PANAMA - For the second consecutive year, the Kevin Cole Farm in Panama will serve as the host site for an annual music festival with nearly two decades of support behind it.
The 18th Outrageous Universe Revival music festival will take place at the farm this weekend, and will feature a variety of bands as numerous as the genres they represent.
Formerly held at the Brushwood Folklore Center, the O.U.R. Fest found a new home in Panama last year after its founder and curator, Maury Rosenberg, said it was time for a change of scenery. Rosenberg, frontman and accordion player for the eclectic Boston-based band Hypnotic Clambake, said he originally chose to base the festival in Sherman because of the success Hypnotic Clambake had experienced in Chautauqua County while touring in the early 1990s.
Hypnotic Clambake, a Boston-based band, will headline the 18th annual Outrageous Universe Revival Fest this weekend. Pictured from left are: JoAnn Vaccaro, on guitar; Mark Phillips, on drums; Maury Rosenberg, on accordion; Chris Reynolds, on bass; and Tim Hull, on clarinet. The festival will run from 1 p.m. Friday through 1 p.m. Sunday, and will be held at the Kevin Cole Farm — located at 7405 Warner Road in Panama.
"Initially, when Hypnotic Clambake started touring out of Boston, we discovered that some of our best audiences were found in the Jamestown, Erie, Buffalo and Pittsburgh areas," Rosenberg said. "We decided right away to have O.U.R. Fest as close to Jamestown as possible, because we've had success in that area."
Rosenberg said last year's inaugural festival at the Cole farm was deemed a success, and he has worked in partnership with Cole - who was familiar with the festival through his work as an electrician at Brushwood - and Jamestown's Active Artist Alliance to host this year's installation of O.U.R. Fest.
"I'm pretty excited for this year," Rosenberg said. "Three heads are better than one, and I'm looking forward to working with Kevin and the Active Artist Alliance this year to present the 18th annual festival."
"It's just such a beautiful area to not only host a festival, but to play music."
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He added that the natural beauty of the Sherman and Panama areas provide the eclectic festival with an attractive backdrop.
"People come (to the festival) from different parts of the country and, for those who aren't familiar with Western New York, there's just some beautiful scenic property out here that helps them to get away from the stress of the city," he said. "It's just such a beautiful area to not only host a festival, but to play music."
The event offers two nights of camping and two days of a lineup of artists featuring a wide range of music such as: jam band, bluegrass, reggae, funk, old time, traditional, klezmer, zydeco, Cajun, blues, rock 'n' roll, jazz, calypso and others. A handful of artists will also be on hand to display their works.
The band and artist lineup for the 2014 O.U.R. Fest will include: Hypnotic Clambake, Mosaic Foundation, Baby Gramps, Smackdab, Well Worn Boot, The Bogarts, Leigh Stoner, David T. Carter, Pine Fever, the Justin Moyar Project, Potwhole, Dirt Track Racing, Gumshoe, Uncle Claud's Band, New York Klezer Trio, Zydeco Vacation, Rock City Ramblers, the John Martz Experience, and Matt Homan and the Bluegrass Disciples.
The Kevin Cole Farm is located at 7405 Warner Road in Panama. The 2014 O.U.R. Fest will kick off Friday at 1 p.m., and will conclude Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickets are available at the gate at $55 for a weekend pass or $40 for a day pass. A $2 parking fee for the entire event will also be collected at the gate.
For more information, and a complete band schedule, visit www.ourmusicfest.com