Joe Beard
Feb
21
8:00 PM20:00

Joe Beard

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

The 14th Installment of An Intimate Evening with Blues Great and Rochester Music Hall of Fame Member...

JOE BEARD

And his special guest…Jon Tucker

Do not miss this special night of music!

www.facebook.com/joebeardblues

www.facebook.com/jonathan.tucker2

Special thanks to our friends, Doug Camp and Cicero Ryland, Jr., true music fans.

Cover: $5

View Event →
Our 9th Annual Johnny Cash Birthday Bash
Feb
22
8:00 PM20:00

Our 9th Annual Johnny Cash Birthday Bash

****SPECIAL SHOW****
Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Join us in celebrating the life and music of A True American Patriot, Hero, Rebel, and Legend with our 9th annual JOHNNY CASH BIRTHDAY BASH!!!

Hosted by “The Abilene Three,” featuring Tommy Brunett, Brian Williams and Jimmy Mac with these special guests: Mike Snow, Sarah Rush, Don Christiano, Rita Coulter, Kerry Regan, Steve Lyons, Rockhouse Riot, Kraszman & Fishwife, Dick Storms, Jim Symonds, Bobby Henrie, Todd Bradley, Madeleine McQueen / Ryan Yarmel, Jeff Spevak, Trevor Lake, Buddy Hart & Brian Lindsay!

Join us in celebrating the life and music of Johnny Cash.

There’ll be a ton of great musicians, raffles and drink specials all night long!

Sponsored by Genny Beer and Iron Smoke Whiskey

www.geneseebeer.com

www.ironsmokewhiskey.com

Cover: $6

View Event →
Happy Hour with Big Blue House
Feb
23
5:00 PM17:00

Happy Hour with Big Blue House

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:00pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials, free munchies and the music of BIG BLUE HOUSE!

Big Blue House is a raucous trio of seasoned musicians with experience in a variety of genres, which now merge styles and voices into a unique gumbo of folk, rock, blues, jazz and reggae. They offer a blend of voices, acoustic rhythm and lead guitar, stand-up bass, and occasional mandolin, banjo and rersonator guitar. They often add percussion and a random horn to fill up the house. You’re gonna love ‘em!

www.bigbluehouseband.com

View Event →
Miller & The Other Sinners
Feb
23
8:30 PM20:30

Miller & The Other Sinners

Doors 3:00pm • Music 8:30pm
MILLER & THE OTHER SINNERS


“David Miller's music is earthy and soulful. A bluesy rock style, a rich voice and guitar, along with years of experience, it adds up to a musical pilgrimage that attracts attention and stimulates a crowd. People get interested, and that's golden!” - Holt Vaughn, Founder and CEO of the Award Winning group of media companies TheEastcoGroup.com "Miller is one of the finest soul-based singers in our region, and throughout “Poisons Sipped,” he proves he’s also one of our most vibrant songwriters. Elements of gospel, R&B, electric blues and singer-songwriter leanings collide here to form a collection of elegant, stately and eminently grooving songs, delivered with consistent passion. This is incredibly spirited stuff, and it represents a new high-watermark for Buffalo-born recordings.” -  Jeff Miers, Buffalo News

www.davemillermusic.com

Cover: $6

View Event →
Twenty Thousand Strongmen
Feb
23
to Feb 24

Twenty Thousand Strongmen

Doors 3:00pm • Music 11:00pm

The Abilene debut of Buffalo-based Bluegrass/Freak-Folk outfit TWENTY THOUSAND STRONGMEN!

Twenty Thousand Strongmen is…Mikee Pruitt – banjo, guitar, vocals, etc. Cat Glasgow – vocals, ukelele and piano Gregory Mach – fiddle and vocals Anthony DiPasquale – bass

They are a midwestern grown, old timey folk band that is now based out of Buffalo, NY. They have been playing their honest and soul lifting melodies for over eight years, both as a duo and a four piece string band.

Twenty Thousand Strongmen have shared the stage with many great artists like Wayne Hancock and William Elliott Whitmore, and have released five albums, three of which were released on Kansas City based record label Little Class Records.

Cat and Mikee have been touring the country from Buffalo to Tucson twice a year for the past five years and visited Europe in April 2017 following their newest release “ Your New Album” in March.

“Your New Album” is by far the best and simplest the Strongmen have ever sounded. Mikee’s Canyon rich voice seems to glide alongside complex fiddle melodies and rhythmic banjo thumpin. These ethereal yet light hearted songs are reminiscent of old souls like Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie while still making original and timeless folk songs that we can all relate to.

www.20kstrongmen.com

Cover:$7

View Event →
Left-Handed Second Baseman
Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

Left-Handed Second Baseman

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Don’t miss the Abilene debut of alt-folk/indie band…
LEFT-HANDED SECOND BASEMAN!

LH2B is the creation of singer/songwriter/producer Fran Broderick (Friday in America; PilotSuits.). His debut album, Eudaimonia, pulls together his sprawling influences - Bob Dylan and John Prine ("Over and Over Again”; “I’m Sorry God Didn’t Make You Cool”), Biggie and Sam Cooke (“Across the Room”) and gritty soul and rock acts like The Velvet Underground (“Sadly Sally”) and Dr. Dog. Broderick wrote, engineered, arranged and produced each song, in the vein of singer/songwriter-led productions from artists like The War on Drugs and Phosphorescent. The result is a mix of songs heavy on lyricism, haunting arrangements and memorable hooks, that seamlessly jump through genres. Much of the album’s raw, lo-fi aesthetic results from instruments being recorded one at a time in bedrooms and practice spaces.

www.lh2b.bandcamp.com

Cover: $5

View Event →
Chip Taylor
Mar
3
to Mar 4

Chip Taylor

Doors 7:00pm • Music 8:30pm

****SPECIAL SHOW****
CHIP TAYLOR!


Songwriters Hall of Fame 2016 inductee Chip Taylor has been writing and performing for nearly 60 years and shows no sign of slowing down. The New York Times says it best , “If you only know him as the as the guy who wrote ‘Wild Thing’ and ‘Angel of the Morning” — you don’t know him! Chip Taylor is making some of the most distinctive acoustic music around today.”  Fix Your Words is Taylor's upcoming 2018 release and follows closely after his acclaimed A Song I Can Live, which Sweden's foremost music site, Rootsy.nu called "so powerful and packed with emotions. Joy, sadness, melancholy, a sense of humor. And an abundance of compassion and humanity. It's an album I will treasure forever. It will have a special place in my record collection, next to Bob Dylan's "Time Out Of Mind" and Leonard Cohen's "You Want It Darker".  Creating distinctive music that is also enduring and influential has been Chip Taylor’s métier over the course of what is closing in on five decades as “one of America’s finest songwriters as well as a masterful singer and performer,” says Rolling Stone. His two best-known songs are only some of the many pop, rock, country and R&B chart hits he wrote in the 1960s (Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield and Frank Sinatra all recorded his songs).  Taylor was then one of the pioneers of the pivotal country-rock movement as a recording artist in the 1970s.

