The Old Main - Every Wed in April
Apr
17
8:00 PM20:00

The Old Main - Every Wed in April

EVERY WEDNESDAY IN APRIL!
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.

With special guest on April 17: Tyler Westcott

https://www.theoldmainmusic.com/

Cover: $7

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Irish Session with The Crossroads Quintet
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Irish Session with The Crossroads Quintet

Doors 4pm, Music 7pm

A full night of Irish Session Music...and more!
Don't miss...
The Crossroads Quintet
with Gavin Barry's Rebel Banjo Circus

After last month's raucous session, this timethey'll be featuring their good friend Kenny Nunn on the Irish woodwinds, Irish-language songs, and maybe even sax. An Eastman grad and all around smooth operator, Kenny is just off a tour of the broad Atlantic with Celebrity Cruises, so come help him lose his sea legs.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2190659777693259


And making its Abilene debut, Gavin Barry's Rebel Banjo Circus at 7pm
Cover:$5

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Happy Hour with Kidd Kyle and the Big Deal
Apr
19
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Kidd Kyle and the Big Deal

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with Drink Specials (3pm till 7pm) including $1 off well drinks and craft draft pints, free munchies and live music….featuring the Abilene debut of Buffalo’s fave New Orlean’s jazz band..

Kidd Kyle and The Big Deal

“JAZZ AIN’T FANCY!”

The mission is simple; remind the world that Jazz is a music of the common folk, which all can enjoy! Bandleader Kyle “Kidd” Yagielski has been called many things, but “fancy” has never been one, and that’s not changin’ soon! Armed with his trusty trumpet, he is out to prove that Jazz is for everyone and provide them with a foot-stompin’ good time!

At his side, is the the “Big Deal,” made up of some of Western New York’s premiere musicians! Each member brings their own musical “ingredient” to the group, resulting in a unique gumbo of sound! The Big Deal features:

Matthew “Magnum” Hawke- Trombone/Vocals
Jon Lehning- Saxes
Michael Gauss- Keys
David DePauw- Tuba
Aravinth “Vinth” Mathuranayagam- Drums

Kidd Kyle & the Big Deal covers everything from Dr. John to Louis Armstrong and Creedence Clearwater Revival! They thrive in live performances and give unique shows each time!

Come party with us! #JazzAintFancy

https://www.facebook.com/KiddKyleAndTheBigDeal/

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Folkfaces with The Tenants
Apr
19
9:00 PM21:00

Folkfaces with The Tenants

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:00pm

Folkfaces
Folkfaces is a Buffalo-based quartet that specializes in “Rowdy Jazz & Bluesy Roots.” Folkfaces has an irresistibly danceable energy and a unique versatility, being able to engage a crowd whether busking on the street, playing in a small barroom, or putting on a full electric show at a large music venue. The band draws influence from a multitude of genres, including folk, jazz, blues, punk, Americana, jug band, and bluegrass.
http://folkfacesmusic.com/

The Tenants
Rock, folk-rock, and gritty blues from the gritty town of Akron, Ohio.
https://thetenants2.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/events/2024942530937352/

$7 Cover

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Special Afternoon Show with 5HEAD!
Apr
20
2:00 PM14:00

Special Afternoon Show with 5HEAD!

Doors 1pm, Music 2pm-4pm

An afternoon of ska, soul and swing!

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/

https://www.facebook.com/events/435254417223392/

Cover: $5

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CHIP TAYLOR!
Apr
20
8:30 PM20:30

CHIP TAYLOR!

***SPECIAL SHOW!****
Doors 7:00pm • Music 8:30pm

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.”

http://trainwreckrecords.com

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

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The Old Main - Every Wednesday in April
Apr
24
8:00 PM20:00

The Old Main - Every Wednesday in April

EVERY WEDNESDAY IN APRIL!
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.

With special guest on April 24: Mike Brown

https://www.theoldmainmusic.com/

Cover: $7

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Mike Powell & Loren Barrigar
Apr
25
8:00 PM20:00

Mike Powell & Loren Barrigar

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Mike Powell & Loren Barrigar

With a vintage voice and a chest full of hauntingly heartfelt songs, prolific storyteller Mike Powell Music is the underground messenger of blue-collar soul. Each night the lights go up, this pioneering poet lets his guard down and allows the fervently fearless stories to come to life. His comfort behind a microphone blended with his unique brand of “atomic folk” creates a vibe that warms the room like a long ago fire burning hot inside a cabin in the woods.

He was grown along the banks of the mighty Black River in the paper making town of Champion, NY, by his mill working father and an artist mother. The front half of his childhood home was converted into a retail space called “Grandma’s Room” where his mother would sell her crafts to the people of their small community. It was typical for her customers to be invited into their small kitchen for coffee and conversation. Young Mike Powell would lie under the table, close his eyes and absorb all of the unique stories that these folks would tell.

Around that same table, once the sun had set, his father Larry would return in his blue mill-issued uniform with beer, friends and a carton of cigarettes. Larry would play guitar and his friends would sing along to old country songs by Willie, Hank and the Possum. The format in the kitchen was the same every night, Larry would play a song and then someone would tell a story. All of this seeped deep into Mike Powell’s fabric and it truly comes through in his shows. His performances feel like your sitting around a small kitchen table in a tiny American town with your closest friends drinking. laughing and telling tales.

In 2004, Powell left Syracuse University as the most decorated lacrosse player in history but declined offers to play professionally so that he could focus fully on the craft of songwriting. Over the past fifteen years he’s written over two hundred songs, released seven albums and has toured the country playing shows with Martin Sexton, David Lindley, Shooter Jennings, Sarah Lee Guthrie & many more.

This fiercely independent artist presents his songs in several different formats which allows his sound to match whatever room he’s playing. His relaxed solo-style listening room show puts Powell’s extreme comfort as a performer on display and breaks down the door between the stage and the mezzanine. His duo format features guitarist, Loren Barrigar.

Loren started playing guitar when he was only four years old, and by the time he was six, played the Chet Atkins hit “Yackety Axe” in front of thousands of country music fans at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. He went on to study with Jimmy Atkins (Chet’s brother) which led to a touring career with his family band from Nashville to Las Vegas. Since settling down in Central New York, he has been in constant demand as a studio musician.

Loren's finely-honed songwriting skills have launched his melodies on NBC’s #1 rated show “ER”, “The Young and The Restless” and on a Christmas CD with BB King and Patti Labelle. He has performed with some of the best acoustic players in the world including Stephen Bennett, Richard Smith, John Knowles, Muriel Anderson and Loren’s friend and mentor Tommy Emmanuel, the Australian guitar sensation. He has also recorded with Multiple Grammy winner and legendary producer Lloyd Maines.

In 2010, Loren made a guest appearance at The Chet Atkins Appreciation Society {CAAS} in Nashville with his pickin' pal from New Zealand, Mark Mazengarb. His solo concerts include favorite songs from seven decades, as well as his originals all featuring exciting guitar work and memorable vocal stylings.

https://www.lorenbarrigar.com
https://www.facebook.com/politerebel

Cover: $7

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Happy Hour with Kissin' Whiskey
Apr
26
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Kissin' Whiskey

Doors 3:00pm, Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials including $1 off well drinks and craft draft pints from 3pm till 7pm, free munchies and Kissin’ Whiskey a potent concoction of original music with vintage rock & roll, blues and your grand-dads soul.

The band features Steve Scarpulla, Adam Schmidt. John Peck and Mike Kalinowski

https://www.facebook.com/kissinwhiskey

Don’t miss their Abilene debut.

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Luca Foresta and The Electrokings
Apr
26
9:00 PM21:00

Luca Foresta and The Electrokings

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:00pm

Live Rhythm & Blues with..
Luca Foresta and the ElectroKings

With a style unlike any other, Luca Foresta and the ElectroKings have broken the mold with their energy and emotional intensity to captivate audiences in clubs across Western New York. The group focuses on creating their original songs based on the danceable roots of American music such as blues, swing, and good old rock and roll. Intermingled with their original tunes, the band covers a wide variety of musical styles. They include familiar tunes from the 1950's such as those of Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Big Walter Horton, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson and Elmore James, to the current West Coast sounds of William Clarke, James Harman, Charlie Musselwhite, Rod Piazza and Little Charlie and the Nightcats

www.facebook.com/pg/Luca-Foresta-and-the-ElectroKings-210486412378513

Cover: $5

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Hypnotic Clambake
Apr
27
9:00 PM21:00

Hypnotic Clambake

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

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

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Jeff Riales & Friends - Every Tuesday in April
Apr
30
7:30 PM19:30

Jeff Riales & Friends - Every Tuesday in April

Every Tuesday in April
Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:30pm

Singer-Songwriter Jeff Riales and Guests

"Sporting the baritone of Johnny Cash, the burnished tone of Waylon Jennings and the wit of John Prine…-Jeff Spevak, Democrat & Chronicle

Joining Jeff on April 30.....The Silvertone Express featuring Bruce Diamond, Joe Grillo, Mike Wittek and Dana Fine

http://jeffriales.com/

Cover: $5

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Phoebe Legere
May
2
7:30 PM19:30

Phoebe Legere

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

Phoebe Legere!

