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Ellicottville Entertainment and Night Life – July 6, 2012 Edition

By: Robby & Sherman Wilkens

Ellicottville just experienced one of the best Fourth of July weeks that many of us can ever remember. The weather, music and other FUN stuff were wonderful. Our Chamber of Commerce and local clubs really did an excellent job of putting together the very fine entertainment we got to experience. Thanks go to all of you. Hopefully, the July weather we just had will stay with us for a while, so we may continue to enjoy the out-door good times that have been such a neat part of visiting and living here in Ellicottville.

Our out-door FUN is headlined by the wonderful golf we get to experience. Both Holiday Valley’s Double Black Diamond Course and Elkdale Country Club are in mid-season form and open to the public. Just call either course, make a Tee time and get out and enjoy the summer good golf times both courses offer.

The music and other FUN stuff happening here is also still right up there. Starting today, Friday July 6, 2012 through Thursday July 12, 2012 we will have eleven Bands, two DJ’s, at least two Sound System Music Happenings plus the many food and beverage specials offered by the wonderful restaurants and clubs we have here in Ellicottville.

The PUB in Great Valley will again be music free this week. However, you still will be able to enjoy The FUN and local atmosphere found regularly in The PUB which also includes some excellent eats, or if you wish, munchies.

The Depot also has a note for us all; “If food, liquor, & Laughter is what you are after, The Ellicottville Depot is your place. 

The first of The Sound System Music Events will again happen in Madigans. Around 7:00 PM, Madigans Up-Stairs Patio &Party Bar will have their Sound System playing their version of “Party Favorites” until 10:00 PM when Club Madigans takes over. Then, as they always do, The FUN & Festivities will increase till close.

The band parade begins at 7:00 PM Friday evening with “The All Star Band”. Brothers Kenny and Wade Hawkins, Rodney Appleby and Flute, who comprise “The All Star Band”, are World Class, Expert & Soulful Funk Masters. They play an excellent selection of tunes in a manor that is second to none. A lot of their tunes will have a R & B sound which will create even more good music times in Balloons this Friday evening. Following “The All Star Band”, “Personable DJ John Barry” will be LIVE in Balloons Sound & Light Booth doing his “Personality Show Off Show”. This “Sound & Light Show”, as always, will include a wonderful selection of danceable tunes and John’s unique Chitter/Chatter till close.

Returning to 9:00 PM Friday, The Gin Mill will have country singer-songwriter “Sean Patrick McGraw” on their music stage. Sean has been the opening act for several big name country musicians. His gigs here in Ellicottville have always been very well attended and for good reason. He performs and brings on as his billing says, “It’s a Beer Drinking Sean Patrick McGraw Singing Country Kinda Night” which will be totally FUN and make The Gin Mill a really JUMPIN place. Also remember, The Gin Mill serves their excellent, yet reasonably priced, menu till midnight on weekends.

Saturday’s music parade begins at 6:00 PM with “Only Humen” an Ellicottville veteran and favorite band performing in Balloons. “Only Humen”, is an excellent three-piece, FUN, classic rock band with Frank, on bass, Jon on guitar and Rick, The Animal, on drums. This excellent band will be doing what they do best, which is performing wonderful classic rock from the seventies, eighties and beyond in a way that will have a Humenizing effect on the music loving Balloons Crowd. Following “Only Humen” “DJ Flakey or Chatty Frank Watson”, Ellicottville’s Party Monster, will take over from Balloons Sound & Light Booth. Frank, a resident of “The Disoriented DJ Home”, will, as always, keep the party going with his danceable tunes, and FUN chatter till close.

Returning to 7:00 PM Saturday, “Acoustic Kuk” will be entertaining The Patrons of The Silver Fox with his neat, acoustic version of many singer/songwriter tunes from the last four or five decades. Kuk’s music is always up lifting and done in his unique, audience friendly and entertaining style. This will be a great Silver Fox Music Show. 

Then at 9:00 PM Saturday, “Roll The Dice” will be ROCKIN The Gin Mill with another really FUN music show. As most of us know, this 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 includes a bit of a country sound. They are FUN and will create another Super Saturday Music Night in The Gin Mill. 

After a quiet unwind Sunday we move to Monday beginning in The Gin Mill with their “All U Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner” for only $6.99.

The first music of the new week, “Brews & Bluegrass”, will begin at 6:30 PM Monday in The Ellicottville Brewing Company featuring music by “The Blue Mule Band”. Bluegrass with heart performed in this excellent five-piece band’s interesting way will, for sure, make for a FUN Music Evening in The Ellicottville Brewing Company.

Monday rounds out at 10:00 PM Sharp with Madigans Church on Monday. The Reverend Jack along with The Deacon will again be providing another night of original Honky Tonk to Rock-A-Billy tunes done in their unique and FUN way. Thereby creating another really FUN Madigans Music Night.  

Wednesday we again will have two gigs. First at 7:00 PM Balloons will present, as a presale $15.00 ticked event, Internationally acclaimed Contemporary Blues Artist “Ana Popovic”. She and her band will perform their world recognized Contemporary Blues Show. Ana has shared the music stage with the likes of BB King, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and many more. This great guitarist/singer’s band will transform Balloons into Blues Heaven this Wednesday evening.

Then at 8:00 PM The Gin Mill will have Joe Wagner and John Winston doing their neat sixties through the eighties folk to southern rock acoustic music show. As we all know, this Gin Mill Tradition of well over twenty years is one of the best and most FUN music nights in Ellicottville and The Gin Mill has it going every Wednesday.

Thursday will also be a two-band evening. Beginning at 7:00 PM, the second gig of The Gazebo Series, sponsored by Five Star Bank and organized by our Chamber of Commerce will have “Stone Row” on The Gazebo Stage. From their web site, “Stone Row weaves a rich tapestry of Celtic and World music”. They include fresh arrangements of old classic and captivating originals making this “Stone Row” show unique and FUN.

Then at 8:00 PM Thursday we have a change; The Gin Mill will have “Scott Kirby” performing his brand of Costal inspired Folk Rock or if you wish Beach Rock. Scott is quickly expanding his popularity across the country with his story telling style of song writing and humor, which will make this Thursday Evening Gin Mill Show one you, will not want to miss. The Weekly Notice Band will return next week.

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