Hanna & The Blue Hearts
Apr
19
7:30 PM19:30

Hanna & The Blue Hearts

Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:30pm

The blues, boogie-woogie and soul sounds of…
HANNA & THE BLUE HEARTS!

You’ve seen her with Joe Beard at Abilene, now see her leading her own band, “Hanna & The Blue Hearts” with Gian Carlo Cervone on organ. Hanna’s music is hard to put in one box, but the biggest foundation of her music comes from traditional blues, swing and jazz. You may see her band rocking in Chicago blues and boogie style, you may see her collaborating with veteran jazz musicians as a jazz vocalist.

www.hearhanna.com

Cover: $5

 

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Happy Hour with The Genesee Revelers
Apr
20
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with The Genesee Revelers

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour featuring free munchies, drink specials and live music featuring the original sounds of
THE  GENESEE REVELERS!

The Genesee Revelers is one of Rochester’s premier Americana, roots-rock bands. Guitarist/vocalist Jeff Sherner and bassist/vocalist Jeff Simpson came out of the cornfields of Livingston County and have played together for the past 20 years. With multi-instrumentalist/vocalist David Curry and drummer Don Stauffer, The Revelers present a sound heavily influenced by Merle Haggard, Steve Earle, Wilco, John Prine and the Old 97’s, to name a few.  These songs are about hard livin’, loose women, tears in beers and love gone wrong.

www.facebook.com/TheRevelersBandRochester

 

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Hop City Hellcats & Zac Lijewski's Big Jazz Small Band
Apr
20
9:00 PM21:00

Hop City Hellcats & Zac Lijewski's Big Jazz Small Band

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:00pm

The Abilene debut of
HOP CITY HELLCATS!

From the heart of the I-88 corridor came The Hop City Hellcats with a heapin’ saddlebag of original songs mixing classic outlaw country and blues and an always-evolving blend of tasty covers that blew out of honkytonk jukeboxes back in the day.

Chief Hellcat Randy Miritello writes the songs and leads the band with his rhythm guitar and vocals. He has a long background in old-time and country music; in his other music venture, Horseshoe Lounge Playboys, he has toured the country and shared the stage with the likes of Levon Helm, Steve Earle, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Felice Brothers, and many more.
Joining Randy on the Hop City Hellcats stage are John Thompson and Amar Sastry on lead and rhythm guitars, Evan Jagels on upright and electric bass, and Ted Potrikus on drums. Their favorite kinds of music are country AND western, but depending on the venue and the hour, things can get pretty loud and fast. They know how to make this stuff sound like it should, and you’ll dig it!

www.hopcityhellcats.com

and then at 10pm

ZAC LIJEWSKI’S BIG JAZZ, SMALL BAND!

Don’t miss this awesome showcase of emerging Rochester musicians in an open-genre night of music.
Jazz-rock, bluegrass, poetry, philosophical prose, and avant-garde soundscapes all await you.

www.facebook.com/zac.lijewski.3

Cover: $6 for both bands!

 

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FlashBamPow & Jack and The Jukebox
Apr
21
8:30 PM20:30

FlashBamPow & Jack and The Jukebox

Doors 7:00pm • Music 8:30pm
A Full Night of music with a Prog-Rock Double Bill!!!!

The Acid Jazz Trio from Beyond the Sun
FlashBamPow!

This show is sponsored by the Doug Coast Rad io Show on 104.3 WAYO-FM.Listen to Doug’s show every Thursday at 3pm!

www.flashbampow.com

And followed by
100% Original Art Rock featuring
JACK AND THE JUKEBOX!

If you're a fan of Genesis, Procol Harum, Gentle Giant, King Crimson and Jethro Tull, you're gonna love Jack and the Jukebo x! Check this out-their album just got mastered at Abbey Road Studios by the crew that worked with Radiohead...not too shabby!

www.facebook.com/jackandthejukebox

Cover: $7 for both bands!

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The Healing Committee
Apr
24
7:30 PM19:30

The Healing Committee

Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:30pm

From Buffalo….
THE HEALING COMMITTEE!

