By Deb Everts

Visitors to Ellicottville this weekend will once again have the opportunity to take a step back in time when the greaser look was in, their cars were hot rods and rock ‘n’ roll was king.

The village’s annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Weekend begins Friday, Sept. 14 and continues through Sunday, Sept. 16.

Presented by Northtown Automotive Group, Rock ‘n’ Roll Weekend is a one-of-a-kind overnight event. Now in its 19th year, it’s one of the area’s favorite fall events that draws music lovers and motor enthusiasts from all over the region.

The weekend events kickoff Friday evening with live music at a number of Ellicottville’s popular hot spots including Madigans, Balloons, Ellicottville Brewing Company, Villaggio and the Gin Mill.

On Saturday, the rockin’ weekend continues as the Winery of Ellicottville joins the other music venues with a stage set up on Monroe Street in front of the winery. A rain location for the show will be inside Villaggio across the street.

The popular Classic Car Show caps off the weekend Sunday with over 250 vehicles expected to be setup along Washington, Monroe and Jefferson streets from noon to 5 p.m. Proud owners will have classic and antique rides all shined up and polished to be judged by a panel of experienced car enthusiasts with awards in each class.

According to Brian McFadden, executive director of the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce, the five judges are from Western New York. He said award winners will receive engraved plaques sponsored by Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce members.

While strolling through the collection of automobiles, including everything from classic antiques to late model vehicles and ‘rods, visitors will enjoy Terry Buchwald with his renowned Elvis and Garth Brooks impersonations at the gazebo.

During the weekend event, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy Ellicottville’s eclectic mix of shops and outstanding restaurants as they listen to more performances by regional musicians in the village’s legendary night spots.

McFadden said traffic will be detoured in the same fashion as when the Fall Festival is held, but only for Sunday from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more details and car registration, visit the chamber online at