Bill Kirchen
Jun
25
4:00 pm16:00

Bill Kirchen

Doors 3:00pm, Music 4:00pm

****SPECIAL SUNDAY SHOW****

BILL KIRCHEN “The Titan of the Telecaster” returns!!!

Kirchen’s sound celebrates an American musical tradition where country draws upon its origins in blues and bluegrass. He first gained recognition as lead guitarist and vocalist for Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen: and his career since then has been beyond stellar.

www.billkirchen.com

Tickets: $20 advance, $25 day of show, on sale now at Abilene and online at www.abileneshoware.com

 

Folkfaces
Jun
26
8:30 pm20:30

Folkfaces

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:30pm

Rohrbach Brewing Company presents Abilene Late Night Sessions …Night Four

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.

www.folkfaces.bandcamp.com

No Cover Charge!

Marshall Crenshaw y Los Straitjackets
Jun
27
8:30 pm20:30

Marshall Crenshaw y Los Straitjackets

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Doors 7pm, Music 8:30pm

The Penthouse at One East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604

“Abilene on the Road” proudly presents MARSHALL CRENSHAW y LOS STRAITJACKETS!

Marshall Crenshaw y Los Straitjackets combines the shared sensibilities of a pop-rock maestro & a band of guitar-wielding marauders.

Born in 1953 in Detroit, Michigan, Marshall Crenshaw learned to tune a guitar correctly at age ten and has been trying ever since. His first big break came in 1978 playing John Lennon in “Beatlemania.” Over the course of a career that’s spanned three decades, 13 albums, Grammy and Golden Globe nominations, film and TV appearances (Buddy Holly in “La Bamba”) and thousands of performances, Marshall Crenshaw’s musical output has maintained a consistent fidelity to the qualities of artfulness, craftsmanship and passion, and his efforts have been rewarded with the devotion of a broad and remarkably loyal fan base.

“Although he was seen as a latter-day Buddy Holly at the outset, he soon proved too talented and original to be anyone but himself.” -Trouser Press

Los Straitjackets are the leading practitioners of the lost art of the guitar instrumental. Using the music of Ventures, The Shadows, 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.

“…novelty is a key ingredient, but it’s elevated by the band’s good-natured sincerity and skill.”- NPR World Café.

www.marshallcrenshaw.com

www.straitjackets.com

Tickets: $25 advance, $30 day of show

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

Miller & The Other Sinners
Jun
27
9:30 pm21:30

Miller & The Other Sinners

Doors 4:00pm, Music 9:30pm

Rohrbach Brewing Company presents Abilene Late Night Sessions….Night Five

MILLER & THE OTHER SINNERS! Western New York based but nationally touring southern soul artist, David Michael Miller, and a 4 piece version of his band, Miller and The Other Sinners, is bringing their stirring blend of roots music to Abilene.

Vintage Guitar Magazine, January 2016 says: "This makes it two in a row for David Michael Miller. His Poisons Sipped was one of last year’s surprise albums, introducing us to a songwriter, guitarist, and singer who is the whole package. Same Soil builds on that with its clear understanding of the blues, soul, and everything in between."

"Throughout it all, Miller’s guitar playing is more than solid, supplying the mojo for most of the songs. His deep growl is fiercely soulful and he soars into upper registers, calling to mind the late Chris Whitley at his finest."

"While working in what could loosely be called the blues, Miller covers a lot of ground. “All The Blues To You” is swampy funk. “Just Ride” shows off his patience in letting the groove control things. He and his band’s willingness to let the song grow, along with the incredible use of dynamics, is one of many aspects that make his music some of the best out there today. Miller handles all the guitar parts perfectly. Whether swinging slide work or on-the-money rhythm, it all fits." – John Heidt

Delivering groove and grit, David Michael Miller leads a talented group of musicians known as Miller and the Other Sinners. This band explodes with a full spectrum of southern soul that reaches diverse indie rock, blues, soul and southern rock fans alike. The release of two albums, Poisons Sipped (2014) featuring Rochester’s own Chuck, Darick and Carlton Campbell of the Campbell Brothers (now honored in the Smithsonian) and Same Soil (2015), David’s music has received international attention and radio play making its way to #3 on the Roots Music Report.

Rising through the roots music scene, Miller’s Sinners are packed with talent including Jay Moynihan (10 year veteran sax man for Buddy Guy) and an incredibly talented rhythm section hailing from Buffalo, New York. Miller and the Other Sinners are no strangers to festivals and large concert venues and will be headlining the Corn Hill Music Festival in 2017 as well a featured slot at the Fairport Music Festival.

www.davemillermusic.com

No Cover Charge!

