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Ellicottville Entertainment August 1 – September 6

By: Robby & Sherman Wilkens

As August comes to an end, it usually means that summer is about over. Well our weather isn’t showing summers end quite yet. Yes, it has cooled off a bit and maybe a little breezy. Still our neighborhood still has some pretty nice golf and bike riding weather available. Both Holiday Valley and Elkdale Country Club are in great shape. To enjoy a FUN round of golf, while taking advantage of what is left of the summer of 2011, just call either location, make a Tee time, then get out and enjoy the FUN time western New York offers.

Our music and other FUN STUFF is also moving along quite well. Starting today Friday August 31, 2012 through Thursday September 6, 2012 we will have eleven Bands, doing ten gigs, three DJ’s, one of which will include a karaoke show plus all the food and drink specials offered by our neat clubs and restaurants making Ellicottville the FUN place that it is.

Before we get to the music lets take a look at some of the neat Ellicottville locations that are music free, yet are a great places to enjoy great meals and FUN times.

Beginning with The Depot. They will be open 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 east of Ellicottville, The Birdwalk Restaurant & Antique Shop will also be serving up their great gourmet pizza specials along with a fine dinning menu that will have you returning for sure. The Birdwalk is well worth the drive for an excellent meal. 

Tips Up Cafe is a wonderful restaurant located on Washington Street. Besides their 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.

Our band parade kicks off at 7:00PM Friday in Balloons with “The Scott Celani Band”. This very interesting nineties, contemporary to pop/rock band with singer and songwriter Scott Celani on guitar and lead vocals, along with Matt Young on keys do energetic bursts of shining pop-rock that will make you smile. Scott and his band, as always, will have The Balloons Crowd Smiling; because of the excellent music they perform. Following “The Scott Celani Band” “, “Personable DJ John Barry” will keep the party going from Balloons Sound & Light Booth with his LIVE Personality Show Off Show. This show, as always, will include John’s unique chitter-chatter and a FUN, danceable selection of tunes, till close.

Friday’s FUN rounds out with two 9:00 PM gigs. First The Gin Mill will have country singer-songwriter “Sean Patrick McGraw” on their music stage. Sean has been the opening act for several big name country musicians. His gigs here in Ellicottville have always been very well attended and for good reason. He performs and brings on as his billing says, “It’s a Beer Drinking Sean Patrick McGraw Singing Country Kinda Night” which will be totally FUN. The Gin Mill this Friday will be a really JUMPIN place. Also remember, The Gin Mill serves their reasonably priced, excellent menu including a wonderful fish fry, till midnight on weekends.

Also at 9:00 PM Friday The PUB in Great Valley will have “DJ Felony” along with his Karaoke Show in house. Therefore, The PUB patrons not only will get to hear “DJ Felony’s” neat selection of tunes, they will also get to choose to be part of The Karaoke Show or just kick back and enjoy The PUB good times “DJ Felony” creates.

Moving to Saturday, our music begins at 4:00 PM in Kabob’s Kafe with a return performance by “Bruce Dominessy”. As we have said before, Bruce does an acoustic jazzy solo gig that is easy listening and a very neat way to kick off your Saturday evening with a cocktail and a wonderful Kabob’s Kafe Dinner.

Then at 6:00 PM Saturday, Balloons will have “The TruFate Band” doing their really neat Rock Show. “TruFate”, a veteran four-piece band from WNY, plays a wide variety of Cover Classic, Hard and Southern Rock. You will also hear some Rockin Blues with a side of Blues/Jazz. According to their web site, they keep their covers true to their original recordings. However, they will add flavor when they deem it appropriate. Following “TruFate”, The FUN continues with “DJ Flakey Frank Watson”, “The Party Monster” doing his rendition of an innovative plan of party continuation from Balloons Sound & Light Booth. “DJ Flakey Frank”, while on leave from The Disoriented DJ Home, will provide a trend setting and danceable selection of tunes & chit/chat till close.

Returning to 7:30 PM Saturday “Hintz of Thunder” will again be doing an acoustic duo gig at The Silver Fox. As we said last week, this is the “Mandy and Dave Duo” that did such a wonderful job a few 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 have Sean Patrick McGraw back for his second gig of the weekend. This time he will have his full or complete band with him. Therefore, we will have the full or complete version of Sean’s “Beer Drinking Country Kinda Singing” country night of music. We will have, for sure, another really FUN country music night happenin in The Gin Mill this Saturday night.

Now on to Sunday at 8:00 PM, The Gin Mill will have Ron and Terry, from “West”, doing their acoustic and FUN version of “2 Guys Drinking Beer” on their music stage. This duo does a really neat version of acoustic classic rock in a style that is unique. Most of the tunes are cover. However, they do occasionally toss in a few of their own very interesting tunes. “Two Guys Drinking Beer” are very crowd involved and will create another Really FUN Gin Mill Night of Music.

Monday being Labor Day, The Gin Mill will have 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 becomes complete at 10:00 PM Sharp with Madigans Church on Monday. Deacon Dan and Reverend Jack will again be ROCKIN Madigans with their original Honky Tonk to Rock-A-Billy tunes and general silliness done in their own FUN and entertaining way. Thereby creating another Unique & FUN Madigans Music Night.
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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