Alex Northrup & Band, Mars  Grenshaw and The Swingstar Band, Trevor Coureen
May
22
8:00 PM20:00

Alex Northrup & Band, Mars Grenshaw and The Swingstar Band, Trevor Coureen

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.”

https://www.facebook.com/alexnorthrupandthebackup

MARS GRENSHAW and THE SWINGSTAR BAND

Mars hails from Old Monroe, situated on the beautiful Whitewater Lake in central New York State. He is joined by The Swingstar band, comprised of the West brothers, August and Ulysses, and Gene Pilgrim — all members of Southern Star, who regularly back Mikaela Davis.

Grenshaw’s approach to songwriting demonstrates creativity as well as an appreciation for convention. Ballads spun on his steel-string guitar venture from Americana into psychedelia and back again, all the while serving as a vehicle in which The Swingstar Band can ride away and demonstrate their unique musical sensibilities.

To miss these shooting stars would be a pity!

Mars Grenshaw ................. Steel-string guitar
Gene Pilgrim ............................... Electric bass
August West ............................. Electric guitar
Ulysses West ..................................... Drum kit

TREVOR COUREEN

Here’s what City Newspaper’s Daniel Kushner wrote about Trevor’s latest…”Out on May 7, former Rochesterian Trevor Courneen's new full-length album "Taller Hearts Will Prevail" is steeped in lo-fi, 90's-tinged indie rock. Mixed and mastered by Courneen's long-time recording collaborator Ben Morey, the music has real polish. And while the album's nine tracks provide a comfy soundscape of warm, jangly guitar pop, it's the confessional vocal delivery and unassuming lyrics that tug at the listener's ears.

Courneen's conversational voice combines the earnestness of the late Elliott Smith with Conor Oberst's tonal vulnerability. Nowhere is that alchemy more apparent than on the sweetly sincere "Vowels." "Taller Hearts Will Prevail" really hits its stride halfway through, with back-to-back winners: "Kinds of Contact," with its catchy, circular melody, and the weirdly anthemic "All These Houses."

https://www.facebook.com/trevor.courneen

Cover: $6

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The Stinky Boots String Band
May
23
8:00 PM20:00

The Stinky Boots String Band

Doors 4pm, Music 8pm

Do NOT miss this May residency of...
Folk-Grass/Americana band...
The Stinky Boots String Band
With many special guests!
Thursday, 23 and 30
Doors 4pm, Music 8pm

Here's what the band says about their sound...
Formed in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate NY, we as the The Stinky Boots String Band, find pure enjoyment in what we do. Whether its in front of an audience or just standing around the kitchen table, our goal is to tell stories through our instruments and our self proclaimed profound lyrics. We hope to inspire people to get on out and do what they really love. Follow that passion! We aim to get out and about and play music for as many people as we can. See you soon... Cheers!
The band features.
Carl from the Ol' Dirty Ditches - Guitar/Vocals
Aaron From Ol' Dirty Ditches - Mandolin/Vocals
Jacob From Crunchy Western Boys, Bone Orchard Butchers and Crackle foX - Fiddle
Christian From The Blind Owl Band and Bone Orchard Butchers- Bass

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Stinkybootsstringband

Cover: $8

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Happy Hour with Old Souls
May
24
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Old Souls

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials..$1 off well drinks and $1 off craft draft pints from 3pm till 7pm, free munchies and live music!

Based in Rochester, New York, Old Souls formed in 2018 with a shared interest in the Grateful Dead, Wilco, and similar bands. As young musicians, the band rocks audiences with an unexpected serious sound that resonates across generations. Old Souls is a classic power trio that stuns audiences with music deeply influenced by a blend of funk, blues, jazz, and rock genres. Old Souls plays classics that include unique takes on the Grateful Dead, Wilco, Herbie Hancock, and Neil Young.

Brody Schenk, on lead guitar, guides the Old Souls on a musical odyssey with concise rhythms and organic solo riffs that often take listeners to rock’s edge before reuniting with the band. At 14, Schenk, a Penfield native, plays across musical genres with a passion typically seen in older guitarists. Influenced by great bass players including Phil Lesh, Geddy Lee, and Chris Squire, Jackson Wade at 13, plays bass guitar with deep roots in the cello. Wade delivers funky complex rhythms that give Old Souls a rich and tasty foundation for rock. Noah Lester at 14, commands the drums while influenced by greats including John Bonham and Roger Guth. Lester drives Old Souls with consistent beats and time changes that keep the band in clock-work transition and on point. See why crowds say, “Old Souls leaves you wanting more.”

http://oldsoulsband.com

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Grateful Dead Night with The Proud Walkers
May
24
9:30 PM21:30

Grateful Dead Night with The Proud Walkers

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:30pm

Celebrate the music of the Grateful Dead with Central New York’s…

THE PROUD WALKERS

A full night of the Dead….as played by..

Chris Blessing (guitar/vocals)
Brendan Pfeifer (guitar/vocals)
Jacob Logue (bass/vocals)
Damian Bauso (keys)
Ricky Rainone (drums)
John Bowers (drums/vocals)

https://www.facebook.com/proudwalkers/

Cover: $8

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Left-Handed Second Baseman
May
25
9:00 PM21:00

Left-Handed Second Baseman

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

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.

https://lh2b.bandcamp.com/

Cover: $5

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Joe Beard with Gordon Munding
May
29
8:00 PM20:00

Joe Beard with Gordon Munding

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

With Special Guest:
Gordon Munding
Gordon Munding has been performing and teaching authentic blues soaked guitar styles, (including bottle neck slide and finger style) for 30 years. His shows offer a unique “down home” flavor which has been compared to Doc Watson, David Bromberg and John Hammond

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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The Afro-Semitic Experience
May
30
6:30 PM18:30

The Afro-Semitic Experience

Doors 4pm, Music 6:30pm


The Afro-Semitic Experience's music is described by critic Carlos Ramos as "a whoopin', hollerin', testifyin' celebration of multicultural soul music. Imagine Charles Mingus sitting in with a Klezmer band, playing Gospel music set to the polyrhythmic pace of congas and bongos."

Co-founded by African-American jazz pianist Warren Byrd, and Jewish-American jazz bassist David Chevan in 1998, The Afro-Semitic Experience is a band that combines an eclectic array of styles, sophisticated musicianship, good songwriting, deep grooves, and years of friendship with a simple message: Unity in the Community. Their music has been heard around the United States—the group has performed at festivals, in churches, synagogues, colleges, and wherever people come together to share their love and respect for community. Their performances are celebrations of community and culture that invariably get audiences up and dancing.

With their unique instrumentation, solid grooves, and their ability to get an audience on its feet, The Afro-Semitic Experience is redefining the jazz concert. This is a band beyond category—their music is an intricate tapestry of spiritual, world-beat, funk, jazz, cantorial, gospel, salsa, swing . . . soul-driven music. Their concerts are celebrations where they play great music, tell stories, and offer a positive and meaningful message: Unity in the Community.

Their CDs have garnered critical acclaim and made numerous best-of lists. Their newest work, Jazz Souls on Fire, pays tribute to some of the Afro-Semitic Experience's favorite composers, ones whose own creativity inspired that of the members of the group. On this recording we visit pieces by Leon Thomas, Duke Ellington, Hank Mobley, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and others. We honor their music, forged out of the struggles from which they emerged, lighting a way for us. It brings us back to the groove and passion of blowing, dancing, and soaring freely in sound and spirit—it brings us back to our musical roots. It brings Unity in the Community.

https://afrosemiticexperience.net

Tickets: $10 advance, $15 day of show
Tickets on sale Friday, April 26 at Abilene Bar and Lounge, Bop Shop Records, Record Archive and online at https://abilene.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=257

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The Stinky Boots Band
May
30
8:00 PM20:00

The Stinky Boots Band

Doors 4pm, Music 9pm

Do NOT miss this May residency of...
Folk-Grass/Americana band...
The Stinky Boots String Band
With many special guests!
Thursday, May 30
Doors 4pm, Music 9pm

Here's what the band says about their sound...
Formed in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate NY, we as the The Stinky Boots String Band, find pure enjoyment in what we do. Whether its in front of an audience or just standing around the kitchen table, our goal is to tell stories through our instruments and our self proclaimed profound lyrics. We hope to inspire people to get on out and do what they really love. Follow that passion! We aim to get out and about and play music for as many people as we can. See you soon... Cheers!
The band features.
Carl from the Ol' Dirty Ditches - Guitar/Vocals
Aaron From Ol' Dirty Ditches - Mandolin/Vocals
Jacob From Crunchy Western Boys, Bone Orchard Butchers and Crackle foX - Fiddle
Christian From The Blind Owl Band and Bone Orchard Butchers- Bass

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Stinkybootsstringband

Cover: $8

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Happy Hour with Brian Lindsay Band
May
31
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Brian Lindsay Band

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with great drink special (including $1 off well drinks and craft pints from 3pm till 7pm), free pizza...and killer Americana/rock featuring...
Brian Lindsay Band

“Brian’s music is pure Americana; plugged in Americana that is full of spunk and life. He possesses a Springsteen type swagger and exudes the same confidence delivering his well crafted tunes with guitars blazing.” - Don Zelazny, Americana Roots

https://www.brianlindsay.net

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"Surf Rock Night" with Underwater Bosses (Syracuse) and Jagaloons (Albany)
May
31
9:00 PM21:00

"Surf Rock Night" with Underwater Bosses (Syracuse) and Jagaloons (Albany)

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:00pm
A FULL NIGHT OF “SURF ROCK!!!

