Great bands from the '80s and '90s aren't difficult to come by. There are entire radio stations dedicated to the music created in those decades. However, not many of the bands who made it big back then have continued their careers as musicians.
So, what's become increasingly difficult to find is the standard of quality that appears to have ended while partying like it was 1999. However, there are a few musicians who have continued the tradition without feeling a need to be absorbed by mainstream media.
A few of my favorites that continue to impress even today include: Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Arcade Fire, The Flaming Lips and of course the local favorite 10,000 Maniacs.
Speaking of 10KM, some new and exciting news has come my way regarding the consistently inspiring work of these fantastic musicians. So, I've written a feature article about the details surrounding 10KM's new rhythm guitar and backup vocalist Melanie Luciano of Jamestown. 10KM is also in the process of releasing a new album. So, check out the article and stay tuned.
You may also want to take a look at my article on world-renowned psychic Sylvia Browne. She's making a stop at the Seneca Allegany Events Center for her 50th anniversary tour. For those of you who don't know who Browne is, she is a spiritual teacher and lecturer who has appeared on many nationally broadcast television shows, has written 65 books and is a No. 1 New York Times Best Seller. If you want the details on her show, check out the article and make sure to pick up tickets quick, the show is scheduled for Saturday.
Jamboree In The Pines Is Saturday: This year's Jamboree in the Pines will feature three bands Saturday including: The Haybalers from 2 to 6 p.m., Tyson Bowman from 6 to 8 p.m. and Black Widow Band from 8 p.m. to midnight. There is no cover charge. Tents and campers are welcome. The event will be held at Pine Junction at 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Findley Lake. For more information call 769-7854 or find Pine Junction on Facebook.
Second Annual Summer Bruise In Is Saturday: Chautauqua County's Babes of Wrath flat track roller derby will take on Queen's Court of Buffalo's Queen City Roller Girls on Saturday. For $8, pre-sale tickets are available at Labyrinth Press Company or Spike Daily's. Tickets will be $10 at the door. Admission is free for kids 12 and under. The event includes a family friendly halftime show with games and prizes. Those who cruise in with a classic car have a chance to win merchandise, tickets and more. A 50/50 drawing will be held to support Chautauqua County's Child Advocacy Program. The Bruise In is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Allen Park Ice Rink, 200 Elizabeth Ave. in Jamestown. For more information, call 320-0JAM or visit BabesofWrath.com.
Jenna Moynihan Trio To Perform July 7: Lakewood native Jenna Moynihan (fiddle) will be joined by Hamish Napier (piano) and Lukas Pool (banjo) for an evening of contemporary and traditional acoustic folk music. The three met while studying at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Though each was raised with different musical roots, the three have found common ground in their passion for sharing and creating music with each other.
Napier hails from the highlands of Scotland, and has toured Europe, the U.S., and Canada with the award-winning Back of the Moon quartet. He appears on numerous Scottish albums and teaches at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Pool is the reigning National Old-Time banjo champion. Raised in the Ozark Mountains of Mountain View, Ark., he is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after banjo players.
Moynihan is a young, emerging fiddler on the acoustic music scene. At 21, she has toured the U.S., Canada, and France as a member of the Folk Arts Quartet and The Atlantic Seaway. She was selected by the Berklee String Department to receive both the Fletcher Bright Award and the American Roots Music Scholarship - two honors that are bestowed once a year to a promising string player, commending outstanding musicianship.
The trio will perform on Saturday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Infinity Arts Cafe in Jamestown. A suggested donation of $12 will be collected.
Infinity Seeks Musicians For Ninth Annual Local Music Showcase: Local Music Showcase is an annual event which raises much-needed funding for music and arts instruction at the Infinity Center. The fundraiser, which is held throughout downtown Jamestown, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 8.
More than 50 local bands and musicians donate their time each year to help Infinity, and more than 10 local venues donate their space for the cause. Each performing act is asked to fill out a short informational form which can be obtained by stopping into the Infinity Center or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All acts must submit their forms no later than Aug. 1 in order to be included in this year's schedule. For more information, contact Stephanie Rogers by calling 664-0991.
To include an upcoming show or event in this column, email email@example.com or call 487-1111 ext. 253 by Monday (due to the holiday).
Brian Hanna: 6 to 9 p.m., Southern Tier Brewing Company, 2072 Stoneman Circle in Lakewood.
Blue Grass Jam: 7 to 10 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron. Area bluegrass musicians are welcome to sit in and play.
Jackson Rohm: 6 to 8 p.m., Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.
An Evening of Classical Violin: 7 p.m., Christ First United Methodist Church, 663 Lakeview Ave. in Jamestown.
The Bogarts: 8 p.m. to midnight, Bellini Lounge at Chautauqua Suites in Mayville.
Matt Homan and The Bluegrass Disciple Duo: 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., Webb's Captain's Table in Mayville.
Richie Leeper and SOLID GOLD: 8 p.m. to midnight, Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.
Elvis Jr.: 8 p.m., The Floating Stage, Lakeside Drive in Bemus Point.
Brian Hanna with Scott Horton: 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Webb's Captain's Table in Mayville.
Wanted-Bon Jovi Tribute: 2:30 p.m., The Floating Stage, Lakeside Drive in Bemus Point.
Kev Rowe: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Steener's Pub, 322 Route 430, Greenhurst.
Abbamania with Fireworks: 8 p.m. The Floating Stage, Lakeside Drive in Bemus Point.