The Back Room Radio Hour Returns to the Chadakoin Club


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The Back Room Radio Hour returns to the Chadakoin Club as host Bill Ward welcomes acclaimed recording artist Gretchen Pleuss and special guest Ted Anderson on February 7 at 7 pm.
Gretchen Pleuss is an Ohio-bred singer/songwriter whose soft vocals and evocative songwriting ability have quickly positioned her as one of the finest emerging acts in her genre. Hailing from a lower middle-class upbringing, her pure and poetic lyrics resonate with listeners on deep, sometimes gut-wrenching levels.
To date, Gretchen has played throughout the United States, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Peru, and Ecuador, sharing the stage with the likes of Lisa Loeb, Loudon Wainwright III, Chely Wright, Damien Jurado, Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), and Bill Payne (Little Feat, Doobie Brothers). She has released two albums, and is currently on tour promoting a third, currently being released on Sun Pedal Recordings.
Singer, teacher, pastor, organizer, promoter, writer, explorer and humanitarian Ted Anderson has been writing songs as an avocation for a “good long time,” and has recorded a few. Currently from Spencerport, NY, he is a friend of Chautauqua County, having been the pastor of Hurlbut Church in Chautauqua Institution for almost twenty years. He has worked with youth most of his adult life, and many of the songs he has written reflect world travels as a leader and organizer of the Mission of Peace, a yearly contingent of adults and youth who visit other countries to foster international peace and understanding. Having just returned from a MOP to the Phillipines, he will be joined by fellow traveler Tom Schmidt to highlight the organization.
Jamestown’s newest entertainment venue, the chadakoin Club is a short distance from the brand new National Comedy Center and features a wide variety of live music, dancing, and comedy. It also boasts a delicious and varied food and drink menu.
Show host Bill Ward said, “This is the first show we’ve had at the Club since it’s expanded food and drink menu. We would encourage folks to come early, enjoy some food and beverages, and then stay late for a meet and greet with Gretchen and Ted. It will be a complete Night Out in Jamestown.”
The Back Room Radio Hour exists to celebrate regional artists with live performances each month in front of a studio audience. The show also highlights a regional service organization. It is recorded live on a Thursday night, then broadcast on WRFA radio 107.9 in Jamestown the following Monday at 7 pm. Archived shows and the Monday broadcast can be streamed at
The show begins at 7, but audience needs to be seated by 6:30. Admission is free, but please make reservations by emailing or calling 716.753.2800.