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Ellicottville Entertainment and Night Life – May 11, 2012 Edition

Checking Out The Tunes & Other Stuff in Ellicottville


By: Robby & Sherman Wilkens

The beautiful sunshine of last weekend was followed by some early week rain. Now, as we enter this coming weekend, we are back to more SUN & FUN, which is enhancing Ellicottville’s Spring Time. The “Ya Gotta Regatta” was a real hit because of the wonderful weather we just experienced and also the late April snowstorm that really filled up our creeks and rivers. This event just keeps getting better every year.

Our music and other FUN STUFF are also right up there. For the week of Friday May11, 2012 through Thursday May17, 2012, we will have nine Bands, two DJ’s, a couple of Sound System Music Events, a really neat Mothers Day Appreciation Party plus multiple meal and drink specials taking place in all of the wonderful restaurants and clubs located in the Ellicottville area.

The band parade kicks off at 7:00 PM Friday in Balloons with “The Strangers” one of Ellicottville’s Favorite Bands, ROCKIN The House. As we all know, Mitch, Joel, Jerry and Peter G, who are “The Strangers”, put on one of the best music shows we get to experience here in Ellicottville. This excellent cover band does tunes from the forties to today, with their emphasis being on the eighties, in the style and sound of the original artist. This will be another really FUN Friday evening of music in Balloons.  You may wish to arrive early because “The Strangers” will draw a crowd. Following “The Strangers” “Personable DJ John Barry” will take over, doing his very friendly, LIVE, “Personality Show Off Show” from Balloons Sound & Light Booth. As always, John’s LIVE Show will include neat danceable tunes and interesting conversation till close.

Returning to 9:00 PM Friday, “RT Live” will be WOWING The Gin Mill Crowd again with his acoustic version of many classics to country rock tunes. RT is also part of “The Weekly Notice Band” that does such a great job in The Gin Mill on Thursdays. As a solo act for this show, his music talent will create a FUN acoustic Gin Mill Music Night. For those of you who enjoy a late night meal, The Gin Mill is the place, because they serve their excellent and reasonably priced menu till midnight on weekends.

Also beginning at 9:00 PM Friday Madigans will be hosting Big Ken’s, Chance and Ken’s Mothers Day Appreciation Party featuring the music of “The Untouchables” which will begin at 10:00 PM. “The Untouchables” are a multi-instrument veteran WNY Rock ‘N’ Roll Band performing a neat blend of R&B, Oldies Rock, Classic Soul along with a wide range of other music styles. They design their show to the likes of the crowd. This annual Madigans Mother’s Day Event is open to all who wish to honor their Moms, while enjoying a really FUN Madigans Party Time.

The PUB in Great Valley will kick off Saturday’s music parade at 3:00 PM with “Toucan Jam”. Nancy, or Bea as she is known, and Rich are this acoustic, classic to electro acoustic rock duo from Olean NY. Their last show in The PUB included tunes from as far back as the sixties by groups like The Beatles, Grateful Dead, CSN, Bonnie Raitt, Heart and many more. Therefore stop by The PUB this Saturday to enjoy the local atmosphere, and another wonderful afternoon of music.

Back in the village, at 6:00 PM Saturday, Balloons will have “RockAz” on their music stage. This will be their first Ellicottville gig. Their web site describes “RockAz” as a Reggae, Funk, Soul to Hip Hop Band bringing you original Buffalo music through their spirited personalities that consists of “Chunky horns on a bed of spicy Riddims and tasty guitar, topped with a nutritious blend of melodic and soulful vocals. As always Saturday evening in Balloons will again be very entertaining. Following “RockAz”, “Ellicottville’s Original Party Monster”, “DJ. Flakey and or Chatty Frank Watson” will again have all of his marbles in place and be totally functional in his usual very friendly & FUN way, so he may continue the Balloons Party that’s happenin till close.

The weekend’s final gig will begin at 9:00 PM in The Gin Mill and feature another Ellicottville favorite band, “West”. Ron and Terry, who are the heart & soul of “West”, have played classic rock in and around Ellicottville for over two decades. Their music is mainly cover, with some original tunes, done in a manor that will really enhance the good party times happening regularly in The Gin Mill. It is great to have this neat band back and playing a regular Ellicottville gig.

After another quiet unwind Sunday, we move on to our regular weekly lineup. As usual we begin on Monday in The Gin Mill with their “All U Can Eat Spaghetti and Garlic Toast Dinner” for only $6.99. This wonderful Gin Mill Meal is a true value, that many Ellicottvilleites enjoy every week. Check it out you won’t be disappointed.

Moving around the corner on Monroe Street, Balloons will have their “Pizza and Wing Monday Night Special hosted by Mike Brady. Just stop in Balloons, say “Hi Mike”, then enjoy the wonderful pizza and super twenty-five cent wings. All of this is further enhanced by Balloons Wonderful Sound & Light System.

Then at 10:00 PM sharp on Monday, “Madigans Church on Monday”, Ellicottville’s only “All Original Music Happin”, again hosted by “The Reverend Jack DarVaset” also known as “Mr. Da Poleski Da Director of Silliness & Foolishness” and just maybe a few other local characters will be creating & performing the music and FUN times in Madigans till close.

Tuesday The Barn and John Harvard Pub will be offering “After Golf Drink & Dinner Specials” beginning around 5:00 PM. Therefore play some golf then enjoy the really excellent specials both locations have to offer.

            The final two gigs of the week will take place in The Gin Mill. First, Wednesday at 8:00 PM, Joe Wagner and John Winston will be doing their wonderful sixties through the eighties folk to southern rock acoustic music show. This is a Gin Mill Tradition of well over twenty years that is one of the best and most FUN music nights in Ellicottville.

Finally Thursday at 8:00 PM “The Weekly Notice Band” will be Whoopin Up The Gin Mill. This week’s version will again be “The FAR OUT Band”. Which is The Freddie And RT Outstanding Band. Therefore, as we always say, Brian or RT or maybe both will join Freddie, making “The Weekly or Moments Notice Band” a Unique and FUN Gin Mill Music Experience this and every Thursday.

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