Kristin Diable did not have the patience to “be discovered”; instead, the singer, songwriter and musician threw herself into the music world when she was a teenager.
Nothing is quite as indicative of small-town culture as grassroots Americana music from a local radio station. And at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Amphitheater, Jamestown’s Rolling Hills Radio will be back to bring that experience to America’s best small town — Chautauqua.
Some people equate the word “radio” with FDR’s fireside chats, helter-skelter antennae and news broadcasts. Younger people may conjure up images of stereos and Sirius FM. Ken Hardley wants to bring back the former.
Shortly before coming to work at Chautauqua Institution in 1996, Jared Jacobsen made a stop at a tiny parish church in London around July 4 to play a recently restored 16th-century pipe organ. He performed “Variations on ‘America,’ ” by Charles Ives, and “the aisles went crazy.”
The U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus has been coming to Chautauqua Institution for years. But last year, they were noticeably absent.
David East, a visiting ceramist at Chautauqua Institution’s School of Art, grew up in a ranch-style home in the suburbs, and that house design has proliferated his work ever since. East uses ceramics, sometimes coupled with plastic figurines and wooden tables, to talk about Americana and its legacy.