After another Fall Festival that was well attended, Ellicottville will now look forward to the start of Ski Season. With the moist weather we had for last week’s festival, it won’t be too difficult to think snow. Hopefully, golf will still be still on many of our minds. Even with more fall like weather predicted for this weekend, both Holiday Valley and Elkdale Country Club are open for business. Just call either place, make a Tee time, then get and enjoy what is left of our Great Golf Good Times.
Now on to the music and other FUN stuff happening here in our neighborhood. Starting today Friday October 12, 2012 through Thursday October 18, 2012, we will have ten Bands, two DJ’s, several sound system music events plus all the food and drink specials offered by the excellent clubs and restaurants here in The Ellicottville area for us all to be a part of and enjoy. One more thing, Hoagies will be doing their annual Ellicottville Food Pantry support drive beginning at 9:00 AM This Sunday. Bring any non-perishable food items or money to Hoagies to help support our Food Pantry.
As we usually do before we get started, here is a quick note on several music free locations that are quite neat places to visit. 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 service is great.
Returning to just south of the Village, The Depot will have their normal wonderful specials happening along with neat Rock N Roll music flowing through sound system. All of this will be leading to The Depot’s SPOOKY TIME OF YEAR.
Our weeks’ music begins at 7:00 PM Friday in Balloons with “The Boneshakers Band”. Many of you will remember this excellent, veteran, six-piece band as “The Boneshakers Blues Band”. On their web site, the blues are still mentioned. However their music is now described as Blues to Classic Rock with some R&B, Country and Country Rock thrown in the mix. This should be a neat music night in Balloons this Friday. After “The Bone Shakers” “Personal DJ John Barry” will take over from Balloons Sound & Light Booth with his LIVE Personality Show-Off Show. John’s show includes a FUN, danceable selection of tunes and interesting Chit/Chat 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. Like always when billed, as “RT Live” RT will be a solo act creating a FUN acoustic Gin Mill Music Night. For those of you who enjoy a later meal, especially a great fish fry. Remember, The Gin Mill serve their excellent, reasonably priced, menu till midnight on weekends.
Moving to Saturday the music begins just after 5:00 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 host a performance by “NY2LA” or if you wish “New York To LA”. This four-piece, twenty plus year veteran band played here last June. They do a very high-energy version of Classic Rock in a style that is unique to them. Their tune list includes both cover and original and, as we said, includes a style unique to them. Check out Balloons this Saturday to enjoy a really FUN night of music. Following “NY2LA”, we will see a large yellow bus from The Disoriented DJ Home arrive. The attendant will place “DJ Flakey Frank Watson” in Balloons Sound & Light Booth. Frank will then take over the party all ready in place with his really FUN conversation and neat, danceable selection of tunes till close.
We will have two 9:00 PM gigs this Saturday. First, The Gin Mill will have “The Powerplay Band” in house captivating The Gin Mill’s Music Loving Crowd. This four-piece High Energy Buffalo band was here last August playing neat versions of Classic Rock, Blues to Disco in an entertaining way. They created a great and classy live music show by combining many popular styles that had The Gin Mills Dance Floor full and very busy all night long. We expect much more of the same this Saturday night.
Also at 9:00m 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 Times Happenin in The PUB this Saturday.
WOW what a weekend, and The FUN just keeps Rollin next week with four bands playing here in our village through Thursday.
First on Monday, The Gin Mill at 6:00 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 Weekend FUN.
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. More than likely Freddie and Retro Lil Joey will also join in. As we all know, this Gin Mill Tradition of over twenty plus years is a really great music night in Ellicottville and The Gin Mill has it happenin every Wednesday.
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 and probably Retro Lil Joey. After that we are a 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 and really FUN Gin Mill Music Night & Show.