The Fox Sisters
Jun
29
9:30 pm21:30

The Fox Sisters

Doors 4:00pm, Music 9:30pm

Rohrbach Brewing Company presents Abilene Late Night Sessions….Night Seven

THE FOX SISTERS! Don’t miss this rock and soul band. You’ll hear influences of Sam Cooke, Booker T and the MGs, Joe Tex, Otis Redding, Bo Diddley, Sam The Sham and more!

www.facebook.com/TheFoxSisters

No Cover Charge!

The Genesee Revelers
Jun
30
6:00 pm18:00

The Genesee Revelers

Doors 3:00pm, Music 6:00pm

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

No Cover Charge!

The Buffalo Brass Machine
Jun
30
10:00 pm22:00

The Buffalo Brass Machine

Doors 3:00pm, Music 10:00pm

Rohrbach Brewing Company presents Abilene Late Night Sessions…Night Eight

Join us for a very special evening of music with Buffalo’s 8-piece New Orleans brass band THE BUFFALO BRASS MACHINE!

Don’t miss their “Rust Belt Brass Sound” NOLA second line, bop and horn influenced r&b sound!

www.facebook.com/thebuffalobrassmachine

No Cover Charge!

 

Meg Gehman & The Influence
Jul
1
9:30 pm21:30

Meg Gehman & The Influence

Doors 4:00pm, Music 9:30pm

Rohrbach Brewing Company presents Abilene Late Night Sessions…Night Nine…The Final Party!!!

MEG GEHMAN & THE INFLUENCE

Meg’s first solo CD, Leap, debuted July 2015. She calls it “a shameless pop record, heavily influenced by R&B and rock. Catchy mid-to-uptempo pop music co-written with my producer, Sony platinum-selling R&B artist, David Chance (formerly of the R&B duo Ruff Endz). You will hear so many influences on this record, and I would have to say that the strongest influence for this project would be David himself.”

Meg has delighted audiences for years as the leader of Meg and The Clams and then This Other Life.

www.meggehman.com

No Cover Charge!

 

Jim Lauderdale
Jul
4
5:00 pm17:00

Jim Lauderdale

Doors 3:00pm, Music 5:00pm

***SPECIAL BACKYARD PICNIC with ONE OF OUR HONKY-TONK HEROES, JIM LAUDERDALE!

Two-time Grammy winning singer and master songwriter Jim Lauderdale is both a “songwriter’s songwriter, “ who’s written/co-written many modern classics for iconic artists, as well as an intuitive sideman, who’s enhance the music of a bevy of esteemed musicians.  As a solo artist, since 1986 up until now, he’s created a body of work spanning 28 albums of imaginative roots music, encompassing country, bluegrass, soul, R&B and rock. Along the way he’s won awards, garnered critical acclaim, and earned himself an engaged fan base.

Throughout his three-decade career, Jim Lauderdale has helped pave the way for the current Americana movement, recording albums and writing songs that cross genres from country, rock, folk and bluegrass. Jim has written songs and worked with some of the finest artists in traditional and modern music, including Robert Hunter, Ralph Stanley, Elvis Costello, George Strait, Buddy Miller, Lucinda Williams, Solomon Burke, Old Crow Medicine Show, the Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill, Donna the Buffalo among many, many others. Jim is releasing his 29th album, London Southern, on June 30.

www.jimlauderdale.com

Tickets: $25 advance, $30 day of show, on sale now at Abilene and online at www.abilene.showare.com

 

Western Centuries
Jul
5
8:00 pm20:00

Western Centuries

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:00pm

WESTERN CENTURIES

Round up a country band and an early R&B group with three lead vocalist, weave in a hefty amount of vocal harmony and witty turns-of-phrase, and let ‘em rock out like The Band. The sound of roots music mavericks Western Centuries sits at these crossroads, and their debut album Weight of the World introduces a band as skillful in their musicianship as they are innovative in their writing. With upbeat, barroom dance numbers, lilting, introspective tunes of heartbreak, and everything in between, the album strikes an oft-strived-for but rarely achieved balance between genre-busting experimentation and thoughtful continuity.

