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Wednesday, September 21….doors 4pm, music 8:30pm



“With a backward glance toward classic country and rockabilly, Marti Brom’s music has honed 

a distinct edge on the contemporary alternative roots scene.  Born in St. Louis, Brom

spent her summers in New Orleans, where she absorbed the rich music of the South. 

With time, Brom began listening to punk and new wave bands like Blondie and Chrissie Hynde.

Hynde’s early career, in fact, inspired Brom’s first attempt to become a singer. 

She saved her money and flew  to England, where she planned on “hanging out”

until she was discovered.  When she arrived and informed the authorities

that she had no idea how long she was staying, they placed her in the Beehive,

the airport jail.  Brom spent eh remainder of the money she had saved for a plane ticket

back to St. Louis.  Back home, Brom was introduced to country legend Patsy Cline

by a high school student named Michael Stipe-the future lead singer

of R.E.M-that she’d met at Rocky Horror Picture Show in St. Louis.

  She also became infatuated with jazz singer Billie Holiday

and learned all of her songs. Brom’s official start came when her husband,

Bobby, an officer in the Air Force, brought home a flyer for an audition.

  Although frightened, Brom received a part in a musical titled

The 1940’s Radio Show.  Shortly after that, she met High Noon

singer Shaun Young and was invited to sit in with the band.

Brom recorded her first single, “Crazy Fever,” in 1992 and followed with

two more singles in 1995 and 1996. It was the release of Mean in 1998,

however, that truly showcased her potential. Released in a reel-to-reel box,

the package included and 8 song CD and 4 mono 45 rpm records.

The vintage packaging also mirrored the vintage country sound.

Soon, Brom began to release a steady stream of albums on Goofin’ Records

including Snake Ranch in 1999 and Feudin’ & Fightin” in 2000.

In 2003 she returned with Wise to You! And in 2005 with Sing Heartache Numbers.

Both Brom’s vocal style, recalling Patsy Cline, and her use of a

classic country sound, infuses her music with an authentic feel

that seems more like the real thing than a throwback to yesterday.

Cover: $12 advance, $15 day of show

Tickets on sale now at Abilene, Record Archive, Bop Shop Records

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Thursday, September 22….doors 4pm, music 7pm

In Abilene’s intimate Upstairs Lounge

From West London…the songwriting self-styled “comic bard of Anglo-Jewry”

And Edinburgh Fringe Winner….


Smart, funny, timely and only slightly irreverent,

Cainer’s deeply moving tales about his family and observational comedy are a joy.

  Brilliant rhyming and wordplay, great musicianship and haunting

tunes you won’t forget. His songs and his music are for anyone

who has ever wrestled with their home, their heritage

and their heart and is partial to bagels. What’s not to like?!

with special guests..


Cover: $6



Friday, September 23…. doors 3pm, music 6pm

Happy Hour with drink specials, free munchies and live music featuring the return of

The original rock, blues and alternative sounds of



and followed at 9:30pm with….


Cover: $5



Saturday, September 24….doors 7pm, music 9:30pm

Music to be announced shortly




Monday, September 26….doors 7pm, music 8pm



Eric Schmitz, drums

Clay Jenkins, trumpet

Doug Stone, saxophone

Mark Kellogg, trombone

Chris Azzara, piano

Danny Ziemann, bass

All new music composed/arranged by Eric Schmitz, including a suite

dedicated to the memory of jazz composer/educator -former Eastman director of Jazz Studies Fred Sturm. 

Cover: $5 for 21 and over, $8 for those under 21




Tuesday, September 27…8pm till 10pm

With a Little Help from My Friends…The Beatles Unplugged..and featuring


With Special Guest: RAY PAUL

No Cover Charge! Enjoy the music…it’s our treat!


Wednesday, September 28….doors 4pm, music 8pm

An Intimate Evening with blues great…


And his special guest…STEVE GRILLS

Do not miss this special night of music.

Special thanks to our friend Doug Camp, a true music fan.

Cover: $5




Thursday, September 29….doors 4pm, music 8:30pm

Blues Siren….


“…Sounding like a Petri dish mixture of mature Maria Muldaur and mature

Bonnie Raitt, Sicilia is making the blues world take notice all over again

as she adds the rhythm to the blues and brings on the soul.  She’s a vocalist

with real chops that just keep getting honed sharper…” Midwest Record 

“Not since Susan Tedeschi has a young female blues singer made such

a strong impression…remarkable voice.” Blues Review

Cover: $8 advance, $10 day of show

Tickets on sale now at Abilene, Record Archive, Bop Shop Records

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Friday, September 30…. doors 3pm, music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with drink specials, free munchies and live music featuring the return of


Old-time music, Unmitigated fun!!

Feat. Richard Newman on guitar, Joel Boyer on banjo and Janet Schroeder dancing.

Followed at the one and only…


Count Vaseline is the new project from Stefan Murphy (ex Mightly Stef)

who is crazy excited about returning to Rochester, NY.

