Carolyn Wonderland
Jan
16
8:00 PM20:00

Carolyn Wonderland

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:00pm

Two Huge Nights of…Austin, Texas’ blistering guitarist (and Rochester favorite!) CAROLYN WONDERLAND! “A dollop of Janis Joplin, a slice of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a big load of soulful individuality …that’s Wonderland, a seething-hot Texas singer-guitarist.” - Daniel Gewertz, Boston Herald

www.carolynwonderland.com

Tickets: $25 advance, $30 day of show

Tickets on sale now at Abilene, Bop Shop, House of Guitars, Record Archive and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

 

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Carolyn Wonderland
Jan
17
8:00 PM20:00

Carolyn Wonderland

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:00pm

Two Huge Nights of…Austin, Texas’ blistering guitarist (and Rochester favorite!) CAROLYN WONDERLAND! “A dollop of Janis Joplin, a slice of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a big load of soulful individuality …that’s Wonderland, a seething-hot Texas singer-guitarist.” - Daniel Gewertz, Boston Herald

www.carolynwonderland.com

Tickets: $25 advance, $30 day of show

Tickets on sale now at Abilene, Bop Shop, House of Guitars, Record Archive and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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Joe Beard
Jan
23
8:00 PM20:00

Joe Beard

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

The 13th Installment of An Intimate Evening with Blues Great and Rochester Music Hall of Fame Member...

JOE BEARD

And his special guest…Alex Disljenkovic

Do not miss this special night of music!

www.facebook.com/joebeardblues

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

Cover: $5

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Happy Hour with Alison Pipitone
Jan
26
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour with Alison Pipitone

Doors 3:00pm, Music 6:00pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials, free munchies and the Abilene debut of ALISON PIPITONE!

Alison Pipitone has enjoyed an incredibly loyal following throughout her 22 years in the WNY rock/indie music scene. Under her belt: Nine albums, thousands of performances across the U.S., hundreds of print and radio interviews, scores of TV appearances…in other words, a storied career in music. Pat Shaughnessy on drums has been her solid backbeat for a dozen years; Graham Howes has been her lead guitarist for ten years; Natalie Howes on backing vocals for the same. Their shared history has ultimately produced a sound that is simultaneously tight and loose, always confident.

Her music has a distinctly American sound, alt-rock injected with equal parts of punk, country, blues, and folk. It is true that the band can veer to the left or right of any given style, but Pipitone’s voice remains instantly recognizable at the center.

www.alisonpipitone.com

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Ancient Youth
Jan
26
9:15 PM21:15

Ancient Youth

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:15pm

Live Music featuring the return of…
ANCIENT YOUTH!

Live Delta Blues/Folk/Country with Jay Chaffee, Raedwald Bolton, “Washboard Dave” Paprocki, and another “original member,” Tom Bernhardi.

www.crawdiddies.com

Cover: $5

 

 

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MoChester
Jan
27
9:30 PM21:30

MoChester

Doors 7:00pm, Music 9:30pm

The Abilene debut of MoChester!

MoChester is a 4-piece rock-reggae driven band from Rochester, NY. The band's name is actually a fusion of the city it started in and Motown, one of its original influences. While the Motown groove provided early inspiration for the group, their current sound has a mainstream flair that has been compared to a blend of O.A.R. and Incubus, with a west coast swagger reminiscent of The Dirty Heads and Sublime. Their arsenal of original material stretches across numerous genres, from their anthemic groove-rock single “Crackerjack Tattoos”, to the reggae-infused jam “Saturday Night”.
 
The members of MoChester consists of Brandon Sheffer on lead vocals and guitar, Jonathan Sheffer on keys, guitar and backup vocals, Ben Overmyer on bass guitar, and Alex Melville on drums. The band was originally formed in 2001, but had a fresh start in 2011 with the addition of Overmyer.  MoChester has released 3 studio albums, "Stop and Go", "Lost and Found", and most recently, "More Than It Seems".  The full catalogue shows a progression from a more acoustic singer-songwriter based approach, to their more current songs that have a "poppy" rock-reggae sound.

