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Amp Ball: Dave Stevens Big Band Wednesday, Aug. 19
CHAUTAUQUA - Dig out your dancin’ shoes and trip the light fantastic under themirrored ball for the 2009 Amp Ball. Dave Stevens brings back his big band for anevening of quality music and great dance tunes this coming Wednesday, August 19
at 8:15pm. For more Chautauqua Institution information and to purchase ticketson-line Chautauqua Institution website www.ciweb.org. The performance will takeplace at the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater.
Chautauqua Bon Vivant Culinary Event Next Weekend
JAMESTOWN - The Chautauqua Bon Vivant is a luxurious experience of Culinary, Wine & Spirits. This two-day event next Saturday, August 22
and Sunday, August23rd that delights in the rich agricultural and cultural bounty of Chautauqua Countyincludes: Saturday Wine Pairing Lunch, VIP Cocktail Reception, Grand Tasting, andSunday’s Champagne Infused Brunch. Proceeds will bene
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of eliminations. After givingthe
rst contestants a weekwithout eliminations to workout their jitters, and rehearsesome songs the competitionstarted with performances andeliminations every Mondaynight at the Pops concertlocation on Bemus Bay.As the competition has goneon contestants have had toperform up to ten songs overthe summer. The performancenights were organized aroundmusical themes, constantshad to work up songs from:the Beatles, to Andrew Lloydebber, as well as country, andclassic rock. The judges madecomments to the singers andthose are not eliminated wenton to perform the followingweek. For the most part theudges keep their comments toconstructive criticism, unlikeon that TV show, says Andrew,“Do we have a Simon Cowellper say? No!”In talking to
nalist Shawnilder, his enthusiasm almostumps through the phone,“I’ve had so much fun! I’mso happy I’ve gotten this far.”He goes on, “You have noidea the feeling, you know,of being up there in front of everybody, when everybodyis watching you and yoursinging with the band…it’s just overwhelming.”The performers chose anappropriate for the week andsend a copy to John Crossand the Babalu Band (theIdol performance band). Theyare then given just two run-throughs of the song with theband on performance night.While this might intimidateanother singer Shawn seemsto thrive on it, saying of the band, “Oh man, they’reamazing! They’re wonderfulguys. They have fun rightalong with you. They makeyour song theirs and youmake their song yours…It’sawesome!”Shawn admits that some of the music themes put him outof his country music comfortzone, but he appears to havehandled them well. Shawnsees himself pursuing a careerin country western musicand is considering moving toNashville.Another of the
nalists isKira Chadwick, who is nostranger to performing, havingdone numerous musicaltheatre performances in thearea. She, like Shawn seemsto be having a blast, “I’m justso happy and thrilled that Imade it to the
nal three!”Unlike Shawn, Kira seems tobe happy singing just aboutanything, “I like a little hip-hop, a little country, I loveclassic rock, I like anything…Ilove show tunes.” But singingis not in Kira’s career path, asshe plans to be a kindergartenteacher.Rather than be competitivethe
nalists appear to becomegood friends, Kira, herboyfriend and Shawn havebeen known to go out andsing karaoke together, andboth speak highly of eachother and Steve Davis (I wasunable to contact Steve beforepublication). No matter whathappens on Monday nightthose that don’t win are sureto be thrilled for the winner.No matter what career paththe contestants choose, SE93’sChautauqua Lake Idol willgive audiences a glimpse of future greatness.
It’s the middle of Augustand the living is easy! Perhaps‘relaxing’ would be a betterchoice of words, as life herereally starts to slow down toa nice little pace about thistime of year. Perhaps it’s theweather, or the water, or thehappy people who are just sodarned glad to be here. Butone thing’s for sure – if you’reliving or visiting ChautauquaCounty right now, you are onefortunate individual!After all, we’re blessedwith beautiful lakes,gorgeous grapes, wonderfulwineries and more culinaryopportunities than you canpossibly tackle in one summerof overeating. Chautauqua’scultural events are quiteliterally second to none, andthe resort centers available tous are truly amazing. But wetry to experience it all anyway,don’t we?Well, that’s totallyunderstandable. Justremember to have fun, be niceto those who serve you andtake deep breaths of the clean,crisp air. It’s just good for yoursoul! Until next week… JZ-B“They’ll come out asindividual units and thenplay two tunes together,”Clark said. The morningmassed band will play thetunes “Scotland the Braveand Wings” and “BonnieDundee.” The clans will beintroduced during the massedband and led off the
eld by asolo piper.“We’re trying somethingnew,” Clark said about theevening massed band. Theunits will march onto the
eldindividually, then gather in asemicircle to play two sets of tunes (“Green Hills & Battle’sOre” followed by “AmazingGrace”).The massed bands are animpressive site and sound,Clark said. “We get about 100pipers. It’s pretty cool.”Although the pipe bands arethe focus of the festival, theyaren’t the only part. Celticthemed food and vendorswill round out the festival,along with area Celtic musicand dance groups. The AnitaMountain Highland Dancers,from Erie, PA, and the OleanArea Irish Dancers, fromOlean, NY, will perform,along with the music groupsStep In Time and Celtic Creek.Both groups are area husbandand wife teams. Step In Timebrand their music as “CelticEclectic” while Celtic Creekworks to keep the traditionalCeltic styles alive.The festival also includesScottish heavy athletics, suchas the caber toss (tossinga long, tapered pine log),hammer and stone throw.Although the pipe bands won’tbe competing at the festival,the heavy athletes will be.“They’re not just amateurs,”Clark said, “these athletesare competing for prizes.”Jamestown is home of The96th Highlanders Pipes andDrums, and they representChautauqua county, but theband includes members fromsurrounding areas. They havecompeted and performed athighland games and festivalsin New York, Pennsylvania,and Canada. The bandhas used many of theirperformances to raise moneyfor the families of
ghters,police, and members of themilitary as well as victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The Portage Hill Gallery in West
eld will feature an Abstract Show from August 2-28 dailyfrom 10am to 5pm. No art style reveals the inner workings of an artist’s mind as much asan abstract approach. Intuitive and spontaneous, well-done abstract art allows the artistanother way to communicate with the art appreciator. visit www.portagehillgallery.com
Portage Hill Gallery Abstract Show Runs Thru Aug. 28