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Ellicottville Entertainment for August 17-24, 2012

By: Robby & Sherman Wilkens

As we enter the second half of August and are still digesting the wonderful goodies from last weekend’s Taste of Ellicottville Weekend, we can work off the results of last weekend by participating in The Centurion Cycling Event. This three day bicycling event begins this Friday and runs through Sunday August 18, 2012. One of the races of this event will be an 11.5 mile ride with Hockey Hall of Famer, Pat LaFontaine. For more details on this new event for Ellicottville, check out The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce Web Site, www.ellicottvilleny.com. As an added bonus, a one hundred and forty-four car Corvette Parade will travel through Ellicottville on Sunday morning.

If golf is on your agenda, check our the FUN Times that are available on Holiday Valley’s Double Black Diamond Course and Elkdale Country Club’s Super Course. Both are in excellent condition and are available for the public to play. Just call either location, make a Tee time, then get out and enjoy the good times both offer.

A few notes before we get started, The Depot’s summer hours are still Thursday through Saturday. This Weekend The Depot will be presenting Music & Movies of vintage “AC DC” and promoting “The Centurion Bike Race”. Therefore as Moose says “Those who stop in The Depot for the pizza and wing’s specials Wheel also be having a wonderful and Wheel Good Time”.

Then moving to the east of Ellicottville, The Birdwalk Restaurant & Antique Shop will be serving their gourmet pizza specials along with a wonderful fine dinning menu that is among the best in our part of the world.

Tips Up Cafe, here in the village, is another excellent restaurant located on Washington Street. Beside a super and well-prepared fine dinning menu, like we said last week, the local hometown service with a Tips Up Cafe Smile will also be happenin. 

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

Now on to what’s happenin this coming week. We will have thirteen Bands, three DJ’s, A Black Light Party, several Sound System Events plus all the excellent food and drink specials that are always available in Ellicottville’s neat clubs and restaurants.

The first band performance will begin at 7:00 PM Friday in Balloons when “The Porcelain Bus Drivers” take the stage. This excellent Jamestown band plays a mix of classic to modern rock; disco and hip hop from the eighties to today. They are well known for their annual Friday performance at Rocktoberfest and were the opening act for “Loverboy” at our Summer Festival of The Arts in 2005. Following The PBD Band “Personable DJ John Barry” will be in Balloons Sound & Light Booth keeping the party going with his FUN, LIVE “Personality Show Off Show”. John’s show, as always, will include neat danceable tunes and good Party-Time FUN & Conversation till close.

Also at 7:00 PM Friday The Silver Fox will have “The EZ Three” doing their “Smooth Oldies & Cocktail Cozy’s” music show. This, local, three-piece group provides a really neat music un-wind for a hectic workweek. They will also enhance Silver Fox’s Friday Martini Party

At 9:00 PM Friday The Gin Mill will host a new acoustic duo for Ellicottville, “Al & Chrissy”. This duo from State College PA, according to their website plays an acoustic version of classic to contemporary rock along with a taste of blues to country tunes with some jazz also in the mix. The Gin Mill, as they always do, comes through for Ellicottville’s music loving patrons.

“The Black Light Party” will also begin at 9:00 PM Friday in Great Valley’s PUB. This neat party will feature the Karaoke FUN of “DJ Felony”. So what you do is show up at The PUB wearing all white or neon clothing, allowing you to show-off in the black light. Then choose to be part of The Karaoke show or just kick back and enjoy the good local FUN & GOOD TIMES that will be happenin in The PUB this Friday night.

Saturday’s music kicks off at 4:00 PM in Kabob’s Kafe with Bruce Dominessy    doing an acoustic jazzy solo gig. This is his second show at Kabob’s Kafe and it will create another neat start to Ellicottville’s Saturday afternoon of music.

We now move to Saturday at 6:00 PM in Balloons with “Steel Keys & Brass” This four-piece group consisting of acoustic guitar, keys, sax, bass and percussion, with one or more on vocals. Their show is quite entertaining and FUN and will create another FUN music Saturday in Balloons. Following “Steel Keys & Brass”, “DJ Frank Watson”, “The innovative and trend setting Party Monster”, will arrive from The Disoriented DJ Home. His innovative plan will be to continue the party already in place, with trend setting chitchat and tune selections from Balloons Sound Booth till close.

Returning to 7:30 PM Saturday, The Silver Fox will have “The Family Tree Band” on their music stage. From earlier this summer, we have a local three-piece, acoustic, close harmony trio featuring three members of the Peters Family, Delaney, Rick and Aaron. Their music features many tunes from the thirties to today with the emphasis being on the seventies. The harmony will be the highlight of this Silver Fox Show

Then at 9:00 PM Saturday The Gin Mill will have “The Powerplay Band” on their music stage captivating The Gin Mill’s Music Loving Crowd. This four-piece High Energy Buffalo band plays everything from Classic Rock, Blues to Disco in a very entertaining and danceable way. They create a very classy live entertainment and music show by combining many popular styles that will have The Gin Mills Dance Floor full and very busy all night long.

Sunday at 2:30 PM “The Rockin’ Jake Band” will take the stage in Balloons. This is another of nation wide touring bands Balloons has brought to Ellicottville. A quote from “Rockin’ Jakes” web site describes “Rockin’ Jakes” sound as “a hybrid of second line, swamp funk, blues and zydeco” with influences from many well know blues artists. WOW, if The Blues Bug interests you, Balloons will be the place to be this Sunday.

Monday’s music begins at 6:30 PM in The Ellicottville Brewing Company with, “Brews & Bluegrass”, 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.

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 rounds out at 10:00 PM Sharp with Madigans Church on Monday. Reverend Jack accompanied by Deacon Dan will have the house BOPPIN & ROCKIN to the beat of their original Honky Tonk to Rock-A-Billy tunes that they do in their own  FUN and entertaining way. Thereby creating another Unique Madigans Music Night.  

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.

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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