Kath Bloom w/ David Shapiro,Will Veeder, and Joe Sorriero
Oct
23
8:00 PM20:00

Kath Bloom w/ David Shapiro,Will Veeder, and Joe Sorriero

Doors 4pm, Music 8pm

Kath Bloom

For fans of the song and how to feel it. Kath Bloom (USA) is some kind of legend. She comes from a special place where country, blues and folk are made beautifully translucent and emotive. She has a special gift – her voice is delicate and tender, yet retains that raw emotion and hard worn truths that allows each sung word to be felt. The more you hear of Kath Bloom, the more you notice it’s not just the arresting voice, but the power of the songwriting. “Beautiful” is the typical response—the kind of beauty that comes from truth, musical and the deeply lyrical. There are no good comparisons, but if you like the deep well of Emmylou Harris, the more poignant lyrics of Lou Reed, the joy of Maher Shalal Hash Baz or even Joni Mitchell, you're kinda in the right zone. In reality, she’s simply Kath Bloom: horse whisperer, vocalist, mum, songwriter and a beautiful person.
Her albums recorded with Loren Mazzacane Connors in the 70′s/80′s are rare things, full of songs that float and melt into the ether. Impossibly beautiful and hard to find on LP, but check the reissues from a few years ago . In the 90′s Kath’s music was famously featured in Richard Linklater’s film Before Sunrise. Since then she has been busy writing and recording to great acclaim. Two new albums in the last few years and she and her songs where also honoured on a tribute album featuring Bill Callahan, Scout Niblett and Mark Kozelek.
Kath will be joined by David Shapiro (aka Alexander).
"Man, just go see Kath Bloom. You could say she's a folk singer, but the raw emotions in her voice weighed against her celestial guitar tones creates a transcendant energy." -Chad Radford, CL Music Editor"One of the most beautiful singers ever. Heartbreaking." -Devendra Banhart
http://www.kathbloom.com
With..
Will Veeder
http://www.hinkleysounds.com
and
Joe Sorriero
https://nodrock.bandcamp.com

Cover:$10

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Jazz Fusion with "The Recall"
Oct
24
9:00 PM21:00

Jazz Fusion with "The Recall"

Doors 4pm, Music 9pm

The Recall is a jazz fusion group with an eclectic sound. Based out of Rochester, New York. Instagram: @therecallofficial 

 Instrumentation:

Keys: Alexa Silverman 

Guitar: Beau Hanson

Sax: Dean Hugheart 

Drums: Aaron Hamilton

Bass: Zack Uchima 

Cover: $5

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Happy Hour with Jerry Falzone & Liar's Moon
Oct
25
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Jerry Falzone & Liar's Moon

Doors 3pm, Music 5:30pm

Jerry Falzone & Liars Moon

Four albums, uncounted miles on the road, endless gigs and still standing. Jerry Falzone just released his fourth album, Chasing Ghosts. Draw a line from The Byrds, pass through Buffalo Springfield, make a right turn somewhere around Tom Petty and go straight through to the rust belt of Upstate New York and pretty much that is where you will find him. Both danceable and spiritual his music has that something that can connect to people. A plaintive voice backed by some of the best musicians you will ever hear in his band Liar's Moon, Falzone delivers both on record and in front of a crowd.

He has been working with other singer songwriters in his home city of Rochester, NY to develop audiences through the many series that he has established. The artists that he has worked with have graced each one of his records.
Featuring...
Jerry Falzone - Guitars, Vocals
Ken Colombo - Keyboards
Mark Annal- Drums
Mark Jacobson - Electric Guitar
Paul Lindsley- bass
Stave Cataldi Mandolin
https://www.facebook.com/jerryfalzoneandliarsmoon

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Los Straitjackets Live!!!
Oct
25
8:00 PM20:00

Los Straitjackets Live!!!

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

Abilene on the Road and Record Archive present
Los Straitjackets

Historic German House, 315 Gregory Street, Rochester, NY 14620

Los Straitjackets are the leading practitioners of the lost art of the guitar instrumental. Using the music of the Ventures, The Shadows, and with Link Wray and Dick Dale as a jumping off point, the band has taken their unique, high-energy brand of original rock & roll around the world.

Clad in their trademark Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling masks, the “Jackets” have delivered their trademark guitar licks to 16 albums, thousands of concerts and dozens of films and TV shows. Viva Los Straitjackets!

https://www.straitjackets.com/

Tickets: $20 advance, $25 day of show, on sale at Bop Shop Records, Abilene Bar and Lounge, Record Archive and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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 Left-Handed Second Baseman-An Abilene Halloween
Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

Left-Handed Second Baseman-An Abilene Halloween

Doors 7:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Join LH2B and special guests for three sets, including a 2nd set "jukebox costume set" in which they will play a wide-ranging mix of their influences.

Wear your costumes and win a TBD prize.

LH2B is the creation of singer/songwriter/producer Fran Broderick. Fusing diverse influences ranging from alt-folk to soul to synthpop, the result is stirring anthems and tender ballads, anchored by Broderick’s captivating lyrics. Rochester CITY Newspaper’s Frank DeBlase describes the music as a “joyous noise,” and writes, “you’re definitely going to want to get know the man and his work as Left-Handed 2nd Baseman...this is where he shines. His words are gold.” His latest album, 2018’s Trench Digging During Peacetime, was nominated for Best Local Album of 2018 in CITY Newspaper, and the album’s title track is in regular rotation on college radio (WITR), and NPR (WRUR). Having shared the stage with famed jam and folks acts like Max Creek, Ryan Montbleau, Ekoostik Hookah, and DJ Logic, and playing venues throughout Western New York, Manhattan and Brooklyn, Broderick is a seasoned performer constantly expanding his soundscape with styles ranging from Dylan and Springsteen to synth acts like Future Islands and Chvrches. He is probably listening to John Prine right now.

https://www.facebook.com/LH2Bmusic

Cover: $5

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Mikaela Davis and Southern Star--SOLD OUT!!!
Oct
29
8:30 PM20:30

Mikaela Davis and Southern Star--SOLD OUT!!!

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

MIKAELA DAVIS and SOUTHERN STAR

Are you a fan of Grateful Dead?
Are you a fan of Mikaela Davis??
Then you won't want to miss this "psychedelic masterpiece" performed in the very intimate setting that is Abilene Bar and Lounge

An Evening With: Mikaela Davis and Southern Star
(Second Set: The Grateful Dead's LIVE/DEAD)

https://www.mikaeladavis.com/

Now Officially…SOLD OUT!!!!

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David Wax Museum
Oct
30
8:00 PM20:00

David Wax Museum

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

DAVID WAX MUSEUM

with special guest Anthony da Costa

Live at Abilene Bar and Lounge

"Suz and I started this band as friends," says David Wax, "but now we’re married and have a child and have our family on the road with us. The stakes are different."

The roots of David Wax Museum stretch back nearly a decade, and all the way from New England to Mexico. As a student at Harvard, Wax began traveling south of the border to study and immerse himself in the country's traditional music and culture. Back in Boston, he met fiddler/singer Suz Slezak, whose love of traditional American and Irish folk music fused with Wax's Mexo-Americana into a singular, energetic blend that captivated audiences and critics alike. Their 2010 breakout performance at the Newport Folk Festival made them the most talked-about band of the weekend, with NPR hailing them as "pure, irresistible joy." They released a trio of albums that earned escalating raves everywhere from SPIN and Entertainment Weekly (who described them as sounding "like Andrew Bird with a Mexican folk bent") to the New York Times and The Guardian (which dubbed the music "global crossover at its best"). They earned an invitation to return to Newport, this time on the main stage, as well as dates supporting The Avett Brothers, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Buena Vista Social Club, and more.

It was on the road over these past few years as the band and audiences grew, though, that Wax could feel their exuberant live show evolving beyond its formative roots.

"I felt empowered to start the band because of my time in Mexico studying folk music," Wax explains. "In Boston, the term 'Americana' or 'folk' was just this catchall to describe what everyone was doing. It was helpful to use that to talk about our music at first, but we've found that our hearts feel most shaken, and the band fires on all cylinders, when we're putting on a rock show. What we've tried to retain about our folk origins is the warm sound of people playing acoustic instruments together in a room.

David Wax Museum's latest album, Line of Light, will be released on August 23.

"David Wax Museum, the duo of David Wax and Suz Slezak, announced their seventh studio album Line of Light will release on August 23 via Nine Mile Records. The album was produced by Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket and was the first full length album he produced in his newly built recording studio in his home of Nashville, TN."

Line of Light marks the band's return for their first full-length album in four years. It finds the duo tackling subjects both political and personal in a way they haven't explored in the studio before. With Broemel taking the band's folk-pop underpinnings and outfitting them with serious sonic force, the songs push deeper into themes of interconnectedness, spiritual longing, and deep personal reflection. Being artists from Charlottesville, VA, where they raise their two children, they found themselves responding to the political milieu we all find ourselves in at this moment. While not necessarily sunny, the collection shares a firm optimism in the human condition: there's light beyond the darkness.d to make a record that leaned more heavily on us as a duo. We loved being in the studio with Carl Broemel that first time to record “Big Sur”, feeling like the process was so collaborative and the atmosphere so warm. We felt the resulting song was authentic in a new way, less dressed up with studio tricks and more about how our voices and instruments blend and live together.

Anthony da Costa’s songs don’t extend metaphors or spin yarns. They shoot straight. The singer-songwriter and guitarist speaks plainly, from the heart and the gut. With his latest work, including his recent solo album DA COSTA, he adds the musical force of some of American folk and roots’ seminal cities to his forthright style. “In the past few years, since I moved from New York to Austin and then to Nashville, I’ve found my voice as a songwriter,” muses da Costa. “I’ve honed my band, made strong musical friendships. I felt like I started over and found what I needed to say.” You can hear it clearly in his songs, whether they are steeped in rock-country grit or frank folk. “I feel I’m just getting my own music off the ground, though I’ve been playing it for 13 years,” da Costa muses. “But everything I’ve done has contributed to my knowledge. It was the prelude, and now I know singing and writing my songs is most important to me.”

https://www.davidwaxmuseum.com/

http://www.anthonydacosta.com/

Tickets: $22 advance, $27 day of show, on sale now at Abilene Bar and Lounge and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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Abilene Halloween Bash with Bobby Henrie & The Goners
Oct
31
8:00 PM20:00

Abilene Halloween Bash with Bobby Henrie & The Goners

Doors 4pm, Music 8pm

***SPECIAL EVENT****

Abilene’s Halloween Bash and Costume Contest!!!

Live rockabilly/roots/Americana with Abilene faves

BOBBY HENRIE & THE GONERS

Get ready for an outrageous evening of rockin’ good times…

Featuring Bobby Henrie, Brian Williams and Jimmy Symonds..

And their costumed alter egos!!!!

Prizes and many Surprises!!!
www.facebook.com/bobbyhenrieandthegoners

Cover: $5

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Free Casino with The Stone Lows
Nov
1
9:00 PM21:00

Free Casino with The Stone Lows

Doors 3pm, Music 9pm

Free Casino


Formed in late 2018, Free Casino is a Rochester-based indie/alternative band with a diverse mix of musical influences. The band writes and performs their own original music with a handful of cover songs in their set lists as well.
Members consist of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Jake Denning, lead guitarist, Sean Saville, bassist, Marc Gabriel, and drummer, PK White


https://www.facebook.com/FreeCasinoBand


with...
The Stone Lows
Cover: $5

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The Way Down Wanderers
Nov
2
9:30 PM21:30

The Way Down Wanderers

***SPECIAL SHOW!***
Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:30pm

THE WAY DOWN WANDERERS

The Way Down Wanderers are from the very heartland of America – central Illinois, Peoria, to be exact – which is reflected in their distinctive sound, which draws on elements of bluegrass, but also touches on classic rock influences including the multi-part harmonies of the Beach Boys and The Band’s hybrid soul, as well as the roots qualities of The Avett Brothers and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, with surprising elements of jazz, classical music and even hip-hop.

The band’s self-released sophomore album, illusions, follows their self-titled 2016 debut, a pair of EPs and Live at the Old Rock House. Produced, engineered and mixed by Grammy winner David Schiffman, who has worked with an eclectic batch of artists from Johnny Cash and HAIM to System of a Down and Rage Against the Machine, at L.A.’s Sargent Studios and Chicago’s Shirk Studios, the new effort finds the band collaborating and exchanging ideas to further distinguish their unique sound.

