Cool Cars, Hot Music and a Rockin’ Good Time

By Alicia Dziak

Time to hot rod through Ellicottville for the annual Rock N’ Roll weekend! Sept. 19-21 brings the tradition back to the village, complete with a classic car show and a heavy dose of rock n’ roll! The event, sponsored by the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce, is sure to fulfill your need for speed and excitement, and have you dancin’ in the streets all weekend long!

For starters, a weekend of non-stop entertainment is on the docket.

“The places that will be hosting music for the weekend have done an incredible job setting up a terrific lineup of music,” said Chris Chapman, media and communication coordinator for the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce. “There will be a sound that is sure to satisfy everyone. The entire weekend promises great music, no matter where you go.”

Head out to Balloons Friday to check out Li’l Ronnie and The Grand Dukes beginning at 6 p.m. and tune into their various styles of blues with elements of ‘50s R&B, soul, vintage rock n’ roll and jazz in a unique blend of American roots music highlighted by some mean harmonica playing.

Head over to the Gin Mill at 9 p.m., to see Live & Kickin’, a local favorite playing awesome classic rock.

On Saturday, the Winery of Ellicottville Main Stage on Monroe Street hosts Breakaway 2.0 from 1-4 p.m. The band brings a wide variety of music from many different eras — Beatles, funk, ‘80s hair metal, hits from the ‘90s and 2000s, and everything from classic to modern rock — sure to have you dancing and singing along! Their expert musicianship, beautiful harmonies and energetic stage presence, make these guys a must see band.

From 1-5 p.m., Madigan’s will feature Porcelain Train, an acoustic Americana duo performing original music and a unique blend of rhythm and harmony combined with meaningful lyrics.

At 8 p.m., head to Ellicottville Brewing Company and listen to some danceable, rockabilly-style tunes by the Albany-based Lustre Kings during their highly entertaining show.

Saturday won’t even be close to over without a stop at the Gin Mill at 9 p.m. for a dose of West, performing oldies and classic rock hits with their intimate and always-fun delivery.

On Sunday, the fun continues during the annual classic car show, from noon–5 p.m. Hundreds of cool cars line the village on Jefferson, Washington and Monroe streets, and awards will be given in a variety of categories such as antique, classic, custom, rods, convertibles and more.

Head over to the Village Gazebo from 2 – 4:30 p.m. and check out Terry Buchwald as he performs his annual tribute to the “King” himself, Elvis Presley.

At 4 p.m., finish up the weekend at the Gin Mill with The Flat Tops, playing an assortment of oldies and classic rock. The Flat Tops cover artists like Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, The Everly Brothers, The Beatles, as well as Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, the Allman Brothers and more.

As always, Ellicottville offers visitors topnotch shopping, activities and eats to accompany its fun-filled weekends.

“The shops in the village will all be open and ready for business,” Chapman said. “The (Spruce Lake) lift at Holiday Valley will also be running. With all of the music, shops, cars and the scenery that make Ellicottville what it is, how much more could you ask for?”

Rock N’ Roll weekend comes only once a year. Enjoy the crisp September air, take in some great live music, check out some totally rad cars, and enjoy all Ellicottville has to offer this time of year!

For more information, visit www.ellicottvilleny.com.