His 1973 album, Last Chance, remains a beloved cult classic.  But after refusing to play by the Nashville establishment rules, Taylor gave up music for full-time professional gambling in 1980. "Chip Taylor could've rested on his laurels years ago and still been way ahead of everybody else today.  Lucky for us he didn't and he's making some of the most relevant music out there," said Buddy Miller just last year. Since returning to music in 1996 he has enjoyed elder statesman stature within the Americana, contemporary folk and singer-songwriter scenes as an artist in his own right as well as in collaboration on albums and in performance with John Prine, Carrie Rodriguez, Kendel Carson and John Platania.  In a remarkable and prolific run, Taylor has released nearly an album a year since his return, each rising high on the Americana chart.  As England’s The Guardian notes, “Chip Taylor, like Johnny Cash, is well worth rediscovering by a new generation.”

Tickets: $18 advance, $22 day of show, on sale now at Abilene and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

View Event →
Our Own Worst Enemy
Mar
7
7:30 PM19:30

Our Own Worst Enemy

Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:30pm

Every Wednesday in March! Abilene faves…OUR OWN WORST ENEMY

Our Own Worst Enemy is a new band recently formed by old pros. Steve Lyons, Don Christiano, Paul Lindsley and Mike Tutino have come together to bring you their take on old school Honky Tonk, plus some originals and a few nuggets from local songsmiths such as Todd Bradley and the late, great Dave Donnelly. They aim to make you wanna dance the two step and cry in your beer. If you like music by Cash, Haggard, Frizell and Jennings, this is your band!

www.facebook.com/OOWEROCKS

Cover: $5

 

 

View Event →
Johnny Nicholas
Mar
8
8:00 PM20:00

Johnny Nicholas

****SPECIAL SHOW****
Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:30pm

Former member of Asleep at the Wheel and R&B singer/guitarist JOHNNY NICHOLAS!

Make no mistake: Johnny Nicholas knows from the blues. His credentials? Impeccable. Conviction? Immeasurable. And chops? If an instrument’s got strings, keys, or reeds he can play the hell out of it. He’s also a consummate songwriter and a great singer blessed with a warm, toasty growl of a voice that can roll from rumble to croon and back again with seductive ease.

Marcia Ball calls Nicholas “an extremely engaging innovative traditionalist” who “writes instant classics and sings them to break your heart and rock your soul.” But the key word there is “innovative,” because as deep as his roots go — and we’re talking about a cat who learned firsthand from the likes of Robert Lockwood Jr., Howlin’ Wolf, Big Walter Horton, and Johnny Shines (to name but a few of the legends he studied under early in his five-decade career) — Nicholas does not paint in one color.

As befits a soul who’s spent a lifetime soaking up the flavor of such vibrant music scenes as Ann Arbor, Chicago, South Louisiana and Texas (which he’s called home now for nearly 40 years), his music is full-spectrum Americana — a rich gumbo of not just blues, but cajun, swing, folk, and barrelhouse rock ’n’ roll.
As an artist and performer he can mesmerize a listening room crowd or bring a festival crowd to their feet with his rollicking boogie woogie piano and his stellar band.

For proof, just take a listen to Nicholas’ most satisfyingly eclectic collection of original American roots music yet, 2016’s Fresh Air, which finds him drawing on all of the above and deep into his soul for words of wit, wisdom, and heart. As the esteemed writer Bill Bentley puts it best, “He’s someone who cares about being real, and the hell with everything else … .”

http://johnnynicholasblues.com/

Cover: Super Low-Dough Show—Ten Bucks at the Door!

View Event →
Happy Hour with Kubik's Rubes
Mar
9
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour with Kubik's Rubes

Doors 3:00pm • Music 6:00pm

Happy Hour featuring Free Munchies, Drink Specials, and Live Music featuring the return of Americana, acoustic and bluegrass band KUBICK’S RUBES!

Kubrick’s Rubes mines the old-time and bluegrass styles, with a little country and swing thrown in for good measure.  The Rubes love a great song, close harmonies, and the simple pleasures of picking together. Although the Rubes are a relatively new band, the members are no strangers to the local music scene. Betsy Kubick, Mark Manzoni, Cap Cooke and Jordan Kleiman are Kubick’s Rubes…don’t miss this show!

www.facebook.com/Kubickrubes

View Event →
Mr. Monkey
Mar
9
9:30 PM21:30

Mr. Monkey

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:30pm

Imagine a world where The Stones meet The Clash, Jimi Hendrix knows Joan Jett, Led Zeppelin hang with The Beastie Boys..and The Who have drinks with Pat Benatar!!!! You are now ready to behold, MR. MONKEY--The Rock 'n' Roll simian Circus!

Come witness the Masters of Monkey Mayhem, The Saviors of the Simian Soul, The Champions of Chimpanzee Charm---MR. MONKEY!!!

https://www.facebook.com/MrMonkeyMusic/

Cover: $5

View Event →
Rosie Newton & The Green Mountain Playboys
Mar
10
9:00 PM21:00

Rosie Newton & The Green Mountain Playboys

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

Rosie Newton & The Green Mountain Playboys!

Rosie Newton grew up immersed in the rich folk music scene of Woodstock, New York, and began playing the fiddle when she was eight. Newton attended college in Ithaca, where she studied Viola Performance. While in Ithaca, she found herself swept up by the area’s music scene, which infused her with a deep appreciation for the beauty and diversity of roots music.  During this time she also developed a love for singing, and this, in addition to playing fiddle, forms an integral part of her performance.   Newton’s interests now span a wide range of musical styles, from Irish and old time to country and pop. She recently toured the Northeast playing zydeco fiddle with Preston Frank. Newton currently performs in a duo with Richie Stearns, and plays with The Duhks, Red Dog Run, the Evil City Stringband, Home Remedy and occasionally The Pearly Snaps. This tour is with the celebrated Green Mountain Playboys, playing the traditional French music of Southwest Louisiana.

www.rosienewtonmusic.com www.facebook.com/vermontcajun

Cover: Super Low Dough Show…$10 at the door!

View Event →
Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkin On The Drums
Mar
10
10:00 PM22:00

Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkin On The Drums

****SPECIAL SHOW!****

Abilene On The Road Presents

JONATHAN RICHMAN featuring Tommy Larkin on the Drums!