The band’s two chief songwriters – Austin Krause-Thompson and Collin Krause – have known each other for six years now, starting when Austin was 19 and Collin 15, and while they each write separately, this time around there was much more working in tandem.

“We’re so much more used to working with each other now,” says Austin, who recently married Collin’s older sister, making them brothers-in-law. “Collin and I are really getting a feel for one another, the way we write together.”

The Way Down Wanderers may sound like some long-forgotten bluegrass band from the Coens’ O Brother Where Art Thou (like that film’s Soggy Bottom Boys), but they prove to be much more than that on illusions, which they describe as “about love, loss and personal evolution.” Indeed, the album explores the tug of memories and the passage of time, set against the eternal clock of Mother Nature, delivered in roots-influenced songs that are also rhythmically modern. And while illusions may be thematically steeped in past folklore, it is also present and alive in a way that jumps off these digital/vinyl tracks to penetrate heart, mind and body.

The track “All My Words” perfectly illustrates The Way Down Wanderers’ distinctive approach, combining a reggae/island beat, a mid-song rap and a closing Foggy Mountain Breakdown-style banjo deal to deliver a song that Austin describes as “trying to be creative when you just don’t feel it.” There are elements of “Cripple Creek” in “Heartland”, a love song written by Collin for his fiancée, Beach Boys vocals in the jazzy, dreamy title track and a Bo Diddley tribal stomp to “She’s Alright”, while “Crooked Pines” and “Moonglow Carolina” compare the magnificence of natural beauty to personal emotion.

“One of the things that inspires my songwriting is nature and natural things in a metaphorical way,” explains Austin. “We see the most amazing sites as we drive through America, like Niagara Falls, which was pretty cool.”

And while the pop dance groove of “Patient Pretender” reads like a love song from Austin to his now-wife, it’s actually about the couple adopting a stray puppy off the snowy streets of Chicago. “Old Ford” details how friendships evolve through the years, and how sometimes you just have to let go to move forward. The album opener, “Principles of Salt”, is the only non-original on the record, penned by their good friend, Indianapolis singer/songwriter Joshua Powell.

“I’d like to think we’re taking some risks,” says Collin about the new album, pointing out there is more electric guitar and keyboards (mostly from ex-Jellyfish/Imperial Drag member Roger Manning). “We love so many different types of music, but American roots and bluegrass will obviously continue to inspire us as writers.”

When the two main songwriters first met, the classically trained, high, lonesome crooner Collin was picking bluegrass mandolin and fiddle in a Dylan-esque folk band dubbed Something with Trees, while Austin was the drummer in a rock group. Jazz percussionist John Merikoski and classical upright bassist John Williams soon joined, with banjo player Travis Kowalsky the final piece to the puzzle.

“We tried to incorporate all the musical places we’ve come from as a band on this record,” says Austin.

The Way Down Wanderers have toured extensively across the U.S., Canada and the U.K., performing an official showcase at the Americana Fest in Nashville, earning honors from American Roots UK (Top Albums of the Year List 2017), Songpickr’s Best Songs Spotify Playlist (2016) and a finalist in the 2016 International Song Writing Competition.

Relix magazine raved, “The band actually emerged fully formed, possessing a certain savvy that assures their ability to stand apart in a crowded field of nu-grass contenders… [The band] may have only just begun their musical journey [but] they’ve come quite far already.”

The Way Down Wanderers are ready to take to the highway. “We have a loyal and loving fan base,” says Collin. “We make friends wherever we go. We’ll often end up staying overnight at fans’ houses. We really live off the generosity of strangers.”

“We want to get the music out to even more folks this time,” adds Austin. “That’s why this album is so eclectic. Bluegrass is just another tool in our box.”

Their live shows are truly unique, communal experiences, with acoustic encores taking place out in the audience and drummer Merikoski’s famous spoon solos.

“This is a pretty tight-knit group,” says Austin. “It’s a real family affair.”

On their sophomore album, The Way Down Wanderers turn those illusions into reality.

https://thewaydownwanderers.com/

Tickets: $10 advance, $15 day of show, on sale 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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Ally Venable Band
Nov
7
8:00 PM20:00

Ally Venable Band

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

ALLY VENABLE BAND

There's something about Texas. Open up the history books and you'll find the Lone Star State at the eye of every rock 'n' roll storm. Pull up a stool in any bar-room and you'll still hear Southern gentlemen spin stories of ZZ Top, Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Now tip a ten-gallon hat to the bandleader writing her own name onto the state's famed back pages, as Ally Venable releases breakout third album, - Texas Honey Debuted as #2 on the Billboard Blues Charts featuring Eric Gales and Mike Zito.
A Power house from the Lone Star State, the Ally Venable Band has ignited excitement in the modern blues scene. Lead guitarist and vocalist, Ally Venable, started singing at an early age in church and at 12, picking up a guitar and finding her passion, established herself as a Texas Blues Guitar Slinger. Guitar Player Magazine stated that " Venable pulls off a stunner of gritty and/or sultry blues rock tunes embellished with lots of tasty guitar solos."
She has received many awards including the East Texas Music Award in 2014 and 2015 for "Female Guitarist of the Year" , three time winner of the "Blues Band of the Year,” "Album of the Year,” and “Entertainer of the Year,” in 2018
2nd Place - Dallas International Guitar Show 10 Under 20 Contest 2015
Ally’s 2018 release ‘Puppet Show’ debuted at #7 on the Billboard Blues Charts, featuring Gary Hoey & Lance Lopez.
Each of Ally's band mates are versatile on multiple instruments. As bassist, Bobby Wallace is a master of his craft and years of experience enhance the band. Drummer, Elijah Owings brings a steady, but dynamic sound to the band. Keyboardist, Fernando De Los Santos from Seville, Spain, brings a classic and energetic style when performing with Ally. They are the backbone of the band's Rockin' Blues sound, and they continue to represent the future of the blues.

www.allyvenableband.com

Tickets: $10, on sale at Abilene and online at https://abilene.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=279

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Chaz and the Dazzlers
Nov
8
9:00 PM21:00

Chaz and the Dazzlers

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:00pm

CHAZ HEARNE & THE DAZZLERS, is a 4-8 piece band that ranges from intricate fingerpicked acoustic numbers to all-out rock anthems. Backed up by everything from mandolin and double bass to horns and harmonies, Chaz tops it off with thoughtful melodies and a barely restrained enthusiasm. Their new album Intelligence Is Rising is available on all streaming platforms now.
Chaz & The Dazzlers featuring Chaz Hearne, Susanna Rose, Emily Dipaola, Reilly Solomon Taylor Cook, and Nick Lord.

https://www.facebook.com/chazhearnemusic/

Cover: $6

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Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles featuring “Eric “Roscoe” Ambel.
Nov
9
9:00 PM21:00

Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles featuring “Eric “Roscoe” Ambel.

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

SARAH BORGES & The Broken Singles featuring “Eric “Roscoe” Ambel.

As rock phenoms go, Sarah Borges has never been easy to pin down. Since bursting onto the national scene in 2005 as the lead singer of the Broken Singles, she hasn’t allowed a speck of dust to settle on her sound or her story. Instead, the Massachusetts native has just kept on moving and shaking.
She’s gone from front woman to solo act, to front woman again. She’s deftly navigated the weird road that winds from emerging artist to veteran performer. She’s made seven records and racked up countless touring miles. She’s collected shiny things, including an Americana Music Award nomination, multiple Boston Music Awards, and song credits on TV shows Sons of Anarchy and The Night Shift. Bands like Los Strait Jackets and Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys have brought her out on the road with them. Cowboy laureates Steve Berlin and Dave Alvin have lined up to collaborate with her.
As if all that wasn't fodder enough for a compelling rock ’n’ roll narrative, in the last few years Sarah has been married and divorced, become a mother, and gotten sober. It’s a whole lot of moving and shaking for someone who just turned 40, but don’t expect to find her pumping the brakes anytime soon.
“I’m not slowing down,” Borges says. “I’m gonna keep on seeking the next sound, the next song, the next chapter of who I am.”
Conduct even a quick Google search, and you’ll find that she’s been dubbed everything — from an Americana darling to a roots rocker to a cowpunk to the next Sheryl Crow — by tastemakers as diverse as The New York Times and SiriusXM Outlaw Country Radio.

You could forgive folks for being stumped as to what to call her brand of music. In an era when algorithms and critics alike are hard-pressed to find the quickest way to complete the phrase “sounds like___,” an artist such as Borges raises questions. Does she walk a fine line between punk and country, or does she kick the tar out of it? Is she rock, roots, or Americana? And while we’re at it, what the heck is Americana, anyway?
But if you’re looking for a common denominator threading through all of Sarah’s multitudes, or something approximating a label that she might not fight you on, joy fits the bill. Yes, you read that right. Joy isn’t the first thing most fans associate with barroom rock songs about heartbreak, sticking it to bad men, or lusty midnight romps. But for Sarah it’s a palpable force running through everything she does.
"It won’t sound very punk of me to say this, but I feel joy now in a way I've never felt before about doing what I do”, she says. "It's been a long journey, but I’m lucky as hell to be in the driver's seat for this life I’ve been given of playing, writing, motherhood, and sobriety.”

https://www.sarahborges.com/

Tickets: $12 advance, $15 day of show, on sale now at Abilene and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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Miss Tess and the Talkbacks
Nov
14
8:00 PM20:00

Miss Tess and the Talkbacks

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

MISS TESS AND THE TALKBACKS!

Miss Tess has always been known for creating an eclectic array of vintage blues, country, and jazz sounds. Currently residing in Nashville, she finds no shortage of inspiration in the roots scene there. However varied Tess’ music can be, front and center sits her voice that has been described as "alternately seductive and sexy, and a pure joy to listen to” (Pop Matters). Her music is further heightened by her partner, Thomas Bryan Eaton, who helps to shape the songs and arrangements with a deft touch on guitar & pedal steel. Tess brings along her 1930s Weymann archtop guitar, often trading leads with Thomas.
This past winter the two teamed up with veteran producer Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff) at his studio in East Nashville to create a new record that both reaches back to Tess’ roots, yet also signals a new chapter in her career. The record, to be titled “The Moon is an Ashtray”, is getting its finishing touches and will be released in Feb 2020.

http://www.misstessmusic.com/

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

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Happy Hour with Bill Schmitt & the Bluesmasters
Nov
15
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Bill Schmitt & the Bluesmasters

Doors: 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

BILL SCHMITT & THE BLUESMASTERS

Bill Schmitt and the Bluesmasters
Rochester-based blues band Bill Schmitt and the Bluesmasters have been a roadhouse fixture in upstate New York since 1995.
With freight train rhythms, subtle phrasing and bright intricate solos, the music draws influence from artists like Freddie King, Muddy Waters and Joe Bonamassa.
The blues have been a constant even though the band plays a cross section of rock and rhythm & blues. These guys can take a typical 12 bar blues rhythm and keep it swinging – making it relevant and exciting for old school blues fans as well as younger listeners of jazz and R & B.
Greg Fox’s voice and sax are rooted in that bluesy genre. He howls, roars and gallops to the groove with his tenor sax forming a sexy exclamation point.
Mike Master’s poly rhythms and muscular grooves keep the train moving.
John Carlino on bass goes from delicate grooves to a metronomic swing.
Bob Fess on guitar grew up with the blues and his fretboard skills make him a driving force. Thick toned guitar workouts demonstrate his love and reverence for the blues and classic rock greats like Clapton, Freddy King, Muddy Waters and Jeff Beck.
Bill Schmitt makes this ensemble all possible and provides the musical direction to keep things together and moving in the right direction. His B3 style keyboard skills keep things traditional but also add well crafted energetic lines to each song.
This band is a study in ensemble playing, and it’s members feed off each other’s energy, pushing one another into high gear with integrated parts that answer and compliment the other.

https://www.bluesmasters.net

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Jackson Cavalier Trio with The Cantina Ramblers
Nov
15
9:15 PM21:15

Jackson Cavalier Trio with The Cantina Ramblers

Doors 3pm, Music 9:15pm

Jackson Cavalier Trio
After only a few years of being involved in the western New York folk scene, Jackson Cavalier & his band of musicians known as The Fevertones, have achieved the titles of Rochester's Best Busker(s) and house band at The Daily Refresher.

Starting as a group of street musicians, Jackson Cavalier and James Schrag began busking together in the fall of 2012; Jackson playing guitar, harmonica, foot drums, and singing, while James accompanied him on violin.

Their work as street performers not only allowed the group to grow and evolve as musicians, but also to include various members of the Rochester music community into their lineup. Horns, strings, percussion, and harmony were all experimented with on the streets of Rochester.

