nightlife-ALTERNATEFriday, May 17

Gin Mill, 9 p.m.

RT Live

Rod is usually paired with Freddie, but tonight he’s doing his solo thing. (Freddie is actually playing with Rod’s dad, Dave, in his revived “Nip & Tuck” band in Holland.) Rod covers many eras and genres, and his guitar playing is always superb, if not a little aggressive (he often breaks strings), and his vocal talents are quite good as well.

Balloons, 7 p.m.

The Skiffle Minstrels

You won’t see very many groups like this. Skiffle is a mongrel musical blend of jazz, blues and folk which had its roots in 1920s America (some call it urban bluegrass), which had a big revival in England in the mid ‘50s. John Lennon’s first group, The Quarrymen, were basically a skiffle group. Their use of nontraditional instruments makes this music even more fun and unique.


Saturday, May 18

Gin Mill, 9 p.m. 

Live & Kickin’

One of the Gin Mill’s favorite regular bands for over a decade, this trio from the Buffalo area play high energy and very danceable rock and classic rock, with a little bit of country, too. Come in and see why they keep filling the dance floor.

Balloons, 6 p.m. 


A superb Buffalo area quintet led by lead singer Johnny Feelgood, they perform tasteful covers of everyone’s favorites including classic, southern, hard rock and blues. Formed in 2008, all the members each have 20-plus years of “gigging,” so you’ll get a very professional show.

The Pub, 9 p.m.


This local band from Salamanca is a real family affair. Consisting of dad Dan and sons Dane and Anton, they perform both covers and originals from rock to country to blues and alternative, as well.


Monday, May 20

Madigan’s, 9:30 p.m.

Mondo Monday

Shad Nowicki (The “Reverend”) and “The Deacon” are back to convert newcomers and keep the congregation fulfilled with their brand of self-penned, hip, madcap musical doctrine that always entertains and brings a smile to your face … and may the Mondo be with you!


Wednesday, May 22

Gin Mill, 8 p.m.

Wagner & Winston

After a winter sabbatical in northern New Mexico, vocalist/guitarist John Winston returns to Wings & Wagner Wednesday. These two have been musical partners for almost a decade, and go together like bacon and eggs. Joe and John’s repertoire is real “comfort music” that everyone knows and loves. Welcome back, John!


Thursday, May 21

Gin Mill, 8 p.m.

Fred & Tuck

Whatever you call these two guys, you can’t call them boring! Freddie Joseph & Rod Tucker have honed their repertoire to bring out the most recognizable and danceable songs to maximize your Thursday night EVL experience. So, come on in and “DON’T LEAVE!”

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