‘Nothin’ Fancy’

Warren Concert Association opens season With Bluegrass

Photos submitted to Times Observer Nothin’ Fancy.

The 2018-2019 performance season for the Warren Concert Association opens this Saturday, October 6 with the award-winning Bluegrass band, Nothin’ Fancy.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Warren’s First Presbyterian Church. With its award-winning fiddler in tow, this Virginia-based Bluegrass band will arrive in town on Saturday in their bright yellow-gold tour bus. They’ll delight everyone with classics from their near quarter-century old playlist and with new pieces as well.

Veterans of performances at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, Dollywood, and Branson, the musicians of Nothin’ Fancy will bring their award-winning music to Warren this Saturday. A bonus of their performance is that local award-winning fiddler, Cathy Pearson, will join the band for a song or two.

The second concert of the season will also be held at the Presbyterian Church. Regional ensemble Chautauqua Brass will perform with four trombones, a trumpet, and… perhaps surprisingly, the sounds of classical guitar.

With musicians hailing from all over North America, the members of this energetic young brass ensemble have chosen to meet and rehearse in Chautauqua County, N.Y. The members’ varied musical interests keep their performances diverse and interesting. They’ll take the audience on a musical journey from Renaissance to Baroque to modern Contemporary, Jazz, and Funk.

Photos submitted to Times Observer Jazz, Blues & Two Tattoos.

In addition to their musical performances, they work with Musician’s Wellness of North America, an organization created to help guide musicians to healthy practices and to prevent injuries to allow musicians to maintain wellness and the ability to perform.

Jazz, Blues & Two Tattoos will perform the holiday concert at Struthers Library Theatre on December 8. The concert will include holiday tunes as well as a performance that celebrates the music of New Orleans and New York and the mark that both of those places have made on music history.

JB&TT is fronted by founder, Gary Negbaur, a musician steeped in the New Orleans piano tradition and the Great American Songbook. His calling card is innovative arrangements of standards with soulful originals. As a pianist/singer/songwriter, Negbaur has raised the roof at South by Southwest, in Paris, and across the country. On an interesting side note, Negbaur co-wrote Wine Lovers, the world’s first interactive wine-tasting musical.

After a midwinter hiatus, the series resumes with a February 23, 2019, performance at the First Presbyterian Church with award-winning folk singer/songwriter, David LaMotte. A veteran of more than 3,000 concerts with more than a dozen CDs of mostly original music, LaMotte has toured all fifty states and performed on seven continents.

David has been lauded by Radio Belfast for his “charm, stories, humour (Irish spelling!), insightful songs, sweet voice, and dazzling guitar ability.” He has also been a TED Talk presenter. This performance will be presented in collaboration with First Presbyterian Church.

Photos submitted to Times Observer Low Lily.

The final concert of the season will be held at Struthers Library Theatre on March 9, 2019. A bit in advance of St. Patrick’s Day, award-winning Irish accordion player, John Whelan, will join with the trio Low Lily to provide an early, but spectacular, celebration of this much-loved day for all things Irish.

Their performance will explore the music of Ireland and America with an energetic show featuring up-tempo jigs and reels, and lushly arranged songs featuring fiddle, accordion, guitars, mandolin, double bass, and harmonious vocals.

Season subscriptions will be available for purchase on October 6 at the church prior to the concert and will be sold until the conclusion of the November concert. Season subscribers receive the additional benefit of a pass to attend all of the Ja

mestown Concert Association events at no additional cost. Students 18 and under who attend events with a ticket-holding adult are admitted for free to Warren Concert Association performances.

Each subscriber receives six flexible use tickets for the five-concert season. Tickets can be used all at once or anyway, the subscriber chooses. In addition to general subscriptions, there are still opportunities to support the concert association at the Patron, Sponsor, and Benefactor levels.

If your birthday is on the date of a WCA performance, you can be a member of the association’s Birthday Club. Proof of birth date is all that’s required for two free tickets.

Photos submitted to Times Observer Low Lily.

For more information or to have tickets waiting for you on October 6, call (814) 723-6505, or email warrenconcertassociation@gmail.com.