Low-Pressure Atmosphere At Chautauqua Music

After celebrating both a successful reopening and a 40th anniversary this year, Chautauqua Music is quickly becoming an integral aspect of the arts community.

Chautauqua Music is set to host a student recital on Friday at 6 p.m. The event, which is open to the public, will feature performances by students of Spencer Drake, guitar instructor.

Each student will perform one to three songs of his or her choice. Performers include: Michael Philips, guitar and vocals; Asa Dunmore, guitar and vocals; Russ DeLonge, guitar and vocals; Jessie Wolf, bass guitar; Rich Moon, guitar; Alex Disbro, guitar; McKayla Brooks, guitar and vocals; Jordan Clarke, vocals and guitar; Carol Drake, tenor saxophone; and Aaron Jacoby. Following the student recital, the band Flashback, which features Drake on guitar and vocals and Jeff Bucklin on guitar and vocals, will perform classic rock from the 1970s-’80s.

According to Drake, event organizer, although the recital is not a requirement for his students, it’s an opportunity to perform for an audience of their family and friends.

“It’s good for their self-esteem because they can demonstrate what they’ve learned in a supportive and fun environment,” Drake said. “I think this is a feel good event for the community because they can support young people and adults doing something positive and fun – it’s great to see both young people and adults achieving a goal together.”

The event creates a low-pressure atmosphere where the performers can focus on having fun, instead of being perfect, Drake said.

“They don’t have to be perfect, they just do their best and most importantly have fun,” Drake said. “But, it also shows that there are a lot of talented people in our area.”

Chautauqua Music is located at 110 E. Second St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 484-0179 or search for “Chautauqua Music” on Facebook.

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

HIGHLIGHTS

Comedy at JSBA Continues Friday Night: The Jamestown Savings Bank Arena is set to host another evening of the Wits n’ Giggles: Friday Night Comedy Series. This week’s edition of Wits n’ Giggles will feature Quinn Patterson and Mike Moses.

The show will take place in the upstairs Arena Club from 8-10 p.m. Tickets are $10 presale and $12 the day of the show. They are available at the JSBA Box Office, 319 W. Third St. in Jamestown, by phone at 484-2624 or at www.jamestownarena.com. For more information search for “Jamestown Savings Bank Arena” on Facebook or follow on Twitter.

Donna The Buffalo Set To Perform At Celoron Legion On Friday: Donna The Buffalo is set to perform tunes from its new album, “Tonight, Tomorrow And Yesterday,” at the Herman Kent Post 777 American Legion at 8 p.m. Friday.

In addition to Donna The Buffalo, the show will also feature Amanda Barton and Bill Ward. The event is for those age 21 and older.

The Celoron Legion is located at 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown. Tickets can be ordered from John Streed, of Blue Moon Management, at 499-9638 or online at www.broken-glass-production.com.

Active Artists Alliance Ninth Anniversary Show Set For Saturday: The Active Artists Alliance will celebrate its ninth anniversary with a show and party featuring art, music, poetry and more on Saturday.

The show is set to run from 6-11 p.m. at the Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney Renaissance Center, 119-121 W. Third St. in Jamestown.

It will feature live performances by several musicians including: Drums and Space with C. Larson and D. McDonald, Tony Flint, Justin Moyar, Ancestor, Uncle Claud’s Band, ZOO, Grace Lynn Stumberg and others. Hooping demos will be provided by Flow-716.

The visual arts will also be represented by several local artists including: Mark Cooper, Pam Gifford, Kate Harris, Christopher Balaskas, Joe Kewin, David Grice, Angela Caley, Bill Thomas, Robbie Mills, James Doltie Christian and others.

For more information, search for “Active Artists Alliance Nine Year Anniversary” on Facebook or visit www.activeartist.org.

Auditions For Two Lucille Ball Little Theater Productions Set For Saturday: The Lucille Ball Little Theater of Jamestown is set to host auditions for two Neil Simon comedies, “The Odd Couple” and “Plaza Suite” on Saturday from noon-2 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. at Infinity Visual And Performing Arts, 115 E. Third St. in Jamestown.

“The Odd Couple” will feature a cast of six men ranging in age from 30-40 and two women from 25-30. “Plaza Suite” will feature a cast of three men and three women ranging in age from 30-50. Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script. Backstage workers are also invited to attend the auditions. The show is directed by Adam Owens and Anne Ecklund.

For more information, call the theater 483-1095 or Owens at 679-8763.

Chautauqua County Local Legends Of Music Memorial Fund Hard Rock Show Set For Sunday: The Musicians Memorial Hard Rock show is set for Sunday from 6-9 p.m. at Chautauqua Music, 110 E. Second St. in Jamestown. The show will feature Whiskey Playground and Face Down In High Water.

For more information, call 814-670-9151, search for “Chautauqua County Local Legends of Music Memorial Fund” on Facebook or visit www.sites.google.com/site/annuallocalmusiciansmemorial.

Jamestown Concert Association To Present Symphony Orchestra On Wednesday: The Jamestown Concert Association is set to host Symphoria, central New York’s symphony orchestra.

Symphoria is set to perform a traditional light classics and holiday pops concert at 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. The show will be conducted by Sean O’Loughlin, and will be joined by vocalist Tish Oney.

For more information, call 484-7070 or visit www.reglenna.com.

HAPPENINGS

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

Friday

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

Slip Madigan: 10 p.m., Mojo’s, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown.

Saturday

Ruckus: 8:30-11:30 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.

Sweet Ass Cream Corn: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Murdock’s, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.

Funksgiving Party With Smackdab And Winslow: 10 p.m., Mojo’s, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown.

Wednesday

Sha Na Na Rockin’ Christmas Tour: 1:30 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.