Since its 1995 beginning, Yankee Bush Productions' community mission has been to provide quality concert entertainment at area renovated, historic theaters. Currently those are the Struthers Library Theatre in Warren and the Crown Theater in Jamestown, N.Y. Additionally, YBP has given local and regional talent the opportunity to perform on historic stages that have been graced by some of the nation's biggest stars. In keeping with that mission, Yankee Bush's 2010 fall season strives to please a variety of tastes from country to rock.
Yankee Bush Productions' first concert of their 2010 fall season will be Friday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. when Ron and Nancy OneSong will perform their "Tribute to Country Legends June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash" at the Crown Theater, 21 E. Third St., Jamestown, N.Y. Ron and Nancy will delight you with their talent, wit and tribute to these two legendary country stars. Come enjoy his renditions of "I Walk the Line," "As Long as the Grass Shall Grow," "Ring of Fire," "Folsum Prison Blues" and Nancy's beautiful "Wildwood Flower," "Keep on the Sunnyside," "Jackson," "Times A Wastin" and much more. Ron and Nancy have appeared at the Ryman Auditorium (former home of the Grand Ole Opry) and have entertained internationally in Canada, France and England. OneSong has opened for many country legends including Tommy Cash, Stonewall Jackson and John Anderson. They are New York State Country Music Association Hall of Honors members. Ron and Nancy perform several tributes to country music legends, but you won't want to miss their Tribute to June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash.
YBP's second show will be a "Tribute to Elvis" by Sterling at the Struthers Library Theatre in Warren at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. Sterling Pollaro is an Elvis tribute artist who pays homage to the "King of Entertainment" by recreating in meticulous detail the Elvis tour concerts of the 1970s. Sterling was judged number one in the country and number two in the world at the International Professional Class of the Elvis Tribute Artist competition in Collingwood, Ontario. And Donna Presley Early, Elvis' first cousin, awarded Sterling the top score of 10 for his likeness to Elvis' voice. Come experience Sterling and the Lightning Strikes Twice Band with the Ladies of Rhythm backup vocalists perform such hits as "See See Rider," "Burning Love," "Big Boss Man," "Promised Land" and much more.
Then, on Friday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m., "A Night of Irish Music and Dance" will be presented at the Crown Theater in Jamestown. Championship Irish step dancers from Buffalo, N.Y., Clanna Na Cara, will dance to live Irish music by two Irish music duos, Celtic Creek and the Wild Rovers. Beth and Jim McQuiston of Warren are Celtic Creek. They have performed in venues from Olean, N.Y., to Pittsburgh and west to Ohio. With Jim on 12-string guitar and Beth on flute and harmonica, they perform such tunes as "Danny Boy," "Whiskey in the Jar," "Finnegan's Wake" and more. The Wild Rovers are an Irish music duo from Olean, N.Y. Bill O'Connell and Andy Hannon have been performing Irish music together for decades and are fixtures at the Olean Irish Festival every September. If there is an Irish tune you want to hear, these two can probably play it. They'll keep your Irish eyes smiling.
The final show of 2010 will be a "Tribute to the 60s and 70s" by Warren's own Temple Gray band at the Struthers Library Theatre in Warren at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. Local music artists John Bowler, Paula Roney, Mike Roney and Brad Bogart are Temple Gray. They will astound you with their tight harmonies and attention to detail with each song's melody and lyrics. If you're a youth of the 60s or 70s, this is a show you won't want to miss. You will be transported to those youthful, carefree days of listening to the likes of the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills and Nash, America and James Taylor. This will be Temple Gray's first appearance at the Library Theatre.
Yankee Bush concerts are suitable for music lovers of all ages, so bring the whole family. Give a gift of music to yourself, your friends or your family. Tickets are available by calling 489-3110 or at Warren United News, 330 Pennsylvania Ave. W.; Virg Ann Flower Shop, 240 Pennsylvania Ave.; the Library Theatre box office, 302 W. Third Ave.; and KC's Emporium, 108 W. Third St., Jamestown.