The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

June 28, 2013

Jills coming to Medina to get Coyote Ugly

By HOWARD BALABAN howard.balaban@journal-register.com
Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — Coyote Ugly is coming to Medina, and so are the Buffalo Jills.

This Saturday the Medina Theatre Company is hosting its first “theme night” by offering up a night of country western fun. Festivities start shortly after 8:45 p.m.

“Coyote Ugly is really synonymous with country western and having a good time and enjoying oneself,” said Medina Theatre Company Event Coordinator Renee Schuner.

“This is the first time we’re asking people to come dressed in western attire,” she added.

Shuner said there will be a line dancing competition during the evening, which will also feature a performance by the Buffalo Jills.

“The Jills will kick off the night,” she said. The Jills are tentatively slated to perform at 8:45. After their show, they will then move into the Diana Lounge for a meet and greet.

Meanwhile, there will be live music by the Rochester-based Shotgunn Wedding. Kelly Wagner, owner of Fusion Dance, a company Shuner said works with the Jills, will also be on hand.

At some point during the evening, when the dance competition begins, it is expected that Wagner, a member of the band, and possibly a Jill will serve as judges.

The band is managed by Elizabeth Maletta, owner of Legacy Bound Records, LLC. Maletta’s mother, Betty Rogowski, is one of the owners of the Historic Village Bed and Breakfast in Medina.

“My mom had a meeting with Renee and then told me I should talk to her,” Maletta recalled. “One meeting led to the next, and with this being one of the bands I work with, when Coyote Ugly came up, it just made sense to have them come here.”

Maletta said she had never heard of the Medina Theatre before meeting with Shuner except for what her mom had told her. She remembered thinking it was more a theater than a venue.

“Seeing it was completely different than what I expected,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to seeing how this goes because it’s really a show, not just a band performing.”

Saturday’s event costs $5 to attend.

Also of note, though Schuner said dancing on the bar is not encouraged, the entire show will begin with a band member singing on the bar.