By Alicia Dziak

Need a cure for the winter blues? Look no further than Ellicottville’s Winter Blues Festival, happening this weekend, Jan. 9-10, in the village. Whether you like it funky, soulful or rockin’, Chicago-style or Memphis-style, plan to dance the night away to a variety of blues-inspired music both Friday and Saturday nights.

Get out your dancin’ shoes and check out Friday’s lineup, sure to impress.

Head to the Gin Mill at 9 p.m. to see Chicago-style, jazzy blues by the Easy Street Sliders, made up of members Douglas Purcell, John Brady, Tom Corsi and Paul Siwula. Take in the Gin Mill’s friendly atmosphere and enjoy a large selection of beer and delicious menu items.

The Armor Inn (located behind Kwik Fill), will feature JJ White and the All Nighters, starting at 9 p.m. While you’re there, indulge in some of the restaurant’s signature barbecue and a brew.

Ellicottville Brewing Company will host Generations with Olean Blues Brothers
at 9 p.m.

At 7 p.m., Balloons will feature Memphis-style, country blues by the Jeff Jensen Band, formed in 2004, whose touring highlights include opening for B.B. King on his 80th birthday tour.

On Saturday, rack up your skis and kick back with the acoustic stylings of Jay McDonnell at Holiday Valley’s T-Bar, starting at 3 p.m.

Then head to the Village for more great music.

The Heavenly Chillbillies, known locally as the house band for the National Buffalo Wing Festival, will perform at the Gin Mill, starting at 9 p.m. The group formed in 2008 and performs an eclectic mix of covers and original music. Their unique style combines blues, rock, country and Americana.

See Dive House Union at the Armor Inn, starting at 9 p.m. This band combines roots, rhythm and melodies with jam band energy for a fun and laid back sound. Join David Michael Miller on lead vocals/guitar, Todd Eberwine on lead guitar/vocals, Shannon Street on drums/vocals, Dave Herr on bass/vocals, Tom Scime on keyboards, Barry Arbogast on sax and special guest Pat Harrington on guitar for a great time at Ellicottville’s newest hot spot.

Mojo Hand Band will be performing their unique style of R&B at EBC’s Snowgarden, beginning at 9 p.m.

Take in some soulful blues by the Tommy Z Band at Balloons beginning at 5 p.m. Expect guitar-driven, electric blues by this 2007 Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductee, whose career has allowed him to perform with and co-bill with some of the worlds’ greatest blues artists, such as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Blues Traveler and many more.

Madigan’s will host blues by the Mick Hayes Band starting at 8 p.m. Mick Hayes  and his band bring country and modern blues style to Ellicottville this weekend.

Don’t miss your chance to experience Ellicottville night life at its finest. Winter Blues Weekend is the perfect opportunity to meet up with friends, check out some great music and celebrate winter! Visit www.ellicottvilleny.com.