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Apr
22
Thu
Chiavetta’s BBQ Fundraiser @ Kenan Center Arena
Apr 22 @ 3:00 pm
Apr
25
Sun
A Photographic Celebration of the Erie Canal: Featuring works by F.B. Clench @ Kenan Center House Gallery
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – Jun 6 @ 4:00 pm

A Photographic Celebration of the Erie Canal: Featuring works by F.B. Clench. On view from April 25 through June 6, 2021.

The Lockport Locks Heritage District Corporation, in collaboration with the Kenan Center, presents an exhibit that will trace the life of photographer Frank Bernard Clench and the genesis of photography in the latter part of the 19th Century in upstate New York and Lockport’s Erie Canal. About F.B. Clench’s work.

Lockport photographer Dennis Stierer serves as special consultant in creating and curating the exhibit showcasing examples of early photographic equipment and a collection of F.B. Clench’s work. The second floor of the Kenan House Gallery will include local photographer’s work capturing the Lockport Erie Canal. Local photographers include David Stockton, Kevin Miller, Jeff Tracy, Donna Jordan Dusel & Lee Williams (Pugbully Studio).

Special Event: The Journey from Clay to Bronze: A lecture with Artist Susan Geissler

Taylor Theater Meeting Room on Sunday, May 2 at 2PM. Reservations required. Susan is the designer and producer of the Lock Tenders Tribute Monument of cast bronze sculptures in the Lockport Locks.
Fee is $5 Member l $10 Not-Yet-A-Member.
Please call 716-433-2617 to make a reservation and pay via the phone or stop in the Kenan Center Business Office at 433 Locust St, Lockport, M-F 9am-5pm.

Kenan House Gallery Hours

Monday-Friday, Noon–4PM; Saturday & Sunday, 2-4PM.
Please be advised that the Gallery is closed the following dates during this show:

  • Friday, May 7
  • Saturday, May 8
  • Saturday, May 29
  • Sunday, May 30
  • Monday, May 31

Appointments are required for all visits. If there are no appointments scheduled for the day, the gallery will be closed. Please call 716.433.2617 to schedule your visit at least 24 hours prior to your visitation. No admission; $5 donation is greatly appreciated.

2021 Gallery Exhibit Sponsors

Grigg Lewis Foundation, Kenan Arts Council, Kenan Quilters’ Guild, M&T Bank, William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, Mr. & Mrs. Samuel F. Ward

Program funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; administered by Arts Services Initiative of Western New York.

A Photographic Celebration of the Erie Canal: Featuring works by F.B. Clench @ Kenan House Gallery
Apr 25 @ 2:00 pm – Jun 6 @ 4:00 pm

A Photographic Celebration of the Erie Canal: Featuring works by F.B. Clench. On view from April 25 through June 6, 2021.

The Lockport Locks Heritage District Corporation, in collaboration with the Kenan Center, presents an exhibit that will trace the life of photographer Frank Bernard Clench and the genesis of photography in the latter part of the 19th Century in upstate New York and Lockport’s Erie Canal. About F.B. Clench’s work.

Lockport photographer Dennis Stierer serves as special consultant in creating and curating the exhibit showcasing examples of early photographic equipment and a collection of F.B. Clench’s work. The second floor of the Kenan House Gallery will include local photographer’s work capturing the Lockport Erie Canal. Local photographers include David Stockton, Kevin Miller, Jeff Tracy, Donna Jordan Dusel & Lee Williams (Pugbully Studio).

Special Event: The Journey from Clay to Bronze: A lecture with Artist Susan Geissler

Taylor Theater Meeting Room on Sunday, May 2 at 2PM. Reservations required. Susan is the designer and producer of the Lock Tenders Tribute Monument of cast bronze sculptures in the Lockport Locks.
Fee is $5 Member l $10 Not-Yet-A-Member.
Please call 716-433-2617 to make a reservation and pay via the phone or stop in the Kenan Center Business Office at 433 Locust St, Lockport, M-F 9am-5pm.

Kenan House Gallery Hours

Monday-Friday, Noon–4PM; Saturday & Sunday, 2-4PM.

Please be advised that the Gallery is closed the following dates during this show:

  • Friday, May 7
  • Saturday, May 8
  • Saturday, May 29
  • Sunday, May 30
  • Monday, May 31

Appointments are required for all visits. If there are no appointments scheduled for the day, the gallery will be closed. Please call 716.433.2617 to schedule your visit at least 24 hours prior to your visitation. No admission; $5 donation is greatly appreciated.

2021 Gallery Exhibit Sponsors

Grigg Lewis Foundation, Kenan Arts Council, Kenan Quilters’ Guild, M&T Bank, William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, Mr. & Mrs. Samuel F. Ward

Program funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; administered by Arts Services Initiative of Western New York.

May
1
Sat
Singer/Songwriter Showcase @ Kenan Center Taylor Theater
May 1 @ 6:00 pm

LIVE at the Taylor Theater in Lockport, NY on Saturday, May 1st at 6:00PM.

