Another weekend, another marathon schedule for this entertainer-reporter hybrid.
The only difference this time is that my marathon weekend will be compressed into a 13-hour window rather than my typical two-day commitment.
It all begins with an hour-long drive to Kinzua country, where Danger Bird will perform from 3-7 p.m. at Kinzua Beach outside of Warren, Pa. Traditionally, a four-hour set has proven ample for one day, but there’s no rest for the weary this time around. As soon as we finish, we’ll have to pack as quickly as possible for another hour-long sprint to Corry, Pa., where we’ll be playing at the VFW from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
I’m already tired just thinking about it: eight total hours of music, not to mention packing up after it all and another 45-minute drive just to get home. And then it’s back to work on Sunday, giving me a very minimal window from which I can expect to receive a very minimal recovery.
It’s a stressful proposition, but one that comes with its own rewards. There are times when I would much rather kick back and relax and enjoy an evening of television, reading and maybe some actual story writing. But what it comes down to is that I can’t sit still long enough to enjoy my own leisure.
Maybe it has to do with what I’ve always suspected to be some form of undiagnosed ADHD, but I’ve developed over time an increasing inability to stay in and keep to myself when there is another alternative. I crave social interaction; even more so when it involves an opportunity to play music for people at the same time.
Call me crazy, but I get a kick out of the sense of adventure I get when I look at my social calendar and see all the places I get to go every month – practically all of which are within an hour’s drive of Jamestown. Life can be quite unpredictable at times, but that’s what keeps me engaged in it.
There is definitely something to be said for routine, but that doesn’t thrill me as much as sprinting 40 miles from one gig to the next, hoping that I’ll make it in time for my next performance. Sometimes, it pays to live life on the edge, even if it doesn’t always pan out exactly the way you’d expected.
If nothing else I’ll have some interesting memories to carry forth into my next phase of life, which will likely consist of a lot more free time.
And now, here’s some of what you can expect to find in the area this week.
Gerry Rodeo Continues This Week: The 72nd annual Gerry Fire Department Rodeo, which kicked off Wednesday night, will resume at the Gerry Rodeo grounds tonight and run through Saturday. The four-night event begins at 8 p.m. each night, and features more than 200 professional cowboys and cowgirls from 31 states – including a number of cowboys among the top 25 in world rankings – competing for $45,000 in prize money. The competition includes the traditional rodeo events – bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, bull riding and the cowgirls’ barrel racing.
All proceeds benefit the Gerry Volunteer Fire Department. Additional information is available at the website www.gerryrodeo.org or by phone at 985-4847 or 1-888-985-4847.
Straight No Chaser Returns To Chautauqua Institution For Friday Performance: The all-male a cappella group Straight No Chaser will return to Chautauqua Institution on Friday for an 8:15 p.m. performance at the amphitheater. The group, which has emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fanbase, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases, is currently touring in support of its fifth and most recent album “The New Old Fashioned.”
Tickets to the concert are $50, and preferred seating is available for an additional $20. For more information, visit chqtickets.com or find the event on Facebook.
Creedence Clearwater Revisited To Perform In Salamanca Saturday: Creedence Clearwater Revisited, a reimagining of the chart-topping band Creedence Clearwater Revival featuring original members Stu Cook on bass and Doug Clifford on drums, will perform at the Seneca Allegany Events Center on Saturday at 7 p.m. In its original incarnation, the band established itself among the bedrock of ’60s rock ‘n’ roll and boasted three Top Ten albums and four Top Three singles in 1969 alone. Performing many of the original band’s iconic hits like “Bad Moon Rising,” “Proud Mary,” “Who’ll Stop The Rain” and more, Creedence Clearwater Revisited continues to deliver on the roots rock sound that has thrilled audiences for decades. Tickets are $20.
The Seneca Allegany Events Center is located at 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 1-877-819-6632 or visit senecaalleganycasino.com/events/creedence-clearwater-revisited/.
Southern Tier Wrestling To Hold Aug. 14 Event At Celoron Legion: Southern Tier Wrestling, a locally-owned independent professional wrestling venture, will hold a wrestling event, “Big Trouble in Little Celoron,” at the Celoron Legion on Sunday, Aug. 14. The program will feature: a mini-match between Kid Canuck and Pepper Jack; the first ever ladies bout between Maria Manic and Bea; a matchup between Southern Tier Wrestling’s heavyweight champion Asylum and “Big Time” Bill Collier; and Southern Tier Wrestling’s tag team champion “Simply Devine” with their manager, Jon Kennedy. Also appearing in the event will be The Rochester Wrecking Crew, The Patron Saints of Professional Wrestling, Brandon Thurston, Marek, Rico Cruz, Ezra Elwood, The Homewreckers, The Caesar, Yuri Koloff, Vince Valor and Warchild.
Tickets can be obtained through Southern Tier Wrestling’s Facebook page or at the Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown. They are $20 for the front row, and $10 for general admission and ringside. They will cost an additional $3 when purchased at the door the day of the event.
Inaugural Beer And Wing Festival To Be Held Aug. 27: The first annual Beer and Wing Festival will be presented by the Media 1 Group and the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 1-5 p.m. The event will feature wing tasting and craft beer sampling from the Southern Tier’s best, as well as business vendors from around the area. Only 600 spots are available, and each ticket holder will receive five free wings. Tickets are $30 for those intending to sample craft beers and $15 for designated drivers. Non-designated driver ticket holders will receive a commemorative Beer and Wing Festival drinking glass with logo. Must be 21 years of age to attend.
For more information, or to make reservations, visit jamestownarena.com, call 484-2624 or stop by the JSBA’s Landmark Chevrolet box office.
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Davis and Eng: noon, Downtown Jamestown Farmer’s Market, Cherry Street in Jamestown
Pulse poetry slam: 4 p.m., Infinity Arts Cafe, 301 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Bluegrass Jam: 7 p.m., Lakewood Legion, 174 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
Derek Davis Duo: 7 p.m., Richard O. Hartley Park in Lakewood
Jules-R-Us Karaoke: 8 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Lakewood
Karaoke with DJ Xcite: 9 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Karaoke with Felony Entertainment: 10 p.m., Forte, 114 E. Third St. in Jamestown
The Untouchables: 6 p.m., Southern Tier Brewing Company, 2072 Stoneman Circle in Lakewood
Alex Kates: 6 p.m., Yesterday’s, 103 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
Reset 2 Vinyl: 8 p.m., Vikings Lake Park, 4923 Route 430 in Maple Springs
Underdog (from Italy) with Gasoline Genes: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Davis and Eng: 2 p.m., Panama Rocks, 11 Rock Hill Road in Panama
Ken Hardley: 6 p.m., Celoron Moose, 52 Dunham Ave. in Celoron
“Dumb and Dumber” screening: 9 p.m., Wintergarden Plaza, 313 N. Main St. in Jamestown
Revelation with Detroit Red and the Filthy Casuals: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Dan Vogan: 2 p.m., Long Point State Park in Bemus Point
Alex Kates: 2 p.m., Celoron Moose, 52 Dunham Ave. in Celoron
Open Jam: 9 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Bill Ward: 6 p.m., Andriaccio’s, 4837 W. Lake Road in Chautauqua