It is easy to get lost in the sheer beauty of Phoebe Legere’s shamanic voice. Her pianism runs the gamut from Harlem stride, to modal improvisations to rollicking New Orleans jazz and blues. Phoebe straps on her accordion, delivering authentic Cajun Joyfulness. “I love to bring people together. I love to see them dance and smile.” At Abilene Phoebe will be singing songs from her upcoming album Squeeze Me…Phoebe says, “These are songs about how we live now”: from ‘Texting in the Dark’ to ‘Crazy White Trash,’ and her first radio hit “Marilyn Monroe” to her recent roots radio top-20 song about a lady truck driver (Heart of Love). This is a rare opportunity to experience Phoebe’s intellectual, comedic and musical range in an intimate environment. Phoebe is an accomplished blues guitar player, and she also plays many traditional instruments from Donkey Skull and Aztec Death Whistle, to Spoons and Native American flute. Phoebe will be joined by local hero Washboard Dave Paprocki, bassist Jay Chafee, along with Ben Haravitch and Bernie Heveron. Phoebe is known for transcendent jams that blend jazz, blues, Zydeco, Native American medicine chants into a spicy, spiritual gumbo. All proceeds from the show go to Phoebe’s nonprofit Foundation for New American Art, a 501 c3 organization founded that brings Art and Music to the children of low-income communities. “Phoebe Legere is one of the most, inspired and talented creative-supernovas on the planet.” Hits Magazine 

Tickets: $10 advance, $15 day of show, on sale at Abilene Bar and Lounge and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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The Return of McKinley James!
May
3
9:30 PM21:30

The Return of McKinley James!

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:30pm

The Return of
McKINLEY JAMES!

McKinley James is a 17 year old rock ‘n’ roll guitarist/singer, from Rochester, NY and now living in the musical mecca that is Nashville.
His father, drummer Jason Smay (Los Straitjackets, JD McPherson) helped raise McKinley in a very musical household. He started on the Hammond organ at 7 but discovered his passion for guitar at 10. His influences range from Link Wray to Freddie King and Otis Redding. He started performing in Rochester blues and jazz clubs at age 13 and has performed with Chris Duarte, The Nighthawks, Joe Beard, and JD McPherson. McKinley is also the face of the latest Eric Church album campaign, having starred in his music videos, and also appears on the album cover for Church’s latest record, “Mr. Misunderstood.” McKinley is very excited to be touring in support of his first EP, “Live in Nashville,” recorded in October, 2016 at the Family Wash.
Joining McKinley James and Jason Smay for this special gig is keyboardist, Ray Jacildo (JD McPherson) .
You are NOT going to want to miss this night of blistering blues guitar!!!

https://www.mckinleyjames.com/

Tickets: $5 advance, $8 day of show, and on sale now at Abilene, Record Archive and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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Chris Bethmann/Matt Landon/Scott Kwiatek
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

Chris Bethmann/Matt Landon/Scott Kwiatek

Doors 7pm, Music 8pm

Chris Bethmann and his band of Rochester expats brings his Americana Rock vibe to Rochester's legendary roots haunt for first time this year. Bethmann's original act, honed through gig after gig as a local troubadour, has seen his bookings extend through New England and New York City this year. Teacher by day and songwriter by night, Bethmann's songs feature vivid imagery and stories of day to day life and emotions. His latest release, Naked Bourbon (Dec 2018, self released) is a rock 'n roll testament to coming of age in the millennial era.

Bethmann will be celebrating the release of a new single, Long After Midnight, accompanied by his band Eric Metzgar (drums) and Scott Kwiatek (bass).

http://www.chrisbethmann.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/2107022052752264

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0A54a0tbcfpqMu2L4Pt4iC
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-484323500/sets/naked-bourbon

Opening Acts:
- Scott Kwiatek (b) playing/singing original songs supported by Andrew Tachine (d), Greg Roberts (g), and Matt Landon (g).

- Matt Landon (g) playing/singing original songs supported by Andrew Tachine (d), Scott Kwiatek (b), and Greg Roberts (g).

Scott Kwiatek professional jazz bassist with a taste for songwriting and singing. Recently accepted into the Manhattan School of Music for his masters, Scott is excited to show off his chops and original tunes for his adopted home town crowd.

Matt Landon is an award winning jazz guitarist composer, and singer-songwriter currently based in Rochester, NY. He has performed at many prestigious venues and festivals including Lincoln Center and the Montreux Jazz Fest. Although he is most accomplished as a guitarist, singing and songwriting has become a passion of his in recent years and he is eager to continue exploring this new medium.

Cover: $5

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"TEEN" with Boy, Jr.
May
7
8:00 PM20:00

"TEEN" with Boy, Jr.

Doors 4pm,, Music 8pm

Indie/art pop trio, TEEN, head to Rochester to celebrate the release of their new record, Good Fruit, on May 7!

Good Fruit, the band’s fourth and newest album, is its sharpest thesis yet. A meditation on life after love, it’s thematically the opposite of its predecessor, 2016’s Love Yes, which The Guardian praised as “reminiscent of…inventive late-70s to mid-80s pop groups.” Musically, though, Good Fruit is the logical evolution of Love Yes’ massive uptick in synth use and sticky-hot choruses. The album boasts self-assured, skyrocketing synthpop anthems including “Only Water” and “Runner,” which betray the crucial lessons the sisters took from experiencing the distinct, enlivening ways that their myriad Love Yes tourmates employed synths. As with all TEEN albums, there are haunting ballads, most notably “Pretend,” which swells into a roaring synthetic climax as it details a relationship’s failure. A precise analysis of life after love, it’s an ideal note on which to end Good Fruit, a bold statement on moving forward and letting go of the past.

http://www.teentheband.net/

Glamorous garage pop outfit, Boy Jr., opens!

$10 at the door

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The Stinky Boots String Band
May
9
8:00 PM20:00

The Stinky Boots String Band

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Do NOT miss this May residency of...
Folk-Grass/Americana band...
The Stinky Boots String Band
with many special guests!

Thursday, May 9, 23, and 30
Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:00pm

Here's what the band says about their sound...
Formed in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate NY, we as the The Stinky Boots String Band, find pure enjoyment in what we do. Whether its in front of an audience or just standing around the kitchen table, our goal is to tell stories through our instruments and our self proclaimed profound lyrics. We hope to inspire people to get on out and do what they really love. Follow that passion! We aim to get out and about and play music for as many people as we can. See you soon... Cheers!

The band features.
Carl from the Ol' Dirty Ditches - Guitar/Vocals
Aaron From Ol' Dirty Ditches - Mandolin/Vocals
Jacob From Crunchy Western Boys, Bone Orchard Butchers and Crackle foX - Fiddle
Christian From The Blind Owl Band and Bone Orchard Butchers- Bass

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Stinkybootsstringband

Cover: $8

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Tribute to the Grateful Dead feat. Mud Creek
May
10
9:30 PM21:30

Tribute to the Grateful Dead feat. Mud Creek

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:30pm

A Tribute to the Grateful Dead! Featuring….the hugely requested return to Abilene of…

MUD CREEK!

The group came together in 2011 in an effort to fulfill a long standing desire to front a band together. Chad Ayers and Trevor Whiting grew up together and routinely played and sang together, but never performed in the same ensemble. When the opportunity presented itself, they joined forces and brought in the talented, well versed, rhythm section of Bryan Law and Andy Opett. With the foundation of the group set, the addition of Manny Gaspar pushed the group to the next level.

Starting out as roots-rock group with a diverse set list, the group soon discovered that they were drawn to the feel, the drive, and the creativity of the Grateful Dead catalog. The move was made to head in that direction while still holding on to some of their favorites like Tom Petty, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Band. Combining great grooves, classic songs, and musicians that focus on playing off each other, Mud Creek wants you to feel what they play and make it so you have nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile….  

Band Members
Andy Opett – Drums & Percussion
Bryan Law – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Chad Ayers – Rhythm & Lead Guitars, Vocals
Manny Gaspar – Piano, Organs, Vocals
Trevor Whiting – Rhythm & Lead Guitars, Vocals

http://www.mud-creek.com

Cover: $5

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Chris Trapper-Live
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

Chris Trapper-Live

***SPECIAL SHOW***
Doors 7:00pm • Music 8:00pm
Record Archive Backroom Lounge
33 1/3 Rockwood Street, Rochester, NY 14610

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

Lindsay Dodd

https://store.cdbaby.com/artist/LindsayDodd


Tickets: $22 advance, $25 day of show and on sale at Abilene Bar and Lounge, Record Archive and online at https://abilene.showare.com

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Happy Hour with Otter Space Wranglers
May
17
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Otter Space Wranglers

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials..$1 off well drinks and $1 off craft draft pints from 3pm till 7pm, free munchies and live music featuring…

OTTER SPACE WRANGLERS!

Otter Space Wranglers present their unique take on the music of The Grateful Dead, as well as other bands from the same era (Pink Floyd, Cream, etc.). They blend classic songs with spontaneous improvisational jams. Expect funky grooves, smoking leads, and tons of fun.

Marc James-keyboards and vocals, Andy Thoresen-drums and vocals, Paul Schmitt-bass and vocals, James Wood-guitar and vocals, Jason Turiano-guitar and vocals.

www.facebook.com/Otter-Space-Wranglers-2023141431257454

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The Brothers from Other Mothers
May
17
9:00 PM21:00

The Brothers from Other Mothers

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:15pm

The Return to Abilene of…
The Brothers From Other Mothers!

