For many members of the Wolford family, Java Joe's caf (c) has been transformed from a comfy caf (c) into their own relaxed venue. On a recent Friday night you could find Rebecca, 18, and her brother, Jeremy, 21, both of Chittenango playing originals and covers for the patrons of the restaurant.
Rebecca has played four times at the Java Joe's establishment, the latest time with her brother for the duo, "The Homicidal Grapefruit Experience." Previously, she has played with a high school jazz combo, Chittenango senior Jeff Swidowski, and a combination of Swidowski, Wolford and Canastota senior Jake Romer.
"It's a nice cozy venue," Rebecca said. "It's nice to play in front of people you know in the community; it's a lot of fun."
Both siblings have been involved with community musical ensembles before, playing in numerous ska and jazz bands. Jeremy has also been a part of bands during his college education. Rebecca is entering her freshman year at Syracuse University, where she hopes to play with more groups.
Musical talent runs in the family, as various other family members are also local performers. The siblings have both been practicing their music for a while, and between the two, a manifold of instruments has been mastered.
As for the rest of the family, John Wolford, uncle to the sibling's and his daughter, Erin, are both local performers. They reside in East Syracuse, though individually they have played at Java Joe's and a coffeehouse organized by the Chittenango Music Booster Club.
The talent has helped Java Joe's with business patronage, as well. Owner Raymond Nourse says that the decision to incorporate music into their schedule was a positive one.
"The music fits both the type of business we have and our desire to give the community something it didn't have before," he says.
The caf (c) hopes to attract more local talent in the future, though Nourse said they do not have anything planned for the remainder of the summer months. They currently are scheduling events for September.
"We hope to have more of the local talent, especially students, offer to play," Nourse said. "The entire community benefits from this, it's more than a business decision."