Live On Stage at The Skylark Lounge,
40 South Union St. Rochester 14607
Doors 4:30pm, Music 10:00pm


Jonathan Richman has been writing music, recording and touring for most of his life, gathering the loyalty of fans and fellow artists with his warmth, humor and insightful lyrics.  In the early 1970s he formed the Modern Lovers, a major progenitor of punk music. Tommy Larkins was in the groups Naked Prey, Giant Sand and other popular bands in Tucson, Arizona.  Jonathan and Tommy contune to record, write music together and tour across the US. Tommy’s drumming along with Jonathna’s guitar and singing create a live experience that is hard to forget.

Tickets: $18 advance, $23 day of the show, on sale now at Abilene, Bop Shop, House of Guitars, Record Archive and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

 

View Event →
Our Own Worst Enemy
Mar
14
7:30 PM19:30

Our Own Worst Enemy

Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:30pm

Every Wednesday in March! Abilene faves…OUR OWN WORST ENEMY

Our Own Worst Enemy is a new band recently formed by old pros. Steve Lyons, Don Christiano, Paul Lindsley and Mike Tutino have come together to bring you their take on old school Honky Tonk, plus some originals and a few nuggets from local songsmiths such as Todd Bradley and the late, great Dave Donnelly. They aim to make you wanna dance the two step and cry in your beer. If you like music by Cash, Haggard, Frizell and Jennings, this is your band!

www.facebook.com/OOWEROCKS

Cover: $5

 

 

View Event →
Kyle Cook of Matchbox Twenty
Mar
15
8:00 PM20:00

Kyle Cook of Matchbox Twenty

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Kyle Cook has had a very high profile gig since 1996, when Matchbox Twenty – with Kyle as lead guitarist – first burst into the national scene with their landmark album Yourself or Someone Like You. The album went on to sell 10X platinum, launching a group that is regarded as one of the most popular American rock bands in recent history, achieving the rare feat of simultaneous success at modern rock, adult alternative and Top 40 radio. Their influence hasn’t dimmed: their most recent album, North, climbed to #1 on the Billboard Top 200.
 
As Kyle’s career has continued to evolve – within MB20; as lead guitarist/lead vocalist with The New Left; co-writing, performing and producing several songs on John Waite’s 2011 Rough & Tumble; opening his own record label last year – the Indiana native is taking the culmination of his experiences and, for the first time, releasing an album that is all his own. Wolves, Kyle Cook’s first solo project, reflects his evolution as an artist, as well as his love for all forms of music.
 
“After writing in Nashville for almost 10 years you collect a lot of songs,” Kyle explains. “I mean, you’re writing on your own constantly, but you’re also co-writing. So I tried to focus on the songs I wrote without the influence of others and then selected co-writes that fit the direction that I was naturally going toward.”
 
“I feel like those who need to compartmentalize this album will claim it’s ‘country’ because of the instrumentation and colorful characters, but I’m going for something much more genre-less here,” Kyle says. “In the same way California has influenced so many records, so does Tennessee, and I had to let it in.”
 
Wolves, which was released in 2015, also marks the first full album from Kyle’s own Tennessee Recording Company imprint, which he opened with longtime friend and collaborator, Mike Fiorentino, and web developer Ben Shaw in 2013.
 
The new album draws themes from his Midwestern upbringing – themes Kyle feels are universal. “This is a darker record. There are a lot of unfulfilled dreams where I’m from, and a struggle that comes along with that,” he explains. “Struggles with substance abuse as a way to medicate and cope with everyday life and struggles, with what might have been if the road forked differently.”
 
The project takes its title from a song that Kyle penned on the road during the last Matchbox Twenty tour. “That’s why I decided to title the album Wolves,” he explains. “It was a great metaphor for the things we are vulnerable to. It’s not a literal song at all. Wolves are opportunistic creatures. That metaphor made a lot of sense to me as well as something to build an album around. But in this context the ‘wolves’ are other people, and sometimes your own feelings, holding you back.”
 
Kyle includes a nod to a few of the writers that have influenced him: “Some songs are coming from a place of a fictional character. I’ve always loved that about Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan.”
 
Kyle is hitting the road to bring his new sound to fans across the U.S. The set list will reflect the knowledge that Kyle has gained over the past 20 years, from mastering guitar in high school to attending the Atlanta Institute of Music to joining Matchbox Twenty.

Tickets: $10 advance, $12 day of show, on sale at Abilene and online at https://abilene.showare.com

View Event →
Happy Hour with 5Head
Mar
16
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with 5Head

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials, free munchies and live music featuring 5HEAD!

A 5Head show feels like an illegal party. Not the kind where the cops come because it's too loud, but the kind that the government might try to ban because it's too much fun. With seemingly boundless energy, they dish out fiercely solid rhythm section grooves underneath traditionally catchy ska guitar stabs, all while sometimes sweet and sometimes red hot horn harmonies duke it out with front man Rob Reed's freight train inspired vocals.

5Head fuses elements of 1st and 2nd wave ska with soul and swing to create an upbeat energetic sound that is catchy and feverishly danceable.

From a songwriting perspective, what makes 5Head stand out among the legions of other ska bands is simple: hook. That thing that catches your ear and makes something new seem familiar. From the bass lines to the chord progression, from the vocal melody to the horns lines, hook is king.

5Head has regularly shared stages with ska heavyweights Bim Skala Bim, The Toasters, and The Pietasters.

https://www.facebook.com/5HEADMUSIC/

 

View Event →
Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
Mar
20
8:00 PM20:00

Barrence Whitfield & The Savages

***SPECIAL SHOW***
Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm


Abilene Bar and Lounge and Bop Shop Records present
BARRENCE WHITFIELD & THE SAVAGES!

Barrence Whitfield is a full-throttle soul screamer in the spirit of Little Richard, Don Covay and Solomon Burke. . He has been described as the owner of one incredible pair of lungs, with limitless energy and unmatched enthusiasm for his music and his audience. Barrence is a rarity in this business--one of a few black, rock n roll singer/entertainers who, Spin Magazine says, maintains a frenzied performance. Whitfield is a performer so consumed with satisfying his audiences that he has been called 'crazed, frenetic and completely unhinged.' Barrence, the singer made up of equal parts Arthur Alexander, Nolan Porter and James Carr this mofo burns.'

http://www.barrencewhitfieldsavages.com

Tickets: $15 advance, $20 day of show, available at Abilene Bar and Lounge, Bop Shop Record and online at https://abilene.showare.com

View Event →
Our Own Worst Enemy
Mar
21
7:30 PM19:30

Our Own Worst Enemy

Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:30pm
ABILENE'S 10TH ANNIVERSARY!