UNDERWATER BOSSES

Formed in September 2018, the surf rock band Underwater Bosses is currently based out of Syracuse, New York, the mostly instrumental trio hangs ten on riff-driven surf soaked in sonic waves of punk, garage, psychedelic, art and math rock. In April of 2019, Underwater Bosses released their debut album Aqua La Vista on the UK based label, Sharwawaji Records.

https://www.facebook.com/underwaterbosses


THE JAGALOONS

Hailing from Albany NY, The Jagaloons play drum-pounding, guitar-twanging, reverb-drenched, all-instrumental rock and roll. This quartet takes the surf music sound of the 1960s and adds modern and eclectic influences, creating a sound all of their own. Formed in 2015, The Jagaloons have been busy playing both locally and across the north eastern U.S. After releasing a couple of EPs themselves, the band signed on with UK-based Sharawaji Records for their 2019 debut album Ruin The Party.

https://www.facebook.com/TheJagaloonsNY

Cover: $7

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Miss Paula & The Twangbusters
Jun
1
9:00 PM21:00

Miss Paula & The Twangbusters

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

MISS PAULA & THE TWANGBUSTERS!

"MIss Paula & The Twangbusters deftly mix up a “juke joint cocktail for your soles” – a potent blend of 50’s/60’s honkytonk country, boogie woogie and jump blues – shaken and stirred! Described as “Patsy Cline meets Bessie Smith” and “the love child of Loretta Lynn & Jerry Lee Lewis”, the band is led by “Miss Paula” Bradley, on piano, rhythm guitar, and dynamic vocals. No stranger to Northeastern audiences, she is a founding member /lead singer of “Girl Howdy” and has toured with Americana darlings “Uncle Earl”, as well as with musical powerhouses Tony Trischka and Bruce Molsky. Joining her are roots rhythm aces Kevin Maul (“The Lustre Kings”) on slidin’ steel guitar; Peter Bearup (“The Coveralls) on sizzling electric guitar; Jaybird Gorleski (“Rocket Velvet”) on doghouse bass and Bob Resnick, drums, and together they mine the catalogs of such diverse greats as Carl Smith, Patsy Cline, Ruth Brown and Webb Pierce, to name a few!"


“The love child of Loretta Lynn and Jerry Lee Lewis
— Michael Levine, Twangbusters Press

WWW.REVERBNATION.COM/TWANGBUSTERS


https://www.facebook.com/Twangbusters

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

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The Darts (from Ithaca), Mortal Combine, Teddy Keaton
Jun
8
8:30 PM20:30

The Darts (from Ithaca), Mortal Combine, Teddy Keaton

Doors 7:00pm • Music 8:30pm

A full night of alt-country, rock and original tunes featuring...
The Darts

Ithaca, New York’s The Darts are living proof that raw energy, ambition and honesty can still rise to the surface in an area loaded with musical talent. Put aside the usual pigeonholes: Americana, Rock n’ Roll, Alt Country– things like style and genre classifications are meaningless here–it takes much more for a band to really make a personal connection with people. The Darts get this.

By aligning their dedication to hard work with a growing signature sound, the Darts are developing a niche all their own— one with a rock n’ roll foundation and just the right amount of pop and alt country polish to make it all sound like a memory from the summer of your youth.

Hailing from all around the Ithaca area, their 5-piece sound is essentially comprised of guitars, drums, bass and vocals. While their music is original, their influences are familiar, and range from the Jayhawks and REM to the Beatles and The Band, from Dawes and Pink Floyd to The Guess Who and Motown. The Darts are relatively new on the scene, but each of the members are alumni from other bands: The Bay-area’s The Naked Barbies, The New York Rock, Cats Elbow, Radio London, Lil Anne & Hot Cayenne, and a number of others in and around our area.

Singer/guitarist Todd Edmonds, bassist Rick Kline, drummer Dan Lashkoff, lead guitarist Rob Van Vleet, and rhythm guitarist Andy Russell all contribute to the songwriting task, adding layers to material each member might bring to the group. It is a process that has yielded some really great collaborations.

The Darts are excited to help keep defining the landscape of our area’s indie-rock music scene.
https://www.facebook.com/TheDartsRock/

Mortal Combine
Mortal Combine is an original Americana, Alt-Country band. Their style could be called rural, romantic, reflective rock that feels like it comes from somewhere close to home. Michael Callahan is the singer, songwriter for the band and hails from Lodi, NY.
https://www.facebook.com/mortalcombinemusic/

With Teddy Keaton

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1343929247

Cover: $6

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Wayne Hancock
Jun
12
8:30 PM20:30

Wayne Hancock

****SPECIAL SHOW****
Doors 4pm, Music 8:30pm

Wayne Hancock

Since his stunning debut, Thunderstorms and Neon Signs in 1995, Wayne “The Train” Hancock has been the undisputed king of Juke Joint Swing - that alchemist’s dream of honky-tonk, western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly and big band. Always an anomaly among his country music peers, Wayne’s uncompromising interpretation of the music he loves is in fact what defines him: steeped in traditional but never "retro;" bare bones but bone shaking; hardcore but with a swing. Like the comfortable crackle of a Wurlitzer 45 jukebox, Wayne is the embodiment of genuine, house rocking, hillbilly boogie. Wayne makes music fit for any road house anywhere. With his unmistakable voice, The Train’s reckless honky-tonk can move the dead. If you see him live (and he is ALWAYS touring), you’ll surely work up some sweat stains on that snazzy Rayon shirt you’re wearing. If you buy his records, you’ll be rolling up your carpets, spreading sawdust on the hardwood floor, and dancing until the downstairs neighbors are banging their brooms on the ceiling. Call him a throwback if you want, but all Wayne Hancock wants to do, is simply ENTERTAIN you, and what's wrong with that?

Wayne's disdain for the slick swill that passes for real deal country is well known. As he's fond of saying: "Man, I'm like a stab wound in the fabric of country music in Nashville. See that bloodstain slowly spreading? That's me."

https://waynehancock.com/

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

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Happy Hour with Alison Pipitone Band
Jun
14
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Alison Pipitone Band

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials including $1 off well drinks and craft draft pints from 3pm till 7pm, free munchies and the return to Abilene of 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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Tribute to Weather Report, Return to Forever and Herbie Hancock's Headhunters
Jun
19
8:00 PM20:00

Tribute to Weather Report, Return to Forever and Herbie Hancock's Headhunters

****SPECIAL JAZZ FEST PRE-PARTY****
Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Tribute to the music of Weather Report, Return to Forever and Herbie Hancock's Headhunters as played by Donny Frauenhofer Trio!

It's gonna be a full night of electric jazz fusion music! Two sets featuring music from the kings of fusion: #HerbieHancock's #Headhunters, #ChickCorea's #ReturntoForeber, and #WeatherReport!

The Donny Frauenhofer Trio is a musical chameleon that focuses on modern jazz, funk, and fusion taking inspiration from the thick history of American music while looking forward.

Donny Frauenhofer - keyboards/compositions/arrangements
James Benders - electric bass
Joe Goretti- drum set

Donny Frauenhofer is a virtuosic multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, and educator from Buffalo, NY that has been making big waves both regionally as well as nationally in several genres since the start of his professional career. Dipping his toes into multiple scenes, Frauenhofer has become a recognizable name in the jam scene circuit as keyboardist/vocalist with nationally touring act Intrepid Travelers (dubbed “Improvisation Kings” by The Buffalo News Gusto) and their performances at festivals such as Summer Camp Music Festival, Night Lights Music Festival, Some Kind of Jam, Woodhenge Sustainability Festival, among others. Largely known as Buffalo’s best kept secret, the secret may be starting to spread with nominations for “Best Jazz Pianist” in JazzBuffalo’s Reader’s Poll 3 years running, and an award for “Best Jazz Fusion Act” with THE TRUTH, a group he helps compose and arrange for. Constantly rejecting and reinventing narrow labels to expand his craft, Frauenhofer truly best represents an incoming generation of musicians that embrace and access an infinite amount of influences

James Benders studied double bass with Paul Zapalowski of the BPO and Henry Preyerbrune of the TCO, and got his jazz start with Rodney Appleby and Phil Aguglia. He's played with the likes of Greg Banaszak, Mingus Band member Lauren Sevian, and Grammy winning artist and composer Gordon Goodwin, and premiered a musical at Playhouse Square of Cleveland while studying double bass performance at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of music. In Buffalo he's a regular member of the Truth, Kristen Smigielski Combo, DF3, Nickel City Jazz, and was with Gruvology on their European tour.

Joe Goretti also joins DF3 on drums, whose impressive resume includes performing and touring around the world with Moby, Ne-Yo, Robyn, AJR, Ingrid Michaelson, Sam Moore, and the Temptations; and has also performed on hit television programs such as Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with Dave Letterman, The Today Show, LIVE with Kelly & Michael, VH1 Big Morning Buzz, PBS Front Row Center, MTV Online Awards, and the iTunes Festival. Together, the three musicians, each considered top of their class in WNY, combine to form a sound that is dynamic, aggressive, confident, and above all else - grooves hard."

https://www.facebook.com/events/373615916696717

Cover: $10

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The Talbott Brothers
Jun
20
8:00 PM20:00

The Talbott Brothers

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

The Talbott Brothers

Blood is thicker than water and there’s nothing like family creating music together to prove it. With contrasting blood-harmonies and left-handed/right-handed guitar playing, singer-songwriter duo The Talbott Brothers combine rock, blues and pop with honest storytelling.

