A Theatrical Encore

In May I headed out to The Spire Theatre to do some coverage on Big Time Productions’ “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” and found myself chuckling as I got a preview of the show prior to its debut.

So, when I heard the news that the show had met with a successful run, and that it would be featured as a “Friends of the Fest” during the annual Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy, I wasn’t the least bit surprised. The work that founder of The Spire Theatre, and director of the show, Angelo Giuffre, and Ylsa, CEO of Big Time Productions, brings a unique type of community theater to the area.

The show is set to run Thursday, Aug. 1, and Friday, Aug. 2, at 5:30 p.m. at The Spire Theater, 317 E. Third St. in Jamestown. General admission tickets are $20 presale, $25 the day of show and are available at www.lucycomedyfest.com.

For more information about the show, and a 10-minute video preview, visit post-journal.com and search for “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” then click on “One Man’s Treasure.”

As per usual, here are the highlights and happenings going on in the area.


JSBA Big City Summer Concert Series Continues Friday: The Bogarts will appear during JSBA’s Big City Summer Concert Series on Friday.

The Bogarts, a Jamestown-based American roots band, have become an area favorite over the course of the eight years the band has been together. The Bogarts perform regionally, as well as at numerous music festivals, including the Great Blue Heron. The band has released a pair of CD’s.

The Bogarts mix country roots with folky jams to produce a live show. The current lineup consists of original members: Chris Rammacher, bass; Shawn McKane, drums, harmonica and vocals; and Chris Passamonte, songwriter, guitar,vocals. The band is rounded out with longtime members: Warren Sischo, pedal steel and guitar; and Jamie Trusler, guitar.

The summer concert series takes place from 7-9 p.m. between Lafayette Street and the patio behind the JSBA. In case of inclement weather, the performance will take place inside the arena at Sully’s Irish Pub. The Big City Concerts are free to the public. Food and beverage vendors will also be on-site.

Following each outdoor concert, the party will shift to Sully’s Irish Pub for more live music. Located on the track inside JSBA, Sully’s will feature the Ben Blood and Charlie Backus duo as the closing act, which will play until around 10:30 p.m.

Jamestown Savings Bank Arena is located at 319 W. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information call 484-2624, visit jamestownarena.com or the JSBA Facebook and Twitter pages.

Light-Fest II Is Set For Saturday And Sunday: The second annual Light-Fest, held in Westfield, is scheduled to begin Saturday at 2 p.m.

The festival will feature musical acts such as: Honey Spine, Tony Flint, Pleasuretown, Derek Davis And The Tasty Groove, Bill Ward and Amanda Barton, The Bill Burke Trio, Aqueous, Smackdab and the No Good Do Gooders. It will also feature yoga with Jen Raines and Starshine.

The event is free and open to the public. It is located at 7082 Light Road in Westfield. For more information search for “Light-Fest II” on Facebook.

Grape Escape Music Festival Is Saturday: The Town Pants in partnership with Willow Creek Winery will present the first annual Grape Escape Music Festival on Saturday.

The Grape Escape Music Festival will showcase delta blues, folk, rock and Celtic music for all ages. Musical acts range from local college students, Pennsylvania natives, Tennessee travelers, as well as Vancouver’s own The Town Pants along with their father, Lorne Keogh.

Other bands include: Back Door Men, The Weedrags, Mike Slo-Mo Brenner, Sim Redmond Band, The Howlin’ Brothers, and Consuelo’s Revenge. A campfire jam with Not Sold Separately And Friends, which features members of The Town Pants plus various musicians who performed throughout the day, will also be held.

Tickets can be purchased at Willow Creek Winery, through The Town Pants website, or brownpapertickets.com/event/407784. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $25 at the door, and include camping. Children are welcome, and those under 12 are free.

Willow Creek Winery is located at 2627 Chapin Road in Silver Creek. For more information visit willowcreekwines.net or facebook.com/WillowCreekWinery.


To include an upcoming show or event in this column, email drader@post-journal.com or call 487-1111, ext. 253 by Monday.


Mayville And Chautauqua Concert In The Park Series With Kokomo Time Band: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Lakeside Park in Mayville.

Lakewood Gazebo Concert Series With Big Tone Blues Band: 7-8:30 p.m., Richard O. Hartley Park, Terrace and Chautauqua avenues in Lakewood.

Falconer Summer Concert Series With The Cassadaga Band: 7 p.m., Davis Park in Falconer.

Blue Grass Jam: 7-10 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.


Doc And Bill: noon, Westfield Arts and Crafts Festival in Westfield.

Rustic Ramblers: 7-11 p.m., The Lakewood Legion Post 1286, 174 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood.

Zephyr Band: 8 p.m. to midnight, Bellini Lounge, 215 W. Lake Road (Route 394) in Mayville.

American Ride Band: 9 p.m., Murdock’s, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.

Brian Chase: 9 p.m. to midnight, Webb’s Captain’s Table, 115 W. Lake Road in Mayville.


Busti Gazebo Concert Series Featuring Old Dawg Bluegrass: 7 p.m., Busti Gazebo in Busti.

Opera House To Screen “Before Midnight:” 7:30 p.m., 1891 Fredonia Opera House, 9 Church St. in Fredonia.

Coyote Band: 8 p.m. to midnight, Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.

Grand Larseny: 8 p.m. to midnight, The Boardwalk in Mayville.


Bill Ward And Amanda Barton: 6-9 p.m., Hadley House, 3328 Hadley Bay Road in Stow.


Opera House To Screen “Before Midnight:” 7:30 p.m., 1891 Fredonia Opera House, 9 Church St. in Fredonia.


Cup Of Soup: 6-9 p.m., Chautauqua Suites’ Bellini Courtyard, 215 W. Lake Road (Route 394) in Mayville.

Jamestown Municipal Band: 7 p.m., Allen Park Goranson Bandshell in Jamestown.

Live At The Gazebo With Infinity’s Hayley Restivo, Ryan Hawkins, Oliver Burdo And Lily Ellis: 7 p.m., Findley Lake Gazebo in Findley Lake.