The members of Mosaic Foundation are on their way back to Jamestown, and they will bring a new album with them.
Mosaic Foundation is set to perform at Mojo's of Jamestown on Saturday at 10 p.m., and DJ Johnny Cobra will open.
Mosaic Foundation, a Rochester and Ithaca-based group of roots-reggae, rock musicians, is comprised of John-Paul Nawn, drums; Yao "Cha Cha" Foli, lead vocals; Michael Corey, lead guitar; Aaron James Sprague, bass; Ekwem Bogmis, keys and vocals; Ken Luk, rhythm guitar, melodica and vocals; Bryan Davis, percussion; and Zach Dumrese, sound engineer.
The album art for Mosaic Foundation’s newest album “Signs Of The Time” is shown.
"We have been playing in Jamestown for a few years now, and we are excited to come back every time," Luk said. "People in Jamestown treat us like family, including the band Smackdab, who has played with us multiple times at Mojo's. They have brought us into the scene, put us up with food, a place to crash and great vibes."
In part, the show is meant to celebrate the release of the group's newest album, "Signs Of The Time." The new album, which features 11 tracks, can be previewed or purchased by visiting www.mosaicfoundationmusic.bandcamp.com. According to Bogmis, the new tunes are gold.
"We recorded these songs - so we really love them all," Luk added.
One of Luk's favorites, "For Praises," was almost left out, he said.
"The melody and lyrics were not complete when we went in the studio," Luk said. "But, then Cha Cha just sat down and wrote all the words in one afternoon - now it's one of the groovy songs we have."
One of Nawn's favorite tunes off the new album includes "Helping Hands," he said.
"'Helping Hands' is really great because it connects the band and the audience with a common cause of helping people in need," Nawn said.
According to Foli, "Cha Cha," the name of the album, and the title track, "Signs of the Time" represents the era in which we are currently living.
"We're living in a time of war, natural disasters, political and financial constraints - it's time to encourage ourselves and move into the future," Foli said. "It's also about my hometown, and what I noticed when I went back in 2013, there was too much plastic pollution, poor waste management and water quality. I remember when I was 10-15 years old and I never saw pollution like what is today in Three Town, Ghana."
For more information, visit www.mosaicfoundationmusic.com, or search for "Mosaic Foundation" on Facebook.
Admission is $5, and the show is for those 21 years or older. Mojo's is located at 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 720-4621 or search for "MoJo's" on Facebook.
As per usual, here are the highlights and happenings going on in the area.
Infinity To Host Reunion Concert Friday: Current and former Infinity students are set to present a concert at the Infinity Cafe on Friday from 7-9 p.m.
Former Infinity students who are home for the holidays will reunite at this show to jam and reconnect. Whether a student one year ago or 10 years ago, all former Infinity students are encouraged to attend. Only Infinity students and alumni will be permitted to perform, but the public is welcome to attend.
The Infinity Arts Cafe is located at 115 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 664-0991 or visit www.infinityperformingarts.org.
St. John's United Church of Christ To Host Christmas Vespers Concert Friday: St. John's United Church of Christ, 733 Central Ave. in Dunkirk, will present the music of Christmas at its Christmas Vespers on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The event will feature pianist Ann Rose and violist David Rose and their sons, Billy and Manny, with their own musical contributions to the program.
The event is open to the public, and admission is free. Parking and handicapped access is on the Eagle Street entrance of the church.
The Big Holiday Party Set For Saturday: Nameless Comedy is set to host a holiday party featuring live entertainment, game tournaments, a bounce house and more at the Forum of Jamestown.
The party, which is set for Saturday from 5-11 p.m., is set to include performances by Hallow Society, Nameless Comedy, Family of Notes, Yung Gully, Blunton Edwards and others. Refreshments and snacks will be available. Donations of new toys for Toys For Tots will also be collected during the event.
The Forum is located at 201 N. Main St. in Jamestown. For more information, search for "The Big Holiday Party" on Facebook.
"Rolling Hills Radio" Set To Feature Local Musicians: Episode No. 28 of "Rolling Hills Radio" with host Ken Hardley is set to feature Honey Spine and Brian Hanna. The show is set for Thursday, Dec. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Reg Lenna Studio Theater, 108 E. Third St. in Jamestown.
Honey Spine is comprised of Brian Chieco on banjo, banjo-ukulele and vocals, while Tim Martin plays guitar and sings vocals. In addition to touring the east coast, Honey Spine performed at the Great Blue Heron Music Festival this past summer.
The show will also feature Brian Hanna, who has been playing in the area for many years. Hanna performs originals, as well as his own interpretations of famous tunes.
For more information, search for "Rolling Hills Radio" on Facebook, or visit wrfalp.wordpress.com/rolling-hills-radio to purchase tickets, stream WRFA's broadcast debut of each show or listen to previous performances.
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Blue Grass Jam: 7-10 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.
Coyote Country Band: 8 p.m. to midnight, Seneca Allegany Events Center, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.
Buck Wild: 9 p.m., Peek'n Peak, 1405 Olde Road in Findley Lake.
Center Stage Karaoke: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Murdock's, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.
Bluze Inn Rock Pop And Blues Band: 4:30-8:30 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.
Davis And Eng Holiday Jazz And Blues: 6-8 p.m., The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg.
Jesse Taylor: 8-11 p.m., Chautauqua Suites, 215 W. Lake Road (Route 394) in Mayville.
No Limit: 8-11:30 p.m., Lakewood Rod and Gun.
Coyote: 8 p.m. to midnight, Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.
ZOAR Rock Band: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.
Easy Street: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Murdock's, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.
Buck Wild: 9:30 p.m., Peek'n Peak, 1405 Olde Road in Findley Lake.