“Art Comes Alive” InSpire Living Arts Music Festival

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Spire Theater, Full House

Article Contributed by
Stephanie McCraw

On September 27th and 28th the Spire Theater on 317th E 3rd Street in Jamestown will host two headlining, nationally touring bands and over forty other entertainment acts for the first “InSpire Living Arts Music Festival.”

Spire Theater has been called the building that never sleeps. As a unique center for the arts it hosts a rotating schedule of music, magic shows, drama, original film, and poetry. The grand building was built in the 1800’s and is being preserved through the efforts of the owners as the oldest publicly used structure in Jamestown. Separate wings and rooms in the building are now divided into studios and leased out to various creative endeavors; the sanctuary and Odyssey banquet hall are spaces available for rent.

“Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad”

Angelo Giuffre, the Owner and Events Coordinator, said a Raise the Roof fundraiser event held last year was a positive and exciting time for the theater, and it encouraged the coordinators to find a way to create an annual downtown musical event. “The idea was to have a festival that would draw people from hours away and provide a weekend of entertainment for locals” he explained.

The draw of such talented local and national entertainment also has the effect of boosting patronage to downtown restaurants and hotels. The festival is made possible with funding from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative award, Homes and Community Renewal, and the Fund for Downtown Programming provided by the Jamestown Local Development Corporation.

“Driftwood”

On Friday the 27th, headliner band “Driftwood” will play at 8:00, bringing their Americana stylings in a dynamic live show. “Americana” refers to a current type of music that is influenced by country, folk, gospel, blues, and other acoustic styles that have flourished in the United States. On Saturday the 28th at 8:00 the headliner “Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad,” another band that resonates with the regional demographic, will perform their live show with an exciting combination of world beats and reggae rhythms. Giant Panda has 75,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.
Giuffre encourages people to buy tickets ahead of time to make sure they get a seat for the headlining bands. He is estimating several hundred tickets to be sold to folks out of town. Over forty bands and solo acts will play on the four stages of the Spire Theater, with the stages hosted by Bill Ward, Ken Hardly, Pulse Poetry, Karate Sleepover Comedy, and Dave McDonald. Tickets can be purchased at tickets.inspirejamestown.com