As their notoriety grew, so did the demand of local music promoters to book them. Bringing their act to the many stages of the Greater Rochester Region and beyond, Jackson and company began a regular circuit of coffee shops, bars, and music venues. These gigs allowed the group to hone their sound, and test the original material they had begun composing. In the summer of 2013, the group entered Barncat Studios in Honeoye Falls, NY to record their first full length album "Barefooted & Still Breathing". The album was well received by local critics and fans alike.

Over the next few years, Jackson Cavalier competed in three Rochester City Newspaper's Best Busker Competition's; placing 2nd in 2014, 1st in 2015, and 1st in 2016 out of a group of 40 competitors. During this time Jackson and the Fevertones picked up their house band title at The Daily Refresher.
https://www.facebook.com/jacksoncavaliermusic
with special guests...from Ithaca.
The Cantina Ramblers
Mijail Martinez and The Cantina Ramblers bring their signature blend of Flamenquito, Rumba, Mariachi, Tejano, and Honky-Tonk Sounds to Abilene Bar and Lounge. Be ready to get a dance partner to boogie!
Cover: $5

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Jack Klatt and Band
Nov
16
9:00 PM21:00

Jack Klatt and Band

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

JACK KLATT and Band

We're super psyched to be hosting the Abilene debut of Jack Klatt.
If you're a fan of The Cactus Blossoms, The Hi-Risers, and JD McPherson, you're gonna love Jack Klatt

Musical missionary, tireless troubadour and producer Jack Klatt isn’t one to be easily categorized or relegated to a narrow niche. he comes across as a young man with a wizened and worldly perspective, an artist who possesses a timeless sensibility of both place and purpose. Yet, his artistic integrity extends to more than simply his songs. It embodies both execution and intent.. the way he’s mastered his deft finger-picking technique and used that sturdy approach to bring his material an authenticity reminiscent of the most revered musicians and storytellers.

His upcoming album It Ain’t The Same (due September 27 on Yep Roc Records) reflects that reverential attitude, but adds a depth and devotion that ensures its contemporary credence. With Klatt himself singing, playing guitar and sitting in the producer’s chair, it boasts the talents of a skilled set of session players -- John James Tourville (The Deslondes) on electric guitar and pedal steel, Casey McDonough (NRBQ) on bass skills, and Alex Hall (JD McPherson, The Cactus Blossoms, Robbie Fulks) on drums, percussion, keys and engineering. It Ain’t The Same is, as its title suggests, something truly special.

Ironically, the title track is the only song that Klatt didn’t write. It’s credited to guitar and steel player John James Tourville. The title itself aptly defines the overall vibe of the record, and the fact that it’s the only outside contribution provides a subtle way of alluding to the collaborative nature of the album.

Likewise, Klatt took a different approach to the production. “In the past, my records had been recorded live in two or three days, straight to tape, with little to no overdubbing,” Klatt explains. “I wanted to do something different this time...take some more care and explore all the possibilities the studio has to offer. I suppose that is part of where the title It Ain’t the Same came from. This record feels like a step forward for me, a departure from my earlier, country/blues based recordings. I learned and grew musically so much through the process. I can’t wait to get back in the studio and do it again.”

A product of the nation’s heartland, Klatt was born and bred in the twin cities. He dropped out of college before spending the next six years pursuing his wanderlust and hitch hiking across the country with nothing but a backpack and a Martin guitar. He eventually made his way overseas, where he slept under the stars, traded songs for spending money and enjoyed a life typical of one who’s a drifter and bohemian. All the while, he made it his mission to proffer the songs of the American masters, from Woody Guthrie and Eddie Cochrane to Hank Williams and Marty Robbins. In the process, he found himself captivated by the full gamut of archetypical American music -- a singular style that encompasses folk, blues, rock, rockabilly, R&B, and arcane country -- and began to refashion it to suit his own style.

As Americana Roots UK stated so succinctly, "Jack doesn’t rely on other writers for his diversity. He can write in pretty much any musical style of his choosing.”

”When I was very young and first becoming obsessed with music I got into punk rock and early rock n roll music, started forming bands with friends in junior high,” Klatt recalls. “All I really wanted to do was play like Scotty Moore, or Eddie Cochrane. I was always looking for who such and such a band was influenced by. The 14 year old me loved Rancid, which led me to the Clash, which, in turn, led me to Bob Marley and Woody Guthrie. Social Distortion helped me discover Country Music. As I followed the threads of American music backwards, I wound up at the beginning of recorded music and the sounds of country blues, jug band music, ragtime, early jazz, and folk Music. I stuck around there for a long time, and learned how to play guitar. but eventually I began to get thirsty for something new and started to crawl out of my purist country blues corner… In a way this record is a return to those early rock n’ roll influences of mine. A kind of full circle back to the time when everything was new and fresh. It’s more honest then anything I’ve ever recorded.”

As he continued to temper his technique, he began writing his own material. Once he returned home to Minneapolis, he put together a band and began playing venues and festivals throughout the Midwest.

“I met Jack and Page of the Cactus Blossoms right around the time I was getting into folk music about 10 or 12 years ago around a bonfire pit next to Cedar Lake in Minneapolis,” Klatt recalls. We have made music together over the years, and still do in fact. While hanging out, I’ll often roll out my song ideas to bounce off of them and vice versa. If it wasn’t for the Cactus Blossoms taking me out on the road as a solo opener, I wouldn’t have gotten to meet Alex Hall. Needless to say, those two brothers were a big part of the new record.”

In 2013, he recorded his first album, Love Me Lonely, a set of songs that found him mining his influences while honing a signature style. The followup, 2016’s Shadows in the Sunset, recorded with Tom Herbers (Low, Trampled by Turtles, the Jayhawks) in a 100 year-old farmhouse in Viroqua Wisconsin, garnered rave reviews. No Depression hailed it as a beautifully done album of classic American music.” City Pages said "Shadows showcases Klatt's growth as a songwriter. The expansive and gilded country record is tender, thumping, and relaxed." Klatt himself described the work by saying, “It holds in its grooves ten thousand miles of asphalt, about eight pairs of good shoes, and the generosity of a thousand strangers.”

It ‘s little wonder that the album found its way onto several ‘best of” lists, including Saving Country Music’s list of 2016‘s most essential albums.

For Klatt, it’s all been leading to this. Indeed, It Ain’t The Same is an album that portends an even bigger breakout. As always, Klatt keeps moving forward.

https://www.jackklatt.com/

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

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Sonny Landreth & Cindy Cashdollar
Nov
17
7:30 PM19:30

Sonny Landreth & Cindy Cashdollar

***VERY SPECIAL SHOW!***
Doors 6:30pm • Music 7:30pm

Abilene on the Road & The House of Guitars present...

Sonny Landreth & Cindy Cashdollar

Hart Theatre, Louis S. Wolk JCC of Greater Rochester
1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618

Sonny Landreth and Cindy Cashdollar are making some rare duo appearances in 2019. Louisiana’s slide guitar wizard will deliver his bottle-neck style slide chops while Austin's sweetheart of the steel guitar will showcase the renowned talent that earned her a spot in the Texas Music Hall of Fame.

Revered for his unique slide guitar technique, Sonny Landreth has collaborated with many legendary performers including John Hiatt, Jimmy Buffett, Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton. Sonny will perform at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival in Dallas on September 20, his third Crossroads appearance.

Cindy Cashdollar's expertise is in great demand on both steel guitar and dobro. She has worked with many leading artists in various genres including Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Rod Stewart and Ryan Adams. With the iconic western swing group Asleep At The Wheel, she garnered 5 Grammy awards and was the first woman to be inducted into the Texas Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 2011.

Performing a mix of original songs with contemporary and traditional blues and roots music, the show is electric, virtuosic, and tastefully delivered by these two great instrumental masters.

https://sonnylandreth.com/

http://cindycashdollar.com/

Tickets: $30 advance, $35 day of show, on sale at Abilene Bar and Lounge, The House of Guitars, Record Archive, Bop Shop Records, and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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Jimbo Mathus & Incinerator
Nov
21
8:00 PM20:00

Jimbo Mathus & Incinerator

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

JIMBO MATHUS & INCINERATOR - No one back home in Mississippi was really that surprised when, one night, they saw Jimbo appear in a monkey mask on national television. Friends and family weren’t shocked to see him leaping like a madman possessed, throwing $100 bills at David Letterman on Late Night. This was in 1998, the dregs of the 20th century. Jimbo was performing with his bizarre brainchild, Squirrel Nut Zippers who, quite accidentally, became America’s darlings and were riding high on a runaway hit single “Hell”.

No, they had noticed something odd about Jimbo early on. “He could do things other children couldn’t do,” says a close family friend. “He seemed always focused on some distant horizon, obsessed over a private thought no one else could fathom.”

He was haunted by ghosts from the nearby civil war battlefield… the bloodbath that was Shiloh. “I was fascinated by ancient things and the arcane,” Mathus, 47, states. “I saw visions… I could see and feel the Earth plummeting through the solar system and it, in turn grinding along, clock-like. I saw and heard time being sucked into the gaping maw of infinity. It’s taken me all these years to even figure out what it all meant. I always felt both frightened and comforted by these childhood episodes. The next thing I remember I woke up… and there was music!”

His father was a wild-ass banjo player, horse trader, and small town attorney, descended from Scottish fiddlers and singers. A profusion of alcohol-fueled music and all night singing surrounded the young Mathus. At age six he joined the ranks of adult musicians and joined the family band as mandolinist. “As a small child,” Mathus explains, “I was sort of self-contained…very adult. I was allowed to wander the back streets of Jackson or hillbilly towns in Arkansas you know, just alone with my mandolin absorbing songs. I never had any trouble just sitting in with and learning from the musicians I found there. It was weird because adults always told me their problems. They would like, confide in me…ask my advise…like I knew the answers?”

Mathus began creating his own original music. His first composition was entitled “Chokin’ on a ‘Lude”. “I spontaneously helped create a high school noise rock band called Johnny Vomit and the Dry Heaves,” Jimbo says. “My home town was Pentecostal Church-infested, you know, a conservative southern hillbilly town. Old men sat on the courthouse steps whittling, shit like that. Needless to say the band and song didn’t go over well in my area. I was asked to leave high school for generally being too subversive. They mailed me my diploma and said PLEASE GO!”

Various subsequent mishaps and minor fuck-ups led to his being incarcerated and sent to the Mississippi River to work as a deckhand. “I was basically an indentured servant to a barge company outta New Orleans,” Mathus relates about his formative years. “I had to perform extreme physical labor in the most brutal conditions, alongside and toe-to-toe with these bad men… you know, big motherfuckers! But it was interesting because all these bad men would kinda pull me aside and spill their guts to me. Men would seek my advice on shit with their old ladies or whatever. Grown women would inquire about their deceased father or grandmother…they thought I was some kinda fortune teller.”

Having set his sights on the life of a wayward jounrneyman, Mathus continued his wanderings and learnings, finally settling in North Carolina in the early 90’s. Immersing himself in the cultural and artistic oasis that was Chapel Hill, he immediately started assembling the troops that would become, a few years later, the Squirrel Nut Zippers.

“It was a step by step thing putting that band together,” Mathus says. “I already had the background on the deep south musical styles… black, white and creole. In Chapel Hill I was able to use the libraries, the record stores,bookstores, original music clubs, all that shit I had never seen before,I was able to do the kind of research I’d always dreamed of. I went back to the roots of American art and music. I found the Harry Smithanthology. I educated myself.”

The demise of the Squirrel Nut Zippers in 2000 was only the beginning for Mathus. He’d already begun a solo career with the 1997 release of his, Jas. Mathus Plays Songs For Rosetta, an effort to raise money for his ailing Aunt Rosetta, daughter of Charley Patton. He’d already had a huge role as guitarist and “spark plug” for the mind-bending record that is Buddy Guy’s SWEET TEA and had recorded it’s follow up… the Grammy winning BLUES SINGER. He had begun a tutelage under Memphis producer/shaman Jim Dickinson.

“I was ready and encouraged by great men to take on the full southern musical landscape and forge it into my own cannon of songs…to dig deep inside myself and to look and listen hard at what I found there.”

His first recordings done under this new reckoning were 2007’s Jimmy The Kid (Big Legal Mess Records), 2010’s Confederate Buddha (Memphis International Records) and Blue Light (Big Legal Mess Records). 2011 brought White Buffalo and began his affiliation with Oxford Mississippi’s own Fat Possum Records. In 2012 they released Dark Night of the Soul (Fat Possum) and a more national touring schedule ensued, playing multiple east and west coast tours to a broadening fan base.