The Healing Committee is an Americana power trio of acclaimed singer-songwriters Alan Whitney, Kathryn Koch and Tim Pitcher featuring unforgettable handcrafted songs, soaring vocal harmony with a rock & soul country infused vibe: Think Emmylou Harris with Gram Parsons or Gillian Welch and Dave Rawling with special guest Peter Rowan.

Alan “ADub” Whitney writes classic songs about guys who steal Cadillacs and have rope burns on their fingers from holdin’ on too long. Buffalo native Kathryn Koch is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist best known for her powerhouse vocals with acclaimed indie folk band Redheaded Stepchild. Timmy P.’s deep pocket rhythm playing and lightning fast bluegrass flat-picking, has put him on festival stages with Redheaded Stepchild, Victor Wooten, David Grisman, Sam Bush, and Keller Williams. Timmy P. is also the man who will slide under a Winnebago on a rainy Kentucky morning and beat the starter with vice grips until the band is once again moving forward.

www.reverbnation.com/thehealingcommitteeband

Cover: $5

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The Old Main
Apr
25
8:00 PM20:00

The Old Main

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


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


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

With special guest RITEY O'REILLEY

www.theoldmainmusic.com

Cover: $7

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Left-Handed Second Baseman
Apr
26
8:30 PM20:30

Left-Handed Second Baseman

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:30pm

The return to Abilene of alt-folk/indie band…
LEFT-HANDED SECOND BASEMAN!

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

www.lh2b.bandcamp.com

Cover: $5

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The Hi-Risers CD Release Party!
Apr
27
8:30 PM20:30

The Hi-Risers CD Release Party!

***SPECIAL SHOW!***
Doors 7:00pm • Music 8:30pm
The Arbor Loft, 17 Pitkin St.
Rochester, NY 14607

Abilene On The Road & Genesee Brewing Present The Return of...

THE HI-RISERS!
Record Release Party


After a five year hiatus, The Hi-Risers are back with a brand new record and a very special show to celebrate their return! Founding members Greg Townson & Todd Bradley are teaming up with newcomer Trevor Lake for their first performance together.

The  band will have their new record available for the first time at the show. My Kind Of Fun is the 9th record by The Hi-Risers and their first in 7 years. Greg, Todd and their collaborators wrote 12 new originals for the record and new drummer Trevor Lake contributed a song of his own for his debut with the band. The record was mastered by the legendary Gary Hobish, with cover art by the equally legendary Johnny Bartlett.

www.hirisers.com

With Special Guests: Ben Morey & Katie Preston

Food by Orange Glory Catering

www.orangeglorycafe.com

Tickets: $15 advance, $20 day of show, available now at Abilene on sale now at Abilene and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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1916
Apr
27
9:30 PM21:30

1916

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:30pm

The “WELCOME HOME!!!” Show of
“1916”

Hailing from upstate New York, Celtic rockers 1916 are an explosive concoction of the modern Irish Punk movement with an original mix of psychobilly which gives 1916 a sound that stands apart from other bands of the genre.

Starting as an acoustic duo in 2006, singer Billy Herring and drummer Steve LaDue played the traditional Irish ballads of the Dubliners and Wolfe Tones in the local pubs in and around their hometown of Rochester, New York. They decided to call themselves 1916 to get people interested in Irish history. In 2010 they took the music to a new level with the addition of electric guitars, traditional instruments, and a full drum set. Within a few months of trying their new sound, 1916 were opening for the likes of the Dropkick Murphys, 21 Pilots, and New Politics, among other national acts.

www.1916band.com

www.facebook.com/1916band

www.facebook.com/events/1646665442089093

Cover: $6

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Mosaic Foundation
Apr
28
9:00 PM21:00

Mosaic Foundation

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

Roots-Rock-Reggae with….
MOSAIC FOUNDATION CD RELEASE PARTY!