Nick and Tyler were born and raised in Imperial, a small town in Southwestern Nebraska, just a stone’s throw from the Colorado border. They began writing and performing together before relocating to their mother’s birthplace of Portland, Oregon. Tyler, the youngest (lead vocals, baritone guitar, harmonica) and Nick, the oldest (backing vocals, lead guitar) discovered their love of music after digging their dad’s old dreadnaught guitar out of the basement and teaching themselves to play along to Johnny Cash, Bob Seger and the Beatles on vinyl.

Following the release of 2017’s GRAY, they found themselves in front of sold out crowds in the US and sharing the stage with ZZ Ward, Johnnyswim and AJR. Ear to the Ground Music dubbed the record as one of the ‘Top 5 Albums of the Year’ stating it as, “equal parts optimistic and captivating, inspiring and hopeful.” Through rigorous touring and over half a million streams on Spotify, they continue to build a strong and loyal fanbase wherever they go.

https://www.thetalbottbrothers.com

Tickets: $12 advance, $15 day of show, on sale now at Abilene Bar and Lounge, Bop Shop RecordsRecord Archive and online at https://abilene.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=254

Special thanks to our friends at DSP Shows

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Jazz Fest Kick-Off with The Angle!
Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

Jazz Fest Kick-Off with The Angle!

Doors 3:00pm • Music 6:00pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials ($1 Off Well Drinks and $1 Off Craft Draft Pints from 3pm till 7pm), FREE HOT DOGS ON THE PATIO!!! 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, New York…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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Happy Hour with Benny Bleu Band
Jul
5
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Benny Bleu Band

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials..$1 off well drinks and $1 off craft draft pints from 3pm till 7pm, free munchies and live music featuring…

Benny Bleu Band!
“Benny Bleu is a fresh voice that speaks to the roots of country, old time, and authentic American music.” – John Bernunzio

Playing with The Brothers Blue, The Crawdiddies, and as the banjo player for the well respected Mount Pleasant String Band, Benny has shown that his playing is versatile and of the highest caliber. He now emerges with his new solo project, Warm Prickly. The album is half old-time tunes and country favorites and half original songs which focus on compassion towards those facing homelessness, addiction, and loneliness. Benny blends old-timey fiddle and banjo sounds with elements of country and Cajun music forging an earthy yet atmospheric palette, always focused on the feel.

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Carolyn Wonderland
Jul
8
8:00 PM20:00

Carolyn Wonderland

Doors 6pm, Music 8pm

****SPECIAL SHOW****
Carolyn Wonderland
A musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time.

She’d grown up the child of a singer in a band and began playing her mother’s vintage Martin guitar when other girls were dressing dolls. She’d gone from being the teenage toast of her hometown Houston to sleeping in her van in Austin amid heaps of critical acclaim for fine recordings.

Along with the guitar and the multitude of other instruments she learned to play – trumpet, accordion, piano, mandolin, lap steel – Wonderland’s ability to whistle remains most unusual. Whistling is a uniquely vocal art seldom invoked in modern music, yet it’s among the most spectacular talents the human voice possesses.

That vocal proficiency was well-established in the singer’s midteens, landing her gigs at Fitzgerald’s by age 15. She absorbed Houston influences like Little Screamin’ Kenny, Albert Collins, Lavelle White, Jerry Lightfoot, Joe “Guitar” Hughes, Little Joe Washington, “borrowed” a car to sneak out and jam, ended up swapping songs with Townes Van Zandt at Houston’s Local’s on White Oak, got involved in the underground theater scene becoming the first “Photochick” in Jason Nodler’s “In the Under Thunderloo” and soaked up touring bands like the Paladins, Los Lobos, and the Mad Hatter of Texas music, Doug Sahm. Her music played in television series such as “Time of Your Life” and NBC’s “Homicide.” The Lone Star State was as credible a proving ground for blues in the 1980s and 90s as existed, especially in Austin with Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Angela Strehli, Omar & the Howlers, and Lou Ann Barton all in their prime. By the following decade, Austin’s blues luster thinned, but Houston, always a bastion of soul and R&B, boasted the Impferial Monkeys with the effervescent Carolyn Wonderland as ruler of the jungle.

In the early 1990s Wonderland & the Imperial Monkeys were invited to the Guadalupe Street Antone’s in Austin. There, they were treated like royalty with the singer as the queen of hearts in the club’s post-Stevie Ray Vaughan stable, which included Toni Price, Johnny and Jay Moeller, Sue Foley, Mike and Corey Keller, and the Ugly Americans. It was a good bar for the Monkeys to hang, and Austin felt so comfortable that when the band called it quits a few years later, after a run in with black ice and a semi that wound young Miss Wonderland in the hospital, she set her sights on Austin at the start of the millennium. Besides, Doug Sahm had told Carolyn while they were signing autographs together at the High Sierra Music Festival she ought to move to Austin, as it was the land of free guitar lessons. She was there in months.

Living in Austin renewed Carolyn Wonderland’s focus on her multiple talents, underlining luxurious vocals with fine guitar work, trumpet, and piano, as well as that remarkable ability to whistle on key. Despite spending two years homeless (or as she puts it, “van-full,”) Austin has been fertile ground for Carolyn. A series of each-better-than-the-next discs began with Alcohol & Salvation in 2001 (“songs about booze and God; records are a time capsule of what happened that year”) 2003’s “Bloodless Revolution”, The Bismeaux Releases: 2008’s “Miss Understood,” 2011’s “Peace Meal” (recorded at Bismeaux and at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock,) 2015’s “Live Texas Trio”; and here we are with 2017’s “Moon Goes Missing.”

Carolyn also got to stretch out with other bands and notably appears in Jerry Lightfoot’s Band of Wonder’s 2002 release, “Texistentialism” featuring Jerry Lightfoot, Vince Welnick (Greatful Dead, The Tubes, Todd Rundgren,) Carolyn, Barry “Frosty” Smith (Lee Michaels, Sly & the Family Stone, Rare Earth, Soulhat) and Larry Fulcher (Taj Mahal, Phantom Blues Band). She has released many songs for charity, 2016’s “Room at the Inn” (iTunes) benefits Doctors Without Borders, 2013’s “Money in the Game” (featuring Marcia Ball and Shelley King) benefits Planned Parenthood, “the Farmer Song” from “Miss Understood” benefits Farm AID, “Annie’s Scarlet Letter” from “Bloodless Revolution” benefits NORML, 1997 Justice Records released Carolyn’s version of Little Screamin’ Kenny’s holiday lament, “Blue Lights” (featuring Ian McLagan) benefitting MD Anderson Children’s Art Project.

Carolyn’s first appearance on vinyl? She’s with James Williamson (Stooges) on the April 2014 Record Store Day single, “Open Up & Bleed” AND on the full LP inspired by that fun session, “Re-Licked” featuring Raw Power Era songs with cool and risky guests.

Her circle of musician friends and admirers broadened to include not only Ray [Benson, who produced Miss Understood] but also the late Eddy Shaver, Shelley King, and yes, Bob Dylan, who likened her composition “Bloodless Revolution” to “a mystery movie theme.” She appeared on the same taping with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings when she made her debut on PBS’ “Austin City Limits” (Season 35.) and had the thrill of her life when Bonnie Raitt joined her onstage for “The Road to Austin” concert film featuring Stephen Bruton and all his friends, got to play with James Cotton, Pinetop Perkins, and so many others at Antone’s, she and Erin Jaimes put together a benefit for Uncle John Turner and Johnny Winter insisted on bringing his band by to play, Carolyn’s wedding to A. Whitney Brown was officiated by Mike Nesmith (Monkees,) who serendipitously introduced them on set at VideoRanch in 2010. (there is video of the two of them on stage together that day!) She began co-writing with locals Sarah Brown, Shelley King, Marcia Ball, Ruthie Foster, Cindy Cashdollar, and Guy Forsyth; sat in with Los Lobos, Levon Helm, Vintage Trouble, Robert Earl Keen, and Ray Wylie Hubbard; and toured relentlessly for the past two decades, sometimes with luminaries like Dave Alvin, Buddy Guy and Johnny Winter, so far spreading her music in US, Europe, South America and Japan. She also claims membership in the all-girl Sis Deville, the gospel-infused Imperial Crown Golden Harmonizers, the Texas Guitar Women, and the Woodstock Lonestars.

Carolyn recently joined John Mayall’s Band as his guitarist and is balancing life on the road with writing time at home and on the road. She’s been touring for over 25 years and clearly ain’t done yet. Come see why at a show! (seriously, she’s perpetually on tour.)

http://carolynwonderland.com/

Tickets: $25 advance, $30 day of show
On sale beginning Friday, May 10 at Abilene, Bop Shop Records, Record Archiveand online at www.abilenebarandlounge.com

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Daddy Long Legs
Jul
13
9:00 PM21:00

Daddy Long Legs

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

Abilene Bar and Lounge and Bop Shop Records Present..
Yep Roc Records Recording Artists...
DADDY LONG LEGS!

Lowdown Ways DADDY LONG LEGS new album available 10 May on Yep Roc Records. Produced by Jimmy Sutton and engineered by Alex Hall (JD McPherson, Pokey LaFarge, Jake La Botz) at Hi-Fi Studios in Chicago, the album features 12 original compositions with songwriting contributions from JD McPherson and Sutton. A new direction from their first two studio albums (released by Norton Records), Lowdown Ways sees the boys widen their sonic horizons with field hollers, gospel, Cajun, and Mississippi Hill Music, coupled with their renowned supercharged, harp-driven R&B bangers.
The first single, “Mornin’ Noon & Nite,” premiered at WFMU. The track is now available at all streaming services.

