It's been a long time since I've gone to a concert that left me sore for a week.
This weekend, Rusted Root, Big Leg Emma, Red Wanting Blue and Gina V. with Coal Train rocked Willow Creek Winery so hard that I probably lost a few pounds from all the dancing. It was my first time out to the winery, and I have to admit, I was very impressed. Not only is the stage there very well equipped, but it is suited for almost any band, especially considering the amount of space for guests to occupy. Plus, wine slushies and camping? Done deal.
Rusted Root actually drew such a huge crowd that the police showed up. Whether they made any busts I do not know. But, at least they got to catch the encore performance of Rusted Root's "Ecstasy." Which, according to my girlfriend, is not only the best live song Rusted Root does, but it was the best she's ever seen them perform it.
The band played a long set, then proceeded to shut the stage lights off as a prank to make the audience believe the show was over. Then, when the show actually was over, the band exited the stage while the audience cheered with everything they had left for one more song. And, they got it. Preach Freedom slowly made his way around the stage beating his sticks on everything he could find to introduce the encore. Each member of the band made their way back to the stage one by one to add their bit to the song - resulting in one of the best live performances I've ever seen, period.
Well done Rusted Root.
Third Annual Great Rhythm Revival Retreat Is Aug. 31 Through Sept. 2: Award-winning teacher and founding member of the multi-platinum selling band Rusted Root, Jim Donovan returns to Sherman to host the Third annual Great Rhythm Revival Retreat on Labor Day weekend.
The Great Rhythm Revival is co-hosted by Julie and Steve Rockcastle of the Great Blue Heron and Green Heron Growers. The event is a conscious learning and celebratory retreat where Donovan, and a host of world-class musicians, teachers and wellness practitioners will lead participants in learning how to use the power of rhythm, drumming and dance as way to relieve stress, stimulate creativity and enrich their lives. Participants will enjoy learning to play vibrant world rhythms, songs, chants and dances through a variety of workshops and interactive concert experiences. Attendees will also learn how to create and express themselves musically with other people in a friendly, supportive environment. Beginners are warmly welcomed, and drums are provided. Donovan's popular percussive-based band The Sun King Warriors performs on Saturday night Sept. 1.
The event is open to anyone over the age of 18 regardless of prior musical experience, and advance registration is recommended. The Saturday night concert event is all ages.
To register visit greatrhythmrevival.com/registration.htm. Or call 761-7190. The event is located at The Great Blue Heron grounds, 2361 Wait Corners Road in Panama.
Seventh Annual Farmers Market Community Day Is Friday: Collective Groove, the steel drum band from Infinity Visual and Performing Arts will headline the weekly Univera Healthcare Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event is free to the community, and will include an array of activities and informational booths promoting healthy eating, exercising, and community gardening.
Community Day will be held rain or shine in Foundry Alley and West Third Street next to the Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney Renaissance Center. In the event of inclement weather, activities will be moved inside the Renaissance Center.
For the event, West Third Street, between Washington Street and Cherry Street, along with Foundry Alley, will be closed from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m.
For more information call DJDC at 664-2477 or visit discoverjamestown.com.
Marion Art Gallery To Host Exhibition Friday: An exhibition featuring the works of Virginia-based artist Paul Ryan will open at the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery at SUNY Fredonia on Friday with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m.
Ryan is professor of art at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va. He also teaches critical theory in the MFA program of the Department of Painting and Printmaking in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is represented by Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, Va. His paintings are in numerous public, corporate and private collections.
Ryan will be participating in the Visiting Artist Program at the end of his exhibition, "On the hop," which runs through Sept. 26.
Gallery hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 2 to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free, and the gallery is open to the public.
Children's Day: For the third year, Lakewood merchants and the Rotary Club will be sponsoring Children's Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Up and down Chautauqua Avenue, activities will be available for the special young ones in the community. From face painting, to lunch, balloons and chalk drawings, this day is geared to please both parents and children.
Off the Beaten Path will be hosting Linda Anderson, author of "Let's Meet the Gickens," a newly released children's book.
Children can register at Mindy's Place to pick up a backpack filled with goodies.
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore is located at 28 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood.
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Heads Up for the Pops Craft Beer Festival: 6:30 p.m., The Floating Stage, Lakeside Drive in Bemus Point. Featuring The Bogarts and Sean Patrick McGraw.
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.
BandHanna: The Lakeview at 13 Water St. in Mayville.
Pam Tillis: 6:30 p.m., featuring special guest Heather Pawlak, 2012 Chautauqua Lake Idol, The Floating Stage, Lakeside Drive in Bemus Point.
Disco Madness Party: 8 p.m. to midnight, featuring DJ's Unlimited, Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.
Face Down In High Water: 8 p.m. to midnight, Pine Junction, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Sherman.