As luck has it, I've been able to secure an in-person interview with Jim Brickman on Friday before his performance at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. However, that unfortunately means it's unlikely I'll be able to make it across the street to Infinity Visual and Performing Arts' Hootenanny.
This is by no means a complaint, interviewing Brickman is an incredible opportunity, but alas I cannot be in two places at once, so Doc and Bill's Hootenanny won't get the coverage it duly deserves. My intention of discussing the topic is to instead help promote the amazing project that Infinity and Doc and Bill have created.
So, the first highlight below is a press release that Doc put together for the event, and I've decided to put it front and center because it's incredibly well-written.
As per usual, here are the highlights and happenings going on in the area.
Song Swapping Fun, Ken Hardley And Area Musicians To Participate In Infinity Hootenanny: Several seasoned acoustic performers are set to join in the fun at Friday's Hootenanny to be hosted by Infinity Visual and Performing Arts.
In keeping with the format of 1960s hootenannies, each musician plans to offer up a tune, talk about its history and lead the group in playing it. Swapping tunes in a relaxed but enthusiastic setting was the hallmark of the hootenanny; informal gatherings of folks who enjoyed each other's company, picking acoustic instruments and learning new songs.
Ken Hardley, the well-known host of his program, Rolling Hills Radio, has been entertaining audiences for four decades. Armed with an acoustic guitar and his trademark wry wit, Hardley will be sharing a song at his second straight Infinity hoot.
"It was wonderful to see kids and adults alike singing and playing together at the last hoot, in the comfortable atmosphere of the Infinity Cafe," Hardley said. "I had such a good time, that I even practiced up the song 'Colours' by Scottish folkie, Donovan, to bring with me this year. That's not against the rules, is it?"
Practicing is OK, - it's just not required. Also planning to attend the event are Karen Suber, who teaches both music and movement at the Infinity Center, and Tara Lamont Eastman, an experienced acoustic musician who teaches multimedia art classes and mural painting at Infinity. Suber will introduce a traditional African song called "Funga Alafia" to the group, which harkens back to the decades-old hootenanny popularity of the timeless Zulu chant, "Wimoweh." Eastman will offer one of her original tunes.
Local folk music duo, Doc And Bill, will continue their role as hootenanny hosts. Doc And Bill will again open the proceedings with one or two songs that were standard hootenanny fare back in the day, and then join in the fun with everyone else.
Infinity's hoots are strictly unplugged to keep with the format of early hootenannies; no sound amplification for voices or instruments is used, and there is no stage. Attendees are seated on chairs in a circle. All are encouraged to bring traditional acoustic folk instruments such as guitars, banjos and mandolins, but any unamplified musical instrument is welcome.
Admission is free, and persons of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to attend, introduce a song, and lead the crowd in singing it.
Infinity Visual and Performing Arts is located at 115 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 664-0991 or visit www.infinityperformingarts.org.
3rd On 3rd Gallery Is Set To Open Cold Snap Friday: 3rd On 3rd Gallery will open again within the new Reg Lenna Center For The Arts with a photography show.
Cold Snap will open on Friday at 6 p.m. with a reception that is open to the public. The show will feature the work of Cathy Panebianco, James Hoggard, Mark Kirsch, Deb Lanni and Bruce Fox. The exhibit will run until Feb. 21.
3rd On 3rd Gallery is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, and by private appointment. The 3rd On 3rd Gallery is located on the third floor of Reg Lenna Center For The Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 664-2465, ext. 227 or visit www.reglenna.com.
21 Brix Winery To Host Release Party: 21 Brix Winery is set to host a release party for its award-winning Ella's Red, Thirsty Elephant and Marquis wines.
The party begins at 4 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. It will feature complimentary appetizers, live music by Sam Hyman and Marshall Seddon.
21 Brix Winery is located at 6655 W. Main Road in Portland. For more information, call 792-2749, or visit www.21brix.com.
Bemus Point United Methodist Church And St. Susan Center To Partner For Musical Fundraiser: Jamestown's St. Susan Center soup kitchen is set to host its second portion of the Winter "Soup and A Song" series on Saturday.
Local musical talent is set to be provided by Mike Quimby, Randy Grahm and Friends from Bemus Point United Methodist Church. For the admission price of $10, attendees will be treated not only to an evening of live musical entertainment, but also to a meal which consists of hearty soups, breads, crackers, desserts, coffee, tea and hot chocolate.