Every Wednesday in March! Abilene faves…OUR OWN WORST ENEMY

Our Own Worst Enemy is a new band recently formed by old pros. Steve Lyons, Don Christiano, Paul Lindsley and Mike Tutino have come together to bring you their take on old school Honky Tonk, plus some originals and a few nuggets from local songsmiths such as Todd Bradley and the late, great Dave Donnelly. They aim to make you wanna dance the two step and cry in your beer. If you like music by Cash, Haggard, Frizell and Jennings, this is your band!

www.facebook.com/OOWEROCKS

Cover: $5

 

 

View Event →
Folkfaces
Mar
23
9:00 PM21:00

Folkfaces

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:00pm

FOLKFACES is a group out of Buffalo, NY that plays a rowdy blend of rootsy folk, jazz, and blues-fusing classic forms with contemporary feeling and irresistibly danceable energy.  Their inspiration comes from the mountains of Appalachia to the deltas of Mississippi, the swamps of Louisiana to the Concrete Jungle of the Rustbelt. Specializing in merriment and sticking it to the system, Folkfaces make the crowd dance and the hierarchy shatter.

With special guests THE TENANTS! Rock, folk-rock, and gritty blues from the gritty town of Akron, Ohio.

www.folkfaces.bandcamp.com

www.facebook.com/TheTenantsAkron

Cover: $6

 

View Event →
Our Own Worst Enemy
Mar
28
7:30 PM19:30

Our Own Worst Enemy

Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:30pm

Every Wednesday in March! Abilene faves…OUR OWN WORST ENEMY

Our Own Worst Enemy is a new band recently formed by old pros. Steve Lyons, Don Christiano, Paul Lindsley and Mike Tutino have come together to bring you their take on old school Honky Tonk, plus some originals and a few nuggets from local songsmiths such as Todd Bradley and the late, great Dave Donnelly. They aim to make you wanna dance the two step and cry in your beer. If you like music by Cash, Haggard, Frizell and Jennings, this is your band!

www.facebook.com/OOWEROCKS

Cover: $5

 

 

View Event →
Terr Family Band
Mar
30
5:30 PM17:30

Terr Family Band

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials, free munchies and live music featuring the Terr Family Band!

Hard-Rockin' Louisiana Cajun Dancehall Music!

Charlie Terr is a first-rate, highly respected accordion player who began playing in the early 1970s. He was one of the first outside of the Cajun culture to learn the music and has played with many of the masters, including the Balfa Brothers, Nathan Abshire, Marc Savoy, D.L. Menard, Bois Sec Ardoin and countless others. In keeping with the Cajun tradition of family and music, he brought his sister Betsy Terr Fuller into the fold. Betsy currently plays guitar and sings with Northeast favorites C’est Bon. Joining the family are fiddlers/vocalists Jane DeLisa from C’est Bon and Missy Roser of Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew, along with Danny Birnbaum of the Empty Bottle Ramblers on bass. Holding it down on the drums is Lee Blackwell, who also played with Dewey Balfa and cut two award-winning records with The Tracy Schwarz (of the legendary New Lost City Ramblers) Cajun Trio. The connection gets deeper, as Lee and Charlie toured together with Tracy way back in the day.

Grab your dancing shoes and get ready for a real treat, as the Terr Family & Friends amp it up for a night of high energy, foot stomping fun!

View Event →
Dead Letter Office
Mar
31
9:30 PM21:30

Dead Letter Office

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:30pm

DEAD LETTER OFFICE - A Tribute to R.E.M.  Formed in 2014, Dead Letter Office faithfully recreates the sights & sounds of an R.E.M. show. Unlike other R.E.M. tribute bands, Dead Letter Office has 5 members, allowing them to tackle the complete R.E.M. catalog, so fans can hear all their favorite hits and deep cuts.

www.remtribute.net
www.facebook.com/events/1957007914616453

Cover: $6

 

View Event →
The Old Main
Apr
4
8:00 PM20:00

The Old Main

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm
EVERY WEDNESDAY IN APRIL!


From the foothills of the Adirondack mountains…
THE OLD MAIN!


The Old Main has drawn favorable comparisons to band such as The Avett Brothers, The Band, and Dawes while retaining a sound and style uniquely their own. They’ve been called Folk/Rock, Adirondack Folk, foot stomping Folk, alt-Americana, and all sorts of other things. But regardless of the adjective and/or categorization used, they’ve developed a voice all their own through their high energy live performances and the raw acoustic sound created through their use of acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, upright bass, drums, and ringing vocal harmonies.

www.theoldmainmusic.com

Cover: $7

View Event →
Stay The Plow
Apr
6
6:00 PM18:00

Stay The Plow

Doors 3:00pm • Music 6:00pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials, free munchies and the return to Abilene of STAY THE PLOW!

Original Americana, Country & Roots music from the folks who brought you DANG!

Singer Nelle Porter-Jones has assembled a solid band to back her up. Mining modern American musical style. Country, folk and roots, for sure. They also indulge in early jazz, bluegrass and swing (and maybe some rock). It’s not like the Americana Police are going to issue a summons for stylistic abuse!

Nelle and her bandmates connect, they are easy and fun. Setting each song up with personal asides and inside jokes that everyone in the room is in on. They also dig deep into the current and past American and country songbook, covers of Cash, Patsy, Emmylou, Gram Parsons as well as well-loved traditional pieces in their unique style.

www.staytheplow.com

www.facebook.com/staytheplow

 

View Event →
The Old Main
Apr
11
8:00 PM20:00

The Old Main

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm
EVERY WEDNESDAY IN APRIL!

From the foothills of the Adirondack mountains…

THE OLD MAIN!

The Old Main has drawn favorable comparisons to band such as The Avett Brothers, The Band, and Dawes while retaining a sound and style uniquely their own. They’ve been called Folk/Rock, Adirondack Folk, foot stomping Folk, alt-Americana, and all sorts of other things. But regardless of the adjective and/or categorization used, they’ve developed a voice all their own through their high energy live performances and the raw acoustic sound created through their use of acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, upright bass, drums, and ringing vocal harmonies.

www.theoldmainmusic.com

Cover: $7

View Event →
Daddy Long Legs
Apr
13
6:00 PM18:00

Daddy Long Legs

Doors 3:00pm • Music 6:00pm

From Cleveland, Ohio…
DADDY LONGLEG’S HOMEGROWN REVIVAL!

They weave a rich tapestry of musical genres from all corners of the earth, supported by live performance artists onstage. It’s a jazzy mix of Middle East Afro-funk, Latin, Reggae, French Café, Americana, Rock, Soul, and Gospel!

 

 


 

View Event →
JD McPherson
Apr
13
8:00 PM20:00

JD McPherson

***A VERY SPECIAL SHOW!***
Doors 7:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Abilene, Record Archive & DSP Shows present...

