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August 28, 2016 - 10:42am

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In five years of covering concerts at Frostridge, there are four shows I'm sure I'll always remember: Marty Stuart in 2011, which was my introduction to Jam at the Ridge, The Farm, featuring Alexander native Krista Marie, the time Blackjack Billy upstaged the night's headliner, Blackberry Smoke, that same year, and finally, Blackjack Billy's return to Le Roy last night.

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August 24, 2016 - 11:24am
posted by Genesee Chamber... in news, GCC, arts, entertainment.

Mindfulness, self-improvement and guidance are important themes in today’s crazy world. With all of this anxiety swirling around our society, it’s probably the most perfect and appropriate time for a wonderful painting exhibition called “Meditations” by Joanna Angie at The Rosalie “Roz” Steiner Gallery at Genesee Community College in Batavia.

“Meditations” runs through Sept. 24. The gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and open during GCC special events.

Buffalo artist Angie’s large, colorful thangka paintings explore the themes of compassion, community and knowledge. The images stem from the natural connection of Tibetan spiritual practice and the traditional form of art dating back to the 11th century. In addition to their stunning beauty, the thangka paintings serve as objects of devotion, aids to spiritual practice and sources of blessings to the who meditate upon them.

Angie’s colorful works are reflective of her life’s path. Her early childhood passion for colorful paintings began a journey of creative pursuits. Along the way, she got involved with Tibetan spiritual practice, which has taken her across the world to places like China, Tibet, India and beyond. After founding Buffalo Arts Studio in 1991, Angie directed the organization and worked on her mural career.

Visit www.VisitGeneseeNY.com to learn more...

August 24, 2016 - 9:39am

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National recording artists and rock band ZZ Top performed last night, headlining three concerts in one week at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. They played many greatest hits off their 15-album career like "Legs," "Rough Boy," "Cheap Sunglasses," "Tush" and "La Grange."

Over 45-plus years of the band's success has also included TV and films early in 1990s as they appeared in the movies "Back to the Future Part III" and "Mother Goose Rock N Rhyme."  Very popular in the 1980s, they won three music video awards for "Legs," "Sharp Dressed Man" and "Rough Boy."

Earlier this month, Gregg Allman cancelled the remainder of his solo and U.S. tour with ZZ Top due to serious health issues, so Randy Bachman and his band opened for ZZ Top. 

The former lead guitarist of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive from the 1960s and '70s played some classics like "No Sugar Tonight," "American Woman," "You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet" and "Takin’ Care of Business."

Also opening was Jonny Two Bags from Social Distortion who performed a 30-minute set.   

Tonight’s concert is pop / punk rock band Blink 182 and Friday’s performance is American bro-country duo Florida Georgia Line, both starting at 7 p.m.

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Randy Bachman

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August 16, 2016 - 7:01pm

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Shade Zajac makes his official debut Sunday as the full-time conductor of the Genesee Symphony Orchestra in a special performance being sponsored by the United Way at Mercy Grove in Le Roy.

Zajac previously conducted the orchestra last season as part of an audition process for the musical director's position with the GSO and was appointed by the GSO board earlier this year.

Mercy Grove is Genesee County's newest event facility and will be a beautiful setting for this special performance.

Tickets are $75 per person and proceeds benefit the United Way and the Genesee Symphony Orchestra.

Party attire is suggested. The event starts at 3:30 p.m. There will be hors d'oeuvres, grazing stations and a cash bar. The GSO performance, "Summer Serenade," begins at 4:45.  

Tickets are available through GSO's website, or at Bank of Castile in Batavia and Le Roy, Roxy's Music, the United Way and GO ART!

Photos are from Monday's rehearsal.

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August 15, 2016 - 1:29pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia peace garden, news, batavia, music, entertainment.

Press release:

The International Peace Garden Foundation, in conjunction with the Friends of the Batavia Peace Garden, are bringing a special concert to Batavia from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13.

The "Peace on Earth" concert will launch the holiday season and feature Colleen Marcello, an acclaimed soprano in Western New York, and the Irrera Brothers, who are world-famous musicians.