New York City's most beloved blues bashers have been huffing and puffing and blowing houses down on a nightly basis on their infinite world tour and always bring an elevated level of rough and ready intensity to contemporary lo-fi blues with their explosive fire ceremony.

A Daddy Long Legs show is equal parts roots rock, blues and guttural soul; stripping down old standards and making them shiny and new again. Some of the originals are like an all-out spiritual revival, while others are hauntingly beautiful.

https://www.facebook.com/officialdaddylonglegs/


Cover: Special Low-Dough Show - $10 at the Door!

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Jake La Botz and Band
Jul
16
8:00 PM20:00

Jake La Botz and Band

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Singer/songwriter Jake La Botz plays roots-drenched music that reflects his time performing in streets, bars, churches, and even tattoo parlors. You can also hear the various places La Botz has lived in his music — including his time in New Orleans, the Mississippi Delta, and his native Chicago where, as a young man, he found kinship with some of the last of the pre-war era bluesmen: David “Honeyboy” Edwards, “Homesick” James, and “Maxwell Street” Jimmy Davis. In 2017 Jake released his studio album Sunnyside on Hi-Style Records to critical acclaim. Produced by Jimmy Sutton, the album won two Independent Music Awards. Jake has toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe and has shared the stage with Ray Charles, Etta James, Dr. John, Mavis Staples, JD McPherson, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, Tony Joe White, Low Cut Connie and a host of other greats.

Jake opened for JD McPherson at the Harro East Ballroom...and has played Abilene Bar and Lounge a couple of times as a solo act..Needless to say, we're super psyched to hear Jake and his full band!!!

https://www.jakelabotz.com

Super Low-Dough Show–$10 at the door!

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Nikki Hill
Jul
17
9:00 PM21:00

Nikki Hill

Doors 4:00pm • Music 9:00pm

NIKKI HILL!!!

Independence has always come easy for vocalist/lyricist/bandleader Nikki Hill, raised by a single mother and two older sisters in close quarters throughout Durham, North Carolina. This inspired not only her confidence at a young age, but a self-reliance and strong curiosity, which informed Hill’s interest in art, reading and writing. The moment she could break free from the long Sunday sermons and weekday choir practices, Nikki traded the pews for barstools, sneaking into venues when necessary, and was soon immersed in North Carolina’s roots scene. She felt oddly comfortable, finding a direct connection between the energy she saw at local shows in Chapel Hill, and the intense praise dancing, gospel shouting church services she attended and sang with up until she was a teen. Seeing everything from Dexter Romweber to Carolina Chocolate Drops, Bo Diddley to Motorhead, her new sermons came from rockers and bartenders, cowpunks and starving artists. Everyone had a story, and very soon, Nikki was in the mix herself, immersed in music, getting into trouble, and making stories of her own.

Hill was always happy to lend her harmonies to bands around town but not much more. But when meeting Matt Hill in 2005, they both found a young friend in each other who could talk just as much about Lightnin’ Hopkins as they could Bon Scott era AC/DC. Nikki and Matt eventually married in 2011. For the pair, it was a friendship turned loving relationship that encouraged both to pursue all life could offer. Nikki also gained a partner who musically understood and supported her ideas. She learned quickly, putting her thoughts into action, and piecing together writing she had saved over the years. Moving to St. Louis after they married to help boost Matt’s own touring career and supporting his solo albums, the pair performed as a duo between Matt’s tours, making money where they could, and giving Nikki a chance to practice and write in between her jobs. Landing a local venue show with other musicians, Hill’s voice quickly rang across St. Louis and she shifted to performing with a full band, asking Matt to play guitar. Nikki’s live shows became quickly known in St. Louis and Chicago for their energy, unique sound, the loving vibe of her and Matt’s interactions, and for her charisma, already highly developed from her pentecostal roots and studying the greats.

By the time Hill released Here’s Nikki Hill in 2013, word had spread, for better or worse. The reputation of the live show preceded itself, and heavily. Still, all of this did not translate immediately. With the rarity of modern young black rock ‘n roll singers/entertainers without a long standing career like powerhouses Barrence Whitfield or Lisa Kekaula or Fishbone, Hill found herself in an odd spot, shuffling often between confused local audiences, who had clearly come to see the woman on the poster, wearing a headwrap or natural hairstyle with quasi-retro leanings, and shockingly receiving an unbridled, electric guitar driven performance. But, instead of frustrating, it encouraged Nikki to push herself to the limit in commanding the stage, and showing people that rock n’ roll didn’t have one look or sound. The strong public curiosity allowed Hill the chance to open for a range of artists from Billy Boy Arnold, to Eileen Jewel, to Nelly, before she even had music released. Labels came calling, but were looking for stylings of the more well-known Hill, or of a more boxed in retro feel that could be fully embraced by the purists Nikki had come to abhor from her former years of teen rebellion. Nikki’s DIY upbringing deflected this path, and moved forward to continue developing her sound, where there is a pulpit in the garage; where the girl group turns up the guitar, where southern twang cuts through heavy soul groove.

Hill, with Matt on guitar and a changing rhythm section, played over 20 festivals and close to 200 venue shows in 2013, building audiences across the US and Europe. She also recorded with Deke Dickerson and The Bo-Keys in Memphis, TN, lending her voice to the “Soul Meets Country” EP, expressing yet another side of her limitless enthusiasm for all things roots. Nikki and Matt also moved to New Orleans, LA, returning to the south, and picking up influence through the Gulf Coast. The momentum continued through the release of her second album “Heavy Hearts Hard Fists” in 2015. With fiery soul and heavy R&B with rock n’ roll boogie and tons of attitude to match, the album was received with many accolades from press and fans and kept Hill touring in the US and Europe, adding Australia and India and Morocco to an already impressive tour schedule, and over 30 festivals a year, including Montreux Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival and more.

Nikki’s new record, Feline Roots will be independently released again on house label Deep Fryed Records. Out November 16, Hill lets her soul rip on this new collection of songs, displaying her now well-known stance to champion for the pioneers of roots and rock n’ roll, while remaining in perpetual forward motion, inviting anyone who wants to come along for the journey. Johnny Thunders straddling guitar, Bad Brains’ rock meets reggae, Stonesy groove, Sister Rosetta Tharpe rave up rockin’ gospel power, all receive nods of recognition. Hill is unafraid of her past or experiences, and puts it out there for the sake of the song. The songs imagine the southern soul rocker at times waving her flag in surrender, then in the next moment finding her way back into the climb, bending through supercharged blues, punk soul, revival tent gospel, rockabilly shouts, whatever it takes to get there. It’s her version of rock n’ roll that can only come from her stories. Nikki has never been afraid to take the road less traveled, and it’s clear with “Feline Roots” that she’s living every word.

https://nikkihillrocks.com

Tickets: $22 advance, $28 day of show, on sale now at Abilene Bar and Lounge, Bop Shop Records, Record Archive and online at https://abilene.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=255

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The  Hi-Jivers
Jul
18
8:00 PM20:00

The Hi-Jivers

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

From Nashville, Tennessee...
The Hi-Jivers

If you’re a fan of JD McPherson, Big Sandy & HIs Fly-Rite Boys and Deke Dickerson, you’re gonna love this band!!

The Hi-Jiver are Dawna Zahn - Vocals, Austin John - Guitar and
Hank Miles - Upright Bass.

In September 2014, Austin John of the Austin John Band moved to Nashville, TN with his girlfriend Dawna Zahn to pursue their music career. The Austin John Band made a great impact on the blues scene in Syracuse, quickly gaining fans where ever they went.
Auburn, NY native Dawna Zahn had spent the last few years singing in the rock n' roll, blues and honky tonk band Silver Queen Casket Company, which Austin joined in late 2014. Dawna's unique vocal style developed through her love of the raw, swampy sounds of early blues and rock n' roll.

Bassist Hank Miles is from Seattle. Some of his former bands include Redneck Girlfriend, Go Like Hell, and Shivering Denizens.
After rambling off influences such as Howlin' Wolf, Etta James, Bo Diddley, Big Maybelle, Wynonie Harris, and Nick Curran, the group decided to form an early Rhythm & Blues, Rock N' Roll combo... And thus, the Hi-Jivers were born.

https://www.thehijivers.com/

Cover: $7

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Mikaela Davis and Southern Star
Jul
20
8:00 PM20:00

Mikaela Davis and Southern Star

Doors 7:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Thrilled to announce the return of...
Mikaela Davis and Southern Star
with special guests

Last summer's biggest and most talked about show was our August show with Mikaela Davis....Get your tickets soon for what will certainly be another memorable night!

https://www.mikaeladavis.com

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

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Chatham Rabbits
Jul
23
7:30 PM19:30

Chatham Rabbits

****Special Show****
Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:30pm

Sarah & Austin are Chatham Rabbits

Sarah Osborne McCombie and Austin McCombie met because of music, and today they play old-time music together full-time as Chatham Rabbits. This husband-and-wife duo lives in a mill house in Bynum on the banks of the Haw River, the same house where a mill working family once lived and played music, and the husband from that family played as part of a mill-sponsored stringband that was known as The Chatham Rabbits. Sarah and Austin met in 2013 when he spotted her onstage at the Cat's Cradle opening for Mandolin Orange. He didn't know much about old-time music, and she didn't know much about him, but they figured it out. This past summer, they decided to leave their corporate careers to take Chatham Rabbits full-time. Together they've played smoky bars and summer festivals; busked on the streets of Nashville 'til their voices wore out; put a tune to the love at their best friends' wedding; and led churches in old-time hymns way past it was time for Sunday lunch. They are working with Robust Records (Mipso; Hank, Pattie and the Current) and will release their debut album in 2019.

