Scythian played a diverse 90-minute set in front of a sold out ArtParty crowd in Jamestown Community College's Scharmann Theater on Saturday night, bringing attendees to their feet on several occasions.
Unlike M.I.A. in Indianapolis on Sunday, Scythian didn't need to do anything naughty to get the crowd's attention. The band tried out a couple of new tunes on the Jamestown audience, played covers and joked around with attendees throughout its set. Everything Scythian tried seemed to work for the audience.
Band members Alexander Fedoryka, Dan Fedoryka, Ben-David Warner and Josef Crosby, who slightly resembled Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick from my seat in Row Q, swapped instruments several times throughout the show without missing a beat. Drummer Andrew Toy provided the audience a rocking drum solo midway through the set.
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With their collective ability to play at least a dozen instruments, the Scythian guys and their world music sounded better than most of what you hear on the radio.
I thought Scythian gave Jamestown a great show. I hope the Washington, D.C., band will return for its third-consecutive winter ArtParty in 2013.
Here's what's happening this weekend:
FREE 'LOVE FEST!' SHOW SATURDAY WITH THE KEV ROWE BAND
The Clarion Hotel will host a night of music and love Saturday as the Kev Rowe Band celebrates Valentine's weekend with a free show. Led by Jamestown-based musician and Big Leg Emma member Kev Rowe, the Kev Rowe Band will feature a variety of soulful and roots-based original jams, along with various covers from such acts as the Beatles, Paul Simon and Neil Diamond.
"On an artistic level, the Kev Rowe Band just seemed to be a natural outlet that flowed out of my other artistic endeavors, being Big Leg Emma and my solo-acoustic CDs and touring," Rowe said. "There is a lot of material on all three of my CDs that I have been wanting to do with other talented musicians in a live setting. Plus, I often tour and do solo-acoustic shows, and I learned that sometimes as one person you are somewhat limited in what kind of songs you can write and present in a live setting. I think playing these songs with an entire band will add a new dimension to their sound and meaning."
In addition to Rowe, other members of the Kev Rowe Band include Jason Green on electric guitar, Jay Peterson of Green Genes on bass and Doug Fain of Ray D. O'Flyer on drums.
"They're all uniquely different players than any I've played with in the past, and it's been a pleasure arranging the tunes and set list with them," Rowe said. "They all have different musical backgrounds and excel in certain areas that I don't, so we're all learning from each other. So, most importantly, the musical chemistry is there, and we're having fun."
Rowe said his first priority is Big Leg Emma. He sees the Kev Rowe Band as an opportunity to perform many of the songs he has written, but just can't fit into a Big Leg Emma set list.
Rowe said those who attend Saturday's show will hear several of his originals, including "Burn Away," "I'll Love You Either Way," "Slip Away" and many others. He said the band will also play "Sing to Me" from the Big Leg Emma library.
Love Fest! with the Kev Rowe Band will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Clarion Lounge in the Clarion Hotel at 150 W. Fourth St. in Jamestown. The event will also feature an appearance by local musician Amanda Barton. This free show is presented by Amplified Management.
To learn more about the Kev Rowe Band, visit KevRowe.com or facebook.com/kevrowemusic.
MORE ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS
As always, venues are listed chronologically by first event.
THE SPIRE - The Forgotten Classics movie series will continue tonight with "The Bronze Venus." On Tuesday, the series will feature "The Last Time I Saw Paris." The price of admission for either night will be $2, and each film will follow a 30-minute short, which will begin at 7. The Spire of Jamestown is at 317 E. Third St. For more, visit spiretheater.org or call 450-7357.
CELORON LEGION - The weekly Blue Grass Jam will take place tonight, and all area bluegrass musicians are welcome to sit in and play from 7-10. The Willow Creek Band will play country music from 8 to midnight Friday during a Valentine's dinner dance. There will also be a best country outfit contest. On Saturday, the legion will host a sweetheart ball, featuring a buffet and music from DJs Unlimited from 8 until midnight. Herman Kent American Legion Post 777 is located at 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.
THE LAKEVIEW - Bill Ward will play Friday night from 6-9, and rock band Synergy will follow, taking the stage at 10. The Lakeview is at 13 Water St. in Mayville. For more, call 753-2813.
THE DOCKS - There will be live piano music from 6-9 Friday night. The Docks is located at 7 Water St. in Mayville. For more, call 753-2525.
SENECA ALLEGANY CASINO - Red Rhythm will play blues from 6-10 Friday night, and Bad Money will play a variety of music from 10:30-2:30. On Saturday, Robert "Freightrain" Parker will play blues from 1:30-5:30, Leon & The Forklifts will play contemporary rock from 6-10 and Bad Money will play a variety of music from 10:30-2:30. For more information about the Casino Bar, visit www.senecaalleganycasino.com.
INFINITY CAFE - There will be a student jam night Friday. The jam will be free and open to the public. The Infinity Cafe is located at 115 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more, call 664-0991 or visit www.infinityperformingarts.org.
LITTLE THEATRE - The final three performances of "Ring of Fire" will take place this weekend, beginning Friday night at 8. The Saturday performance will also begin at 8 and the Sunday performance will start at 2. Tickets are $20. Lucille Ball Little Theatre of Jamestown is at 18 E. Second St. Call 483-1095 for more information.
REG LENNA CIVIC CENTER - The Movies at the Reg series will continue Friday and Saturday nights at 8 with "The Ides of March," starring Ryan Gosling, George Clooney and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Reg Lenna Civic Center is located at 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more, call 484-7070.
DUNKIRK MOOSE - Cindy Haight will play from 8-11 Friday night. There will not be a cover charge.
HARTFIELD BAY CAFE - Cloud Called 9 will play Friday night from 9 to close. The Hartfield Bay Cafe is located at 6040 E. Lake Road (Route 430) in Mayville. For more, call 753-7711.
MURDOCK'S - Rob Vance will play a solo show Friday night, beginning at 9. Murdock's is located at 104 E. Main St. in Sherman. For more, call 761-2049.
RASCAL'S TAVERN - Ken Hardley and the Henways will play rock music from 9:30-1:30 Friday night. Rascal's Tavern is located at 28 W. Main St. in Corry, Pa.
THE Q - On Friday night, Pressure Sensitive will play five decades of rock on the sports bar side of The Q, while DJ Jimmy Whispas will play hip-hop, dance, Top 40, pop and R&B music on the night club side. The music will run from 9:30-2. The Q is located at 104 W. Second St. in Jamestown. For more, call 483-6256.
TEN POINT TAVERN - Barefoot Sarah will play Saturday night from 9-1. Ten Point Tavern is located at 5523 Route 62 in Conewango Valley. For more, call 969-1051.
WARREN MOOSE - The Willow Creek Band will play Saturday night, beginning at 9. Warren Moose Lodge 109 is at 422 Pennsylvania Ave. W. in Warren. For more, call 814-723-4320.
MOJO'S - Universe Shark will play Saturday night. Mojo's is located at 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown. For more, call 720-4621.
SHAWBUCKS - Manian will perform Saturday night. Shawbucks is at 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown. For more, call 487-2201.
The Weekend Entertainment Events Preview highlights concerts, festivals and other happenings in the region in each Thursday's paper. Suggestions for submission can be sent to Scott Shelters by emailing email@example.com or by calling 487-1111, ext. 253.