BLUE HEALER is the name of Mathus’s latest and by far greatest record out on Fat Possum. The date is April 21, 2015. It is his eleventh effort under his own name and is once again produced by Bruce Watson at his Dial Back Sound in Water Valley Mississippi.

“It’s the story of a man in a southern landscape who is swept insanely apart by internal and external winds. He digs deeper and deeper into the very fabric of his reality, experiencing love and lust, despair, hope and sheer animal exhilaration on levels few ever do. He is tested in every way imaginable and achieves a sort of enlightenment… he gains power and understanding of life’s mysteries. Yet questions remain. He wonders if the struggle was worth it or even real. Maybe he just needs some love and affection? Is he madman or mystic? Con-man or honest council? Is this autobiographical or fictional? Only the BLUE HEALER knows the answer to the great cosmic HEEBIE JEEBIE!!!

https://www.fatpossum.com/artists/jimbo-mathus/

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

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Happy Hour with Kubick's Rubes
Nov
22
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Kubick's Rubes

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

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

KUBRICK’S RUBES!

Based in Rochester, NY, Kubick’s Rubes is a seasoned regional string-band that lays down a high energy blend of bluegrass and western swing, with an occasional old-time fiddle tune thrown in when the mood strikes. We love a great song, close vocal harmonies, and a driving groove that will get your feet moving on the dance floor.

https://kubicksrubes.com/

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Jeffrey Gaines
Nov
22
9:30 PM21:30

Jeffrey Gaines

***SPECIAL SHOW!***
Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:30pm

JEFFREY GAINES

Jeffrey Gaines has been heralded for his soul-searching lyrics and his powerful live performances.

With only his voice and a guitar for accompaniment, Jeffrey Gaines has earned a reputation as a captivating performer, entertaining audiences everywhere he goes.

Raised in Harrisburg, PA by parents more inclined to spin soul classics by Aretha and Otis than the New Wave and Brit Rock blasting from their son’s room, a teenaged Gaines began singing and playing guitar in several local garage bands. He soon decided to set out on his own and quickly landed a record deal, releasing Jeffrey Gaines, the first of his five studio releases. The album garnered four stars from The Philadelphia Inquirer, describing Gaines as “…an ethereal soul…insistent, impassioned, full of self-knowledge.” Somewhat Slightly Dazed, and Galore followed. Interview Magazine called Gaines’ music “soul-searching” and “refreshingly free of jargon, sentiment or cliché.”

Jeffrey Gaines released Always Be (Artemis) to both critical and commercial praise. Featuring his emotional interpretation of “In Your Eyes” and his own soaringly beautiful “Always Be,” the album hit #5 on R&R Callout America CHR/Pop list, also reaching #45 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. The New York Post proclaimed Always Be as “a dozen-song mix…that completely illustrates the depth he is capable of.”

Gaines’ impressive catalogue grew with Toward The Sun, produced by Mitchell Froom (Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, and Crowded House). The Boston Globe declared that “Gaines’ soulful, wounded vocals make a case for his being one of pop’s finest singers…an artist who deserves far more attention than some of his more hyped, yet less talented peers.” Mojo noted, “This established soul-folkie’s sexy growl has an underlying edge, making it a memorable album. Heartfelt unpretentious.”

Throughout his career, Gaines has built a rapport with his fans unlike any other in popular music today. Gaines goes as far as letting his fans influence the songs he performs each night. “When it’s just me playing, I only know the first song I’m going to play, but from there the energy and the vibe tell me what the next song is going to be. Someone may yell a song, and I’m like ‘Exactly! Good call.’ That’s so fun to me, keeping it exciting and spontaneous. I don’t even know what's around the corner, and the crowd doesn’t either.” Based on that relationship with the audience, Gaines released Jeffrey Gaines Live (CD / DVD) followed by Live In Europe, which was recorded during his 25-city tour with Joe Jackson.

http://www.jeffreygaines.com/

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

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Friendsgiving 2019- A Benefit for the Homeless
Nov
23
8:00 PM20:00

Friendsgiving 2019- A Benefit for the Homeless

Doors 7pm, Music 8pm

“FRIENDSGIVING PARTY and DANCE!”
Benefit for the Homeless Community
Featuring music by…
The Brothers Blue
Rooted in the fertile tradition of Old-Time fiddle music, The Brothers Blue grow a sound all their own – offering a hybrid which unites fresh, original song-writing with elements from Country, Bluegrass, Cajun, and Irish music. They weave three part harmonies through a rich tapestry of fiddle, banjo, and guitar. Their tight, groove-oriented arrangements prompted one fan to describe them as a “one-mind band” and another as “a dancer's dream.” Furthermore, each of their abilities to play multiple instruments makes their performances especially entertaining. As comfortable around a campfire as they are in a concert hall, the band is excited about any opportunity to share honest, heartfelt musical experiences with their ever-growing family of friends: "The Brethren Blue."
www.thebrothersblue.com
With Special Guests
Jungle Steve
https://www.facebook.com/Junglestevemusic
Sarah Eide
http://saraheide.com/
The Travis Prinzi Band
https://www.travisprinziband.com
Mike Brown
https://mikebrown.org/
and more musical acts to be announced!

Beard Contest with Prizes!
New sock donations will be collected.
Cover: $10 or $5 with a donation of new socks, undies, or toiletries.

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Tobey Village House Band Thanksgiving Bash!
Nov
27
5:30 PM17:30

Tobey Village House Band Thanksgiving Bash!

Doors 4:00pm • Music 5:30pm

TOBEY VILLAGE HOUSE BAND

A delicious blend of rock, soul, blues, funk, & pop - The Band, Smokey Robinson,SRV, Adele, Peter Gabriel, Bonnie Raitt, Marvin Gaye, Aretha, John Mayer & more!!

Join us for our annual Thanksgiving bash @ Abilene with some special guests!

https://www.facebook.com/tobeyvillagehouseband

Cover: $5

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The Abilene Debut of The Cool Club & The Lipker Sisters
Nov
27
9:30 PM21:30

The Abilene Debut of The Cool Club & The Lipker Sisters

Doors 4:00pm • Music 9:30pm


The Cool Club & The Lipker Sisters are a unique blend of old and new.

It’s a blend of four veteran (the old) musicians, whose years of experience create a sound best described in the title of one of their originals…Jump, Jazz, Boogie-Woogie, Rag Time Swing.

The Lipker Sisters are three young singers (the new) that have been singing vocal harmony, in a way only family can, their entire lives. They bring back memories of The Andrew Sisters with the attitude of today’s Puppini Sisters, at the same time making it their own.
Together, The Cool Club & The Lipker Sisters have quickly become one of the most popular acts in the Finger Lakes region.

Band Members
The Cool Club:
Rick Hoyt - guitar and vocals
Trevor Findley - bass
Joe Galusha - drums
Tom McClure - sax, clarinet, flute

The Lipker Sisters:
Marilla
Grace
Elizabeth

https://www.coolclubandlipkersisters.com/

Cover: $5

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Happy Hour with The Tragedy Brothers
Nov
29
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with The Tragedy Brothers

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials (4-7pm) including $1 off well drinks and craft draft pints, free munchies and live music featuring the return to Abilene of….

THE TRAGEDY BROTHERS

Formed in 2013, The Tragedy Brothers are Abilene faves!. Drawing on Blues and Roots Rock sounds, they catch the listener's ear with something different. They have a strong reputation as a live
band, and are not to be missed! Their original music is a blend of Blues, Americana, Funk, Jazz, Celtic and Rock.

Their third CD, City Limits, is now available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon music and all other major electronic distributors. Songs from this CD have been heard on traditional radio and electronic podcasts across the United States.

https://www.tragedybrothers.com/

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Joe Beard with Hanna PK
Dec
18
8:00 PM20:00

Joe Beard with Hanna PK

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

An Intimate Evening with Blues Great and Rochester Music Hall of Fame Member...
JOE BEARD and Very Special Guest: HANNA PK

Born and raised in Ashland, MS, guitarist Joe Beard grew up with the Murphy brothers, one of whom later found an international following as Matt "Guitar" Murphy. Guitarist Nathan Beauregard lived with Beard's cousin, so he was surrounded by aspiring and veteran blues musicians while growing up, and he began singing at an early age. Beard became interested in playing guitar via the Murphy brothers, who sat in with a young B.B. King when he played at the Roosevelt Lake Club. Beard began to learn guitar at age 17 from Ernest Scruggs, a neighbor, before heading to Chicago. Beard moved to Rochester, NY, and from time to time would visit one of his brothers in Chicago. He quickly became enamored of the blues being played in clubs there by people like Jimmy Reed and Sonny Boy Williamson. Beard sat in with John Lee Hooker one night and received encouraging words from Hooker, and also later sat in with his idol, Muddy Waters.While in Rochester, he formed the Soul Brothers Six, playing bass and singing, but he didn't perform in public on guitar until 1965. Beard befriended classic blues guitarist Son House, who was a neighbor in Rochester, and played a concert for students at the University of Rochester in 1968. Beard worked as an electrician by day and would occasionally play out at night and on weekends for most of the '60s on through to the '80s. He has a reputation as one of the best local players around, and though he may not be a household name in other parts of the U.S., he toured Europe in 1983 and did studio and stage work with Buster Benton, Lafayette Leake, and Memphis Slim. At the famed BK Lounge, Beard and his backing bands opened for Bobby Bland, Albert King, and others. More recently, Beard performed at President George H.W. Bush's inaugural gala. In 1990, he recorded an album for Kingsnake Records, No More Cherry Rose, which was well received by the blues radio community.Blues UnionBeard recorded an album with Ronnie Earl's band for the California-based AudioQuest label, Blues Union (1996). Accompanying him are Hammond B-3 organist Bruce Katz and tenor saxophonist David "Fathead" Newman. The album was a critical success, winning Offbeat Magazine's Blues Album of the Year award. He followed it up with 1998's For Real and 2000's Dealin', both records featuring Duke Robillard.

Hanna PK is a 2019 International Blues Challenge Semi-Finalist -- a solid pianist, soulful vocalist, and vibrant performer who channels a wide variety of the blues & swing, old school folk and boogie-woogie but with her own contemporary realness whether she’s performing her story-telling originals, breathing new life into songs that may be 100 years old, or anything in-between. Her seemingly sweet and soft-spoken appearance often leads to surprise when hearing for the first time her rich, resonating voice that goes from a whisper to belting with intensity. Her piano ranges from barrelhouse to jazzy to delicate, full of spontaneousness, and what draws the audience closer to her heartfelt and honest songs are her genuine passion and originality that comes from within. Once in a while, we meet an artist that seems to be quite nothing like what we’ve seen or heard, yet, reaching that common ground and emotions through their own creativity, makes us feel at ease, touched, and understood. With that kind of quality, Hanna is reaching out one show at a time.

https://www.facebook.com/joebeardblues
http://hannapk.com/index.html


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

Cover: $5

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Happy Hour with Big Blue House
Jan
10
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Big Blue House

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with drink specials ($1 off well drinks and craft draft pints from 3pm till 7pm), slingin' beer, Amanda Profit, free munchies and live music featuring the return to Abilene of…
BIG BLUE HOUSE

Big Blue House is Brian Burley, Bob DeRosa and Harvey Possemato, a raucous trio of seasoned musicians with experience in a variety of genres, which now merge styles and voices into a unique gumbo of folk, rock, blues, jazz and reggae. They offer a blend of voices, acoustic rhythm and lead guitar, stand-up bass, and occasional mandolin, banjo and resonator guitar. They often add percussion and a random horn to fill up the house. Their songs run a broad scope of time and genres but keep a consistency of musicality, lyricism, imagery and tastefulness.

http://www.bigbluehouseband.com/

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Happy Hour with Anonymous Willpower
Jan
17
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Anonymous Willpower

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with drink specials ($1 off well drinks and craft draft pints from 3pm till 7pm), slingin' beer, Amanda Profit, free munchies..and the return to Abilene of ...
ANONYMOUS WILLPOWER

Anonymous Willpower is a neo soul inspired husband and wife indie rock band based out of Rochester, NY, USA. It consists of the husband and wife duo of Don Anonymous and Suzi Willpower, along with the help of Greg Andrews, Eric Davidson, John Payton, and Howard Samuel. Anonymous Willpower came to life when Willpower and Anonymous decided to write soul inspired love songs to one another. The band plays guitar, drums, bass, piano, synthesizer, 12-string guitar, and an occasional drum machine. Most of the time the band tours together, and sometimes, it's just Willpower & Anonymous together in an intimate setting.

http://www.anonymouswillpower.net

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Happy Hour with The Midnight Cruisers
Jan
24
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with The Midnight Cruisers

Doors 3pm, 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 the Abilene debut of....
MIDNIGHT CRUISERS
Midnight Cruisers is an exciting musical experience based in Western New York. The band takes a somewhat "nontraditional" approach to its music incorporating roots rock, classic rock, rockabilly,country and western, folk standards and other diverse influences, including original music, into a distinct eclectic musical blend.
Members include Doug Gagne, rhythm guitar and vocals, Nigel Gagne, bass guitar and lead vocals, Joe Gagne lead guitar, and Bob Bjornholm, drums.


https://www.reverbnation.com/midnightcruisers4

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Our Own Worst Enemy with Courtney Yasmineh
Oct
19
8:00 PM20:00

Our Own Worst Enemy with Courtney Yasmineh

Doors 7:00pm • Music 7:30pm

OUR OWN WORST ENEMY

In the days before a kid could disappear into a personal iPhone playlist and tune out his parents’ world, there was a thing called the car dashboard radio. And the driver was usually in charge of it. That was just kind of an unwritten rule. So on those long drives from Rochester and back to visit his mother’s family in West Virginia, young Steve Lyons got the full hoedown.