Join the celebration of the new Unity is Strength CD.
With a style as unique as its members are diverse, Mosaic foundation is forward thinking reggae that stays true to the roots. Formed in 2009 and based in the Finger lakes region of New York, the band has grown a loyal following, thanks to electric live performances and three studio releases. Blending roots, ska, dub, dance-hall and beyond, Mosaic is an exploration in reggae that is pushed to the limits and sometimes spills over. With  lyrics that inspire dancing in the moment, and activate the mind in reflection, the songs encourage positivity, sustainable living and community. Be prepared to dance!

www.facebook.com/events/574280676291790

www.mosaicfoundationmusic.com

Cover: $8 or $12 includes new disc

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Eilen Jewell
May
5
8:00 PM20:00

Eilen Jewell

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


“Abilene on the Road” & WRUR 88.5 proudly present...
EILEN JEWELL!

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

www.eilenjewell.com

The Historic German House
315 Gregory Street
Rochester, NY 14620

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

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Chris Trapper
May
12
8:00 PM20:00

Chris Trapper

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


“Abilene on the Road” proudly presents
CHRIS TRAPPER!

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

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

www.christrapper.com

with special guest Mary Scholz

http://www.maryscholz.com/wp

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

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

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Luke Winslow-King
May
15
8:00 PM20:00

Luke Winslow-King

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


LUKE WINSLOW-KING!
Luke Winslow-King’s latest album, Blue Mesa, is an example of craftsmanship at the highest level, radiating a warmth and timeless elegance. Adept at mixing country, blues, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, and folk influence intuitively and masterfully, Luke shapes a mood from many sources and shepherds it to a unifying place of acceptance and hope. Blue Mesa is both stately and approachable, manifestly proficient but deeply personal.

What sets this album above the singer and guitarist’s previous work is how he’s absorbed the offerings of a life in music. Born and raised in Northern Michigan town of Cadillac, he moved to New Orleans at 19 and spent the next 15 years fully immersing himself in the musical waters that flow through there. Now that he’s moved on, it it the larger world, and the people and places in it, that enthralls him. From these travels and friendships comes a deeper and richer perspective on the American musical traditions he fell in love with at an early age.

From the first track, Luke effortlessly draws the listener into his genre-expansive, dynamic world. “You Got Mine,” co-written with friend and legendary local musician “Washboard” Lissa Driscoll (who passed away in September 2017), enchants with its laid back grace. Delicate touches of Paul Simon and Robert Cray color this paean to unconditional friendship and camaraderie. With crisp guitar lines evoking Mike Campbell, the gospel-tinged call-to-action “Break Down the Walls” and the easy-country amble “After the Rain” sit astride the solemn and the uplifting. The subtle Stax-inflected soul of the title track casts a disintegrating relationship against the inspirational scenery fo the desert Southwest. “Farewell Blues,” a song written after he found out about his late father’s cancer diagnosis, has a resolute drifter’s wandering heart to guide it.

Luke Winslow-King has collaborated with New Orleans legends and wunderkinds alike, including Dr. John, John Boutte, Luti, Little Freddy King, Washboard Chaz, and Meschiya Lake. In addition to holding down residencies at numerous venues and releasing four studio records over the course of nine years, he has toured extensively in North America and Europe, appearing on notable stages such as Austin city Limits, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Paradiso (Netherlands) and countless more.

www.lukewinslowking.com

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

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An Evening with Chris Smither
May
17
8:00 PM20:00

An Evening with Chris Smither

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


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

CHRIS SMITHER. Songwriter. Guitarist. Performer. Bluesman.

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

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

www.smither.com

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

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

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

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Western Centuries
May
24
8:00 PM20:00

Western Centuries

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

WESTERN CENTURIES!
When did country music start to sound the same? The first generation of country artists borrowed from everything around them: Appalachian string band 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 super-group Western Centuries, back with a new 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, out April 6, 2018 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.

www.westerncenturies.com

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

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The Howlin' Brothers
May
29
8:00 PM20:00

The Howlin' Brothers

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


From Nashville, Tennessee - American Roots String Band...
THE HOWLIN’ BROTHERS!

The Howlin’ Brothers are a Nashville based string band composed of Ian Craft, Dan Swan and Jared Green. Anchored in a bed of old-time blues and bluegrass, their upbeat shows are heavy with original and traditional music, featuring the sounds of slide banjo, harmonica and old-time fiddle. Sounding like what would happen happen if a bunch of Appalachian punk rockers formed a jug-band, The Howlin’ Brothers play with a ferocious energy that drags you in and finds you boogieing along in spite of yourself.

