Conjuring Up A Good Time

A new collaboration between Southern Tier Brewing Company and the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts is set to bring Dark Star Orchestra to Jamestown.

Dark Star Orchestra will appear at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. The event is the first show in the new Southern Tier Brewing Company “Live Series,” and a special brew will be tapped at the event before the show.

The brew was concocted as a result of Southern Tier Brewing Company’s recent “Brewer For A Day” event. The brew, called “Casey Jones” will be sold exclusively at the event. “Casey Jones” is a beer brewed with green coffee beans.

“I’ll be sure to sample my share,” said Dino English, drums and percussion for Dark Star Orchestra.

Not only is the performance the first of Southern Tier Brewing Company “Live Series,” but it is also the third stop for Dark Star Orchestra on the band’s new Fall Tour East. Although tickets to the event are only $35, English believes those who attend the event will be happy they did, especially since the band performs a four-hour show with a 30 minute intermission.

“We’re out there to play a full night of music – and we’re happy to do so,” English said. “There are very few people who walk away not having a good time at a Dark Star show – most of them it’s plastered all over their face. We’re lucky to be able to have each other in the band, it’s a good group of people. Somehow we’re able to continuously conjure up this good time because of the music.”

During the show, attendees will be treated to more than three hours of Dark Star Orchestra. In general, the group’s live shows begin with a warmup, followed by some short songs and a jam to end the first set. After a short break, the group begins the second set, which is when the real fireworks happen, English said.

“It’s all building up to something,” English said. “The first half of the second set is the meat and potatoes of the show. I liken it to each night having an epic form that takes part in three layers per se. Not that every show is epic, but it takes on a literary form in that sense. It has a beginning middle and end, and each song plays a part in that.”

Although it’s difficult for English to choose which tunes are his favorite to perform, the songs performed during the second set aim to illustrate the importance of flow during the live show.

“They all serve a purpose in a different way,” English said. “When the show is happening it’s got a certain flow to it. Each one of these songs plays a particular part in that flow – and it’s different every night.”

The band also gets to be creative during sections of its live performances, adding a wide-open feeling to parts of the show.

“We prefer to keep the song intact as far as melodies, harmonies and the arrangement,” English said. “But, there’s always solo sections in the songs, and sometimes it’s an open jam where we can play anything we want.”

In addition to English, Dark Star Orchestra is comprised of six other members, including: Rob Barraco, keys and vocals; Rob Eaton, rhythm guitar and vocals; Rob Koritz, drums and percussion; Lisa Mackey, vocals; Jeff Mattson, lead guitar and vocals; and Skip Vangelas, bass. A number of special guests also join the band at various shows, such as Phish’s Mike Gordon and Jon Fishman, Steve Kimock, Peter Rowan, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Keller Williams, Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes, as well as original members of The Grateful Dead.

According to English, keeping the live experience of the Grateful Dead going is a big responsibility that no one in the group takes lightly.

“It’s a responsibility we love having,” English said. “We work really hard at it, are constantly trying to improve ourselves as a band and as individual musicians. It’s a continuous work in progress – that’s what makes it fun.”

Funding for the concert was made possible in part by support from the Gebbie Foundation and the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation. Tickets, which are $35, are available at The Reg box office by calling 484-7070 or online at www.reglenna.com. The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts is located at 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, visit www.darkstarorchestra.net.

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

HIGHLIGHTS

WCA Hospital Auxiliary To Host Annual Holiday Bazaar Friday And Saturday: The WCA Hospital Auxiliary is set to host its annual Holiday Bazaar in the WCA Hospital Auditorium Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Area residents will have the opportunity to get ready for the holidays with a deals on hundreds of gift items during the Holiday Bazaar. Free cookies will be available during the event. Proceeds will serve to support the hospital.

The WCA Hospital Auditorium is located at 207 Foote Ave in Jamestown. For more information, call 487-0141 or visit www.wcahospital.org.

Infinity To Host Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser Saturday: Infinity Visual and Performing Arts is set to host a pancake breakfast fundraiser at Applebee’s, 340 E. Fairmount Ave. in Lakewood, from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday.

Participants will get all-you-can-eat pancakes, bacon and drinks for $5 per person, and 80 percent of the proceeds will serve to benefit Infinity.

Tickets are available at Infinity’s front desk, 115 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 664-0991 or visit www.infinityperformingarts.org.

Jeanne Robertson Set To Perform At Struthers Library Theatre On Saturday: The Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn and Suites will present comedian Jeanne Robertson at 8 p.m. on Saturday at Struthers Library Theatre.

Robertson, a professional speaker who specializes in humor-based life experiences, speaks to thousands of people annually. Her clean, but irreverent style positively illustrates a sense of humor that is more than a laughing matter.

Robertson is a member of the Speakers Hall of Fame and recipient of Toastmasters International’s Golden Gavel award. Most recently, the National Speakers Association honored Jeanne with its 2012 Master of Influence Award. She has also appeared on “60 Minutes,” produced seven DVDs and created Youtube clips with more than 17 million hits.

Tickets to the show are $29, $25 and $21. Tickets can be purchased at Struthers Library Theatre box office, located at 302 W. Third Ave. in Warren, Pa., or online at www.strutherslibrarytheatre.com.

Donna The Buffalo Set To Perform At American Legion This November: Donna The Buffalo is set to perform tunes from its new album, “Tonight, Tomorrow And Yesterday,” at the Herman Kent Post 777 American Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in jamestown, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29. The show will also feature special guests Bill Ward and Amanda Barton.

The event is for those age 21 or older. Tickets, which are $20, can be ordered by calling John Streed, of Blue Moon Management, at 499-9638 or online at www.broken-glass-production.com. For more information, call 483-0777, visit www.donnathebuffalo.com or search for “Donna the Buffalo on Facebook.

HAPPENINGS

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

Tonight

Honey Spine: 6-9 p.m., Southern Tier Brewing Company’s Empty Pint, 2072 Stoneman Circle in Lakewood.

“Girl Rising” Documentary Screening: 7 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 120 Chandler St. in Jamestown.

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

Reg Fall Film Series “The Butler”: 8 p.m., Reg Lenna Center For The Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown.

Friday

Sean Patrick McGraw: 8-11 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.

Bros Agenda: 8-10 p.m., Jamestown Savings Bank Arena’s Sully’s Pub, 319 W. Third St. in Jamestown.

Saturday

Reg Fall Film Series “The Butler”: 8 p.m., Reg Lenna Center For The Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown.

Doc And Bill: 8:30 p.m., Brazill’s on Main, 7 E. Main St. in Westfield.

The M80s: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.

Center Stage Karaoke: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Murdock’s, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.

Wednesday

Oliver Burdo: 4-6 p.m., Chautauqua Mall, 318 E. Fairmount Ave. in Lakewood.