nightlife-ALTERNATEFriday, May 31

Gin Mill, 9 p.m.

RT Live

RT (Rod Tucker) won’t be alone tonight. He’ll be accompanied by his favorite (and only) percussionist, Freddie Joseph, for a good-time Friday night musical experience. The vibe tonight is a bit looser than on Thursdays, and they sometimes premier new stuff, too … totally spontaneous and unrehearsed!

Balloons, 7 p.m.

Blues Child

A powerhouse Buffalo-area quintet previously nominated in the best “crossover” category (meaning they can play just about anything), they perform an eclectic mix of blues, classic rock, R&B and party tunes.

Saturday, June 1

Gin Mill, 9 p.m.


Always a Gin Mill favorite, Zephyr performs great, classic party rock. This regional favorite is quite popular around here, and has quite an extensive song list of classic rock favorites to keep you on the dance floor. Their followers are called “Zephyrheads.”

Balloons, 6 p.m.

Paul Briandi Allstar Band

Led by lead singer Paulie “Blues” Briandi, this five-piece group is filled with Buffalo band veterans that play very danceable blues, R&B and classic rock, and also has horns and keyboards to round out the great arrangements of your favorites.

Monday, June 3

Madigan’s, 9:30 p.m.

Mondo Monday

Church on Monday? Only in Ellicottville, my friends! The Reverend & The Deacon keep the faithful fulfilled with their style of self-composed, hip musical doctrine that entertains and renews at the same time. Tired of sin? Come in!

Tuesday, June 4

Gin Mill, 7 p.m. 

A Touch of Grae

“Red” Gray and R.P. Jones together put out some fine acoustic country, blues, folk and rock. Red will even solicit song requests from the audience, so come on in and try to stump him!

Wednesday, June 5

Gin Mill, 8 p.m.

Wagner & Winston

Joe and John will be celebrating their anniversary this week — 30 years at The Gin Mill on Wednesdays nights will officially be celebrated next Saturday, June 8. Joe & John’s “acoustic comfort music” has figured prominently in their longevity and success here. More info coming in next week’s edition.

Thursday, June 6

Gin Mill, 8 p.m.

Fred & Tuck

Those “dude kings,” Freddie & Rod entertain you every Thursday night with an exciting mix of new and old favorites covering all genres, usually joined by Joey D., EVL’s “king of culinary percussion” on spoons.