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Checking Out The Tunes & Other Stuff in Ellicottville Sept 28-Oct 4

By: Robby & Sherman Wilkens

As September comes to an end, and October begins, our summer time weather appears to be exiting also. We are one week away from Fall Festival, which usually is a really FUN weekend. So when the weather cooperates lets get out and enjoy what is left of summer with a round of golf or a bike ride. For golf, just call either Holiday Valley or Elkdale Country Club make a Tee time. Then get out and enjoy what golf is all about. For a bike ride, pick up a trail map in any of our local outdoor stores. With all the beautiful scenery in our neighborhood it should be easy to plan an enjoyable ride.

Now on to “What’s Happinin” in Ellicottville this next week. Starting today Friday September 28, 2012 through Thursday October 4, 2012 we will have twelve Bands, three DJ’s, several Sound System Music Events plus all the really great food and beverage specials taking place in our wonderful clubs and eating establishments.

Like we do most weeks, here are a few suggestions for FUN that doesn’t include music. First, The Depot will only be open Friday and Sunday. They will be closed for a private party on Saturday. Yes, their pizza and wing specials will be there, especially on Sunday for Depot Football Sunday.

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.

Our weekly live music parade begins at 7:00 PM Friday in Balloons with “Only Humen” Humanizing Balloons music loving crowd. “Only Humen”, a Balloons Regular Band for over fifteen years, is another of the best classic rock cover bands we get to see here in Ellicottville. Making their music even better is the temporary return of Reverend Mick Hayes on guitar and vocals. This show will draw a crowd so plan on arriving early.

Following “Only Humen” “Personable DJ John Barry” will be doing his really neat “Personality Show-Off Show” LIVE from Balloons Sound & Light Booth. Neat danceable tunes and very entertaining Chitter/Chatter are what this show is all about.

Returning to 9:00 PM Friday, we will have two gigs taking place. First The Gin Mill will have “Two Guys Drinking Beer” on stage. Ron and Terry, the two guys from “West” are truly talented and excellent musicians. They will create a very FUN acoustic music party night with their good tunes and general silliness that always accompanies “The Two Guys” when they do their Gin Mill Gig. As always, remember The Gin Mill serves their excellent and reasonably priced menu 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 will not only get to hear “DJ Felony’s” neat selection of tunes, they will also be offered a chance to be part of The Karaoke Show or just kick back and enjoy The FUN PUB Times “DJ Felony” creates.

Moving to Saturday at 5:00 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. 

Then at 6:00 PM Saturday Balloons will have a new band for Ellicottville, “The Soul Barons” in house. From their web site, “The Soul Barons” feature a collection of five experienced and stage tested musicians, playing a wide variety of crowd pleasing songs from Classic Rock to Oldies, Blues to Alternative and more”. Balloons is in for another FUN Saturday of music. Following “The Soul Barons”, “DJ Flakey Frank Watson”, “The Party Monster” will display his innovative plan of party continuation from Balloons Sound & Light Booth. Franks’ plan also includes trend setting and danceable tunes plus FUN chit/chat till close, or when “The Disoriented DJ Home” picks him up.

Returning to 6:30 PM Saturday, Madigans will be hosting The Roller Derby Fundraiser, which will feature three bands. First, beginning at 6:30 PM “Buster Gentle” will take the stage. Then at 8:00 PM “Infinity Ball” will do a gig. DecaXdence will follow up at 9:30 PM playing until 10:30 PM. From their websites, all three of these bands appear to focus on both cover and original Heavy Rock. After listening to their music on the Internet, Madigans is in for an excellent Hard Rockin Saturday night.

Returning to 9:00 PM Saturday, The Gin Mill will host an Ellicottville new band,  “Three Easy Pieces”. While the band is new you will recognize two of the members, RT Live and Freddie Joseph. The addition of Jeff, their choice of music and name change qualifies them as new. We believe their choice of music will be more of a country flavor. Again, we will have another really FUN Gin Mill Saturday Music Night.

Also at 9:00 PM Saturday The PUB in Great Valley will have “Roll The Dice”, a local retro, classic rock to country band in house. Their music, consisting of everything from the Rock A Billy era through the eighties, has a bit of a country sound or twist. The interesting combination of music they produce will, as always, add to the FUN Happenin in The PUB this Saturday

After, what we hope will be a Sunday Bills win over New England, we move on to next week. It all begins in The Gin Mill with the excellent “All U Can Eat Spaghetti” dinner for only $6.99. “Country Connor, The Crash Dummy,” creates more good times with his neat selection of country tunes played through The Gin Mills’ Sound System. 

Monday’s music becomes complete at 10:00 PM Sharp with Madigans Church on Monday. Deacon Dan and Reverend Jack will be ROCKIN their loyal, following & fans with another night of original Honky Tonk to Rock-A-Billy tunes done in their FUN and entertaining way. Therefore, another Unique Madigans Night of Music will happen.

Wednesday at 8:00 PM The Gin Mill will have a bit of a change, music wise. Yes Joe Wagner will be there. However, this week, like last week, Freddie Joseph and Retro Lil Joey will join Joe. The music will still be the folk to southern rock tunes that Joe and John have done so well for many years. So stop by The Gin Mill this Wednesday and enjoy the music, wings and all around good times that always happin in The Gin Mill.

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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