Voices Competition Canceled Due To Weather

BEMUS POINT – The few who dared to brave Monday evening’s rain showers to catch week three of Chautauqua Lake Voices had to leave after four songs due to heavy rain, lighting and thunder.

According to Andrew Hill, director of operations and programming for Media One Group, producer and host of the show, continuing the performance during inclement weather was out of the question.

“In the 10 years that we’ve done this show, we’ve always said that we will sing through rain unless it’s so heavy that it affects the band, but in the event of thunder and lightning it’s a safety concern and we always proceed on the side of caution,” said Hill. “The responsible thing to do tonight was cancel the show, and not put anybody in harm’s way.”

Week three of the competition, Billy Joel night, was scheduled to feature 12 performers including: Jamie Haight, Dylan Carlson, Mike Bidney, Allison Beach, Nicole Tenpas, Michael Nugent, Bill Brunacini, Elizabeth Lucas, Sara Ross, Teal Weatherley, Emily Windoft and Julie Haight. However, due to the weather, only four had the chance to perform before the show was canceled.

As “coolest performer,” Windoft opened the show with “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers. She was followed by Jamie Haight, who performed “Still Rock N’ Roll To Me,” which drew judge Patricia Newman’s comment, “Great song to start the show.” Carlson then took on Joel’s classic “Piano Man,” to which he added a contemporary flair, earning praise from judges Tim Edborg and Drew Minton. Edborg noted how it seemed that Carlson had a big fan club, and Minton added that he made it, “a whole new song.” Bidney, who performed “River of Dreams,” danced on the front dock of the Floating Stage in the pouring rain as the final performer of the evening. Before the judges could comment on Bidney’s dance moves, the show was canceled.

“We did have one rain date scheduled in August, so we are simply going to push everything back,” said Hill. “We’ll hope for nice weather, start from scratch next week, and everybody will get to perform again.”

As a result of the show being postponed, next week will feature a repeat of the performers who took the stage this week, as well as those who didn’t get the chance last evening. During next week’s show, the competitors will perform the following tunes: Beach, “She’s Always A Woman”; Tenpas, “Honesty”; Nugent, “Movin’ Out”; Brunacini, “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant”; Lucas, “Vienna”; Ross, “Just The Way You Are”; Weatherley, “She’s Got A Way”; Windoft, “Only The Good Die Young”; and Julie Haight, “Shameless.”

The competition will continue Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Floating Stage in Bemus Point. For more information visit www.ChautauquaLakeVoices.com or search for “Chautauqua Lake Voices” on Facebook.