As August approaches, so do some great festivals that provide a variety of entertainment opportunities. This weekend, Our Fest in Panama and The Great Rhythm Revival in Sherman celebrate music in the midst of Chautauqua County’s rural tranquility. Juxtapose that with the following weekend, when the Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy takes over downtown Jamestown for 5 days of rib-tickling fun. Let’s learn a little bit more about these events.
In its 18th year, the Outrageous Universe Revival Festival – or Our Fest – offers a varied collection of independent music from around the region and the country. Most noteworthy is headlining act Baby Gramps, who’s performed at the festival for the last several years and has played at local venues including Mojo’s in downtown Jamestown. The festival also features a plethora of local talent including Dirt Track Racing, The Bogarts, Smackdab, Matt Homan and the Bluegrass Disciples, Thee Audience, and Uncle Claud’s Band. Gates open at 1 pm on Friday, August 1st and close by 1 pm on Sunday, August 3rd. Pre-sale tickets are no longer available, but you can get more information about the event, including directions and a full schedule, at www.ourmusicfest.com
The Great Rhythm Revival
This event takes place on the gorgeous grounds of the Great Blue Heron Music Festival, but provides a much more intimate experience. The weekend is full of workshops and shared experiences that provide opportunities to hone a skill, such as drumming or dancing, or to look inward to rejuvenate your soul. Instructors led by Jim Donovan, a founding member of Rusted Root, guide festival goers through a memorable and unique experience. Be sure to visit www.greatrhythmrevival.com to learn more about the event and purchase tickets.
Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy
This festival has been picking up steam over the last few years and this year’s headlining act, Jay Leno, pushes it to new heights. While tickets to see this comedic icon have been sold out for weeks, there are still over 50 other events to check out. One event that is always worth the price of admission is Comedy Late Night at the Tropicana Room. This event features several up-and-coming comedians and will take place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 10:30 pm. Tickets are only $15.
A new event at the festival is The Lucille “Ball”. Taking place on Wednesday, August 5th, this event is a 1950s-themed masquerade ball hosted by T. Faye Griffin with appearances from Lucy and Ethel impersonators. Music will be from the 50s and 60s, played exclusively from vinyl 45s. On Saturday, August 9th there will be a free show at the Jamestown Train Station at noon featuring comedic juggler Nels Ross. This event will be fun for the entire family. To learn more about all that is happening during the festival and to purchase tickets visit www.lucycomedyfest.com.