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2015

LIVE MUSIC CALENDAR!

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Abilene on the Road and Record Archive present

JD MCPHERSON


With Special Guests: Mickey James Trio

Tuesday, September 1, doors 7pm, music 8pm

Harro East Ballroom, 400 Andrews St, Rochester, NY 14604

Tickets: $20 advance, $25 day of show

Tix on sale now at Abilene Bar and Lounge, Record Archive and online at abilenebarandlounge.com

McPherson grew up in rural southeastern Oklahoma, near the town of Talihina.

He took up the guitar at age 13. In high school he played in a number of localpunk rock bands

and began writing his own songs. During this time, McPherson also developed a strong interest in

1950s rock and roll after being exposed to the music of Buddy Holly.

This went on to shape his song writing and sound for bands he was in such as

The Poison Okies and The Starkweather Boys. He studied visual arts in college,

earning a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Tulsa, and later worked as an

art and technology teacher. After deciding to pursue music more seriously, McPherson sent a demo

to Jimmy Sutton of Hi-Style Records, a label specializing in roots music.

Sutton agreed to produce McPherson's debut album.

His debut album Signs and Signifiers was released in 2010 on Hi-Style Records.

The album was given a major-label release by Rounder Records on April 17, 2012,

debuting at number one on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart and number 161

on the Billboard 200 the week of June 2, 2012. It also reached number 47 on the Billboard Rock Albums chart.

The single "Your Love (All That I'm Missing)", from the album Signs and Signifiers,

was released by Rounder/Hi-Style in the UK on June 18, 2012.

On November 19, 2012 Rolling Stone labeled McPherson an "Artist to Watch"

in a 3 1/2 star (out of 5) review of Signs and Signifiers.

McPherson's second album, Let the Good Times Roll, was released on February 10, 2015

www.jdmcpherson.com



Friday, September 4….6pm till 9pm

Happy Hour with Free Munchies, Drink Specials…and Live Original Music featuring

A band to be announced shortly…

And then at 9:30pm…

another very cool band to be announced soon

 

 

Saturday, September 5…9:30pm

A band to be announced shortly!!!

 

 

Tuesday, September 8….8pm till 10pm

With A Little Help From My Friends-THE BEATLES UNPLUGGED- --Feat.

DON CHRISTIANO


With special guests

www.facebook.com/donchristiano

Stop in for a night of great Beatles tunes.

NO COVER CHARGE!!!!  Enjoy the music..it's our treat!

 

 

 

 Wednesday, September 9….8pm

Ramshackle honky-blues and boogie

ESQUELA


Esquela is a five-piece indie-roots-Americana band featuring amazing vocalist Rebecca Frame,

who holds court with lead guitarist Brian Shafer, Chico Finn on bass and vocals,

Todd Russell on drums, and Matt Woodin on guitar.  Fun and festive,

Ewquela is loaded with rich orchestration, layered harmonies, and soaked in rural sensibilities.

Opening: MATT SAUER DUO

www.esquelatheband.com

Cover: $5

 

 

Thursday, September 10…8pm till 11pm

From Niagara Falls….finger-style guitarist

JAMIE HOLKA


With Big Leg Emma’s Corey Kertizie on percussion

www.jamieholka13.wordpress.com

www.facebook.com/jamie.holka

Cover: $3

 

 

Friday, September 11…6pm till 9pm

Happy Hour with Free Munchies, Drink Specials

…and Live Original Music featuring the return to Abilene of…

COURTNEY YASMINEH


“Bearing all the desired sweetness and devilish, indomitable performing power

a music fan could ask for, ultra alt-rocker Courtney Yasmineh provides

a service that most humans, regardless of gender, can only vaguely

dream of producing.  Backed with a first-class rhythm section and a fairly-mythical

upbringing, Courtney has made some serious headway in bringing the notoriously

collective term “alt rock” back into everyone’s face with a vengeance. 

Yasmineh’s sound combines aspects of Hole’s crunchy disparity,

No Doubt’s tongue-in-cheekiness, the choppy punk of The Clash,

and the sarcastic wit of Sheryl Crow and Alanis Morissette, amongst others.”..Seth Hynes-Marquette

www.courtneyyasmineh.com

then at 9:30pm….

THE TOBEY VILLAGE HOUSE BAND


www.facebook.com/tobeyvillagehouseband?fref=ts 

Cover: $5

 

 

Saturday, September 12….9:30pm

Don’t miss the return of…

THE REVELERS


The Revelers is one of Rochester’s premier Americana, roots-rock bands. 

Guitarist/vocalist Jeff Sherner and bassist/vocalist Jeff Simpson

came out of the cornfields of Livingston county and have played together for the past 20 years.

  With multi-instrumentalist/vocalist David Curry and drummer Don Stauffer,

The Revelers present a sound heavily influenced by Merle Haggard,

Steve Earle, Wilco, John Prine and the Old 97’s, to name a few.

