Chris Bethmann EP Release Party!
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

Chris Bethmann EP Release Party!

Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:00pm

CHRIS BETHMANN “Naked Bourbon” EP RELEASE PARTY!

Rochester songwriter and guitarist Chris Bethmann falls on the rock side of Americana. Whether playing solo acoustic or with full band, Bethmann delivers honest, pointed lyrics with fluid guitar chops. Join him as he celebrates the release of his first solo EP, “Naked Bourbon,” a rock ‘n’ roll rendering of the millennial milieu.

Joining Chris….Scott Kiwatek on bass, Eric Metzgar on drums, Sara Shimmel on vox, Chelsea Hill on fiddle

www.chrisbethmann.com

No Cover Charge…but don’t hesitate to fill the tip jar! This band is certainly worth it!

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Mike Powell and The Black River Band
Dec
13
8:00 PM20:00

Mike Powell and The Black River Band

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

MIKE POWELL & THE BLACK RIVER BAND!

“One of the premier singer/songwriters in music today”
~NYS Music

Mike Powell is a traveling storyteller and prolific writer who garnered international attention with his song “Twenty One Rounds” written as part of the Acoustic Guitar Project. He has toured with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion and shared the stage with David Lindley, Martin Sexton, Shooter Jennings & many more His sound is honest, songs are heartfelt and his shows are real.

He is also a craftsman that owns and operates the Rising Feather art studio in Cazenovia, NY.

http://mikepowell.co/

https://www.facebook.com/theblackrivermusic/

Cover: $6

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Happy Hour with Mojo Monkeyz
Dec
14
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Mojo Monkeyz

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with drink specials, free munchies and live music featuring the Abilene debut of

MOJO MONKEYZ!

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

www.mojomonkeyz.com

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Live Blues with Steve Grills & The Roadmasters
Dec
14
9:00 PM21:00

Live Blues with Steve Grills & The Roadmasters

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

Live Blues with…
STEVE GRILLS & THE ROADMASTERS!

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

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

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

www.stevegrills.com

Cover: $5

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Dream Float with special guests, The Sideways
Dec
19
8:00 PM20:00

Dream Float with special guests, The Sideways

Doors 4pm, Music 8pm

Dream Float is an instrumental piano trio based out of Rochester. Their songs are adventurous, sensitive, wild, and pioneering. They are experimental yet tight. Come Float with them.

https://www.facebook.com/DreamFloatMusic

with special guests: THE SIDEWAYS

Sideways is the brainchild of keyboardist and vocalist Joey "Sideways" Stehle, a soul band with heavy pop sensibilities. After deciding that a solo act just couldn't quite create the sound he wanted, Sideways decided to form a band. Ever-growing, always grooving, and hitting Rochester with a unique and new sound.

https://www.facebook.com/thesidewaysband/

Cover: $5

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Left-Handed Second Baseman
Dec
20
8:00 PM20:00

Left-Handed Second Baseman

Doors 4pm, Music 8pm

The return to Abilene of alt-folk/indie band…

LEFT-HANDED SECOND BASEMAN

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 Broderick 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.

www.lh2b.bandcamp.com

Cover: $5

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Happy Hour with "Lefty"
Dec
21
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour with "Lefty"

Doors 3:00pm • Music 6:00pm

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

“LEFTY!”

They’re a strange but fulfilling mix of bluegrass and rock. They’re rough on the eyes but easy on the ears!

Featuring Jeff Liles, Tim Morris, Ben Pero, Jim Barbero and Andre.

You’ll like their interpretation of Americana music.

We really are looking forward to having them play our saloon again.

https://www.facebook.com/LeftyRochester6/

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Special Holiday Early Show with The Tobey Village House Band!!!
Dec
22
5:30 PM17:30

Special Holiday Early Show with The Tobey Village House Band!!!

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Saturday, December 22….doors 5pm, music 5:30pm

Do NOT miss this special holiday early show featuring

THE TOBEY VILLAGE HOUSE BAND

With special guests

“A delicious blend of rock, soul, blues, funk & pop-the best of The Band, Smokey Robinson, SRV, Adele, Peter Gabriel, Bonnie Raitt, Marvin Gaye, Aretha..and much more”

www.facebook.com/tobeyvillagehouseband

Cover: $5

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Woody Dodge
Dec
22
9:00 PM21:00

Woody Dodge

Doors 5:00pm • Music 9:00pm

WOODY DODGE is an original, four-piece band based in Rochester. Originally a collaborative effort between longtime friends, singer-songwriter Billy Lambert and drummer Sean Sullivan, the band soon evolved to its current lineup with the addition of guitarist Mark Wilcove in 1985 and bassist Jon Gary in 1987.

Woody  Dodge is known for playing a distinctive blend of American that features elements of folk, rock, and country. Drawing upon Lambert’s strong songwriting, the band creates a unique blend of songs with a strong emphasis on lyrics, melody, and feeling. Because of their diversity and breadth, the band draws audiences from a wide range of musical tastes, providing a rich and engaging musical experience.

Woody Dodge released their first CD, Emma’s Dance in 1995. The album received critical acclaim within the college radio scene. Music from Emma’s Dance was also used on the network television soap opera, As the World Turns. The band released their second CD, Nature Is Strange in 1997.

Woody Dodge took a break from their hectic schedules in the late 90’s to raise families and pursue solo projects. During this period the band kept playing, evolving, and performing in upstate New York. Woody Dodge released their fourth CD, Humble Me, in 2012. Jeff Spevak calls it “Americana roots rock of high order.”

Better Angels, their latest release, is the sequel to 2012’s Humble Me. Produced by Ken Frank and Tony Gross, Better Angels explores a broader soundscape while remaining true to the band’s Americana feel. The release features ten original songs that reflect the real life experience of the band members, including the loss of family members, and the appreciation of those who remain.

www.woodydodge.com

Cover:  $5

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Annie Wells Band
Dec
27
7:30 PM19:30

Annie Wells Band

 

Doors: 4pm, Music: 7:30pm

The Annie Wells Band makes their debut appearance at Abilene on Thursday, December 27th, 7:30 pm performing songs from Annie’s newest CD, “Lonely Hearts Club”. 


Annie brings with her the incomparable Phil Marshall on guitar, the fabulous Mike Kaupa on trumpet, upright bass veteran, Dave Arenius on upright and stellar Roy Marshall on drums. 

Frank De Blase of City Newspaper captures the spirit of the band in his review of “Lonely Hearts Club”:

Wells' voice is absolutely beautiful in this setting and is a study in constraint, and the band ably cops to the same M.O. It's classic singer-songwriter fare taken to the next step by the veteran rockers found here. They aren't afraid to holster the heat and play pretty for those that want to dance with their soon-to-be-sweethearts. "Lonely Hearts Club" is pretty but not too flowery; it's got moxy and sand.

Jeff Spevak wrote, “Lonely Hearts Club” is a tight, spare collection of tiny moments. The arrangements bring to mind Canadian chanteuse Holly Cole, on the edge of jazz and pop. Wells’ voice sometimes echoes Suzanne Vega, especially when she’s bringing the characters to life.

Annie's influences include Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Keith Jarrett and Billie Holiday. Since she was 17 years old, Annie has delighted audiences with her sweet and soulful vocals and jazzy piano performances in venues large and small.

https://www.facebook.com/Annie-Wells-Musician-120160183978/

http://anniewells.com

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_lvdtsxjFJVxJXlU9QHb7A-UUo3YEXcG5g

Cover: $4

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Miss Tess and The Talkbacks
Dec
28
9:00 PM21:00

Miss Tess and The Talkbacks

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

Miss Tess and The Talkbacks!

Miss Tess got her musical start at home in Maryland, her childhood nights ending in music. Her parents would sing her to sleep with the gentle, tender sounds of American folk songs, occasionally interrupted by their 30s swing band rehearsing in the basement. All grown up, Miss Tess & the Talkbacks regularly steal the show at venues with something a little rowdier and more eclectic. Infused with classic country, rhythm & blues, swamp pop and early rock n’ roll, she is an embodiment of everything that it still home grown in America.

On her newest release, Baby, We All Know, Miss Tess continues to explore her own personal crossroads of American roots music in a way that is fresh and personal. Always having a knack for catching timeless qualities in her music, she provides a diligent mix of grooves and tempos while backed by top-notch musicians including guitar ace and co-conspirator Thomas Bryan Eaton on telecaster and pedal steel. This year the new album was included in the Top 100 played albums on the Americana Music Charts and received significant critical acclaim.

www.misstessmusic.com/

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

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A Grateful Dead New Year's Eve with DELILAH JONES!
Dec
31
9:00 PM21:00

A Grateful Dead New Year's Eve with DELILAH JONES!

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Monday, December 31st—NEW YEAR’S EVE!!!

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

A GRATEFUL DEAD NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH!!!

Featuring the sounds of …

DELILAH JONES!

A full night of the Dead…a champagne toast at Midnight!!!!

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

www.facebook.com/DelilahJonesBand/

Cover: $7

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Happy Hour with The Lustre Kings
Jan
4
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour with The Lustre Kings

Doors 3pm, Music 6pm

****SPECIAL ROCKABILLY HAPPY HOUR****

Friday, January 4….doors 3pm, music 6pm

Happy Hour with Great Drink Specials ($1 OFF Well Drinks & $1 OFF Craft Draft Pints from 3pm till 7pm), Free munchies..and live rockabilly from Abilene faves

THE LUSTRE KINGS

Experience their brand of high-throttle rockabilly!!!
https://www.facebook.com/Thelustrekings

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The Brother Brothers
Feb
5
8:00 PM20:00

The Brother Brothers

****SPECIAL SHOW****
The Brother Brothers
Tuesday, February 5....doors 4pm, music 8pm


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

The Brother Brothers carry the folk tradition for a new generation. Identical twins David and Adam Moss honor contemporary aches with the nostalgic tenderness of another time on their debut full-length album, SOME PEOPLE I KNOW, out October 19, 2018 on Compass Records. Their stunning songcraft blends masterfully gentle guitar, cello and five-string fiddle with the sublime sort of two-part harmonies only brothers can carry. Their palpably fraternal stage presence and wonderfully familiar heart have earned repute among a modern folk scene; The Brother Brothers have opened for Big Thief, Lake Street Dive, Shakey Graves, and in the fall of 2019, embarked on a 26-date national tour supporting I'm With Her.
Recorded at Mark Ettinger’s Lethe Lounge in New York City with producer Robin Macmillan and engineer Jefferson Hamer, The Brother Brothers capably capture a modern snapshot of their surroundings. Yet, SOME PEOPLE I KNOW retains a timeless feel – something that the brothers were aiming for.
“I just want people to listen to it once and want to listen to it again,” David says of the album. “And every time they listen to it, I want them to find something new and in some way relate it to themselves. Whether they're listening to it today or in 40 years, I hope it will make them feel just the same.”
"Keep an eye out for the Brother Brothers, because they're most certainly what's coming up next". - PopMatters
“Wonderful… fabulous old-time playing and sibling harmony.” - NPR / Folk Alley
“Natural harmonies and evocative lyricism, reflecting a timeless sound and spirit.” - Relix
"a duo that pairs tasteful harmony vocals with two-person musical arrangements that weave together bluegrass and the darker side of folk.” - No Depression
“The closest thing you can find to Simon & Garfunkel in this century.” "The Brother Brothers deserve their own phylum upon an advanced musical strain not yet categorized on the roots music family tree. They are the true sound of roots music evolving. - Saving Country Music


www.thebrotherbrothersmusic.com

www.facebook.com/events/524025734738211

Cover: $10

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Rosie Flores
Feb
16
9:00 PM21:00

Rosie Flores

 

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Doors 7pm, usic 9pm

The Return of “The Chick with The Pick”

ROSIE FLORES

With special guest

It’s telling that Rosie Flores’ e-mail handle begins “chickwpick…” In a long and eclectic career of singing, songwriting and performing, no phrase has ever described the San Antonio native better of more concisely.

But now, with the release of her latest album, Flores takes square aim at a genre she has only sampled heretofore. “Simple Case of the Blues” showcases Flores in a new light, as a seasoned performer steeped in life’s uncompromising lessons. At once torchy, soulful, heartfelt and yearning, the songs on “Simple Case of the Blues” are not for the emotionally naïve-it’s the music you make when you’ve come through joy and heartbreak and back again.

Utilizing songs by Roy Brown, Wilson Pickett, Heath Wilson, and Flores herself, “Simple Case of the Blues” was produced by songwriter/guitarist Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan, The Arc Angels). With an assist by guitarist Kenny Vaughan (Marty Stuart, Lucinda Williams), “Simple Case of the Blues” was, to hear Flores tell it, a long time coming.

“I got infatuated with the blues in high school,” said Flores, who played in a band called “Penelope’s Children” during those years. “It was the first music I ever played. A high school friend taught me some chords and mentored me. He introduced me to the blues. He went on to play in the King Biscuit Blues Band, so I felt like I got a great early education.”

“I always loved Buddy Guy-his real lyrical playing. It’s like his guitar is having its own conversation. It’s an ongoing process; I’ve mastered the life of a musician, but I’ll be working on the guitar for the rest of my life.”

In a career that spans more than four decades, Flores has proven to be a musical chameleon. She’s jumped feet first into punk rock (with her ’70-era band, the Screaming Sirens), country of both the Bakersfield and Nashville varieties, the Texas singer/songwriter scene, alt-country, straight-up rock an rockabilly. So much so the latter that her onstage moniker for years was “The Rockabilly Filly.” But always and throughout, she has been The Chick with The Pick.

Over the years, Flores has been profiled in Guitar World, Premiere Guitar and Guitar Player magazines. Venuszine cited Flores as one of the “Top 75 Greatest Female Guitarists of All Time.” She performed at a tribute to Chuck Berry at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. She has worked with, and helped propel back into the spotlight, pioneer female rockabilly artists Wanda Jackson and Janis Martin. In 2007, she won a Peabody Award for her narration of the rockabilly documentary, Whole Lotta Shakin’. She worked with Martin producing the latter’s 2012 album, “The Blanco Sessions,” which would prove to be Martin’s last recording.

Throughout, she released her own work. To name but a few, they include her solo debut, 1987’s “Rosie Flores,” 1995’s “Rockabilly Filly,” 1999’s “Dance Hall Dreams,” the acoustic live set “Single Rose” in 2004, 2009’s “Girl of the Century” and, in 2013, the aptly-named, self-produced “Working Girl’s Guitar.” Since then, her time has been spent on her labor of love-“Simple Case of the Blues.

Though she has toured around the world, Flores always returns to her adopted hometown of Austin, Texas, where she was honored with Rosie Flores Day in 2006 (an honor she was accorded once again in 2017). “She’s a hard-working, independently minded artist who’s well-respected for her gritty, energetic vocals and fiery guitar solos,” writes the authoritative website Alllmusic.com. “Prolifically creative, Flores deserves to be numbered among the creators of the alternative country movement.” Now, with “Simple Case of the Blues,” Flores is making a full musical circle, back to her roots—and our.”
www.rosieflores.com

Tickets: $20 advance, $25 day of show

              On sale Friday, December 7 at Abilene, Bop Shop Records, Record Archive and online at abilenebarandlounge.com

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Jontavious Willis---Live!
Feb
19
8:00 PM20:00

Jontavious Willis---Live!

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

JONTAVIOUS WILLIS

EVERY generation or so a young bluesman bursts onto the scene. Someone who sends a jolt through blues lovers. Someone who has mastered the craft for sure, but who also has the blues deep down in his heart and soul. 

At the age of 22, bluesman Jontavious Willis may be the one.

“That’s my Wonderboy, the Wunderkind,” Taj Mahal said after inviting Jontavious to play on stage in 2015. “He’s a great new voice of the twenty-first century in the acoustic blues. I just love the way he plays.”
And four years later he was playing on Taj Mahal’s stage.

"When I heard him play I said to myself: this is how the blues, as I know it, is going to stay alive,” said Paul Oscher.

"Only a few like him emerge every decade or so, when even the most hard core blues fans realize immediately that this is the real deal,” writes Frank Matheis in Living Blues Magazine.

Hailing from Greenville, Ga., Jontavious grew up singing gospel music at the Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church with his grandfather. At the age of 14, he came across a YouTube video of Muddy Waters playing “Hoochie Coochie Man” and was hooked. That’s when he set his course on the blues. All types -- Delta, Piedmont, Texas, gospel. As a fingerpicker, flat-picker and slide player. On guitar, harmonica, banjo and cigar box.

Currently Jontavious is finishing his studies at Columbus State University, majoring in sociology. But on most weekends you can find him playing a small house show, up on the main stage or posting music videos for his friends and fans around the world. 

www.jontaviouswillis.com

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

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The Tragedy Brothers
Mar
2
9:00 PM21:00

The Tragedy Brothers

Doors 7pm, Music 9pm

Americana band, The Tragedy Brothers will be playing old favorites, some originals and tunes from their latest  CD “City Limits.”

A mix of inspired American music, Wasting Timeis the product of several years of hard work and thoughtful songwriting by band leader Joe Appleby and this band of brothers.

www.tragedybrothers.com

Cover: $5

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

Amy LaVere with Will Sexton

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

AMY LaVERE!
With Special Guest: WILL SEXTON

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

www.amylavere.com

Tickets: $12 advance, $15 day of show, available at Abilene and online at https://abilene.showare.com/ beginning Friday, December 7

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Phoebe Legere
May
2
7:30 PM19:30

Phoebe Legere

Doors 4pm, Music 7:30pm

****SPECIAL SHOW****
Phoebe Legere


Phoebe Legere is returning to Abilene Bar & Lounge on May 2. Tickets on sale Friday, December 7

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

Tickets: $10 advance, $15 day of show
On sale beginning Friday, December 7..at Abilene Bar and Lounge and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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Siena Facciolo's Birthday Show!
Dec
11
7:30 PM19:30

Siena Facciolo's Birthday Show!

Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:30pm

Siena Facciolo writes soul-folk music, creating a rich array of musings on everyday life and love. She was born and raised a Vermonter and has been writing music since she was 6 years old. She performs regularly with Chris Palace on drums/cymbals and Jordan Rabinowitz on bass. She is studying music at the University of Rochester and just released her first full-length album, Dear House. You can find her album on all streaming and purchasing sites.

www.facebook.com/sienafacciolomusic

Cover: $5

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Happy Hour with "The Fog!"
Dec
7
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with "The Fog!"

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

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

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

www.facebook.com/freakinoldguys

 

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Joe Beard with David  Miller
Dec
6
8:00 PM20:00

Joe Beard with David Miller

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

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

JOE BEARD!

www.facebook.com/joebeardblues

And his special guest…DAVID MILLER!

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

https://www.davemillermusic.com/

Do not miss this special night of music!

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

Cover: $5

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Birthday Bash-feat. "August West!"
Dec
4
7:30 PM19:30

Birthday Bash-feat. "August West!"

Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:30pm

Celebrate the birthdays of Al Casey, Al KersteinDanny Deutsch…and our good friends, Andrea Parros, "Iron Michael Bigelow" and Max Baer, Jr. (Jethro from The Beverly Hillbillies)!!! as well as JAY-Z and Tyra Banks!

Drink specials, free munchies....and live music featuring the folk,rock and psychedelic sounds of August West
featuring Cian McCarthyMikaela DavisAlex Coté and Shane McCarthy!

https://www.facebook.com/thebandaugustwest

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Special Show Just Added! Erin Futterer & Ross Falzone
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

Special Show Just Added! Erin Futterer & Ross Falzone

****SPECIAL SHOW****
Doors 7pm • Music 7pm

Do not miss the blues/soul/jazz and folk stylings of ….

ERIN FUTTERER & ROSS FALZONE

Erin Futterer grew up in Arkansas, studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music..and now is finishing her studies at the Eastman School of Music. Her mastery of the French Horn…and her extremely soulful singing will blow you away.

Direct from Nashville, Ross Falzone seems to have done it all…he’s been a firefighter, a soldier, a truck driver, worked in a homeless shelter…and continues to be a social activist singer and songwriter. His songs are touching, at times gentle, at times raucous, always thought-provoking.

www.facebook.com/erin.futterer


www.rossfalzone.com

No cover charge….but please don’t hesitate to fill the “tip jar,”

They really deserves it!

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Happy Hour with The Occasional Saints
Nov
30
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour with The Occasional Saints


Friday, November 30….doors 3pm, music 6pm
Happy Hour with great drink specials including $1 Off well drinks and $1 off craft draft pints from 3pm till 7pm, free munchies and live music featuring 
THE OCCASIONAL SAINTS
Enjoy New Orleans swing, blues and originals as performed by Paul Vincent Nunes, Carmen Verzillo, Michael Verzillo, Ernie Santoro, 
Rick McCrae and Jerry Laufer
www.occasionalsaints.com

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Alex Northrup and the Backup with Sideways
Nov
29
8:00 PM20:00

Alex Northrup and the Backup with Sideways

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

ALEX NORTHRUP and the BACKUP

Alex Northrup and the Backup is the latest project from the titular Alex Northrup. Backing up his vocals, Hammond organ and other keys are multi-instrumentalists Jacob Walsh on the drums and Andrew Carter on the bass guitar. Jacob is familiar to the Rochester scene through his work in Total Yuppies and Jon Lewis Band, and Andrew through his stint in Northern Spies (along with Alex himself). The band offers up a repertoire of songs from Alex’s solo album “The Great Mundane” (Proof That the Seacow Exists! Records, 2017) and an ever-growing number of new originals. His songs are rooted in classic rock and pop traditions without sounding dated or making any attempts at nostalgia. The “brilliant musicianship and nuanced songcraft...keeps you listening.” (Daniel J. Kushner, City Newspaper). Not content to rest on the laurels of that record, Alex Northrup and the Backup currently recording new material in Alex’s damp and dingy Rochester basement and the more comfortable environs of 1809 Studios in Macedon. Due out in early 2019, it’s another collection of songs sure to please those who appreciate their rock with an attention to detail and subtle twists and turns - “thinking person’s pop.” Hear it for yourself at alexnorthrup.bandcamp.com.

with special guests: SIDEWAYS

Sideways is the brainchild of keyboardist and vocalist Joey "Sideways" Stehle, a soul band with heavy pop sensibilities. After deciding that a solo act just couldn't quite create the sound he wanted, Sideways decided to form a band. Ever-growing, always grooving, and hitting Rochester with a unique and new sound.

www.facebook.com/thesidewaysband

Cover: $5

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Reverend Kingfish Live
Nov
27
7:30 PM19:30

Reverend Kingfish Live

Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:30pm

REVEREND KINGFISH!
Blues, Stomps and Novelty Tunes Rendered in the Authentic Style!!!

Recently arrived in Rochester, Reverend Kingfish performs a mix of early blues, jazz, and tin pan alley along with original tunes in the style of the beginning of American popular music. 

As an ordained minister, Reverend Kingfish expresses his faith through music. And that music is derived from the jazz and blues musicians of the early 20th century. The list of influences includes timeless greats such as Blind Blake, Fats Waller, the Boswell Sisters, Blind Boy Fuller, Scrapper Blackwell, Emmett Miller, Jimmie Rodgers, and too many more to mention.

There is something special about the music of this era; before multi-track recording, synthesizers, digital editing and everything that cheapens artistry. Recordings were a single take and musical styles were just evolving. It was a period of unparalleled creativity. Reverend Kingfish strives to keep this era fresh and relevant.

www.reverendkingfish.com

No cover charge---but don't hesitate to throw some cash in da tip jar...this guy is really worth it!!!

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Professor Louie & The Crowmatix
Nov
24
9:00 PM21:00

Professor Louie & The Crowmatix

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

PROFESSOR LOUIE & THE CROWMATIX!

“The Music of THE BAND…And much more!” featuring Professor Louie & The Crowmatix

They tore it up a handful of years back at the Abilene Roots-Americana Tent of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival ….get ready for it to happen again…up close & personal in the intimate surrounding of Abilene Bar and Lounge.

If you’re a fan of The Band, Levon Helm, The Felice Brothers…don’t miss this one!!!

Professor Louie & The Crowmatix began as the studio backing band for Aaron “Professor Louie’s” musical productions for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, The Band. Rick Danko christened him “Professor Louie” due to his work and friendship with The Band.

This Grammy-nominated Woodstock, NY group plays 150 shows a year in the U.S. and worldwide, including three times on The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise.

Professor Louie collaborated with The Band for over 16 years and produced their 3 comeback CD’s in the 90’s- “Jericho,” “High On The Hog” and “Jubilation.” Louie played on and produced their hit song “Atlantic City.” Louie has produced and performed with Graham Parker, Commander Cody, Guy Davis, Buckwheat Zydeco, New Riders Of The Purple Sage and many more well-known artists.

“Pure proof The Band wouldn’t have had a 90’s career bounce if Louie didn’t have his hand on the wheel.” –Chris Spector, Editor and Publisher, Midwest Record

www.professorlouie.com

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

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Happy Hour with Meg Gehman and The Influence
Nov
23
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Meg Gehman and The Influence

Doors 3pm, Music 5:30pm


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

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The Beaumonts with Susanna Rose
Nov
18
6:00 PM18:00

The Beaumonts with Susanna Rose

***SPECIAL SUNDAY SHOW***
Doors 5:00pm • Music 6:00pm

THE BEAUMONTS!

The Beaumonts will be releasing their latest album Lanterna Blu online - cards with download information will be available at the show.

The Beaumonts are an alternative horn driven pop band – lush and lively....throwback 70s pop mixed with Brazilian jazz chords and soaring horns. The Beaumonts’ music is catchy and haunting and has been described as classic Chicago meets The Cardigans.

“The Beaumonts kick off "Lanterna Blu" with a quasi-bossa nova backbeat, reminiscent of Paul Weller's postmodern lounge outfit, The Style Council. But it isn't a ploy to simply reel the listener into their comfort zone, because they do it again with the second track...and the third. The Beaumonts' front man Steve Pizzuto also holds down the bottom end in the Ren and Stimpy-meets-Madness band that is 5Head. But don't expect the silliness and the augmented ska. "LanternaBlu" is the twilight between melancholy and downright maudlin. It is layered, lovely, and lush, with the hint of inclemency looming just overhead. The album was mixed by four-time Neko Case producer Darryl Neudorf, who adheres well to the ethereal undertones and mood.” ~Frank Deblase, City Newspaper

www.facebook.com/THEBEAUMONTS


With special guest SUSANNA ROSE

https://susannarose.bandcamp.com/

Cover: $5

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"Friendsgiving Party & Dance!"
Nov
17
8:00 PM20:00

"Friendsgiving Party & Dance!"

Doors 7:00pm, Music 8:00pm

“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…..

•Members of The Crooked North

•Zack Rabbet Futt

•Jungle Steve

•Rayce and Alyssa Irish Duo

•Hosted by Dan Gross

•Beard Contest with Prizes!

New sock donations will be collected.

Cover: $10 or $5 with a donation of new socks, undies, or toiletries.

All Donations to Western New York Coalition for the Homeless

All Proceeds to Foodlink

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Ward Hayden & The Outliers (formerly Girls Guns & Glory)
Nov
16
9:30 PM21:30

Ward Hayden & The Outliers (formerly Girls Guns & Glory)

****Special Show****
Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:30pm

WARD HAYDEN & THE OUTLIERS!
(Formerly GIRLS GUNS & GLORY)

Don’t miss the band that Rolling Stone included in “10 New Artists You Need To Know.” “Modern-day Buddy Holly plus Dwight Yoakam divided by the Mavericks..Think soulful lyrics paired with a beat you can dance to.”

If you’re a fan of Hank Williams (and who isn’t?!), you’re going to NOT want to miss this!!!
Check out this statement from the band…

“A fresh start….We have held on to the name Girls Guns & Glory for probably too long. Things have changed in the 12 years since naming the band and believe me, no one wants to change the name of a band they’ve spent 12 years building.

When I first set out to make my own music I was deeply inspired by one of the greatest singing cowboys of the all: Gene Autry. In addition to the band name coming to me in a vision, I believe it was also inspired by all the Autry westerns I had been watching at that time. Girls, guns and glory were the theme of many of his movies and tv shows. And I have always done my best to adhere to The Cowboy Code:

The Cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man or take unfair advantage.

  1. He must never go back on his word or a trust confided in him.

  2. He must always tell the truth.

  3. He must be gentle with children, the elderly and animals.

  4. He must not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant ideas.

  5. He must help people in distress.

  6. He must be a good worker.

  7. He must keep himself clean in thought, speech, action and personal habits.

  8. He must respect women, parents and his nation’s laws.

  9. The Cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man or take unfair advantage.

  10. The Cowboy is a patriot.

The name Girls Guns & Glory has become offensive to some and an impediment to moving the band forward. Today’s highly charged political climate combined with the proliferation of gun violence has made the name a lightning rod for some and offensive to many.

We never intended for that to be the case, but times change and we feel the time is right to brand a new name.

We have decide to change the band’s name to Ward Hayden & The Outliers. We have always considered ourselves outliers in the world of country music.

Which is also why we’ve always considered that being a cowboy is a state of mind. And to continue adhering to The Cowboy Code we want to represent our band with a name that will describe who we are more accurately. We continue to have the same mission we’ve always had: to make heartfelt country music and rock ‘n’ roll, to connect with fans through shared experiences in venues and through recordings, and to  continue moving forward, living life in search of the moments worth singing about. We truly can’t wait to share with you the new music we have coming out this Fall and we hope you’ll continue to share in the experience as we move forward together.”
~
Ward Hayden & The Outliers (Ward, Paul, Josh & Cody)

www.wardhaydenandtheoutliers.com

Tickets: $8 advance, $12 day of show, on sale now at Abilene and online at www.abilenebarandlounge.com

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Phoebe Legere with Andrew Alling
Nov
15
8:00 PM20:00

Phoebe Legere with Andrew Alling

Doors 4:00pm • 8:00pm

PHOEBE LEGERE!

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

www.PhoebeLegere.com


With special guest ANDREW ALLING!

Andrew Alling, a one-man jamband  performs on acoustic guitar, organ bass pedals and the harmonica, often simultaneously.His music speaks of politics, love, hardship, truth, adversity and hope.Watch his videos at: www.andrewalling.com/videos

www.AndrewAlling.com


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

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4onthefloor
Nov
14
8:30 PM20:30

4onthefloor

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

From Minnesota…

THE4ONTHEFLOOR

“This is Rock ‘n’ Roll in the 21st century.”

Joining together in the name of fun & joy, the 4onthefloor bring their well-oiled, high-octane, rock ‘n’ roll to the world with an immediacy rarely seen on stage in the 21st century. The furious delivery ebbs and flows with sing-a-long anthems and breakdowns to soaring guitar solos and unbridled full-bore rock. Camaraderie is a common theme, and stompers are finding like-minded rock ‘n’rollers at every show.

Hailing from Minnesota, they take the heavy road route, grooving in the tracks of so many rubber to the road musicians before them. Following in the footsteps of some of the band’s influences, being on the road plays a large role in the writing. The merriment must come from all angles, including the stage for a memorable show and the 4onthefloor BRING IT. Douglas writes about experiences, failures, successes, and not-so-much the what-could-have-beens. Life is for the living and this is the soundtrack to a life well-lived. Keep the fire in your eyes.

www.4otf.com

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

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May Erlewine with August West
Nov
12
8:00 PM20:00

May Erlewine with August West

****SPECIAL MONDAY NIGHT SHOW****

Monday, November 12…..doors 6pm, music 8pm

MAY ERLEWINE

May Erlewine is no stranger to the recording studio and continues to write and record songs for the times. Her newest record, Mother Lion, produced by Tyler Duncan, some boast to be her best yet. Her catalog has substance and her creative vision is expansive. Her songs have been sung by national acts, including Joshua Davis, Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem, Sawyer Fredericks (NBC the Voice), Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys and the list goes on.

She can front the Motivations, her seven piece retro-groove band and ignite the dance floor, play a dynamic and profound set with her Americana band, or play a solo songwriter set to a silent teary audience. Whether it’s a solo performance or with a team of exceptional musicians backing her, every show is magical.

www.mayerlewine.com

www.earthworkmusic.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/410836212786700

With Special Guests…

Folk/Rock/Psychedelic sounds of..

AUGUST WEST

https://www.facebook.com/thebandaugustwest

Cover: $5

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Sean Rowe with Mike Powell
Nov
10
9:30 PM21:30

Sean Rowe with Mike Powell

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

SEAN ROWE!

Sean Rowe knows he cuts an imposing figure. He boasts a bouncer’s build, a biker’s hair and a voice lower than Johnny Cash with a head cold. “It can be intense,” he says, with a laugh.

So imagine that one day a guy like this shows up at your house to perform. That’s what’s been happening periodically over the last year, while Rowe has been on a promotional “house tour.” Conceived in the retro-trendy troubadour tradition, the tour found Rowe reaching out to fans through Facebook to play free shows in their living rooms.

“It can be awkward for invited friends or family members who don’t know me,” the singer says. “Suddenly, this hairy, bearded dude shows up and starts playing. And I don’t water down my songs for these shows at all.”

The intimacy and rarity of Rowe’s songs can prove jarring or entrancing, depending on your point of view. Either way, they’ve been getting him a lot of attention. He deserves even more for his new album, “Madman,” which widens his sound significantly.

The first thing listeners will notice about Rowe is his vocal pitch. He’s a baritone — a rarity outside of country music. The voice isn’t just deep in register, but also in character. Like the best baritones, Rowe can sound sinister or sexy, sage-like or sweet.

Part of his depth has to do with age. Though the upstate New York-based singer didn’t release an album until 2011, he’s staring down the barrel at 40.

Rowe thinks that’s an advantage. “When you’re young, you have issues,” he says. “Being older, you’re wiser about your next move.”

The singer didn’t land a significant recording contract until he was 36. He signed with the boutique Anti Records, which issued the “Magic” LP, recorded by Rowe on his own. The home approach explains that album’s stripped-down brand of art-folk. You could hear the woody rattle of his acoustic guitar’s surface, the waxiness of its nylon strings and the reverberations of its hollow body.
Sean Rowe didn’t have a significant record contract until her was 36. Anthony Saint James Sean Rowe didn’t have a significant record contract until her was 36.

Rowe’s lyrics paid special attention to nature, drawn from his youth in Troy, N.Y. “I grew up in the woods, foraging or catching snakes,” he says. “I loved it.”