LIVE at the Taylor Theater in Lockport, NY! 

Enjoy new music by on-the-verge, up and coming artists in Kenan Center’s Taylor Theater. Featuring Samantha Jane, Jonah Krull & Evan Anstey. Each artist will play a 45 minute set with a 15 minute break in between each, singing their own original songs with some fun covers along the way. All proceeds from this fundraiser to benefit the Kenan Center’s Montessori Preschool.

Saturday, May 1, 2021
6:00-9:00PM – doors open at 5:30PM
Taylor Theater, Kenan Center
433 Locust St, Lockport

$20 Student l $25 Kenan Member l $30 Not Yet A Kenan Member

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Samantha Jane

Samantha Jane is a 23 year old Singer-Songwriter from Western New York. She has spent most of her life putting her emotions into original music. “I was gifted my first guitar when I was 8 years old and after learning a few covers I began playing my own songs! I’m so grateful for all the opportunities songwriting has presented me with and even more grateful for the amazing people I have met along the way!” She loves playing her originals out but you may hear her singing country or some 90s favorites! To listen to Samantha’s new single, It Will Never Be Enough Feat. David DelValle, click here.

Evan Anstey

Born and raised in Western New York, Evan Anstey’s alt-folk sound draws inspiration ranging from classic artists like Flatt & Scruggs to the progressive bluegrass of Nickel Creek and modern folk stylings of Aoife O’Donovan, John Paul White and Declan O’Rourke.

Evan began playing violin at age 8 before later picking up other stringed instruments such as guitar, mandolin and electric bass. Songwriting became a hobby of his in high school, when some of the compositions heard on his 2016 debut “Recent Time – EP” were born.

Since then, Evan has released 2018’s “We Will Be At Peace,” 2020’s collaboration with friend James Robert Kibby, titled “The Weekend Preacher,” and the 2021 EP “Alternates I.”

Jonah Krull

The “Guitar For Dummies” book lead the way for Jonah’s love of guitar. Soon after, Jonah attended Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan as a commercial music guitar major.

In the fall of 2017, Jonah packed up his car and drove down south to spend the fall semester in Nashville, Tennessee. The program, called the Contemporary Music Center, gave him access to teachers who were current industry professionals, a look behind the curtain of the industry, and 24/7 access to state-of-the-art music equipment. In 2019, he headlined his own North American tour, “What’s the worst that could happen”

Jonah’s music is self defined as “honest lyrics, funky guitar, catchy beats and roaring vocals. Redefining folk-rock using blues and pop est. 2017.” Have a listen! https://soundcloud.com/jonah-krull.

COVID-19 Guidelines

Per New York State, “Beginning April 2, event, arts and entertainment venues can reopen at 33% capacity, up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoors. Social distancing and face coverings will be required for all attendees, as well as strict adherence to all applicable Department of Health guidance.” Mask-wearing and temperature scans are required of all patrons. Only 50 tickets are available (33% of Taylor Theater’s capacity), through advance reservations only. Paired seating purchases are required. You will need to purchase seats in twos and you will need to sit with the person you purchased your ticket with. Groups of three or more are encouraged to arrive when doors open to ensure seating in close proximity to each other, however seating together is not guarenteed.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase @ Taylor Theater, Kenan Center
May 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

LIVE at the Taylor Theater in Lockport, NY! 

Enjoy new music by on-the-verge, up and coming artists in Kenan Center’s Taylor Theater. Featuring Samantha Jane, Jonah Krull & Evan Anstey. Each artist will play a 45 minute set with a 15 minute break in between each, singing their own original songs with some fun covers along the way. All proceeds from this fundraiser to benefit the Kenan Center’s Montessori Preschool.

Saturday, May 1, 2021
6:00-9:00PM – doors open at 5:30PM
Taylor Theater, Kenan Center
433 Locust St, Lockport

$20 Student l $25 Kenan Member l $30 Not Yet A Kenan Member

BUY TICKETS NOW

Sell tickets online with Ticketleap

Samantha Jane

Samantha Jane is a 23 year old Singer-Songwriter from Western New York. She has spent most of her life putting her emotions into original music. “I was gifted my first guitar when I was 8 years old and after learning a few covers I began playing my own songs! I’m so grateful for all the opportunities songwriting has presented me with and even more grateful for the amazing people I have met along the way!” She loves playing her originals out but you may hear her singing country or some 90s favorites! To listen to Samantha’s new single, It Will Never Be Enough Feat. David DelValle, click here.

Evan Anstey

Born and raised in Western New York, Evan Anstey’s alt-folk sound draws inspiration ranging from classic artists like Flatt & Scruggs to the progressive bluegrass of Nickel Creek and modern folk stylings of Aoife O’Donovan, John Paul White and Declan O’Rourke.

Evan began playing violin at age 8 before later picking up other stringed instruments such as guitar, mandolin and electric bass. Songwriting became a hobby of his in high school, when some of the compositions heard on his 2016 debut “Recent Time – EP” were born.

