By Robby & Sherman Wilkens
This summer of heat and humidity is really playing out to the fullest extent. Yes we do get an occasional passing thunderstorm or rain shower. However, most of the lawns in Ellicottville are brown and in need of rain. The only extended areas of green grass are in two locations. Those locations are Holiday Valley’s Double Black Diamond Course and Elkdale Country Club. Both of these really FUN locations are open to the public. Therefore to enjoy so of our good time golf times, just call either location. Then get out and enjoy what we here in Ellicottville take for granted, which is FUN golf.
Our music and other FUN STUFF is also holding it own. Starting today Friday July 20, 2012 through Thursday July 26, 2012 we will have eleven Bands, two DJ’s, several Sound System Music Events plus all the great food and drink specials that are offered by our wonderful clubs and restaurants making Ellicottville the place to have a really FUN time.
One of the Sound System Events will happen in Madigans Up-Stairs Party & Patio Bar beginning around 7:00 PM Friday and Saturday. “Party Favorites” are first till 10:00 PM when Club Madigans will take over increasing the good times till close.
The Depot will be open Thursday through Saturday this week and will have their sound system playing The Depot’s FUN in The Sun Favorites. They will also be serving up their super pizza and wing specials. So as Moose says, “Therefore, if food, liquor, & Laughter are what you are after, The Ellicottville Depot is your place”.
The PUB in Great Valley will be live music free this week. However, the FUN local atmosphere, which is found regularly in this neat establishment, along with reasonably priced drinks and eats, will be flowing, making your PUB experience superb.
One more thing before we get started, Kabob Kafe has reopened in their new location. The interior is beautiful and now they have a complete bar. So besides the great food Kabob’s offers, you may enjoy the new bar then a wonderful Kabob meal.
Balloons starts us ROCKIN at 7:00 PM Friday with “The Rhythm Rockers” Most will remember this very fine band as “Stevie B & The Rhythm Rockers”. This veteran band with their roots in deep in the blues has added some southern to classic rock tunes. In their recent Balloons Gigs they’ve done a “Blackfoot” tune “Train”. Stevie B does this tune in true “Blackfoot” style. With their roots in the blues, the blues are what will dominate this gig. Following “The Rhythm Rockers”, “Personable DJ John Barry” will be LIVE in Balloons Sound & Light Booth doing his “Personality Show Off Show”. As usual, John will offer a danceable selection of tunes and good Party-Time FUN till close.
Returning to 9:00 PM Friday “RT Live” will be entertaining The Gin Mill Crowd with his acoustic version of many classic to country rock tunes. RT, being part of “The Weekly Notice Band” that does such a great job in The Gin Mill on Thursdays, will be a solo act for this show. As always, he 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. They serve their excellent, reasonably priced menu till midnight on weekends.
Turning the page to Saturday, we begin at 6:00 PM, in Balloons with “The Buddy Hinds Band”. Due to the fact this fine band has been on an out of country tour, it has been a while since they have performed in Balloons. With Buddy Hinds on drums, Dave Betts on guitar and Danny Mills on bass, their roots had always been in the blues. When they were last here they had added a party to classic rock theme to their music show. Their last Balloons gig under this new way of life was excellent. It will be another FUN music evening in Balloons this Saturday. Then as “Buddy Hinds” exits the music stage, a bus from “The Disoriented DJ Home” will arrive. “DJ Chatty Frank Watson, Ellicottville’s Party Monster”, will be escorted into Balloons Sound & Light Booth, so he may continue the party already taking place with his all-ages friendly chatter, FUN, danceable, tune selection and off the wall sense of humor till close.
Returning to 7:00 PM Saturday, “Chris Maloney”, an acoustic folk rock to country singer, will be performing on The Out Door Patio of The Silver Fox Steak House. Chris is in his second year of performing in Ellicottville. His shows have been very entertaining and FUN and will further enhance your experience in The Silver Fox.
Then at 9:00 PM The Gin Mill will have “The Joe Wagner Band” in house. This will be the four-piece version of this great band, featuring Gary Boldt on lead guitar and Stuart Shapiro on drums plus Joe Wagner and John Winston. We will get to hear a more up-beat and neat sounding version of what we get to hear every Wednesday. It will still be the wonderful selection of folk to southern rock tunes they do so well. The addition of Gary and Stuart will, as always, create some more Gin Mill Good Music Times.
Sunday at 7:00 PM Balloons will host another fifteen-dollar cover event featuring the music of “Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers”. From his web site, Jimmy Thackery, The Guitar Powerhouse of The Blues, does nearly 300 shows a year. He also unleashes an intense volley of rockin’ blues guaranteed to leave crowds emotionally spent”.
We now move to Monday beginning in The Gin Mill with their “All U Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner” for only $6.99. “Country Connor” will be on bar duty feeding The Gin Mill’s Sound System with excellent traditional country tunes that will further enhance this wonderful dinner special, making Monday another FUN evening in The Gin Mill
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 Deacon Dan will be entertaining their loyal following with another night of original Honky Tonk to Rock-A-Billy tunes done in their unique, FUN and entertaining way. As always, another neat Madigans Music Night will happen.
Moving to 8:00 PM Wednesday when The Gin Mill will have Joe Wagner and John Winston doing their neat and traditional 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 be a two-band evening. Beginning at 7:00 PM, the fifth gig of The Gazebo Series, sponsored by Five Star Bank and organized by our Chamber of Commerce will have “Vitamin D” on The Gazebo Stage.“Vitamin D” is Vincent from “The DeRosa Brothers Band” with his hot new Buffalo based band that performs a unique show of highly styled favorites.
Then at 8:00 PM Thursday “The Weekly Notice Band” ROCKIN The Gin Mill. This week’s version of “The Weekly Notice Band” 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 tunes with an excellent country to southern rock sound creating another excellent Gin Mill Music Show.
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