These are songs about hard livin’, loose women, tears in beers and love gone wrong.

www.facebook.com/TheRevelersBandRochester

Cover: $5

 

 

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Sunday, September 13…doors 7pm, music 9pm

Punk-Rock Gutterbilly featuring

THE GODDAMN GALLOWS


The Goddamn Gallows came from the heart of America’s Rust Belt,

arising from a night of flophouse violence. Drifting across the states,

they cemented their sound in Portland, OR and later in Los Angeles, CA,

where they lived in abandoned buildings, squatter camps, storage units and shoebox apartments.

  In 2007, they everything behind and spent the next 4 years

living out of whaever vehicle would get them to the next town.

Building upon their original sound of twanged-out, punk rock gutterbilly

(Life of Sin 2004 and Butterbullyblues 2007), they band picking up stray musicians

along the way and adding to their sound; washboard, accordion,

mandolin and banjo (Ghost of the Rails 2009 and 7 Devils 2011)

creating a sound referred to as “hobocore”, “gypsy-punk” or “Americana punk”,

while never being stuck in one sound.

The Goddamn Gallows continue to rapidly grow a devoted following

with their volatile and spectacular live shows: a contagious,

spontaneous eruption of unpredictability.

If you’re a fan of The Reverend Horton Heat, Nashville Pussy,

The Real McKenzies, do not miss this show!

www.thegoddamngallows.com

With Special Guests

BLACKLIST ROYALS

 

www.blacklistroyals.com

Cover: $10 advance, $12 day of show

Tickets on sale now …at Abilene and online at www.abilenebarandlounge.com




****SPECIAL SHOW****

Thursday, September 17…8:30pm

HALF-WAY TO ST. PADDY’S DAY BASH!!!

Featuring live music by

1916


The Rochester-based band, 1916 are an explosive concoction of

the modern Irish Punk movement with an original mix of psychobilly,

which gives 1916 a sound that stands apart from other bands of the genre.

If you like Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly, you’ll love seeing 1916 tear it up live!!!

www.1916band.com

Cover: $5

 

Friday, September 18…..6pm till 9pm

Happy Hour with Drink Specials, Free Munchies and Live Music

featuring the Abilene of debut of Buffalo’s

GRACE LOUGEN

and

THE LEFTOVER PANCAKES


Grace Lougen is a guitar player from Kenmore, NY.

Inspired by musicians such as Derek Trucks, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and BB King,

Grace has developed a blend of soul, blues, and rock genres into her playing.

  She has been active on the Buffalo music scene for the past four years,

playing for The Black and Blues Band as lead guitar player and lead/back-up vocalist since 2011,

and for The Grace Stumberg Band as lead guitarist since 2012.

More recently, Grace has been developing her solo project. 

In May, 2014, Grace released her debut album “The Grace Blues Project,”

at the Sportsman’s Tavern with the legendary Will McFarlane

(guitar player for Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, and many other artists). 

Influenced by artists like Led Zeppelin, Joe Bonamassa and John Mayer,

Grace and band write original music that encompasses

the soul of old school blues and rock ‘n’ roll with a fresh, modern flare.

www.gracelougen.com

And then at 9:30pm…

Put on yer dancin’ shoes..We’re proud to present the return of Buffalo’s

BLACK ROCK ZYDECO


You’ll love their infectious rhythms spiked with Louisiana funk & jazz.

www.blackrockzydeco.com

Cover: $6

 

 

Saturday, September 19..and 26…8pm

As part of the Fringe Festival’s BYOV (Bring Your Own Venue) series

Method Machine Performance & Art presents

ShakesBLOOD 

The BLOODIEST Deaths of the BARD!!!

From the company that brought you last year’s Fringe spectacle, Spoon River Rochester,

Method Machine serves up this sanguine twist on Shakespeare.

Mac, Lady Mac and the weird sisters from the Scottish play lead this irreverent romp

through the bloodiest scenes of the Bard: Titus, Caesar, Lear, Macbeth…

even a man-eating bear! Which reminds us: fake blood splatter is indiscriminate (but totally washable!)

to audience members or actors.  You may want to bring a rain poncho.

ShakesBLOOD performs on the back patio at Abilene Bar & Lounge.

Seating is a mix of sitting and standing; first-come, first-served.

Cover: $10 ..Tickets on sale now at Fringe Festival Box-Office (corner of Main & Gibbs Streets),

online at rochesterfringe.com and at the door…one hour before start of show

         Please note: there is a $3 surcharge for those under 21. Please bring ID.

 

And then at 9:30pm…a very cool band to be announced shortly!

 

 

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Monday, September 21….doors at 6pm, music at 8pm

A rare Monday “Beatles Night!”…The perfect way to start the week.

With A Little Help From My Friends-THE BEATLES UNPLUGGED- --Feat.

DON CHRISTIANO


Plus special guests

www.facebook.com/donchristiano

Stop in for a night of great Beatles tunes.

NO COVER CHARGE!!!!  Enjoy the music..it's our treat!