“My dad was a big Johnny Cash fan, still is,” Lyons says. “Of course, I hated that stuff when I was a kid, but I remember hearing it a lot.”

Country tunes from tinny AM radio percolating around in his skull appears to be the genesis of Our Own Worst Enemy. For hyperbole purposes, we’ll call it Rochester’s new country super group, debuting Saturday at Abilene Bar & Lounge, although neither of its two co-founders is really considered a part of the country scene here.

Lyons is a blues guitarist and singer. He spent 23 years with The Legendary Dukes, which actually lasted much longer than the band that it sprang from, the 2015 Rochester Music Hall of Fame inductees Wilmer & the Dukes. And Lyons played with or is still playing with The LPs, Mitty & the Followers and The Beale Street Band. He does solo shows as well. All blues.

Don Christiano is the other co-founder. He’s had his rock bands over the years, as well as being the organizer behind the annual Bob Dylan Birthday Bash. He and his significant other, the singer Rita Coulter, have been performing together recently. But Christiano’s highest-profile gig these days is at Abilene, “With a Little Help From My Friends,” at which he invites one or two local musicians every other Tuesday night to play Beatles songs.

“We met back in the ’80s outside of Scorgie's,” Lyons says of Christiano. “He had a band, The Meteors, I had a band, King Juke, and we had some gigs together. So we knew each other, but we weren’t really that close. When he started doing the Beatles thing, I went in and asked if I could do one. He said, ‘Oh, sure,’ and we hit it off.”

The Beatles. Everyone knows the songs. But because of those long driving trips with his dad in control of the radio, “I’ve always had an affinity for country music, before I had this blues thing or that other stuff,” Lyons says. “It comes back to roost. Old country. Cash, Haggard, Lefty Frizzell, stuff like that. It’s been incubating for a long time, I’ve been thinking about doing it for a while. I finally asked Don. And he immediately said yes. And after we began rehearsing, we found two more sympaticos.

That’s bassist Paul Lindsley, who plays with JB & Company and often showed up at the jam session at The Beale. And drummer Mike Tutino, most recently of The Jane Mutiny.

Lyons was born in Rochester, and was just 2 or 3 years old when his family started making those family trips to Summersville, a small town in West Virginia. This was the late 1950s and early ’60s, when you could easily find a tent revival in those mountain communities. Not everything beneath those tents was good ol’ time religion.

“KKK meetings,” Lyons says. “I remember Klansmen walking down the street in Summersville.”

It was a part of the culture, but not something that Lyons associates with country music. “There were nut cases even back then, I knew that when I was a little kid,” he says. “I even saw them walking down the street in Salem, Mass.achusetts, in the mid ’70s when I moved there.”

Country music, when done properly, smells of country. And racism isn’t a part of it, not when you consider how tightly connected it is to rock and the blues, music that black people helped create. Guy like Lyons and Christiano move easily between them because they get that.

“Don calls it honky tonk, which is pretty apt,” Lyons says. “I wouldn’t call it country rock, it’s not. It’s country music that’s been electrified a little bit more.

“We do some modern stuff, too. Neil Young’s country stuff, like ‘Everybody Knows This is Nowhere.’ The Mavericks. Some obscure B-side type things, and some originals.”

Christiano has a few originals, as does Lyons.

“I’ve been writing songs since I was probably 16 or so, and I realized a lot of what I’m writing is real country, and it would fit with the blues bands,” Lyons says. “I wrote them with steel guitar in mind, but they didn’t fit my other bands. I realized this would be a good outlet for that.”

There’s another influence as well. Names from Rochester’s past. Our Own Worst Enemy does a truck-driving song by Craig Rogers, who used to be a country-folk singer of some popularity around here. And more recently, the late Dave Donnelly, who was as authentic old country as Rochester’s ever been. “I used to go see Dave all the time and I used to play with him, first playing bass and then guitar,” Lyons says. “That was a huge connection between the two of us.” Lyons also thinks of Our Own Worst Enemy as filling the same niche as Old Salt, a band from around here in the late 1980s, early ’90s.

“I used to go see Old Salt and sit in,” Lyons says. “I feel like this is kind of carrying on that tradition, as well as Donnelly’s.”

Our Own Worst Enemy is that Rochester tradition, as well as pulling songs from scratchy, 48-year-old, 45 rpm records.

“I still got my dad’s Don Gibson ‘Blue, Blue Day,’” Lyons says. “In fact, I put it on last week so I could refresh my memory.”

  • Jeff Spevak

https://www.facebook.com/OOWEROCKS/

with Courtney Yasmineh

All she has ever wanted is to stand and sing for people. Her bells and whistles are her scorching lyrics and searing vocal delivery. Her vibe is older than old school and as fresh as the new world for women of all ages, shapes, colors. Rock Gospel. Take the medicine she administers and free your soul. Eight studio albums of original true to the heart songs that bypass all falseness, all pretense. On electric or acoustic guitar, with a full band or solo, this powerful woman will rule the day. Her backstory is mythic, escaping from an insane family situation in Chicago to the Northwoods of Minnesota where she obsessed at seventeen over the recordings of Bob Dylan in a deserted cabin, all alone. A second escape from an early marriage to her lead guitarist. Many songs written, sung in coffee shops and working class bars for years. One more grand escape, leaving the man in her life who said she was too old to have a career in music and that she was making a fool of herself to try. Many albums recorded, three children raised. With a promise on her lips and a dream in her eye since she wrote and performed her first song at a big church in Chicago when she was ten years old, she’s making good on her dream, a dream that encompasses fifty years of the Great American Songbook, a dream that gives hope and inspiration to all who yearn for personal freedom. Currently touring internationally, releasing new recordings, and writing a series of novels based on her own struggle and redemption.

http://courtneyyasmineh.com

Cover: $5

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Kissin' Whiskey-Live at Happy Hour
Oct
18
5:30 PM17:30

Kissin' Whiskey-Live at Happy Hour

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

KISSIN’ WHISKEY

Happy Hour with great drink specials including $1 off well drinks and craft draft pints from 3pm till 7pm, free munchies and the return to Abilene of Kissin’ Whiskey

They're a potent concoction of original music with vintage rock & roll, blues and your grand-dads soul. The band features Steve Scarpulla, Adam Schmitt. John Peck and Mike Kalinowski.

https://www.facebook.com/kissinwhiskey/

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Harpdog Brown & The Uptown Blues Band
Oct
17
8:00 PM20:00

Harpdog Brown & The Uptown Blues Band

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

HARPDOG BROWN LIVE

Harpdog Brown has grown a solid reputation as a real-deal purveyor of classic electric blues. Think of the old Chess Records and Sun Records of the late ’40s and early ‘50s. These days he’s been touring with a new show called Harpdog Brown & the Uptown Blues Band - a vintage New Orleans Blues sound featuring slide trombone, keyboards, and often a sax and clarinet. Still a vintage vibe, just a different vintage! This music will move you! They perform mostly originals yet they often include great songs of the masters from that era. Think Louis Jordan, Satchmo, Sonny Boy Williamson, Wynonie Harris, even Duke Ellington. Audiences are raving about this new show!

He’s been called a Blues Evangelist, and that’s a very fitting moniker. "I speak the blues like it's the truth, and it is”, he was recently quoted. "I do feel like I'm a servant of the people. A missionary if you will. Music can heal people if they pay attention to the messages in these songs.” He delivers those messages using the vintage sound whether it be with his lowdown classic blues band the Travelin’ Blues Show or with his Uptown Blues Band. Harpdog says "Blues has a healing power. It's a beautiful celebration of our perfectly flawed lives. We help people forget about their issues of the moment and then they realize that we all have our issues, and that's OK."

www.harpdogbrown.com

Tickets: $10 advance, $15 day of show and on sale now at Abilene and online https://abilene.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=278

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David Gans with Into The Now, Acoustic
Oct
15
8:00 PM20:00

David Gans with Into The Now, Acoustic

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

David Gans

A David Gans "solo electric" performance is likely to consist of several elements: country-blues-style fingerpicking; loop-based improvisations created live in the moment; sweetly-sung ballads, original or borrowed; Grateful Dead songs reinterpreted to suit his voice and guitar; wry observations of the music-festival subculture and the larger world; soulful and passionate political commentary; favorites from the folk-rock canon of the last 50 years. Mix and match - it's never the same show twice, but it's always worth a listen.

https://www.dgans.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Into-the-Now-268609769874090

Tickets: $8 advance, $12 day of show...and on sale now at Abilene and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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Jack West Record Release Party
Oct
12
9:00 PM21:00

Jack West Record Release Party

***SPECIAL SHOW***
Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

JACK WEST Record Release Party!!!

Sometimes it takes youth to lead us to the next place, to revive rock ‘n’ roll by taking the old and putting a new spin on it. Fourteen-year-old Jack West conjures memories of Kurt Cobain with his lanky, shoulder-length hair and piercing gaze. It’s no mistake that he’s performed with grunge-rock icon Eddie Vedder before 30,000 at a concert in Nashville or that he collaborated with renowned Seattle producer Barrett Jones (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Jawbox) at his famed Laundry Room Studio on West’s debut, eight-song offering, For the Record.

Take a listen to West’s impressive bow, and hear elements of Neil Young, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, The Doors and Nivana. After all, his father first turned him on to Pearl Jam when he was all of two, and he was four before he became fascinated with Jim Morrison. It wasn’t long after that Jack West retreated to his bedroom, where he obsessively laid down the piano, guitar, bass and drum tracks on Logic, eventually compiling 18 tracks, eight of which he and Barrett Jones chose to make ‘For the Record,’ a nod to both old-school vinyl records and Jack’s first official recordings made public.

“That’s what I listen to,” he says of the influences on his first record, “My favorite band is the Red Hot Chili Peppers, though I realize there’s not much of them in my music... maybe just a little.”

Like Neil Young, Jack West is at his most comfortable alone in his makeshift studio, dealing with his own self-imposed isolation through music. “None of my friends are into this kind of music,” he laughs. “They’re all into rap and stuff, know what I mean?” The songs on ‘For the Record’ are about preparing to take flight, but at the same time, wary of plummeting to the ground. The opening track, “Won’t Look Back,” sounds like a lost outtake from Dark Side of the Moon crossed with After the Gold Rush, while the plaintive David Gilmour-ish guitar riffs in “Look Out Below (How Long)” offer a paean to surfing and the thrill of catching the perfect wave.

https://jackwestlive.com/

Cover: $6

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Daddy Longleg's Homegrown Revival
Oct
11
9:00 PM21:00

Daddy Longleg's Homegrown Revival

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:00pm

From Cleveland, Ohio...get ready for the return to Abilene of...
DADDY LONGLEG’S HOMEGROWN REVIVAL

Daddy Longleg's Homegrown Revival weaves a rich tapestry of musical genres from all corners of the earth, complimented by live performance artists onstage. A mix of Middle East Afro-funk, Jazz, Latin, Reggae, French Cafe, Americana, Rock, Soul, and Gospel...

"Santana meets Lenny Kravitz w/hints of Green Day, Fela Kuti, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.." Do NOT miss this show!!!

https://daddylonglegshomegrownrevival.godaddysites.com

Cover: $6

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Happy Hour with Boyd & Parker Ambush
Oct
11
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Boyd & Parker Ambush

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 alt-country band...

