nightlife-ALTERNATEby Fred Joseph

Friday, October 4

Gin Mill, 9 p.m.

RT & FJ Live

Same group, different day. Freddie and Rod change their clothes and billing, but NOT their great selection of music for this Friday night start-your-weekend-gig. It’s a cool vibe no matter what day you hear them.

Holiday Valley Main

Lodge, 8 p.m.

Witches Brew (show only)

Enchante Cabaret presents a great night of Halloween entertainment – tickets are still availble for the show only at the door for $25 per person.

Balloons, 7 p.m.

The Head Honchos

This driving, blues-based quartet comes to us from Chicago and features a father & son guitar pairing of Rocco Calipari Sr. and Jr. They love their blues originals and covers, with some appropriate classic rock thrown in to keep things lively and edgy.


Saturday, October 5

Pumpkinville, Noon

Laura Daniels, WJYE Radio (96.1 Joy FM

Come join Laura as she spins your favorites during a live remote broadcast from Pumpkinville.

Gin Mill, 9 p.m.


Local rock icon Zephyr performs great classic party rock and has an extensive song list of classic rock favorites, with a few surprises thrown in. Are you a “Zephyrhead”?

The Barn, 9 p.m.

Ashton Hollow 

This acoustic, reduced version of the Buffalo-area contemporary country quintet presents a tight show, doing covers and originals, along with great vocal talent.

The Pub, 9 p.m.

Roll the Dice

Classic rock and modern country done the right way, these guys (and Michelle) not only play a well-rounded set but sing great together. (P.S. Michelle does a mean “Me & Bobby McGee.”

Balloons, 6 p.m.

Sam Cockrell 

Blues bassist extraordinaire, Sam’s thumb-picking technique, especially on fast numbers, is a real virtuoso show. His Chicago-style influences are quite evident in his music and approach, so blues fans are in for a treat tonight.


Monday, October 7

Madigan’s, 9:30 p.m.

Mondo Monday

Also known as “church on Monday,” the cryptic “clergy” play and sing songs from their hilariously hip hymnal to convert you to their ridiculous religion of sick shtick and musical mayhem.

Ellicottville Brewing Co., 6:30 p.m.  Blue Mule

They are bluegrass and folk and Americana all rolled into one big hay bale called “Mulegrass” — a unique recipe of acoustic authenticity concocted by our very own Blue Mule band.

Tuesday, October 8

Gin Mill, 7 p.m.

The Twobadours

Less is more when Mr. Gray & Mr. Brown weave their down-home, front-porch style into every song they do.


Wednesday, October 9

Gin Mill, 8 p.m.

Wagner & Winston

These two EVL musical mainstays have been a Wednesday night institution for over 30 years! All your favorites in their “acoustic comfort” style … and don’t forget those wings !


Thursday, October 10

Gin Mill, 8 p.m.

Fred & Tuck

Messrs. Joseph and Tucker love a lively audience, and they always come through for them with their “big duo” sound and eclectic set list. So come in and please DON’T LEAVE !