 

 

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Tuesday, September 22…8:30pm

The much-requested return of red-hot rockabilly queen

KIM LENZ & THE JAGUARS


Here’s all you need to know…”If Elvis had been born a woman,

he probably would have sounded just like Kim Lenz.”—Rolling Stone

www.kimlenz.com

Cover: $10 advance, $13 day of show

Tickets on sale now …at Abilene and online at www.abilenebarandlounge.com

 

 

 

Friday, September 25….6pm till 9pm

Happy Hour with Drink Specials, Free Munchies and Live Music featuring

MEG GEHMAN

Meg’s first solo CD, Leap, debuted July 2105. She calls it “a shameless pop record,

heavily influenced by r&b and rock.  Catchy mid-to-uptempo pop music co-written with my producer,

Sony platinum-selling r&b artist, David Chance (formerly of the r&b duo Ruff Endsz).

You will hear so many influence on this record,

and I would have to say that the strongest influence for this project would be David himself.”

Meg has delighted audiences for years as the leader of

Meg and the Clams and then This Other Life.

www.meggehman.com

And then at 10pm…..

We’re thrilled to once again present Michigan-based folk/rock artists

JACK AND THE BEAR


Born in the downriver town of Monroe, Michigan, the gang trekked down the road to Toledo, Ohio,

and back to the college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan, during the early days of the forming.

  Many things could be said to attempt to give you an idea of exactly what Jack and the Bear is

…but…unfortunately, the only way to truly understand Jack and the Bear, is to witness the act live in person.

They’ve been described as: “A mind blowing performance, “ and “A Broadway musical meets Bruce Springsteen.”

But the best description would be: “A spectacle that must be seen live firsthand, to truly be understood.”

When a band is formed, the first thing someone asks is, “What kind of music do you play?”

or “What do you guys sound like?”  Jack and the Bear have always had a tough time

coming up with an answer to such a question, but, if they had to attempt a description, it would be something like…

“Disney working Bruck Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions Band,

whilst 1070s’ George Lucas writes out the screenplay to each show,

guided by the everlasting spirit of legends; such as, Louis Prima, Pete Seeger,

and a cup of love. Also, Randy Newman sword fighting Captain Hook on top of the ey of Sauron.”

Currently, the band is on a “Never Ending Tour.”

www.jackandthebear.com

Cover: $6

 

 

 

Saturday, September 26…8pm

As part of the Fringe Festival’s BYOV (Bring Your Own Venue) series

Method Machine Performance & Art presents

ShakesBLOOD 

The BLOODIEST Deaths of the BARD!!!

From the company that brought you last year’s Fringe spectacle, Spoon River Rochester,

Method Machine serves up this sanguine twist on Shakespeare.

Mac, Lady Mac and the weird sisters from the Scottish play lead this irreverent romp

through the bloodiest scenes of the Bard: Titus, Caesar, Lear, Macbeth…

even a man-eating bear! Which reminds us: fake blood splatter is indiscriminate (but totally washable!)

to audience members or actors.  You may want to bring a rain poncho.

ShakesBLOOD performs on the back patio at Abilene Bar & Lounge.

Seating is a mix of sitting and standing; first-come, first-served.

Cover: $10 ..Tickets on sale now at Fringe Festival Box-Office (corner of Main & Gibbs Streets),

online at rochesterfringe.com and at the door…one hour before start of show

         Please note: there is a $3 surcharge for those under 21. Please bring ID.

 And then at 9:30pm…a very cool band to be announced shortly!

 

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Tuesday, September 29….8:30pm

JESSICA LEE WILKES


Plus special guest

You’ve seen her as part of the Dirt Daubers,

now catch her performing  raw, rhythm & blues-tinged rock ‘n’ roll.

www.facebook.com/Jessicaleewilkes

Cover: $8

 

 

Wednesday, September 30….8:30pm

From rural Mount Dora, FL…

LANEY JONES and THE SPIRIT


Raised on an exotic animal farm in rural Mount Dora, FL, Laney Jones sings tales of love and adventure

with a voice that has been described as "a mix of lemon, molasses, gin and gunpowder" (WPRK),

mellifluous and smooth but brimming with passion. Her live performance highlights

her multi-instrumental prowess on banjo, ukulele, tenor guitar and harmonica

backed by her band the Spirits. Since releasing her first studio album

Golden Road in 2013, she has traveled far from the orange groves and marshesof her home,

graduating from Berklee College of Musand playing festival stages

at Grey Fox, Shakori Hills, String Break, Lancaster Roots and Blues and numerous others.

"That's really beautiful....Very exciting! I can't wait to see what you're gonna do next."

— Alison Krauss, speaking about Laney on PBS's Great Performances

www.laney-jones.com

Cover: $5


UPCOMING SHOWS!


October 8........And The Kids

 

October 27........DAVE ALVIN & PHIL ALVIN with the GUILTY ONES

                                 Downstairs Cabaret @ Winton Place

 

October 30........THE BALLROOM THIEVES

 

November 1........PROFESSOR LOUIE AND THE CROWMATIX

                                Featuring a full horn section

                                Playing the music of THE BAND


Monday, November 9……..….CHARLIE PARR

 

Thursday, November 12……...BIG SANDY & HIS FLY-RITE BOYS