THE BOYD & PARKER AMBUSH

The Boyd & Parker Ambush is a band that specializes in Americana/ Alt Country music consisting of Nick Young, Jeff Simpson, Jeff Sherner & Jesse Sprinkle. The band covers songs by such acts as the Old 97’s, the Jayhawks, Wilco, Merle Haggard, John Prine, Gram Parsons, George Jones and Eddie Cochran to name a few. Nick Young has performed with the band, Burning Daylight and has released two solo albums including “Truth Is” and his most recent effort, "South Lima". He tours nationally and has recorded locally and in Nashville, TN with such heavyweights as Al Perkins and Ken Coomer. Jesse Sprinkle is a multi-instrumentalist & founding member of the 1990’s Seattle-area rock band Poor Old Lu. He has toured nationally with bands such as Dead Poetic, & Demon Hunter and has also released several solo efforts including “Surrounded By Lights” and “Streamstory”. Jeff Sherner & Jeff Simpson were founding members of the Jaspers and currently play with the Rochester area band, the Genesee Revelers. They have performed at various festivals, such as Greentopia and in numerous bars in western New York.

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Big Martha - Allman Brothers Tribute
Oct
10
8:00 PM20:00

Big Martha - Allman Brothers Tribute

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

BIG MARTHA - A TRIBUTE TO THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND!

Big Martha will be bringing two full sets of Allman Brothers music to Abilene Bar & Lounge. With an all-star line-up made up of some of Buffalo’s best musicians, Big Martha has an energetic and collective approach to interpreting one of the greatest catalogs in rock ‘n’ roll.

https://www.facebook.com/events/760055514448720/

Cover: $10

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Shamarr Allen & The Underdawgs
Oct
8
8:00 PM20:00

Shamarr Allen & The Underdawgs

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

SHAMARR ALLEN & THE UNDERDAWGS

Fresh off amazing performances at this year's Rochester International Jazz Festival, now catch Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs in the intimate setting that is Abilene Bar and Lounge!!!

Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs are a New Orleans based ensemble who blend hip-hop, jazz, funk, Latin and rock into a energetic yet soulful original sound called Hip-Rock.

Music has been a part of Shamarr Allen’s life for as long as he can recall. A musical prodigy, people have forever recognized his extraordinary talents as a musician. Shamarr’s countless career accomplishments, are highlighted by performances with artists Patti LaBelle, Lenny Kravitz, Harry Connick Jr., Branford Marsalis, and a multi-city tour and studio recordings with country legend Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Leon Russell, and R.E.M. His personal compositions include music for the New Orleans Saints, “Bring Em To The Dome,” the ecologically conscious oil spill record, “Sorry Ain’t Enough No More.”

In 2011, he with his band the Underdawgs, were invited to tour Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan as cultural ambassadors for the United States State Department. With all of those amazing achievements, Shamarr claims one of his favorite moments as being the first trumpet player to play the National Anthem for President Barack Obama. Ultimately, he played for the President twice, the second time with multi-platinum artist, Harry Connick Jr. at the White House.

His album, 504-799-8147, showcases immense musical diversity. Combining elements of hip hop, rock, soul, and pop it delivers a powerful wallop of fun, good music, and genre bending blends of his original sound, hip-rock. Filled with new classics, Typical Rock Star, pronounces that you will not catch Shamarr in skinny jeans, eye liner or any of the trappings of predictable rockers. A new version of Party All Night is sure to delight new and old fans, while Whatever You Wanna Do is an alternative rock sounding number with an astonishing guitar-amped trumpet solo. Shamarr has always done “his own thing,” which is only one4 of the many reasons his album contains no cover songs and only original material. “I’m just going to keep doing my own music, I believe that creating new music is just as important is live improvisation.” As Shamarr Allen’s star keeps rising, it is evident that everything he sets to do will be just like his music: unique and unforgettable

http://www.shamarrallen.com/

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

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Daddy Longlegs Homegrown Revival
Oct
5
10:00 PM22:00

Daddy Longlegs Homegrown Revival

Doors 3pm, Music 9pm

Daddy Longleg's Homegrown Revival

From Cleveland, Ohio, Daddy Longleg's Homegrown Revival weaves a rich tapestry of musical genres from all corners of the earth, supported by live performance artists onstage.

Think Santana meets Lenny Kravitz w/hints of Green Day, Fela Kuti, and Red Hot Chili Peppers..

A True Fusion Of: World Beat ~ Rock ~ AfroPunk ~ Acid Jazz

https://www.facebook.com/DaddyLonglegsHomegrownRevival

Cover: $6

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Smooth Hound Smith
Oct
4
9:00 PM21:00

Smooth Hound Smith

****SPECIAL SHOW****
Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:00pm

SMOOTH HOUND SMITH

The saga of Smooth Hound Smith begins in Southern California. It winds from there through countless club gigs to East Nashville, big-time arena shows opening for The Dixie Chicks and finally to a third album, on which the seeds planted by experience blossom into a sound unlike that of any other artist.

Dog In A Manger is the third effort from husband-and-wife duo Zack Smith and Caitlin Doyle-Smith. While their previous releases evince their unique vocal blend and ability to coax compelling music from minimal instrumentation, Dog In A Manger brings it all to a higher level of expression.

There are reasons for this, the first being their musical and personal synchronicity. They began building their bond in Los Angeles, when Zack sat in with Caitlin’s band. He was working as a bartender and playing bluegrass gigs on upright bass in addition to working solo as Smooth Hound Smith. She had grown up in Fresno, studied at the L.A. Music Academy, earned her degree at the Academy of Contemporary Music in England and returned to Southern California. When he sat in one night with her band Dustbowl Revival, something clicked. By 2013 she was supplementing his one-man-band, guitar/drums/whatever and singing with complementary vocals and percussion.

Cultural arbiters took note. In response to their eponymous debut album, No Depression marveled that Smooth Hound Smith’s “raucous clash of backwoods folk, raw blues and underground rock … generates enough power to fuel a full band.” A few years later, Ken Templeton extolled one of their shows for Red Line Roots, noting “Zack’s blistering guitar playing” and adding “I saw lots of folks shut their eyes just to take it in that much more.”

Which leads us to Dog In A Manger. Here, Zack’s writing is more concise yet more communicative than ever — Caitlin calls it “denser.” Their melodies, hooks and harmonies are in balance. Each song seems to stem from everyday, even mundane incidents. For example, over a sunny, skipping groove, “Life Isn’t Fair” recalls a friend who would, in Zack’s words, “constantly make himself the victim.” “Backslide” stems from the night Zack opened up his hotel window in Las Vegas and found a TRUMP sign blazing just outside. “Waiting For A Spark” cites the New Testament and Plato in picturing someone who is “weighing her options, just looking for … any little glimpse of light.”

Accessible as the music of Smooth Hound Smith can be, the underlying arc that unifies Dog In A Manger is elusive.
“I wasn’t conscious of it as I was writing this songs,” Zack explains. “But I realized when I finished that I can relate the lyrics back to was my dad went through before he passed. He had been diagnosed with CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease), which attacks the brain. Literally one in a million people suffer from it. There is no cure. The fatality rate is 100 percent, usually within a year.”

In fact, he died just three weeks after being diagnosed, though Zack and Caitlin were able to make it back to L.A. to say goodbye literally minutes before he passed. “That really lit a fire under my ass to get things done in a way I couldn’t have predicted, Zack says. “Caitlin and I knew it was sink or swim. We had to put out new content and it had to be good.”

So they cleared their slate, firing their management, assembling the best of their new material and bypassing offers from several prominent producers and instead asking their friends Steve Daly and Jesse Thompson to helm their new album. “They hadn’t done a whole lot of production,” Caitlin says. “But they’re friends of ours, great musicians with great ears, and it felt right to hang with them and see what happens.”

Caitlin also made a suggestion early in the process that would significantly affect how she and Zack would approach Dog In A Manger. “Around the time his father passed, we went out dinner,” she recalls. “And I told him that I wanted to step back on this album because he had more than he needed to express artistically at that time. Of course I was there throughout it all, adding my input. But it was right that he would take the reins.”
Recorded intermittently rather than in one marathon session, Dog In A Manger began in their living room, with Daly tracking on his Pro Tools setup. The results channel deep emotion into arrangements that somehow feel at once timeless and immediate. The lyrics never recount the events underlying the project, though through understatement and insightful irony they tap into the urgency that often flows below the surface of everyday living.

As much as they’ve achieved with Dog In A Manger, Smooth Hound Smith know that this is just one stop down their path toward promising horizons. “Caitlin and I feel like this is exploratory,” Zack explains. “It’s like, say, leather working: If you put in five or ten years of working leather, you’re going to be pretty good at it. If anybody throws a job at you, you’ll be able to do it.

“I feel that way about music. Everyone of our songs is a little different from the others. The next song I write could be the best one I’ve ever written. It could be the worst song I’ve ever written. But I do know that five years from now Caitlin and I are gonna be making music much better than anything we’d made before.”
A point well proven by Dog In A Manger, the next step in a unique adventure.

https://www.smoothhoundsmith.com/

Super Low-Dough Show–Only $10 at the Door!

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Happy Hour with Old Souls
Oct
4
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, slingin’ drinks, Amanda Profit, free munchies and live music featuring…

OLD SOULS

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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 Durham County Poets
Sep
28
9:00 PM21:00

Durham County Poets

****Special Show****
Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

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 now at Abilene and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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 Western Centuries
Sep
27
9:00 PM21:00

Western Centuries

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:00pm

WESTERN CENTURIES!

When did country music start to sound the same?
The first generation of country artists borrowed from everything around them: Appalachian stringband music, Texas fiddle traditions, cowboy songs, Delta blues. In an era of unprecedented access to our musical pasts, shouldn’t country music be even more diverse than it was in its infancy? Honky-tonk supergroup Western Centuries, back their latest album in 2018,, surely understands this. They aren’t bound by any dictum to write songs in a modern country, or even a retro country style; instead they’re taking their own personal influences as three very different songwriters and fusing it into a sound that moves beyond the constraints of country. Part of the reason they can make music with this range of influences is because of their roots in city life. Both Cahalen Morrison and Ethan Lawton, two of the three principal songwriters, live in Seattle’s diverse South end, and the third songwriter, Jim Miller, spends most of his time in and around New York City. The urban landscape is rarely mentioned in country music, but it makes for a refreshing sound that draws as easily from modern R&B as it does George Jones. It helps too that the album was recorded and co-produced by acclaimed musician and Grammy-winning producer Joel Savoy in Eunice, Louisiana, where local Cajun and Creole artists have always been adept at marrying old country sounds with R&B and rock n roll.

With Songs from the Deluge, on Free Dirt Records, Western Centuries brings three songwriting voices together into a more unified sound than ever before. Over the past year of heavy touring (since the release of their last album), they’ve pushed each other hard as songwriters. But with a band this well tested on the road, it’s the sonic and lyrical places where each artist’s styles depart that’s most interesting.

Ethan Lawton, known for his earlier work in Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers, loves to pen imaginative parables about people living at extremes. "Wild You Run" by Lawton tells the story of watching someone you love deteriorate with a crippling addiction. The subject chases his temptation, but loses his soul as Lawton cries out helplessly "I won't tell mama what you done, go have your fun....” Lawton's "My Own Private Honky Tonk" is a rambunctious new take on the drinkin' alone narrative which finds Lawton dancing and playing music until the downstairs neighbors call. It's a boogie-woogie flavored tune à la Fats Domino that highlights the upright bass work of Nokosee Fields, the band's newest member. With the opening track, “Far From Home,” Lawton wails "mother, dear mother, won't you spin a yarn about the way things were.” It's about the dark days that young men found abroad in Vietnam and the personal wars they had to fight when they returned back home.

Cahalen Morrison, known for his earlier duo work with Eli West, is the country boy to Lawton's urban cowboy, inspired by his love for cowboy poetry and the New Mexican desert where he grew up. He's got a knack for bending words around stories until they're as funny as they are tragic, as fantastic as they are real. His songs grow like mesquite in the desert; they twist and turn. On "Earthly Justice," Morrison sings of barflys and their troubles, remarking sardonically "if earthly justice just don't get them in the end, there's always a heavenly trial on its way" as vocal harmonies and pedal steel two step all around him. On Morrison’s album closer "Warm Guns,” he waxes quixotic about loss in love, singing in Spanish about being a victim of his own flaws.

