nightlife-ALTERNATEBy Freddie Joseph

Friday, August 23

Gin Mill, 9 p.m.

RT & FJ Live

Yes, it’s the same group, different day … Freddie & Rod change their clothes and their billing, but NOT their great selection of music for this Friday-night-start-your-weekend gig. It’s a great vibe no matter what day you hear this eclectic duo.

Balloons, 7 p.m.

Bone Dog Daddies

These boys from Ashville, N.Y. (just south of Chautauqua Lake) bring in some Americana instrumentation for their fun-loving blues, folk and acoustic rock repertoire. Refreshingly down-home for a Friday night here in EVL.


Saturday, August 24

Gin Mill, 9

Power Play

This group has been a Gin Mill regular for years, and now after some personnel changes, their classic rock song list has been refreshed with new material to showcase the new members’ talents.

Balloons, 6 p.m.

Midlife Crisis

This quartet calls themselves Buffalo and WNY’s newest dance/classic rock party band. A highly energetic group, they play a mix of blues and classic rock, with some original compositions to round out their repertoire.

Silver Fox, 7 p.m.

Paul DeRitter Duo

Paul is a local veteran educator and performer (trumpet) who, along with his pianist, plays and sings smooth jazz, standards and the great American songbook better than anyone else in this area, making for perfect music for dining and dancing.


Monday, August 26

Madigan’s, 9:30 p.m.

Mondo Monday

You’re one day late, but this “church” is open to save you from the ordinary live music experience you may be used to. After just one time, the “Rev. Shad” will convert you to his orthodox schlock and you’ll be born again, brother!

Ellicottville Brewing

Co., 6:30 p.m.

Blue Mule

For my money, this bluegrass combo is the best practitioner of the genre in this area … period. Come in and try some great local brew and listen to the best!


Tuesday, August 27

Gin Mill, 7 p.m.

The Twobadours

These two … troubadours weave their down-home, laid-back style into every song they do. The old saying “less is more” really does apply to the approach Messrs. Gray and Brown take to their music.


Wednesday, August 28

Gin Mill, 8 p.m.

Wagner & Winston

A record-breaking performer (longest steady weekly gig in North America ), Joe and longtime partner John Winston have defined mid-week music here in EVL. Performing all your favorites in their acoustic comfort style, they  keep the night warm and the wings HOT!


Thursday, August 29

Gin Mill, 8 p.m.

Fred & Tuck

The Dude Kings, Freddie & Rod may be a duo, but at times sound like a bigger band. They like to kick it up a notch, especially in the second set, so if you’re there early, please don’t leave!