By Alicia Dziak

For a small town, Ellicottville gets some big name acts in music year-round, and this month is no exception.

On Monday, July 27, head to Balloons to check out a national act: Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots, which released a critically acclaimed CD, Boom Town, in May.  The CD debuted on the top ten of the Billboard Blues Chart.

Wainwright describes the group’s sound as “progressive roots music.”

“We like to represent virtually every corner of the blues and I think we are doing that in our live shows especially. We are pushing the art form forward,” he said.

Wainwright is based in Memphis, but the WildRoots was formed in Daytona Beach, FL 10 years ago by Wainwright and Stephen Dees.

“The full band can consist of up to 12 musicians, but I mostly always tour with a four piece band comprised of guitar, bass, drums and piano,” Wainwright explained.

Wainwright, who performed at Balloons over the Fourth of July weekend as part of the blues super-group Southern Hospitality, seems excited to return to the area later this month.

“Our only ties to Ellicottville are the amazing people that come to our shows there,” he said. “It’s a gateway to and from Canada for us as we tour. It’s an amazing spot and the atmosphere is really nice. Everyone comes to have a good time and you feel that when you go onstage there. It’s really awesome.”

And what can attendees expect from the show?

“They can expect to be very entertained!” Wainwright said. “We take a lot of pride in our shows and we always have our focus on entertaining our audience. To us that is really why we do what we do. We love to entertain.”

If you can’t make the July 27 show, Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots will be back at Balloons Aug. 7 and 8.

Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss the high-octane, crowd-pleasing fun!

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