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HV Returns as Summer Music Fest Presenting Sponsor


The white of the winter season is fading and the Green Season has started to come into its own. With it, thoughts have started to turn to the first weekend in July. From July 1 to 3, Holiday Valley will once again be the venue for national-act concerts for the Ellicottville Summer Music Festival.

“The Summer Music Festival is such a great way to kick off the summer with great music on the open stage. It’s a chance to relax and enjoy the summer evenings along with good food and good friends,” says Dennis Eshbaugh, president of Holiday Valley Resort.

Not only does Holiday Valley host the concerts on the golf course, at the base of Cindy’s Run, but they are a long-time Presenting Sponsor of the event.

“Holiday Valley is an integral part to the success of this annual event,” Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce executive director, Brian McFadden, said. “Through Holiday Valley’s continued financial support, we are able to offer great shows in one of the region’s best venues, with a great view. We are pleased to have their support for another year. The continued use of Holiday Valley’s resort complex has allowed us to keep costs low and continue to offer great prices, even children 12 and under free!”

The 2016 Summer Music Festival will kick off Friday night, July 1, with a luau at the Holiday Valley Main Lodge. A full menu will be served by the skilled staff of Holiday Valley’s food service department.  The Mardi Gras lift will also be in operation for those who want to get a breathtaking view of the valley that we call home.

At 7 p.m., the first concert of the weekend gets started. The opener is yet to be determined but to follow that act, Rusted Root will be taking the stage. Known for blending acoustic rock sounds with percussion of world beats to make for one of the most unique sounds in the music industry today, Rusted Root draws from African, Latin and even Native American beats, the band mixes spiritual themes from various faiths.

Saturday night, as some of the best-known heroes and villains run throughout the village and resort, the Buffalo Philharmonic will be playing their music, culminating in a patriotic display of fireworks choreographed to the music of the Orchestra. The performance starts at 8 p.m.

On Sunday, after more than three decades together, 38 Special will be live and on stage. Known for such hits as “Hold On Loosely,” “Second Chance,” “Caught Up in You,” and “Back Where You Belong.” Before 38 Special takes the stage, Buffalo’s own Caitlin Koch makes a return to the Summer Music Stage. Koch, now a Nashville recording artist, was featured on Simon Cowell’s production “The X Factor USA” on Fox network in 2011.

For ticket information, or sponsorship opportunities, contact the Ellicottville Chambers of Commerce at (716)699-5046 or email

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