“There's the family you're born into and there's the family you choose. They are brothers from other mothers.”

Miles Watts & The Brothers From Other Mothers are from Rochester…and love  playing the Blues in all of its diverse shades.

The brothers are a four-piece band with taste, experience, and set lists that audiences love. They are an "original-cover band" of blues, rock, funk,  Americana and take their shows to new yet familiar places with lots of ear candy for everyone.

However you label it, you’ll love their sound!

https://www.facebook.com/mwbfom

Cover: $5

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Aaron Lipp & the Slacktones
May
18
9:30 PM21:30

Aaron Lipp & the Slacktones

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:30pm

While wielding sweet-toned electric guitar, groove hungry upright bass slapping, rock solid drumming and a screaming fiddle, the Slack Tones will help you find yourself in a 1950's rockabilly club mixed with dead-on bluegrass flatpicking and new original songwriting. With their new record featuring Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers on one of the tracks, Aaron Lipp & The Slack Tones are kicking the season off right. If you enjoy mind-bending guitar riffs over infectious old school rockabilly rhythms with original songwriting about today's times and troubles, you won't be disappointed!

Aaron is from Naples, NY and has been a professional musician since age 16. From performing on stage, recording in the studio and teaching lessons, he has found his place in music . Throughout a multitude of different genre adventures and instrumentation, he has found home in traditional Appalachian old time music, classic bluegrass sounds, and the blues - all fused into a new sound of the next generation, while paying tribute to the traditions of our ancestors.

Aaron grew up in a musical family and began playing piano at age four. Throughout childhood, he picked up other instruments such as drums, bass, guitar, trumpet, organ, harmonica, and more. Coming from a musical family he was surrounded by all types of music from a very young age. From folk and bluegrass to rock and blues, these early years were the foundation of a long musical journey. Later in May 2006, Aaron joined Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, a local Rochester Original Roots Reggae and Dub band. He played a multitude of instruments for the group including Rhodes, Clavinet, Hammond B3 Organ, slide guitar, harmonica, wurlitzer, lap steel, guitar, and banjo. In a span of six years. During this era, Panda put out two live albums - "Live Up! Vol.1 & 2", and two studio albums - "In These Times" & "Country." Giant Panda toured constantly all over the country logging nearly half a million miles on the road. Panda later released "Steady" and "Bright Days" which feature Aaron on many instruments and harmony vocals. Throughout these years on the road and little time at home, Aaron dove heavily into Old Time and Bluegrass music, learning the traditional practices of clawhammer banjo, bottleneck slide guitar, dobro, flatpicking guitar, blues harp, old time fiddle and upright bass. Sacred steel music on the Hammond Organ and Lap Steel guitar was heavy in motion for the next musical touring adventure.

In March 2013, Aaron began touring with internationally renowned pedal-steel funk/soul guitarist Robert Randolph & The Family Band playing Hammond B3 Organ, Keyboards, Guitar and sang backup vocals for the group. During this time, he shared the stage with Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Anders Osbourne, The Slide Brothers, and more as well as performing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, and the Kelly and Michael show. The group toured through Europe in early summer 2013 as well as a heavily scheduled album release tour of "Lickety Split" on the mainland United States.

Since early winter 2013, Aaron has taken an extended hiatus from touring to pursue several musical projects as well as diverse original songwriting. He has been the frontman and principal songwriter of the local group The Cabin Killers who have performed at many regional venues and festivals. Aaron also spends time working on several Bluegrass and Old Time musical projects with members of The Henrie Brothers. He can be found playing regionally with bands such as The Cabin Killers, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Campbell Brothers, Axis Armada, Richie Stearns & Rosie Newton, South Hill Cider String Band, The Prickers and The Henrie Brothers, just to name a few.

https://aaronlipp.com

Cover: $8

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The Stinky Boots String Band
May
23
8:00 PM20:00

The Stinky Boots String Band

Doors 4pm, Music 8pm

Do NOT miss this May residency of...
Folk-Grass/Americana band...
The Stinky Boots String Band
With many special guests!
Thursday, 23 and 30
Doors 4pm, Music 8pm

Here's what the band says about their sound...
Formed in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate NY, we as the The Stinky Boots String Band, find pure enjoyment in what we do. Whether its in front of an audience or just standing around the kitchen table, our goal is to tell stories through our instruments and our self proclaimed profound lyrics. We hope to inspire people to get on out and do what they really love. Follow that passion! We aim to get out and about and play music for as many people as we can. See you soon... Cheers!
The band features.
Carl from the Ol' Dirty Ditches - Guitar/Vocals
Aaron From Ol' Dirty Ditches - Mandolin/Vocals
Jacob From Crunchy Western Boys, Bone Orchard Butchers and Crackle foX - Fiddle
Christian From The Blind Owl Band and Bone Orchard Butchers- Bass

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Stinkybootsstringband

Cover: $8

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Happy Hour with Old Souls
May
24
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Old Souls

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials..$1 off well drinks and $1 off craft draft pints from 3pm till 7pm, free munchies and live music!

Based in Rochester, New York, Old Souls formed in 2018 with a shared interest in the Grateful Dead, Wilco, and similar bands. As young musicians, the band rocks audiences with an unexpected serious sound that resonates across generations. Old Souls is a classic power trio that stuns audiences with music deeply influenced by a blend of funk, blues, jazz, and rock genres. Old Souls plays classics that include unique takes on the Grateful Dead, Wilco, Herbie Hancock, and Neil Young.

Brody Schenk, on lead guitar, guides the Old Souls on a musical odyssey with concise rhythms and organic solo riffs that often take listeners to rock’s edge before reuniting with the band. At 14, Schenk, a Penfield native, plays across musical genres with a passion typically seen in older guitarists. Influenced by great bass players including Phil Lesh, Geddy Lee, and Chris Squire, Jackson Wade at 13, plays bass guitar with deep roots in the cello. Wade delivers funky complex rhythms that give Old Souls a rich and tasty foundation for rock. Noah Lester at 14, commands the drums while influenced by greats including John Bonham and Roger Guth. Lester drives Old Souls with consistent beats and time changes that keep the band in clock-work transition and on point. See why crowds say, “Old Souls leaves you wanting more.”

http://oldsoulsband.com

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Joe Beard with Gordon Munding
May
29
8:00 PM20:00

Joe Beard with Gordon Munding

Doors 4pm, Music 8pm

An Intimate Evening with Blues Great and Rochester Music Hall of Fame Member...
Joe Beard
www.facebook.com/joebeardblues
With Special Guest:
Gordon Munding
Gordon Munding has been performing and teaching authentic blues soaked guitar styles, (including bottle neck slide and finger style) for 30 years.
His shows offer a unique “down home” flavor which has been compared to Doc Watson, David Bromberg and John Hammond

Do not miss this special night of music!

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

Cover: $5

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The Stinky Boots Band
May
30
8:00 PM20:00

The Stinky Boots Band

Doors 4pm, Music 8pm

Do NOT miss this May residency of...
Folk-Grass/Americana band...
The Stinky Boots String Band
With many special guests!
Thursday, May 30
Doors 4pm, Music 8pm

Here's what the band says about their sound...
Formed in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate NY, we as the The Stinky Boots String Band, find pure enjoyment in what we do. Whether its in front of an audience or just standing around the kitchen table, our goal is to tell stories through our instruments and our self proclaimed profound lyrics. We hope to inspire people to get on out and do what they really love. Follow that passion! We aim to get out and about and play music for as many people as we can. See you soon... Cheers!
The band features.
Carl from the Ol' Dirty Ditches - Guitar/Vocals
Aaron From Ol' Dirty Ditches - Mandolin/Vocals
Jacob From Crunchy Western Boys, Bone Orchard Butchers and Crackle foX - Fiddle
Christian From The Blind Owl Band and Bone Orchard Butchers- Bass

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Stinkybootsstringband

Cover: $8

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Miss Paula & The Twangbusters
Jun
1
9:00 PM21:00

Miss Paula & The Twangbusters

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

MISS PAULA & THE TWANGBUSTERS!

"MIss Paula & The Twangbusters deftly mix up a “juke joint cocktail for your soles” – a potent blend of 50’s/60’s honkytonk country, boogie woogie and jump blues – shaken and stirred! Described as “Patsy Cline meets Bessie Smith” and “the love child of Loretta Lynn & Jerry Lee Lewis”, the band is led by “Miss Paula” Bradley, on piano, rhythm guitar, and dynamic vocals. No stranger to Northeastern audiences, she is a founding member /lead singer of “Girl Howdy” and has toured with Americana darlings “Uncle Earl”, as well as with musical powerhouses Tony Trischka and Bruce Molsky. Joining her are roots rhythm aces Kevin Maul (“The Lustre Kings”) on slidin’ steel guitar; Peter Bearup (“The Coveralls) on sizzling electric guitar; Jaybird Gorleski (“Rocket Velvet”) on doghouse bass and Bob Resnick, drums, and together they mine the catalogs of such diverse greats as Carl Smith, Patsy Cline, Ruth Brown and Webb Pierce, to name a few!"


