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Rebecca McIlvain to perform in Arts On Fire LIVE!

Rebecca McIlvain to perform in Arts On Fire LIVE!

JAMESTOWN — A new free performing arts series — Arts On Fire LIVE! — is set to begin its fall season in Reg Lenna Center for The Arts’ Media Studio. The Friday event will feature music from Rebecca Mcilvain. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the performance will begin at 6 p.m. The performance is offered free to the public. Seating is first come first serve.

Nestled in a world between folk and jazz, McIlvain is a native Western New York singer songwriter with roots that extend down the east coast to Vero Beach, Florida. She has been honing her craft as a solo performer for the past 12 years, since graduating with a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies from the University of North Florida. With a hauntingly honest lyrical style, McIlvain has a knack for reinterpreting classic jazz and folk standards as well as writing songs that are relative to the times and environment of today.

Her vocal qualities have been compared to the likes of Billie Holiday or Astrud Gilberto and her guitar playing, which is self-taught, is in syncopated rhythms with an alternating form between plucking and strumming.

McIlvain has one independently released album “Cardinal Call” which is a collection of Jazz Standards and original compositions. She has been keeping busy performing throughout Chautauqua County and beyond this summer. She played a Sunday set at the Great Blue Heron Music Festival, ventured on a mini-tour to Cleveland, Ohio and has an ongoing September Residency at The Beer Snob in Jamestown.

Arts On Fire LIVE! is produced and presented by WRFA-LP 107.9 FM and will be recorded and aired on the station. Upcoming Arts On Fire LIVE! performers include writer and storyteller Paul Leone in October and musician Steve Davis in November (dates and times T.B.A.). A Community Matters Mayoral Candidate Debate is scheduled for October 17 in the Media Studio.

The Media Studio at Reg Lenna Center for The Arts is located on the 3rd floor of the complex at 116 E. 3rd Street. Patrons should enter the building through the awning doors (between Forte and 3rd On 3rd Gallery) and take the elevator to 3R.

For more information visit reglenna.com or call 484-7070.

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