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Ellicottville Entertainment August 10-16, 2012

By: Robby & Sherman Wilkens

Here we go Ellicottville, festival number five of this year’s really FUN times and events, “The Taste of Ellicottville” is about to happen. We hope the weather will remain good for this neat and upscale event. All of the excellent clubs, bars and restaurants, located in and around Ellicottville, participate in this really super and good eats weekend.

Besides this wonderful event, we still have an excellent summer of great golf happening. Both Holiday Valley’s Double Black Diamond Course and Elkdale Country Club are in true mid-summer form and are just waiting for your call making a Tee time to take advantage of the super golf times both clubs are offering.

Like we do most weeks, here are a few suggestions for FUN that doesn’t include music. First, The Depot will continue with their summer hours, which are Thursday through Saturday. Yes, their pizza and wing specials will be there. So as Moose says, “If Food, Liquor, & Laughter are what you are after, The Ellicottville Depot is your place”.

Just to the east of our village we have The Birdwalk Restaurant & Antique Shop. Here you will find great gourmet pizza specials along with a fine dinning menu that will have you returning for sure.

Tips Up Cafe is another wonderful restaurant located on Washington Street. Beside an excellent and well prepared fine dinning menu you will get to experience, what we call, Ellicottville’s local home town service with a Tips Up Cafe Smile. 

Then on Monroe Street, The Barn Restaurant, another local and family friendly establishment, offers great food and drink specials along with all ages friendly service. All of which creates an atmosphere that is a FUN Barn Happening.

Now on to the music and other FUN STUFF that is also taking place this week. Starting today, Friday August 10, 2012 through Thursday August 16, 2016, we will have twelve Band gigs, two DJ’s plus all the wonderful food and drink specials that our clubs and restaurants offer us here in Ellicottville for our enjoyment.

Our music kicks off with “Mo Porter” doing a 7:00 PM Friday gig in Balloons. Mo Porter”, another of Ellicottville’s Favorite Bands, headlined by Chuck and Mark, who are also the heart and soul of this excellent rock to blues and party promoting band. Joining them will be Kyle on bass, Chris on keys and Waz on drums. Therefore, we will have the full five-piece version of this really neat band performing classic rock to blues tunes, that will feature many classic favorites, in a really FUN and Party Time way. When “Mo Porter” finishes wowing the Balloons Crowd DJ John Barry will keep the party rolling with his LIVE Personality Show-Off Show from Balloons Sound & Light Booth. John’s show will include a danceable selection of tunes and neat chatter till close.

Returning to 9:00 PM Friday The Gin Mill “RT Live” will be WOWING The Gin Mill Crowd with his acoustic version of many classics to country rock tunes. RT is also part of “The Far Out Band” that does such a great job in The Gin Mill on Thursdays. He will be a solo act for this show and as he has done in the past, 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.

Saturday’s music begins at 12:30 PM with Saxophonist Bill Todd strolling through the village playing his sax and entertaining The Taste of Ellicottville crowd. Then at 6:00 PM Balloons will have “The Strangers” an Ellicottville favorite band, will be ROCKIN The House as a five-piece band this week. Mitch, Joel, Jerry and Peter G, who are “The Strangers”, have added Renee Harris on keys and vocals. This addition will bring several new options to the excellent mix that has always been this wonderful bands forte. So here we go, another really FUN music evening will happen in Balloons This Saturday. Following “The Strangers” Chatty Frank Watson,” Ellicottville’s “Party Monster”, will take over from Balloons Sound & Light Booth. Frank, a permanent resident of “The Disoriented DJ Home” will show off his party skills with a FUN & danceable selection of tunes, along with his all-ages’ friendly chitter/chatter till close. Returning to 7:00 PM Saturday, we will find The EZ3 performing their “Smooth Oldies & Cocktail Cozies” music show for the dining patrons of The Silver Fox Steak House. Liz, Lil Jack and Art, who are “The EZ3”, will create an excellent jazzy evening of music that will have all those attending enjoying their Silver Fox Dinner even more.   Then at 9:00 PM Saturday we will have two gigs. First The Gin Mill will have “Live & Kickin” set up and doing their “Live Music for all Occasions” show. This three-piece party and good time rock band plays to the desires of their audience and really does create a good party time. Their main focus is classic rock. However, depending on the desires of The Gin Mill Crowd, they may venture into other areas of music. For sure, it will be a good time in The Gin Mill this Saturday night.    Saturday rounds out with “Roll The Dice” doing a 9:00 PM gig in The PUB. This fine band has made some personnel changes. Yes, their music will still be classic rock with a bit of a country twist to some of the tunes. The FUN this neat group creates will also still be there. So, it will be another wonderful PUB Music Night this Saturday. Sunday starts off like Saturday at 12:30 PM with Vocalist/Guitarist & Harp player “Sue Rozler” from “Girls Gone Mild” touring the village and performing what she does so well. That being wonderful music done in her own unique style. Then at 2:00 PM Balloons will play host to a new band for Ellicottville, “The Tombstone Hands”. This three-piece group from Rochester plays a fairly heavy version of Rock & Roll with the emphasis being on instrumentals. A quote from their website says, “ Instrumentals are the backbone of Rock & Roll”. From what we have seen of this group it will be a very interesting afternoon of music in Balloons this Sunday. We now move to Monday beginning in The Gin Mill with their “All U Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner” for only $6.99. “Country Connor, The Crash Dummy” will be on bar duty again this week feeding The Gin Mill’s Sound System with excellent traditional country tunes that will make this wonderful Gin Mill Dinner Special even better.    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. Reverend Jack along with Deacon Dan will be ROCKIN their loyal following with another night of original Honky Tonk to Rock-A-Billy tunes done in their FUN and entertaining way. Therefore, another Unique 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 final 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” with his hot new Buffalo based band that performs a unique show of highly styled favorites.    Then at 8:00 PM Thursday “The FAR Out Band” will be ROCKIN The Gin Mill.  “The FAR Out Band”, which is “The Rod And Freddie Outstanding Band” with Freddie on bongos and vocals and Rod on guitar and vocals. As we all know, we will hear tunes with an excellent country to southern rock sound, which will create another excellent Gin Mill Music Show.

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