Cover: Special “Low Dough Show”—$10 at the door

 

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JD WIlkes with The Legendary Shack Shakers Unplugged
Jun
20
8:00 PM20:00

JD WIlkes with The Legendary Shack Shakers Unplugged

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


JD WILKES WITH THE LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS UNPLUGGED!

A sense of place has long permeated the music of J.D. Wilkes. He’s a native of Paducah, Kentucky, a city located at the confluence of various rivers and cultures — an area where musical variety is in the air and in the blood memory of its people. “Of course, there’s bluegrass and hillbilly songs, but also blues, jazz, old time fiddle music, jug band music, even swamp rock,” says Wilkes. “It’s a great intersection there. I think I epitomize that in the way that I write and perform.”

Wilkes’ solo debut, Fire Dream, represents the apotheoses of that vision: a hillbilly-gypsy epic, it’s an album of art damaged cabaret music, leavened by Latin rhythms and high lonesome hollers. Call it boho bluegrass — maybe what Tom Waits would sound like if he were a Kentucky Colonel (a title that Wilkes happens to hold).  

Proving a compelling firebrand of American roots music during his two decades leading experimental rockabilly group Legendary Shack Shakers, Wilkes has a resume and passions that extend far and wide. A visual artist, filmmaker and author, he’s served as a session player for Merle Haggard, helped soundtrack HBO's True Blood, penned a pair of books (The Vine That Ate the South and Barn Dances and Jamborees Across Kentucky) and worked as an ethnomusicologist without portfolio, documenting the dying hillbilly culture of Kentucky.

The Shack Shakers don’t do murder ballads, they do murder boogies. The Shack shakers play fried country rock and roll and they take the stage with an energy and passion that runs circles around all but the most earnest of hardcore bands.  They dip into the darker reaches of American music only to further sully songs of murder and mayhem with a brush dipped in poison..or blood.

The Shack Shakers combine all that is scary and fun about the South (sideshows, folklore and murder ballads) and combine them in an adrenaline-fueled, super-human display of rock and roll heroism.

www.legendaryshackshakers.com

With special guest CHUCK MEAD!

For the past twenty years, Chuck Mead has been at the forefront of what has come to be known as Americana Music. Raised in Lawrence, Kansas, Chuck has been a professional musician since the age of 13 playing in his parents country band and then leading several roots rock outfits in the midwest most notably the Homestead Grays. He landed on Nashville’s Lower Broadway in 1993 where he co-founded the famed ‘90s Alternative Country quintet BR5-49. The band’s seven albums, three Grammy nominations and the Country Music Association Award for Best Overseas Touring Act of 1997 built an indelible bridge between authentic American Roots music and millions of fans worldwide. Chuck has also co-produced popular tribute albums to Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, guest-lectured at Vanderbilt University, and became a staff writer at one of Nashville’s top song publishers. In 2008, he was the Musical Director/Supervisor for the Broadway/West End musical Million Dollar Quartet (which broke the record in Chicago for longest running musical) and acted in the same capacity for the CMT television show Sun Records producing all the re-recordings of classic rock n roll, country, and blues. He has released three solo works starting in 2009 with his acclaimed solo debut album, Journeyman’s Wager on the Grassy Knoll Records label, and continues tour clubs, concert halls and international Rock, Country and Rockabilly festivals

www.chuckmead.com

Tickets: $20 advance, $25 day of show...on sale beginning Friday, March 30 at Abilene and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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The Old Main
Apr
18
8:00 PM20:00

The Old Main

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


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


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

With special guest ZACK RABBET FUTT

www.theoldmainmusic.com

Cover: $7

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The Devil's Cut
Apr
17
8:00 PM20:00

