A Jamestown hip-hop group, the 7:30 Boys, have a chance at performing at Bonnaroo, and the group needs votes to do so.
The 7:30 Boys are on the "Road to Roo." The "Road to Roo" is a fan decided voting contest that awards the winner with a performance slot at Bonnaroo, a four-day music festival that averages 80,000 attendees. The group is currently in the top 100, out of more than 500 artists.
Each day, fans can vote one time for as many artists as they wish. Voting ends on Wednesday, April 24. Votes can be cast by visiting bonnaroo.sonicbids.com/artist/730-boys/vote.
Pictured at right is Jamestown’s own hip-hop group, the 7:30 Boys.
According to Taylor McFarland, the group's marketing manager, the 7:30 Boys are excited for the chance to play Bonnaroo because there will be more than 80,000 people attending, which will be an opportunity to gain fans.
For those who aren't familiar with the 7:30 Boys, the group's music is on iTunes for free by searching for "7:30 Boys." The group is currently getting ready to execute a marketing plan for a single, which will be available on iTunes on June 1. For more information visit www.730boys.com or search for "7:30 Boys" on Facebook.
On another note, I took some time to go see the new "Evil Dead" over the weekend, and I'm glad I did. Although it wasn't nearly as entertaining as the original, it kept my attention for the duration. The characters, for the most part, were believable, and left me questioning whether the horror happening on screen was a result of demonic possession, or of an intense heroin overdose.
The film follows a brother and sister, who meet with a couple of friends at a cabin in the woods to help said sister kick the heavy drug-use habit. To signify that she was serious about quitting, the sister decides to dump a large quantity of heroin into the cabin's water well. The withdrawl kicks in shortly after, and things quickly take a turn for the worst when the sister decides to steal some car keys and make a run for it. But, horrifying visions are bombarding her, and she crashes.
By the time she's found, it's too late; the demons that have been released by the Necronomicon, a flesh-bound book of witchcraft, and have inhabited her mortal body. What follows is a hellish nightmare of blood and gore that does justice to the original, and even adds a new "Silent Hill" style flair. If you enjoyed the first, you're sure to enjoy this new rendition of a beloved cult-classic.
As per usual, here are the highlights and happenings going on in the area.
Comedy at JSBA Continues Friday Night: The Jamestown Savings Bank Arena is heading into its fifth week of the Wits n' Giggles: Friday Night Comedy Series. This week's edition of Wits n' Giggles will feature headliner Paul Morrissey and Matt Bergman.
Morrissey has headlined clubs around the world, performing at the HBO Comedy Festival in Las Vegas, Sundance Film Festival and Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Morrissey has made four appearances on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson" on CBS, as well as "Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen" and "Comedy.TV." He just released his third CD, "Paul Morrissey's Back" with Rooftop Comedy Productions, and has a podcast that combines sports and comedy with Hollywood guests called the "Alley Oop Podcast."
Opening up for Morrissey will be Bergman. The young comedian has been performing at clubs and colleges since he was pursuing a degree in criminal justice. After graduating, he decided standup comedy was the way to go, and has since toured across the United States and Canada. He recently filmed his first comedy special for Bite TV in Toronto, and in 2011, his first comedy CD and DVD was released.
The show will take place in the upstairs Arena Club from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $8 presale and $12 the day of the show. They are available at the JSBA Box Office, 319 W. Third St. in Jamestown, by phone at 484-2624 or at jamestownarena.com.
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Coal Train To Perform At Infinity Cafe Friday: Coal Train will perform a mix of country, southern rock, blues and boogie music on Friday from 7-9 p.m. in the Infinity Cafe. Admission is free.
Coal Train features Stephanie Rogers and Teal Weatherly on vocals, Mark Bunce on lead and slide guitar, Jim Foti on bass, Paul Sweat on rhythm guitar, and Jon Washburn on drums. Stephanie Benson, soloist, and SYMBA, featuring Infinity students Ryan Hawkins and Hayley Restivo, will open for Coal Train.
The Infinity Cafe is located at 115 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information call 664-0991 or visit infinityperformingarts.org.
Infinity SWAN Day 2013 Art Market Is Set For Saturday: An art market with food and music by local women is scheduled on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts.