Since then, Evan has released 2018’s “We Will Be At Peace,” 2020’s collaboration with friend James Robert Kibby, titled “The Weekend Preacher,” and the 2021 EP “Alternates I.”

Jonah Krull

The “Guitar For Dummies” book lead the way for Jonah’s love of guitar. Soon after, Jonah attended Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan as a commercial music guitar major.

In the fall of 2017, Jonah packed up his car and drove down south to spend the fall semester in Nashville, Tennessee. The program, called the Contemporary Music Center, gave him access to teachers who were current industry professionals, a look behind the curtain of the industry, and 24/7 access to state-of-the-art music equipment. In 2019, he headlined his own North American tour, “What’s the worst that could happen”

Jonah’s music is self defined as “honest lyrics, funky guitar, catchy beats and roaring vocals. Redefining folk-rock using blues and pop est. 2017.” Have a listen! https://soundcloud.com/jonah-krull.

COVID-19 Guidelines

Per New York State, “Beginning April 2, event, arts and entertainment venues can reopen at 33% capacity, up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoors. Social distancing and face coverings will be required for all attendees, as well as strict adherence to all applicable Department of Health guidance.” Mask-wearing and temperature scans are required of all patrons. Only 50 tickets are available (33% of Taylor Theater’s capacity), through advance reservations only. Paired seating purchases are required. You will need to purchase seats in twos and you will need to sit with the person you purchased your ticket with. Groups of three or more are encouraged to arrive when doors open to ensure seating in close proximity to each other, however seating together is not guarenteed.

 

May
15
Sat
Jazz at the Taylor Presents Nixon, Croft & Goretti Celebrate the music of Chick Corea @ Taylor Theater, Kenan Center
May 15 @ 7:30 pm

For the first time since COVID-19 began, we welcome you into the Taylor Theater on Saturday, May 15th at 7:00pm.

Jazz at the Taylor Presents Nixon, Croft & Goretti Celebrate the Music of Chick Corea on Saturday, May 15th at 7:30pm. For the first time since COVID-19 began, we welcome you into the Taylor Theater to listen to wonderful music performed by a trio of highly accomplished musicians. Nixon, Croft and Goretti is a modern jazz piano trio dedicated to original compositions, as demonstrated by their debut album IN CONGRUENCE (2021). The group features pianist/composer Andrew Nixon, bassist Ed Croft and drummer Joe Goretti.

Tickets are $15 Kenan Members l $20 Not Yet a Kenan Member.

Andrew Nixon
After several years playing in rock and blues bands, Andrew Nixon discovered jazz in 2006 and began studying with pianist/composer Paul Hofmann (MHRRecords, Eastman School of Music). He went on to earn a master’s degree in music theory in 2012 from the University of Buffalo, where he also studied classical piano and composition. He has since led groups performing at the CMC Jazz Festival, Queen City Jazz Festival and Northwest Jazz Festival. This is Andrew’s first time at the Taylor!

Joe Goretti
Joe Goretti is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music.  His resume includes both live performances and world tours, with TV credits including Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman and The Today Show. He has previously performed with the Ed Croft Trio at the Taylor.

Ed Croft
Ed Croft has been named the winner in the JazzBuffaloPoll  for Upright Bass, as well as the 2019 Rising Star and John Hunt Jazz Artist of the Year awards.  He has performed at the Jazz at the Taylor series since its inception as both a leader and in a variety of ensembles.

The trio will be doing tunes from the Chick Corea album “Now He Sings, Now he Sobs” as well as classics such as Spain, Armando’s Rhumba, Humpty Dumpty and more.  The group will also include some original material as well.

About Chick Corea

Since embarking on a solo career in 1966, Chick has been at the forefront of jazz, both as a renowned pianist forging new ground with his acoustic jazz bands and as an innovative electric keyboardist with Return to Forever, the Elektric Band, and now the electro/acoustic Vigil.

His extensive discography boasts numerous albums, beginning with his 1968 classic, Now He Sings, Now He Sobs. On February 9, 2021 Chick passed away from a rare form of cancer. He is a 25-Time Grammy-Winning Jazz Legend, Pianist and Composer.

More information about Chick, his career and his accolades can be found at https://chickcorea.com.

COVID-19 GUIDELINES

Per New York State, “Beginning April 2, event, arts and entertainment venues can reopen at 33% capacity, up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoors. Social distancing and face coverings will be required for all attendees, as well as strict adherence to all applicable Department of Health guidance.” Mask-wearing and temperature scans are required of all patrons. Only 48 tickets are available (33% of Taylor Theater’s capacity), through advance reservations only. Paired seating purchases are required. You will need to purchase seats in twos and you will need to sit with the person you purchased your ticket with. Groups of three or more are encouraged to arrive when doors open to ensure seating in close proximity to each other, however seating together is not guarenteed.

 

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Kenan Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.