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Ellicottville Entertainment and Night Life – July 13, 2012 Edition

Checking Out The Tunes & Other Stuff In Ellicottville


By: Robby & Sherman Wilkens


It is Friday The Thirteenth and the neat July weather is still with us. It’s warm, sunny, hot and humid. Our rain has been spotty at best. For out door stuff July couldn’t be any better. For those of us who enjoy golf, things couldn’t be any better either. Both Holiday Valley and Elkdale Country Club are available and in wonderful shape. Just call either location, make a Tee time then get out and enjoy the really FUN times both of these clubs offer to us all.

In spite of the date, our music, and other FUN STUFF line up are still maintaining the upper version of excellence. In fact this weekend will be a Bluzie preview to Jazz & Blues Fest. So here we go, starting today, Friday July 13, 2012 through Thursday July 19, 2012, we will have twelve Bands, two DJ’s, a couple of Sound System Music Events, a fifty year celebration of The Rolling Stones concerts plus the usual food and beverage specials that are offered by our wonderful clubs and restaurants. All of which will add to the FUN times we get to experience here in Ellicottville.

The fifty year celebration of The Rolling Stones concerts which began July 12, 1962 will be celebrated in The Depot beginning yesterday July 12 and continue through out this coming weekend all the hours The Depot is open.

The first of the Sound System Events will happen in Madigans & Madigans Up-Stairs Party & Patio Bar beginning around 7:00 PM Friday and Saturday. First you will hear their neat version of “Party Favorites” till 10:00 PM. At that time, Club Madigans will take over increasing The FUN & Festivities till close.

One more item before we get rolling, The PUB in Great Valley will again, 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.

Friday’s music kicks off at 7:00 PM in Balloons, when “Stinger” takes the music stage. This new five-piece Buffalo Band, including Kenny G, on keys, formally of The Strangers, has played here twice before. Their web site portrays them as an electrifying band playing classic rock/pop and dance music from the sixties thru today. Their song list also really looks good. We are in for another really neat Balloons Music Night. After “Stinger” gets done, “Personable DJ John Barry” will be in Balloons Sound Booth doing his LIVE Personality Show Off & Party Continuation Show featuring his unique chitter-chatter and FUN danceable tunes, till close.

Returning to 9:00 PM Friday, our second music show will commence in The Gin Mill with a performance by, acoustic guitarist and singer, “Jay McDonnell”. His music and show are similar to Jackson Browne, James Taylor or Cat Stevens. Also, he does create a neat way to unwind from the daily grind. So stop in The Gin Mill, partake of an excellent fish fry. Then enjoy Jay McDonnell’s performance, which will be wonderful.

Saturday’s music begins at 6:00 PM in Balloons with “Richie Leeper and The Soul Revival” on stage. This veteran five-piece Chautauqua County Band, playing Soul, R&B and Pop to Jazz has played here a few times in the past year or so. Their music ability and showmanship is the best and will prove what their billing says; “Everybody will have a good time with this great band of iconic Jamestown musicians”. Following “Richie Leeper”, “DJ Flakey Frank Watson, The Party Monster,” has extended his weekend pass from The Disoriented DJ Home. His excellent party continuation skills will be on display as he keeps the Party and Good Times going from Balloons Sound & Light Booth with his all-ages friendly chatter and neat, FUN tune selection till close.

Returning to 7:00 PM Saturday, The Silver Fox will have “Acoustic Kuk” entertaining their outdoor dining crowd with his neat, acoustic version of many singer/songwriter tunes from the last several decades. Kuk’s music, done in his unique, audience friendly and entertaining style, is a very up-lifting music happening that will create a great Silver Fox Dining Experience & Music Show.

Then at 9:00 PM Saturday The Gin Mill will host the return of “Robin & The Rubes” to Ellicottville. A quote from their web site tells it all. “Robin & The Rubes are a hard driving quartet that mixes tradition with an emphasis on improvisation to create a cool blend of old school blues with a modern edge”. With Robin Mayerat on lead vocals along with guitarist Paul Iannello from “The Hurricanes”, Bassist Dan Shays and drummer Phil Moodie, we are in for quite a show in The Gin Mill this Saturday.

Moving to Sunday, beginning at 5:00 PM, Balloons will host another Blues Show performed by a new & rising Memphis star, Brandon Santini. A review from Brandon’s web site describes Brandon as one of the brighter new stars on the blues harmonica horizon. His play is heavily influenced by John Popper. However, Brandon does incorporate a lot of elements from both country and Chicago styling as well. On this trip to New York, besides Balloons, Brandon will be doing gigs in Buffalo’s Tudor Lounge and The Armor Inn in Hamburg. Both of which are excellent Blues Venues.

WOW what a weekend and we still have another six band gigs to go. Three of which will happen on Monday. First The Ellicottville Brewing Company at 6:30 PM will host their “Brews and Bluegrass Show” featuring “The Blue Mule Band” doing their really FUN and excellent version of Bluegrass with Heart. This band now being five-piece really puts on a neat version of bluegrass.

Next, The Gin Mill starting around 7:00 PM, besides their “All U Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner” for only $6.99, will have “Home Made Jam” doing their “Country Oldies Pure & Simple Music Show”. Their music and the performance of vocalist Liz Boberg is among the best we get to see here in Ellicottville. So stop by The Gin Mill this Monday to enjoy a great spaghetti dinner and wonderful music by “Home Made Jam”.

Monday becomes complete at 10:00 PM Sharp with Madigans Church on Monday. The Reverend Jack along with Deacon Dan are providing a really neat show of original Honky Tonk to Rock-A-Billy to good time ROCKIN tunes done in a unique and FUN way. Last Monday was among the best gigs I’ve seen them do.

Moving on to Wednesday at 8:00 PM, when The Gin Mill will, as always, have “Joe Wagner and John Winstondoing their wonderful “Folk to Southern Rock Acoustic Music Show”. This excellent gig, that has taken place for over twenty-five years, is further enhanced by The Gin Mill’s great munchies and superb wings.

Thursday completes this great week of music with two gigs. First at 7:00 PM The Town Park Gazebo will host the fourth gig of our Chamber’s excellent Summer Concert Series. This week it will be “The Tony DeRosa Band”. Tony has performed here before as a duo with his brother Vincent, this will be his debut performance with his own band. They will offer original music styling of quite popular tunes in a crowd friendly way.

Then Thursday, at 8:00 PM, “The Weekly Notice Band” will be back ROCKIN The Gin Mill. This week’s version, will again be “The FAR Out Band”, or “The Rod And Freddie Outstanding Band”. With Freddie on bongos and vocals and Rod on guitar and vocals, we will hear some excellent country to southern rock tunes that will create a FUN Gin Mill Night of Music.

C U Round The Music Scene Good Stuff No Worries

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