Sarah Osborne McCombie grew up in the Piedmont of North Carolina. At age 18, her voice landed her onstage at Prissy Polly's BBQ with her favorite band, the iconic old-time trio The South Carolina Broadcasters. After that night, they offered her a banjo and a job. As banjo player and vocalist for the band, Sarah played countless concerts while earning her degree from Peace College in Raleigh. She has garnered tremendous experience and exposure to the wide expanse of American roots music. Post Broadcasters, Sarah served as the music teacher at the Friends School of Wilmington and at Montessori Community School of Durham where where she created and implemented programs based upon North Carolina music and African American roots music. Austin McCombie always loved the music his family played, but he didn’t know it had a name. His relatives in Southwest Virginia played bluegrass and his parents in Wilmington, NC, immersed him in '90s country classics and beach music standards. Somewhere in the middle, he found the name for his favorite sound: old-time. Although he eventually came around to the good stuff, Austin spent a fair amount of time on the dark side, playing guitar and keys in his super hipster electronic band DASH. Austin attended NC State University and in his former life was a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual.

https://www.chathamrabbits.com/

Special Low-Dough Show--Ten Dollars at the Door!

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Chaz and the Dazzlers with special guests
Jul
24
7:30 PM19:30

Chaz and the Dazzlers with special guests

Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:30pm

Chaz Hearne

Chaz Hearne is a folk musician based out of Rochester, New York who thrives in extremes. From intricate fingerpicked acoustic numbers to all-out rock anthems, everything is topped off with thoughtful melodies and a barely restrained enthusiasm. Though the banjo may be his weapon of choice, he has also been known to wield the guitar, piano, violin and singing saw; all while singing with a voice of fragile honey. When he's not playing solo, Chaz plays with his new five piece band under the moniker Chaz and The Dazzlers. You're gonna love the music of Chaz Hearne, Hannah Weidner, Reily Taylor-Cook, Susanna Rose,Katie Knudsvig, Nick Lord, John Delmonico, and Emily Dipaola They will be releasing their new album, Intelligence is Rising summer 2019 at Abilene on July 24.

http://www.chazhearne.com/
https://www.facebook.com/chazhearnemusic
http://chazhearne.bandcamp.com/

Cover: $7

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The Coffin Daggers (from NYC)
Jul
25
8:00 PM20:00

The Coffin Daggers (from NYC)

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

The Coffin Daggers
plus special guests

The Coffin Daggers deliver an all out attack on the senses. Comprised of Viktor Venom on guitar, The Coffin Daggers deliver an all out attack on the senses drawing from diverse influences, ranging from Dick Dale, Henry Mancini, Link Wray, and the Cramps. Viktor Venom, one of the founders of Nausea, started the group early in 1999. Vik's punk influences (he has also worked with Reagan Youth and Chaos UK) give the band's music a unique melodic sensibility. Guitar Player observed that he "moves proceedings beyond mere era emulation by unleashing a rude and vicious riff that would have made Link Wray smile" Their performances have floored both European and American audiences from start to finish, prompting Chart magazine to declare "no one comes close to The Coffin Daggers when it comes to all-out intensity...they will stomp a mudhole into your fragile minds."

The Coffin Daggers are currently promoting their latest release, Aggravatin' Rhythms on Cleopatra Records.

https://www.facebook.com/coffindagger
https://coffindaggers.com

Cover: Low-Dough Show--Ten Bucks at the Door!

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Joe Robinson (Solo)
Jul
30
8:00 PM20:00

Joe Robinson (Solo)

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Don't miss Australian guitar phenom
JOE ROBINSON!

Joe Robinson is a world-class virtuoso guitarist and singer/songwriter with a unique musical sensibility, injecting a unique fusion of rock, soul, blues, R&B and jazz into a fresh sound that is entirely his own. Displaying his virtuosity on electric as well as acoustic guitar, Robinson was voted “Best New Talent” in the Guitar Player Readers’ Poll and landed a coveted spot as one of Australian Guitar Magazine’s Top 50 Best Guitarists.
Robinson’s talents were further recognized by Guitar Player magazine as part of a cover story entitled “Youthquake 2017: Ten Mind-Blowing Young Guitarists.” In the article, Guitar Player observes Robinson is “equally mind-blowing as an acoustic fingerpicker and electric soloist…his YouTube videos display an astounding combination of taste, speed, cagey phrasing, and a clear, articulate, and sparking tone."

Robinson started playing guitar at age nine and when he quickly outpaced his guitar instructor, began educating himself via the internet. At age 11, he was a touring guitarist and at just 13 years old, he won the Australian National Songwriting Competition. Within a couple of years he was touring regularly and sharing stages with artists such as Tommy and Phil Emmanuel, both of whom served as mentors. When a 16-year-old Robinson burned through a Chet-inflected medley of “Day Tripper” and “Lady Madonna” in 2008 at the opening round of the nationally broadcast Australia’s Got Talent television series competition, the entire house—including the judges—gave him a standing ovation. He went on to win $250k with his take on Tommy Emmanuel’s arrangement of “Classical Gas.”
Robinson has toured North America and abroad (China, Japan, Europe, and Australia) playing numerous festivals, including Bonnaroo, and has headlined clubs, which has enabled him to define himself as a budding world visionary. In his solo show, there are a few moments where he physically has two guitars — one acoustic and one electric — strapped over his shoulder and is playing them expertly at the same time.

In addition to extensive touring on his own, Robinson toured with Guitar Army featuring fellow master guitarists/singers/songwriters Robben Ford and Lee Roy Parnell in 2016, and in 2017, Robinson joined guitar greats John Jorgenson and Lee Roy Parnell in Guitar Army on the road and in the studio.

Robinson is currently recording his highly-awaited fourth solo album (a follow-up to his acclaimed Gemini, Vol. 1 and Gemini, Vol. 2 EP’s). He has also keeps a busy schedule on the road with solo dates and shows with Tommy Emmanuel, Rodney Crowell (opening shows and as a member of Crowell’s acoustic trio), and Edwin McCain, among others.

“It’s not hard to imagine him rivaling the popularity of, say, John Mayer in coming years.” - Washington Post

www.joerobinson.com

Cover: Super Low-Dough Show–Ten Bucks at the Door!

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Dale Watson & The Lonestars
Aug
5
9:00 PM21:00

Dale Watson & The Lonestars

****SPECIAL SHOW!!!***
Doors 6:00pm • Music 9:00pm

DALE WATSON!

Dale Watson, keeper of the true country music flame, latest album Call Me Insane, was recorded in Austin with veteran producer Lloyd Maines (Robert Earl Keen, Jerry Jeff Walker, etc.). The Austin-based honky-tonker carries on in the tradition of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson with his “Ameripolitan” brand of American roots music.

Album highlights include “Jonesin’ For Jones,” a love song to the music of the legendary George Jones, “A Day At A Time,” about “getting by by barely getting by;” “Call Me Insane,” the album’s moody title track; “Bug Ya For Love,” a fun warning to all the single ladies, and “Mamas Don’t Let Your Cowboys Grow Up To Be Babies.” (Yes, it is an answer song to the Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson hit.) “Crocodile Tears” is a tear-in-your-beer country song that sounds like an instant classic and “Burden Of The Cross” reveals Watson’s serious side.

Call Me Insane was recorded in Austin by Watson and his ace touring band, “His Lone Stars”: Don Pawlak (pedal steel), Mike Bernal (drums & percussion), and Chris Crepps (upright bass & background vocals). Dale plays electric guitar throughout and Lloyd Maines added acoustic guitar. They were joined in the studio by Danny Levin on piano and the Honky Tonk Horns: Jon Blondell (trombone), Joey Colarusso (saxophone), and Ricky White (trumpet).

“Having known Lloyd over 20 years and worked with him as a musician, I knew he was a great guy and picker," Watson says. "But having Lloyd produce your record is like letting your mom in your kitchen. You know you’re gonna like what comes out and it's amazing how such basic ingredients can be made even better. He is an artists' artist.

The admiration is mutual. "I've been a Dale Watson fan since I played steel guitar on some of his early records," Maines says of the sessions. "My early musical influences are the same as Dale's. We both grew up playing real country music. Dale is one of a very short list of today's artists who still keeps it real country. I'm honored that he asked me to produce his new record. I think he knew that I would maintain the integrity of his passion for the music."

Dubbed "the silver pompadoured, baritone beltin', Lone Star beer drinkin', honky-tonk hellraiser" by The Austin Chronicle, Watson sat in with Jimmy Kimmel’s house band as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) from SXSW 2015. He also emceed the first ever SXSW “Ameripolitan” showcase featuring the best of Honky-tonk, Outlaw Country, Rockabilly and Texas Swing music.

Since the release of El Rancho Azul in 2013, Watson’s profile has risen considerably via appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS), Austin City Limits and The Sun Sessions (PBS) and as a guest on NPR’s Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me. A veteran touring artist and consummate entertainer, he is on the road more than 300 days a year. He also put his money where his heart is and took over ownership of two struggling Texas honky-tonks, the Little Longhorn Saloon in Austin (home of Chicken $#!+ Bingo) and The Big T Roadhouse in St. Hedwigs (outside San Antonio). If not on the road, he and His Lone Stars perform at one of them each Sunday.