Jim Miller, known for his earlier work with Donna the Buffalo, is the resident psychedelic poet. Like the best country songwriters, Miller's sense of communion with nature turns his songs into works of magical realism. On "Wild Birds", a song about a road-bound band, he consults the moss, befriends the tide, and survives fire all while asking for prayers to guide his band home to the end of their migration. "Borrow Time" features Louisiana accordion legend Roddie Romero, and the album's best harmonies between the three lead singers. Some of his most beautiful lines happen on "Time Does The Rest" as he sings "Your heart knows what’s best / Hold her close, the lips will confess / Let it rise let it fall, time does the rest”.

Western Centuries’ music crosses vastly differing geographies–the city, the southwest, the metaphysical. And their musical influences are equally as diverse. Together, they weave a tapestry of western music, without sacrificing their hard-earned country dancehall sound. Songs from the Deluge will levitate heavy hearts, turn spilled beer into ballads, and bring country music home as literate, epic odysseys from parts unknown.

Tickets: $10 on sale at Abilene Bar & Lounge, and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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Happy Hour with The Occasional Saints
Sep
27
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with The Occasional Saints

Doors 3pm, Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with drink specials ($1 off well drinks and craft draft pints from 3pm till 7pm), slingin' beer, Amanda Profit, free munchies and live music featuring the return to Abilene of…
The Occasional Saints!
Playing primarily original songs by keyboard player P. V. Nunes, The Occasional Saints brand of music is New Orleans swing

The Band:

P.V. Nunes on Keyboards and Vocals

Carmen Verzillo on Lead Guitar

Ernest Santoro on Bass

Michael Verzillo on Drums

Rick McRae on Trombone

Jerry Laufer on Blues Harp

Tim Hull on Sax and Clarinet

https://www.occasionalsaints.com/

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Amy McCarley
Sep
26
8:00 PM20:00

Amy McCarley

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

AMY McCARLEY

With poignant and thought provoking lyrics, Amy McCarley finds balance in a new perspective with MECO, her 3rd studio album released February 8, 2019. After collaborating in writing new songs with Bluebird Cafe round-mate and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer, Pat Alger, McCarley returned to the studio with esteemed colleagues, co-producers Kenny Vaughan & George Bradfute to work on MECO, her highly anticipated follow up to 2014’s Jet Engines. MECO was recorded and mixed by Bradfute in his Tone Chaparral Studios in Madison, Tennessee and mastered by Jim DeMain at Yes Master Studios in Nashville.

A rhythm section all in himself, multi-instrumentalist Chris Scruggs lent his talents not only on drums, percussion, and bass, but also steel guitar. Alongside esteemed guests Marty Stuart, Pat Alger, Kenny Lovelace, and Harry Stinson — the future is bright for fans of Amy McCarley.

Uniquely relatable, this northern Alabama native’s music is embraced by Americana fans across the country and abroad. Vaughan says, “I think all of her songs come from a personal experience. Each song is about something she’s gone through, which is good because it gives her a little edge on the delivery. The emotional content kinda comes through in there.”

MECO
, an acronym borrowed from the Space Shuttle program that stands for Main Engine Cut Off, occurred for the shuttle when onboard propulsion systems were disengaged at an altitude where velocity could be maintained by the power of an innate force at work in the universe with periodic adjustments from the vehicle. The album traces McCarley’s experience of what it's been like leaving life as a NASA contractor to pursue a career in music.

McCarley explains the inspiration behind the album, “Similar to shuttle missions, the trajectory of my path has been defined by how well I have been able to develop personal strength as an artist to the point where the possibility of connecting with the enormous collaborative power of other worldly talent exists. It has taken everything I have plus the guiding unseen hands of time and chance together with support from some incredibly talented generous souls in order for this album to be made and on its way to listeners.”

She says in an interview with Wide Open Country, "It's taught me to be grateful for every opportunity and all the talented people I've had the good fortune to work with on this project. It's taught me to do my best and then let go of the need for the outcome to be a certain way. Of course, that doesn't mean I don't forget and need to relearn all this over and over. I've certainly not graduated from the school of life!”

Her sultry voice was lauded by No Depression as “a nuanced instrument” and her drive and determination to continue charging forward is readily apparent on MECO with a blazing backing band to accent in instrumentation what her emotion filled vocals bring forth in each song.

This is McCarley’s second album working with Vaughan (Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, The Pretenders, Lana Del Rey, et al) and Bradfute (Webb Wilder, Planet Rockers, et al) at the helm since she left the NASA contracting world in 2013. Both also accompany her in performance on MECO, with Vaughan taking the lead on electric and playing acoustic guitar on the entire album and Bradfute performing on slide guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and other strings.

McCarley says, “What Kenny brings to this whole project as producer and lead guitarist cannot be overstated. Together with a stellar assembled cast —including mighty partner in crime, co-producer / engineer / studio owner, George Bradfute— his influence and signature sound took this album to a place I never would have known to go on my own that I feel so fortunate to be able to share with the world.”

The ten tracks of all original material feature McCarley’s yearning vocals, acoustic guitar, and harmonica. Alger, who co-wrote half of the songs on MECO says of McCarley, “Super, super intense guitar style. And I was so fascinated by it. Everything she did was real. Super intense. She’s just a different kind of performer.”

McCarley toured over 200 dates in support of her second album, Jet Engines, and is expecting to tour throughout 2019 with MECO.

http://amymccarley.com

Cover: $5

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The National Reserve
Sep
25
8:00 PM20:00

The National Reserve

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

The National Reserve!

For nearly half a decade, The National Reserve has spent its Friday nights lighting it up at a Brooklyn bar, winning over boozers and barflies with epic sets and a remarkable breadth of songcraft and showmanship. Now, with their stunning new Ramseur Records debut album, MOTEL LA GRANGE, the band has captured every bit of that energy, emotion, and entertainment for all to hear.

Founded and fronted by singer-guitarist Sean Walsh, The National Reserve mine an archetypal musical seam, marrying gutbucket R&B, Laurel Canyon lyricism, New Orleans funk workouts, late night soul, and bluesy, boozy rock ‘n’ roll to create their own timeless brand of American music. Songs like “Found Me A Woman” and the indelible title track reveal a gifted new tunesmith while masterfully reminding one and all of the simple beauty of a great American bar band – two guitars, organ, bass and drums rocking out in the corner, singing their songs to soundtrack the night.

The New Jersey-born Walsh began his musical journey amongst New Brunswick’s all-ages house show punk scene, a formative experience that instilled his standing belief in the power of music to create community. New inspiration came in the form of classic American artists like The Band and Bob Dylan, whose rebellious, revolutionary spirit proved especially mind-blowing.

“When I heard BLONDE ON BLONDE,” he says. “I thought this is way more punk rock than anything I had ever heard.”

Walsh began writing songs and relocated to Brooklyn where he put together the first iteration of The National Reserve. The band worked hard, traveling constantly in an effort to both grow as artists and win over new fans.

In time, Walsh eventually united the ideal National Reserve lineup he’d been working towards – guitarist Jon LaDeau, bassist Matthew Stoulil, keyboardist Steve Okonski, and drummer Brian Geltner. Having found his crack combo, Walsh took The National Reserve off the road and began taking a more “old school approach” inspired by the paths taken by some of his greatest musical heroes.

“Look at The Band.” Walsh says, “Guys like Taj Mahal and Leon Russell, they cut their teeth doing what we call residencies now but were just a gig back then. You’d play three weeks at one club and then move on; play three weeks at the next club. You basically holed up somewhere and learned how to entertain people. And that, in my opinion, is something that has been lost.”

The National Reserve settled into their new paradigm and began playing marathon weekly gigs at Brooklyn’s Skinny Dennis in Williamsburg; four-hour sets that encompassed arcane R&B covers, classic rockers, and Walsh’s own increasingly potent original songs.

“We’ve missed maybe ten of ‘em,” Walsh says. “Last time I did the math, we had played close to a thousand hours, just at that one bar.”

Week after week of hard performance strengthened The National Reserve into an unstoppable unit. Walsh’s initial singer-songwriter approach merging with the band’s growing muscle to create a full-bodied rock ‘n’ roll that both warmed patrons’ hearts just as it kept them moving on the tightly packed dance floor.

“I just wanted to get good at playing music,” Walsh says. “I wanted us, as a band, to really learn how to communicate and learn the language of playing music together. That was the first goal. And second, I wanted to learn how to be an entertainer. I looked at all the bands and artists that I loved, and they all understood that was their job.”

Walsh still appreciated that making great records was part of said gig and led The National Reserve through a number of studio visits, chipping away in Lexington, KY, Denver, CO, and Brooklyn over the past five years, recording and re-recording tracks determined to nail it down beyond doubt.

“This group of songs is really important to me,” he says, “so I kept coming back to it. I just wanted to be sure we got it right.”

MOTEL LA GRANGE
truly came together in 2017, produced by Walsh at Brooklyn’s Studio G with the help of longtime friend and collaborator, engineer Alexi Berthelot, and then mixed in Lexington, KY by Duane Lundy (Jim James, Ringo Starr). Despite a few prior National Reserve recordings, Walsh sees the album as his band’s first. Indeed, the album spans Walsh’s arc as both songwriter and bandleader, kicking off with “No More,” one of his earliest songs and still among his favorites.

“It’s one of the first songs I wrote where I thought, I’ve figured it out,” he says. “We were never able to record it properly though until now. I think I like my early songs better because I didn’t care about anything back then, I was just writing whatever I felt like writing. As you move on, you begin to get these weird pretensions in your head, but when you are just starting out, you don’t think about people actually hearing what you’re writing. That’s a constant struggle, really.”

Always determined to create a community, The National Reserve invited some of the innumerable friends they’ve made over the course of many, many Friday nights to join them in the studio, among them keyboardists Brian Mitchell (Levon Helm & The Midnight Ramble Band, Bob Dylan, BB King, Les Paul) and Brion Snyder, pedal steel guitarist Jonny Lam (Sinkane), percussionist Charlie Kessenich (Ensemble, et al.) and harmonicist Brian Hurd (Daddy Long Legs), with backing vocals contributed by Margo Valiante, Amanda Khiri (Sinkane), Kelli Scarr, and Alberta Cross’ Petter Ericson Stakee, among others. Walsh made certain the sessions caught fire by leading the band in the studio just as if they were on stage, giving full life to tracks like the album-closing cover of “Roll On Babe” (written by Derroll Adams and then made famous by the one and only Ronnie Lane) as well as the righteous R&B burner, “Other Side of Love.”

“We had no intention of recording it,” Walsh says of the latter, “but right at the end of the very last session, we had about twenty minutes left and someone said, what about ‘Other Side of Love’? We nailed it on the first take, just played it live, and as we listened back it really proved to me just how strong this band is.”

The National Reserve has now commenced their return to the road, eager to introduce audiences to MOTEL LA GRANGE, though Walsh admits traditional touring has taken some readjustment.

“At first, doing a regular 30 to 45 minute set was a bit of a challenge for us,” he says. “I can’t really turn on that fast. It takes us a couple of hours just to really get started now. So we’ve come up with a routine, we’ll play in the dressing room for a bit before the show starts, just to warm up.”

With MOTEL LA GRANGE, Walsh and The National Reserve have crafted a rich and raucous collection that instantly places them among Americana’s finest – its force, directness, and performance not unlike some lost recording unearthed from the golden age of 70s rock ‘n’ roll. Justifiably proud of what he’s accomplished, Walsh is now planning to bring all the fun and fire of The National Reserve’s fiery Friday night sets to the rest of the world, eager to pack as many folks into his band’s late night scene as possible.

“Music is really powerful,” says Sean Walsh. “It changed my life, which is why I do it. If I can reach people with our music, maybe change their life, that would really be incredible."

https://thenationalreserve.com/

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Patrick Sweany & Band
Sep
24
8:00 PM20:00

Patrick Sweany & Band

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

PATRICK SWEANY & BAND

Nashville vocalist/guitarist Patrick Sweany doesn’t hold back on his latest studio album, Ancient Noise.

Sweany recorded the new tunes with GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer/producer Matt Ross-Spang after Ross-Spang invited Sweany to check out his new homebase at legendary Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis. The studio that Phillips had custom built in the 70s has been meticulously refurbished by the Phillips family.

“Sam Phillips Recording is the best place on earth to record a rock ‘n’ roll album,” says Sweany. “I live for going into the sessions with no pre-production rehearsals with the band, we just cut the album on the floor of Studio A song-by-song.”

