The Smith Center for the Arts’ Jan Regan Club Series returns Oct. 21 with Chandler Travis Three-o at Bottomless Brewing
GENEVA NY — The Smith Center for the Arts’ Jan Regan Club Series returns with a fun-filled concert of music and comedy with Chandler Travis Three-o on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. at Bottomless Brewing, 3543 East Lake Road, Fayette, Seneca County (just south of Geneva). The ensemble will be joined by singer-songwriter/pianist/trumpet player Kami Lyle.
Named for longtime Smith Board Member Jan Regan, the Club Series offers live performances by indie artists in intimate venues in and around Geneva. This concert marks the Club’s Series first visit to craft beer makers Bottomless Brewing.
Chandler Travis Three-o is described as “avant-jazz omnipop,” as well as “the missing link between The Kinks and Captain Beefheart.” The group started when Travis’s larger band, the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, began getting offers from venues that weren’t large enough to accommodate that nine-piece group. Bassist John Clark and saxophonist/keyboardist/clarinetist Berke McKelvey had recently joined the group, bringing with them passion for detailing, arranging, and rehearsing. With the addition of vocalist and longtime supporter Fred Boak, aka The Valet, the Three-O was born.
Fans of Open Tunings on WRUR 88.5 Rochester will be familiar with Chandler Travis’s song, “Bob What’s-Is-Name,” as radio host Scott Regan uses the song as his Friday sign-off each week. Open Tunings also airs on WITH 90.1 Ithaca.
“The amazing Three-o is our favorite: they can play anything the highly unconventional nine-piece Dixieland/avant-jazz/pop Philharmonic can play, and then some. The focus is tighter, and the songwriting, which has always been at the heart of Chandler’s bands, gets center stage in a way that is not possible with the riotous pageantry of the full Philharmonic,” says Sarah Craig, executive director of the famed Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs.
Sam Hurwitt of the The San Francisco Express describes the Three-o’s music as “Dixieland romps, twisted Mardi Gras marches, sweaty 60s rock, smoky torch songs and occasional novelties that sound somewhere between Randy Newman and They Might Be Giants, all with hilariously offbeat lyrics. The world would be a better place if Travis would only visit more often.”
Tickets for this concert are $17.50 plus service fees and can be purchased in advance at the Smith Opera House Box Office. They can be purchased online anytime at www.thesmith.org.
Tickets will also be available at Bottomless Brewing one hour before the show.
The Smith Center for the Arts, stewards of the historic Smith Opera House, provides diverse arts and educational enrichment opportunities year-round for Finger Lakes residents and visitors. The Smith Opera House is at 82 Seneca St. in Geneva, NY. Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For more information, call 315-781-5483 during box office hours or visit www.thesmith.org.
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