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Orleans becoming a live music showcase

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 August 2013 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers – Dee Adams and Dave Kimball perform last night in Boiler 54 in the back of the former R.H. Newell Shirt Factory.

Last summer Andrew Meier opened the Boiler 54, an open-air music and performance venue in the back of the R.H. Newell Shirt Factory building on West Center Street.

Musicians have come from Ithaca, Buffalo, Rochester and Orleans and Niagara counties to play at the Boiler.

Last night, Dee Adams and Dave Kimball of Buffalo performed for more than two hours in Medina. Adams declared the venue “very special.”

Music lovers can choose from the Shirt Factory Café menu and can also order alcohol.

“You used to have to go to Buffalo or Rochester to hear this caliber of music,” said Judy Clonan-Smith, who is helping to book the bands. “This is such a beautiful setting.”

She encouraged the community to attend the concerts and support live music.

Amy Sidari last month opened the Cabaret at Studio B at Gotta Dance by Miss Amy. She is using one of the studios for an entertainment venue. Albion graduate Jackie Madejski performed Broadway and Pops songs last night. Madejski just finished her first year as a theater major at the Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Photos by Michael Karcz – Albion resident and college theater major Jackie Madejski performs last night at the Cabarat at Studio B.

Jackie two years ago gave an unforgettable performance as the lead in Peter Pan at Albion.

Sidari wants to showcase local talent and also draw performers from Rochester and Buffalo. She is hoping the cabaret can also boost traffic for other downtown businesses.

Madejski was accompanied on piano by Gary Simboli.