All proceeds from "Soup And A Song" will go directly to St. Susan Center, which in 2013 served 108,000 meals to a diverse client base that extends beyond the unemployed and homeless to include young parents, teens, seniors, children and persons who are challenged physically, mentally or emotionally.
"One person can make a difference, but when the whole community comes together, we can make an even greater difference," said Sue Colwell, executive director. "We are here for the community, because of the community."
The Winter "Soup And A Song" event is set to be held at St. Susan Center's facility at the Gateway Center, also known to Jamestown residents as the former Chautauqua Hardware Building, at 31 Water Street. The public will be admitted beginning at 6 p.m. For more information, call 664-2253, ext. 3.
Dance Band Set To Perform At Celoron Legion: Razz, Barbara Jean and the Jamestown Community College Big Band are set to perform at the Celoron Legion on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. The show will feature dance music, and the legion will be serving dinner.
The American Legion Herman Kent Post 777 is located at 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown. For more information, call 483-0777.
Serendipity To Host Valentine's Day Concert Sunday: Serendipity is set to host a Valentine's Day celebration entitled "Songs From The Heart," on Sunday at 4 p.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.
The local female a cappella octet, Serendipity, offers a repertoire of standards that ranges from tunes such as: "Till There Was You," "My Romance," and "Always," to new choral works such as "I Am Not Yours," pop classics including "Kiss the Girl" from "The Little Mermaid" and The Beatles' hit, "In My Life."
In keeping with the nature of the Valentine's Day holiday, Serendipity has invited a group of male singers to join them for a few selections. These special surprise guests are excellent vocalists who will add richness, depth and warmth to the clear and beautiful bell-like tones of Serendipity.
Lance Flower, professional musician and retired music professor from Bob Jones University, will also make a guest appearance to provide piano accompaniment. He is also the father of Serendipity member, Laura Flower Hotchkiss. Other Serendipity members include: Melanie Gritters, Gail Grundstrom, Leslie Hallock, Susan Huther, Cyndi Lorenc, Lissa VanDewark and Carolyn Whitehead.
There is no charge to attend the concert, but a freewill offering will be accepted to benefit Love INC. Love INC's mission states: "mobilize local churches to transform lives and communities in the Name of Christ." It is a charitable, parachurch agency that seeks to help the needy in the Jamestown area.
St. Luke's Episcopal Church is located at 410 N. Main St. Jamestown.
Chautauqua County Musician's Memorial Fundraiser Show Set For Sunday: Bill Ward and Amanda Barton, Stanley Barton, Bumpy Peterson and Matt Homan and the Bluegrass Disciples are set to perform at Chautauqua Music Store from 6-9 p.m.
Chautauqua Music Store is located at 110 E. Second St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 814-670-9151.
IOBY Live Radio Show Set For Tuesday: The February In Our Back Yard Live radio show is set to feature Ryan Melquist and Haunted Heart, which includes Sara Rafaloski, William Russell and David Olneyt. The show will be taped before a live audience in Trinity Guitars' Back Room.
Tickets to the Tuesday show are free, but must be reserved or picked up at Trinity Guitars, 800 W. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 665-4490 or email email@example.com.
Infinity Cultural World Tour Spring Break Camp Dates Set: Infinity Visual and Performing Arts is set to host two sessions of a Cultural World Tour Spring Break Camp.
Through music, art, dance, theater, language and costume, students will explore various cultures at three-day camp sessions. The sessions are scheduled for Feb. 18-21 and April 14-17 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and are $120 per session.
For more information, call 664-0991 or visit infinityperformingarts.org.
Blue Grass Jam: 7-10 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.
Ion Sky Band: 8 p.m. to midnight, Chautauqua Suites, 215 W. Lake Road (Route 394) in Mayville.
The Haybalers: 8 p.m., Pine Junction, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Findley Lake.
Buck Wild: 9:30 p.m., The Fountain Bowl's Barking Spyder, 3316 Fluvanna Ave. in Jamestown.
Stratospheerius: 10 p.m., Mojo's, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown.
Jamestown Thunder Community Drum Circle: noon-2:30 p.m., Dr. Lillian Ney Renaissance Center, 119 W. Third St. in Jamestown. No experience is needed, and extra drums will be available.
Doc And Bill: 5 p.m., Benefit at South Dayton Firehall.