“This record and band hits the spot. The songs are cool, smart, deep and fun ( the way I like my swimming pools). They’re rooted in classic country with a twist.” —Jim Lauderdale

www.westerncenturies.com

Cover: Super Low Dough Show…only $7 at the door

 

The Mighty High & Dry
Jul
6
8:00 pm20:00

The Mighty High & Dry

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:00pm

THE MIGHTY HIGH & DRY
Plus Special Guests

The Mighty High & Dry pumps out big-hearted American Rock ‘n Soul, employing a healer’s touch, a bartender’s wit and a lover’s kiss to the tune of the pastor’s pen.  Since 2011, singer Alan Murphy has been channeling his writing efforts into MHD along with bassist Kyle Vock.  With two members relocating in ’16, they’ve added guitarist Eric Katerle and drummer Alex Cote, who both triple their duties by writing and singing with the band.

www.themightyhighanddry.com

Cover: $5

Mon Petit Chou
Jul
7
6:00 pm18:00

Mon Petit Chou

 Doors 3:00pm, Music 6:00pm

Happy Hour featuring free munchies, drink specials…and live music featuring the Abilene debut of Rochester’s newest zydeco band…
MON PETIT CHOU

Featuring Ekwem Bogmis on guitar and vocals, Hannah Brown on drums and vocals,  Jane Bryant on washboard, Tahlia Cott on fiddle and vocals, Ben Penepento on bass and Phil de Chateauvieux on accordion, and followed at 9:30pm by a band to be announced shortly

www.facebook.com/monpetitchouzydeco

Ross Falzone
Jul
8
7:00 pm19:00

Ross Falzone

Doors 6:00pm, Music 7:00pm

In Abilene’s Intimate Upstairs Lounge
Veteran Nashville troubadour/activist..
ROSS FALZONE! Ross will be joined by master songsmiths JOE SCUTELLA and MEG GEHMAN.

Ross Falzone is a “Just Plain Folks” 2017 nominee for Best Political Record and Best Spoken Word Performance of the Year.

“Ross Falzone is one of Nashville’s underground musical treasures. He proves it yet again with his new album, “Politics, Religion and Other Works of Fiction.” - Shannon Williford, Nashville Music Guide

Joe Scutella has a catalog of nearly 1000 songs, with more surely on the way. Joe has twice been a finalist at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival new folk series, in 1998 and 2010, as well as a new folk finalist in the Napa Valley Wine and Music Festival in 1999. Joe lives in Nashville, where he continues to write while heading his own publishing company, Jupiter Inlet Music.

Meg Gehmansays. “I’ve gotten a lot of vocal comparisons over the years including Joan Osborne, Marvin Gaye, Sharon Jones, Marc Cohn, Joss Stone, Stevie Wonder, Rickie Lee Jones, KD Lang, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison and on and on. (I threw the men in there, whether or not I sound like th, I FEEL like them when I sing sometimes, lol.” And…forgive this indulgence, but I also believe I sound like, well.....me!”

www.rossfalzone.com
www.reverbnation.com/joescutella
www.meggehman.com

Cover: $5

 

A Girl Named Genny
Jul
8
9:45 pm21:45

A Girl Named Genny

Doors 6:00pm, Music 9:45pm

A GIRL NAMED GENNY with Special Guests
Max Flansburg and Richie Colf of Dirty Blanket.
A Girl Named Genny is a Rochester based band. Six strapping young lads make up this folk/rock band.

www.agirlnamedgenny.com

Cover: $7

Don Christiano
Jul
11
7:30 pm19:30

Don Christiano

Doors 4:00pm, Music 7:30pm (please note: earlier start time)

“With a Little Help from My Friends - The Beatles Unplugged” featuring DON CHRISTIANO
with Special Guest: WALT O’BRIEN

www.facebook.com/donchristiano

Plus! $5 Moscow Mules Every Tuesday
and Every Tuesday is also “Tall Boy Tuesday!”
16oz PBR Tall Boys only $3 or 2 for $5!

Cover: $3

 

Szlachetka
Jul
12
6:30 pm18:30

Szlachetka

Doors 4:00pm, Music 6:30pm

One of the “10 Artists You Need to Know” –Rolling Stone Country

SZLACHETKA - “A continental spin on 1970s California folk-rock, fronted by a songwriter whose guitar chops match his storytelling skills.”

If you’re a fan of Jackson Browne, Dawes, or Gold-era Ryan Adams, you won’t want to miss this show. Although technically a Nashville resident, Matthew Szlachetka doesn’t spend much time at home, logging upwards of 200 shows a year. Those travels play a central role on this summers’ Heart of My Hometown, a collection of road-dog roots-rockers and Americana ballads inspired by the people (and places) he’s left behind in the rearview mirror. A soundtrack for both the highway and the heartland, the album features tasteful production from David Bianco-the Grammy-winning studio hand behind records by Bob Dylan and Lucinda Williams-and plenty of six-string swagger from Szlachetka, who handles all of the project’s guitar leads.

www.matthewszlachetka.com

Cover: $5

Mo’ Mojo
Jul
12
8:00 pm20:00

Mo’ Mojo

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:00pm

MO’ MOJO is a hard driving, high energy, zydeco-based “Party-Gras” Band. The female fronted group features three-part harmonies, accordion, fiddle, guitar, rubboard, sax, trumpet, harp, bass, percussion, and drums.

