By: Robby & Sherman Wilkens

With one of the more wonderful, weather-wise, Labor Day Weekends behind us we can start looking forward to “Rock N Roll Festival” as the next really FUN filled weekend happening here in Ellicottville. Since we have had no taste of foul fall weather, the really good golf weather is in total control. Therefore, let’s take advantage of our extended summer by getting out and enjoying the really great & FUN golf times available at both Holiday Valley’s Double Black Diamond Course and Elkdale Country Club. Make a call to either location, set up a tee time, then get out ENJOY the wonderful late summer and fall golf experience both clubs offer.

Now on to “What’s Happinin” in Ellicottville’s entertainment department this coming week. Starting today Friday September 7, 2012 through Thursday September 13, 2012 we will have nine Bands, two DJ’s, several Sound System Music Events plus all the really great food and beverage specials taking place in our wonderful clubs and eating establishment here in our really FUN village and surrounding locations.

Like we do most weeks, here are a few suggestions for FUN that doesn’t include music. First, The Depot will continue with their summer hours, which are Thursday through Saturday. Yes, their pizza and wing specials will be there. So as Moose says, “If Food, Liquor, & Laughter are what you are after, The Ellicottville Depot is your place”.

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. Their lamb chops are the best.

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.

One more item before we get rolling, The PUB in Great Valley will again be offering any and all visitors their wonderful, reasonably priced food and beverages plus their local, friendly & FUN GOOD PUB TIMES.

Our music kicks off at 7:00 PM Friday in Balloons with “The Stevie Project” in house. Joseph Michael Mahfoud, who is “The Stevie Project”, does a really fine tribute show celebrating the music of “Stevie Ray Vaughan”. Besides the excellent cover tunes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Mr. Mahfoud will do several more tunes that are referred to as “Smokin Blues”. Therefore, if The Blues are high on your list of FUN things, Balloons will be the place to be this Friday. Following “The Stevie Project”, “Personable DJ John Barry” will take over with his very friendly, LIVE, “Personality Show Off Show” from Balloons Sound & Light Booth. As always, John’s LIVE Show will include a neat danceable selection of tunes, plus interesting and FUN conversation 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 fish fry, The Gin Mill is the place. They serve their excellent, reasonably priced, menu till midnight on weekends.

Moving to Saturday the music begins at 4:00 PM in Kabobs Kafe with “Bruce Dominessy” doing his “Me, Myself & I” solo acoustic jazzy gig. Like we said last week, this is an easy listening and a very neat 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 “Critt’s Juke Joint” will begin Balloons Saturday FUN Music Party. Eric Crittenden, a well-known, multitalented, Buffalo musician, is the leader of this five piece alternative, funk to jazz band. Their music, according to their web site, is a unique blend of alternative, funk to jazz. They plan to lay down plenty of funky soul groves & jams as tasty and varied as Balloons Wonderful Menu. Following “Critt’s Juke Joint” “DJ Flakey Frank Watson”, “Ellicottville’s Original Party Monster” will be in Balloons Sound & Light Booth. Again this week his pass from “The Disoriented DJ Home” will be in place, allowing him to display his innovative plan of party continuation along with trend setting chit-chat and FUN tune selection till close.

Then at 9:00 PM The Gin Mill will have “The Joe Wagner Band” in house. Like last July, this will be the four-piece version of this great band, featuring Gary Boldt on lead guitar and Stuart Shapiro on drums plus Joe Wagner and John Winston. We will get to hear a more up-beat and neat sounding version of what we get to hear on Wednesday. It will still be the wonderful selection of folk to southern rock tunes they do so well. The addition of Gary and Stuart will create even more Gin Mill Good Music Times.

We now move to Monday beginning in The Gin Mill with their “All U Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner” for only $6.99. As always, “Country Connor, The Crash Dummy” will be on bar duty feeding The Gin Mill’s Sound System with excellent traditional country tunes that will make this wonderful Gin Mill Dinner Special even better.
The first band show of the new week, “Brews & Bluegrass”, begins at 6:30 PM Monday in The Ellicottville Brewing Company featuring music by “The Blue Mule Band”. Bluegrass with heart performed in this excellent five-piece band’s interesting way will, for sure, make for a FUN Music Evening in The Ellicottville Brewing Company. Monday rounds out at 10:00 PM Sharp with Madigans Church on Monday. Reverend Jack along with Deacon Dan will be ROCKIN their loyal following with another night of original Honky Tonk to Rock-A-Billy tunes done in their FUN and entertaining way. Therefore, another Unique Madigans Music Night will happenMoving 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. As we all know, this Gin Mill Tradition of well over twenty years is one of the best and most FUN music nights in Ellicottville and The Gin Mill has it going every Wednesday. Then at 8:00 PM Thursday “The FAR Out” version of “Freddie & Friends” will be ROCKIN The Gin Mill.  “The FAR Out Band”, which is “The Fred And RT OUTstanding Band” with Freddie on bongos and vocals and RT on guitar and vocals. As we all know, we will hear tunes with an excellent country to southern rock sound, which will create another excellent Gin Mill Night of Music.

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