ABILENE’S 10th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT featuring
JD McPHERSON!

You could mistake JD McPherson for a revivalist, given how few other contemporary artists are likely to assert, as he boldly does, that “’Keep a Knockin’ by Little Richard is the best record ever made. It’s so insanely visceral, you feel like it’s going to explode your speakers. If I’m listening to that in the car, I find myself having to brake suddenly. I can listen to that and it makes me feel like I’m 20 feet tall. And the feeling of joy I get from that record is always going to be the real push behind trying to make music.” But in a very real sense, McPherson is much more a pioneer than roots resuscitator. He’s knocking at the door of something that arguably hasn’t yet been accomplished—a spirited, almost spiritual hybrid that brings the forgotten lessons from the earliest days of rock & roll into a future that has room for the modernities of studio technique...

with special guests
JAKE LA BOTZ and Woody Pines!

www.jdmcpherson.com

Harro East Ballroom
155 North Chestnut Street
Rochester, NY 14604

Tickets: $20 advance, $25 day of show, available now at Abilene Bar and Lounge and Record Archive and online at the following...

Abilene tickets

DSP tickets

View Event →
The Old Main
Apr
18
8:00 PM20:00

The Old Main

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm
EVERY WEDNESDAY IN APRIL!


From the foothills of the Adirondack mountains…
THE OLD MAIN!


The Old Main has drawn favorable comparisons to band such as The Avett Brothers, The Band, and Dawes while retaining a sound and style uniquely their own. They’ve been called Folk/Rock, Adirondack Folk, foot stomping Folk, alt-Americana, and all sorts of other things. But regardless of the adjective and/or categorization used, they’ve developed a voice all their own through their high energy live performances and the raw acoustic sound created through their use of acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, upright bass, drums, and ringing vocal harmonies.

www.theoldmainmusic.com

Cover: $7

View Event →
The Old Main
Apr
25
8:00 PM20:00

The Old Main

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm
EVERY WEDNESDAY IN APRIL!


From the foothills of the Adirondack mountains…
THE OLD MAIN!


The Old Main has drawn favorable comparisons to band such as The Avett Brothers, The Band, and Dawes while retaining a sound and style uniquely their own. They’ve been called Folk/Rock, Adirondack Folk, foot stomping Folk, alt-Americana, and all sorts of other things. But regardless of the adjective and/or categorization used, they’ve developed a voice all their own through their high energy live performances and the raw acoustic sound created through their use of acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, upright bass, drums, and ringing vocal harmonies.

www.theoldmainmusic.com

Cover: $7

View Event →
Eilen Jewell
May
5
8:00 PM20:00

Eilen Jewell

***SPECIAL SHOW***
Doors 7:00pm • Music 8:00pm


“Abilene on the Road” proudly presents...
EILEN JEWELL!

Honesty, confidence, and respect permeate Eilen Jewell’s music, dating back to her self-released Boundary County album in 2006. Since then, the Boise native has recorded five studio albums for Signature Sounds with her road-tested touring band, and two more as a member of the Boston-based gospel-charged Sacred Shakers (also on Signature Sounds), which includes that well-oiled band at its core. Her latest, Sundown Over Ghost Town, is a masterful culmination of Jewell’s work to date.
As hard as it is to categorize Jewell’s music-terms like alt-country, roots-rock, country-noir, and Americana get used a lot-it’s even harder not to become thoroughly enraptured by the singer/songwriter’s powerful versatility, musical stories, and images. And that gorgeous voice makes you feel like she’s singing just for you, out on the breezy back porch or by a crackling campfire. She does so much, so well.

www.eilenjewell.com

The Historic German House
315 Gregory Street
Rochester, NY 14620

Tickets: $25 advance, $30 day of show, available at Abilene, Bop Shop Records, Record Archive, House of Guitars and online at https://abilene.showare.com

View Event →
Chris Trapper
May
12
8:00 PM20:00

Chris Trapper

***SPECIAL SHOW***
Doors 7:00pm • Music 8:00pm


“Abilene on the Road” proudly presents
CHRIS TRAPPER!

Chris Trapper began his career as the front man for late-90’s alternative rock band The Push Stars (Capital Records). With four CD releases and several high-profile national tours-including a run with Matchbox Twenty-The Push Stars served to establish Chris as an authentic talent.

As a singer-songwriter, Chris is most known for his original song, “This Time,” the #1 selling song on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack for the film August Rush (Robin Williams, Jonathan Rhys Meyers/Warner Bros Pictures). His music can best be described as lyrically driven roots-pop with a knack for telling everyday stories. The New York Times has called his work “classic pop perfection.”

www.christrapper.com

with special guest Mary Scholz

http://www.maryscholz.com/wp

The Penthouse at One East Avenue
One East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604

Tickets: $22 advance, $25 day of show, available at Abilene Bar and Lounge, Bop Shop Records, House of Guitars, Record Archive and online at https://abilene.showare.com

View Event →
An Evening with Chris Smither
May
17
8:00 PM20:00

An Evening with Chris Smither

***SPECIAL SHOW***
Doors 7:00pm • Music 8:00pm


“Abilene on the Road” proudly presents
AN EVENING WITH CHRIS SMITHER!

CHRIS SMITHER. Songwriter. Guitarist. Performer. Bluesman.

CALL ME LUCKY is the new record from Chris Smither and is his first set of brand new originals in six years (release date: March 2018 on Signature Sounds/Mighty Albert). Recorded at the gorgeous Blue Rock Studio in the Texas foothills CALL ME LUCKY features longtime producer and multi-instrumentalist David Goodrich, drummer Billy Conway (Morphine), Matt Lorenz (aka The Suitcase Junket), Mike Meadows, and engineer Keith Gary. The new record features Smither - trademark songs that offer commentary on the human condition with a wink of an eye and pulls from deep in the soul. To complete the project are a couple of surprise covers that remind us of Chris' deftness as a song interpreter as he makes the songs his own. 

Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Smither is truly an American original. Reviewers and fans from around the world, including Rolling Stone and The New York Times, agree that Chris continues to be a profound songwriter, a blistering guitarist, and intense performer as he draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers.

www.smither.com

The Penthouse at One East Avenue
One East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604

Tickets: $25 advance, $30 day of show, available at

Abilene Bar and Lounge, Bop Shop Records, House of Guitars, Record Archive and online at https://abilene.showare.com

View Event →

MarthaPalooza Unplugged!
Feb
17
5:00 PM17:00

MarthaPalooza Unplugged!

