Upcoming Shows Include Seneca Allegany Casino Oct. 2-3

By Alicia Dziak

At the Ellicottville Times, we love local success stories. We also love music. So when those two things can be combined, we’re all over it! Enter The Hootz, an unstoppable band with unlimited potential!

The Hootz is led by Angela (Ange) Marino and her husband, Luke Marino, alumni of Salamanca and Franklinville schools, respectively.  We have followed their journey to Nashville last spring, and to various local music festivals, and had a chance to catch up with them after a busy summer on the road.

“We’ve been super busy this summer playing all over, from Cortland, NY, where we opened for Kellie Pickler, to Nashville many times, and of course playing some of our awesome local shows that we’ve enjoyed since we were just a little ole duo,” said Ange.

Luke and Ange recently got back from their first, all-original showcase, at the Blackbird Academy.

“Our performance was just under an hour long, and showcased what we look and sound like performing live,” Ange explained.  “We were lucky enough to perform for and meet some of the biggest names in the industry.  I’m sure this is just the first of many showcases, as we tighten up our team, and move forward, but what a rush!  We had a ball!  We’ve had a lot of great feedback about our showcase, as well as our two demos recorded earlier this year at Ocean Way Studios.  We have not released our newest work, as they are only demos of what’s yet to come.  The fun part will be when we’re able to create the full length album.  Everything takes time, but we’re always excited to see where our careers in music will take us next.”

And literally, what’s next are some awesome shows in the Enchanted Mountains, including Seneca Allegany Casino Oct. 2 and 3, at 10 p.m. both nights, and at  Fall Festival in Ellicottville, when The Hootz will be performing at the Armor Inn Ellicottville on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 2 to 6 p.m.

“Back in March we played at the Armor Inn in Ellicottville and had a wonderful turn out,” Ange noted. “It’s always such a blast when friends and family come out to show their support.  We’re really looking forward to our return for Ellicottville’s Fall Festival, especially since we’ll have time to enjoy the festivities, as well.”

This year won’t be the band’s maiden voyage at Fall Festival. “Luke and I love Fall Festival…we usually come down and walk the town and see the sights, but our favorite thing is playing music there,” Ange said. “In past years we played the Double Diamond and Kabob’s for Fall Festival, and it’s always a guaranteed good time!  We also used to play the Gin Mill from time to time, and man does this town get rocking!”

What can Fall Festival-goers expect from The Hootz on Oct. 10?

“This year we’re really gonna be pumping the jams out, as we have our friend, Alex Sabuda switching from mando, banjo and lead guitar, and the newest addition to our band, Nick Thurkins, whaling on the drums,” Ange said. “We like to keep our shows high energy and spontaneous.  You just never know if we’re gonna play some classics like Hank Williams, The Beatles, Jethro Tull, ZZ Top and Guns n’ Roses…or if we’re gonna mix it up with some Meghan Trainor, Lady Gaga, Keisha and Pitbull, or maybe a couple Hootz tunes to set the mood.”

If you’ve been waiting to see The Hootz take on the local music scene, now’s your chance! Mark your calendars and check them out at the Casino and Fall Festival!

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