The Devil's Cut

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

THE DEVIL’S CUT is an American Rock ’n’ Roll band from Lansing, Michigan formed in 2010. While refining its sound over time and enduring member changes along the way, TDC hooked up with its current family East Grand Record Company in 2013. The current lineup includes Joe Fox (guitar/vox), Derek Vaive (drums), Corey Staley (guitar/vox), Zach Kalisek (guitar), Pat Hogan (bass) and Matt Waterman (keys). Throughout the years as road dogs, playing countless shows in dirty dives across the country, TDC has established themselves as a group that is not afraid to sacrifice for what they were born to do. With their third release on East Grand Record Co., “People Let You Down (Fall 2017),” The Devil’s Cut hopes to bring rock ’n’ roll back to the motherland. That place where being alive meant you were most in danger, expressed through pathos and rebellion. The sound of TDC is a testament to the daily struggles each of us face, with a sentiment that sticking together as a family is the only way out. Having nothing left to lose The Devils Cut is gearing up to hit the road harder than ever in 2017, with American and international dates ahead, hoping to revive an American past-time that was born from blood and beyond.

www.thedevilscut.band

Cover: $6

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Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles feat. Eric "Roscoe" Ambel
Apr
14
9:00 PM21:00

Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles feat. Eric "Roscoe" Ambel

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

SARAH BORGES & THE BROKEN SINGLES featuring Eric “Roscoe” Ambel.

Sarah Borges is a rocker from Taunton, Massachusetts, formerly signed to Sugar Hill Records. Her music has been described as “walking that fine line between punk and country.”

On the strength of a performance at the South by Southwest Festival in 2004, Borges earned a record deal with Houston’s Blue Corn Records. Her first record, 2005’s Silver City earned praise for showcasing “an unusual knack for mixing alternative rock with country.” Allmusic compared Borges to Maria McKee of Lone Justice, and admired how her songs “balance some fierce guitar licks with heartfelt twang.

After much national touring and opening for noted acts such as Dave Alvin, Borges, and her band, The Broken Singles, were signed by Sugar Hill Records.  The title of her 2007 release Diamonds in the Dark is a line from the song Come Back to Me, by one of her favorite bands, X. The album features a cover of this song, many original works, and Tom Waits and Greg Cartwright covers.

Borges’ wide variety of influences are often noted. They range from Dolly Parton, Mahalia Jackson, X, Sid Vicious, Merle Haggard to bubblegum pop.

A third album, The Stars Are Out, was released in March 2009. The album features five covers of artists ranging from Smokey Robinson to The Lemonheads. Allmusic describes the album as “material grounded in Americana even as it morphs form folk to rock and even soul” and calls it a “short but sweet collection.”

After taking a few years off to have a son, Borges released Radio Sweetheart in 2014 and a follow up EP in 2016, Good & Dirty, which was produced by Eric Ambel.

www.sarahborges.com

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

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JD McPherson
Apr
13
8:00 PM20:00

JD McPherson

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

Abilene, Record Archive & DSP Shows present...

ABILENE’S 10th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT featuring
JD McPHERSON!

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

with special guests
JAKE LA BOTZ and Woody Pines!

www.jdmcpherson.com

Harro East Ballroom
155 North Chestnut Street
Rochester, NY 14604

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

Abilene tickets

DSP tickets

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Daddy Longleg's Homegrown Revival
Apr
13
6:00 PM18:00

Daddy Longleg's Homegrown Revival

Doors 3:00pm • Music 6:00pm

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

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

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Time Sawyer
Apr
12
8:00 PM20:00

Time Sawyer

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


Soulful folk-rock from North Carolina
TIME SAWYER!

Receiving national recognition from Huffington Post and No Depression magazine, Time Sawyer combines the folk-soul of the Avett Bros. with their country and bluegrass roots for an energetic and engaging live show experience.

Time Sawyer blends a grassroots feel with heartfelt lyrics to put on an entertaining show. From introspective ballads to high-energy crowd-pleasers, Time Sawyer’s songs land in that rootsy sweet spot where folk, alt-country, and rock gather for a good time.

“Time Sawyer have back country America dust layered finely in their songs. The folk rock the band delivers has an easy American texture, influenced by peers from Poco through The Jayhawks and beyond.” –The Alternate Root

www.timesawyer.com

Cover: $5

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The Old Main
Apr
11
8:00 PM20:00

The Old Main

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

From the foothills of the Adirondack mountains…

THE OLD MAIN!