Cover: $6

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Huntertones
Feb
3
9:00 PM21:00

Huntertones

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

HUNTERTONES!
If you missed them at last year’s Xerox Rochester International Jazz Fest, here’s your chance to see them in the intimate setting that is Abilene!

Huntertones brings people together around the globe with fun, imaginative and fearless music. Their high energy, horn-driven sound fuses inspired improvisation and adventurous composition melding jazz, funk, rock, and soul. Adding depth and contrast to their live set, Huntertones shift from a dynamic six-piece ensemble to a trio featuring saxophone, sousaphone, and beat-boxing, keeping their listeners’ eyes and ears open at every turn. Huntertones formed in Columbus, Ohio at The Ohio State University and hosted their first shows at a house on Hunter Avenue. They have since relocated to New York City, released two albums, and toured North and South America, Europe and Africa -- experiences which have pushed the band to expand even further, stylistically. What started as a group of classmates finding a voice has developed into a highly collaborative group of musicians traveling, sharing, and growing together. Individually, members of Huntertones have compiled a diverse resume of collaborations with top artists in pop, jazz, soul, and musical theater. This includes work with Jon Batiste and Stay Human , O.A.R., Snarky Puppy, Stevie Wonder, Andy Grammer, Ed Sheeran, Allen Stone, Gary Clark Jr., Phillip Phillips, Ricky Martin, Umphrey’s McGee, Red Baraat, and more.

Cover: Super Low Dough Show - $8!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAN KENNELLY!!!

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Happy Hour with The Fog
Feb
9
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour with The Fog

Doors 3:00pm • Music 6:00pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials, free munchies and live music featuring the debut of 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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Sean Rowe
Feb
9
9:30 PM21:30

Sean Rowe

Doors 3:00pm, Music 9:30pm

SEAN ROWE! “We are the elders of our minds,“ sings Sean Rowe on “Gas Station Rose,” the track that ushers in his fourth album, New Lore, with plaintive plucks of guitar and steady drips of piano that fall in like rain. It’s a sparse and beautiful moment, anchored by Rowe’s unparalleled voice-so full of gravely soul, aged and edged by years on the road, as a father and husband, as a creative force always looking for the next rhyme. And, so integral to the man that he is, one that is constantly absorbing nature. It wasn’t the easiest journey to get to the ten vulnerable songs that comprise New Lore ..it took a label change, a trip to Memphis and some support from unexpected places-but what resulted is a road map for a gentle heart in modern times, in a world where the best oracle isn’t within a computer, but within ourselves.

Though Rowe has often made his hometown of Troy, New York and its surrounding areas his creative base, New Lore brought a new environment, and a new producer. Appropriate to his love of folk-blues legends like Howlin’ Wolf, he ventured to Sam Phillips Recording studio in Memphis to work with Matt Ross-Spand (Jason Isbell, Margo Price). They tapped into the history of the legendary space to hone a sound that is at once rich and stark, putting Rowe’s deep and dynamic rage at the forefront…because if high notes can shatter windows, Rowe’s low and guttural ones can meld sand into glass.

www.seanrowe.net

Tickets: $17 advance, $20 day of show

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

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Delilah Jones
Feb
10
9:00 PM21:00

Delilah Jones

Doors 7:00pm, Music 9:00pm

The Return to Abilene of Delilah Jones! Fresh new 5 piece Grateful Dead tribute band! 5 veteran musicians with diverse backgrounds - together for the love of the music. Come dance with us!!! Featuring Mike Bowers Drums; Steve Kralles - Guitar, Vocals; Jack Moore - Guitar, Pedal Steel, Vocals; Chris Ott - Keyboard, Vocals; Joe Worden - Bass, Vocals

www.facebook.com/kralltime

Cover: $5

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Happy Hour with The Angle
Feb
16
2:00 PM14:00

Happy Hour with The Angle

Doors 3:00pm, Music 5:30pm

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

The Angle is a 5-piece band performing homegrown original music…songs that were born in a barn in Upstate, NY…an acoustic/electric mix that leaves you wanting to hear more.

Check out the original rock sounds of Rick Palumbo, Scott Schipper, Scott Stevenson, Tom McTamity and Chris Zolellick!

www.facebook.com/The-Angle-1439706646286180

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Hypnotic Clambake
Feb
16
9:00 PM21:00

Hypnotic Clambake

Doors 3:00pm, Music 9:00pm

PRE-MARDI GRAS BASH!!!
It’ll be “like a bar-mitzvah on acid.”
HYPNOTIC CLAMBAKE!   

