JAMESTOWN – Local music fans will once again descend upon downtown Jamestown to show their support for music and arts education in Chautauqua County. The ninth annual Local Music Showcase (LMS) is set to take place on Saturday, Sept. 8 at nine participating venues with all proceeds once again going to Infinity Visual and Performing Arts.
“LMS is our biggest fundraiser of the year, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to support instruction costs at Infinity,” explains Infinity Executive Director Shane Hawkins.
Hawkins adds that each year LMS is only made possible through collaboration between local businesses, musicians and volunteers.
“This event would not be possible without the support of the local venues, business owners, local musicians, sound technicians and the team of over 50 volunteers that donate their time each year to make this event possible.” she says. “All of the nine participating venues this year and many of the performers and volunteers have been strong supporters of LMS every year. It’s a wonderful community effort to support arts education and local music, and a terrific night of local entertainment.”
Because LMS is the programs single biggest fundraiser of the year, support from the entire community is crucial, especially with repeated and wide spread funding cuts to arts and youth programs the past few years.
“It’s important that the community understand that much of our program relies on donations and fundraising efforts like this one,” says Hawkins. “Currently, just .042 percent of our operating budget comes from government-related sources, while nearly ten percent comes from fundraising events like LMS. Obviously, we want to encourage anyone in the community who wishes to support arts education to try and make it out to at least one LMS venue this year.”
A total of 40 different acts will be participating in this year’s LMS at nine different downtown venues. Participating Venues are: Mojos, Shawbucks, The Pub, Labyrinth Press Company, Forte, The Wine Cellar, Suburban Blend, The Reg Studio Theater, and Infinity Arts Café.
Musical acts are: GAHU Drum Ensemble, SYMBA, Bowling Kids of America, Collective Groove, Weeirdo Drum Ensemble, Nick Kilpatrick and Sara Rafaloski, Bill Ward, Mike Brunacini, Brian Hanna, Cryptic Yeast, Andy White, Claud Schuckers, I am Frankie Scrapmetal, The Elektra Kings, Oliver Burdo, the Haunted Heart Band, Tara Lamont Eastman, Crippled Fingers, Doc & Bill, Steel Rails, Sean Lander, Joey Cobra, Higher Ground, Thee Audience, Voodoo Brother, Smackdab, Beyond the Illusion, Hi-Fidelity, Lion Avalanche, Otis, Oxenwings, DJ80N3, Rat Ivy, Hot Stenographer, The Bogarts, Blind Society, Amber Lee & The Hallow Society, Cindy Haight & Paul Liuzzo, Andy Conti and Gary Peters, Jr.
A complete line up of all acts and corresponding venues can be found online at www.infinityperformingarts.blogspot.com. Event posters listing the lineup can also be found throughout downtown and at participating venues the day of LMS.
The cost to attend LMS is $10, which will pay for an all-access wristband that will get attendees into any and all participating venues. Pre-sale event tickets can be purchased at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center at 115 3rd Street and exchanged for wristbands the evening of the event. Wristbands can also be purchased the day of the event at participating venues.
For more information, call (716) 664-0991 or visit www.infinityperformingarts.org.
ABOUT LMS: The Chautauqua Region Word newspaper organized the first Local Music Showcase, which was held in 2004 in Bemus Point, N.Y. In 2006, the event was moved to downtown Jamestown to accommodate the increased number of bands and musicians who were interested participating. All proceeds collected from the benefit have gone directly to fund arts education at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc.
ABOUT INFINITY: Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc. is dedicated to building the resiliency of our community’s youth by providing unique opportunity through access to the arts. More than a place, more than a program, Infinity is a chance for youth to become immersed in arts and learning, to take creative risks, and to discover their infinite potential. To learn more or to donate, visit www.infinityperformingarts.org.