“The love child of Loretta Lynn and Jerry Lee Lewis
— Michael Levine, Twangbusters Press

WWW.REVERBNATION.COM/TWANGBUSTERS


https://www.facebook.com/Twangbusters

Special Low-Dough Show--Only $10 at the door !

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The Darts (from Ithaca), Mortal Combine, Teddy Keaton
Jun
8
8:30 PM20:30

The Darts (from Ithaca), Mortal Combine, Teddy Keaton

Doors 7:00pm • Music 8:30pm

A full night of alt-country, rock and original tunes featuring...
The Darts

Ithaca, New York’s The Darts are living proof that raw energy, ambition and honesty can still rise to the surface in an area loaded with musical talent. Put aside the usual pigeonholes: Americana, Rock n’ Roll, Alt Country– things like style and genre classifications are meaningless here–it takes much more for a band to really make a personal connection with people. The Darts get this.

By aligning their dedication to hard work with a growing signature sound, the Darts are developing a niche all their own— one with a rock n’ roll foundation and just the right amount of pop and alt country polish to make it all sound like a memory from the summer of your youth.

Hailing from all around the Ithaca area, their 5-piece sound is essentially comprised of guitars, drums, bass and vocals. While their music is original, their influences are familiar, and range from the Jayhawks and REM to the Beatles and The Band, from Dawes and Pink Floyd to The Guess Who and Motown. The Darts are relatively new on the scene, but each of the members are alumni from other bands: The Bay-area’s The Naked Barbies, The New York Rock, Cats Elbow, Radio London, Lil Anne & Hot Cayenne, and a number of others in and around our area.

Singer/guitarist Todd Edmonds, bassist Rick Kline, drummer Dan Lashkoff, lead guitarist Rob Van Vleet, and rhythm guitarist Andy Russell all contribute to the songwriting task, adding layers to material each member might bring to the group. It is a process that has yielded some really great collaborations.

The Darts are excited to help keep defining the landscape of our area’s indie-rock music scene.
https://www.facebook.com/TheDartsRock/

Mortal Combine
Mortal Combine is an original Americana, Alt-Country band. Their style could be called rural, romantic, reflective rock that feels like it comes from somewhere close to home. Michael Callahan is the singer, songwriter for the band and hails from Lodi, NY.
https://www.facebook.com/mortalcombinemusic/

With Teddy Keaton

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1343929247

Cover: $6

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Jazz Fest Kick-Off with The Angle!
Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

Jazz Fest Kick-Off with The Angle!

Doors 3:00pm • Music 6:00pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials ($1 Off Well Drinks and $1 Off Craft Draft Pints from 3pm till 7pm), FREE HOT DOGS ON THE PATIO!!! 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, New York…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

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Happy Hour with Benny Bleu Band
Jul
5
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Benny Bleu Band

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials..$1 off well drinks and $1 off craft draft pints from 3pm till 7pm, free munchies and live music featuring…

Benny Bleu Band!
“Benny Bleu is a fresh voice that speaks to the roots of country, old time, and authentic American music.” – John Bernunzio

Playing with The Brothers Blue, The Crawdiddies, and as the banjo player for the well respected Mount Pleasant String Band, Benny has shown that his playing is versatile and of the highest caliber. He now emerges with his new solo project, Warm Prickly. The album is half old-time tunes and country favorites and half original songs which focus on compassion towards those facing homelessness, addiction, and loneliness. Benny blends old-timey fiddle and banjo sounds with elements of country and Cajun music forging an earthy yet atmospheric palette, always focused on the feel.

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Daddy Long Legs
Jul
13
9:00 PM21:00

Daddy Long Legs

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

Abilene Bar and Lounge and Bop Shop Records Present..
Yep Roc Records Recording Artists...
DADDY LONG LEGS!

Lowdown Ways DADDY LONG LEGS new album available 10 May on Yep Roc Records. Produced by Jimmy Sutton and engineered by Alex Hall (JD McPherson, Pokey LaFarge, Jake La Botz) at Hi-Fi Studios in Chicago, the album features 12 original compositions with songwriting contributions from JD McPherson and Sutton. A new direction from their first two studio albums (released by Norton Records), Lowdown Ways sees the boys widen their sonic horizons with field hollers, gospel, Cajun, and Mississippi Hill Music, coupled with their renowned supercharged, harp-driven R&B bangers.
The first single, “Mornin’ Noon & Nite,” premiered at WFMU. The track is now available at all streaming services.

New York City's most beloved blues bashers have been huffing and puffing and blowing houses down on a nightly basis on their infinite world tour and always bring an elevated level of rough and ready intensity to contemporary lo-fi blues with their explosive fire ceremony.

A Daddy Long Legs show is equal parts roots rock, blues and guttural soul; stripping down old standards and making them shiny and new again. Some of the originals are like an all-out spiritual revival, while others are hauntingly beautiful.

https://www.facebook.com/officialdaddylonglegs/


Cover: Special Low-Dough Show - $10 at the Door!

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Jake La Botz and Band
Jul
16
8:00 PM20:00

Jake La Botz and Band

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Singer/songwriter Jake La Botz plays roots-drenched music that reflects his time performing in streets, bars, churches, and even tattoo parlors. You can also hear the various places La Botz has lived in his music — including his time in New Orleans, the Mississippi Delta, and his native Chicago where, as a young man, he found kinship with some of the last of the pre-war era bluesmen: David “Honeyboy” Edwards, “Homesick” James, and “Maxwell Street” Jimmy Davis. In 2017 Jake released his studio album Sunnyside on Hi-Style Records to critical acclaim. Produced by Jimmy Sutton, the album won two Independent Music Awards. Jake has toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe and has shared the stage with Ray Charles, Etta James, Dr. John, Mavis Staples, JD McPherson, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, Tony Joe White, Low Cut Connie and a host of other greats.

Jake opened for JD McPherson at the Harro East Ballroom...and has played Abilene Bar and Lounge a couple of times as a solo act..Needless to say, we're super psyched to hear Jake and his full band!!!

https://www.jakelabotz.com

Super Low-Dough Show–$10 at the door!

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The  Hi-Jivers
Jul
18
8:00 PM20:00

The Hi-Jivers

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

From Nashville, Tennessee...
The Hi-Jivers

If you’re a fan of JD McPherson, Big Sandy & HIs Fly-Rite Boys and Deke Dickerson, you’re gonna love this band!!

The Hi-Jiver are Dawna Zahn - Vocals, Austin John - Guitar and
Hank Miles - Upright Bass.

In September 2014, Austin John of the Austin John Band moved to Nashville, TN with his girlfriend Dawna Zahn to pursue their music career. The Austin John Band made a great impact on the blues scene in Syracuse, quickly gaining fans where ever they went.
Auburn, NY native Dawna Zahn had spent the last few years singing in the rock n' roll, blues and honky tonk band Silver Queen Casket Company, which Austin joined in late 2014. Dawna's unique vocal style developed through her love of the raw, swampy sounds of early blues and rock n' roll.

Bassist Hank Miles is from Seattle. Some of his former bands include Redneck Girlfriend, Go Like Hell, and Shivering Denizens.
After rambling off influences such as Howlin' Wolf, Etta James, Bo Diddley, Big Maybelle, Wynonie Harris, and Nick Curran, the group decided to form an early Rhythm & Blues, Rock N' Roll combo... And thus, the Hi-Jivers were born.

https://www.thehijivers.com/

Cover: $7

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Mikaela Davis and Southern Star
Jul
20
8:00 PM20:00

Mikaela Davis and Southern Star

Doors 7:00pm, Music 8:00pm

Thrilled to announce the return of...
Mikaela Davis and Southern Star
with special guests

Last summer's biggest and most talked about show was our August show with Mikaela Davis....Get your tickets soon for what will certainly be another memorable night!

https://www.mikaeladavis.com

Cover: $20 advance $25 day of show
On sale Wednesday, April 3...at Abilene, Record Archive, Bop Shop Records and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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Chatham Rabbits
Jul
23
7:30 PM19:30

Chatham Rabbits

Doors 4pm, Music 7:30pm

****Special Show****
Sarah & Austin are Chatham Rabbits
Sarah Osborne McCombie and Austin McCombie met because of music, and today they play old-time music together full-time as Chatham Rabbits. This husband-and-wife duo lives in a mill house in Bynum on the banks of the Haw River, the same house where a mill working family once lived and played music, and the husband from that family played as part of a mill-sponsored stringband that was known as The Chatham Rabbits. Sarah and Austin met in 2013 when he spotted her onstage at the Cat's Cradle opening for Mandolin Orange. He didn't know much about old-time music, and she didn't know much about him, but they figured it out. This past summer, they decided to leave their corporate careers to take Chatham Rabbits full-time. Together they've played smoky bars and summer festivals; busked on the streets of Nashville 'til their voices wore out; put a tune to the love at their best friends' wedding; and led churches in old-time hymns way past it was time for Sunday lunch. They are working with Robust Records (Mipso; Hank, Pattie and the Current) and will release their debut album in 2019.