Dale has flown the flag for classic honky-tonk for over two decades. He’s christened his brand of American roots “Ameripolitan” to differentiate it from current crop of Nashville-based pop country. The Alabama-born, Texas-raised Watson may be the hardest working entertainer today and is rapidly approaching legendary status. He is a country music maverick, a true outlaw who stands alongside Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and George Strait as one of the finest country singers and songwriters from the Lone Star State.

"I'm one of Dale's biggest fans"
- Willie Nelson

https://www.dalewatson.com

Tickets: $25 advance, $30 day of show, on sale now at Abilene Bar and Lounge, Bop Shop Records, Record Archive and online at https://abilene.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=256

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FolkenPhünk
Aug
7
8:00 PM20:00

FolkenPhünk

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Do NOT miss...
FolkenPhünk!

FolkenPhünk is an acoustic trio formed by Dave Brumberg (The Brummy Brothers) on upright bass, guitar and vocals and Lowell Neumann Nickey on guitar and vocals in 2016. In late 2017 they were joined by Edwin Lightner (Fennarios Wolf) on Mandolin. Together they play a variety of original music and covers drawing upon influences from American and Irish Folk Music, Psychedelic Rock and Roll, Bluegrass, Blues and even modern rock and pop music. Hailing from Frenctown, NJ, Philadelphia, PA and Annapolis, MD, respectively they are willing to play anywhere and anything. FolkenPhünk have already put down many miles of pavement up and down the Mid-Atlantic and Appalachia, playing shows in all their home regions and then some.

You never know exactly what you'll get at a FolkenPhünk show, from mashups of familiar rock, pop, and bluegrass tunes to special guests including Russell Gottlieb (Deadgrass, The Brummy Brothers) on banjo, Vincent Pierce Smith (Natural Breakdown) on percussion, or Chris Blauciak (Hambone) on percussion. No matter what they play or who shows up, good music is guaranteed!

https://www.facebook.com/folkenphunk/

Cover: $7

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The Return of Jontavious Willis
Aug
14
8:00 PM20:00

The Return of Jontavious Willis

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

Abilene Bar and Lounge and Bop Shop Records present...

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.

http://jontaviouswillis.com/

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

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Amy LaVere & Will Sexton
Aug
28
7:30 PM19:30

Amy LaVere & Will Sexton

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

Amy LaVere & Will Sexton

Amy LaVere is an established artist from Memphis, TN renowned worldwide for her songwriting, bass playing, and vocals. She’s an inventive, thoughtful singer-songwriter who has crowds throughout the US and Europe smitten. Currently, Amy is working on her 7th studio album, slated for release in the Summer of 2019. She tours tirelessly. She’ll be performing all around the US this spring and touring in Italy this summer.

Music fans first discovered this “sweet soprano” on This World is Not My Home in 2005, but it was her Jim Dickinson-produced breakout album Anchors & Anvils two years later that put Amy LaVere on the map.

The success of Anchors & Anvils drew the attention of the UK market, and soon Amy was invited to perform on the BBC’s Later with Jools Holland – the appearance introduced her to an international audience, and to Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Jamie Cullum), who she’d later team with to produce Stranger Me (Archer Records).

Spin called the 2011 release “the break-up album of the year,” Paste said it was “among the year’s best,” and it earned a first listen feature from NPR’s All Things Considered. She followed it in 2014 with another critical smash: Runaway’s Diary, a concept album based on her own experience as a teenage runaway, produced by Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars). American Songwriter called it “boundary pushing… heartfelt, reflective, challenging and consistently compelling.” NPR Music’s Robert Christgau said it was her best yet.

Hallelujah I’m A Dreamer (Archer Records, 2015), was a surprise for fans just nine months after Runaway’s Diary, recorded with LaVere’s husband and noted guitarist Will Sexton. On Hallelujah, Amy and Will capture the immediacy of the live show they developed on the road together, reveling in a more stripped-down sound and celebrating the freedoms and limitations that come with it in stunning form. No Depression said simply: “pure bliss.”

In addition to her solo records and a tireless touring schedule, Amy enjoys collaborating with other artists. In 2012 she joined an all-star collaboration called The Wandering, composed of Amy, Luther Dickinson, Shannon McNally, Sharde Thomas and Valerie June. They released Go On Now, You Can’t Stay Here (Songs Of The South, 2012) to critical acclaim and sold out shows.

In the afterglow of The Wandering, Amy and Shannon McNally hit the road together and released an EP titled Chasing the Ghost, The Rehearsal Sessions (Archer Records, 2012) which featured songs from both artists recorded live during rehearsals for the tour.

Amy next paired up with noted rocker John Paul Keith to create Motel Mirrors. Their styles clearly complemented one another, which made for magic on stage and in the recording studio. Their eponymous vinyl EP release was named one of the “10 Essential Albums of 2013” by No Depression.

In 2017 Motel Mirrors released a full length record In the Meantime. This record has the addition of Will Sexton contributing several songs.

In early 2018 two records were released that Amy collaborated on. Luther Dickinson and the Sisters of the Strawberry Moon released their debut recording, Solstice. Amy contributed 3 songs for the project. Amy Helm, Allison Russell, Sharde Thomas and The Como Mammas also contributed songs to the project. Motel Mirrors also released a live recording Gotta Lotta Rhythmon Italian label Wild Honey

Although she’s a singer and songwriter first, Amy is also an actress. In 2005 she was cast in the role of Wanda Jackson in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line (Twentieth Century Fox). Since she has appeared in a variety of independent and studio productions: Black Snake Moan (Paramount, 2006), $5 Cover (MTV, 2009), Woman’s Picture (2011) The Romance of Loneliness (2012) and most recently with Grace Zabriski in Only Child (2015). Dig That Zeebo (2017)

http://amylavere.com/

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

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"Surfer Joe" and Band with The Televisionaires
Sep
11
8:00 PM20:00

"Surfer Joe" and Band with The Televisionaires

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Lorenzo "Surfer Joe" Valdambrini and Band
with Special Guests: Televisionaries

Surfer Joe is truly one of the key figures in modern surf music as well as one of the top touring artists for the genre. Participating to any world surf music event as artist or organizer, Surfer Joe has collected an experience of thousands of concerts since the late 90s. Constantly on tour worldwide, he had the honor to play on guitar or drums with several surf legends and to share the stage with many surf bands.

The music of Surfer Joe - Reverb, high rhythms and great energy! It is a concert that looks back to the origins of the genre, but shows its evolution and variety, going from the heavy Dick Dale sound to lounge and progressive atmospheres, always keeping an eye on the melody and the quality of the arrangements.

Highlights - Co-organizer of the yearly Surfer Joe Summer Festival, the most important, prestigious and awaited surf music event in then world. Several times in the line up of the Surf Guitar 101 Convention and Tiki Oasis in California, USA. One of the headliners of Surf-O-Rama (Spain), North Sea Surf Festival (Holland) and Asbury Park Surf Music Festival (New Jersey, USA). Mentioned or interviewed in movies like Reverb Junkies and Sound Of The Surf or in books about surf music's history like Surf Beat by Kent Crowley or the scientific paper Surfing About Music by Tim Cooley. Some of his music, like the album SEÑOR SURF (2013), is considered among the best modern surf music.

Co-owner of the only restaurants dedicated to surf music, the Surfer Joe Diner, which periodically host concerts and international events.

https://www.surfmusic.net/

Cover: Super Low-dough Show---Ten Bucks at the Door !

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 Durham County Poets
Sep
28
2:00 PM14:00

Durham County Poets

****Special Saturday Afternoon Show****
Doors 1:00pm • Music 2:00pm

DURHAM COUNTY POETS!

Durham County Poets are from the Chateauguay valley located in Quebec, Canada. Their influences are varied, from blues to folk, from jazz to gospel, with elements of the Band, James Taylor, Jimmy Reed, even some Leon Redbone. Each member brings a different musical background to the band that marries into a sound that has been labeled as soulful folk.

“This group plays bluesy country/folk with a lot of verve. The lead singer sits in his wheelchair and just kills every vocal. The recording on “River” has mostly an ambient sound with very little reverb. It gives the listener a sense of sitting in a living room somewhere, listening to the band crank out one great tune after another.”- Acoustic Live in New York City, album review.

Here’s the deal, they tore it up at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival and as part of the Little Theatre Concert Series…don’t miss them in the intimate setting that is Abilene!

www.durhamcountypoets.com

Tickets: $10 advance, $15 day of show, on sale beginning Friday, January 25 at Abilene and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys
Nov
5
8:00 PM20:00

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys

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

Spend Election Night with…

Big Sandy & HIs Fly-Rite Boys!

Over the last three decades, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys have kept up a constant cycle of traveling back and forth across the lower 48, then hopping across the pond to Europe and beyond. They bring with them a brand of American music that has earned them an induction into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, several national television appearances, guest spots on The Grand Ole Opry, and a slew of adoring fans.

 "I truly love being out on the road, and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to sing my songs all over the world," said Sandy. "But when I'm away from the U.S. for too long, it's like I need a recharge... like I need a solid dose of everything Americana. Give me a Chuck Berry song while rolling down the interstate, or a truck stop conversation with a waitress who once danced with Lefty Frizzell, and I'm good for another three thousand miles”.

https://www.bigsandy.net/

Tickets: $20 advance, $23 day of show, on sale at Abilene and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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The Archive Ravens with Baby FuzZ
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

The Archive Ravens with Baby FuzZ

Doors 4pm, Music 7pm

The Archive Ravens are equally passionate about creating new music and preserving music from different cultures and time periods. They are currently finishing their first album of original music, Trobairitz.

Refusing to be restricted by genre, Trobairitz is highly exploratory: it contains a Troubadour ballad, a Japanese cradle song, a musical palindrome set in the style of sacred music, a 50's/60's girl group number, a Samba dance tune, a James Bond-esque cinematic jazz piece, and much more. However, the messages underpinning the music are united by common themes - including an emphasis on resilience, appreciation for the natural world, and a resolve to be mindful of the current moment. Trobairitz seeks to capture the essence of many disparate cultures, in attempts to unearth the threads of humanity shared between us all.

The Archive Ravens developed out of an acoustic folk duo, Will Schantz (guitar) & Ava Sauer (vocals, keys), covering beloved tunes by Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, Neil Young, and other great musicians. Then, Tom Andolsek (guitar, saxophone, vocals) joined, and we began to diversify our repertoire. We now often perform with various friends, including Siena Facciolo (keys, vocals), Josh Miller (bass), and Chris Palace (drums).

https://www.facebook.com/The-Archive-Ravens-247072762909793

With Special Guest: Baby FuzZ

Baby FuzZ, the latest project from songwriter Sterling Fox, is a bizarre alt rock/glam pop band and alter ego with a rotating cast of contributors and members. Baby FuzZ's music fuses a number of styles from rock and roll to soul to punk. Described as “one of the most slept on acts in music” by Hillydilly, Baby FuzZ released a litany of brilliant singles in 2018 and dropped the debut album Plastic Paradise in March 2019. Drawing comparisons to artists like Billy Corgan, Elton John, and Elliot Smith, it's hard to pin down exactly how to classify BF. In the past, Fox, the frontman of Baby FuzZ, produced “Video Games” by Lana Del Rey and has written for the likes of Madonna, Britney Spears, and Avicii, so there is a decidedly surreal pop sensibility to the project. With a charmingly diy ethos and an eccentric self produced album, Baby FuzZ just might be the strange new arrival the alt rock world needs.

https://www.facebook.com/babyfuzzz

Cover: $5

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Aaron Lipp & the Slacktones
May
18
9:30 PM21:30

Aaron Lipp & the Slacktones

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:30pm

While wielding sweet-toned electric guitar, groove hungry upright bass slapping, rock solid drumming and a screaming fiddle, the Slack Tones will help you find yourself in a 1950's rockabilly club mixed with dead-on bluegrass flatpicking and new original songwriting. With their new record featuring Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers on one of the tracks, Aaron Lipp & The Slack Tones are kicking the season off right. If you enjoy mind-bending guitar riffs over infectious old school rockabilly rhythms with original songwriting about today's times and troubles, you won't be disappointed!

Aaron is from Naples, NY and has been a professional musician since age 16. From performing on stage, recording in the studio and teaching lessons, he has found his place in music . Throughout a multitude of different genre adventures and instrumentation, he has found home in traditional Appalachian old time music, classic bluegrass sounds, and the blues - all fused into a new sound of the next generation, while paying tribute to the traditions of our ancestors.

Aaron grew up in a musical family and began playing piano at age four. Throughout childhood, he picked up other instruments such as drums, bass, guitar, trumpet, organ, harmonica, and more. Coming from a musical family he was surrounded by all types of music from a very young age. From folk and bluegrass to rock and blues, these early years were the foundation of a long musical journey. Later in May 2006, Aaron joined Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, a local Rochester Original Roots Reggae and Dub band. He played a multitude of instruments for the group including Rhodes, Clavinet, Hammond B3 Organ, slide guitar, harmonica, wurlitzer, lap steel, guitar, and banjo. In a span of six years. During this era, Panda put out two live albums - "Live Up! Vol.1 & 2", and two studio albums - "In These Times" & "Country." Giant Panda toured constantly all over the country logging nearly half a million miles on the road. Panda later released "Steady" and "Bright Days" which feature Aaron on many instruments and harmony vocals. Throughout these years on the road and little time at home, Aaron dove heavily into Old Time and Bluegrass music, learning the traditional practices of clawhammer banjo, bottleneck slide guitar, dobro, flatpicking guitar, blues harp, old time fiddle and upright bass. Sacred steel music on the Hammond Organ and Lap Steel guitar was heavy in motion for the next musical touring adventure.

In March 2013, Aaron began touring with internationally renowned pedal-steel funk/soul guitarist Robert Randolph & The Family Band playing Hammond B3 Organ, Keyboards, Guitar and sang backup vocals for the group. During this time, he shared the stage with Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Anders Osbourne, The Slide Brothers, and more as well as performing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, and the Kelly and Michael show. The group toured through Europe in early summer 2013 as well as a heavily scheduled album release tour of "Lickety Split" on the mainland United States.

Since early winter 2013, Aaron has taken an extended hiatus from touring to pursue several musical projects as well as diverse original songwriting. He has been the frontman and principal songwriter of the local group The Cabin Killers who have performed at many regional venues and festivals. Aaron also spends time working on several Bluegrass and Old Time musical projects with members of The Henrie Brothers. He can be found playing regionally with bands such as The Cabin Killers, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Campbell Brothers, Axis Armada, Richie Stearns & Rosie Newton, South Hill Cider String Band, The Prickers and The Henrie Brothers, just to name a few.

https://aaronlipp.com

Cover: $8

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The Brothers from Other Mothers
May
17
9:00 PM21:00

The Brothers from Other Mothers

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:15pm

The Return to Abilene of…
The Brothers From Other Mothers!

“There's the family you're born into and there's the family you choose. They are brothers from other mothers.”

Miles Watts & The Brothers From Other Mothers are from Rochester…and love  playing the Blues in all of its diverse shades.

The brothers are a four-piece band with taste, experience, and set lists that audiences love. They are an "original-cover band" of blues, rock, funk,  Americana and take their shows to new yet familiar places with lots of ear candy for everyone.

However you label it, you’ll love their sound!

https://www.facebook.com/mwbfom

Cover: $5

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Happy Hour with Otter Space Wranglers
May
17
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Otter Space Wranglers

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials..$1 off well drinks and $1 off craft draft pints from 3pm till 7pm, free munchies and live music featuring…

OTTER SPACE WRANGLERS!

Otter Space Wranglers present their unique take on the music of The Grateful Dead, as well as other bands from the same era (Pink Floyd, Cream, etc.). They blend classic songs with spontaneous improvisational jams. Expect funky grooves, smoking leads, and tons of fun.

Marc James-keyboards and vocals, Andy Thoresen-drums and vocals, Paul Schmitt-bass and vocals, James Wood-guitar and vocals, Jason Turiano-guitar and vocals.

www.facebook.com/Otter-Space-Wranglers-2023141431257454

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3 Strong Women--Singin' All Night
May
16
7:30 PM19:30

3 Strong Women--Singin' All Night

Doors 4pm, Music 7:30pm

A full night of great Rochester singers!!!
Aliza Bridgman, Sarah Eide and Dallas Greene are gonna blow you away with their talents.
Here's a bit of info on the three...
Aliza Bridgman--Aliza is a Canandaigua, NY native, bringing her passion of singing to Rochester, NY. She has a more recent background and career in communication but has carried her love for singing since she was a small girl. Aliza isn’t just a witty girl with humor and a big personality. Aliza is a witty girl with humor, a big personality, and a voice worth sharing. She is just getting started, though her deep, down-to-earth, raw style is unique and doesn’t disappoint. She’s an old soul who’s inspiration is driven by voices like those of ‪Janis Joplin‬, ‪Jerry Garcia‬, ‪Norah Jones,‬ ‪Amy Winehouse‬, Ray LaMontagne, and Oliver Wood.

Aliza embraces the bluesy-folky-funky-jaziness of it all and she’ll sing to anyone, anywhere, when asked, or completely unprovoked. Around the fire, friend’s living rooms, her cubicle at work, staff meetings… where there is Aliza, there is a song. One thing you can always expect is for her delivery to match her lifestyle –never taking anything too seriously, and always having a little bit of fun.

Sarah Eide-- In an industry that can often feel over saturated with stale soundscapes, lifeless lyrics, and predictable patterns, Sarah Eide’s music cuts through the clutter. Bursting out of any genre’s box, her music deftly weaves influences of roots, folk, jazz and pop, creating a singular sound that is uniquely her own. Songs that are thoughtful, quirky, and honest, are matched with a signature musical style that is equal parts complex and catchy. With skillful piano playing and a powerful voice, these songs are what pulls her audience in and keeps them coming back. Sarah will be touring the Midwest and Northeast throughout the spring and summer of 2019 in support of her newest release, “Dreams On Hold” (5/6/19), which has already been dubbed "a unique spin on Americana" by NYS Music . Her newest single off the album, "The Bridge Song" was released with a music video that has the critics raving. glamglare wrote “All that talk about building walls to push people farther apart can be depressing, but here we have the perfect antidote.”

Dallas Greene- She started writing music when she was 20 years old...
She got her first guitar when she was 12; a Squire Stratacaster electric, matte black finish. It was super hot, but still, she didn't have the patience or confidence to pursue music. Then after college, she moved to Los Angeles to follow her dream of becoming a major Hollywood director and naturally, was extremely unemployed. With all that free time and grief, she threw herself into practicing guitar and writing songs that felt right to her and felt good to play.

