You never know what you might find when you do your shopping secondhand.
In my case, I once came across a CD that I'm sure very few people have in their possession and that many have never heard - a self-titled album by a local group called Three G.
In the few years I've owned this album, I have uncovered next to nothing about this band aside from what was laid out for me in the liner notes. As the name suggests, there were three members; a lineup which most often lends itself to a guitar, bass and drums power trio. The notes divulge that the band members' names were Ange, Alex and Robert, but no last names are given. My theory is that the "G" in the band name is a reference to the members' last names, which I'm assuming all begin with that letter.
According to the copyright date on the back of the jewel case, the album was recorded and released over the course of 2000 and 2001, and a contact number for bookings was provided with a 716 area code and a 665 prefix - leading me to believe that this band was from in or around the Jamestown area.
Sleuthing aside, I can say that the album is actually pretty decent.
A few months ago, I decided to pop the disc into my car's CD player on a whim, and was pleasantly surprised. The 12 original songs contained therein display the songwriting and musical abilities that coalesced into tangibility during the band's existence. A number of styles are represented in the context of those dozen songs, including rocking, up-tempo numbers, to acoustic ballads that somehow work their way into my subconscious and spontaneously play back in my head from time to time.
The songs are catchy, and (from a bass player's perspective) there are some pretty solid bass lines moving along in steady complement with the drum beat. The production quality, while sounding homemade, is also pretty well done considering the quality of home recording technology of the time. I know it's better sounding than any of the music my high school band put out only a few short years after Three G released their album.
Also, each band member was equally represented in the way of lead vocals, which is not something that most bands have the luxury of implementing.
I'm of a mind to credit them with the originality of their name as the scant research I've conducted suggests commercial 3G technology was made available for public consumption in 2001. (Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, because I'll never turn away new information.) Either way, I give them an A+ for creativity as the other option still suggests a clever adaptation of then-new technology.
In conclusion, even though I may never find out who the members of Three G actually were, the music they left behind serves as a reminder to me that great music - past and present - can and does come out of the Jamestown area. As a local musician of (mostly) sound mind and body, I can respect that.
And now, here's what you can expect to find in the area this week.
14th Annual 'Willowfest' To Kick Off Friday: Willow Creek Winery will be hosting its 14th annual "Willowfest" this weekend, beginning Friday at 5 p.m. All weekend long, there will be live music, great wines, craft and food vendors, rides for the kids and elaborate fireworks to end each evening. The event will continue into Saturday, when it will resume at noon. Several bands and family-friendly activities will be available. The weekend will end with New York state's largest hand-lit fireworks display, which will last for approximately one hour. Admission is free.
The Willow Creek Winery is located at 2627 Chapin Road in Silver Creek. For more information, call the winery at 934-9463.
'Second Annual Memorial Run' Set For Saturday: The Second Annual Memorial Run will take place Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Pad. The event is being hosted in memory of Mel Perks, a Vietnam veteran. A chicken barbecue will be held, and bar menu and drink specials will be available throughout the day. A live auction will take place at 2 p.m., and a 50/50 will be held through the duration of the event. Music will be be provided by Steelhorse and Day Old Soup, and begin at approximately 3 p.m. The ride is a free-will donation with 100 percent of proceeds going to Chautauqua County Hospice.
The Pad is located at 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy. For more information, contact The Pad at 267-7367, or Al Sutter at 665-1276.
Filsinger's "Shadows On The Road" Release Party: Tom Filsinger, JCC psychology professor and card-game developer, will be holding a release party for his second book, entitled "Shadows On The Road,"at 3rd on 3rd Gallery from 6-8 p.m. Saturday. Appetizers and drinks will be provided, and Filsinger will be available for book signing and to read a short excerpt from his work. Admission is free.
3rd on 3rd Gallery is located above the Reg Lenna Civic Center at 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, visit www.tomfilsinger.com.
Call For 11th Annual Local Music Showcase Bands: Infinity Visual and Performing Arts is seeking musicians and/or bands interested in performing for the 11th annual Local Music Showcase in downtown Jamestown. The showcase will feature dozens of acts at several downtown venues on Sept. 6 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. The cost to participate is free, but a registration form must be filled out and returned to Infinity by July 15.
Infinity Visual and Performing Arts is located at 115 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, or to get a copy of the registration form, call 664-0991, email email@example.com, or visit www.infinityperformingarts.org.
To include an upcoming show or event in this column, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 487-1111, ext. 243 by Monday.
Charity Nuse: 6 p.m., Southern Tier Brewing Company, 2072 Stoneman Circle in Lakewood
Ken Hardley: 6 p.m., Long Point State Park, 4459 Route 430 in Bemus Point
Mark Mincarelli: 7 p.m., Hadley House, 3328 Hadley Bay Road in Stow
Bluegrass Jam: 7 p.m., Lakewood Legion, 174 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
Karaoke with DJ Goodrich: 8 p.m., Lakeview Hotel, 13 Water St. in Mayville
NoWeGo: 10 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
Bill Ward: 6 p.m., Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown
Gina Vecchio: 6 p.m., The Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy
Ralph Chamberlain Band: 7 p.m., Hadley House, 3328 Hadley Bay Road in Stow
Jules-R-Us Karaoke: 7 p.m., Lakewood Legion, 174 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
Falling Hollywood: 7 p.m., Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, 319 W. Third St. in Jamestown
Coyote: 8 p.m., Seneca Allegany Casino Bar, 777 Seneca Allegany Boulevard in Salamanca
Short Bus (members of Porcelain Busdrivers): 9 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
Gregory Ford: 9 p.m., Yesterdays, 103 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
Resurrection: 10 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
The Untouchables: 10 p.m., Lakeview Hotel, 13 Water St. in Mayville
Big Leg Emma: 4 p.m., Liberty Park, Lawrence Pier in Erie
Tommy Z Band: 4:30 p.m., Seneca Allegany Casino Bar, 777 Seneca Allegany Boulevard in Salamanca
Stray Kat Karaoke: 6 p.m., The Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy
A Strange Kind of Sunshine: 7 p.m., Hadley House, 3328 Hadley Bay Road in Stow
'The Wind Rises' Screening: 8 p.m., Reg Lenna Civic Center, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Sammy Slicker Band: 8 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown
Shaky Ray and the Cobalt Blues Band: 9 p.m., Seneca Allegany Casino Bar, 777 Seneca Allegany Boulevard in Salamanca
Marshmellow Overcoat: 10 p.m., Village Casino, 1 Lakeside Drive in Bemus Point
DJ Goodrich: 10 p.m., Lakeview Hotel, 13 Water St. in Mayville
Death Row Show: 10 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Ken Hardley: 2 p.m., Greek Club, 113 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown
Alex Kates: 2 p.m., Lakeview Hotel, 13 Water St. in Mayville
Steelhorse: 2 p.m., The Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy
Jamie Holka and Bruce Wojick: 4:30 p.m., Seneca Allegany Casino Bar, 777 Seneca Allegany Boulevard in Salamanca
Amanda Barton and Bill Ward: 4:30 p.m., Hadley House, 3328 Hadley Bay Road in Stow
Doc and Bill: 4:30 p.m., Stedman Corners Cafe, 6335 Magnolia-Stedman Road in Mayville