Sarah Osborne McCombie grew up in the Piedmont of North Carolina. At age 18, her voice landed her onstage at Prissy Polly's BBQ with her favorite band, the iconic old-time trio The South Carolina Broadcasters. After that night, they offered her a banjo and a job. As banjo player and vocalist for the band, Sarah played countless concerts while earning her degree from Peace College in Raleigh. She has garnered tremendous experience and exposure to the wide expanse of American roots music. Post Broadcasters, Sarah served as the music teacher at the Friends School of Wilmington and at Montessori Community School of Durham where where she created and implemented programs based upon North Carolina music and African American roots music. Austin McCombie always loved the music his family played, but he didn’t know it had a name. His relatives in Southwest Virginia played bluegrass and his parents in Wilmington, NC, immersed him in '90s country classics and beach music standards. Somewhere in the middle, he found the name for his favorite sound: old-time. Although he eventually came around to the good stuff, Austin spent a fair amount of time on the dark side, playing guitar and keys in his super hipster electronic band DASH. Austin attended NC State University and in his former life was a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual.
https://www.chathamrabbits.com/

Special Low-Dough Show--Ten Dollars at the Door

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The Coffin Daggers (from NYC)
Jul
25
8:00 PM20:00

The Coffin Daggers (from NYC)

Doors 4pm, Music 8pm

The Coffin Daggers
plus special guests
Thursday, July 25...doors 4pm, music 8pm
The Coffin Daggers deliver an all out attack on the senses. Comprised of Viktor Venom on guitar, The Coffin Daggers deliver an all out attack on the senses drawing from diverse influences, ranging from Dick Dale, Henry Mancini, Link Wray, and the Cramps. Viktor Venom, one of the founders of Nausea, started the group early in 1999. Vik's punk influences (he has also worked with Reagan Youth and Chaos UK) give the band's music a unique melodic sensibility. Guitar Player observed that he "moves proceedings beyond mere era emulation by unleashing a rude and vicious riff that would have made Link Wray smile" Their performances have floored both European and American audiences from start to finish, prompting Chart magazine to declare "no one comes close to The Coffin Daggers when it comes to all-out intensity...they will stomp a mudhole into your fragile minds."

The Coffin Daggers are currently promoting their latest release, "Aggravatin' Rhythms" on Cleopatra Records.
https://www.facebook.com/coffindagger
https://coffindaggers.com
Cover: Low-Dough Show--Ten Bucks at the Door!

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Joe Robinson (Solo)
Jul
30
8:00 PM20:00

Joe Robinson (Solo)

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:00pm

Don't miss Australian guitar phenom
JOE ROBINSON!

Joe Robinson is a world-class virtuoso guitarist and singer/songwriter with a unique musical sensibility, injecting a unique fusion of rock, soul, blues, R&B and jazz into a fresh sound that is entirely his own. Displaying his virtuosity on electric as well as acoustic guitar, Robinson was voted “Best New Talent” in the Guitar Player Readers’ Poll and landed a coveted spot as one of Australian Guitar Magazine’s Top 50 Best Guitarists.
Robinson’s talents were further recognized by Guitar Player magazine as part of a cover story entitled “Youthquake 2017: Ten Mind-Blowing Young Guitarists.” In the article, Guitar Player observes Robinson is “equally mind-blowing as an acoustic fingerpicker and electric soloist…his YouTube videos display an astounding combination of taste, speed, cagey phrasing, and a clear, articulate, and sparking tone."

Robinson started playing guitar at age nine and when he quickly outpaced his guitar instructor, began educating himself via the internet. At age 11, he was a touring guitarist and at just 13 years old, he won the Australian National Songwriting Competition. Within a couple of years he was touring regularly and sharing stages with artists such as Tommy and Phil Emmanuel, both of whom served as mentors. When a 16-year-old Robinson burned through a Chet-inflected medley of “Day Tripper” and “Lady Madonna” in 2008 at the opening round of the nationally broadcast Australia’s Got Talent television series competition, the entire house—including the judges—gave him a standing ovation. He went on to win $250k with his take on Tommy Emmanuel’s arrangement of “Classical Gas.”
Robinson has toured North America and abroad (China, Japan, Europe, and Australia) playing numerous festivals, including Bonnaroo, and has headlined clubs, which has enabled him to define himself as a budding world visionary. In his solo show, there are a few moments where he physically has two guitars — one acoustic and one electric — strapped over his shoulder and is playing them expertly at the same time.

In addition to extensive touring on his own, Robinson toured with Guitar Army featuring fellow master guitarists/singers/songwriters Robben Ford and Lee Roy Parnell in 2016, and in 2017, Robinson joined guitar greats John Jorgenson and Lee Roy Parnell in Guitar Army on the road and in the studio.

Robinson is currently recording his highly-awaited fourth solo album (a follow-up to his acclaimed Gemini, Vol. 1 and Gemini, Vol. 2 EP’s). He has also keeps a busy schedule on the road with solo dates and shows with Tommy Emmanuel, Rodney Crowell (opening shows and as a member of Crowell’s acoustic trio), and Edwin McCain, among others.

“It’s not hard to imagine him rivaling the popularity of, say, John Mayer in coming years.” - Washington Post

www.joerobinson.com

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

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FolkenPhünk
Aug
7
8:00 PM20:00

FolkenPhünk

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Do NOT miss...
FolkenPhünk!

FolkenPhünk is an acoustic trio formed by Dave Brumberg (The Brummy Brothers) on upright bass, guitar and vocals and Lowell Neumann Nickey on guitar and vocals in 2016. In late 2017 they were joined by Edwin Lightner (Fennarios Wolf) on Mandolin. Together they play a variety of original music and covers drawing upon influences from American and Irish Folk Music, Psychedelic Rock and Roll, Bluegrass, Blues and even modern rock and pop music. Hailing from Frenctown, NJ, Philadelphia, PA and Annapolis, MD, respectively they are willing to play anywhere and anything. FolkenPhünk have already put down many miles of pavement up and down the Mid-Atlantic and Appalachia, playing shows in all their home regions and then some.

You never know exactly what you'll get at a FolkenPhünk show, from mashups of familiar rock, pop, and bluegrass tunes to special guests including Russell Gottlieb (Deadgrass, The Brummy Brothers) on banjo, Vincent Pierce Smith (Natural Breakdown) on percussion, or Chris Blauciak (Hambone) on percussion. No matter what they play or who shows up, good music is guaranteed!

https://www.facebook.com/folkenphunk/

Cover: $7

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The Return of Jontavious Willis
Aug
14
8:00 PM20:00

The Return of Jontavious Willis

Doors 4pm, Music 8pm


Abilene Bar and Lounge and Bop Shop Records present...
--SPECIAL SHOW--
JONTAVIOUS WILLIS
EVERY generation or so a young bluesman bursts onto the scene. Someone who sends a jolt through blues lovers. Someone who has mastered the craft for sure, but who also has the blues deep down in his heart and soul.
At the age of 22, bluesman Jontavious Willis may be the one.
“That’s my Wonderboy, the Wunderkind,” Taj Mahal said after inviting Jontavious to play on stage in 2015. “He’s a great new voice of the twenty-first century in the acoustic blues. I just love the way he plays.”
And four years later he was playing on Taj Mahal’s stage.
"When I heard him play I said to myself: this is how the blues, as I know it, is going to stay alive,” said Paul Oscher.
"Only a few like him emerge every decade or so, when even the most hard core blues fans realize immediately that this is the real deal,” writes Frank Matheis in Living Blues Magazine.
Hailing from Greenville, Ga., Jontavious grew up singing gospel music at the Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church with his grandfather. At the age of 14, he came across a YouTube video of Muddy Waters playing “Hoochie Coochie Man” and was hooked. That’s when he set his course on the blues. All types -- Delta, Piedmont, Texas, gospel. As a fingerpicker, flat-picker and slide player. On guitar, harmonica, banjo and cigar box.
Currently Jontavious is finishing his studies at Columbus State University, majoring in sociology. But on most weekends you can find him playing a small house show, up on the main stage or posting music videos for his friends and fans around the world.
http://jontaviouswillis.com/
Tickets: $15 advance, $20 day of show, on sale beginning Friday, March 22 at Abilene, Bop Shop Records and online at www.abilenebarandlounge.com

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"Surfer Joe" and Band with The Televisionaires
Sep
11
8:00 PM20:00

"Surfer Joe" and Band with The Televisionaires

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Lorenzo "Surfer Joe" Valdambrini and Band
with Special Guests: Televisionaries

Surfer Joe is truly one of the key figures in modern surf music as well as one of the top touring artists for the genre. Participating to any world surf music event as artist or organizer, Surfer Joe has collected an experience of thousands of concerts since the late 90s. Constantly on tour worldwide, he had the honor to play on guitar or drums with several surf legends and to share the stage with many surf bands.

The music of Surfer Joe - Reverb, high rhythms and great energy! It is a concert that looks back to the origins of the genre, but shows its evolution and variety, going from the heavy Dick Dale sound to lounge and progressive atmospheres, always keeping an eye on the melody and the quality of the arrangements.

Highlights - Co-organizer of the yearly Surfer Joe Summer Festival, the most important, prestigious and awaited surf music event in then world. Several times in the line up of the Surf Guitar 101 Convention and Tiki Oasis in California, USA. One of the headliners of Surf-O-Rama (Spain), North Sea Surf Festival (Holland) and Asbury Park Surf Music Festival (New Jersey, USA). Mentioned or interviewed in movies like Reverb Junkies and Sound Of The Surf or in books about surf music's history like Surf Beat by Kent Crowley or the scientific paper Surfing About Music by Tim Cooley. Some of his music, like the album SEÑOR SURF (2013), is considered among the best modern surf music.