Note: The Count’s debut album, “Yo No Soy Marinero” is being

released on this day, September 30.

Special guests…

OONA KYUNG…spellbinding indie-folk rookie...and…

BILL HERRING…leading man of Rochester’s most beloved Celtic Folk/Rock ensemble, 1916

Cover: $6




Saturday, October 1….doors 6pm, music 7pm


Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. Twenty years into his career, the celebrated songwriter’s Still Fighting the War spotlights an artist in peak form. Cleaves’ seamless new collection delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiseled. Dress William Faulkner with faded jeans and a worn six-string for a good idea. “Slaid’s a craftsman,” says Terri Hendrix, who sings harmony on “Texas Love Song.”

“He goes about his songs like a woodworker.”

Accordingly, Cleaves’ earthy narratives stand oak strong. “Men go off to war for a hundred reasons/But they all come home with the same demons,” he sings on the album’s title track. “Some you can keep at bay for a while/Some will pin you to the floor/You’ve been home for a couple of years now, buddy/But you’re still fighting the war.” Few writers frame bruised souls as clearly. Fewer still deliver a punch with such striking immediacy.

 “I started ‘Still Fighting the War’ four years ago and originally each verse was a separate character,” Cleaves explains. “Each verse was about getting swindled. One was about the economy, one was about a returning veteran, one was about a broken-up couple. It was too cumbersome, so I focused in on the soldier. The key that made it all work came as I was talking to my friend and occasional co-writer, Ron Coy. A troubled Vietnam vet buddy of his had recently passed away. Ron said, ‘All this time, it was like he was still fighting the war.’

I knew instantly that was the perfect way to summarize the song.”

Cleaves delivers equal measures of hope and resignation throughout this 2013 release as life lessons slide subtly through side doors. “Normally when I start writing a new batch, a theme starts to emerge after three or four songs,” says Cleaves, who built an unlikely success story from scratch after moving to Austin, Texas, from Maine two decades ago. “This time around I thought, I’m just gonna write where the muse takes me and each song will be its own thing. So I ended up with a CD that has a bit more variety on it compared to my previous releases. Half the songs are about struggle and perseverance and half are all over the place, some tongue-in-cheek stuff,

a gospel song, a Texas pride song.”

 Witness deft wordplay on the latter: “Your wit’s as sharp as a prickly pear/The sun shines in your golden hair/Your smile hits me right in the solar plexus,” Cleaves sings with a wink in “Texas Love Song.” “Skin as soft as early morning rain/Temper like a Gulf Coast hurricane/I love you even more than I love Texas.” “Originally, the phrase was ‘I love you almost as much as I love Texas,’” Cleaves says, “because that's about as far as a true proud Texan will go. Then I realized that if I committed the sin of saying ‘I love you even more than I love Texas,’ it trips off the tongue better. It was a fun little challenge to come up with so many rhymes for ‘Texas.’”

Of course, Cleaves conquered the task. Longtime fans expect nothing less. After all, Still Fighting the War follows the razor sharp songwriter’s undeniable hat trick – Broke Down (2000), Wishbones (2004) and Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away (2009) – that established him as a singular storyteller. His golden key: effortlessly shading dark with light. Cue Cleaves’ excellent double-disc Sorrow & Smoke: Live at the Horseshoe Lounge for inarguable evidence

(“Drinkin’ Days,” “Wishbones,” “Horseshoe Lounge”).

 “You get a lot of the man behind the lyrics,” Hendrix says. “What you see with Slaid is what you get: He doesn’t have the eyes of a cynic. He has optimism about him through a realistic gaze and writes with a wise voice.” The Kerrville Folk Festival recognized those intangible qualities long ago when Cleaves won its hallowed New Folk award in 1992. He’s doubled down ever since with literate story songs exponentially more mature and meaningful.

Consider one other new high water mark. “But they figured it out/And shipped the elbow grease/Down to Mexico/And off to the Chinese,” Cleaves sings on the haunting meditation “Rust Belt Fields.” “And I learned a little something 'bout how things are/No one remembers your name just for working hard.” Childhood friend Rod Picott co-wrote those potent lines - the duo has split pages on several indelible blue-collar vignettes over the years

(“Broke Down,” “Sinner’s Prayer,” “Bring It On,” “Black T-shirt”).

 “Slaid is my favorite co-writer,” says Picott, who also co-wrote the new album’s standout “Welding Burns.” “He’s a smart writer with a gift for wringing the most out of a melody. Slaid understands that the song has to rule. He's patient and unwavering in his pursuit of the best.” Cleaves humbly accepts the praise. “Despite the odds, through persistence and good fortune I've carved out a niche for myself,” he says. “You could say I have a ‘Whim of Iron.’"

Cover: $25 advance, $27 day of show

Tickets on sale now at Abilene, Record Archive, Bop Shop Records

and online at



September 29……….GINA SICILIA

October 5.........NIKKI HILL
October 6.........NIKKI HILL

October 13……….IGOR & THE RED ELVISES