Checking Out The Tunes & Other Stuff in Ellicottville Nov. 30 – Dec 6, 2012
December is about to begin and hopefully we will see soon a beginning to our Ski Season. The weather was leaning toward cooperation because we had a pretty good cold spell after Thanksgiving. However, we are projected to have another return to warmer temperatures this weekend. We will just have to wait and see. Holiday Valley’s snow guns are tuned and were roaring this past week. Hopefully, they will be again next week.
Our music and other FUN Stuff is also primed and ready to go, which we hope will bring on an early start to ski season. So lets take a look at what is about to happen. For the week beginning Friday November 30, 2012 through Thursday December 6, 2012 we will have eight Bands, three DJ’s, several All Week Sound System Music Events, one Irish Christmas Party and one Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce Christmas Party. In addition to the line up just mentioned, you may wish to check out the advertising on the adjoining pages of this fine newspaper for some more neat places to dine and have FUN in and around Ellicottville.
The Depot, being one of those places, will be open Friday through Sunday with their sound system going along with great ski and boarding movies. So, as Moose says, “if food liquor and laughter are what you are after, The Depot is your place to gather”.
The fun and games of this weekend will kick off at 6:00 PM this Friday with “The Irish Christmas Party” hosted by Bob McCarthy. This super event will take place in and in front of The Gin Mill for the benefit of The Family Support for Ellicottville. All the proceeds will go to families in need from our area during this holiday season. So besides monetary donations please bring unwrapped children’s toys to donate. Also included will be a live auction, a Raffle of an Irish Whiskey Basket, provided by Dom’s Butcher Shop and wonderful Irish Christmas music performed by “Jerry Dixon” who is the brother of a very well known Irish Ellicottville Character, “Noel Dixon”.
“The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce Christmas Party” will also take place at 6:00 PM Friday in Holiday Valley’s Tannenbaum Lodge. This is a ticketed event that all are invited to attend. The entertainment will be provided by “The Brother2Brother Band”, a very talented five-piece veteran band with a passion for the groove. Their song list covers several generations and music styles including Billy Joel, Sting and The Doobie Brothers plus many more.
Then at 7:00PM Friday Balloons will host “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” we will welcome the return of “Personal DJ John Barry” and his LIVE Personality Show Off Show. Most of us know John’s Balloons Show, which consists of neat danceable tunes, FUN chitter-chatter and all around goods times till close. Welcome back Mr. Barry, you have been missed.
Moving to Saturday, Balloons starts us off at 6:00 PM with “The Buddy Hinds Band”. Here we have a veteran blues rooted band with Buddy Hinds on drums, Dave Betts on guitar and Danny Mills on bass. As we said, their roots are in the blues. They have now added a party to classic rock theme to their music show. Their last Balloons gig under this new way of life was excellent. It will be another FUN music evening in Balloons this Saturday. Then as “Buddy Hinds” exits the music stage, a bus from “The Disoriented DJ Home” will arrive. “DJ Chatty Frank Watson”, Ellicottville’s totally “Flakey Party Monster”, will then be escorted into Balloons Sound & Light Booth, so he may continue the party already taking place with his all-ages friendly chatter, FUN, danceable, tune selection and totally off the wall sense of humor till close.
Returning to 9:00 PM Saturday, 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 Saturday night. Like we usually mention, The Gin Mill serves their excellent, yet reasonably priced, menu till midnight on weekends.
So after another football Sunday, when our Bills just might surprise us and win, we move on to Monday and our regular weekly FUN & GOOD TIMES.
We begin on Monday in The Gin Mill with their “All U Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner” for only $6.99. As always, “Country Connor, The Crasher”, or if you wish CCTC, will be on bar duty feeding The Gin Mill’s Sound System with excellent traditional country tunes until The Giants take on The Redskins. Then Gin Mill Football Monday will begin and run until the game ends.
Just to the east on Washington Street, at 10:00 PM Sharpe, Monday rounds out in Madigans with Church on Monday. Deacon Dan and Reverend Jack, like the last few weeks, will hopefully hook up with Bongo’s Freddie. This threesome will, as they always do, have Madigans Partiers BOPPIN, WEVEN & ROCKIN to the beat of their original Honky Tonk to Rock-A-Billy tunes. Thereby, making Madigans a very neat place to visit this and every Monday night.
The Wednesday gig of this week will begin at 8:00 PM in The Gin Mill with “Joe Wagner” and hopefully “John Winston” doing their Traditional to almost Retro Folk to Southern Rock Acoustic Music Show. As has happened the last few weeks, Freddie and Retro Lil Joey should join in helping them create an even better and more retro Gin Mill Wednesday Night of Music. This show is, and always has been, the best.
The week becomes complete with two 8:00 PM Thursday gigs. First The Gin Mill will have “Freddie & Friends” doing their weekly version of what used to be the Weekly Notice Band. The music will be Classic to Country Rock. Just who will be performing won’t be known until they start the gig. What we know for sure, Thursday The Gin Mill will be ROCKIN.
Also at 8:00 PM Thursday The PUB in Great Valley will have “DJ Felony” along with his Karaoke Show back for another really FUN gig. This neat show gives The PUB Patrons two options. You may be part of the show or just kick back and enjoy the music produced by this neat show and The Local FUN PUB Good Times.