Co-owner of the only restaurants dedicated to surf music, the Surfer Joe Diner, which periodically host concerts and international events.

https://www.surfmusic.net/

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

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 DURHAM COUNTY POETS
Sep
28
2:00 PM14:00

DURHAM COUNTY POETS

****Special Saturday Afternoon Show****
Doors 1:00pm • Music 2:00pm

DURHAM COUNTY POETS!

Durham County Poets are from the Chateauguay valley located in Quebec, Canada. Their influences are varied, from blues to folk, from jazz to gospel, with elements of the Band, James Taylor, Jimmy Reed, even some Leon Redbone. Each member brings a different musical background to the band that marries into a sound that has been labeled as soulful folk.

“This group plays bluesy country/folk with a lot of verve. The lead singer sits in his wheelchair and just kills every vocal. The recording on “River” has mostly an ambient sound with very little reverb. It gives the listener a sense of sitting in a living room somewhere, listening to the band crank out one great tune after another.”- Acoustic Live in New York City, album review.

Here’s the deal, they tore it up at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival and as part of the Little Theatre Concert Series…don’t miss them in the intimate setting that is Abilene!

www.durhamcountypoets.com

Tickets: $10 advance, $15 day of show, on sale beginning Friday, January 25 at Abilene and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys
Nov
5
8:00 PM20:00

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys

****SPECIAL SHOW!****
Doors 4pm, Music 8pm

Spend Election Night with…

Big Sandy & HIs Fly-Rite Boys!

Over the last three decades, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys have kept up a constant cycle of traveling back and forth across the lower 48, then hopping across the pond to Europe and beyond. They bring with them a brand of American music that has earned them an induction into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, several national television appearances, guest spots on The Grand Ole Opry, and a slew of adoring fans.

 "I truly love being out on the road, and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to sing my songs all over the world," said Sandy. "But when I'm away from the U.S. for too long, it's like I need a recharge... like I need a solid dose of everything Americana. Give me a Chuck Berry song while rolling down the interstate, or a truck stop conversation with a waitress who once danced with Lefty Frizzell, and I'm good for another three thousand miles”.

https://www.bigsandy.net/

Tickets: $20 advance, $23 day of show, on sale at Abilene and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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Cotton Toe Three
Apr
13
9:00 PM21:00

Cotton Toe Three

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

The Cotton Toe Three

After their December appearance at Abilene, we just had to have ‘em back!!!

This blues trio is comprised of Mike "CottonToe" Scrivens on vocals and acoustic/resonator guitars, "Washboard Dave" Paprocki, and Jay Chaffee on uplright bass.

All three members collectively bring decades of regional and national touring experience to the stage, as well as all being members of the Son House Blues Night, a monthly open-mic gathering of local blues musicians in the Rochester area.

The trio performs sets of blues music that consists of songs from the muddy waters of the Delta, the juke joints of Chicago, modern players of the genre, and original tunes with an Americana flair.

https://cotton-toe.bandcamp.com/album/weston-blues

Cover: $5

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Abilene Debut of Ice Cream Social
Apr
12
9:30 PM21:30

Abilene Debut of Ice Cream Social

Doors 3:00pm, Music 9:30pm

Ice Cream Social

Ice Cream Social was started in Rochester, NY on Cinco De Mayo, 2018. When guitarist/vocalist Beau Ryan drummer Joshua Lowenberger and bassist Mike N Ez put a set together to fit a bill at the Angry Goat Pub in Rochester's South Wedge. Over the course of the show the band adopted over thirty different band names, assuming a new identity before the start of each song. In the end the name "Ice Cream Social" was chosen as the crowd favorite and the band has kept the name since. Ice Cream Social plays electric and acoustic covers of popular songs from 60's era bands like the Beatles and Rolling Stones up to modern hits from acts like Jack Johnson, Black Keys, Foo Fighters and more.

https://www.facebook.com/icecreamsocialrocks

Cover: $5

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The Occasional Saints
Apr
12
6:00 PM18:00

The Occasional Saints

Doors 3:00pm • Music 6:00pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials including $1 Off well drinks and $1 off craft draft pints from 3pm till 7pm, free munchies and live music featuring 

THE OCCASIONAL SAINTS

Enjoy New Orleans swing, blues and originals as performed by Paul Vincent Nunes, Carmen Verzillo, Michael Verzillo, Ernie Santoro,  Rick McCrae and Jerry Laufer

www.occasionalsaints.com

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The Archive Ravens
Apr
11
8:00 PM20:00

The Archive Ravens

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

The Archive Ravens are equally passionate about creating new music and preserving music from different cultures and time periods. They are currently finishing their first album of original music, Trobairitz.

Refusing to be restricted by genre, Trobairitz is highly exploratory: it contains a Troubadour ballad, a Japanese cradle song, a musical palindrome set in the style of sacred music, a 50's/60's girl group number, a Samba dance tune, a James Bond-esque cinematic jazz piece, and much more. However, the messages underpinning the music are united by common themes - including an emphasis on resilience, appreciation for the natural world, and a resolve to be mindful of the current moment. Trobairitz seeks to capture the essence of many disparate cultures, in attempts to unearth the threads of humanity shared between us all.

The Archive Ravens developed out of an acoustic folk duo, Will Schantz (guitar) & Ava Sauer (vocals, keys), covering beloved tunes by Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, Neil Young, and other great musicians. Then, Tom Andolsek (guitar, saxophone, vocals) joined, and we began to diversify our repertoire. We now often perform with various friends, including Siena Facciolo (keys, vocals), Josh Miller (bass), and Chris Palace (drums).

Cover: $5

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The Old Main - Every Wednesday in April
Apr
10
8:00 PM20:00

The Old Main - Every Wednesday in April

EVERY WEDNESDAY IN APRIL!
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.

With special guests on April 10: Max and Kevin of Dirty Blanket

https://www.theoldmainmusic.com/

Cover: $7

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The Old Main- Every Wednesday in April
Apr
3
8:00 PM20:00

The Old Main- Every Wednesday in April

EVERY WEDNESDAY IN APRIL!
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.

With special guest on April 3: J Mettler

https://www.theoldmainmusic.com/

Cover: $7

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Lara Hope and The Ark-Tones
Mar
31
5:00 PM17:00

Lara Hope and The Ark-Tones

Doors 5pm, Music 6pm

***SPECIAL SUNDAY ROOTS, ROCK, ROCKABILLY SHOW***

Featuring...Winner of the 2017 Ameripolitan Music Award for Best Female Rockabilly Artist...
Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones
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 Twang" outfit. They recently released their 2nd full length album, "Love You to Life", in August 2017, and have been hitting the road hard, spreading the gospel of American music wherever they go. 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."
They’ve built a great network of venues in the US by touring heavily, and like many American bands, they have gained supportive fans and excellent press overseas as well. They recently completed their first European tour, successfully spending the month of April 2018 in Belgium and Holland. Hope was featured on the cover of UK Rock n’ Roll magazine in March 2015, and New York’s Ulster Magazine in March 2016. The band has had the privilidge of playing with many of their musical heroes including Joan Jett, The Reverend Horton Heat, Tiger Army, Gary US Bonds, Dale Watson, Big Sandy, Wayne Hancock, and America, and has performed at at a variety of national festivals including Viva Las Vegas, Ink n Iron, and The Nashville Boogie.
Born from a hybrid of Lara’s former rockabilly band The Champtones, and upright bassist Matt’s international psychobilly act, The Arkhams, The Ark-Tones hit the ground running in 2012 and haven’t slowed down since. Lara and Matt also perform as a duo (The Gold Hope Duo), and can even be found as the country/western entertainers at the one of longest running family resorts in New York, the Rocking Horse Ranch, performing under the name Lara and the Hope'Alongs. In 2017, Lara Hope won the Ameripolitan Music Award for Best Female Rockabilly Artist, accepting the award at The Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas, surrounded by musical heroes. The band is also known for their visually arresting videos - “Whiskey Pick” (from their debut album) and “I’m the One” (re-recorded for the new album) were official selections in the 2014 and 2016 Woodstock Film Festival.

https://www.larahopeandtheark-tones.com/

Cover: Super Low-Dough Show- $8 at the Door

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Martha-Palooza Unplugged
Mar
30
5:00 PM17:00

Martha-Palooza Unplugged

****SPECIAL EVENT!****
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 chilly March 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!

Here’s the line-up…and it is very, very good!!!

Grant Cos and friends, including “The Marthas”

Dave Puls

Comedy by Shawn and Fred (Gray and Pienkowski)

“Just Us” - Cathy Smith and Maureen Oberman

“The Greenes” - Richard, Nevada and Dallas Greene

Geoff Tesch

Maddy Every - spoken word

"Dear Cecilia” featuring Shanyne O’Neill and Lucas Carillo

Jake Kane and Company

No Cover Charge...Just a tip jar!

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Tail Light Rebellion
Mar
29
9:30 PM21:30

Tail Light Rebellion

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:30pm

Rustbelt Roots-Steet Folk-Punk and Rock with…
TAIL LIGHT REBELLION!