All three artists have roots in Genesee County. The Irrera’s are graduates of Batavia High and Colleen’s grandfather, Philip Marcello, was a former Mayor of Batavia. Together they proudly represent Batavia’s rich Italian heritage.

The critically acclaimed Irrera Brothers have captivated audiences throughout the United States and abroad. The New York Concert Review cited their 2013 concert in Carnegie Hall as a “riveting and dynamic performance.” Additional concert engagements have brought Joseph and John to notable venues such as the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Eastman Theatre and internationally throughout France, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria and Latin America. With a range of educational venues, the brothers both received their doctorates in Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music in 2014. Besides performing together and as soloists, the Irrera Brothers have served on the faculty at the Eastman School of Music and the Eastman Community Music School.

Marcello received her Master of Vocal Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College. A frequent area soloist, Marcello “won the audience over” as Sister Blanche of the "Agony of Christ" in Opera Sacra’s recent production of the "Dialogues of the Carmelites." She has also been a featured soloist under the baton of Robert Franz and Marvin Hamlisch with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Her musical talents have also led her to Off-Broadway musical theater in such productions as "State Fair," "The King and I" and "Fiddler on the Roof."

Another notable feature of this concert will be the Steinway piano cosponsored by Denton Cottier and Daniels. Joseph Irrera is one of 500 Steinway musicians worldwide.  The quality of the music at this event will be unparalleled, and will be a wonderful way to kick off the holidays.

The concert will be held inside the Batavia High School Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased at Roxie’s Music Store on West Main Street in the city and at the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, or by calling 585-201-7100 or 585-343-2387. The ticket costs range from $15 for General Admission to $30 for VIP tickets, which also includes a Meet-the-Artist cocktail reception at the Dibble Center following the event. VIP tickets are very limited. Student tickets are $10. Advance purchase is recommended.

Make this an early holiday gift for those friends and family who are music lovers. This advance notice will insure that you can put the date aside and mark it on your calendar. This is a great way to support the arts in Western New York.

August 13, 2016 - 9:53pm
posted by James Burns in genesee, Le Roy, the ridge, Kansas, news, music, entertainment.

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Imagine having a multiple platinum recording rock band performing for you and your closest friends in your back yard. Well that was the feel of the Kansas concert in Le Roy at The Ridge.

Kansas must have felt right at home with Great Plains-style pop-up thunderstorms in the area as they played for a very friendly crowd that was not at all afraid of the rain.  The fans on hand were singing and dancing along with the bands many well known hits. Yes, you should have been here.

There are two more chances this summer to catch The Jam at the Ridge. The next show at the ridge is Blackjack Billy Aug. 27th

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August 10, 2016 - 9:41am

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The Batavia Society of Artists sponsored a Sketch Out/Paint Out event in Jackson Square on Wednesday evening, featuring cast members from the Batavia Players upcoming presentation of "Guys and Dolls."

The event gave local artists a chance to paint or draw characters from the famous musical.

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August 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
Event Date and Time: 
September 26, 2015 -
1:30pm to 2:30pm

The Batavia Silver Stars along with the Chili-based Cloverleaf Squares are Western square dance clubs and they will be performing at Darien Lake Theme Park twice this month.
They will have a demo dance from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. For more information about WNY square dance clubs visit squaredancingrochester.org

August 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
Event Date and Time: 
October 23, 2015 -
9:00am to 3:00pm

Join us for a Skid Steer Rodeo in the parking lot of Batavia’s Empire Tractor store on East Main Street Friday, Oct. 23, and/or Saturday, Oct. 24 (Saturday’s rodeo hours are 9 to 2). Lunch will be served both days.
Prove you’re the best! Win prizes! Manufacturer’s reps will be on hand to answer all your questions.
We offer a three-year/3,000-hour warranty on Skid Steers and CTLs. Serving you since 1891: Reliable equipment, quick parts, smart service.

August 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
Event Date and Time: 
October 24, 2015 -
9:00am to 2:00pm

Join us for a Skid Steer Rodeo in the parking lot of Batavia’s Empire Tractor store on East Main Street Saturday, Oct. 24. Lunch will be served.
Prove you’re the best! Win prizes! Manufacturer’s reps will be on hand to answer all your questions.
We offer a three-year/3,000-hour warranty on Skid Steers and CTLs. Serving you since 1891: Reliable equipment, quick parts, smart service.

