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LIVE MUSIC CALENDAR!  2016

 


 

 

Saturday, July 9….doors 7pm, music 9:30pm

Great drink specials!



Tuesday, July 12……8pm

CHRIS TEAL FAREWELL SHOW!!!


Chris Teal, drummer extraordinaire, is leaving town.

Join Mighty High & Dry..and special guests!

Don’t miss this bon voyage bash..Great tunes..

and a great way to celebrate a great player and great guy.

With the influence of the Rolling Stones, Black Keys, and Neil Young

audible within their performances, The Mighty High & Dry’s sound shines

through each song, rooted by Kyle Vock’s (mostly upright) deep-digging bass,

Chris Teal’s dynamic and crisp drumming, Alan Murphy’s guitar hooks and

stylistically flexible singing, and Eric Katerle’s hot guitar playing.

www.reverbnation.com/themightyhighdry

Cover: $3

 

 

 

Wednesday, July 13..and every Wednesday in July….8:30pm

CHRIS JAMES & MAMA G


Americbeat music…influenced by American music from all genres with a beat you can dance to!!! Yes, Ameribeat!

You won’t want to miss Chris James on guitar and vocals and Mama G. on mandolin and vocals.

They’ll be serving up a little ol’ fashioned chickin’ pickin!

www.facebook.com/ChrisJamesMamaG

SPITTIN’ SIRENS


Melodic phrasing, vocal-centric raunchy lyrics, vocal harmonies, booty bouncing sassy grass string music!!!

www.reverbnation.com/spittinsirens

and featuring special guest: JAMES FORD from The Blind Owl Band

Cover $5

 

 

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Thursday, July 14….doors 4pm, music at 8:30pm

HARPETH RISING


Featuring Michelle Younger, formerly of The Younger Gang

Chamberfolk: Three classically trained musicians playing original music, as intricately arranged

as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part

vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe. Building from the tonal

depth of the cello (or is it a bass?), layer in the shimmering sounds of a violin and the strikingly

natural addition of banjo to create a sound at once familiar and impossible to categorize.

Unapologetic genre-benders, Harpeth Rising fuses Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into

something organically unique.

The three musicians each hold classical performance degrees from some of the most venerated

schools in the world: Indiana University, Oberlin, Eastman School of Music. But their classical

background is only one dimension of this trio’s powerful musical voice. Hailing from vastly

different parts of North America, each member of Harpeth Rising brings different influences to

the core sound. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Maria Di Meglio cello, was born and raised in Brooklyn,

NY. She was drawn to the music of her first generation Italian and Balkan roots, and grew up

learning Eastern European folk songs alongside classical repertoire. She attended many

classical programs throughout NYC, including LaGuardia High School (the “Fame” school), and

Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege Division. Michelle Younger of Charlottesville, VA

comes by her modern spin on old-time infused banjo authentically; her family has been in the

United States for generations, and she is a descendent of Cole Younger, a member of the

James-Younger Gang and the namesame of his very own banjo tune. Jordana Greenberg,

violin, grew up listening to the sounds of Stan Rogers, Leonard Cohen and Natalie McMaster in

her native Canada before moving to Southern Indiana as a child. She studied classical violin by

day through the pre-college program at Indiana University, and spent her nights learning the folk

tunes and classic rocks songs that her family plays at the annual post-Passover jam session.

All three women began singing after they completed their instrumental studies, and found a

passionate new musical avenue. They developed their voices and arrangements to bring life to

the lyrical expressiveness of their original songs. Hallmarks of their music include expansive

three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft, yet soulful, lyrical perspective.

www.harpethrising.com

Cover:$15 advance, $18 day of show

Tickets on sale beginning Wednesday, July 6

at Abilene, Bop Shop Records, Record Archive

and online at www.abilenebarandlounge.com

 

 

Friday, July 15….6pm till 9pm

Happy Hour with drink specials, free munchies and live music featuring the Abilene debut of…

THE DROWNING COWBOYS

The Drowning Cowboys are a Rochester based country band that formed in late 2012.

Their songwriting explores such classic themes as drinking, heartache, drinking,

and the freedom and solitude of the open road.  The band approaches music

with a dedication to clever and heartfelt lyricism and catchy hooks,

attempting to remain true to the roots of modern country music.

And then at 9:30pm…

Live acoustic rock featuring acoustic classics, homegrown grooves

and some mean Johnny Cash..as performed by long-time Rochester favorite..

BRENDAN MACNAUGHTON

& THE INBETWEENS


It’s a special reunion of the original members!!!

www.reverbnation.com/brendanmacnaughton

Don’t miss this annual appearance by this legendary group!

Cover: $7

 

Saturday, July 16….doors 6pm, music 7pm.

Drink specials and New Orleans piano…the kind of funky, rootsy,

jazz-inflected piano that the Crescent City is known for..and performed by

JOSH PAXTON


www.facebook.com/josh.paxton.56


And then…Celebrate RocPride!!!!

And Gay Pride Weekend in Rochester!!!

Doors 9pm, Show 10pm

Feat. Drag King Troupe..

BOYZ NIGHT OUT---PRIDE EDITION!!!

