1-3-14BLUES-FESTIVAlfbBy Eva Potter

If the winter blues have you down, don’t despair. Instead, head to Ellicottville for the annual Winter Blues Weekend and let some of the best blues bands in Western New York groove you out of your funk. And what better time to do it than during Canadian Friendship Week Jan. 2–8.

The annual event is sponsored by the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce and kicks off Friday, Jan. 3 and continues through Saturday, Jan. 4, when Ellicottville’s hot spots in the village and at Holiday Valley will be jamming all night long by some of the best blues bands in the region.

Eight bands are on this year’s Winter Blues Weekend lineup. On Friday night, the Easy Street Sliders will be at the Gin Mill, the Jeff Jensen Band will be at Balloons, and Hoagy and the Blues Bombers will be at Madigan’s. Saturday night brings you the Speedy Parker Blues Band at the Gin Mills, Jay McDonnell at Holiday Valley’s T-Bar, the Tommy Z Band at Balloons and the Mick Hayes Band at Madigan’s.

For times and locations, check out our Entertainment column on page 3, where you’ll find the most up-to-date schedule of weekly live entertainment.

So, if you’re feeling a little let down after the chaos and commotion of the holidays, here’s the solution. Spend a wonderful winter weekend skiing with Canadian friends and listening to the blues instead of singing them.