Consummate Showman

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, an original Irish Tenor is set to make an appearance in downtown Jamestown.

The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts is set to host Ronan Tynan, on Thursday, March 6, at 7 p.m. Tynan’s performance will include classic songs as well as originals. Tynan will be accompanied by his pianist of more than 14 years, Bill Lewis.

According to Tynan, he’s had quite a bit of success in Buffalo, and is excited to bring his show to a new venue in the neighboring region.

“It’s great to be able to get into a new venue that I’ve never been to -I’m really looking forward to it,” Tynan said.

Tynan is looking forward to the event so much, that he’s decided to debut an original song that was written specifically for him. But, the track is currently untitled, and he will reveal more details during the show, he said. What can reveal though, is that the month of March calls for an Irish celebration, which he will strive to provide.

“We’re coming into the Irish month, so you can expect a bucketload of Irish – I think people will enjoy it,” Tynan said. “Anyone who comes to my show realizes that I’m very real – there’s no pomp or ceremony. I believe that when people pay good money for a show, they should see everything.”

Len Barry, director of marketing and communications for the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, is also quite excited about having one of the original Irish Tenors perform in Jamestown right before St. Patrick’s Day.

“He’s a fan favorite of the region having performed the national anthem during Buffalo Sabres games,” Barry said. “I’m predominately Irish, so I’m personally looking forward to hearing his takes on Irish standards. He’s also a showman so I’m looking forward to the banter between him and the audience. It’s also fascinating to me to see how this one man with a piano accompanist can command the stage.”

Tickets to the Thursday, March 6, show begin at $25. The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts is located at 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, visit www.reglenna.com or call 484-7070.

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

HIGHLIGHTS

Golden Dragon Acrobats To Present Cirque Ziva At The Reg Lenna Center For The Arts: The Golden Dragon Acrobats are set to host an original dance, acrobatic and music performance at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. The Reg Lenna Center For The Arts is located at 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, visit www.reglenna.com or call 484-7070.

Closed Mic 3 Comedy Show Set For Friday: An evening of stand-up and sketches featuring local comedians is set for 8 p.m. on Friday at the Reg Studio Theater.

Tickets are $5 at the door. The Reg Studio Theater is located at 108 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, search for “Closed Mic 3” on Facebook.

Spire Theater to Host Jazz Concert Series: On Friday at 7 p.m., the Spire Theater, 317 E. Third St. in Jamestown, will begin a monthly series jazz concerts.

Friday’s concert will feature the piano and vocal artistry of Steve Davis. Davis developed his love and passion for gospel music by being involved in the music ministry at the Emmanuel Baptist Church for over 20 years. At the age of 12, Davis and six others started a band called Infinity. With the vision and direction of Ron Graham, the support of many dedicated parents and others in the community, the Infinity Performing Arts Program was born.

The Infinity program gave Davis the opportunity to study, perform and record other genres of music such as rock, hip-hop, blues R&B and jazz. Davis eventually became an instructor and mentor for the younger students in the program, and had the opportunity to perform with jazz musicians, Marshall Keys and Greg Bandy.

Davis has performed at Disney World, the Kennedy Center and the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. He has been a member of many local bands, such as: Chautauqua Lake Voices, The Bill Ward Band, The Crumbles, The Cale Hawkins Trio and Big Leg Emma. Davis currently tours with Preach Freedom, Connect, Musicquarium, and the Stan Barton Trio. Davis also continues to instruct and mentor many students at the Infinity program.

For Friday’s performance, Davis will be joined by Tony Grey on bass, Preach Freedom on drums, Jed Thompson on guitar and Marla Harris on vocals. Area jazzman, John Cross, will play saxophones and be the host for the evening. A variety of jazz classics are set to be performed, including: “Bye, Bye, Blackbird,” “What A Wonderful World,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Scrapple From The Apple,” “Solar,” “Footprints,” “St. Thomas” and “Dolphin Dance.”

Opening the concert will be Chase Scott, a 12-year-old multi-instrumentalist who plays jazz and soul music and has been mentored by Davis and Cale Hawkins. The concert is free and open to the public.

‘Stuff of Dreams’ Exhibition Set To Open Friday At SUNY Fredonia’s Marion Art Gallery: An exhibition designed to offer a glimpse inside the human mind, and into other worlds, is on its way to the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery at SUNY Fredonia.

“The Stuff of Dreams,” which features works by Mark Hosford, associate professor of art at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, and Craig LaRotonda, a visual artist based in Buffalo, opens on Friday with a reception from 7-9 p.m. Both the reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

“The Stuff of Dreams” runs through March 30. The exhibition features animation, illustration, painting and mixed media sculpture combined in a manner that explores the bizarre imagery of the human mind and offers glimpses of other worlds.

Located on the main level of Rockefeller Arts Center, the gallery will be closed the week of March 17 for the campus spring break. Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon-4 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from noon-6 p.m. and Sunday from noon-4 p.m.

Jazz Concert Featuring SUNY Fredonia’s Bruce Johnstone And Carousel Strings Is Set For Saturday: Westfield’s Patterson Library is set to host a jazz concert featuring saxophonist Bruce Johnstone, who will be accompanied by SUNY Fredonia’s unique Carousel Strings.

The group will present a combination of jazz standards and ballads, Latin jazz and original pieces at an intimate concert at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Patterson Library in Westfield. The concert is free and open to the public.

The 11-member ensemble, comprised of musicians hand-picked by Johnstone, director of curricular jazz at the school of music, will strive to give audiences a rare treat of hearing jazz played by strings with the backing of a rhythm section. The New Zealand-born Johnstone has toured the world and played with jazz icons, including Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson.

Carousel Strings consists of four violins: Stephen Minor, Lucas Denies, Virginia Croft and Cassity Warnecke; one viola: Katharine Allen; two cellos: Avishai Afec and Brandon Codrington; piano: Ian Liedke; bassists: Scott Gergelis and Emma Garcia; drums: Cody Lockley; and guitar: Mark Bamann. Hannah Stanek-Chu, a freshman vocal performance major from Williamsville, will be the featured vocalist on some selections.

Exposing student musicians to new audiences is a big part of each Carousel Strings performance, and Johnstone will introduce each musician and tell a little bit about his or her background. An informal musician meet-and-greet will also be held in the library’s Octagon Art Gallery following the concert.

Chautauqua County Local Legends Of Music Show Set For Sunday: The Musicians Memorial Winter Blues show is set for Sunday from 6-9 p.m. at Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney Renaissance Center, 119-121 W. Third St. in Jamestown. The show will feature performances by Lords of May and The Elektra Kings, as well as legendary guest Warren Sischo.

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.

Infinity Arts Cafe To Host Classical Guitar Show: Infinity Visual and Performing Arts is set to host solo and ensemble performances that will feature hand-crafted classical guitars from Jamestown’s 20-year luthier, Jim Holler. The show is set for Friday, March 7, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Infinity Arts Cafe.

The Fredonia Guitar Quartet, which includes Devon Kelly, Matthew Mazanek, Alexander Kelly and Matthew Downey, will perform music from France and Spain. SUNY Fredonia school of music professor, James Piorkowski will also perform original compositions on solo guitar.

The Infinity Arts Cafe is located at 115 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 664-0991 or visit infinityperformingarts.org.

Jamestown Community College Uncommoners Set To Perform Frederick Knott’s “Wait Until Dark” In March: The drama, “Wait Until Dark,” will be presented in JCC’s Scharmann Theatre at 8 p.m. on March 7, 8, 14, and 15, and at 2 p.m. on March 9.

“Wait Until Dark” will be directed by Robert Schlick, with technical direction by Steven Gustafson and lighting design by Scott Barton. The cast includes: Crin Fredrickson, of Sinclairville; Richie Hayes, Tyler Stimson, Dwain Graham and Austin Scapp, of Randolph; Don Hill and John Canning, of Jamestown; and Eva Jaquith, of Cassadaga.

“Wait Until Dark” follows a sinister con man and two ex-convicts who have traced the location of a mysterious doll to the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife, Susy. Sam had apparently been persuaded by a strange woman to transport the doll across the Canadian border, not knowing that sewn inside were several grams of heroin. When the woman is murdered, the situation becomes more urgent.

The con man and ex-convicts convince Susy that the police have implicated Sam in the woman’s murder, and the doll, which she believes is the key to his innocence, is evidence. She refuses to reveal its location, and with the help of a young neighbor, figures out she is the victim of a bizarre charade.

Tickets are available at JCC’s box office, by calling 338-1187, or online at campusstore.sunyjcc.edu.

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

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

Friday

Bill Ward And Amanda Barton: 7:30-10:30 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.

Katie Kurpiewski And Rob Vance Duo: 8-11 p.m., Chautauqua Suites, 215 W. Lake Road (Route 394) in Mayville.

Saturday

Bill Ward And Amanda Barton: 8 p.m., Pine Junction, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Findley Lake.

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

Easy Street Band: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Shawbucks, 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown.