On The Road Again
Now that it’s been about a month since Cold Lazarus has played a show, I’m definitely itching to get back up on stage with my boys.
Thankfully that itch is about to be scratched, because we’ve got a double-header weekend lined up to kick off our official mini-CD release tour, which will also include and conclude with our April 28 show at Shawbucks.
But first things first, we have some out of town shows to continue our expansion efforts and exposure at the regional level. On Friday we’ll be appearing at the Lockhouse Distillery in Buffalo, featuring special guests Ponder — formerly Ponder the Giraffe. Buffalo gigs have been a primary objective of ours for a while now, and it’s been nice to be able to start snagging them with some regularity. We’ve been establishing some good contacts and building a bit of a name for ourselves up that way, which should hopefully translate to further eastward expansion into New York state in the hopefully not-too-distant future.
On Saturday we’ll return to Union Whisk[e]y in Olean, where we previously played back in December. It’s a neat little venue; probably not our ideal crowd, but a handful of people did stick around for us last time to hear our originals and we did make at least one new fan last time. In either case, it will be a good opportunity to blend our older and newer original material. At this point in time, there’s really no such thing as a bad gig as long as it means we get to keep playing and getting tighter as a band.
As I previously mentioned, we’ll also be playing Shawbucks on April 28, during which we’re planning to perform our album in its entirety and in sequence in addition to throwing in a set of newer material and some select cover songs. This will be our third time playing Shawbucks, and we’ve trended well there. Not to mention it’s always nice to be able to play before a hometown crowd when most of our gigs are on the road these days.
So that’s what’s on the docket for us now. Behind the scenes we’re closing in on having a finished graphic that we’ll be using for T-shirts in the next couple of months, ideally, and we’re also in the planning stages for producing a music video to accompany our song “Butterflies” — which we’d love to be able to have completed by festival season starting in July.
And, of course, we’re always writing. We hope to have a brand new song ready to debut at the Shawbucks show.
Hope to see you at a show and, as always, thanks for reading!
And now, here’s some of what you can expect to find in the area this week.
JCC Uncommoners To Present ‘Speech And Debate’ This Weekend: A month delayed from their originally scheduled production, the Jamestown Community College Uncommoners will present “Speech and Debate” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Jamestown campus’ Scharmann Theatre. The production will features a small cast of five young, but experienced students in an intimate show designed to get its audience members thinking critically about the society in which we live.
The Uncommoners will be performing a revised and slightly updated version of the original 2007 Stephen Karam play, in which three high school students in Salem, Oregon, are brought together when they all uncover secrets about each other. The cast includes LeighAnn Schaffer as Diwata; Skyler Dunlap as Howie; Andrew Delcamp as Solomon; Ashley Farnham as Solomon’s teacher; and Anjelica Yudakova as a local reporter.
Admission to the play is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for JCC Faculty Student Association members and high school students. Tickets can be obtained by calling JCC’s box office at 338-1187.
Fifth Annual Fire And Ice Ball Is Saturday: The Rotary Club of Jamestown’s yearly spring fundraising event, the Fire and Ice Ball, will be held on Saturday at Mayville’s Chautauqua Suites starting at 6 p.m. This year’s Fire and Ice Ball will be the fifth annual event to serve as a fundraiser for the club’s involvement with various local and international projects. Featured will be live music by the Porcelain Busdrivers, a silent basket auction — including items donated by Southern Tier Brewing Company and JB Liquor, as well as a natural gas grill donated by National Grid — and two, high-end grand prizes. To top it off, new this year, a photo booth will be available for party-goers to capture their memories of the evening.
The name “Fire and Ice” refers to the two grand prize items, known as the “Fire” and “Ice” prizes. This year’s “Fire” prize will come in the form of a one-week stay at the Grand Mayan Resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. The suite includes over 1,200 square feet with two bedrooms and occupancy of six adults and two children. The “Ice” prize is a Ice Blue Diamond jewelry set comprised of a pendant, bracelet, earrings and ring — donated by Gaylene’s and valued at $1,100. Tickets for the grand prizes are available at $10 each, and the prize winners will be determined by a drawing. Tickets can be purchased from any Jamestown Noon Rotarian or by calling Fire and Ice chairwoman Kathy Benson at 489-7308. The winning tickets will be drawn during the event, but the ticketholders do not need to be present to win.
Tickets to attend the Fire and Ice Ball are $70 each and can also be purchased from any Rotary Club of Jamestown member, or by contacting Benson at 489-7308. Attendees of the Fire and Ice Ball are asked to dress formally, but the event is black tie optional. Chautauqua Suites are located at 215 W. Lake Road in Mayville.
‘I Am Battle Comic’ Screening To Be Held Saturday: On Saturday, comedian and filmmaker Jordan Brady will visit the Robert H. Jackson Center at 6 p.m. to screen and discuss his 2017 documentary “I am Battle Comic,” in which a group of comedians travel to the Middle East to perform for U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Bahrain and Iraq.
Brady’s visit will serve as a fundraising opportunity for the United Veterans Council Of Chautauqua County and its campaign to provide steel flag holders at the headstones of deceased veterans in cemeteries across the county. These new flag holders will be stainless steel and permanently mounted to avoid theft, which is currently rampant all across America. Brady, who previously produced the “I am Comic” and “I am Road Comic” documentaries, will provide a question-and-answer session following the April 14 screening at the Jackson Center. The event, which was made possible through a collaboration with the Chautauqua County Veteran’s Services’ Dwyer Program, is free and open to the public, however a $15 donation to the United Veterans Council will be requested at the door.
The Robert H. Jackson Center is located at 305 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown. For more information about this event, contact Cindy Reidy, Dwyer Program project coordinator, at 661-8447 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Little Theatre To Present ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ This Month: The Lucille Ball Little Theatre will present its production of the rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” later this month, with 7:30 p.m. performances scheduled for Friday, April 20; Saturday, April 21; Friday, April 27; and Saturday, April 28; as well as 2 p.m. matinee performances on Sunday, April 22 and 29.
“Jesus Christ Superstar” was written by Andrew Lloyd Weber, with lyrics penned by Tim Rice, and was released in 1970 as a concept album before premiering on Broadway the following year. The musical is mostly sung-through, with little spoken dialogue, and the story is loosely based on the Gospels’ accounts of the last week of Jesus’s life — beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion. It depicts political and interpersonal struggles between Judas Iscariot and Jesus that are not present in the Bible, and is uniquely presented through the eyes of the former.
Tickets for “Jesus Christ Superstar” are $20 or $10 for students. They can be purchased at the Little Theatre box office, by calling 483-1095 or by visiting lucilleballlittletheatre.org.
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The Karl-Marks Duo: 7 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
Comedy open mic: 8 p.m., Labyrinth Press Co., 14 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown
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. Fourth St. in Jamestown
Bill Ward: 6 p.m., The Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown
“Paddington 2” screening: 7 p.m., The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Rustic Ramblers: 7:30 p.m., Lakewood Legion, 174 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
DJ Infinity Entertainment: 8 p.m., Busti Tap House, Busti-Sugar Grove Road in Busti