There is no better way to spend a September weekend than listening to live music and strolling through a collection of cool automobiles. That’s what Rock and Roll Weekend in Ellicottville, presented by Northtown Auto, is all about.
Friday, Sept. 15
The weekend starts Friday night, Sept. 15 with the finale of Ellicottville’s Stroll the Streets. The shops are open and the streets are full of great family-friendly activities. You never know what to expect. You may encounter stilt walkers, henna tattoo artists, maybe event giant soap bubbles or balloon sculpture artists. There is even a movie at the Village Gazebo. The Stroll runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and the movie starts at 8 p.m.
Madigan’s hosts Ellicottville favorites, Party Squad. in their green bar Friday night at 6. Party Squad is made up of Buffalo Music Hall of Fame members and is regionally one of the most recognized and respected bands playing.
At 7 on Friday night, Darkwater Duo will be on the mainstage at Balloons. The band, usually just a duo but occasionally has others sitting in, plays some great acoustic mix covers of familiar songs. They are quickly building a following with their fun style.
Finnerty’s gets into the mix for their first year as a part of Rock and Roll Weekend with Gregg Sansone at 8 p.m. A member of the Buffalo Music Awards Hall of Achievement, Gregg is known for his ability to create a full-band sound from his keyboard, producing not only a unique one-man show but a performance that will have you up and dancing. His music ranges from acoustic pieces to jazz and blues, alternative and classic rock, even a bit of country and Celtic rock.
Perennial watering spot for Ellicottville, The Gin Mill, will host 2 Guys Drinkin’ Beer at 9 p.m. The acoustic duo brings great music and fun to the show every time they perform.
Villaggio will host Kickstart Rumble at 9 p.m. Kickstart plays originals that range in sound from the early days of Rock and Roll to modern rockabilly and pop punk. They also play covers ranging from Elvis to Reverend Horton Heat, Buddy Holly, and the Stray Cats. According to their website, “[T]his isn’t the 50’s and neither are we, so don’t expect to be sitting down or having a cup of tea.”
Saturday, Sept. 16
The music continues Saturday with an 80s party band at The Winery of Ellicottville Mainstage on Monroe Street. The band will be playing the tunes that made the music of the 1980s so special. The party starts at 1 p.m. on the north side of Monroe Street, right in front of The Winery of Ellicottville.
Finnerty’s keeps things going at 3 p.m. with The Carl Motyka Band. The ensemble plays rock from the 1950s to now, but specializes in the stuff that will have you dancing and reminiscing. These guys play everything from The Beatles to Lynyrd Skynyrd to Journey, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, and many more.
East Aurora’s party band, Never Ben, takes to the Madigan’s stage at 6 p.m. Playing music from the 1960s to today, these musicians will be what you’re looking for when it comes to some of the classics. Never Ben covers tunes from Led Zeppelin, The Who, Kings of Leon, even U2 and Lenny Kravitz, all with the occasional country and reggae sound mixed in.
Balloons keeps things rolling with Hayden Fogel on stage at 6 p.m. Fogel is a 17-year-old blues guitar prodigy that was immersed into the spotlight when none other than Buddy Guy invited him to play on stage at a show in Buffalo. He and his band have been named one of the top three blues bands in the region by the ALL WNY Music Awards. The show will be one not to miss!
At 8, just down the street at Ellicottville Brewing Company, The Untouchables will perform. These guys will entertain you with some great rhythm and blues, oldies rock and roll, classic soul and much more. After two decades of performing in Western New York and Pennsylvania, they know how to command a stage.
Villaggio will wrap up Saturday with DNR on Tap at 9 p.m. DNR is a four-piece band that plays familiar rock and blues from the 1970s to today’s hits.
At the same time, Live ‘N’ Kickin’ will be playing at The Gin Mill. The Buffalo-based trio performs their usual high-energy, danceable rock and roll, with just a bit of country mixed in.
Sunday, Sept. 17
Sunday features the annual car show. Washington, Jefferson, and Monroe Streets will all be closed as over 250 cars and trucks will be on display. Bring the kids out to see autos from the early 1900s to today. Some military vehicles will also be on display.
At 2 p.m., head over to the gazebo for internationally renown Elvis impersonator, Terry Buchwald. You may want to get there early. His shows have a habit of running short of space pretty quick. After Elvis leaves the gazebo, Terry transforms himself into Garth Brooks and continues to entertain the audience. It is an experience that you have to experience.
All the fun starts Friday, Sept. 15 and continues until 5 p.m. on Sunday.