The Tail Light Rebellion story….Like all good teenage madmen dreamer poets who fell in love with the beat generation, I found a guitar and saw it as my ticket out of nowhere, and it’s painful banality. Started playing in bands to get lost in the beat, scream and sing my piece, and go places. My head was a muddling of the different music I heard growing up, from everything big in the 90s (Punk, Ska, Industrial, old 80s Thrash Metal, 60s and 70s rock my parents listened to as well as their collection of old Irish folk music)
Heard the Pogues for the first time while I was drinking a bottle of MD 20/20 while waiting for a flight to meet up with friends down in Virginia, and fell in love with what they had done: You could be both that heavy without distortion, and intelligent lyrically. I was blown away. Needless to say, I quit the band I was in and started playing under the name The Swaggerin’ Growlers in Seth Moore’s basement in 2004.
Discovered Woody Guthrie and Common Rider and felt this weird thing called hope for the first time in my life. Strange new direction for a former sad bastard. Moved from my native New Hampshire to Boston in 2006 to give music a real go - the trendy destination for all rock and rollers of the area at the time. It’s there that heard Mischief Brew, from my buddy Twitch, a basement show regular, who happened to catch them with Leftover Crack and said ‘this guy reminds me a lot of you’. Let’s be honest, a) I’m not nearly that good and b) that changed my goddamned life about as much as the Pogues did. Same with the World / Inferno Friendship Society. In spite of the hellish environment that New England could be, I saw the potential for passion and beauty in it all. Something much, much bigger than I had ever seen or felt before. I immediately started playing with both aforementioned bands, and started touring the second I could pull it off with a 5 person band.
After about the 5th or so lineup disintegration, a personal life that was growing increasingly violent and desperate, and a trashed band name that made booking damn well near impossible, I had some life reevaluation to do. Erik and Denise’s house, better known as the Mischief Brew / Fistolo Records compound, had become a sanctuary over the years for us weird traveler types that did strange things to both folk and punk, between Erik’s creative output, and Denise’s magical ability to herd cats - I ended up there a lot before, during, and after tours. At the time, Erik was covering one of my favorite New Model Army songs, Vagabonds. So I put together the opening line of Vagabonds (We followed the tail lights out of the city, moving in a river of red) and Erik’s proto Mischief Brew band, Kettle Rebellion - I was utterly hooked on the song Away With Purity, and the gritty texture everything had.
Tail Light Rebellion was born. (insert trumpets).
Why? Because when your car is totaled, you either stay where you’re at and call it over, or get another one, and keep driving. I’m still me, and I’m still hear to scream and sing my piece. Spent the next few months homeless yet again, this time out of choice to escape the nightmare I was living in, and crash landed in an apartment in Boston’s mostly forgotten Borough - Hyde Park. The infamous Hyde Park triple decker, where I recorded a demo in the basement. It’s there that I met Tim, this fantastic percussionist with a passion for video and scoring music for them, (now done under the name Chozame Studios) and some kid living in the garage rehearsal space, Rob Black (Y’all know Burt Camero by now). Mixed down the demo at my good friend Griffin Sullivan’s place, as well as an extended few days at the Fistolo compound, and down the goddamned road I went.
Still am. Probably always will be.
Since then I’ve lived van lived on the street, lived in Grand Rapids, MI, Memphis, TN, and as of this writing, Greensboro, NC. Each place I stay is home and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

www.taillightrebellion.org


Cover: $6

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Happy Hour with Kubick's Rubes
Mar
29
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour with Kubick's Rubes

Doors 3:00pm • Music 6:00pm

Happy Hour with drink specials ($1 off well drinks and craft draft pints from 3pm till 7pm), free munchies and live music featuring the return to Abilene of….KUBICK’S RUBES!

Based in Rochester, NY, Kubick’s Rubes is an acoustic roots band that mines the old-time and bluegrass styles, throwing in ample amounts of Western Swing to get your toes tapping. The Rubes love a great song, close vocal harmonies, and the simple pleasures of picking together. Check them out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Kubickrubes/

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The Womps with Dream Float
Mar
28
8:00 PM20:00

The Womps with Dream Float

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

From Boston
The Womps

The Womps are a rising Boston-based alt rock jam band, dazzling audiences with fiery performances that draw on influences including funk, progressive rock and roll, fusion jazz, punk and folk. Formed around a shared love for all things weird and impossible, they strive to make each show unique through collective improvisation, finely-tuned harmonies, and carefully crafted songs of all shapes and sizes. The Womps are Kailey Zercher - violin and vocals, JP Goldman - bass and vocals, Jason Lilly - guitar and vocals and Enguerran “OG” Altmayer on drums. Since starting at the Berklee College of Music, The Womps have played over 90 shows in more than 25 cities in the US and Canada.

The summer of 2018 the Womps released three singles, an electrifying cover of Dolly Parton’s country classic “Jolene” and two original tunes, the frenzied “Barefoot Sensei” and rocking ballad “Anthem of My Age.” All three are from The Womps latest album. The album was recorded live and almost entirely on tape at Defiant Audio on Long Island.

For more information about The Womps, go to their website:

www.thewompsofficial.com

www.thewomps.bandcamp.

with special guests
Dream Float

https://www.facebook.com/DreamFloatMusic/


Cover: $5

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Joe Beard with David Miller
Mar
27
8:00 PM20:00

Joe Beard with David Miller

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

An Intimate Evening with Blues Great and Rochester Music Hall of Fame Member...

JOE BEARD!

www.facebook.com/joebeardblues

And his special guest…DAVID MILLER!

“From “old-school” blues/ rock to sweet soul and gospel David Miller knows his stuff. A singer/songwriter and storyteller singing from what he has experienced, Miller is one of those guys who plays it from the heart. The notes falling from his guitar are drenched with passion and, when he opens his mouth and begins to sing, you know it’ nothin’ but the pure unadulterated truth. David Michael Miller is the real deal. 

https://www.davemillermusic.com/

Do not miss this special night of music!

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

Cover: $5

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Selwyn Birchwood Band
Mar
26
8:00 PM20:00

Selwyn Birchwood Band

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

SELWYN BIRCHWOOD BAND!
2013 Albert King Blues Guitarist of the Year Award Winner

If you’re a fan of Hound Dog Taylor, Robert Randolph, Lucky Peterson…and the Campbell Brothers, do NOT miss this hot, hot, blues band!!!

Selwyn has torn it up at the Abilene Roots-Americana Stage of the Rochester International Jazz Festival and he’s sure to tear it up again. He’s touring in support of his latest Alligator Records release, Pick Your Poison.

www.selwynbirchwood.com

Tickets: $ $20 and on sale now online at https://abilene.showare.com/ and at the bar beginning at 4pm.

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Jack West and Band
Mar
23
8:30 PM20:30

Jack West and Band

Doors 7:00pm • Music 8:30pm

JACK WEST & BAND!

Jack has a new band...and they're ready to rock Abilene! Jack West started performing at open mic nights at the tender age of 8 in his hometown of Rochester in Western New York.

He is a regular at the Fairport Music Festival and can be found at The Inn on Broadway during the Rochester International Jazz Festival where he has performed for the past three years. His gigs have taken him across the state of New York and beyond , where his most notable performance was at the Rock2Vote festival , an official Pearl Jam initiativein Missoula, Montana in the summer of 2018.

Jack writes his own music, plays guitar, bass, ukulele, and is currently teaching himself piano and attempting the banjo .

Jack is currently in the studio recording his first album with Barrett Jones of Laundry Room Studio.

It will be available on multiple streaming platforms as well as vinyl in late spring of 2019 .

https://jackwestlive.com

Cover: $5

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Live Blues with Steve Grills and The Roadmasters
Mar
22
9:00 PM21:00

Live Blues with Steve Grills and The Roadmasters

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:00pm

Live Blues with…
STEVE GRILLS & THE ROADMASTERS!

For Steve Grills, the Blues has been a life long journey. Growing up he heard the music of Big Bill Broonzy, Leadbelly and Lightnin' Hopkins from his father's record collection. Through the Beatles, Steve discovered Chuck Berry and he has not looked back since. He has searched out the roots of Rock and Roll, uncovering many great artists who have influenced and inspired him. Primarily among these are Robert Lockwood Jr., Earl Hooker, Freddie King and Albert Collins. Steve befriended Robert Lockwood Jr after meeting him in 1978. In 1992, Robert  invited Steve and his band to perform at his Legendary Blues Festival near Cleveland,Ohio. Steve later recorded with Robert on Shakin Smith's CD Harmonica Wizard.

Steve and his band the Roadmasters ( named after Earl Hooker's band) draw their repertoire from these and other artists, allowing contemporary audiences the opportunity to discover the vitality of the music of these legendary and influential musicians.

Steve has released a cd of recordings he did with pianist Ernest Lane entitled After Hours on the Toogaloo label. Steve is very excited to have had the opportunity to record with Ernest. Ernest's musical career reaches back to the late 1940s when he played and recorded with the enigmatic delta blues guitarist Robert Nighthawk. Ernest backed Nighthawk on his Aristocrat (later Chess) recordings Black Angel Blues (Sweet Black Angel) and Annie Lee Blues. Blues scholars consider these recordings with Nighthawk to be among the greatest Post war Chicago blues records ever made.

www.stevegrills.com

Cover: $5

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The Return of Mojo Monkeyz
Mar
22
5:30 PM17:30

The Return of Mojo Monkeyz

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Slingin’ drinks….Amanda Profit

Happy Hour with drink specials ($1 off well drinks and craft draft pints from 3pm till 7pm), free munchies and live music featuring the return to Abilene of….

