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By Alicia Dziak

Welcome to Ellicottville’s Summer Music Festival weekend! This weekend is not only about music, but about bringing people together. For some of you, this is an annual tradition, and for others, it’s your first time here, but for all of you, it’s an opportunity to make memories in Ellicottville and enjoy everything it has to offer!

Opening the festival on Friday night will be Uprooted, featuring Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root. While Rusted Root is on hiatus, Glabicki, who along with Rusted Root guitarist Dirk Miller — as well as Bobby Schenk on bass and Zil Fessler on drums, who have both played with Rusted Root in the past — and female singer Daisie Ghost Flower have formed a new band, UpRooted, which will be performing at the base of the ski slopes on June 29.

The show will feature many familiar Rusted Roots tunes, and it will also incorporate some of UpRooted’s new sound, which Glabicki described in a recent interview with the Ellicottville Times as “more groove-oriented” with more guitar work. The show will combine Rusted Roots classics with new material.

He also noted that the show will be improvisational. “The groove can change every night and the meanings of songs change every night,” he said. “Sometimes we’re as surprised as the audience on where the music goes, and we like it like that.”

Opening act for Uprooted will be Buffalo’s own Funktional Flow, a multi-genre quintet heavily rooted in rock and reggae, with a funk foundation. Over the past six years, the band has released three albums and played hundreds of shows throughout the Northeast and beyond. Flow is heavily influenced by Sublime, Umphreys McGee, Moe, and Blind Melon but maintains a fresh, high energy sound that results in a diverse catalog of music.

On Saturday, June 30, fun events are happening in the village all day long.

At 11 a.m., the annual Pet Parade takes place on Washington St. making its way to the Gazebo. Every pet is a winner and everyone gets a prize!

From 1 to 4 p.m., the Gazebo Series kicks off, when The Joe Webber Duo takes to the stage for a fun

afternoon of lively music for all to enjoy.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday the Arts and Crafts show will feature fabulous local vendors along Jefferson St.

From 3 to 7 p.m., head to the Cabana Bar at Holiday Valley to enjoy a poolside cocktail and music by the Bleeding Hearts before catching the slopeside entertainment.

Saturday evening, Dennis DeYoung and the Music of STYX will headline the Summer Music Festival back at Holiday Valley. DeYoung is a founding member of STYX and the lead singer and writer on seven of the band’s eight Top Ten Hits. His live concert with six piece band showcases all the STYX greatest hits, such as Come Sail Away, Too Much Time on my Hands and Renegade.

Opening act on Saturday is Legends of Summer.

End the weekend with the July 1 with a stop by the Cabana bar to catch the Black and Blues Band from 2 to 6 p.m.

Follow that up with a performance of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring “Vinyl Fever” with songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s including Motown, Billy Joel, Beach Boys, ABBA and the Beatles, to name a few. The evening will end with your favorite Independence Day music choreographed to an awesome fireworks display.

Opening for the BPO will be The Lake Effect, an award winning group of five men unified in one common goal— the promotion and performance of all-male a cappella music. The Lake Effect is the next step in the evolutionary process of a cappella music in the Western New York region.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. for all three shows at Holiday Valley. Celebrate summer with a weekend of non-stop fun and entertainment, Ellicottville-style! And be sure to read through this week’s issue of the Ellicottville Times and check out all the other events in and around town happening all summer long.

Kays Duffy