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

With special guests TYLER WESTCOTT (of Folkfaces)

www.theoldmainmusic.com

Cover: $7

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Jason Eady
Apr
10
8:00 PM20:00

Jason Eady

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

JASON EADY! On his last two albums, Jason Eady earned major acclaim for his ahead—of-the-curve take on classic country, a bold departure from his earlier excursions into blues-infused Americana. Now with his sixth album, the Mississippi-bred singer/guitarist merges his distinct sensibilities into a stripped-down, roots-oriented sound that starkly showcases the gritty elegance of his songwriting.

The follow-up to 2014’s critically praised Daylight/Dark—an album that “belongs on a shelf next to Dwight Yoakam’s Buenos Noches from a Lonely Room, Joe Ely’s Letter to Laredo, and yes, even Willie Nelson’s Phases and Stages, “ according to AllMusic—Eady’s latest finds the Fort Worth, Texas-based artist again teaming up with producer Kevin Welch. Now longtime collaborators (with their past efforts including 2012’s AM Country Heaven, a top 40 debut on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart), Eady and Welch worked closely in crafting the album’s acoustic-driven yet lushly textured aesthetic. “At the beginning I told everyone I wanted to make a record where, if the power went out, we coud still sit down and play all the songs the exact same way, “ says Eady, who points out that steel guitar is the only electric instrument featured on the album.

Despite its subtle approach, the album radiates a warm vitality that’s got much to do with Eady’s gift for nuanced yet unaffected slice-of-life storytelling. “I’ve always been drawn to writing that’s got a simplicity to it, where you’re digging deep into real day-to-day life,” he notes. Here, that means touching on such matters as turning 40 (on the reflective, soul-stirring “40 Years”), his daughter’s growing up and going off to college (on the sweetly heartbreaking “Not Too Loud”), and the everyday struggle to “embrace the messy parts of life instead of trying to get the point where you’ve somehow fixed al your problems” ) on “Rain,” a joyfully determined anthem featuring SteelDrivers fiddler Tammy Rogers). Throughtout the album, Eady’s soulfully rugged voice blends in beautiful harmonies with his wife, singer/songwriter Courtney Patton. And on “No Genie in This Bottle,” the legendary Vince Gill lends his singular vocals to what Eady refers to as a “good old country drinking song.”

https://www.jasoneady.com/

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

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Bindley Hardware Co.
Apr
7
9:00 PM21:00

Bindley Hardware Co.

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

BINDLEY HARDWARE CO. is a rust-belt Americana band from Pittsburgh, PA. They draw influence from classic country, folk and modern alt-country, as well as from the original Bindley Hardware Co., its namesake hardware store owned and operated by frontman Jon's family during Pittsburgh’s industrial boom in the early 20th century. “To be able to make music or have any kind of creative endeavor that identifies where you’re from is really important. [...] Things in Pittsburgh inspire me every day. The Bindley Hardware Co. has such a rich history and I’m kind of making it my own,” Bindley said.

With special guests Buffalo Rose - "A modern folk band with a penchant for harmony and an intense love of the natural world. The band's lineup has snowballed from its inception in the spring of 2016 to include three vocalists (Mariko Reid, Lucy Clabby, and Shane McLaughlin) and four string instruments: guitar (Shane McLaughlin), dobro (Malcolm Inglis), bass (Jason Rafalak) and mandolin (Bryce Rabideau). These unique musical ingredients come together in a mesmerizing harmonic puzzle that is at times haunting, other times foot-tapping, and always a good time." Debut full length will be available 3/30.

http://bindleyhardwareco.com/

https://buffalorose.bandcamp.com/

Cover: $6

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Thor Platter Trio
Apr
6
9:00 PM21:00