Imagine a world without the accordion. Some of us would love that. Unfortunately, the band we would miss the most would be Rochester’s “Hypnotic Clambake.” Their music has been a welcome part of the Upstate, NY music scene since 1990 and continues to find appreciative audiences throughout New York State and beyond.  Accordionist Maury Rosenberg, originally from Long Beach, NY has performed with Yo Yo Ma, Peter Yarrow and David Lindley. He has made Western and Upstate, NY his stomping grounds for some of his weird, yet entertaining musicial endeavors. Everything from polkas, tangos, zydeco and klezmer music mixed with a twist of lime and an original sound true only to the “Clambake” defines this band’s unique sonic form.

www.hypnoticclambake.com

Cover: $7

 

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Feb
17
5:00 PM17:00

Marthapalooza Unplugged!

Doors 4:30pm • Music 5:00pm

“MarthaPalooza Unplugged” For 7 ½ hours on a hot afternoon two summers ago, a Brighton backyard channeled the freewheeling musical spirit of a mini Woodstock as local musicians, individually and collectively stepped up to the mic, plugged into their amps and delighted listeners as they let loose with a variety of rockin’ and bluesin’ and rollicking good tunes. This “happening” inspired the promoters to encourage the eclectic cross-pollenization of musically inspired friends from different genres and backgrounds. This event came to be known as…”MarthaPalooza.”

We will recreate the spirit of this communal event on this cold February night with your host, Martha Schermerhorn. Martha is a Rochester, NY based visual artist, sculptor and photographer whose works have been widely exhibited nationally. The dream and creation of a music festival in her own backyard, for her, was “a major bucket-list item.” Martha is delighted that Abilene was willing to help keep the spirit of MarthaPalooza Summer 2016 alive. She loves music of all genres..and she also loves a good party!

Featuring over 5 great acts!
Stay tuned - more info to come!

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Our 9th Annual Johnny Cash Birthday Bash
Feb
22
8:00 PM20:00

Our 9th Annual Johnny Cash Birthday Bash

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

Join us in celebrating the life and music of A True
American Patriot, Hero, Rebel, and Legend with our 9th annual JOHNNY CASH BIRTHDAY BASH!!!


Hosted by “The Abilene Three,” featuring Tommy Brunett, Brian Williams and Jimmy Mac. Join us in celebrating the life and music of Johnny Cash.

There’ll be a ton of great musicians, raffles and drink specials all night long!

Sponsored by Genny Beer and Iron Smoke Whiskey

www.geneseebeer.com

www.ironsmokewhiskey.com

Cover: $6

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Happy Hour with Big Blue House
Feb
23
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour with Big Blue House

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials, free munchies and the music of BIG BLUE HOUSE!

Big Blue House is a raucous trio of seasoned musicians with experience in a variety of genres, which now merge styles and voices into a unique gumbo of folk, rock, blues, jazz and reggae. They offer a blend of voices, acoustic rhythm and lead guitar, stand-up bass, and occasional mandolin, banjo and rersonator guitar. They often add percussion and a random horn to fill up the house. You’re gonna love ‘em!

www.bigbluehouseband.com

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Twenty Thousand Strongmen
Feb
23
9:00 PM21:00

Twenty Thousand Strongmen

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:00pm

Friday, February 23….doors 3pm, music 9:30pm
The Abilene debut of Buffalo-based Bluegrass/Freak-Folk outfit TWENTY THOUSAND STRONGMEN!

Twenty Thousand Strongmen is…Mikee Pruitt – banjo, guitar, vocals, etc. Cat Glasgow – vocals, ukelele and piano Gregory Mach – fiddle and vocals Anthony DiPasquale – bass

They are a midwestern grown, old timey folk band that is now based out of Buffalo, NY. They have been playing their honest and soul lifting melodies for over eight years, both as a duo and a four piece string band.

Twenty Thousand Strongmen have shared the stage with many great artists like Wayne Hancock and William Elliott Whitmore, and have released five albums, three of which were released on Kansas City based record label Little Class Records.

