, this particular performance will have a modest presale ticket fee of $20. Reservations may also be made by visiting trinityguitars.com or via the event’s Facebook page. The show will begin at 7 p.m., and it is recommended that attendees arrive at 6:30 p.m. in order to ensure the program begins on time.
For more information, find “Claire Lynch Trio at Trinity Guitars’ Back Room Radio Hour” on Facebook.
Photography Show To Open At Reg Lenna Saturday: “Along The Way: Cam Glosser and Karen Glosser Photography” will open at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on Saturday at 6 p.m. This art show will be displayed in The Reg’s upper mezzanine while the 3rd on 3rd Gallery is being relocated.
Cam Glosser is a landscape and cityscape photographer, based in Toronto, Ontario. Originally from Mayville, Cam is inspired by spending time in the outdoors. From mountains to cities, Cam’s photography seeks to capture an obtainable sense of adventure and exploration that has been important to him since he was young. This love of exploration has driven Cam to take numerous roadtrips, which are frequently documented in his work. Cam is also currently an MBA candidate at the Schulich School of Business at York University. When not studying, Cam usually enjoys spending his time on a bike, a board, or behind the lens.
Karen Glosser’s work as a fine art nature photographer has led her to memorable places around the world. However, her native Western New York State remains her primary love and focus as she explores and captures the moody waves of local lakes and the silent woodlands near her home. Karen has shown in numerous solo and group exhibits and her evocative photographs have been collected by patrons throughout the U.S. and Canada.
More art shows are being planned for the mezzanine in the coming months as the 3rd on 3rd Gallery is in the process of being relocated to street level on Third Street.
“Along The Way” is sponsored by New York State Council on the Arts. It is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and one hour before upcoming events at Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. Patrons should enter the building through the doorway located next to the box office on 215 Spring St. while the main lobby and entrance at The Reg is being renovated.
To include an upcoming show or event in this column, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 487-1111, ext. 243 by Monday.
Alex Kates and Danny Shanahan: 6 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 with Felony Entertainment: 10:30 p.m., Forte, 114 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Charity Nuse: 6 p.m., The Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown
Alex Kates and Danny Shanahan: 7 p.m., The Cooler, 114 W. Main St. in Sherman
Rustic Ramblers: 7:30 p.m., Lakewood Legion, 174 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
DJ Karaoke with Eternalnyght DJ: 8:30 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown
Splitfoot: 9 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
The Freeze: 9 p.m., Big Shots, 674 Route 394 in Kennedy
Pressure Sensitive: 10 p.m., Lakeview Hotel, 13 Water St. in Mayville
Widow Maker: 10 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Wanyama: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown
The Scroggins: 7 p.m., The Vegas Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy
Ryan Buzzetto: 8 p.m., Busti Tap House, Busti-Sugar Grove Road in Busti
“Marshall” screening: 8 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Rick Magee and the Roadhouse Rockers: 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
We Speak Canadian: 9 p.m., Big Shots, 674 Route 394 in Kennedy
Almond&Olive: 10 p.m., Labyrinth Press Co., 14 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown
Sean Patrick McGraw: 2 p.m., Lakeview Hotel, 13 Water St. in Mayville
“Last Flag Flying” screening: 7 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown.