Girl Power

An event featuring a variety of regional female musicians will be held Friday in downtown Jamestown.

The seventh annual Girls Rock concert is set for Friday at 9 p.m. at Mojo’s. The event will feature performances by Stephanie Benson, Hayley Restivo and Ryan Hawkins, Lori Burke, Gina Vecchio, Claire Stuczynski, Cindy “Love” Haight, Marla Harris, Faith Graham, Sara Rafaloski, Betsy Burgeson, Carol Svensen and Stephanie Stanford.

According to Haight, host and performer, getting a group of women together for the event has the lasting positive effect of empowering females and fostering the arts in the Jamestown community.

“There really is a great collaborative effort in our community,” Haight said.

One of the more exciting aspects of this year’s celebration is that there are several new acts in the lineup that haven’t participated in Girls Rock before, Haight said.

“Probably what I’m most excited about this year is having students from Infinity Visual and Performing Arts open the show,” Haight said. “But, we’ve also got new people like Faith Graham, whose father actually started Infinity. And, Claire Stuczynski, who hasn’t been with us for a couple of years, will return from Erie to perform.”

Haight is also quite excited about the final act, which will feature herself on electric guitar, Rafaloski on electric bass, Burgeson on trombone, Svensen on trumpet and Stanford on drums for a group performance called “Girls Rock Band.”

“We’ve done songs together to conclude the night in previous years, but this is the first time that we have actually had a full band,” Haight said. “We’ll rotate singers, so there will be five singers doing different songs. We have a really big song planned for the finale, so I’m really excited.”

Haight continued by stating that she feels events such as Girls Rock demonstrate the exceptional level of talent of individuals from Chautauqua County and the surrounding region.

“I think that we have a great variety of art, music and dining experiences downtown,” Haight said. “So, I’m hoping people can really come to terms with the fact that we live in a really cool and artistic community. People have a lot of options, and I hope that they recognize and appreciate the opportunities we have here.”

Tickets to Friday’s Girls Rock 7 show are $6 for one and $10 for two. The show, which will be held at Mojo’s, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown, is for those 21 and older. For more information, search for “Girls Rock 7!” on Facebook.