By Alicia Dziak

In the height of summer, Ellicottville is the place to be, and for music fans everywhere, the annual Jazz & Blues weekend is a can’t-miss stop on the summer bucket list. Whether you like your blues funky, dirty, groovy, or anything in between, this weekend has something for everyone.

Jazz & Blues weekend is all about bringing people together with the common thread of music. Take your pick—or pick them all—and take in this fun-filled summer weekend in Ellicottville. Jazz & Blues weekend features an array of performers in EVL’s hot spots and on Sunday on Monroe Street, where an outdoor stage will be set up.

This year, the weekend gets going on Friday, July 24 with Hoagy and the Blues Bombers at Madigan’s at 5 p.m. Tommy Z, featuring Memphis vocalist and harmonica player Brandon Santini, will perform at Balloons at 7 p.m. Then, head to the Gin Mill for local rockin’ favorites, 2 Guys Drinkin’ Beer, at 9 p.m.

The fun continues on Saturday with performances by Miller and the Other Sinners at the Armor Inn at 3 p.m., the Mick Hayes Band at Madigan’s at 5 p.m., B.D. Lenz at Balloon’s at 6 p.m., and the Heavenly Chillbillies at the Gin Mill at 9 p.m.

On Sunday, Victor Dean performs at the Armor Inn from 2 to 6 p.m., and be sure to check out the Chicago Authority, a Chicago tribute band, on the Monroe Street stage from 1 to 4 p.m.

More music is still being added to the lineup. For the latest info, visit