‘In Our Back Yard — LIVE!’ concert set for Jan. 15

JAMESTOWN – The area’s newest live regional independent music radio show will feature popular Soul/Funk artists SMACKDAB and energetic singer/songwriter/rockabilly queen Cindy (Haight) Love on Tuesday.

Live from Trinity Guitars’ “Back Room,” In Our Back Yard – LIVE! builds upon the tradition of the weekly KISS-FM 106.9 radio show, “In Our Back Yard” which has been airing the best in homemade music every Sunday night.

Jamestown’s Trinity Guitars has teamed up with the radio station and Martin Guitars to present monthly live music radio broadcasts unplugged and hosted by Chautauqua County’s Bill Ward.

The shows will be presented on select Tuesdays at 7 p.m. from November to May at Trinity Guitars, 800 West Third St., Jamestown. Each show will feature the live performances of two independent artists from the Northeastern U.S. in front of a studio audience. It will then be aired the following Sunday as that week’s IOBY show. The events are free to the public, but tickets for each event must be secured through Trinity Guitars before admission.

Rapidly gaining popularity, IOBY Live has caught the attention of legendary guitar company Martin Guitars, which has become a supporter of the program through Trinity Guitars. Martin and Trinity have provided a new Martin guitar to be played by one of the guest artists on each show. At the end of the season, that guitar will be donated to the Infinity Performing Arts Program.

SMACKDAB enjoy the kind of blazing word-of-mouth reputation most bands dream of. Ostensibly a modern soul/funk group, their live performances open the windows wide on what that means, bringing in sounds from much farther afield. Here’s the 4/4 intensity of a rock band married to the rhythms of old school R&B, soul, blues, and funk, as well as thick dollops of jazz and pop – made for the sole purpose of getting the crowd on their feet. Conscripted from the remnants of legendary James-town bands Zeta Cauli-flower, Mysterious Moon-show, and Little Dirty Goat, SMACKDAB will be presenting a rare “unplugged” performance for IOBY Live.

Cindy Haight has been performing for East Coast audiences for the better part of two decades, establishing herself as one of the most prolific solo acts in the region. One of the first people on the Great Blue Heron festival site when the Heron was in the planning stages, she continues to appear at the festival 20 years later. She has also proven to be a respected ensemble artist, fronting such bands as Djava and the Derbines.

Haight released an original CD entitled “Songs of Love and Haight” in 2009 and is set to release another Project this year. A good friend of the SMACKDAB members, she has been known to join them onstage on occasion.

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc. is a multifaceted, innovative music and arts education program located in James-town.

The Infinity concept was developed as an opportunity for aspiring young musicians to develop and enhance their creative talents and performance skills under the supervision and guidance of local, professional musicians and educators.

There are a very limited number of seats available so reservations are required and the audience must be seated by 6:30 for the 7 p.m. show.

This month’s IOBY Live will be broadcast on 106.9 at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20 in the regular In Our Back Yard time slot.

Free tickets may be reserved for the Jan. 15 IOBY Live show with Smackdab and Cindy Love by calling 665-4490 or emailing kathy@trinityguitars.com. Information can also be found on the event’s Facebook page; search In Our Back Yard Live!