Cat and Mikee have been touring the country from Buffalo to Tucson twice a year for the past five years and visited Europe in April 2017 following their newest release “ Your New Album” in March.

“Your New Album” is by far the best and simplest the Strongmen have ever sounded. Mikee’s Canyon rich voice seems to glide alongside complex fiddle melodies and rhythmic banjo thumpin. These ethereal yet light hearted songs are reminiscent of old souls like Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie while still making original and timeless folk songs that we can all relate to.

www.20kstrongmen.com

Cover:$7

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Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkin On The Drums
Mar
10
10:00 PM22:00

Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkin On The Drums

****SPECIAL SHOW!****

Abilene On The Road Presents

JONATHAN RICHMAN featuring Tommy Larkin on the Drums!

Live On Stage at The Skylark Lounge,
40 South Union St. Rochester 14607
Doors 4:30pm, Music 10:00pm


Jonathan Richman has been writing music, recording and touring for most of his life, gathering the loyalty of fans and fellow artists with his warmth, humor and insightful lyrics.  In the early 1970s he formed the Modern Lovers, a major progenitor of punk music. Tommy Larkins was in the groups Naked Prey, Giant Sand and other popular bands in Tucson, Arizona.  Jonathan and Tommy contune to record, write music together and tour across the US. Tommy’s drumming along with Jonathna’s guitar and singing create a live experience that is hard to forget.

Tickets: $18 advance, $23 day of the show, on sale now at Abilene, Bop Shop, House of Guitars, Record Archive and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

 

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

Barrence Whitfield & The Savages

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


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

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

http://www.barrencewhitfieldsavages.com

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

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JD McPherson
Apr
13
8:00 PM20:00

JD McPherson

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

Abilene, Record Archive & DSP Shows present...

ABILENE’S 10th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT featuring
JD McPHERSON!

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

with special guests

www.jdmcpherson.com

Harro East Ballroom
155 North Chestnut Street
Rochester, NY 14604

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

Abilene tickets

DSP tickets

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Eilen Jewell
May
5
8:00 PM20:00

Eilen Jewell

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


“Abilene on the Road” proudly presents...
EILEN JEWELL!

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

www.eilenjewell.com

The Historic German House
315 Gregory Street
Rochester, NY 14620

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

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Chris Trapper
May
12
8:00 PM20:00

Chris Trapper

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


“Abilene on the Road” proudly presents
CHRIS TRAPPER!

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

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

www.christrapper.com

with special guest Mary Scholz

http://www.maryscholz.com/wp

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

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

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

An Evening with Chris Smither

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


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

CHRIS SMITHER. Songwriter. Guitarist. Performer. Bluesman.

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

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

www.smither.com

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

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

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

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McKinley James
Jan
15
8:00 PM20:00

McKinley James

****SPECIAL MONDAY NIGHT SHOW****
Doors 6:00pm, Music 8:00pm

Blues guitar phenom
McKINLEY JAMES!

With Ray Jacildo on the Hammond organ, Jason Smay on drums and Dave Riccioni on guitar

“Watching McKInley James play guitar is like watching a time-lapse film loop; every goddamn time I see him, I swear he gets better and better. Although a mere 15 years old, James digs deep into rock ‘n’ roll’s blackness and bluesness. He plays downright nasty and mean. This kid is the second coming of Nick Curran. Watch, you’ll see.” – Frank DeBlase, Rochester City Newspaper

www.facebook.com/mckinleyjamesmusic

Cover: $5

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Jane Mutiny & Friends Birthday Bash
Jan
13
8:30 PM20:30

Jane Mutiny & Friends Birthday Bash

Doors 7:00pm, Music 8:30pm

Several local musicians share January birthdays…so we’re throwing a party!!!

“THE JANE MUTINY & FRIENDS BIRTHDAY BASH!!!”

You’ll love their acoustic/folk/rock sound, as they celebrate the birthday of Jane Mutiny lead singer Sarah Long Hendershot, along with the birthdays of members of the local music scene, Steve Lyons, Betsy Terr Fuller, and John Pape.