Doors 4:30pm • Music 5:00pm

“MarthaPalooza Unplugged” For 7 ½ hours on a hot afternoon two summers ago, a Brighton backyard channeled the freewheeling musical spirit of a mini Woodstock as local musicians, individually and collectively stepped up to the mic, plugged into their amps and delighted listeners as they let loose with a variety of rockin’ and bluesin’ and rollicking good tunes. This “happening” inspired the promoters to encourage the eclectic cross-pollenization of musically inspired friends from different genres and backgrounds. This event came to be known as…”MarthaPalooza.”

We will recreate the spirit of this communal event on this cold February night with your host, Martha Schermerhorn. Martha is a Rochester, NY based visual artist, sculptor and photographer whose works have been widely exhibited nationally. The dream and creation of a music festival in her own backyard, for her, was “a major bucket-list item.” Martha is delighted that Abilene was willing to help keep the spirit of MarthaPalooza Summer 2016 alive. She loves music of all genres..and she also loves a good party!

5:00pm Sad Bastards
6:00pm High Lonesome
7:00pm Double View
8:00pm The Greenes
9:00pm Just Us
10:00pm GRR
11:00pm Jon Lewis

No Cover Charge...Just a tip jar!

View Event →
Hypnotic Clambake
Feb
16
9:00 PM21:00

Hypnotic Clambake

Doors 3:00pm, Music 9:00pm

PRE-MARDI GRAS BASH!!!
It’ll be “like a bar-mitzvah on acid.”
HYPNOTIC CLAMBAKE!   

Imagine a world without the accordion. Some of us would love that. Unfortunately, the band we would miss the most would be Rochester’s “Hypnotic Clambake.” Their music has been a welcome part of the Upstate, NY music scene since 1990 and continues to find appreciative audiences throughout New York State and beyond.  Accordionist Maury Rosenberg, originally from Long Beach, NY has performed with Yo Yo Ma, Peter Yarrow and David Lindley. He has made Western and Upstate, NY his stomping grounds for some of his weird, yet entertaining musicial endeavors. Everything from polkas, tangos, zydeco and klezmer music mixed with a twist of lime and an original sound true only to the “Clambake” defines this band’s unique sonic form.

www.hypnoticclambake.com

Cover: $7

 

View Event →
Happy Hour with The Angle
Feb
16
2:00 PM14:00

Happy Hour with The Angle

Doors 3:00pm, Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials, free munchies and the return to Abilene of...THE ANGLE!

The Angle is a 5-piece band performing homegrown original music…songs that were born in a barn in Upstate, NY…an acoustic/electric mix that leaves you wanting to hear more.

Check out the original rock sounds of Rick Palumbo, Scott Schipper, Scott Stevenson, Tom McTamity and Chris Zolellick!

www.facebook.com/The-Angle-1439706646286180

View Event →
CJ Chenier
Feb
15
7:30 PM19:30

CJ Chenier

***SPECIAL SHOW!***
Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:30pm
CJ CHENIER 



Clayton Joseph Chenier was born September 28, 1957 - the son of the great King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier. C.J.'s father was the first Creole musician to win a Grammy Award. C.J. spent his childhood in the tough tenement housing projects of Port Arthur, Texas. His earliest musical influences were an eclectic mix of funk, soul, jazz and Motown, and his first musical instruments were piano, tenor saxophone and flute. It wasn't until his 21st birthday, after winning a scholarship and studying music at Texas Southern University, that C.J. first performed with his famous father and the legendary Red Hot Louisiana band.

On the road his father showed him how to front a world class touring band - teaching C.J. how to run the family business and how to develop his lifelong passion for music into a career. When Clifton died in 1987 his son adopted the Red Hot Louisiana Band and recorded his debut album for the great American independent label Arhoolie Records. As he told a journalist at the time, he does not try to imitate his father's playing: "I play it the way I play it. All my father really told me was to do the best I could do with my own style." In the following years C.J. would record albums Slash Records and the legendary Chicago label Alligator Records.

In the autumn of 2005, just prior to recording his latest album for Harmonia Mundi's World Village label, the delta region of the United States was pummeled twice by vicious hurricanes that left much of Louisiana and large sections of C.J.'s hometown of Port Arthur, Texas decimated. In the aftermath of these floods - C.J. began writing and recording a collection of songs in a stark contrast to the upbeat nature of some of many his past recordings.

Inspired by Bob Dylan's 1960's collaboration with The Band - C.J. Chenier sought out an existing working band to back him during these sessions. Rounder recording artists The Tarbox Ramblers fit the bill with a combination of tight musical camaraderie, from years of touring, and a deep knowledge of American roots music history. Augmented by session pianist Joe Deleault, the musicians quickly rehearsed and recorded these songs in the cavernous Room A of Boston's Q Division Studios in the autumn of 2005. Inspired by the 1950's Rudy Gelder jazz recordings for Blue Note, and Zydeco albums of Clifton Chenier, the songs were recorded live with everyone playing together in the studio with minimal overdubs.

In essence this is C.J.Chenier's first solo album as a singer-songwriter. Harking back to the deep southern roots of Creole music - C.J. has recorded a collection of some of the most urgent and heartfelt songs of his career. He tapped deep into his father's songbook starting with the smitten sing-along hit Rosemary to the barbed wire blues of “Ain't No Need of Cryin'” (Everyday is the Same) and haunting “Black Snake Blues”.The southern gothic images of Hank Williams penned “Lost on the River” and the devastating P.J. Harvey ballad “The Desperate Kingdom of Love” complete the somber canvas - a metaphor of the recent carnage in New Orleans.

But a C.J. Chenier recording, like a traditional New Orlean's funeral, would not be complete without a tremor of hope for the future and a few great dance tunes. C.J. composed several classic songs for the album including the plaintive “I've Been Good To You Baby” and the swinging mea culpa “Who's Cheatin' Who?”. One of the album highlights is the Fender Rhodes driven - Living To Learn. Sans accordion and rubboard, Living To Learn highlights C.J.'s sixties soul and Motown influences. "As a teenager I played the Fender Rhodes in a top 40 cover band, practicing Soul Ray Charles, and Motown songs for 10 hours a day" recalls C.J.. Next C.J. leads the entire band through a Clifton Chenier tune “Bogalusa Boogie” as a tribute to the late great Clarence Gatemouth Brown. Gatemouth had died just days after Hurricane Katrina decimated his home in southwest Louisiana. The album ends fittingly with Van Morrison's “Comfort You”, his great waltz-poem of healing and forgiveness, a fitting end to a stormy night.

