JAMESTOWN – Western NY has long held a reputation for producing quality independent art. From Blue Herons (Festivals) to Maniacs (10k), discerning listeners have long cast their ears toward Chautauqua County for original musicians who often lead the way in their field. Up until recently, these songwriters and players have been limited when it comes to showcasing their talents, let alone getting radio airplay.
“Our Back Yard” is a weekly radio show on 106.9 KISS-FM (wkza-fm) that features regional original music. Airing at 6pm each Sunday and hosted by veteran radio personality Bill Dorrion, the program has been airing the recorded music of local independents for some time.
As a natural progression, KISS-FM and Trinity Guitars in Jamestown have announced the premier of “In Our Back Yard – LIVE!”, a monthly radio show featuring live performances of independent artists from throughout the area. Presented as a concert series in the Trinity Guitars Studio in front of a live audience, “In Our Back Yard – LIVE!” joins the popular Rolling Hills Radio as yet another purveyor of live music on the Jamestown, NY radio airwaves.
The shows will be hosted by Chautauqua County musician Bill Ward and presented on select Tuesdays at 7:00 pm from November to May at Trinity Guitars, 800 West Third Street. Each show will feature the live performances of two independent artists from the Northeastern US. It will then be aired the following Sunday as that week’s IOBY show. The events are free to the public, but reservations for each event must be secured through Trinity Guitars before admission.
The schedule for the premier season of “In Our Back Yard – LIVE!” is as follows:
- November 6: Sean Patrick McGraw with Big Leg Emma‘s Charity, Steve, and Kev
Air Date: November 11
- December 11: Bumpy Peterson with Bill Ward and Amanda Barton‘s Christmas Sessions
Air Date: December 16
- January 15: Smack Dab with Cindy Love
Air Date: January 20
- February 12: Alex Kates with The Bogarts
Air Date: February 17
- March 12: Gina V. with Susan Waite and Red Letter Blues
Air Date: March 17
- April 16: Barbara Jean and friends with the Tiger Maple String Band
Air Date: April 21
- May 14: All Star IOBY – LIVE! Festival
Air Date: May 19
For more information or to reserve seats for “In Our Back Yard – Live!” call Trinity Guitars at 716.665.4490 or 716.753.2800. Reservations may also be made by visiting trinityguitars.com or visiting the event’s Facebook page.