Mo’ Mojo takes zydeco music and infuses it with Americana, Cajun, reggae, rock ‘n’ roll, funk, R&B, and African and Latin rhythms.

www.momojomusic.com

Cover: A real steal at only ten bucks at the door!

The Greasemarks
Jul
13
8:30 pm20:30

The Greasemarks

***SPECIAL SHOW!

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:30pm

From Toronto, Canada..Live Primitive Beat Music with THE GREASEMARKS!

Rockabilly ain’t supposed to be nice music- it’s a bastard begot of hillbilly simplicity and R&B vulgarity. Leaving a trail of grease stained pillows, broken hearts and busted amps in their wake, The Greasemarks play desperate 50’s rockabilly raw & right! A bassist slapping out the rhythm, while the drummer holds the savage beat; a guitarist not thinkin’ much beyond keepin’ the chords live, and a young, drunk, explosion of nervous energy up front, barely able to hold the acoustic guitar in his hand as he chokes out the words.

Cover: $5

Hey Mavis
Jul
14
7:00 pm19:00

Hey Mavis

***SPECIAL SHOW!

Doors 3:00pm, Music 7:00pm

HEY MAVIS! With songs that effortlessly float from softly orchestrated lullabies to raw and raucous love songs, the music of Hey Mavis is best described as “Appalachian Americana.” Their lyrics focus heavily on the beautiful imagery of life, the joy and labor of raising children, and the timeless themes of love and heartbreak.

“MARVELOUS-you heard words like that after Hey Mavis played two packed shows last June (2014) at the Little Theatre during the Xerox Rochester Internationals Jazz Festival..This is a charming-and serious-banjo-driven-sound…adds up to rocking Appalachian music from Akron, Ohio.” — Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

“Laurie Michelle Caner is a cross between Edgar Allan Poe and Garrison Keillor with a killer voice, a killer banjo, and a killer band.” - Hey Mavis fan

www.heymavis.com

Kelley Hunt
Jul
14
8:00 pm20:00

Kelley Hunt

****SPECIAL EVENT****

Doors 7:00pm, Music 8:00pm

“Abilene on the Road” and Record Archive present the only Western New York date on this tour of KELLEY HUNT! Live at the Record Archive Backroom Lounge!

In some ways Roots R&B/Americana singer/songwriter/piano player/guitarist Kelly Hunt is a rarity and a challenge to the music industry’s penchant for easy artist definitions- a woman who has muscled her way onto the scene on her own terms with an identity steeped in blues/roots/gospel traditions and a refreshing originality. She makes music with its righteous roots intact that also crosses boundaries, has an open-minded, exploratory attitude and takes on social and political issues. Together with a commanding,, passionate stage presence and superior vocal, keyboard and songwriting skills, she has earned the respect of critics and fans across North America and Europe.

www.kelleyhunt.com

Tickets: $25 advance, $30 day of show, on sale now at Abilene, Record Archive and online at www.abileneshoware.com

A Great Band TBA!
Jul
15
Jul 16

A Great Band TBA!

Doors 7:00pm, Music 9:30pm

Another Great Band To Be Announced!
 

“Bootstrap Tuesday”
Jul
18
8:30 pm20:30

“Bootstrap Tuesday”

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:30pm

“BOOTSTRAP TUESDAYS”

Pick yourself up and celebrate the DIY spirit of 2 new local bands…original music from PAPA HERB and THE SOL VIBRATION with guitarist/songwriter Herb Heins, and featuring Lou Spezio on keyboards, Junior Spezio on saxes, Chris Meeker on bass, Ethan Lyons on sax, Brendon Caroseli on drums, Michael Van Munster on percussion…and “THE BAND THAT MUST NOT BE NAMED!” featuring guitarist/songwriter Miles McHugh, Wood Woodruff on drums, Lou Chitty on keys and Chris Meeker on bass.

www.herbheins.com

Cover: $5

 

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
Jul
19
8:00 pm20:00

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Doors 7:00pm, Music 8:00pm

“Abilene on the Road” proudly presents the return of LARRY CAMPBELL & TERESA WILLIAMS!
Live at The Penthouse at One East Ave

Multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Larry Campbell and singer/guitarist Teresa Williams have rocked many a venue, as both center stage performers and invaluable assets to world class acts. A shortlist of artists who’ve benefited from their talents, live and in studios, reads like a Who’s Who of Music Icons: Bob Dylan (Larry spent eight years on the Never Ending Tour), Paul Simon, Little Feat, Hot Tuna, Phil Lesh, Emmylou Harris, Mavis Staples, and for one miraculous seven-year stretch, Levon Helm. Now, with an eponymous debut album, the couple brings it all back home. Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams may have been simmering awhile, but the timing is perfect; the eleven tracks, produced by Campbell, distill everything into a potent, infectious blend of Americana style and timeless soul, offered with a relaxed generosity that can only come from rich experience.

Tickets: $25 advance, $30 day of show, on sale now at Abilene, Record Archive and online at www.abileneshoware.com

Swamp Rats
Jul
20
8:30 pm20:30

Swamp Rats

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:30pm

From Florida comes…SWAMP RATS!

A unique mix of blues, bluegrass, punk, folk and metal infused in a folk style of music… Folk with an edge!

www.facebook.com/swampratsmusic

Cover: $5

The Presstones
Jul
21
6:00 pm18:00

The Presstones

Doors 3:00pm, Music 6:00pm

Happy Hour featuring free munchies, drink specials…and live music featuring the return of…
THE PRESSTONES!

Original power pop featuring Peter (Anvelt) Presstone, Anthony Brown, Scott Weichman, Bill Ribas and Simon Ribas

“Bootstrap Tuesday”
Jul
25
8:30 pm20:30

“Bootstrap Tuesday”

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:30pm

“BOOTSTRAP TUESDAYS”

Pick yourself up and celebrate the DIY spirit of 2 new local bands…original music form PAPA HERB and THE SOL VIBRATION With guitarist/songwriter Herb Heins, and featuring Lou Spezio on keyboards, Junior Spezio on saxes, Chris Meeker on bass, Ethan Lyons on sax, Brendon Caroseli on drums, Michael Van Munster on percussion…and “THE BAND THAT MUST NOT BE NAMED!” featuring guitarist/songwriter Miles McHugh, Wood Woodruff on drums, Lou Chitty on keys and Chris Meeker on bass.

www.herbheins.com

Cover: $5

 

FlashBamPow
Jul
27
8:00 pm20:00

FlashBamPow

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:00pm

The Acid Jazz Trio from Beyond the Sun - FlashBamPow!

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

www.flashbampow.com

Cover: $5

Happy Hour
Jul
28
6:00 pm18:00

Happy Hour

Doors 3:00pm, Music 6:00pm

Happy Hour featuring free munchies, drink specials…and live music with a band to be announced shortly.

 

Count Vaseline
Jul
28
9:00 pm21:00

Count Vaseline

Doors 3:00pm, Music 9:00pm

Stefan Murphy Returns to Planet ROC! COUNT VASELINE!!!

Count Vaseline is the new project from Stefan Murphy (ex Mighty Stef), who is crazy excited about performing again in Rochester, NY.

Plus Special Guests OONA KYUNG; spellbinding indie-folk rookie MAMMAL IS A MOUNTAIN….alt-Americana impressionism and psych-lullaby songs

www.facebook.com/countvaseline

www.facebook.com/mammalisamountain

Cover: $7

 

Dale Watson
Sep
1
10:00 pm22:00

Dale Watson

****SPECIAL SHOW***

Doors 3pm, Music 10pm

Ameripolitan/honky-tonk at its Finest...
DALE WATSON AND HIS LONE STARS

We’re thrilled to be hosting Dale again!

Dale Watson is the keeper of the true country music flame. The Austin-based honky-tonker carries on in the tradition of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson with his “Ameripolitan” brand of American roots music.

www.dalewatson.com

Tickets: $25 advance, $30 day of show
Tickets on sale now at Abilene, Record Archive and online at
https://abilene.showare.com/

The Blasters
Sep
18
8:30 pm20:30

The Blasters

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Doors 6pm, Music 8:30pm

THE BLASTERS!

The Blasters exemplify the best traditions of American Music, performing with passion and honesty that for over three decades has won the hearts and souls of fans worldwide. Composed of founding members vocalist-guitarist Phil Alvin, drummer Bill Bateman and bassist John Bazz with Keith Wyatt on guitar, they carry on a hard-won legacy as one of the most recognizable and credible bands in American Music. Their influences range from the likes of George Jones and Carl Perkins to Ike Turner, Howlin’ Wolf, James Brown and Big Joe Turner, all blending into a sound that ignores the lines between Rock & Roll, Country, Blues and Rockabilly.

www.blastersnewsletter.com

Tickets: $25 advance, $30 day of show
Tickets on sale now at Abilene, Record Archive and online at
https://abilene.showare.com/

The The Band Band
Sep
23
8:30 pm20:30

The The Band Band

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Doors 7:00pm, Music 8:30pm

A Tribute to Bob Dylan and The Band - The THE BAND Band!

As the most musically satisfying Tribute to The Band on the scene today, The THE BAND Band brings the music to life with authentic, true-to-form renditions of the extraordinary repertoire, with the passion and commitment for which The Band was renowned.

Gary Solomon, co-founder of The THE BAND Band, was a 19 year old kid from New York when he found himself at The Last Waltz, at San Francisco’s Winterland Arena on Thanksgiving Day 1976. “I was in the right place at the right time,” Solomon say, knowing even then that The Last Waltz would prove to be a concert for the ages. Immediately after the show, Solomon wrote in a letter to his friends back home, “I have just come from the most incredible musical happening I have ever experienced, or probably ever will.” Now 60, Solomon leads the critically acclaimed tribute band he started 10 years ago. “I was so blown away by the experience of being at The Last Waltz, I wanted to tell the whole world about it. I guess I still do.”

Since they started touring in 2007, The THE BAND Band has been keeping the sound and spirit of The Band alive and well for a grateful and growing fan base.

www.thethebandband.com

Tickets: $25 advance, $30 day of show, on sale now at Abilene and online at www.abileneshoware.com

 

Wishbone Ash
Oct
4
8:00 pm20:00

Wishbone Ash

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Montage Music Hall - Doors 7:00pm, Music 8:00pm

Abilene on the Road” presents Classic Rock Legends

WISHBONE ASH

Wishbone Ash, one of the most influential guitar bands in the history of rock, bring it to their North American fans on the 2017 “

Tough and Tender Tour.” As they celebrated their 48th anniversary, the guys will present time-honored classics and deep tracks from the back catalog, as well as material from recent recordings.

Formed in 1969, Wishbone Ash finds itself in rare company these days. Not many bands are still going strong after nearly 50 years. It takes a serious lifetime of commitment to the craft of making music; but, more importantly, real skill is required to navigate the shifting seas of the music industry, and few know that better than Andy Powell.

“The hours, days and weeks we spend touring and recording results in a close-knit group, for sure,” says Powell. “It allows us to bring a level of intensity to the table that people seem to pick up on and appreciate.”

Wishbone Ash’s hallmark is the distinctive twin-melodic lead guitar interplay that has influenced such bands as Thin Lizzy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Iron Maiden and, more recently, Opeth.

True road warriors, each year the band logs around 30,000 miles, roughly equivalent to circumnavigating the earth.

There is truly no other rock band in history that has done more with the twin guitar concept than “The Ash.”

Tickets $25 advance, $30 day of show, on sale now at Abilene and online at www.abileneshoware.com and www.ticketfly.com

www.wishboneash.com


Dirty Blanket
Jun
24
9:30 pm21:30

Dirty Blanket

Doors 4pm, Music 9:30pm

Rohrbach Brewing Company presents Abilene Late Night Sessions…Night Two

The Abilene debut of DIRTY BLANKET!

Get ready for a full night of dirty string-slingin’ bluegrass from the Finger Lakes region!

www.facebook.com/dirtyblanketbluegrass

No Cover Charge!

Tobey Village House Band
Jun
24
8:30 pm20:30

Tobey Village House Band

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Doors 7:00pm, Music 8:30pm

“Abilene on the Road” proudly presents

TOBEY VILLAGE HOUSE BAND

With Special Guests: THE CRAWDIDDIES

Live at The Penthouse at One East Avenue

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!

The Crawdiddies are a band on a mission. The goal? To find your heart string that shares the resonant frequency of your tailfeather..and pluck it!

And pluck they do. Using traditional acoustic instruments, The Crawdiddies conjure up an exciting musical experience. Drawing from several troves of American roots music including Delta blues, Appalachian old-time, bluegrass, and R&B, they are equally at home on stage or around the campfire.

www.facebook.com/tobeyvillagehouseband

www.facebook.com/TheCrawdiddies

www.penthouseroc.com

Tickets: $15, on sale now at Abilene, online at www.abileneshoware.com and from members of Tobey Village House Band

*Please note: A portion of the net proceeds will be given to the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters
Jun
21
8:00 pm20:00

Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Doors 4pm, Music 8pm

AMANDA ANNE PLATT & THE HONEYCUTTERS

“We’re switching things up a little. After four albums I’ve decided to step out and start using my own name. It’s something that a lot of people have encouraged me to do over the years, and I guess that 2017 just felt right.” That name, Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters, is also the title of the band’s new album, which will be released by Organic Records on June 9, 2017.

“We’re keeping The Honeycutters too because we don’t want to confuse people…really, we’ve always been Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters. I think I’ve just gotten to a place where I feel comfortable enough to be in the spotlight.”

Lyrically driven, the songs on Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters blend the band’s old-school country roots attitude with their shared influences of rock and folk.  Amanda says of the album, “I think it’s just about life and all that that entails. Including but not limited to death, strangers, birthdays, money, leaving, arriving, seasons, corruption, and love.”

Performing along with Platt, The Honeycutters are Matt Smith on pedal steel and Stratocaster, Rick Cooper on bass, Josh Milligan on drums and harmony vocals, and Evan Martin on keys and Telecaster.

Tickets: $12 advance, $15 day of show

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

Our Own Worst Enemy
Jun
16
9:15 pm21:15

Our Own Worst Enemy

Doors 3pm, Music 9:15pm

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

 

 

Jon Stickley Trio
Jun
15
10:00 pm22:00

Jon Stickley Trio

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Doors 4pm, Music 10pm
(Post Party in the Park Party!!)

JON STICKLEY TRIO

On the tail of their critically acclaimed 2015 album, Lost at Last, Jon Stickley Trio independently released a brand new 5-song EP, Triangular, on December 2, 2016. With roots in gypsy jazz, bluegrass, and hip-hop in an “exhilarating all-acoustic swirl” (Acoustic Guitar Magazine), Jon Stickley Trio combines Jon Stickley’s rapid-fire flatpicking guitar with the sultry and wild, yet refined, melodies of Lyndsay Pruett on violin set over the deep groove of Patrick Armitage on drums.

“In a time when a lot of instrumental music feels more like math than art, Jon Stickley Trio’s Triangular reminds us of the pure joy that can be created and shared through music,” say Greensky Bluegrass’ Anders Beck.

If you’re a fan of Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass and Leftover Salmon, you’ll love Jon Stickley Trio.

www.facebook.com/JonStickleyTrio

Cover: $5

Tigerman Woah
Jun
14
8:30 pm20:30

Tigerman Woah

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Doors 4pm, Music 8:30pm

TIGERMAN WOAH is a rock ‘n’ roll band from Lynn, Massachusetts that wouldn’t piss on Donald Trump if he was on fire.

Tigerman WOAH’s bio reads, “Northshore livin’, craker killin’, brown liquor drinkin’, woah singin’, no good-rotten, pinko-commie REDnecks.”

With special guests THE COSMODEMONIC TELEGRAPH COMPANY with RIVER LYNCH & THE SPIRITMAKERS!

www.tigermanwoah.com

www.ryansutherland.bandcamp.com

www.riverlynch.com

 

Cover: $7

Don Christiano
Jun
13
7:30 pm19:30

Don Christiano

Doors 4pm, Music 7:30pm
(please note: earlier start time)

With a Little Help from My Friends…The Beatles Unplugged featuring DON CHRISTIANO

With Special Guest: TOM PASSAMONTE

www.facebook.com/donchristiano

Plus! $5 Moscow Mules Every Tuesday and Every Tuesday is “Tall Boy Tuesday!” 16oz PBR Tall Boys only $3…or 2 for $5!

Cover: $3

JC Brooks
Jun
10
9:00 pm21:00

JC Brooks

****SPECIAL SHOW***

Doors 7pm, Music 9pm

JC Brooks makes soul-infused, genre-bending music that is energetic and kinetically charged. “It all started out as an effort to merge post-punk and soul, but it’s grown into so much more than that, “ says vocalist/lyricist/bandleader JC Brooks. “I feel like we carry that ethos with the genre-mixing blend of soul music we write, and the punk aspect is more about our DIY determination to get out there onstage and engage with our live crowds on a visceral level.” After years of touring the US and Europe playing clubs to major festivals, the band hunkered down in 2016 to record The Neon Jungle.

www.jcbrooksband.com

Tickets: $10 advance, $15 day of show

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

Ha Ha Tonka
Jun
8
9:00 pm21:00

Ha Ha Tonka

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Doors 4pm, Music 9pm

HA HA TONKA! - “Call the sound of Ha Ha Tonka folky indie rock; call it Southern rock; call it Ozark-steeped-blues-rock. What the labels don’t convey is the band’s sense of raw power and four-part harmonies.” ~KDHX, St.Louis

