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Ellicottville Entertainment August 24-30, 2012

By: Robby & Sherman Wilkens

As part of the last full weekend in August, TheVoodo Moon Party, a tribute to Michael Kerns, will happen. This is a Rotary sponsored Gourmet Cocktail Party event that will begin at 6:00 PM this Saturday, outdoors by the John Harvard/ Cabana Bar/ Holiday Valley Pool Complex. The food is sponsored and produced by most all of our local restaurants and clubs. There will be music by “The Blue Sky Mission Club” who will be practicing the age-old tradition of playing music people wish to dance to. Tickets are available at $65.00 each from any Rotary member or at the front desk of The Inn at Holiday Valley. This is truly a great party.

Also this weekend, we will have The Americana Folk Art & Music Fair organized and put together by Bob McCarthy and Huey Dunne. This truly wonderful festival will take place in The Town Park & Gazebo both Saturday and Sunday of this weekend. Arts and crafts will be on display and for sale with a live auction Sunday afternoon and yes there will be music. First “The Far Out Band”, from The Gin Mill featuring Freddie Joseph and RT Live will perform at 11:00 AM Saturday and “Wild Oats” featuring the acoustic duo of Tory and Rob Bedard at 11:00 AM Sunday.

Besides these two great events, we will have other music and FUN STUFF happening. Starting today Friday August 24, 2012 through Thursday August 30, 2012 we will have twelve Bands doing thirteen gigs, two DJ’s, several Sound System Music Events plus all the food and beverage specials that make our neighborhood such a great place to visit and or live. We also will be celebrating our son Sean’s 38th birthday this Saturday. Happy Birthday Sean.

With the dog days of summer underway, remember we still have great FUN golf available at both Holiday Valley and Elkdale Country Club. Just call either course, make a Tee Time, then get out and enjoy what our summer time has to offer.

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 a 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 place, offers great food, especially the Friday Fish Fry, and drink specials along with all ages friendly service. All of  this creates an atmosphere that is a FUN Barn Experience.

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.

Our band parade begins about 7:00 PM Friday in Balloons with “The Paul Briandi All Stars Band” performing their really entertaining Blues, R&B to Classic Rock Show. For this gig they will be a five-piece band, guitar, drums, keys, sax and vocals. Their previous Balloons Shows were gigs that really moved your body and soul. All Blues to Rock fans will want to catch this one. Following “The Paul Briandi All Star Band”, “Personable DJ John Barry” will keep the party going from Balloons Sound & Light Booth with his LIVE Personality Show Off Show. This show includes John’s unique chitter-chatter and a FUN danceable selection of tunes, till close.

Returning to 9:00 PM Friday “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. Also remember, The Gin Mill serves their excellent and reasonably priced menu till midnight on weekends.

Saturday music begins at 4:00 PM in Kabob’s Kafe with Bruce Dominessy    doing another acoustic jazzy solo gig. This being his third Kabob’s Kafe Show which has created a neat start to Ellicottville’s Saturday evening of music.

Then at 6:00 PM Saturday, “The Electras” will be ROCKIN The Balloons Crowd with their “Hot Chicago Blues Show”. This Buffalo based band features four veteran Blues Musicians who have been part of the WNY Blues scene since before disco. Today, according to their website, this band remains true to their soulful blues roots. So if you love The Blues, Balloons is the place to be this Saturday. Following “The Electras”, “ “DJ Flakey Frank Watson”, “Ellicottville’s True Party Monster”, will be in Balloons Sound & Light Booth displaying his innovative plan to continue the party already in place, with trend setting chit-chat and tune selection till close.

Returning to 7:00 PM Saturday “Hintz of Thunder” will be doing an acoustic duo gig at The Silver Fox. This is the “Mandy and Dave Duo” that did such a wonderful job three weeks ago in The Town Gazebo celebrating the 175-Year Anniversary of St John’s Church and The Village of Ellicottville.

Then at 9:00 PM Saturday, The Gin Mill will continue this FUN music Saturday with “The Speedy Parker Blues Band”. “Unique Blues” is how  “Speedy Parker” describes The Blues tunes they play. In fact they play Blues that you can feel all the way to your soul. Every time this Gin Mill Regular Band has played in here in Ellicottville, they have performed an excellent Blues Show. So lets get out and welcome “The Speedy Parker Blues Band” and enjoy the FUN they create with their version of The Blues.

We now move to Monday beginning in The Gin Mill with their “All U Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner” for only $6.99. As always, “Country Connor, The Crash Dummy” will be on bar duty 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 band show of the new week, “Brews & Bluegrass”, begins 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, 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 Fred And Rod 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 Night of Music.

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