Rowe used that love for one of his day jobs before he got his break. He worked with kids in after-school programs about music and nature. He also had some terrible jobs. “I put the liners inside the caps of medical test tubes for eight hours a day,” he says. “I lasted three days.”

Meanwhile, Rowe played local bars, honing his sound. After recording “Magic,” the singer quickly set about making another. This time he had enough of a budget to pay session musicians. The result, “The Salesman and the Shark” (2012), added exotic instruments, like a string octet (for a touch of chamber folk), a Casiotone (for some 1980s synth touches) and a vibraphone. Female backup singers gave the songs a hint of Leonard Cohen, already evoked by Rowe’s gravelly voice and poetic lyrics.

Rowe’s latest album features some faster, louder songs. “The influences on this album come from when I was a kid,” Rowe says. “I grew up with soul music and primitive blues, from R.L. Burnside and John Lee Hooker.”

The album features more personal lyrics, including “My Little Man,” an ode to Rowe’s 3-year-old son. Remarkably, the song isn’t clichéd. “I’m part of a tradition in songwriting that’s careful to say something from a different angle,” Rowe says. “The picture doesn’t have to be dead-on. You can go around the back and get the same results.”

Rowe’s general desire to switch things up also dictated that home tour. As he puts it: “What can I say? I’m attracted to oddity.”

http://www.seanrowe.net/

With special guest: MIKE POWELL

Mike Powell is a traveling storyteller and prolific writer who garnered international attention with his song “Twenty One Rounds” written as part of the Acoustic Guitar Project. He has toured with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion and shared the stage with David Lindley, Martin Sexton, Shooter Jennings & many more His sound is honest, songs are heartfelt and his shows are real.

www.facebook.com/politerebel

Tickets $20 and on sale now online at https://abilene.showare.com/ and tonight at the bar beginning at 7pm

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Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles
Nov
9
9:30 PM21:30

Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles

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

SARAH BORGES & THE BROKEN SINGLES!

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

Tickets $15 and on sale now online at https://abilene.showare.com/ and at the bar beginning at 3pm today!

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Happy Hour with The Mighty High & Dry
Nov
9
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with The Mighty High & Dry

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials, free munchies and live music featuring…

The Mighty High & Dry Alumni Show!
Welcoming Back Chris Teal and Mike Frederick

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 beat of the times.

https://www.themightyhighanddry.com/

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Useless Cans with Aaron Welcher and Emma Halloran
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Useless Cans with Aaron Welcher and Emma Halloran

Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:00pm

A Very Full Night of Music featuring….from the Albany area…

USELESS CANS!

Born in New York’s Capital Region, the Useless Cans have been bringing a mix of old-time jazz, folk and traditional Russian tunes to their audiences since 2016. The trio combines elements of music’s past along with a contemporary perspective. The Useless Cans have performed for the American Roots Music Series, Caffe Lena, Café Livre Concert Series in Long Lake and Saranac Lake’s Party on the Patio. They have shared the stage with Ryan Montbleau and Hot Club of Cowtown, among many others.

www.uselesscans.com

with special guests: Aaron Welcher and Emma Halloran

www.aaronwelcher.bandcamp.com

www.facebook.com/emma.halloran.56

Cover: $5

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The Return of McKinley James
Nov
7
8:00 PM20:00

The Return of McKinley James

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

The Return of
McKINLEY JAMES!

McKinley James is a 16 year old rock ‘n’ roll guitarist/singer, from Rochester, NY and now living in the musical mecca that is Nashville.

His father, drummer Jason Smay (Los Straitjackets, JD McPherson) helped raise McKinley in a very musical household. He started on the Hammond organ at 7 but discovered his passion for guitar at 10. His influences range from Link Wray to Freddie King and Otis Redding. He started performing in Rochester blues and jazz clubs at age 13 and has performed with Chris Duarte, The Nighthawks, Joe Beard, and JD McPherson. McKinley is also the face of the latest Eric Church album campaign, having starred in his music videos, and also appears on the album cover for Church’s latest record, “Mr. Misunderstood.” McKinley is very excited to be touring in support of his first EP, “Live in Nashville,” recorded in October, 2016 at the Family Wash.

Joining McKinley James and Jason Smay for this special gig are keyboardist, Ray Jacildo (JD McPherson) and bassist, Ronnie James (Little Charlie & The Nightcats, The Fabulous Thunderbirds).

You are NOT going to want to miss this night of blistering blues guitar!!!

www.facebook.com/events/601238940274529

www.mckinleyjames.com

Tickets: $5 advance, $7 day of show, available now at Abilene, Record Archive and online at www.abilenebarandlounge.com

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Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys
Nov
6
8:00 PM20:00

Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys!

One Night Only!!! Live In Concert!!!!

Election Night Special—-Wear your “I Voted Today” sticker and get your first drink on us!!!

The finest purveyors of American Roots Music, Western Swing, Rockabilly and Traditional Country Music.

www.bigsandy.net


Tickets: $20 advance, $22 day of show, available now at Abilene and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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