FREE JAM: Every Thursday, 7 to 10 p.m. for anyone looking to play, sing, dance or just sit back and watch, at Wild Country Dance Hall, corner of routes 19 and 198, Saegertown. More information: Ed or Jan, 282-4608 or 398-1463.
VACAVI CAFE: Tom Deighton performs Nov. 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 100 Water St., Conneaut Lake. More information: Call 213-0119.
SOFA KING COOL BAND: Performing Nov. 2 at VFW, Albion; Nov. 9 at Landmark Hotel, Mercer; Nov. 22 at Crickets, Youngstown, Ohio; Nov. 23 at JD’s Tap House, Meadville.
BLASHFORD RECITAL: Bailey Blashford, a junior at Allegheny College, will present a recital of art songs and arias on Nov. 2 at 3:15 p.m. in Ford Memorial Chapel on the Allegheny campus. She will begin the recital with pieces by three 20th century composers: John Jacob Niles, Samuel Barber and Maurice Ravel. Three pieces by Niles — settings of American folksongs — will be followed by two sacred pieces: ‘The Crucifixion’ by Barber and a setting of the Hebrew prayer Kaddish by Ravel. Blashford will also perform arias from ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ and ‘Cosi fan tutte’ by Mozart; a ‘tipsy waltz’ from ‘La Perichole’ by Offenbach; ‘O mio babbino caro’ from ‘Gianni Schicchi’ by Puccini; and ‘Mein Herr Marquis’ from Johann Strauss’ ‘Die Fledermaus.’ She will conclude the program with ‘When I Have Sung My Songs’ by Ernest Charles.
COOTIE HARRIS JAZZ JAM: Nov. 3 from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Gardner Theatre on the second floor of the Meadville Market House, hosted by The Meadville Council on the Arts. MCA Jazz Jams were started more than 30 years ago, with the foresight and dedication of Harris. He has worked hard to keep the Jazz Jam alive, bringing in musicians and involving young people so they can learn from professionals. Admission is $5, with performing musicians free. More information: Call 336-5051 or email email@example.com.
SALMON FRANK: Nov. 6 from 8 to 11 p.m., WXCS Radio Open Mike and Jam Session, The Villa Tavern, Cambridge Springs.
KALEIDO: The group is on tour this fall, bringing their energetic pop rock sound to the masses. The tour makes a stop in Meadville at the Voodoo Brewery, 215 Arch St., on Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. with special guets Shinobi Ninja. Kaleido just finished a summer full of music festivals, including dates on the Van’s Warped Tour and the Rockstar Uproar Festival.
THE HOPPERS: Presenting gospel music, the band will be in concert Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. at New Beginnings Church of God, 13226 Leslie Road, Meadville. The Hoppers have performed throughout the U.S. as well as Israel, Europe and Africa. The group recently was inducted in to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. There is no charge for the concert but an offering is taken to cover the expenses. Tickets are needed to reserve seating. For tickets: Call 337-2044 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIRST FRIDAY CONCERT SERIES: Edinboro University’s First Friday Concert Series continue Nov. 1 with a performance by Music Department faculty member Erik Mann. The performance will be held from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in the Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center’s Recital Hall. It is free and open to the public. Mann, a classical guitarist, will present a program of works by Brazilian composer Paulo Bellinati. First Friday Concerts, which feature Edinboro University Music Department faculty, are held monthly at the Alexander Music Center throughout the fall and spring semesters.
CHURCH MUSIC JAM: A free, open-to-the-public country, gospel and bluegrass music jam is the first Saturday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m. at the New Apostolic Church in Greenville across from The Medicine Shoppe. No drugs, alcohol or smoking is allowed. All are invited to enjoy and/or to bring their instruments and play. The next event is Nov. 2.
VENANGO MUSEUM: On Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. Paul Roberts, a theater organist from the United Kingdom, will present a special program on the Wurlitzer theater organ at the Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry. Roberts has played in concert halls around the world. Admission is $5 and refreshments will be served.
ELTON JOHN: Nov. 18 at Erie Insurance Arena. Tickets on sale at the Erie Insurance Arena box office, erieevents.com or (814) 452-4857.
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVISITED: Formed by original members of the iconic rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, the band performs on Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown. Tickets: (330) 259-0555 or stambaughauditorium.com.
FRANK MARZANO: Performing Dec. 6 at Erie Ale House and Dec. 11 at Barking Spider Tavern in Cleveland. More information: Visit frankmarzano.com/calendar.html.
ZAC BROWN BAND: Perfoming Dec. 13 at Erie Insurance Arena with special guests Dugas & AJ Ghent. Tickets: Visit the Erie Insurance Arena box office or call (814) 452-4857.
JAY Z: Jan. 8 at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland; Jan. 21 at CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh; Jan. 30 at First Niagara Center, Buffalo, N.Y.; and Jan. 31 at Bryce Jordan Center, State College. Tickets at livenation.com, Ticketmaster outlets or (800) 745-3000.
JOSH GROBAN: Nov. 2 at CONSOL Energy Center. Tickets: livenation.com, Ticketmaster outlets or (800) 745-3000.
TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA: Dec. 7 at 3 and 8 p.m. at CONSOL Energy Center, performing ‘The Lost Christmas Eve.’ A portion of the proceeds from every ticket benefit Dollar Energy Fund and WQED programming and community services. Tickets: livenation.com, Ticketmaster outlets or (800) 745-3000.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: The 20/20 Experience World Tour at CONSOL Energy Center on Dec. 14. Tickets: livenation.com, Ticketmaster outlets or (800) 745-3000.
Regional Juried Photo Exhibit opens Friday night in Meadville
Meadville Council on the Arts' Regional Juried Photo Exhibit opens Friday the Heeschen Gallery (second floor of the Market House) and runs through May 24. The photography show features photographs from artists living with 250 miles of Meadville. The public is invited to a reception on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. when the awards will be announced.
Robo-repeat: Cochranton tops at RoboBOTS
As the final metal-grinding match of RoboBOTS 2014 sent the last sparks of battle into the plexiglass arena, Cochranton High School made history by becoming the only school to take home the first place trophy in two consecutive years.
Hunter Hayes headlines Crawford County Fair 2014 on Aug. 16
Country music performer Hunter Hayes, accompanied by guest stars, will be the first concert act to hit the stage at the Crawford County Fairgrounds on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m., as announced Friday morning by the Fair Board.
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Jamestown native part of Syfy reality series 'Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge'
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Crawford County Fair ups entry fee by $3
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Local producers not sappy over late spring prior to annual Maple Taste and Tour
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Races for good cause make for one 'Last Blast of Winter'
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Director/producer Porter to screen ‘Gideon’s Army’ at Allegheny College
Lawyer-turned-filmmaker Dawn Porter will screen her documentary “Gideon’s Army” today in the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre in the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts at Allegheny College. The screening at 5:30 p.m. will be followed by a talk by Dawn Porter.
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