For the sessions, Sweany recruited longtime collaborator Ted Pecchio on bass (Doyle Bramhall II, Col. Bruce Hampton) and ex-Wilco drummer Ken Coomer both from Nashville. When Sweany needed some organ on a song, Ross-Spang got in touch with Charles Hodges, a veteran Memphis session player best known for playing with Al Green on all of his seminal records.

Hodges fit in so well, he ended up on nearly every track on Ancient Noise. “Charles truly elevated the entire experience,” says Sweany. “In fact, when we met on the first day of recording, Charles led us through a prayer before we had even played a single note together. I’m not particularly religious, but I have to say that was quite the experience and really set the tone of the album. The music is refined, emotional, and I was taken out of my comfort zone many times, which leads to the magic you’re looking for when the tape is rolling.”

The record opens with two tracks (“Old Time Ways” and “Up & Down”) that recall the howling vocals and raw guitar work that first put Sweany on the map over a decade ago.

However, getting out of his comfort zone meant reimagining a lot of the songs Sweany had penned for Ancient Noise, none more so that the third track “Country Loving.” With Hodges’ grand piano front and center, Sweany croons like a young Tom Waits about long-term relationships, the stresses, the simple pleasures, the building of memories. It’s the most vulnerable song he’s ever recorded - and it heralds a new confidence in taking risks.

That confidence pushes through the rest of the record, where Sweany and the band delve deep into Allen Toussaint-style funk on “No Way No How,” the organ fueled “Get Along,” and “Cry Of Amédé,” which touches on the life of Amédé Ardoin, a brilliant, pioneering Creole musician who was brutally beaten in 1934 for accepting a hankerchief from a white woman.

Other tracks recall even wider influences: “Outcast Blues” has a bluesy lurch that recalls The Stones’ Exile On Main Street; “Play Around” has an early 60s do wop feel, and album closer “Victory Lap” ends with a raving coda that would make Bob Seger proud.

Ancient Noise is Patrick Sweany’s eigth full-length album, and it finds Sweany in top form, willing to push himself stylistically to great effect.

http://www.patricksweany.com/

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Booze and Blues with Reverend Kingfish
Sep
21
9:00 PM21:00

Booze and Blues with Reverend Kingfish

Doors 7pm, Music 9pm

Celebrate the Last Night of Fringe Festival!!!

Featuring a night of mystical blues provided by….

REVEREND KINGFISH

Reverend Kingfish has accomplished little in his time on this planet. He asks little from life and has received little in return. So much for life.

Reverend Kingfish has no recordings, no list of famous musicians he has shared the stage with, no celebrity endorsements. He is, essentially, a nobody.  And as a nobody, he can be anybody.  That is the power of obscurity.

Reverend Kingfish is as insubstantial as the evening mist that wafts through the graveyard. As empty as the stomach of a celestial turtle. As unimportant as yesterday's news. He sees all, penetrating the masks that we all wear, unfurling the folded flag of lust, greed, fornication, and every other category of human depravity.

Reverend Kingfish inhabits a dream land where dusk and dawn have no boundary, where the sliver of time that separates life and death expands to encompass the universe, where human beings reveal their innermost fears and desires. Nothing is hidden from Reverend Kingfish and his music exposes all from the tawdry to the sublime. But mostly the tawdry. No subject is out of bounds for the Reverend.  Booze, violence, fornication, infidelity, death -- these are the stuff of human existence and the the inspiration for his songs.

Drawing from the traditions of blues, jazz, rockabilly, R&B, and tin pan alley, Reverend Kingfish creates a sound incorporating influences as diverse as Bessie Smith, Bob Wills, Charlie Feathers, Fats Waller, Emmett Miller, Ray Charles, Leon Redbone, Wayne Hancock, Jonathan Richman and The Cramps. The Reverend is also inspired by artists including Robert Crumb, Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Antonio da Correggio, Diane Arbus, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.  Literary influences include Mark Twain, Dante Alighieri, Charles Bukowski, Geoffrey Chaucer, Adam P. Knave, and The Firesign Theatre.  Other contributors to his "art" include Ed Wood, Russ Meyer, Ray Dennis Steckler, Bettie Page, Hal Roach, and too many more to list.

The Reverend's original music focuses on revealing all that makes us human without any gloss -- hope, failure, lust, pettiness, and generosity.

https://reverendkingfish.com/

Cover: $5

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Augie Meyers & The Bandoleros
Sep
20
9:30 PM21:30

Augie Meyers & The Bandoleros

****SPECIAL SHOW****
Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:30pm
Abilene Bar and Lounge & Bop Shop Records present...

AUGIE MEYERS & THE BANDOLEROS

Augie Meyers' style and his Vox Continental has become one of music's most distinctive keyboard sounds around. Augie can be heard with the Sir Douglas Quintet, Texas Tornados, Meyers’ solo efforts as well as on landmark albums by Bob Dylan (”Time Out of Mind” and “Love and Theft”) and John Hammond (“Wicked Grin”). Echoes of the Meyers' style and sound can be heard in the music of the Doors, the Kinks, the Animals as well as the Beatles just to name a few.

Rolling out of San Antonio, Texas in the early 60's, the Sir Douglas Quintet, a musical partnership formed with Doug Sahm, brought such hit tunes as "Mendocino" and "She's About a Mover." By fusing Tex-Mex, Conjunto and soulful rock together along with the power of Meyers' distinctive Vox organ, an impact that is still being felt in rock 'n' roll today. While the Sir Douglas Quintet never broke up and never succumbed to the lure of the oldies circuit, when Meyers and his musical cohorts decided they wanted to do something different, they did. That led to the formation of The Texas Tornados and a Grammy awardwinning South Texas sound. Meyers worked steadily with Sahm until the kinetic guitarist/vocalist passed
away in 1999. Meyers has always pursued projects that interest him as an individual and as a collaborator and has long refused to lock himself into one style of music.

The release of Meyers' solo album "Blame It On Love," engineered and produced by son Clay Meyers, takes you through a musical journey that will enthrall you with his genre-mixing ballads, country and Texas funk. "My Freeholies Ain't Free Anymore" brings back the Tex-Mex feel that Meyers' has become known for. So, get ready all you "Kep Pa So" fans cause your freeholies are not going to be free anymore. The newest release "Through the Years" is a best of CD featuring re-mastered tracks from albums dating
back to the early 70's with the "Western Head Band" all the way up to some current stuff.

https://augiemeyers.com/

Tickets: $22 adv, $27 day of show, on sale at Abilene Bar & Lounge and Bop Shop Records, and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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Lily Herne
Sep
18
8:00 PM20:00

Lily Herne

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

The Abilene debut of Lily Herne!

Lily Herne is Athens, Georgia's DreamRock Trio. Herne is a Celtic Stag deity who guards what is natural and wild. Lily is a flower held between his antlers. Some protection is inherently risky.

https://www.facebook.com/events/346621426021082/

https://www.lilyherne.com/

https://www.instagram.com/lilyherne/

https://www.facebook.com/dreamrockmusic/

https://twitter.com/LilyHerne

Cover: $5

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Singer-Songwriter Joe Nolan
Sep
17
7:30 PM19:30

Singer-Songwriter Joe Nolan

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

From Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Singer-Songwriter
JOE NOLAN!

It’s hard to believe it was only in 2011 that Joe Nolan released his debut album, Goodbye Cinderella. At that time he was heralded by the Globe & Mail, No Depression and other publications as a roots rock wunderkind, an opinion confirmed by his 2014 Colin Linden-produced follow-up, Tornado. However, along with the acclaim came complications at odds with his creative vision.

Now the Edmonton, Alberta native is back with Cry Baby, an album that finally opens up what Nolan has kept locked tightly for the past three years. The 10-song collection is a trip through melancholic madness, touching on darkness and depression, broken relationships and endless booze-fuelled evenings. Yet, at its core is Nolan’s unwavering strength as a lyricist, and his wounded-heart delivery that reminds us of our humanity. Cry Baby is, in essence, Nolan unapologetically sharing his story, and through that finding a second chance and a new beginning.

“I’m feeling as if I’m becoming much more myself, and being true to who I am,” he says. “I have become a better listener and I have less fear of what people think. I am doing what I love, making music, and if I can continue to do that then for me, that’s success.”

Having amassed what he estimates to be hundreds of song ideas leading up to recording Cry Baby, Nolan contemplated returning to Nashville where Tornado was made. Ultimately, he chose to remain close to home, holing up over the course of an Edmonton winter with engineer Scott Franchuk at two local studios, The Audio Department and Riverdale Recorders. The process gave Nolan full creative control while also utilizing vintage analog technology.

“Looking at the amount of song ideas I had was kind of scary,” Nolan admits. “The selection process was difficult; I wanted all the songs to flow together in the way an album should sound when you listen front to back. So the biggest challenge for me was not overthinking. We could have gone in so many different directions but I am very happy with how everything ultimately fit together. We actually ended up adding a song I came up with two nights before out first session, ‘Ode To Sturgeon County,’ which I wrote on my grandmother’s old piano.”

If there’s a common thread to Cry Baby, it is indeed a sense of walking back from the edge and recapturing joy—and perhaps personal identity. It can be heard on the heart-wrenching “Music In The Streets” (featuring Lydia Loveless on backing vocals) in which two gun-shy lovers embark on a new relationship. It’s also there on “Dead Ends and a Damaged Heart” and “Stand Up For Your Love,” songs that carry more weight of experience than anyone Nolan’s age deserves. Still, it’s a weight he carries with dignity.

“A couple of these songs are about what’s happened to me over the past five years—being signed to a label at a young age, not knowing how to navigate the music industry, making poor choices, not being able to be artistically free... ‘Another Dead Poet’ is a pretty honest reflection about at the point of almost packing it because I was so sick of the struggle.”

Nolan adds, “My definition of rock ‘n roll is an artist letting their heart bleed on and off stage, without any fear. The imperfections in music are what turn me on the most, even when it's just a guy or girl on an acoustic guitar being honest to themselves.”

Therein lies the irony of Nolan choosing to call this album Cry Baby. Few other songwriters outside of, say, Ryan Adams and Mark Kozelek consistently demonstrate a willingness to venture as deeply into the dark corners of their psyches. With Cry Baby, Joe Nolan is now ready to live again after gazing into the void.

https://www.joenolanmusic.com/

This is a free show...but let's all fill the tip jar. This guy is the "real deal," and deserves your support!!!
PS: Canadian beer specials all night long!!!

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 Copper Hill and Bellwether Bayou
Sep
14
9:00 PM21:00

Copper Hill and Bellwether Bayou

Doors 7:00pm • Music 8:00pm

COPPER HILL and BELLWETHER BAYOU!

Bellwether Bayou is the solo folk project of Laura Schwartz, a classically-trained violinist who has been moving steadily in a more folksy direction since living in Ithaca, New Orleans, and Xi'an, China. Based in Washington, DC, Bellwether Bayou brings looping violin and soulful vocals together to create a modern take on classic folk sensibilities. The sound of Bellwether Bayou mixes original tunes with unexpected covers and new spins on old traditionals.

Copper Hill: Copper Hill creates a genre of music that combines the styles of folk, classical, singer-songwriting, and jazz. The group—violinists Willa Finck and Katie Knudsvig, bassist Caroline Samuels, and banjo player Ethan Cypress—refers to this genre as folk-art music. The band’s honest and relatable music creates a uniquely engaging concert experience. Aiming to connect a variety of audiences, Copper Hill combines the defining aspects of each genre: the accessibility of folk music, the technicality of classical music, the intimate singer-songwriter perspectives, and the spontaneity and active engagement of jazz. It is Copper Hill’s passion and love for these genres, for their individual elements and the way they can be combined into a more meaningful and evocative musical style, that drives and inspires them to create folk-art music. The band’s thoughtful arrangements of traditional folk tunes are harmoniously coupled with their sweet yet sometimes (heavily) sarcasm-tinged style of songwriting. The members of Copper Hill are classically trained musicians who met at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and formed in the fall of 2017.

https://www.facebook.com/BellwetherBayou/
https://www.facebook.com/CopperHillFolk/

Cover: $6

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Tobey Village House Band
Sep
13
5:30 PM17:30

Tobey Village House Band

Doors 4:00pm • 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 the return to Abilene of THE TOBEY VILLAGE HOUSE BAND!

Tobey Village House Band plays a delicious blend of rock, soul, blues, funk, & pop…from The Band and Smokey Robinson to Bonnie Raitt and Marvin Gaye…and much, much more!

https://www.facebook.com/tobeyvillagehouseband/

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