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Ellicottville Entertainment and Night Life – June 15, 2012 Edition

Checking Out The Tunes & Other Stuff in Ellicottville


By: Robby & Sherman Wilkens

As we approach the official beginning of summer, the weather and good time happenings here are also on the rise. Besides the music and other events, golf continues high on the list of out-door FUN STUFF. Just give a call to either Elkdale Country Club or Holiday Valley Double Black Diamond Course. Make a Tee Time, then get out and enjoy the good times that both offer.

Our music and the good times associated with or music happenings are also on the rise. Starting today Friday June 15, 2012 through Thursday June 21, 2012 we will have eleven Bands, two DJ’s, a Skier’s Golf Ball, a couple of Sound System Music Events plus all the food and beverage Specials offered by our wonderful clubs and restaurants, making Ellicottville the place for your summer FUN Time.

Just a quick note, The PUB in Great Valley will again, this week, be LIVE music free. However, any and all visitors will still be able to enjoy their wonderful, reasonably priced food and beverages plus the local friendly GOOD PUB TIMES.

As always this time of year, Madigans Upstairs Party and Patio Bar’s, Sound System will be playing Madigans Party Favorites till 10:00 PM when Club Madigans takes over further enhancing Madigans FUN times till close.

Like most weeks, our Band Parade begins Friday at 7:00 PM in Balloons withThe Brother 2 Brother Band” on stage. From their website,  “Brother 2 Brother is a group of five talented musicians with a passion for the groove. They present a selection of great songs spanning generations and musical styles”. Their song list includes everything from “Billy Joel” to “Sting” and “The Doobie Brothers”. This will be another FUN Balloons Music Evening. Following “Brother 2 Brother”, “Personable DJ John Barry” will be in Balloons Sound & Light Booth doing his LIVE “Personality Show Off Show” which includes neat danceable tunes and totally FUN Chitter/Chatter till close.

Next at 8:00 PM Friday, The Depot, will host the final function of their “Skier’s Golf Ball”, with Mark, Joe and Dave, “The Party Squad”, doing their super Classic Rock Show. This gig is open to the public and will be another of The Depot’s FUN times.

            Moving to 9:00 PM Friday when “Jay McDonnell” will be doing his solo acoustic gig in The Gin Mill. Jay puts on a neat show that is made up of mainly cover tunes by several singers and songwriters. He has his own style that is quite entertaining and FUN. You may also wish to arrive a bit early to enjoy The Gin Mill’s excellent fish fry that is offered at a very reasonable price and severed The Gin Mill’s wonderful staff.

Saturday will be another three band day for us to enjoy here in Ellicottville. We begin at 6:00 PM Saturday in Balloons with “The Strangers”, ROCKIN The House. Mitch, Joel, Jerry and Peter G, who are “The Strangers”, do one of the best Classic Rock Shows we get to see here in Ellicottville. This excellent cover band does tunes from the forties to today, in the style and sound of the original artist. This will be another really FUN Saturday evening of music in Balloons. Following “The Strangers”, “DJ Chatty, Friendly & Flakey Frank Watson”, who is “The Original Party Monster”, has assured Balloons and the rest of the world that his pass from The Disoriented DJ Home will still be valid. This will allow him to do his All Ages Friendly Party Continuation Show, complete with FUN danceable tunes, till close.

Returning to 7:00 PM Saturday “Acoustic Kuk” will be WOWING The Patrons of The Silver Fox. Kuk, of the local duo, “Kuk and Freddie” will be a solo act for this gig. His music is always up lifting and done in his unique style that is very entertaining. This will be a really FUN Silver Fox Show.

            The Gin Mill rounds out Saturday’s music with “Ray D O’Flyer” on their music stage. “Ray D O’Flyer”, or “Radio Flyer”, as they are known, is a neat Honky Tonk Oldies to Retro Rock N Roll Band playing tunes from the fifties and sixties in a way that always returns us to Rock N Oldies days. This FUN Gin Mill Band will bring out the bobby socks, poodle skirts and slicked back hair for all the good time “Rock N Roll” party people here in Ellicottville. Another excellent Gin Mill Music Night will happen this Saturday. Also remember, The Gin Mill serves their excellent, yet reasonably priced, menu till midnight on weekends.

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, including Big Ray, enjoy every week. This week, however, at 7:00 PM, “Home Made Jam” will be back in The Gin Mill doing their really neat “Country Oldies Pure & Simple Music Show”. As we all know, this four-piece group featuring our own Liz Boberg on vocals, will be doing some really neat country tunes. The Gin Mill is the place to be this Monday for excellent music and really good eats.

Around the same time, Balloons will have their Sound & Light System playing neat tunes of their choice. Mike Brady, the host of this Monday Night Balloons Event, enjoys people stopping in, saying “Hi Mike”, then being part of the good times.

Just down the block, at 6:30 PM Monday The Ellicottville Brewing Company will have “The Blue Mule Band” continuing their summer patio series. Like last week, Bluegrass with Heart done in true Blue Mule Country Style will create another neat music evening in The Ellicottville Brewing Company. 

Then at 10:00 PM sharp on Monday, “Madigans Church on Monday”, Ellicottville’s only “All Original Music Experience” will begin. This experience is created and hosted by “The Reverend Jack DarVaSetski” who doubles as “Da Poleski Director of Silliness, Foolishness & General FUN Music Times”. Occasionally one more local music characters join in thereby creating even more FUN times in Madigans till close.

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.

C. U. Round The Music Scene Good Stuff No Worries       

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