nightlife-ALTERNATEBy Freddie Joseph

Friday, Sept. 13

Gin Mill, 9 p.m.

2 Guys Drinkin’ Beer

Ron and Terry, also known as “acoustic West minus 1,” are back again for a Friday night foray into their interpretations of a wide variety of pop, rock and country favorites.

Balloons, 7 p.m.

The Other Side of Silence

Billing themselves as a “rock triumvirate,” Jim, Roger & Jack are three very accomplished musicians from the Buffalo area who like their rock music in all its forms and vintages. Trio playing is more difficult and, like Cream and Grand Funk, these guys know how to do it well.


Saturday, Sept. 14

Gin Mill, 9 p.m.

The Joe Wagner Band

Wednesday night regulars Joe & John are joined by two (or more) eclectic musicians, whose identities remain hidden right up until start time. Saturday night begs more percussion, drive and rhythm, so Joe delivers his and his sidemen’s specialties with an extra kick.

Balloons, 6 p.m.

The Rhythm Rockers

A perennial Buffalo blues band mainstay, this quartet knows the blues, and singer/lead guitarist Stevie B. always tops everyone’s list of best male blues vocalists. Over the years, they’ve opened for many national acts.

Silver Fox, 7 p.m. 

The Haybalers

Back again for a patio performance, they play their self-described “hill-country soul” of covers and self-compositions ranging from old-school country to straight-ahead driving bluegrass with their laid-back rural flair.


Monday, Sept. 16

Madigan’s, 9:30 p.m.

Mondo Monday

The “Rev. Jack” and “Deacon Dan” conduct their Monday night “services” at their “church” to convert you into a believer. Their church doesn’t require tithing, but a donation to their “building fund” is always appreciated. Bless you!

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

The Blue Mule Band

In EVL, “Blue Monday” means the happy, good-time sounds of local bluegrass legends Blue Mule. They are THE finest exponent of this genre’ in the area … period!


Tuesday, Sept. 17

Gin Mill, 7 p.m.

The Twobadours

Messrs. Gray & Brown bring their informal, down-home versions of country, rock and blues in their relaxed style … just for the fun of it!


Wednesday, Sept. 18

Gin Mill, 8 p.m.

Wagner & Winston

A record-breaking performer, Joe and longtime collaborator John have defined mid-week music in EVL. Performing their “acoustic comfort” music, they keep the night warm and the wings hot!


Thursday, Sept. 18

Gin Mill, 8 p.m.

Fred & Tuck

The Dude Kings, aka Freddie & Rod, may be a duo sometimes sound like a bigger band. They like to “kick it up a notch” (thanks, Woody!), especially in the second set!