Chicago bluesman Fernando Jones has returned to Infinity Visual and Performing Arts.
Jones will host several workshops for Infinity students, which are open to the public, today and Friday from 5-6 p.m. He will then perform during the Infinity Cafe blues and pizza night at 7 p.m. Friday. The performance is free and open to the public. The Infinity Cafe is located at 115 E. Third St. in Jamestown.
According to Jones, it's always a good thing when he gets the opportunity to visit a place filled with wonderful people and students to share his art.
"As an educator I know the value of education and of literacy," said Jones. "The blues are not necessarily a music that has been implemented and embraced by academia as classical and jazz have been. But, the main way for blues to get some respect is to have it in a legitimate academic environment."
During his workshop, Jones attempts to validate students by giving them a track to drive down.
"When they come to the crossroad of playing the blues and having no one to play with or encourage them I try to reinforce what they already know," said Jones. "I'll be helping them with their own instruments."
During Jones' performance he will be accompanied by two musicians and will play original material. Jones plays guitar, harmonica, bass and sings.
"I have an engaging concert that is simple and straightforward," said Jones.
Jones is the founder of the internationally recognized multicultural interdisciplinary artist-in-residence program Blues Kids of America.
"We have established a foundation called the Blues Kids Foundation and a international blues camps in places across America for kids that is free," said Jones. "The blues camp is a program designed for kids who are already players and want to learn to play the blues."
For more information visit blueskids.com.
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 10th week of the Wits n' Giggles: Friday Night Comedy Series. This week's edition of Wits n' Giggles will feature comedian and magician, Matthew David Stanley, along with comedian Jay Snyder.
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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Beats At The Brix To Host Jazz Group: 21 Brix Winery will feature Dave Callaghan and Uptime Jazz for the May edition of Beats at the Brix. The performance will be held Saturday from 7-9 p.m. in the 21 Brix Winery tasting room.
Callaghan, saxophonist, has been playing jazz in the Erie, Pa. area for more than 20 years. Callaghan is backed by Joe Frisina, guitarist, and Dick Thompson, upright bassist.
The event is free, however a wine purchase is required. 21 Brix Winery is located at 6654 W. Main Road, Route 20, in Portland. For more information call 792-2749.
Auditions For 'The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe' To Begin In June: St. Luke's Winged Ox Players are proud to announce auditions for their next production, "The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe."
The family play centers on the C.S. Lewis' classic set in the land of Narnia. A story of love, faith, courage and giving, with triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life.
Auditions for the four children will be held on two nights, Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8. Both nights will begin at 6:30 and run until 8:30 at St. Luke's Church on North Main Street in Jamestown. The audition will be a cold reading from the script, and all children are invited as there will be parts for every child over 6 years old in the play. Characters include: Peter, male, 13; Edward, male, 10; Susan, female, 12; and Lucy, female, 8.
The play will be held at the Crown Theatre in Jamestown on Sept. 20, 21, 27 and 28. It is directed by Steven Cobb and Daniel Pierce.
Anyone interested in helping out backstage is also welcome to attend the auditions to sign up. For more information call 969-7412.
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Pete Pepke: 6-8 p.m., The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg.
Blue Grass Jam: 7-10 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.
Cindy Haight: 6 p.m., Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown.
Stan Barton And Friends: 6-8 p.m., The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg.
ZOAR: 8 p.m. to midnight, Casino Bar, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.
Day Old Soup Band: 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Webb's Captains Table, 115 W. Lake Road in Mayville.
Student Music Recitals: 6 p.m., Miraglia Gallery and Chautauqua Music, 108 E. Second St. in Jamestown.
Brian Chase At Tom Gooch Benefit: 4-7 p.m., Mayville Legion, 144 S. Erie St. in Mayville.
Haunted Heart: 6-8 p.m., The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg.
Dave Callaghan and Uptime Jazz: 7-9 p.m., 21 Brix Winery, 6654 W. Main Road in Portland.
Rustic Ramblers featuring Howard Buck: 8 p.m. to midnight, Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.
Kate Engler Band: 8 p.m. to midnight, Casino Bar, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.
Rick Magee And The Roadhouse Rockers: 8 p.m. to midnight, Bellini Lounge, Chautauqua Suites, 215 W. Lake Road (Route 394) in Mayville.
Small Town Revolution: 8 p.m. to midnight, Pine Junction, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Sherman.
Brian Chase: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Jammin' Vine, 11884 E. Main St. (Route 20) in North East, Pa.
Red Rhythm: 4-8 p.m., Casino Bar, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.