Every year, for the past 10 years, area residents have enjoyed a showcase of local music during Infinity Performing Arts' annual "Local Music Showcase," and this year's event topped it off by hosting more than 40 acts at 10 venues.
I was, of course, most impressed, and I think most would agree, by two acts in particular, both of which are involved with Infinity itself - SYMBA and Oliver Burdo.
SYMBA, which features locals Ryan Hawkins and Hayley Restivo, played for more than an hour at the Infinity Arts Cafe. During the show, the duo announced that they'd be releasing a full-length album in November, and they stuck to that announcement.
SYMBA's debut full-length album, "Eleanor Evermore," will be released during a party at the Infinity Arts Cafe on Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. The show is free for all ages, and will also feature special guests Caelan Register, Josh Rueter and Zac Ricker.
For more information, search for "SYMBA" on Facebook.
Oliver Burdo, who I've seen perform several times now, at venues such as the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, the Local Music Showcase and at Night Lights At the Heron, recently sent me a message via Facebook, informing me that he's working on a new project, entitled ZOO. Burdo has four tunes available that were recorded at The Spire Theater, on Bandcamp, and they're definitely worth a listen. Check them out at www.zephyroveroz.bandcamp.com.
As per usual, here are the highlights and happenings going on in the area.
Struthers Library Theatre To Continue Celebrity Series Friday: Struthers Library Theatre will kick the fourth season of its "Celebrity Series" with a family-oriented show on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The show will feature the Golden Dragon Acrobats, a Chinese touring company of acrobats. For more information, call 723-7231 or visit www.strutherslibrarytheatre.com.
The Harmonic Brass Quintet To Return To Jamestown: A Munich, Germany-based quintet will return to Jamestown to perform a free concert at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 508 Cherry St. in Jamestown, on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The show will feature music selections by Bach, Handel, Piazzolla, Berstein's "West Side Story," Wilberg, Ravel and Puccini. For more information, call 664-5703.
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Blue Grass Jam: 7-10 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.
Ken Larsen: 6 p.m., Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown.
Jon Halmi: 7-10 p.m., Murdock's, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.
Smokehouse: 8:30-11:30 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.
American Ride Band: 9 p.m., Murdock's, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.
Ken Hardley: 1-3 p.m., Busti Apple Festival.