nightlife-ALTERNATEFriday, Sept. 6

Gin Mill, 9 p.m.

RT & FJ Live

Freddie & Rod, the Thursday night regulars, are back to start the weekend off with a musical bang. Doing a nice blend of rock, country, oldies, and a few new surprises, these two “dude kings” sound like more than two guys up on stage. So come on in and DON’T LEAVE!

Balloons, 7 p.m.

Ozone Rangers

This ZZ Top tribute band has been gigging in this area forever and will rock you with many other kinds of boogie-in-your-face songs — and not just from their idols. Their repertoire includes Southern rock, classic rock and Texas boogie rock, and the playing is always steady as a rock.


Saturday, Sept. 7

Gin Mill, 9 p.m.

Three Easy Pieces

This trio is the “super-size” version of the Fred & Tuck show. Augmented with bassist/vocalist Jeff Johnson, they perform a great mix of classic, modern rock & country favorites. Between these three dudes, there is about 75 years of live performing experience!

Balloons, 6 p.m.


A superb Buffalo-area quintet led by lead singer Johnny Feelgood, they perform tasteful covers of favorites, including classic, Southern rock, hard rock and blues. Formed in 2008, all the members each have 20-plus years of gigging and we all know experience counts!

Silver Fox, 7 p.m. 

Brent Persia

A very unique performer, Persia combines live vocals and guitar with DJ background music & effects to create a very full-sounding act, with a penchant for ‘80s and newer favorites. Just think of karaoke with a guitar and a man who knows how to sing!


Monday, Sept. 9

Madigan’s, 9:30 p.m.

Mondo Monday

You’re a day late, but this “church is open to save you” from the boring, everyday live music you’re used to. After just one “service,” the Rev. Shad will convert you to his unorthodox schlock and you’ll be born again, brother!

Ellicottville Brewing Co.

6:30 p.m. Blue Mule

In my opinion, this bluegrass combo is the best practitioner of the genre in this area … period. Come in and try some great local brew and listen to the best!


Tuesday, Sept. 10

Gin Mill, 7 p.m.

The Twobadours

These two troubadours weave their downhome, laid-back style into every song they do. The old saying “less is more” really does apply to these unique musicians.


Wednesday, Sept. 11

Gin Mill, 8 p.m.

Wagner & Winston

A real record-breaking performer (longest steady weekly gig in North America), Joe and longtime partner John have defined midweek music here in EVL, performing all your favorites in their famous acoustic-comfort style, they keep the night warm and the wings HOT!


Thursday, Sept. 12

Gin Mill, 8 p.m.

Fred & Tuck

The Dude Kings, Freddie & Rod may be a duo, but usually sound like a quartet, kicking it up a notch by the second set with mucho variety to listen or dance to…so come in and stay a while.