With Special Guests TRAPPER SCHOEPP! “Rootsy, cinematic rock that charms as it soars.” ~NPR Music

www.hahatonkamusic.com

www.trapperschoepp.com

Tickets: $13 advance, $15 day of show

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

Selwyn Birchwood
Jun
7
8:00 pm20:00

Selwyn Birchwood

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


2013 Albert King Blues Guitarist of the Year Award Winner SELWYN BIRCHWOOD! If you’re a fan of Hound Dog Taylor, Robert Randolph, Lucky Peterson..and the Campbell Brothers, do NOT miss this hot, hot, blues band!!! Selwyn has torn it up at the Abilene Roots-Americana Stage of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival..and he’s sure to tear it up again. He’s touring in support of his latest Alligator Records release, Pick Your Poison.

www.selwynbirchwood.com

Tickets: $15 advance, $20 day of show

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

 

Leland Sundries
Jun
6
8:00 pm20:00

Leland Sundries

Doors 4pm, Music 8pm

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.

With special guests BOY JR

www.lelandsundries.com

www.boyjr.bandcamp.com

Cover: $6

Seth Faergolzia & Multibird
Jun
2
10:00 pm22:00

Seth Faergolzia & Multibird

Doors 3pm, Music 10pm

Happy Hour featuring free munchies, drink specials…and live music featuring SETH FAERGOLZIA and MULTIBIRD!

Rochester’s own, Seth Faergolzia and Multibird is an eclectic, semi-orchestral musical group of the anti-folk/freak-folk variety, headed by former Dufus frontman, Seth Faergolzia.

www.faergolzia.com

Cover: $7

Dave Riccioni & Friends
Jun
2
6:00 pm18:00

Dave Riccioni & Friends

Doors 3pm, Music 6pm

“Abilene Rocks Crafts!” Beer Tasting from 6pm-9pm

Enjoy beer tastings from Collective Brewing, Bell’s Brewery, Cider Creek Hard Cider, Stone Brewing and Lagunitas Brewing Company. Also, the “Empire Express” Food Truck (from the Empire Bar and Grill) will be at Abilene.

And live music featuring DAVE RICCIONI & FRIENDS with hot rhythm & blues!

Check out EmpireBarandGrill.com

Burning Daylight
May
27
7:00 pm19:00

Burning Daylight

Doors 7pm, Music 9pm

BURNING DAYLIGHT! Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the release of Burning Daylight’s debut album, “Whiskey & Romances”

The seminal Rochester, NY alt country/power pop band will perform the album in its entirety as well as songs from singer/songwriter Nick Young’s solo catalog.

“Whiskey and Romances” was produced by Dan McLoughlin of The Push Stars and received high praise from critics and fans alike upon its release. Past and current members of the band include J.P. Nawn, Tim Mroz and Jesse Sprinkle.

“Contagious songs in the alt-country mode, sounding like a cross between Wilco, the Old 97’s and vintage Soul Asylum.”-Freetime Magazine

With special guests BLUE FALCON

www.burningdaylightonline.wordpress.com

Cover: $6

Beet Juice
May
26
9:30 pm21:30

Beet Juice

Doors 3pm, Music 9:30pm

The Afro psychedelic sounds of multi-insturmentalist BEET JUICE! "Beet juice is a product of multi-instrumentation from the planet Saturn bringing multiple trace rhythm and percussion styles spanning the astral diaspora live through Boss Loop Stations. The sound is progressive and crude while slipping in and out of space induced psychedelia"

www.facebook.com/B33T-JU1C3-180975918643644

Cover: $4

LeE HARVey OsMOND
May
25
8:30 pm20:30

LeE HARVey OsMOND

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Doors 4pm, Music 8:30pm

LeE HARVey OsMOND! - When Tom Wilson released 2015’s Beautiful Scars, his third album under his alternate moniker, Lee Harvey Osmond, he was just beginning to grasp the full irony of using an assumed identity. Turns out Wilson had been living his entire life under one-a fact he didn’t learn until his 55th birthday, when his cousin confessed she was really his mother hand his heritage was Mohawk, not Irish.

That’s why the cover depicts Wilson as a powerful and raw figure, warrior-like-someone who looks as if he’s still wild. “That’s actually how I feel as an artist,” Wilson explains. “At 56, I’m just emerging from the woods, with all of this new knowledge of who I am.” Don’t miss this opportunity to see one-third of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.

www.leeharveyosmond.com

www.blackieandtherodeokings.com

Tickets: $12 advance, $15 day of show

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