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Checking Out The Tunes & Other Stuff in Ellicottville Sept 21-27

By: Robby & Sherman Wilkens

After one of the best and most FUN Rock N Oldies, or what we now call Rock N Roll Weekend here in Ellicottville, we now move on towards and look forward to Fall Festival, our next really FUN Festival weekend. Great weather brought in over three hundred cars to The Classic Car Show, the highlight of Rock N Roll Weekend. So as we move into fall, Ellicottville continues to be really a FUN place to visit or, better yet, live.

Before we get too engrossed in fall, we probably should take advantage of the nice weather sill have with a round or two of golf. Both Elkdale Country Club and Holiday Valley are still in excellent shape. All you need to do is call either course, make a Tee time then get out and enjoy what is left of the great season we’ve had.

So here we go on next week, which, music wise, appears to be in the same league as last week. However, the band numbers are back to normal for this time of year. Starting today, Friday September 21, 2012 through Thursday September 27, 2012, we will have nine Bands, two DJ’s, several All-Week Sound System Music Events plus the great food and beverage specials offered by Ellicottville’s wonderful clubs and restaurants. All of which, will give us a reason to get out and enjoy the first week of fall.

Like we have done the last few weeks, here are some thoughts on good places to visit that will be music free. We begin with Tips Up Cafe. Here we have a wonderful restaurant located on Washington Street. That, 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 an excellent dinner as part of a really neat night out on the town.

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.

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 chicken entries are great.

One of the Sound System events will take place in The Depot, which will be open Friday through Sunday. Along with their pizza and wing specials, The Depot’s Super Sound System will again be playing the tunes of “The Rolling Stones” and “AC/DC”.

Our band parade begins at 7:00 PM Friday night in Balloons with “The Jony James Band”. Jony James, a veteran “Buffalo Blues Icon” who has been doing regular blues gigs in and around Buffalo for years will have his three-piece band with him for this gig. As his website says and we have said in the past, Jony’s music is overflowing with soul that drips down from his hands onto his guitar. It then pours out through his weathered, leathery voice telling vivid tales of a tumultuous life. Following “Jony James” DJ John Barry will keep the party rolling with his LIVE Personality Show-Off Show from Balloons Sound & Light Booth. John’s show, as always, will include a very FUN & danceable selection of tunes along with LIVE chatter/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, as we know, is also part of “The Far Out Band” a regular Gin Mill Thursday band, will be a solo act for this show. Like he always does, he will create another, FUN, acoustic Gin Mill Night of Music. 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.

Moving to Saturday the music begins just after 4:00 PM in Kabobs Kafe with “Bruce Dominessy” doing his “Me, Myself & I” acoustic jazzy solo gig. Like we all know, this is an easy listening and great way to kick off your Saturday evening. Just stop in Kabob’s Kafe, enjoy the music with a cocktail and a great Kabob’s Kafe Dinner. 

Then at 6:00 PM Saturday, Balloons will have “Sky” on their music stage. It has been over a year since this wonderful Balloons regular band has been here. Their music is cover classic to pop rock from the fifties to today. Dave and Sherri Hackett, the heart and soul of “Sky”, do excellent versions of tunes by Heart, Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Eagles and Neil Young, plus many more. We are in for another excellent Balloons show. Following “Sky” “DJ Chatty Frank Watson”, “The FUN Party Monster”, will have his antenna adjusted. This will allow him to display his innovative party continuation plan along with trend setting chit/chat and neat tune selection till close.

Returning to 9:00 PM Saturday, there will be two gigs. First The Gin Mill will have “The Smarty Jones & Friends Band” back on their music stage.  As we saw earlier this year, RT and a couple of his friends have formed this very interesting band. The show this three-piece group does includes many classic to country rock tunes done in a very audience involved and friendly style that will have The Gin Mill Music Lovin Crowd Bopin & Wevin to the music of this really FUN band.

Also at 9:00 PM Saturday The PUB in Great Valley will have Fuzzy Smith and “The Two Hour Notice Band” in House. This veteran Olean Band, that years ago included RT Live, is now a four-piece cover classic rock band playing a tune list that includes AC/DC to ZZ Top and everything in between. You will hear Billy Joel. Bob Seger, Blackfoot, Brian Adams plus many more. This band will have The PUB Rockin.

After another Bills win over Cleveland, we hope, on Sunday, we move on 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.
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” version of “Freddie & Friends” will be back ROCKIN The Gin Mill.  “The FAR Out Band”, which as we know is “The Fred And RT OUTstanding Band”, with Freddie on bongos and vocals and RT on guitar and vocals. Again, we will get to hear tunes with an excellent country to southern rock sound. Thereby creating another excellent Gin Mill Night of Music.
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