Spring and summer will bring many entertainment events to the residents of Chautauqua County.
Jamestown is home to Infinity Performing And Visual Arts, a place where the youth of the county are exposed to music in a positive learning environment. Each spring, the students of the program showcase everything they have been working on so the community can come together to celebrate youth and art. That celebration is called the Infinity Spring Music Showcase, and is scheduled for Friday, May 17, at the Reg Lenna Civic Center, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown.
According to Sharon Roberts, administrative assistant for Infinity, the event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a student art show and open house at the Infinity Center, 115 E. Third St. in Jamestown.
KC & The Sunshine Band, pictured above and below, and the Village People will appear at Chautauqua Institution on Friday, Aug. 23.
Photo by Chris Weeks
"The event will allow families and residents an opportunity to see some of the visual artwork students have been working on throughout the year," said Roberts. "Visitors will also be invited to tour the facility and learn more about the program."
The open house will also serve as the final opportunity for people to buy tickets for a chance to win one of three gift baskets. The prizes are restaurant gift certificates, a Kindle Fire or cash. Tickets are $5 or four for $10.
Following the exhibit, the showcase will begin at 7 p.m. at the Reg Lenna Civic Center, with performances from all student bands and soloists. The cost to attend is $6 for adults, $5 presale, and free to those under 18.
For more information call 664-0991 or visit www.infinityperformingarts.org.
Another place in Chautauqua County that promotes arts and learning opportunities is Chautauqua Institution. According to Vanessa Weinert, marketing manager, the summer season will both inspire and entertain.
"This year opens up with the previously sold-out concerts, Straight No Chaser and Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers," said Weinert.
The summer series will also feature music of the 1970s and 1980s with "Sailing Rock 2013." Five-time Grammy award-winning artist Michael McDonald will perform. And, American country music singer and songwriter Travis Tritt will make an appearance.
Garrison Keillor will appear as part of the Prairie Home Companion Radio Romance Tour. Musician Paul Simon and poet Laureate Billy Collins will sit together on the Amphitheater stage with microphones and a guitar. Plus, there will be an evening of singing and dancing with KC & The Sunshine Band and the Village People. To close Chautauqua's 2013 season, American music icon Amy Grant will take the stage on Saturday, Aug. 24.
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Jamestown Savings Bank Arena will also have a summer season full of events. The arena begins the season with Excellence on Ice on May 4 and the Jordan World Circus on May 13.
The arena will also feature the Wits N' Giggles Comedy Series every Friday through May 31. And, after the comedy series wraps up, the Big City Summer Concert Series will be every Friday from June 14 to Aug. 23.
The series will feature: Brent & Co, June 14; Tiny B and Porcelain Bus Drivers, June 21; Jackson Rohm, June 28; 3 Dead Frets, July 12; Smackdab, July 19; The Bogarts, July 26; Cindy Haight, Aug. 2; Derek Davis & The Tasty Groove, Aug. 9; and Mosaic Foundation, Aug. 23.
For more information visit jamestownsavingsbankicearena.com.
Seneca Allegany Casino hasn't yet announced its summer series of entertainment, but it does have two spring events left before the close of the season. Sara Evans, country star, will appear at the casino on Sunday, April 28 at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $20. And, from May 15-19 there will be a five-day stretch of Johnny Cash "The Man In Black" tribute shows. Tickets start at $15.
"Summer Rush 2013 will be announced shortly, and we anticipate this will be Seneca Allegany's best combination of rock, country, blues and comedy coming to our 2,400-seat event center," said Jim Wise, senior vice president of marketing, Seneca Gaming Corporation. "Contracts are being finalized, and we know the guests will be rewarded for their patience."
For more information visit www.senecaalleganycasino.com.
The Great Blue Heron Festival, a staple of Chautauqua County, will celebrate its 22nd annual festival from July 5-7.
According to David Tidquist, an original founding partner, festival goers have much to look forward to at this year's celebration.
"In addition to a lot of the performers that we have every year, we also have some exciting different things coming," said Tidquist. "The Campbell Brothers, who are still a big memory for fans, will be back. And, we get to have Lake Street Dive at least one more time. They were a big hit last year and are exploding nationally now."
The festival will also include: Donna The Buffalo, Kevin Kinsella with members of Mosaic Foundation, Big Leg Emma, Driftwood, Jim Donovan and the Sun King Warriors, Slo-Mo, Smackdab, Alison Pipitone, The Hindu Cowboys, Tiger Maple String Band, Amanda Barton and Bill Ward, The Bogarts, Ken Hardley, Claire Stuczynski, Cindy Haight, Max Garcia Conover, John Merino and others.
For more information visit www.greatblueheron.com.