Don’t Miss This Drag Show!

DJ’s, Drag Kings..and more!!

DJ and Dancing after the show

www.facebook.com/boyznightout

No cover but donations gladly accepted

For the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley



****SPECIAL MONDAY SHOW****

ON THE PATIO

Monday, July 18….doors 6pm, music 8pm

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

DON CHRISTIANO


With Special Guest: MIKE COSCO

www.facebook.com/donchristiano

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

 

 

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Tuesday, July 19…doors 4pm, music 8pm

BLUES CARAVAN-2016

Featuring THE BLUES SISTERS


This is the Blues Caravan 2016 – and these are the artists you’ve been waiting for.

Now in its 12th triumphant year, the Blues Caravan is a touring showcase

for the hottest young acts on the Ruf label. With past treks helping launch stars

including Joanne Shaw Taylor, Bart Walker and Samantha Fish, it’s a springboard

for the blues scene’s next-big-things, and a magnet for fans who want to catch them

before lift-off. In 2016, we’ve got a Blues Caravan lineup sure to raise the roof each

night as it rolls across the USA and Europe. The Blue Sisters are doing it for themselves…

Tasha Taylor has the blues in her blood. The youngest daughter of R&B trailblazer

and Stax icon Johnnie Taylor, she inherited his musical talent, but walked her own

path, studying drama at Boston University before lighting up hit TV shows including

Ugly Betty and House. The pull of music proved too strong, however, and having

composed soundtracks for shows like Men In Trees and Lipstick Jungle,

Tasha broke through with Taylormade: the album whose self-penned,

sharply observed material pinballed from early soul single “Queen”

to the redemptive gospel of “I Got Love”. She’ll start the

Blues Caravan as a hot tip – and end it as a world-class contender.

Layla Zoe is ready to explode. Like her early influences – from Bob Dylan to Muddy Waters –

the Canadian bandleader is a fearless writer, earning victory

in 2006’s auspicious Blues Compo songwriting competition,

and critical acclaim for albums including 2013’s The Lily.

For the Blues Caravan 2016,

Layla will be drawing on the best of her catalogue,

previewing this year’s new release, and leaving it all on the stage.

“With live performances,” she explains, “I believe that the more raw

and uncensored I am, the more I can connect with my listeners.”

When Ina Forsman steps up the mic, you’ll believe every word.

The Finnish vocalist hit the radar aged 17 with a show-stopping rendition

of Etta James’s “All I Could Do Was Cry” on a TV talent show.

Since then, she’s achieved international recognition, guesting

with blues heavyweights Helge Tallqvist and Guy Verlinde on the road,

touring mainland Europe and proving her own songwriting chops

with her self-penned and fiercely personal material.

When Ina hits the stage, all bets are off. “I rarely plan anything,”

she says, “so what happens on the stage, just happens.”

Cover:$8 advance, $10 day of show

Tickets on sale beginning Wednesday, July 6

at Abilene, Bop Shop Records, Record Archive

and online at www.abilenebarandlounge.com

 

 

Wednesday, July 20…and every Wednesday in July…8:30pm

CHRIS JAMES & MAMA G


Americbeat music…influenced by American music from all genres with a beat you can dance to!!! Yes, Ameribeat!

You won’t want to miss Chris James on guitar and vocals and Mama G. on mandolin and vocals.

They’ll be serving up a little ol’ fashioned chickin’ pickin!

www.facebook.com/ChrisJamesMamaG

SPITTIN’ SIRENS


Melodic phrasing, vocal-centric raunchy lyrics, vocal harmonies,

booty bouncing sassy grass string music!!!

www.reverbnation.com/spittinsirens

and featuring special guest: ZAC LIJEWSKI from The Honey Smugglers

Cover $5

 

 

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Thursday, July 21…doors 4pm, music 9pm

ANA EGGE and THE SENTIMENTALS


With special guest: Mike Ferrio (of Tandy & Good Luck Mountain)

Saskatchewan-born, Brooklyn-based folk troubadour

Ana Egge isn’t your run-of-the-mill alt-country singer. 

Using unique production and rock-based chord progressions,

Egge has made a name for herself as a Gillian Welch figure

with  a rocker attitude. She’s touring in support of her latest release, “Bright Shadow.”
www.anaegge.com

Cover:$8 advance, $10 day of show

Tickets on sale now at Abilene, Record Archive and online at www.abilenebarandlounge.com

 

 

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Friday, July 22…doors 4pm, music 9:30pm

ROOMFUL OF BLUES


Even though Roomful of Blues’ lineup has changed over the years, the band

has always been one of the tightest, most joyful blues ensembles in the world.

Currently an eight-piece unit led by guitarist Chris Vachon, the band has never

sounded fresher or stronger. In 2010, singer Phil Pemberton took over the vocal duties,

bringing his sweet and soulful vocals and adding another bright new dimension to the jazzy,

jump-blues musical roots. Their winning combination of jump, swing, blues, R&B and soul

remains their calling card, as does their ability to fill the dance floor. Along with newer members,

bassist John Turner, trumpeter Doug Woolverton, drummer Chris Rivelli, and keyboardist Rusty Scott,

and longtime members baritone and tenor saxophonist Mark Earley,

tenor and alto saxophonist Rich Lataille , Roomful keeps on rockin’ in 2015.