Rita Coulter & Don Christiano start things off at 8:30!

www.thejanemutiny.com

Cover: $5

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Backyard Chemistry
Jan
12
9:30 PM21:30

Backyard Chemistry

Doors 3:00pm, Music 9:30pm

The return to Abilene of…
BACKYARD CHEMISTRY!

Get ready for a full night of music from Jason Willey, Greg Kremer, Barry Laffler, Keri Crowley and Mike Boucher! BYC is back at Abilene for another benefit!

They love music for a good cause - so come on out and have some fun with them as they work to raise some funds and awareness for organizations working with refugees in Rochester.

www.facebook.com/backyardchemistry

www.facebook.com/events/1128598373949700

Suggested minimum donation: $5

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Old Main
Jan
11
8:00 PM20:00

Old Main

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:00pm

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

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

www.theoldmainmusic.com

Cover: $7

 

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Humbird
Jan
9
8:00 PM20:00

Humbird

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:00pm

HUMBIRD

Joni Mitchell meets Mount Erie. Using folk music formulas but experimenting with boundaries through the use of looping pedals and guitar effects, Humbird has been called “Post-Americana” by Daytrotter. Impose Magazine recently called the “Where Else” EP a “stratospheric piece of work.” Humbird has been a featured artist on The Bluegrass Situation’s “3by3” and Blue Ridge’s “Trail Mix,” sharing stages with acts like Charlie Parr, The Cactus Blossoms and Frances Luke Accord.

www.humbirdmusic.com

with Special Guests
ANAMON

www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/rochester/indie-rock-anamon/Content?oid=5129807

Cover: $5

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Happy Hour with Ancient Youth
Jan
5
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour with Ancient Youth

Doors 3:00pm, Music 6:00pm

Happy Hour featuring Free Munchies, Drink Specials…and Live Music featuring the return of…

ANCIENT YOUTH!

Live Delta Blues/Folk/Country with Jay Chaffee, Raedwald Bolton, “Washboard Dave” Paprocki, and another “original member,” Tom Bernhardi.

 

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Vinyl Orange Ottoman
Dec
23
9:00 PM21:00

Vinyl Orange Ottoman

Doors 7:00pm, Music 9:00pm

VINYL ORANGE OTTOMAN - The VOO, as some have called them, has been reviewed in comparison to such acts as The Black Crowes, Stone Temple Pilots, Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. They have turned heads at clubs and festivals and have a growing fan base.

Happy Birthday Rika Wilson !!!

Cover: $6

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Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones
Dec
22
9:30 PM21:30

Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones

Doors 3:00pm, Music  9:00pm

"Roots, Rock-N-Roll, Rockabilly, Rhythm & Blues"
Winner of the 2017 Ameripolitan Music Award for Best Female Rockabilly Artist, and named the “Best Up-And-Coming Band” by Hudson Valley Magazine, Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones are New York’s premier roots rock n’ roll, rockabilly, rhythm & blues outfit. The Ark-Tones recently released their 2nd full length album, "Love You to Life", on August 11th, and they will be hitting the road, spreading the gospel of American music wherever they go for the majority of 2018. Describing their sound, Hope explained to Rockabilly Online “I would say we are a new take on an old sound. It’s been described as ‘pan-americana’ which means we use many areas of early rock and roots music as a creative launchpad. Where it goes from there is anyone’s guess, because while we appreciate old music, we don’t want to write songs that have already been written."

www.larahopeandtheark-tones.com

With special guest Roger Kuhn
https://rogerkuhn.bandcamp.com/releases

Cover: $8

 

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Happy Hour with Groveland Station
Dec
22
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Groveland Station

Doors 3:00pm, Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials, free munchies and GROVELAND STATION!

Groveland Station is an Americana fiddle-boogie band out of Livingston County. They've got a sound that combines big, fat acoustic grooves and tasty fiddle chops. Their style mixes swing, country, blues, bluegrass, and jazz. They also have a Chapman Stick that's ethereal and weird. They're mostly focused on original songs, but also play a number of classic and
contemporary cover tunes...Btw, they love it when people dance to their music!

www.grovelandstation.com

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Abilene Holiday Party!!!..feat The Meg Gehman Trio!
Dec
21
5:30 PM17:30

Abilene Holiday Party!!!..feat The Meg Gehman Trio!

