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Ellicottville Entertainment Aug 3-9

By: Robby & Sherman Wilkens

Checking Out The Tunes & Other Stuff in Ellicottville

With another of the best Jazz & Blues Festival we’ve had here in Ellicottville in the history books, we now will take a week off and get ready for Festival number five, “The Taste of Ellicottville”, which will happen the weekend of August 11 &12.

So as Ellicottville gets ready for our next wonderful event, golf  might be a way to enhance your taste buds. Both Holiday Valley and Elkdale Country Club are in true mid-summer form and are just waiting for your call to make a Tee time and take advantage of the great golf times both clubs have to offer.

Now on to the music and other FUN STUFF that will happen this week. Starting today, Friday August 3, 2012 through Thursday August 9, 2012, we will have twelve bands playing , one DJ doing two gigs, a one-hundred-seventy-five year Village of Ellicottville Birthday Party plus all the regular food and drink specials that take place here in the wonderful clubs and restaurants in and around Ellicottville.

A few notes before we get started, The PUB in Great Valley will still be LIVE music free. However, their wonderful, reasonably priced food and beverages, plus the local friendly GOOD PUB TIMES will be available for all those who stop by.

The Depot will continue with their summer hours, which are Thursday through Saturday. Their sound system will be playing a neat version of FUN in The Sun Favorites. Yes, their pizza and wing specials will be available. So as Moose says, “If Food, Liquor & Laughter are what you are after, “The Ellicottville Depot is your place”.

Kabob’s Kafe will be going strong in their new location on Washington Street. Their refurbished building, along with the first floor bar, offers both indoor and out door dining, making for a really neat Kabob’s Kafe dining experience.

The weeks first band performance will happen at 7:00 PM Friday in Balloons with a performance by “The Dawg House Band”, another really neat Buffalo Band. This four-piece “Dawg’s Group”, as they refer to themselves, plays a unique and versatile style of Rock, R&B and Blues. While much of their music is original, the cover tunes they do will take The Balloons Loyal Patrons down a music road that is less traveled. Following “The Dawg House Band” The Disoriented DJ Home will have “The Party Monster” also known as “DJ Chatty Frank” back under supervision allowing him to do two weekend party continuation gigs from Balloons Sound & Light Booth. As always, Chatty Frank will display his all ages friendly babbling and FUN tune selection till close.

Friday’s 9:00 PM gig will be the return to The Gin Mill of “Two Guys Drinking Beer”. Ron and Terry, from “West”, who are The Two Guys, will be doing their acoustic and FUN version of classic rock. Most of their tunes are cover. However, they do occasionally toss in a few of their own very interesting tunes all of which are done in a unique style. This show will be very crowd involved and 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.

Saturday kicks off with St John’s Church and Ellicottville’s One-hundred seventy five year Birthday Party beginning at 11:30 AM on the front lawn of St John’s Church. There will be all kinds of family activities available for all to enjoy. Then at 1:00 PM Mandy & Dave, an acoustic music duo, will be performing in The Town Park Gazebo.

Saturday’s music continues at 6:00 PM in Balloons with “Sandi Pack & The East of Eden Band”. As their bio says, here we have a veteran four-piece band performing several creative styles of music. With Sandi Pack on lead vocals, their creative styles include the blues, classic to southern rock and alternative country. They are winners of several Buffalo Music Awards and have supported many charity fundraisers. Balloons will be Really Rockin this Saturday. Following “Sandi Pack & The East of Eden Band”, “DJ Flakey” or if you wish “Chatty Frank, The Total Party Monster” will be back on duty for his second gig of the weekend in Balloons Sound & Light Booth. FUN chatter and neat danceable tunes are Frank’s version of Party Continuation 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.

Saturday rounds out at 9:00 PM in The Gin Mill with a new band for Ellicottville, “Katie Mallaber & The Krash Party”. This four-piece band bills themselves as Buffalo’s Newest Party Band doing cover tunes from Adele to The Beatles and from Guns & Roses to Carrie Underwood. What this means is you will here everything from classic to modern or contemporary rock with a bit of country thrown in the mix just for good measure. This will be a home run for the FUN & Music loving Gin Mill Crowd.

Now on to Monday, which will be a three band evening. 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 will be doing their FUN gig consisting of original Honky Tonk to Rock-A-Billy to good time ROCKIN tunes done in their own unique style. Each Monday this FUN gig keeps getting better & BETTER.

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 Gin Mill Tradition is further enhanced by The Gin Mill’s great munchies and superb wings which are served as specials every Wednesday. One more point, Joe and John just might have “Retro Lil Joey” join them with his spoon show.

Then on Thursday at 7:00 PM, The Town Park Gazebo will have “Paul Hage and The Mirage Band” doing, as their bio says, a unique version of world influenced jazz with an up-beat rhythmic sound of Mediterranean Flamenco Jazz. Mirage gives their audience a chance to hear different kinds of world music fused with contemporary jazz.

The weeks music rounds out at 8:00 PM Thursday in The Gin Mill with “The Weekly Notice Band” ROCKIN THE HOUSE. Again, “The FAR OUT Band”. Which is The Freddie And RT Outstanding Band will be on stage  . 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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