There will also be a lunchtime lecture on the history of women in the arts presented at the Reg Studio Theater by Deb Eck, and "Comfort Zone" an art exhibit by Audrey Dowling will be the featured show at the 3rd on 3rd Gallery. Both events are directly across the street from Infinity.
The event is held in conjunction with the third annual Support Women Artists Now Day. Female artists and crafters of all mediums are invited to reserve a 4-foot-by-6-foot space for a $20 donation to Infinity. For more information, contact SWAN@infinityperformingarts.org or call 664-0991.
JCC Student Recitals Are Sunday: Jamestown Community College will present faculty recitals in the Scharmann Theatre at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The program will feature student performances accompanied by JCC adjunct music faculty member Cathleen Gagliano. Scheduled to perform are Brandon Timmerman, piano, student of Carol Svensen; Carl Brewer, tenor; Alex Underwood, Jake Shearer, Shaughn Bryant, baritones; and Kaitlyn Bowen, Victoria McIlvain and Karimah Rahman, sopranos, students of James Beal; Micah Terrill, French horn, student of Richard Lundquist; Jessica Carson, bass clarinet, Riley Gustafson, clarinet, students of Ralph Rasmusson; Charles Haluska, guitar, student of Bill Eckstrom; Hannah Jenks and Erin Arsenault, sopranos, students of Kathy Black; Cole Garifi, piano, student of Andrew Schmidt; and Jennie Cross, flute, student of Amy Cross.
NCCBDA To Present Dunkirk Jazz Invitational: The Northern Chautauqua County Band Director's Association will present the eighth Annual Dunkirk Jazz Invitational from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, in the Dunkirk Middle School Auditorium, 525 Eagle St. in Dunkirk.
This annual event, which celebrates National Jazz Appreciation Month, will bring together more than 200 student musicians from nine school districts throughout Chautauqua County for an evening of jazz. The event will feature the Dunkirk Middle School Jazz Ensemble, Brocton Middle School Jazz Ensemble, Forestville Middle School Jazz Ensemble, The Corner Pocket Big Band from Sherman, Clymer and Panama, Brocton High School Jazz Ensemble, Black Knight Jazz Ensemble from Silver Creek High School, Forestville High School Jazz Ensemble and the Cassadaga Valley High School Jazz Ensemble. In addition, the SUNY Fredonia Jazz Ensemble will be this year's house band, and will perform a pre-show concert at 3:30 p.m. as well as provide music in between sets. Opening remarks will be provided by New York state Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-C-I Chautauqua County.
Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students.
For more information visit www.nccbda.org.
Filsinger Games Made Podcast Debut On Wednesday: Filsinger Games, creators and producers of several games including "Champions of the Galaxy," "Ring of Honor," "Chikara" and "Shimmer," aired the first podcast in a series called "The View From Filsinger Headquarters" on Wednesday.
The podcast is hosted by company owner Tom Filsinger and wrestling journalist Wiggy Wigowski. The first show features special guest Bryce Remsburg, who has worked with several wrestling promotions including "Chikara" and "Shimmer."
The show is available on iTunes. For more information, visit the website filsingergames.com.
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Blue Grass Jam: 7-10 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron. Area bluegrass musicians are welcome to sit in and play.
Seth Meyers' Stand-Up With Chris Hardwick: 7 p.m., Junker Center, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, 4701 Behrend College Dr. in Erie. Tickets are $25. For more information call 814-898-6171 or visit estore.psu.edu.
Bill Ward And Amanda Barton: 6 p.m., The Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St., Jamestown.
Sammy Slicker Band: 8 p.m. to midnight, Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave., Celoron.
Ric And Brian Butler: 8-11 p.m., Bellini Lounge, Chautauqua Suites, 215 W. Lake Road (Route 394), Mayville.
The Saloonatics: 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Fountain Bowl, 3316 Fluvanna Ave. Extension, Jamestown.
7 Bridges Eagles Tribute Band: 8 p.m., Struthers Library Theatre, 302 W. Third St., Warren.
Relik Productions Show: 6 p.m., Jamestown Train Station, 212 W. Second St., Jamestown. Featuring The Plot In You, I Declare War, Erra, Fit For A King, Valiance and Currents.