I've discovered my new favorite band of the year, and they are called The Lonely Wild.
While listening to NPR's "All Songs 24/7" music channel, www.npr.org/music/allsongs247, I found myself captured by a tune called "Buried in the Murder," which had the five members of the band howling in an Arcade Fire-style fashion. And, since I'm a sucker for well-written lyrics: here's how the tune begins: "I'm fed with livestock, rain, grasses and grain that I bought in a city, from another city, that I cannot name."
The Lonely Wild recently released its first album, and each of the 12 tracks are powerfully moving. "The Sun As It Comes" offers a narrative statement about contemporary American society, and the world as a whole, drawing the listener on a journey worth remembering.
There is a neat live version of "Buried in the Murder" available at www.youtu.be/qEYt9KPH2zs. The band's got the entirety of "The Sun As It Comes" available to stream at www.thelonelywild.bandcamp.com/album/the-sun-as-it-comes. And, at www.thelonelywild.com, the band's got 13 free songs available for download.
As per usual, here are the highlights and happenings going on in the area.
JSBA Big City Summer Concert Series Continues Friday: The Porcelain Busdrivers and Tiny B will appear during JSBA's Big City Summer Concert Series on Friday.
The summer concert series takes place from 7-9 p.m. between Lafayette Street and the patio behind the JSBA. The Big City Concerts are free to the public. Food and beverage vendors will also be on-site.
Following each outdoor concert, the party will shift to Sully's Irish Pub for more live music. Located on the track inside JSBA, Sully's will feature a closing act that will play until around 10:30 p.m.
Jamestown Savings Bank Arena is located at 319 W. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information call 484-2624, visit jamestownarena.com or the JSBA Facebook and Twitter pages.
Sauce Off Is Sunday: Jamestown Now and the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation will host the second annual Great Jamestown Sauce Off Sunday at the Winter Garden Plaza in Jamestown from noon-4 p.m.
The event will be a family affair where patrons can taste various recipes, enjoy a craft table and listen to local music. Red sauces may either be meat or vegetarian and will represent an individual, family or restaurant.
There will be three winners. The first prize winners in the meat or vegetarian category will be determined by a panel of judges, including local food enthusiasts Peachy Sampson from "Cooking with Peachy and Elaine," chef Todd Singleton, and Ed Dynus. Judges will sample all entries and vote for their favorite. The second prize will be a fan favorite award. Patrons of the event will cast their votes throughout the day for their favorite recipe.
For more information call 483-5772 or visit www.facebook.com/JamestownNow.
The 22nd Annual Great Blue Heron Music Festival Is July 5-7: A summer tradition since 1992, the Great Blue Heron Festival is an annual celebration that brings back thousands of music lovers to Chautauqua County each July.
With a wide variety of live music on three stages - including the intimate Tiger Maple Stage and a big top dance tent that swings through the night - plus instrument workshops, dance lessons, and activities for both children and teens, the festival provides many ways to enjoy the Independence Day weekend.
This year's lineup features Rochester's Campbell Brothers' blend of blues, rock and African-American gospel known as Sacred Steel, the swinging jazz and classic pop of Brooklyn's Lake Street Dive, and the string picking of Pittsburgh's Jayke Orvis and the Broken Band. They join Sugar Hill recording artists Donna the Buffalo, whose brand of danceable Americana rock has been a staple of the event since the very start.
Barnyard stompers Big Leg Emma and Buffalo's roots rocker Alison Pipitone head up a host of regional favorites that include soul-jazz purveyors Smackdab, bluesman Ron Yarosz and the Vehicle, string band Driftwood and others.
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Between performances, festival-goers may swim at the spring-fed pond, take a hike or bike along forested trails, or just relax with coffee at the Cafe in the Woods. The festival midway offers an exotic variety of fresh-cooked fare, as well as artists and vendors offering clothing, jewelry, musical instruments, and other gifts.
As the festival begins its third decade, the core principles of the event remain the same to present a wide assortment of original music from regional and national performers, to create a magical space where festival-goers can interact with the artists and each other, and to foster a positive environment that ensures a safe and satisfying experience.
For more information call 761-7190 or visit www.greatblueheron.com.
Book Talk And Signing Is Saturday: A book talk and signing with Paul J. Bauer and Mark Dawidziak, co-authors of "Jim Tully: American Writer, Irish Rover, Hollywood Brawler" is set for Saturday at 6 p.m. at Authors Books And Music. Forward by award-winning filmmaker, Ken Burns.
"Jim Tully: American Writer, Irish Rover, Hollywood Brawler" describes the hardscrabble life of an Irish American storyteller, from his immigrant roots, rural upbringing, and life as a hobo riding the rails to the emergent dream factory of early and Golden Age Hollywood and the fall of his fortunes during the Great Depression.
Authors Books And Music is located at 227 Liberty St. in Warren. For more information call 814-688-3009 or visit www.authorsbookstore.com.
Buffalove Music Festival Begins Friday: Willow Creek Winery and Buffalojams.com will present Buffalove Music Festival Friday and Saturday.
Kicking off Willow Creek Winery's Homegrown Music Fridays, Buffalojams.com teamed up with the winery to create a two-day festival featuring a variety of local talent.
Buffalove kicks off 7:30 p.m. on Thursday with Groove Force, Steel Keys and Brass, and Blue Rootz for a pre-camping party. Music continues all weekend long with Slip Madigan and Aqueous headlining the Friday night, and Funktional Flow and Universe Shark headlining Saturday.
New Ring of Honor Six-Pack To Be Released Saturday: Filsinger Games will release an exclusive new six-pack at ROH's big show "Best in the World" in Baltimore.
The new game pack, "Future of Honor," features playing cards for Matt Taven, ACH, QT Marshall, Tadarius Thomas, BJ Whitmer and Bobby Fish. "Best in the World" takes place at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday. The show is also available on iPPV. The ROH game feature card art by popular artist Werner Mueck. For more information visit www.filsingergames.com.
To include an upcoming show or event in this column, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 487-1111 ext. 253 by Monday.
Pete Pepke: 6-8 p.m., The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg.
Blue Grass Jam: 7-10 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.
Cindy Haight: 7-10 p.m., Chautauqua Lake Yacht Club, 43 E. Lake St. in Lakewood.
Bill Ward And Amanda Barton: 7 p.m., The Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy.
ZOAR: 8 p.m. to midnight, Casino Bar, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.
Day Old Soup: 8 p.m. to midnight, Chautauqua Suites' Bellini Lounge, 215 W. Lake Road (Route 394) in Mayville.
Dan Vogan: 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Webb's Captain's Table, 115 W. Lake Road in Mayville.
Cindy Haight: 10:30 p.m., Mojo's, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown.
Doc And Bill: 6 p.m., The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg.
No Limit: 7:30-11 p.m., Vikings Club, Route 430 in Maple Springs.
Rustic Ramblers With Howard Buck: 8 p.m. to midnight, Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.
Red Rhythm: 8 p.m. to midnight, Casino Bar, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.
Straight No Chaser: 8:15 p.m., Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater, 1 Ames Ave. in Chautauqua.
Robert "Freightrain" Parker: 4-8 p.m., Casino Bar, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.
Bill Ward And Amanda Barton: 6-9 p.m., 3328 Hadley Bay Road in Stow.
Bill Ward And Amanda Barton: 6 p.m., Chautauqua Institution Brick Walk Cafe, 1 Ames Ave. in Chautauqua.
Steve Johnson and Charity Nuse: 7 p.m., Findley Lake Gazebo in Findley Lake.