http://www.officialcjchenier.com/

Cover: $10 at the door

View Event →
Delilah Jones
Feb
10
9:00 PM21:00

Delilah Jones

Doors 7:00pm, Music 9:00pm

The Return to Abilene of Delilah Jones! Fresh new 5 piece Grateful Dead tribute band! 5 veteran musicians with diverse backgrounds - together for the love of the music. Come dance with us!!! Featuring Mike Bowers Drums; Steve Kralles - Guitar, Vocals; Jack Moore - Guitar, Pedal Steel, Vocals; Chris Ott - Keyboard, Vocals; Joe Worden - Bass, Vocals

www.facebook.com/kralltime

Cover: $5

View Event →
Sean Rowe
Feb
9
9:30 PM21:30

Sean Rowe

Doors 3:00pm, Music 9:30pm

SEAN ROWE! “We are the elders of our minds,“ sings Sean Rowe on “Gas Station Rose,” the track that ushers in his fourth album, New Lore, with plaintive plucks of guitar and steady drips of piano that fall in like rain. It’s a sparse and beautiful moment, anchored by Rowe’s unparalleled voice-so full of gravely soul, aged and edged by years on the road, as a father and husband, as a creative force always looking for the next rhyme. And, so integral to the man that he is, one that is constantly absorbing nature. It wasn’t the easiest journey to get to the ten vulnerable songs that comprise New Lore ..it took a label change, a trip to Memphis and some support from unexpected places-but what resulted is a road map for a gentle heart in modern times, in a world where the best oracle isn’t within a computer, but within ourselves.

Though Rowe has often made his hometown of Troy, New York and its surrounding areas his creative base, New Lore brought a new environment, and a new producer. Appropriate to his love of folk-blues legends like Howlin’ Wolf, he ventured to Sam Phillips Recording studio in Memphis to work with Matt Ross-Spand (Jason Isbell, Margo Price). They tapped into the history of the legendary space to hone a sound that is at once rich and stark, putting Rowe’s deep and dynamic rage at the forefront…because if high notes can shatter windows, Rowe’s low and guttural ones can meld sand into glass.

www.seanrowe.net

Tickets: $17 advance, $20 day of show

Tickets on sale now at Abilene Bar & Lounge, The Record Archive and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

View Event →
Happy Hour with The Fog
Feb
9
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour with The Fog

Doors 3:00pm • Music 6:00pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials, free munchies and live music featuring the debut of The Fog!

They’re a lively and soulful trio who perform an eclectic blend of blues, folk and rock with tinges of country. Dan Celso, John Barry, and Tom Hanney are three seasoned, down the earth musicians who play a variety of styles and genres.

www.facebook.com/freakinoldguys

 

 

View Event →
Huntertones
Feb
3
9:00 PM21:00

Huntertones

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

HUNTERTONES!
If you missed them at last year’s Xerox Rochester International Jazz Fest, here’s your chance to see them in the intimate setting that is Abilene!

Huntertones brings people together around the globe with fun, imaginative and fearless music. Their high energy, horn-driven sound fuses inspired improvisation and adventurous composition melding jazz, funk, rock, and soul. Adding depth and contrast to their live set, Huntertones shift from a dynamic six-piece ensemble to a trio featuring saxophone, sousaphone, and beat-boxing, keeping their listeners’ eyes and ears open at every turn. Huntertones formed in Columbus, Ohio at The Ohio State University and hosted their first shows at a house on Hunter Avenue. They have since relocated to New York City, released two albums, and toured North and South America, Europe and Africa -- experiences which have pushed the band to expand even further, stylistically. What started as a group of classmates finding a voice has developed into a highly collaborative group of musicians traveling, sharing, and growing together. Individually, members of Huntertones have compiled a diverse resume of collaborations with top artists in pop, jazz, soul, and musical theater. This includes work with Jon Batiste and Stay Human , O.A.R., Snarky Puppy, Stevie Wonder, Andy Grammer, Ed Sheeran, Allen Stone, Gary Clark Jr., Phillip Phillips, Ricky Martin, Umphrey’s McGee, Red Baraat, and more.

Cover: Super Low Dough Show - $8!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAN KENNELLY!!!

View Event →
MoChester
Jan
27
9:30 PM21:30

MoChester

Doors 7:00pm, Music 9:30pm

The Abilene debut of MoChester!

MoChester is a 4-piece rock-reggae driven band from Rochester, NY. The band's name is actually a fusion of the city it started in and Motown, one of its original influences. While the Motown groove provided early inspiration for the group, their current sound has a mainstream flair that has been compared to a blend of O.A.R. and Incubus, with a west coast swagger reminiscent of The Dirty Heads and Sublime. Their arsenal of original material stretches across numerous genres, from their anthemic groove-rock single “Crackerjack Tattoos”, to the reggae-infused jam “Saturday Night”.
 
The members of MoChester consists of Brandon Sheffer on lead vocals and guitar, Jonathan Sheffer on keys, guitar and backup vocals, Ben Overmyer on bass guitar, and Alex Melville on drums. The band was originally formed in 2001, but had a fresh start in 2011 with the addition of Overmyer.  MoChester has released 3 studio albums, "Stop and Go", "Lost and Found", and most recently, "More Than It Seems".  The full catalogue shows a progression from a more acoustic singer-songwriter based approach, to their more current songs that have a "poppy" rock-reggae sound.

Cover: $6

View Event →
Ancient Youth
Jan
26
9:15 PM21:15

Ancient Youth

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:15pm

Live Music featuring the return of…
ANCIENT YOUTH!

Live Delta Blues/Folk/Country with Jay Chaffee, Raedwald Bolton, “Washboard Dave” Paprocki, and another “original member,” Tom Bernhardi.

www.crawdiddies.com

Cover: $5

 

 

View Event →
Happy Hour with Alison Pipitone
Jan
26
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour with Alison Pipitone

Doors 3:00pm, Music 6:00pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials, free munchies and the Abilene debut of ALISON PIPITONE!

Alison Pipitone has enjoyed an incredibly loyal following throughout her 22 years in the WNY rock/indie music scene. Under her belt: Nine albums, thousands of performances across the U.S., hundreds of print and radio interviews, scores of TV appearances…in other words, a storied career in music. Pat Shaughnessy on drums has been her solid backbeat for a dozen years; Graham Howes has been her lead guitarist for ten years; Natalie Howes on backing vocals for the same. Their shared history has ultimately produced a sound that is simultaneously tight and loose, always confident.

Her music has a distinctly American sound, alt-rock injected with equal parts of punk, country, blues, and folk. It is true that the band can veer to the left or right of any given style, but Pipitone’s voice remains instantly recognizable at the center.

www.alisonpipitone.com

View Event →
Joe Beard
Jan
23
8:00 PM20:00

Joe Beard

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

The 13th Installment of An Intimate Evening with Blues Great and Rochester Music Hall of Fame Member...

JOE BEARD

And his special guest…Alex Disljenkovic

Do not miss this special night of music!

www.facebook.com/joebeardblues

Special thanks to our friends, Doug Camp and Cicero Ryland, Jr., true music fans.

