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Posted on: June 4, 2018

June 21 is Jamestown Jams Featuring “The Originals” by Iota Creative Collective

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Come and enjoy free live music on June 21 with “The Originals” by Iota Creative Collective as they perform during Jamestown Jams at Jamestown Beach Event Park. “The Originals” will highlight four local songwriters during a Jamestown Jams takeover.  Paul Todd, Andrew Ballantyne, Laura Rice and Clayton Perry will each have their own dedicated set during this songwriter showcase.

  • Paul Todd is from Williamsburg and is known for his "Chickin Pickin" guitar playing paired with folk/blues/Americana type lyrical storytelling and gravel textured effortless bass vocals that has created a unique niche that Todd defines as "Hillbilly Jazz" across Hampton Roads. Todd is a multi-instrumentalist and his "Hillbilly Jazz" will impress and entertain.
  • Andrew Ballantyne brings all he gained from his hometown of Enid, OK to the Hampton Roads music scene. He can be found around town either playing his guitar or drums and helping in production efforts at Dragonship Studios in Smithfield. A producer in his own right, Ballantyne’s music is best described as engaging and diverse, drawing from a wide range of influences that include rock, country, blues, funk, jazz and hip hop.
  • Laura Rice, a United States Marine Corps veteran, has been soulfully chasing her dreams since she was a child. Rice competed on the show Nashville Star during its first season in 2003 and progressed through multiple elimination rounds. Rice didn’t take the top prize, but she left the show undeterred and continued her pursuit of her musical dreams. She joined TypeCast, a Hampton Roads-based band, which acted as a launch pad for the growth of her career and Rice has blossomed into a solo artist, recently signing with Heart Songs Records. Always looking to give back, Rice is a Veteran Ambassador for Heart Songs and the co-host for the Project Lips Radio show, a program that showcases veteran artists and highlights worthy veteran causes.
  • Clayton Perry is based in Williamsburg and has developed a knack for fun, laid-back performances having been born and raised in Ocean City, MD. Playing gigs in bars and local restaurants in the summers between college developed his sound and Perry's beach roots lends a beachy vibe to acoustic shows that he plays across Hampton Roads. He blends smooth vocals over looped percussion and guitar. To keep things interesting he adds guitar licks to his performances, proving his abilities as not only a vocalist and songwriter, but as an instrumentalist as well. He pulls inspiration from songs and artists of every genre and generation.

All performers for the June edition of Jamestown Jams are affiliated with the IOTA Creative Collective. Founded by social entrepreneur, lifelong musician and songwriter Sam Eure (Sammy Lee), IOTA Creative Collective is a startup driven to be a full service media lab and co-working space designed to inspire original music development and support local, independent artists and performers in their creative pursuits. Providing resource access and opportunity is a standard, but IOTA Creative Collective operates to serve, build and support a community, built for musicians, by musicians.

Entrance will open for the concert at 5:30 p.m. Concert will take place on a grassy field within Jamestown Beach Event Park. Admission to Jamestown Jams is free. Parking will be behind the old Jamestown Campground building at 2205 Jamestown Road adjacent to Jamestown Settlement. The June Jamestown Jams kicks off evening activities for Project 547, a James City County Parks & Recreation initiative highlighting the longest day of the year with a variety of outdoor activities.

The County is pleased to partner with The Arc of Williamsburg for this year’s concerts. The Arc will be selling assorted beer and all proceeds will benefit their local activities and programs. The Arc of Greater Williamsburg has proudly served adults with developmental disabilities in our community since 1976. Now in their 42nd year, they serve young adults as they age out of special education at age 22 through their senior years. They provide 8-10 monthly, evening activities, as well as a Day Support Program. Programs and activities also provide respite time for caregivers.

Food from The Scottish Pig and icy treats from Sno-To-Go will be available for purchase. Additionally, the Williamsburg Winery will be on hand serving their fine wines.

Snacks, picnics and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted. All items are subject to inspection prior to entrance. No alcohol or large, plastic coolers are permitted. Pets are not permitted at Jamestown Jams for the safety of all attendees. Only service animals will be permitted entrance to Jamestown Jams. Chairs and blankets are permitted.

Jamestown Beach will remain open to patrons during each concert and will follow its regular operating schedule.

Media Contact:
Amy Jordan, Economic Development Director
757-253-6607; amy.jordan@jamescitycountyva.gov

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