By Robby & Sherman Wilkens
Memorial Day Weekend and what many of us feel is the official beginning of summer is happening this weekend. Yes, this has been an up and down spring. We had wonderful golf weather in late March. Then in mid April we got another two feet of wet sloppy snow. Then late April to May came along and WOW, the weather turned to the upper sixties, then seventies to eighties and sunny. Along with the neat weather, the outdoor life really got great. The biking, hiking and the golf are in mid summer form. Both Holiday Valley’s Double Black Diamond Course and Elkdale Country Club are in wonderful shape and offer some good golfing times. Just call either location, make a Tee time then get out and enjoy what we here in Ellicottville take for granted. That being great outdoor summer FUN.
Our music parade and other FUN STUFF is also running well. Starting today Friday May 25, 2012 through Thursday May 31, 2012 we again will have seven Bands, two DJ’s and couple of Sound System Music Event happenin here in the clubs of Ellicottville for our enjoyment and general good times.
Like the last few weeks, the first of The Sound System Music Events will take place in Madigans Party Bar most of the hours they are open. As always, they will begin with Madigans Party Favorites till around 10:00 PM then Club Madigans will take the reins till close creating even more FUN. Also, if the weather cooperates, Madigans Up-Stairs Party & Patio Bar will be open for even more good times.
Another quick note, The PUB in Great Valley will be Live Music Free this week. However, their local friendly ambiance and very reasonably priced food and drinks will be available to all. So stop by The Pub and enjoy the local good times.
The week’s band parade begins at 7:00 PM Friday in Balloons with “The Stevie Project”, Joseph Michael Mahfoud, who is “The Stevie Project”, does a really fine tribute show celebrating the music of “Stevie Ray Vaughan”. Besides the excellent cover tunes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Mr. Mahfoud will do several more tunes that are referred to as “Smokin Blues”. Therefore, if The Blues are high on your list of FUN things, Balloons will be the place to be this Friday. Following “The Stevie Project”, “Personable DJ John Barry” will take over with his very friendly, LIVE, “Personality Show Off Show” from Balloons Sound & Light Booth. As always, John’s LIVE Show will include a neat danceable selection of tunes, plus interesting and FUN conversation till close.
Returning to 9:00 PM Friday, The Gin Mill will have Ron and Terry, from “West”, doing their acoustic and FUN version of “2 Guys Drinking Beer” on their music stage. “Two Guys Drinking Beer” do a really neat version of acoustic classic rock in a style that is unique. Most of the tunes are cover. However, they do occasionally toss in a few of their own very interesting tunes. This show will be very crowd involved and will create another Really FUN Gin Mill Night of Music. Also remember The Gin Mill serves their excellent, yet reasonably priced, menu till midnight on weekends.
Like most weeks, Saturday’s music parade begins at 6:00 PM in Balloons. This week will feature “The Black & Blues Band”, a Buffalo based four-piece band that, according to their website, is Buffalo’s finest Blue Funk to Classic Rock to Jam Band. They create a high-energy atmosphere by using a very delicate blend of rhythms and sounds which is unmistakably their own. They played in Balloons for Halloween last year and really lived up to their billing with an excellent show. Following “The Black & Blues Band” “DJ Chatty, Friendly and totally Flakey Frank Watson”, who is also “The Original Party Monster” has assured Balloons and the rest of the world that his pass from The Disoriented DJ Home will still be in place this Saturday, for at least another twenty-four hours, allowing him to do his All Ages Friendly Party Continuation Show, including FUN danceable tunes, from Balloons Sound & Light Booth till close.
Saturday’s music rounds out at 9:00 PM with “Roll The Dice” ROCKIN The Gin Mill. As most of us know, “Roll The Dice” is a retro to classic rock band that includes Ellicottville’s Freddie Joseph. Their music consists of most everything from the Rock A Billy era through the eighties and also will include a true country sound or twist. The interesting combination of music they produce will create another Super Saturday Music Night in The Gin Mill.
After another quiet, yet beautiful weather, 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, including Big Ray, enjoy every week. Check it out you won’t be disappointed.
Moving around the corner on Monroe Street, Balloons will have their Wonderful Sound &Light System flowing with tunes of their choice. This Monday Night event is hosted by Mike Brady. Just stop in Balloons, say “Hi Mike”, and enjoy what is happenin.
Then at 10:00 PM sharp on Monday, “Madigans Church on Monday”, Ellicottville’s only “All Original Music Event”, as always, hosted by “The Reverend Jack DarVasetski” also known as “Mr. Da Poleski Da Director of Silliness, Foolishness & General FUN” plus at least one more local music character will be creating & performing the music and FUN times in Madigans till close.
Holiday Valley’s John Harvard Pub will also have Ladies League After Golf Food & Beverage Specials available on Monday.
Tuesday, beginning around 5:00 PM, The Gin Mill, The Barn and The John Harvard Pub will be offering more “After Golf Drink & Dinner Specials”. Therefore, play some golf then enjoy the really excellent specials all three 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. Also remember The Gin Mills excellent wings are on special every Wednesday.
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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