By Elizabeth Riggs

Summer will be here in the next week and if you like to spend the warm, long evenings of the season outdoors listening to live music, you’re in luck. Mark your calendars for these great shows happening in July. There’s something for everyone. (Be sure to visit www.ellicottvilletimes.com to see part 1 of this article and even more upcoming shows!)

Gazebo Series, Thursdays,

June 29 through Aug. 11

Once again, Thursday nights will be filled with music from the gazebo in Ellicottville. The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce presents the newest edition of the Gazebo Series, sponsored by CCSE Federal Credit Union. See the article on page XX for the schedule.

Ellicottville Summer Music Festival
Saturday, July 1 –

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Sunday, July 2 –

Grand Funk Railroad

& Carl Dixon and the Last Buffalo

Holiday Valley Resort, 6557 Holiday Valley Road, Ellicottville

The Buffalo Philharmonic will perform their annual show featuring patriotic fanfare choreographed to fireworks, dance music and some great movie favorites, including Pirates of the Caribbean and Frozen. There’ll be something for the whole family to enjoy.

The fun continues into Sunday for the headliners, Grand Funk Railroad! Best known for their hits – “We’re an American Band,” “I’m Your Captain,” “Walk Like a Man” and “The Loco-Motion,” this Flint, MI band helped rule the rock world in the early 1970s, selling out stadiums, collecting platinum records and scoring hit pop singles along the way.

Taking to the stage before Grand Funk is a legend of classic rock, Carl Dixon and the Last Buffalo. Dixon remains one of Canada’s stellar singers and musicians, as he’s fronted and played with some of Canada’s most iconic bands including The Guess Who, Coney Hatch and April Wine. Tickets for all events are available now at area Wegman’s, by calling 1-800-349-9099 or on the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce website, www.evillechamber.wixsite.com/summermusicfest. Prices are currently $30, but the cost will go up to $40 after June 18.

10,000 Maniacs
Sunday, July 16 @ 2 p.m.
Griffis Sculpture Park, 6902 Mill Valley Road, East Otto, NY 14729

This benefit concert for Griffis Sculpture Park will feature 10,000 Maniacs, who will perform the entire “In My Tribe” album, named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the “100 greatest albums of the 1980s.” Celebrating their 35th year as a band, 10,000 Maniacs continue to make albums and sell out shows throughout the country. The concert will feature music, activities, artists, food and beer services. The events will be taking place on the top of the hill at the Mill Valley site of the park. Guests must be able to endure a 10 minute walk uphill to the festival site. There will be a shuttle service that will help attendees get to the concert area. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 day of show. Children 12 and under free. Tickets can be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com.

Jess Chizuk
Monday, July 17 through Friday, July 21
Allegany State Park, 2373 ASP Route 1, Salamanca

As part of the Artist-in-Residence program, award winning musician Jess Chizuk comes to Allegany State Park to tell her compelling, vivid stories from the heart told emphatically by graceful vocals, accompanied by little more than an acoustic guitar. The young singer-songwriter has her musical roots firmly divided between both old folk tunes and new indie music, and the result of this combination is her truly captivating writing. It has been garnering the attention of audiences in her hometown of Buffalo NY and beyond. Performance times will be posted in the weekly activity schedule available at the rental offices and on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/alleganystatepark.

Rock the Park
Friday, July 21 @ 3-9 p.m.
Allegany State Park, 2373 ASP Route 1, Salamanca

It’s a Friday in July. Oh what to do? Head to Allegany State Park for “Rock the Park” celebrating its 6th year! This year’s event takes place on July 21 at its new home at the Quaker Beach area, and feature a live performance from opener Jess Chizuk, also performing as part of the Artists in Residence program, and headlining act “Playing with Monsters,” a band that covers an array of music from many different time periods and bands, like Pink Floyd, Rush, Tom Petty, David Bowie, Queen, Alice in Chains and many more.

Saturday, July 22, 12-9:30 p.m.

Onoville Marina, 704 West Perimeter Road, Steamburg, NY 14738

With Spacious skies, hills covered with lush green trees, and sparkling waters, Onoville Marina invites everyone to enjoy a day of summer fun with live music, food/craft vendors, RVs and Boats on display, exhibits, activities and fireworks. Cost is $10 a car load- so bring a big vehicle and pack friends and family in! For more information visit: www.onoville.org.

Southern Tier Wounded Warrior

Benefit Concert
Sunday, July 23 @ 2 p.m.
Allegany Fireman’s Park &  Parade Grounds, 188 West Main Street, Allegany

All money raised at this event, hosted by MAJ Patrick Miller, will be donated to Wounded Warriors and Homeless Veterans. Country music band Parmalee, best known for their hits “Feels Like Carolina,” “Musta Had a Good Time” and “Close Your Eyes” will be the featured act at the event, along with Chris Higbee and other special guests. The benefit will feature merchandise raffles of autographed memorabilia from the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, and St. Bonaventure athletes. Tickets are $15 presale, available at ticketfly.com, $20 at the door.

Davis & Eng Band
Monday, July 24 through Friday, July 28
Allegany State Park, 2373 ASP Route 1, Salamanca

As part of the Artist-in-Residence program, Allegany State Park Presents Mark Davis and Steve Eng; two long-time friends and musicians from the Jamestown, NY area. In 2012, they teamed up to form the musical duo of Davis & Eng and play a variety of music from Duke Ellington to Tom Petty. Steve is an award-winning, finger-style guitarist and is also a local guitar and banjo instructor. Mark is an extremely gifted musician having played electric keyboard and the banjo. Performance times will be posted in the weekly activity schedule available at the rental offices and on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/alleganystatepark.

Mo Pitney
Thursday, July 27th @ 7:30 p.m.
Good Times of Olean, 800 East State Street, Olean

Best known for his singles “Country” and “Boy & A Girl Thing,” Mo Pitney is an up-and-coming country musician who released his debut album Behind This Guitar in October of 2016. Pitney is the fourth of the Nashville Nights concert series at Good Times of Olean. Tickets are available for $20 at the front desk.

Dave Ruch: Traditional Music of WNY
Thursday, July 27 @ 7 p.m.
Cattaraugus County Museum, 9824 Route 16, Machias

Dave Ruch is a full-time performer and researcher of historical and traditional music whose work has been featured on American Public Media, in Emmy Award-winning documentaries, and on stages across North America and the U.K. On Thursday, July 27 he will be doing a presentation and performances on “Traditional Music of Western New York” at the Summer at the Stone House on July 27, 2017.