Roomful of Blues, according to DownBeat magazine, “are in a class by themselves.”

With their masterful combination of jumping, horn-heavy, hard-edged blues and R&B,

it’s no wonder why the great Count Basie called them “the hottest blues band I’ve ever heard.”

Since 1967, the group’s deeply rooted blend of swing, rock ‘n’ roll, jump,

blues and soul has earned it five Grammy Award nominations and a slew of other accolades,

including seven Blues Music Awards.

With a non-stop performance schedule for over 45 years, Roomful of Blues has earned

critical, popular and radio success and a legion of fans around the globe.

including the prestigious DownBeat International Critics Poll for  “Best Blues Band”.

www.roomful.com

Cover:$25 advance, $30 day of show

Tickets on sale now at Abilene, Record Archive and online at www.abilenebarandlounge.com

 

 

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Saturday, July 23….doors 7pm, music 8:15pm

Abilene’s Annual

“ROCKABILLY RIOT!”

A full night of rockabilly madness beginning at 8:15pm..and featuring…

At 8:15pm…….THE SURFIN CADAVERS


www.facebook.com/TheSurfinCadavers

at 10:15pm…..KRYPTON 88


www.facebook.com/Krypton-88-284770862786

at 11:30pm…KICKSTART RUMBLE


www.kickstartrumble.com

Cover: $10

 

 

Wednesday, July 27….8:30pm

CHRIS JAMES & MAMA G


Americbeat music…influenced by American music from all genres with a beat you can dance to!!! Yes, Ameribeat!

You won’t want to miss Chris James on guitar and vocals and Mama G. on mandolin and vocals.

They’ll be serving up a little ol’ fashioned chickin’ pickin!

www.facebook.com/ChrisJamesMamaG

SPITTIN’ SIRENS


Melodic phrasing, vocal-centric raunchy lyrics, vocal harmonies,

booty bouncing sassy grass string music!!!

www.reverbnation.com/spittinsirens

and featuring special guest: to be announced shortly

Cover $5

 

 

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Thursday, July 28…..8pm

FRED COSTELLO’S

40th SEASON CELEBRATION!!!!


Feat. Fred Costello and Company…with many special guests

Don’t miss the funky organ sounds of the great Red Wing’s organist.

www.fredcostello.com

No cover charge!!!

 

 

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Friday, July 29…….6pm till 9pm

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

KRAZSMAN & FISHWIFE


Playing the best of Hank Williams, John Prine, Hayes Carll…along with some very cool originals

www.facebook.com/Kraszman-Fishwife-216214478422374

And then at 10pm….from Kingston, Jamaica…

JAH9 & THE DUB TREATMENT


Singer/songwriter/activist Janine “Jah9” Cunningham brings her refreshing

mix of contemporary and conscious poetry to the stage and delivers a mature,

sophisticated style with a unique and captivating energy all of her own. 

She has been credited as the creator of the Jazz on Dub genre.

Her vocals blend the jazz melodies of Billie Holiday and Nina Simone

with the dancehall attack of Sizzla Kalongi above the heavy dub rhythm akin

to Augustus Pablo. Every song contains a message inspired by natural

and universal laws. Her voice calls attention the abusers of power and also

highlights the need for spiritual growth in everyone, including herself.  

“I am my designer from concept to execution, “ she reminds us in the single

“Designer” about the inate ability to control our own destiny.

www.jah9.com

Cover:$10 advance, $12 day of show

Tickets on sale beginning Wednesday, July 6 at Abilene, Bop Shop Records, Record Archive and online at www.abilenebarandlounge.com

 

 

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Saturday, July  30….doors 7pm, music 9:30pm

THE WAY DOWN WANDERERS


Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, 5-piece modern-folk Americana act,

The Way Down Wanderers, draw listeners in with energy, originality and soulful generosity.

  Playing, performing and writing together for just 2 years, the Wanderers

have built an enthusiastic and fast-growing following.  Youthful and professionally trained,

these young men captivate audiences with soaring instrumentals,

foot stomping sing-alongs and a lively stage show and have create a buzz

for themselves with their unplugged, off-stage encores and propensity for

performing self-titled, “restSTOMPS”- free acoustic sets at rest & truck stops

along their routes.  The band’s debut EP, “Path to Follow” and their brand new live EP,

“Wellspring” are available wherever music is sold. The band’s first full-length album,

produced by Mike Marsh of the Avett Brothers and recorded at Sonic Ranch

in El Paso, TX, is due to release on July 15 of 2016.

www.thewaydownwanderers.com

Cover:$8 advance, $12 day of show

Tickets on sale beginning Wednesday, July 6 at Abilene, Bop Shop Records, Record Archive and online at www.abilenebarandlounge.com

UPCOMING!

 

8/10………HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN…Live at The Penthouse at One East Avenue

8/25……...GAL HOLIDAY AND THE HONKY TONK REVUE

8/28……...DANGERMUFFIN

9/2……….WOODY PINES