Cover: $5

View Event →
Carolyn Wonderland
Jan
17
8:00 PM20:00

Carolyn Wonderland

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:00pm

Two Huge Nights of…Austin, Texas’ blistering guitarist (and Rochester favorite!) CAROLYN WONDERLAND! “A dollop of Janis Joplin, a slice of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a big load of soulful individuality …that’s Wonderland, a seething-hot Texas singer-guitarist.” - Daniel Gewertz, Boston Herald

www.carolynwonderland.com

Tickets: $25 advance, $30 day of show

Tickets on sale now at Abilene, Bop Shop, House of Guitars, Record Archive and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

View Event →
Carolyn Wonderland
Jan
16
8:00 PM20:00

Carolyn Wonderland

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:00pm

Two Huge Nights of…Austin, Texas’ blistering guitarist (and Rochester favorite!) CAROLYN WONDERLAND! “A dollop of Janis Joplin, a slice of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a big load of soulful individuality …that’s Wonderland, a seething-hot Texas singer-guitarist.” - Daniel Gewertz, Boston Herald

www.carolynwonderland.com

Tickets: $25 advance, $30 day of show

Tickets on sale now at Abilene, Bop Shop, House of Guitars, Record Archive and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

 

View Event →
McKinley James
Jan
15
8:00 PM20:00

McKinley James

****SPECIAL MONDAY NIGHT SHOW****
Doors 6:00pm, Music 8:00pm

Blues guitar phenom
McKINLEY JAMES!

With Ray Jacildo on the Hammond organ, Jason Smay on drums and Dave Riccioni on guitar

“Watching McKInley James play guitar is like watching a time-lapse film loop; every goddamn time I see him, I swear he gets better and better. Although a mere 15 years old, James digs deep into rock ‘n’ roll’s blackness and bluesness. He plays downright nasty and mean. This kid is the second coming of Nick Curran. Watch, you’ll see.” – Frank DeBlase, Rochester City Newspaper

www.facebook.com/mckinleyjamesmusic

Cover: $5

View Event →
Jane Mutiny & Friends Birthday Bash
Jan
13
8:30 PM20:30

Jane Mutiny & Friends Birthday Bash

Doors 7:00pm, Music 8:30pm

Several local musicians share January birthdays…so we’re throwing a party!!!

“THE JANE MUTINY & FRIENDS BIRTHDAY BASH!!!”

You’ll love their acoustic/folk/rock sound, as they celebrate the birthday of Jane Mutiny lead singer Sarah Long Hendershot, along with the birthdays of members of the local music scene, Steve Lyons, Betsy Terr Fuller, and John Pape.

Rita Coulter & Don Christiano start things off at 8:30!

www.thejanemutiny.com

Cover: $5

View Event →
Backyard Chemistry
Jan
12
9:30 PM21:30

Backyard Chemistry

Doors 3:00pm, Music 9:30pm

The return to Abilene of…
BACKYARD CHEMISTRY!

Get ready for a full night of music from Jason Willey, Greg Kremer, Barry Laffler, Keri Crowley and Mike Boucher! BYC is back at Abilene for another benefit!

They love music for a good cause - so come on out and have some fun with them as they work to raise some funds and awareness for organizations working with refugees in Rochester.

www.facebook.com/backyardchemistry

www.facebook.com/events/1128598373949700

Suggested minimum donation: $5

View Event →
Old Main
Jan
11
8:00 PM20:00

Old Main

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:00pm

From the foothills of the Adirondack mountains…
THE OLD MAIN!

The Old Main has drawn favorable comparisons to band such as The Avett Brothers, The Band, and Dawes while retaining a sound and style uniquely their own. They’ve been called Folk/Rock, Adirondack Folk, foot stomping Folk, alt-Americana, and all sorts of other things. But regardless of the adjective and/or categorization used, they’ve developed a voice all their own through their high energy live performances and the raw acoustic sound created through their use of acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, upright bass, drums, and ringing vocal harmonies.

www.theoldmainmusic.com

Cover: $7

 

View Event →
Humbird
Jan
9
8:00 PM20:00

Humbird

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:00pm

HUMBIRD

Joni Mitchell meets Mount Erie. Using folk music formulas but experimenting with boundaries through the use of looping pedals and guitar effects, Humbird has been called “Post-Americana” by Daytrotter. Impose Magazine recently called the “Where Else” EP a “stratospheric piece of work.” Humbird has been a featured artist on The Bluegrass Situation’s “3by3” and Blue Ridge’s “Trail Mix,” sharing stages with acts like Charlie Parr, The Cactus Blossoms and Frances Luke Accord.

www.humbirdmusic.com

with Special Guests
ANAMON

www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/rochester/indie-rock-anamon/Content?oid=5129807

Cover: $5

View Event →
Happy Hour with Ancient Youth
Jan
5
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour with Ancient Youth

Doors 3:00pm, Music 6:00pm

Happy Hour featuring Free Munchies, Drink Specials…and Live Music featuring the return of…

ANCIENT YOUTH!

Live Delta Blues/Folk/Country with Jay Chaffee, Raedwald Bolton, “Washboard Dave” Paprocki, and another “original member,” Tom Bernhardi.

 

View Event →
Vinyl Orange Ottoman
Dec
23
9:00 PM21:00

Vinyl Orange Ottoman

Doors 7:00pm, Music 9:00pm

VINYL ORANGE OTTOMAN - The VOO, as some have called them, has been reviewed in comparison to such acts as The Black Crowes, Stone Temple Pilots, Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. They have turned heads at clubs and festivals and have a growing fan base.

Happy Birthday Rika Wilson !!!

Cover: $6

View Event →
Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones
Dec
22
9:30 PM21:30

Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones

Doors 3:00pm, Music  9:00pm

"Roots, Rock-N-Roll, Rockabilly, Rhythm & Blues"
Winner of the 2017 Ameripolitan Music Award for Best Female Rockabilly Artist, and named the “Best Up-And-Coming Band” by Hudson Valley Magazine, Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones are New York’s premier roots rock n’ roll, rockabilly, rhythm & blues outfit. The Ark-Tones recently released their 2nd full length album, "Love You to Life", on August 11th, and they will be hitting the road, spreading the gospel of American music wherever they go for the majority of 2018. Describing their sound, Hope explained to Rockabilly Online “I would say we are a new take on an old sound. It’s been described as ‘pan-americana’ which means we use many areas of early rock and roots music as a creative launchpad. Where it goes from there is anyone’s guess, because while we appreciate old music, we don’t want to write songs that have already been written."

www.larahopeandtheark-tones.com

With special guest Roger Kuhn
https://rogerkuhn.bandcamp.com/releases

Cover: $8

 

View Event →