Doors 4:00pm, Music 5:30pm

ABILENE HOLIDAY PARTY!!!

Live music featuring

THE MEG GEHMAN TRIO

Tons of surprises…Guests….Specials…and more!!!

and we're hoping to bring a lot of attention to a really great cause, The Crisis Nursery of Greater Rochester.

What is the Crisis Nursery?
The only program of its kind in New York State, the Crisis Nursery of Greater Rochester is dedicated to providing safe, professional and temporary care to children during family crises. Types of crises range from simple to catastrophic--Provided free to families during emergencies, services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Crisis Nursery serves children ages newborn to 14; the program is certified to accept children up to age 17 to keep siblings together.

Check out centerforyouth.net

And on the 21st, please bring in any of the following from the Crisis Nursery’s Wishlist….

Gift cards from Walmart, Wegmans, Visa, PetSmart, Lowes, Home Depot, Delta Sonic -

Along with household & cleaning supplies..

Toilet paper, paper towels, light bulbs, hand soap, garbage bags, dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, Lysol spray and wipes, sponges, baby food, baby cereal (rice and oatmeal), kid friendly foods (mac and cheese, fruit roll ups, granola bars, fruit cups, snacks)…

Child-related items..diapers-size 4, 5 and 6, pull-ups-4T and 5T, 6T, overnight goodnights and bed pillows (pillow nylon washable covers)

No cover charge…and thank you all so much.
 

 

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Willie Nile
Dec
15
9:30 PM21:30

Willie Nile

***SPECIAL EVENT***
Doors 3pm, Music 9:30pm

A Funtime Presents and Abilene Bar & Lounge Show...

Willie Nile!

The New York Times called Willie Nile “one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years.” His album Streets of New York  was hailed as “ a platter for the ages” by UNCUT magazine. Rolling Stone listed “the Innocent Ones as one of the “Top Ten Best Under-The-Radar Albums of 2011” and BBC Radio called it “THE rock ‘n’ roll album of the year.”

Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Jim Jarmusch, and Little Steven are among the those who have sung his praises. His album, American Ride, won “Best Rock Album of the Year” at the Independent Music Awards. It appeared on over one hundred year-end Top Ten lists for 2013 and Bono called it, “One of the great guides to unraveling the mystery that is the troubled beauty of America.”

www.willienile.com

Tickets: On sale now, $25adv, $30dos, available at Abilene Bar & Lounge and online at abilene.showare.com

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Sons of Pitches
Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

Sons of Pitches

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:00pm

Sons of Pitches “Cowboy Jazz”


Always challenging their collective internal status quo with fresh ideas and new perspectives, Sons of Pitches bring their own brand of improvisation to the stage for a thrilling live event.  Their instrumental country jazz originals, and unique arrangements of standards affectionately called “Cowboy Jazz,” provide a musical landscape for staking their claim and pushing on to new frontiers. They swing, they rip, they dip, they dive, they fly…they melt hearts & faces.

It was backstage after New Year’s Eve 2015 performances at the legendary Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria, VA when (The Hello Strangers) band-mates, guitarist/songwriter Spencer Pheil and bassist Tommy Hoy, met Dave Hadley, pedal steel extraordinaire.  That night, with a mutual yearning for a musical milieu where the sky was the limit and the emphasis was improvisation, the idea took shape to make a bold statement musically.  Drummer Jim Aguzzi, who had performed in many ensembles with Pheil & Hoy, was the last piece of the puzzle, bringing a wealth of musical taste, chops, and clever puns.

Sons of Pitches hail from the Mason Dixon line on the Pennsylvania/Maryland border where Pheil owns a recording studio.  The band released its first self-titled album in November 2016.  Collectively, Sons of Pitches has thousands of shows under its belt.  Although still in its nascent stages, the band has already received high praise for its live shows, varied set lists, and inspiring musicianship.  Their goal is to create music for ordinary folks.  Their brand of improvisation is meant to be visceral and tactile: music for the people. Sons of Pitches will be touring and recording extensively in 2017 and look forward to continuing their quest to unearth new musical ideas.

www.sonsofpitchesband.com

Cover: $7

 

 

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Session Americana
Dec
13
8:00 PM20:00

Session Americana

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

From Boston, Massachusetts….