MOJO MONKEYZ!

They’re a 6 piece soul, blues, R&B, rock and funk band!!! The band is Jude Olson on vocals and harmonica, Joe Ross on guitar, Jim Kelsey on bass and vocals, Jim Gubiotti on keys and Rick Burgett on drums and vocals. Get ready to rock!!!

www.mojomonkeyz.com

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Free Casino with Walrus Junction
Mar
21
8:00 PM20:00

Free Casino with Walrus Junction

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Featuring great live music by…

FREE CASINO!

Psychedelic/Alternative Rock band from Rochester, NY. Influenced by Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, Ween, Talking Heads, American Football, etc.

https://www.facebook.com/FreeCasinoBand/

with Walrus Junction -
A Rochester based indie rock band that takes influences from the west coast surf rock seen and incorporates with the psychedelic sounds of glitter rock made popular by David bowie’s album Ziggy Stardust.

https://www.facebook.com/walrusjunction/

Cover: $5

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Cave Twins Album Release Party
Mar
20
8:00 PM20:00

Cave Twins Album Release Party

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

The Cave Twins is David Mayfield & Abby Rose. Identical twins separated at birth and reunited in song. David Mayfield, a Grammy & Emmy nominated artist grew up in a family band and has toured & recorded with groups like The Avett Brothers, Black Keys, & Mumford & Sons, and made numerous appearances on television including The Late Show with David Letterman & The Grand Ole Opry. Abby grew up alone. With no one to hear her cries. She eventually turned those cries into "songs" and toured extensively with Northeast Ohio supergroup "The Speedbumps" until she found out that she had a long lost twin brother. However, It's not their sordid pasts or even the chilling tale of their separation and journey to find each other that makes them special. No, it's their unique blend of playing instruments and singing words that really sets them apart. Their music has been described as, "A nice mix of short cute little songs & shorter cuter littler songs". Make a point to go see them in a cave near you!

https://www.cavetwins.com/

Cover: Special Low-Dough Show—Only $10 at the door!

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Amy LaVere with Will Sexton
Mar
19
8:00 PM20:00

Amy LaVere with Will Sexton

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

AMY LaVERE!
With Special Guest: WILL SEXTON

Playing songs from Hallelujah I'm A Dreamer, recorded with husband and noted guitarist Will Sexton. You’ll love these tunes, and Amy LaVere classics, all in the very intimate surrounding that is Abilene Bar and Lounge.

www.amylavere.com

With Special Guest: Steve Lyons

Tickets: $15 and on sale right now online at https://abilene.showare.com/ and at the bar beginning at 4pm.

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Don Diego Trio and Mark Gamsjager
Mar
18
7:30 PM19:30

Don Diego Trio and Mark Gamsjager

Doors 6:00pm • Music 7:30pm

Don Diego Geraci: guitar and vocals

Marco Mamo Betti: Drums  

Luca Chiappara: double bass

The Lustre King’s Mark Gamsjager: guitar and vocals

The Don Diego Trio has been nominated as "Best Rockabilly Band" at the 2016 and the 2017 Ameripolitan Awards, flying to Austin, Texas, to take part in this incredible music week dedicated to the classic side of American music. Backstage, artists like James Hand, James Intveld, Chris Casello, Rosie Flores, Joel Paterson, have been playing all over the world for the showcases of the awards. Adam Lopez, Dale Watson, Jack Grelle, Ags Connolly, Marti Brom, Pat May, and many many others ...

They have played at the famous Broken Spoke, at the Big T Roadhouse, at the C-Boys (hosting, in both places, the world famous "Chicken Shit Bingo"), at the ABGB. They also played their own shows at both the Continental Clubs in Austin and Houston. In the Western Flyers’ house, in front of the bosses of the Bob Wills Association (a community for the preservation of the western swing music all over the world, created by Bob Wills' daughter).

"Diego is a ripping guitar player!"
~Jim Heat (Reverend Horton Heat)

"Diego is a great guitar player!"
~Deke Dickerson

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

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Delilah Jones
Mar
15
9:00 PM21:00

Delilah Jones

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:00pm

A TRIBUTE TO THE GRATEFUL DEAD!

Featuring the sounds of …

DELILAH JONES!

A full night of the Dead…

Fresh, new 5 piece Grateful Dead tribute band featuring 5 veteran musicians with diverse backgrounds- together for the love of the music….featuring Mike Bowers on drums, Steve Kralles on guitar and vocals, Jack Moore on guitar, pedal steel and vocals, Chris Ott on keyboards and vocals, and Joe Worden on bass and vocals.

www.facebook.com/DelilahJonesBand/

Cover: $6

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Happy Hour with Greg Farley (Felice Brothers/ Conor Oberst)
Mar
15
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Greg Farley (Felice Brothers/ Conor Oberst)

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials..$1 off well drinks and $1 off craft draft pints from 3pm till 7pm, free munchies and live music featuring…

The Greg Farley Band

Greg Farley was born in Highland, NY, a small town on the Hudson River. His dad was a teamster who drove tractor trailers and his mom worked at the A&P. In 2006 he began touring out of his car playing house shows, small bars, and on the street, burning CDs, wrapping them in road maps, stamping GF on the front. From the east coast to California and back, he saw landscapes and cities that most of the people he grew up with never got the chance to see.

Upon returning he was lent a fiddle by a good friend, took up learning old time tunes from players like Ruth Ungar and Rudy Efram, before joining The Felice Brothers. He played and recorded with them for the next ten years, toured internationally, made it to the Billboard 200 list, and played as a member of Conor Oberst's backing band for his 2017 solo LP Salutations, all while working other jobs in his down time: He mucked stalls on a horse farm, waited tables at a vegetarian restaurant, worked as a carpenter, arborist, woodworker, and sawmill operator. Through it all, his music was the only constant. 

Now Greg is striking out on his own with his debut album, Taker Easy, recorded in Stanfordville, NY with producer/engineer Nick Kinsey. For the album, Greg mines his own history for stories of class struggle, nature, love, pain, work, and family, all set against the backdrop of the northeast. Farley will be on the road promoting the release of his new record. At the end of the day, Farley has nothing to lose and something to say, and he’s saying it from the gut.

https://gregfarleymusic.com/

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Singer-Songwriter Night feat.  J. Schnitt, Alex Fortier, Sarah Eide & Austin Hollow
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Singer-Songwriter Night feat. J. Schnitt, Alex Fortier, Sarah Eide & Austin Hollow

Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:00pm

Austin Hollow is an alt-Americana supergroup from Rochester, NY. Featuring members from other popular Rochester bands (Violet Mary, Sisters of Murphy, Hinkley, Periodic Table of Elephants), the quartet digs into their diverse musical backgrounds to find common ground in straightforward Americana—with an edge.

https://www.facebook.com/austinhollowband/


Sarah Eide is a lot of things – an award winning composer of film and game music, a classically trained pianist, and a performing singer-songwriter. As a graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, it’s no surprise that her talent has taken her further than most independent artists – allowing her to pave a non-traditional path and lifestyle of full-time artistry.

In an industry that can often feel oversaturated with stale soundscapes, lifeless lyrics, and predictable patterns, Sarah Eide’s music cuts through the clutter. Drawing comparisons to iconic contemporary pianist such as Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, and Ben Folds, Eide’s music is equally thoughtful, quirky, intentional, and honest. It’s a sound she describes as cinematic folk rock with nuances of jazz and pop.

In a lot of ways my life as a film/game composer crosses into my life as a songwriter. I treat my songs like scenes of movies… as though I’m scoring the lyrics. Most of my songs are written that way and I’ve heard time and again that my music sounds a bit like it was written for film.”

Sarah’s resume is just as diverse as her musical influences – including her more recent collaboration with YouTube sensation Alan Becker of Animator vs. Animator, co-creating the Fishwife Tales project with award-winning poet, Jennifer Jean and writing music for rising star children’s author Laurel Nakai. In Chicago (her current locale) she has found herself supporting artists in a variety of genres as a backing keyboardist and vocalist, such as chamber-pop group, Wooden Rings and R&B singer Sierra Candia.

www.saraheide.com/

J. Schnitt - "Prolific, multi-faceted songwriter that floors his audiences with subtle, startling, and often stark phrasing, alternately mixing straightforward honesty with abstract imagery and complex interpretations. An enigmatic performer who's songwriting prowess and unique stage presence cannot be missed."

https://jschnitt.wixsite.com/jschnittmusic


Alex Fortier

https://www.facebook.com/alex.fortier.5

Cover: $5

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Who? What? When? Why? & Werewolves?
Mar
13
8:00 PM20:00

Who? What? When? Why? & Werewolves?

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

First, Catch them live on “Open Tunings with Scott Regan” at 11am this morning…Set your dial to 88.5, WRUR.FM.

Then get ready for a full night of roots music featuring Who? What? When? Why? & Werewolves? They’re a really good Folk/Roots/Bluegrass band from Delaware County, PA.

https://www.facebook.com/6wband

Cover: $6

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