nightlife-ALTERNATEFriday, June 21

Gin Mill, 9 p.m.

2 Guys Drinkin’ Beer

These two guys, Ron and Terry, make music much better than drink beer, and while they hold their liquor very well, they can hold their own with the best musicians you’ll ever see. Covering all your favorite styles and songs, these veteran performers love to entertain and it shows!

Balloons, 7 p.m.

Caitlin Koch & The Jamie 

Moses Band

This sultry soprano from Orchard Park, N.Y., has made quite splash with her appearances on TV’s “American Idol” and “X Factor USA,” and sings regularly with Buffalo area stalwarts Jamie Moses Band. A dynamic vocalist like Caitlin perfectly complements the band’s pop, R & B , and rock groove and takes it to the next level.



Saturday, June 22

Gin Mill, 9 p.m.

3 Easy Pieces

This quartet — Martin, Jim, Roger and Warren — from Salamanca, Jamestown and Warren, Pa., area and are frequent performers here. Their show is always first rate, playing what they call “Southern Fried Boogie-Billy,” which sounds like high-energy, classic Southern rock and blues, and it also sounds like a great time!

Balloons, 6 p.m.

The Other Side of 


Calling themselves a “rock triumvirate,” these three very accomplished Buffalo area musicians play the way a rock trio should … tight, precise drumming, melodious bass lines, and that just-right mix of lead and rhythm guitar a la Cream or Grand Funk Railroad.

Silver Fox, 7 p.m.

The Haybalers

The band is back for the warm summer months with their unique compositions of “hill country soul” ranging from old school country to honky-tonk to “straight ahead driving bluegrass.” The Haybalers have shared the stage with acts like the Avett Brothers, Peter Rowan trio, John McEuen (of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band fame) and more.

Madigan’s Upstairs, 10 p.m.

Goodbye Dawn

This five-piece band’s sole mission is “to rock!” Their contemporary music of the ‘80s, ‘90s and today’s hits promotes a fun atmosphere with danceable songs by artists like Muse, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and Flo-Rida. Heads up … some of these songs do contain explicit lyrics.


Monday, June 24

Ellicottville Brewing Co

6:30 p.m.

Blue Mule

They have been the leading exponent of pure bluegrass in this area for as long as I can remember. Their interpretations of the genre’s classics combined with their own compositions and astute playing make for a memorable musical evening.

Madigan’s, 9:30 p.m.

Mondo Monday

Also known as church on Monday, the “Reverend” Shad and the “Deacon” Dan convert you to their raucous religion of sick shtick and musical mayhem, using both cover and original song structures sure to make you tithe into their tip basket for the betterment of your musical soul!


Tuesday, June 25

Gin Mill, 7 p.m.

A Touch of Grae

“Red” Gray and R.P. Jones together put out some homey acoustic country, blues, folk and rock, with a lighthearted casual vibe seldom heard anymore, so come in and try to stump the band!


Wednesday, June 26

Gin Mill, 8 p.m.

Wagner & Winston

Like a steam locomotive, these two just keep chugging right along with a big train full of favorite songs done in their inimitable acoustic comfort style. So sit back and enjoy the ride!


Thursday, June 27

Gin Mill, 8 p.m.

Fred N’ Tuck

Thursday nights in EVL used to be a pretty staid, ordinary time until Freddie & Rod kicked it up a notch with their high-energy drums/acoustic guitar renderings of the best songs on earth. They even sing together very well, too, so come in and please … don’t leave!