Lights and music filled the air Friday evening at the Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney Renaissance Center as area teens gathered for a Jamestown Vibe party.
Jamestown Vibe is a new mobile teen nite club that strives to offer area teens a safe venue to socialize without the influence of drugs or alcohol. All of the events are adult supervised, and require attendees to follow a code of conduct.
Dan Myers, founder of Jamestown Vibe, said he started the service because he saw a gap in the community, noting there isn't enough for kids to do. So, he and his son, Nick "DJ Sizzle" Myers, have hosted five parties so far at the Renaissance Center.
Nick “DJ Sizzle” Myers is pictured with his father, Dan Myers, founder of Jamestown Vibe. Pictured at bottom are area teenagers celebrating Gabrielle Harrier’s birthday Friday night. From left are: Madison Kridler, Nicole Haase, Jillian Myers, Jessica Haase, Alexa Huntington, Tori Dallas, Alex Gates, Emily Miller, Amanda Miraglia, Gabrielle Harrier, Tanner Hartwell and Kody Danielson.
P-J photos by Dusten Rader
"We've seen the gap for a long time, and we wanted to create something innovative for the kids to do," Mr. Myers said. "We do metal detection screening on the kids for weapons, and we haven't had any yet. But, we also have a certified New York state security guard at the door to prevent kids from bringing in any drugs or alcohol. I want parents to know that we're keeping it clean."
Myers, who is community service minded, decided to also have a VIP section at Jamestown Vibe events. However, individuals cannot buy their way into VIP, rather they have earn their way in through 100 hours of community service.
"I want to teach these kids responsibility, and to do anything they can to make the city better," Myers said.
Entertainment at the events is provided by Nick "DJ Sizzle" Myers, 19, a fourth semester Jamestown Community College civil engineering major.
"It brings a lot of energy," Nick "DJ Sizzle" Myers said. "It brings me joy to bring these kids a fun night and safe place to go to listen to good music."
Anna B., of Fredonia, said that she and her friends came out specifically for "DJ Sizzle" because they had seen him perform at Jamestown Community College. So, they looked the event up on Facebook to learn more.
"DJ Sizzle is very good, and unique with what he does," Anna B. said. "He's got a lot of new stuff, and does really cool mashups that you couldn't hear anywhere else."
In addition to featuring the Stop Light Party theme, Friday evening's event included a birthday party for Jamestown High School freshman Gabrielle Harrier, who turned 15.
According to Betty and Jeff Harrier, Gabrielle's parents, they decided to host their daughters party at the event because she has attended it several times, and has had a blast every time.
"She and her friends love to come here to hang out and have fun," Mrs. Harrier said. "I love it, I think it's a great environment for these children. It's safe, there are bouncers and security. I feel like it's a good place for them to come together and we don't have to worry about them."
Austin Breen, a Jamestown High School junior, said that he loves going to the events because it's fun to hang out with all the other kids who go too.
"We have fun, we hang out and meet new people our own age," Breen said.
Cameron Weaver, JHS senior, Ryan Anderson, JHS junior, and Xavier Sommerville, JHS sophomore, all went to the event for the first time Friday night because they heard it was a lot of fun.
"There's nothing else really to do on Friday night," Sommerville said. "So, I came out to have fun, hang out with friends and dance."
The next Jamestown Vibe event is scheduled for March 29 from 7-10 p.m. The theme is "Graffiti Party," and attendees are encouraged to bring markers and white T-shirts.
Also available at Jamestown Vibe events are a photo booth, concessions and pizza by Bair's Pizza. For more information, call 969-7779, visit www.jamestownvibe.com or search for "Jamestown Vibe" on Facebook.