Thor Platter Trio

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:00pm

THOR PLATTER TRIO
- Cleveland singer-songwriter Thor Platter is a loyal purveyor of Americana music for many reasons. "The tradition and history of American music have influenced me my entire life; it encompasses many sounds and styles from many different eras," he explains. "Above all, it is just good music to your ears." With his new album Take Time, Platter is setting out to showcase his mastery of the genre, as well as capture the energy, spirit, and infectious harmonies of his live shows. Platter’s gentle, affecting vocals – which have earned him numerous comparisons to Willie Nelson – are carried along freely by the accompaniment of rollicking banjo and harmonica. Fans of the classic ‘70s singer-songwriter genre will delight in Platter’s seamless transitions from toe-tapping jams to sweetly confident ballads throughout the set’s 10 tracks. Take Time was recorded and produced by David Mayfield at Tiger Spa in Akron, Ohio. Since most of Platter’s shows are performed as a trio (Paul Lewis on bass, Paul Kovac on banjo), the album takes care to show off the mellow yet sparkling synergy that arises from a smaller, tight arrangement. Platter, who grew up in Buffalo, NY, had a childhood seeped in rich musical influences – from Woodie Guthrie to Bob Dylan to Flatt & Scruggs – but his biggest inspiration to date has been Neil Young. “The way [Young] lived his life, the way he recorded, not being that mainstream guy-that was a heavy influence on me," he explains. "I've never wanted to be a pop star." True to Young’s experimental and personally driven nature, Platter approaches songcraft without specific genre boundaries, choosing instead to allow his music to evolve instinctually. He made a fast impact on Cleveland's music scene upon moving there from Buffalo in 2008, releasing a debut solo LP in 2013 combining gospel, blues, and rock influences with bittersweet, character-driven lyrics. Platter has been the featured performer at multiple large local music festivals, and is a seasoned roadman, keeping up a steady schedule of regional gigs while continually working on new music. He will be touring in support of Take Time throughout 2018.

www.thorplatter.com

Cover: $8

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Happy Hour with Stay The Plow
Apr
6
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour with Stay The Plow

Doors 3:00pm • Music 6:00pm

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

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

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

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

www.staytheplow.com

www.facebook.com/staytheplow

 

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Upstate Rubdown & A Girl Named Genny
Apr
5
8:30 PM20:30

Upstate Rubdown & A Girl Named Genny

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:30pm

UPSTATE RUBDOWN
is an acoustic septet drawing inspiration from every corner (and decade) of America's musical heritage. Based in New York's Hudson Valley region, the band has spent years cultivating its sound, and continues to grow by the tune. The instrumentation includes Harry D'Agostino on upright bass, Ryan Chappell on mandolin, Dean Mahoney on cajón, and Christian Joao on flute and alto/baritone saxophone. The dynamic rhythm section supports a three part vocal harmony powerhouse of founding members Mary Kenney and Melanie Glenn with recent Nashville-transplant Allison Olender.

Over its six year history, the band has played in more than thirty states, from intimate house concerts to prominent festival stages, including Mountain Jam, Frendly Gathering, Green River Festival, and Otis Mountain Get Down. The band has shared the stage with Cory Henry, Phox, Marco Benevento, The Felice Brothers, Commander Cody, Marcus King Band, and many others.

Otis Mountain Get Down captures the heart of the matter: "Pulling from the greatest corners of American music, this group has the power to get feet moving with or without amplification. Like fresh-farmed vegetables, their music is as organic as it is good for you. From foot-stomping bass, highlighted by the slap of a cajon, to the familiar strums of the mandolin over a wailing saxophone – there’s so much going on instrumentally that when the harmonious lead vocalists chime in, the result is nothing short of a homegrown hurricane of sound."

A GIRL NAMED GENNY is based in Rochester, NY. The band incorporates traditional folk instruments to produce a new sound that encompasses several genres and styles. Dynamic instrumentation and up beat melodies drive this high energy Americana band, however, breaking down sets to create intimate tender moments is always a promise. Their self-titled EP was released April 29th 2017, and the group plans to release their first full-length record in May 2018. They have played with acts such as Upstate Rubdown, Dirty Blanket, David Mayfield, Folkfaces, The Honey Smugglers, Aaron Lipp, and The Crooked North.

http://www.upstaterubdown.com/

www.agirlnamedgenny.com

Cover: $10 for 2 great bands!

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The Old Main
Apr
4
8:00 PM20:00

The Old Main

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


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


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

With special guests MAX & KEVIN (of Dirty Blanket)

www.theoldmainmusic.com

Cover: $7

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Leland Sundries
Apr
3
8:00 PM20:00

Leland Sundries

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Indie folk/ Americana/rock ‘n’ roll with Brooklyn’s LELAND SUNDRIES!

