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Checking Out The Tunes & Other Stuff in Ellicottville Sept 14-20

By: Robby & Sherman Wilkens

Rock N Roll or what used to be Rock N Oldies Weekend is here again. This is truly one of, if not the best, and most FUN weekend we get to experience here in Ellicottville. Wonderful Rock N Roll music plus an unbelievably neat Classic Car Show are the highlights of this really FUN weekend. Along with these neat happenings, we still do have some good golf available – just give either Holiday Valley or Elkdale Country Club a call, make a Tee time, then get out and enjoy what is left of our summer.

The music and other FUN Stuff for the week beginning today Friday September 14, 2012 through Thursday September 20, 2012 looks quite good. We have fifteen Bands, three DJ’s, one complete with a Karaoke Show, several Sound System Music Events plus all the great food and drink specials that will be happening in the wonderful clubs and restaurants. All of this will greatly enhance the FUN and good times for Rock N Roll Weekend & the following week.

Like we do most weeks, let’s first 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.

The Depot, will be open Friday through Sunday. Yes, their pizza and wing specials will be there. For Rock N Roll Weekend, The Depot’s Super Sound System will be playing the tunes of “The Rolling Stones” and “AC/DC”.

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. Also remember, The Birdwalk’s catfish is the best.

Tips Up Cafe is a wonderful restaurant located on Washington Street. So as we say every week, along with 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. This is a great place to enjoy a wonderful dinner.

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.

Now on to the music of Rock N Roll Weekend & Week: Balloons starts us off at 7:00 PM Friday with “The A List”. This is a veteran five-piece band from Niagara Falls playing classic to pop to southern rock tunes from the last sixty years in a style similar to the original artists. We will hear tunes from KC & The Sunshine Band to Skynyrd, Dobie Gray to Steely Dan, Rod Stewart to Journey and many more. Their previous Balloons Gigs have been among the best. Following “The A List”, “Personable DJ John Barry” will be in Balloons Sound & Light Booth taking over the party already in place with his really FUN, LIVE “Personality Show Off Show”. John’s shows always include a neat danceable selection of tunes and good Party-Time FUN till close.

Returning to 9:00 PM Friday, 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 Friday night. Also remember The Gin Mill serves their great and reasonably priced menu until Midnight on weekends. This includes a great fish fry.

Also at 9:00 PM 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 at 4:00 PM, Kabobs Kafe will have “Bruce Dominessy” doing his “Me, Myself & I” solo acoustic jazzy gig. Like we say every week, this is a super, easy listening and a very neat way to kick off your Saturday evening. Just stop in Kabob’s Kafe, enjoy the music, a cocktail and a great Kabob’s Kafe Dinner. 

Next at 6:00 PM Saturday Balloons will host “Blues Child”, a five-piece, extremely Hi-Energy, Crossover to Rockin Blues to Classic Rock Band. This band has a lot of experience with really good party music. They did a Balloons Gig last April and put on a show that had the appreciative crowd up and PARTY-N all night long. Like their promo says, “You will love their Jethro Tull Tunes”. Following “Blues Child”, The party will continue 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”, has extended his pass from The Disoriented DJ Home, allowing him to provide his trend setting & danceable selection of tunes plus chit/chat til close.

Returning to 6:30 PM Madigans will have a new band for Ellicottville in-house, “The South City Band”. From their web site, this five-piece band plays an energetic blend of classic and acoustic Rock N Roll that will have The Madigans Party Crowd up dancin & singing along. Their song list includes several decades of wonderful artists including America, Stones, Neil Young, Beatles, Steely Dan, The Who and many more.

Then at 9:00 PM Saturday we will have two bands performing. First “The Untouchables” will be doing a gig in The Ellicottville Brewing Company. “The Untouchables”, a four-piece band from Bemus Point does a neat blend of R&B, Oldies, R&R, Classic Soul plus a wide range of other music styles in a very entertaining way. Their last EBC SHOW was one of the best.

Also at 9:00 PM Saturday “West” will be ROCKIN The Gin Mill. This Olean Classic Rock Band has performed in Ellicottville for over fifteen years. Ron and Terry, who are the heart and soul of “West”, always put on an excellent Rock N Roll Show. Their tunes are mainly cover from the last several decades done in “True West Style”. This wonderful band has become a true Gin Mill Regular Band and that is a good thing.

Now on to Sunday, which we hope will be a better day for The Bills. Besides our wonderful All Day Classic Car Show, we will have two 2:00 PM music gigs. First “Terry Buchwald” will begin his “Elvis Impersonation Show” in our Town Park Gazebo. Poodle Skirts and slicked back hair will prevail as we all get to remember the days and music of Elvis Presley, The King of Rock & Roll.

Also at 2:00 PM Balloons will have “Breakaway” on their music stage. “Breakaway”, a five-piece rock band consisting of five very experienced musicians from several different bands has, in previous shows here, put on excellent shows. Their song list includes a very wide variety of cover tunes from the sixties through the nineties including The Monkeys, Skynyrd, 38 Special, Journey and Styx just to name a few.

WOW what a weekend, and The FUN just keeps Happenin next week with six bands playing here in our village.

First on Monday, The Gin Mill at 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 extending Madigans Rock N Roll Weekend FUN.  

Moving to 8:00 PM Wednesday we will have two shows. First 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 over twenty years is a really FUN music night in Ellicottville and The Gin Mill has it going every Wednesday.

Also at 8:00 PM Wednesday, Balloons will have “Bobby Henrie & The Goners” performing. According to their web site “Bobby Henrie & The Goners” are a three-piece group formed in 1985 that plays “authentic Rockabilly and Roots Rock N Roll in the tradition of musicians that defined the genre in 1950’s”. Balloons will be ROCKIN.

Moving to Thursday at 7:00 PM Balloons will host another traveling blues band, “The Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin Alter Boys”. Here we have a five-piece veteran Chicago Blues Band that has won several Blues Music awards and has been nominated for several more. They have traveled with and opened for and performed with several blues icons. Among them are BB King, Buddy Guy and Elvin Bishop. Balloons will be The Blues Haven This Thursday.

Then at 8:00 PM Thursday “Freddie & Friends” will be ROCKIN The Gin Mill.  This week’s version will include Freddie and RT for sure. After that we are little unsure. What we all know for sure is 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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