SESSION AMERICANA!
Session American is a rock band in a tea cup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. This band/collective of talented musicians craft a musical experience unlike any other. On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandolcello and all of its smaller siblings, a harmonica case fire damaged when Jack’s bar went up in flamesand graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny. The anything-could-happen feel of a Session show depends on craft that’s not accidental or easily won; they bring a kind of ease and genuineness to this timeless music, sometimes presenting the latest batch of original songs, sometimes reaching back into depths of the American “song bag.”

www.sessionamericana.com

Special "Low Dough Show" $10 at the door

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The Black Lillies
Dec
12
8:00 PM20:00

The Black Lillies

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:00pm

Don’t miss the Appalachian sounds of Knoxville, Tennessee’s

THE BLACK LILLIES!

“It isn’t uncommon for listeners to say that the music of The Black Lillies has taken hold of their soul.  It’s earthy and gritty and melancholy in a way old mountain music was a century ago, speaking of pain and love and revenge and revelry with such spirit, such genuine celebration and sorrow, that it seems to be carved out of the planks of a backwoods cabin abandoned during the Great Depression.”

www.theblacklillies.com

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

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Jack & The Jukebox
Dec
9
9:00 PM21:00

Jack & The Jukebox

Doors 7:00pm, Music 9:00pm

100% Original Art Rock featuring...
JACK AND THE JUKEBOX

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

www.facebook.com/jackandthejukebox

Cover: $5

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The Flood
Dec
8
to Dec 9

The Flood

Doors 3:00pm, Music 9:30pm

THE FLOOD!
Check out this original Americana/Rock band featuring Eric Carlin, Josh Massicot, Matt Bevan, and Justin Rister. Embracing the diverse musical interests and backgrounds of its members, The Flood strives to create original music that is as immediately identifiable as it is captivating. A typical set includes close-knit vocal harmonies, funk-driven grooves, straight guitar rock, gospel inflections, and mixed meter psychedelic jams. Through all of that musical exploration, the band remains grounded in the writing and crafting of its songs: ones which speak earnestly, personally, and that tell the kinds of stories that invite listeners to explore their own interpretations.

Cover: $5

www.facebook.com/roctheflood

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Bob Bunce's Rural Delivery
Dec
7
8:00 PM20:00

Bob Bunce's Rural Delivery

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:00pm

100% Original Rockin’ Americana with

BOB BUNCE’S RURAL DELIVERY

Livingston County singer songwriter, recording artist Bob Bunce has dug deep into his Americana roots and personal experiences, to shape his songs and present a wide aural landscape with live shows and four CD releases in the previous five years.  The most recent being a collection of lyrics bequeathed to Bob from his recently passed brother Randy, that Bob framed with musical arrangements that run the American music gauntlet, performed with “Rural Delivery” providing support for Bob’s vocal and guitar. The energy is high with seasoned performers Don Christiano, Rita Coulter, Gary Holt and Zak Mendoza locking  down the mix of swamp to surf  inspired tunes.

 Bob’s music stands out to be honest to the core, running close to the Ray Wylie Hubbard, Steve Earl, Tony Joe White camp. Bob lives on a dirt road, heats with wood, feeds the chickens and makes electricity from the sun. He writes about cats eating snakes, girls dancing on tables, picking yourself up by your bootstraps, being a family disgrace, hard times, lovin’ your darling, feeling good about things that you used to feel bad about and being pissed off at the powers to be.

www.bobbunce.com

Cover: $5

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Annual December 4th Birthday Bash!
Dec
4
6:00 PM18:00

Annual December 4th Birthday Bash!

SPECIAL EVENT!
Doors 4pm, Music 6pm, Out the door by 9pm

Celebrate the birthdays of AL CASEY, AL KERSTEIN, DANNY DEUTSCH, and our good friends, Andrea Parros, “Iron Mike” Bigelow and Max Baer, Jr. (Jethro from The Beverly Hillbillies)!!!

Music by DELILAH JONES with special guest vocalist, Birthday Boy Al Casey! Don’t miss this fresh, new Grateful Dead tribute band.

No Cover Charge!

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