August 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
Event Date and Time: 
October 25, 2015 -
10:00am to 2:00pm

Join 90.7FM (WGCC) on Sunday, Oct. 25, at Genesee Community College for Batavia’s best family Halloween event, the fourth annual Play, Eat and Trick-or-Treat! The fun begins at 10 a.m. and will run until 2 p.m. in the GCC Forum.

August 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
Event Date and Time: 
October 29, 2015 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm

Reel Discussions
Come view the movie and join us for a group discussion afterward. This month’s movie is “Maleficent.” A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubles land.
For more information, call the library at 343-9550 or log onto www.batavialibrary.org.
** This month’s movie is scheduled 1 week later in the month.

August 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
Event Date and Time: 
November 3, 2015 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

The Peanuts gang is back! Celebrate their upcoming movie with a party. Puppy Chow and Puppy Slobber will be provided. Enjoy a game of bingo & feel free to dress as your favorite character. All ages welcome.

August 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
Event Date and Time: 
November 14, 2015 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm

The sounds of “The Fab Four” will be invading Pavilion High School on Saturday Nov. 14th at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium! Please come hear The Pavilion Junior and Senior High Bands and Choruses perform music by The Beatles — voted the No. 1 artists of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine.

August 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
Event Date and Time: 
December 4, 2015 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm

The Batavia Business Improvement District (BID) would like to invite the community to take part and enjoy the downtown’s annual Christmas in the City celebration from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4.
Activities include:

August 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
Event Date and Time: 
January 21, 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

Billy Martin’s Cole All-Star Circus — “The Original and Best!” — will perform at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, in the gymnasium at Le Roy High School to benefit the Class of 2016.
Tickets are $10 in advance for adults, or $15 at the door. Kids 12 and younger attend free with paid adult. Tickets available at the school office.

August 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
Event Date and Time: 
January 30, 2016 -
10:00am to 6:00pm

The Corfu-Pembroke Community Winterfest will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Pembroke Community Center. It’s located at 116 E. Main St. in Corfu.

August 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
Event Date and Time: 
September 19, 2015 -
5:30pm to 6:30pm

The Batavia Silver Stars along with the Chili-based Cloverleaf Squares are Western square dance clubs and they will be performing at Darien Lake Theme Park twice this month.
They will have a demo dance from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, and from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. For more information about WNY square dance clubs visit squaredancingrochester.org

August 4, 2016 - 1:06pm

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American five-piece girl group Fifth Harmony performed last evening at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center with special guests JoJo and Victoria Monet. The five singers who all successfully auditioned as soloists on the second season of "The X Factor USA" in 2012 failed to progress individually in judging competition and decided to form a group together.

The band was formed one month following the second season of "The X Factor USA" and was named "Next Pop Superstar of 2013" by Popdust magazine.  They played hits like "Gonna Get Better," "All In My Head (Flex)," "Worth It" and "Work from Home."

Opening for them was Joanna Noëlle Blagden "JoJo" Levesque and Victoria Monet. Next concert is BRAD PAISLEY: LIFE AMPLIFIED TOUR, Aug. 19th at 7:30 p.m.

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July 28, 2016 - 7:30am

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Over 40-plus years and millions of albums sold the Wilson sisters -- brunette lead singer Ann and blond lead guitarist Nancy -- didn't miss a beat, as they kept the crowd dancing in the aisles last evening with their band Heart at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.  

Hands waving, cell phones were overheating amongst many followers engaged in some of the band's greatest hits like, "Magic Man," "What about Love," "These Dreams," "Crazy on You" and "Barracuda."

Cheap Trick and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts opened for Heart tonight with some famous songs by each band, "Dream Police," "I Want You to Want Me" from Cheap Trick. Joan Jett played some classics, "Cherry Bomb," "I Love Rock 'n’ Roll," and "I Hate Myself for Loving You."

Next concert is tomorrow night featuring G-Eazy & Logic: The Endless Summer Tour, with guests YG and YO Gotti at 6:30.

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