Leland Sundries is the mostly solo project of New York based Nick Loss-Eaton. He is re-branding Nashville’s original blues Americana with a touch of indie rock sarcasm. Although he isn’t the first person to use a resonator guitar (see “Bon Iver”), it is a refreshing sound in a landscape of bands utilizing the same 3 piece set over and over.

Leland Sundries has also been known to use a 2 string Cigar Box Guitar made in Memphis, giving his New York audiences the chance to experience something that few city kids even realize exists. Loss-Eaton also uses a megaphone-harmonica set up which captures the vintage-recording-scratchy echo that defines the original Americana sound for modern audiences.

www.lelandsundries.com

Cover: $6

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Dead Letter Office
Mar
31
9:30 PM21:30

Dead Letter Office

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:30pm

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

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

Cover: $6

 

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Happy Hour with The Terr Family Band
Mar
30
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with The Terr Family Band

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

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

Hard-Rockin' Louisiana Cajun Dancehall Music!

We’re at it again! Now it’s brother John’s turn to come to town, so we’re throwing another family and friends shindig at Abilene Bar & Lounge. This’ll be the happiest happy hour ever, from 5:30 til 8:30. The band features John Terr on accordion, sister Betsy Terr Fuller on guitar, twin fiddles with Jane DeLisa and Missy Roser, Danny Birnbaum on upright bass, and Rochester's favorite drummer, Jimmy Mac (Jim Mcaveney). We’re gonna rip it up with some hardcore high energy Cajun music, the bar will feature drink specials and free munchies, and the dance floor will be wide open. Forget going home after work...come on down, get your two-step on and celebrate Friday, family, and friends with us!

John Terr is a well-respected accordion player and vocalist from St. Paul, by way of Chicago. As early as 1975, John spent time in Louisiana visiting with and learning from some of the great Cajun musicians of the generation before us. He currently plays with the award-winning New Riverside Ramblers from Minneapolis/St. Paul. He also plays with brother Charlie in the Chicago Cajun Aces, and with sister Betsy whenever possible.

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Soular Plexus
Mar
29
8:30 PM20:30

Soular Plexus

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:30pm

One of Buffalo’s premier jam bands..
SOULAR PLEXUS!

Their musical roots and resulting unique style is Americana: rock ‘n’ roll (especially psychedelic), blues (acoustic, electric, and everything in between), folk, country, western, Motown, r&b, soul, bluegrass, Tin Pan Alley, theatre, ragtime, barbershop, Dixieland, swing, bebop, free jazz, jazz fusion, funk, Latin, upon first hearing painfully experimental, contemporary classical, prog rock, reggae, and even disco, hip-ho, techno & electronica. They basically love music so much and want to have a party and share vibes and culture and teach our children well. Come prepared to dance….and to loosen up!

www.soularplexus.com

Cover: $6

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Our Own Worst Enemy
Mar
28
7:30 PM19:30

Our Own Worst Enemy

Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:30pm

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

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

www.facebook.com/OOWEROCKS

Cover: $5

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Joe Beard
Mar
27
8:00 PM20:00

Joe Beard

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

The 15th Installment of An Intimate Evening with Blues Great and Rochester Music Hall of Fame Member...

JOE BEARD

And his special guest…Gian Carlo Cervone

Do not miss this special night of music!

www.facebook.com/joebeardblues

 

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

Cover: $5

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Folkfaces
Mar
23
9:00 PM21:00

Folkfaces

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:00pm

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

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

www.folkfaces.bandcamp.com www.facebook.com/TheTenantsAkron

Cover: $6

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Our Own Worst Enemy
Mar
21
7:30 PM19:30

Our Own Worst Enemy

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


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

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

www.facebook.com/OOWEROCKS

Cover: $5

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Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
Mar
20
8:00 PM20:00

Barrence Whitfield & The Savages

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


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

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

http://www.barrencewhitfieldsavages.com

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

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Happy Hour with 5Head
Mar
16
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with 5Head

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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