Lately, she has been playing with a trio made up of her brother, Nevada on bass and their good pal Bucky on electric.

https://www.facebook.com/liza.bridgman.5

http://saraheide.com/

https://www.dallasgreenemusic.com/

Cover: Only Five bucks at the door

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The Archive Ravens
May
14
8:00 PM20:00

The Archive Ravens

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

The Archive Ravens are equally passionate about creating new music and preserving music from different cultures and time periods. They are currently finishing their first album of original music, Trobairitz.

Refusing to be restricted by genre, Trobairitz is highly exploratory: it contains a Troubadour ballad, a Japanese cradle song, a musical palindrome set in the style of sacred music, a 50's/60's girl group number, a Samba dance tune, a James Bond-esque cinematic jazz piece, and much more. However, the messages underpinning the music are united by common themes - including an emphasis on resilience, appreciation for the natural world, and a resolve to be mindful of the current moment. Trobairitz seeks to capture the essence of many disparate cultures, in attempts to unearth the threads of humanity shared between us all.

The Archive Ravens developed out of an acoustic folk duo, Will Schantz (guitar) & Ava Sauer (vocals, keys), covering beloved tunes by Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, Neil Young, and other great musicians. Then, Tom Andolsek (guitar, saxophone, vocals) joined, and we began to diversify our repertoire. We now often perform with various friends, including Siena Facciolo (keys, vocals), Josh Miller (bass), and Chris Palace (drums).

https://www.facebook.com/The-Archive-Ravens-247072762909793

Cover: $5

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Tyler Westcott & Friends
May
11
9:00 PM21:00

Tyler Westcott & Friends

Doors 7pm, Music 9pm

Tyler Westcott & friends get together for a blazin' pickin' session at Abilene Bar & Lounge!

Tyler Westcott is a singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist from Buffalo NY. Founder of the group Folkfaces. Active member of Black Rock Zydeco, The Observers and The Pizza Trio.

Here are some of the players so far!!!!

Tyler Westcott of Folkfaces

Richie Colf of Dirty Blanket

Sean McNamara of Mosswalk

Dominic Marini of The Cabin Killers

https://tylerwestcott.bandcamp.com/

Cover: $5

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Chris Trapper-Live
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

Chris Trapper-Live

***SPECIAL SHOW***
Doors 7:00pm • Music 8:00pm
Record Archive Backroom Lounge
33 1/3 Rockwood Street, Rochester, NY 14610

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

Lindsay Dodd

https://store.cdbaby.com/artist/LindsayDodd


Tickets: $22 advance, $25 day of show and on sale at Abilene Bar and Lounge, Record Archive and online at https://abilene.showare.com

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Tribute to the Grateful Dead feat. Mud Creek
May
10
9:30 PM21:30

Tribute to the Grateful Dead feat. Mud Creek

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:30pm

A Tribute to the Grateful Dead! Featuring….the hugely requested return to Abilene of…

MUD CREEK!

The group came together in 2011 in an effort to fulfill a long standing desire to front a band together. Chad Ayers and Trevor Whiting grew up together and routinely played and sang together, but never performed in the same ensemble. When the opportunity presented itself, they joined forces and brought in the talented, well versed, rhythm section of Bryan Law and Andy Opett. With the foundation of the group set, the addition of Manny Gaspar pushed the group to the next level.

Starting out as roots-rock group with a diverse set list, the group soon discovered that they were drawn to the feel, the drive, and the creativity of the Grateful Dead catalog. The move was made to head in that direction while still holding on to some of their favorites like Tom Petty, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Band. Combining great grooves, classic songs, and musicians that focus on playing off each other, Mud Creek wants you to feel what they play and make it so you have nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile….  

Band Members
Andy Opett – Drums & Percussion
Bryan Law – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Chad Ayers – Rhythm & Lead Guitars, Vocals
Manny Gaspar – Piano, Organs, Vocals
Trevor Whiting – Rhythm & Lead Guitars, Vocals

http://www.mud-creek.com

Cover: $5

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Happy Hour with Boyd & Parker Ambush
May
10
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Boyd & Parker Ambush

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials..$1 off well drinks and $1 off craft draft pints from 3pm till 7pm, free munchies and live music featuring alt-country band...

THE BOYD & PARKER AMBUSH

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/258193921729888

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The Stinky Boots String Band
May
9
8:00 PM20:00

The Stinky Boots String Band

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Do NOT miss this May residency of...
Folk-Grass/Americana band...
The Stinky Boots String Band
with many special guests!

Thursday, May 9, 23, and 30
Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:00pm

Here's what the band says about their sound...
Formed in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate NY, we as the The Stinky Boots String Band, find pure enjoyment in what we do. Whether its in front of an audience or just standing around the kitchen table, our goal is to tell stories through our instruments and our self proclaimed profound lyrics. We hope to inspire people to get on out and do what they really love. Follow that passion! We aim to get out and about and play music for as many people as we can. See you soon... Cheers!

The band features.
Carl from the Ol' Dirty Ditches - Guitar/Vocals
Aaron From Ol' Dirty Ditches - Mandolin/Vocals
Jacob From Crunchy Western Boys, Bone Orchard Butchers and Crackle foX - Fiddle
Christian From The Blind Owl Band and Bone Orchard Butchers- Bass

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Stinkybootsstringband

Cover: $8

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Happy Hour with Paradigm Shift
May
8
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Paradigm Shift

Doors 4pm, Music 5:30pm
Special Jazz Happy Hour with…

PARADIGM SHIFT

In the early 90s, Paradigm Shift was born in Rochester, NY to bring spirit back to neo-jazz with organic, funky grooves and street-level ambiance. Bandleader Melvin Henderson and co-founder Gerry Youngman grew up in the golden age of jazz clubs: simmering hotbeds of grit and soul. In an era of turmoil and enormous social change, Henderson and Youngman spent their formative years watching and listening to the great jazz legends. After attending Berklee School of Music, Youngman toured with classic R&B icons like The Drifters, The Platters, Martha Reeves, and St. Louis soul legend Walter Scott. Also out of Berklee, Henderson has recorded and shared the stage with Al Jarrreau, Roy Ayers, Cheryl Lynn, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and legendary organists Jack McDuff and Dr. Lonnie Smith.
In the mid-2000s, Drummer-composer Sean Jefferson was added to the mix, completing the trio with an orchestral sensibility and fresh perspective. Jefferson has also performed alongside prominent musicians such as Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Jeff Tyzik, Marcus Printup, Wycliffe Gordon, Houston Person, and Bobby Militello.
After almost thirty years, Paradigm Shift's seasoned performers still keep it raw and vibrant in an ever relevant and evolving art form.
https://www.psjazz.com/
Free Show

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"TEEN" with Boy, Jr.
May
7
8:00 PM20:00

"TEEN" with Boy, Jr.

Doors 4pm, Music 8pm

Indie/art pop trio, TEEN, head to Rochester to celebrate the release of their new record, Good Fruit, on May 7!

Good Fruit, the band’s fourth and newest album, is its sharpest thesis yet. A meditation on life after love, it’s thematically the opposite of its predecessor, 2016’s Love Yes, which The Guardian praised as “reminiscent of…inventive late-70s to mid-80s pop groups.” Musically, though, Good Fruit is the logical evolution of Love Yes’ massive uptick in synth use and sticky-hot choruses. The album boasts self-assured, skyrocketing synthpop anthems including “Only Water” and “Runner,” which betray the crucial lessons the sisters took from experiencing the distinct, enlivening ways that their myriad Love Yes tourmates employed synths. As with all TEEN albums, there are haunting ballads, most notably “Pretend,” which swells into a roaring synthetic climax as it details a relationship’s failure. A precise analysis of life after love, it’s an ideal note on which to end Good Fruit, a bold statement on moving forward and letting go of the past.

http://www.teentheband.net/

Glamorous garage pop outfit, Boy Jr., opens!

$10 at the door

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Chris Bethmann/Matt Landon/Scott Kwiatek
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

Chris Bethmann/Matt Landon/Scott Kwiatek

Doors 7pm, Music 8pm

Chris Bethmann and his band of Rochester expats brings his Americana Rock vibe to Rochester's legendary roots haunt for first time this year. Bethmann's original act, honed through gig after gig as a local troubadour, has seen his bookings extend through New England and New York City this year. Teacher by day and songwriter by night, Bethmann's songs feature vivid imagery and stories of day to day life and emotions. His latest release, Naked Bourbon (Dec 2018, self released) is a rock 'n roll testament to coming of age in the millennial era.

Bethmann will be celebrating the release of a new single, Long After Midnight, accompanied by his band Eric Metzgar (drums) and Scott Kwiatek (bass).

http://www.chrisbethmann.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/2107022052752264

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0A54a0tbcfpqMu2L4Pt4iC
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-484323500/sets/naked-bourbon

Opening Acts:
- Scott Kwiatek (b) playing/singing original songs supported by Andrew Tachine (d), Greg Roberts (g), and Matt Landon (g).

- Matt Landon (g) playing/singing original songs supported by Andrew Tachine (d), Scott Kwiatek (b), and Greg Roberts (g).

Scott Kwiatek professional jazz bassist with a taste for songwriting and singing. Recently accepted into the Manhattan School of Music for his masters, Scott is excited to show off his chops and original tunes for his adopted home town crowd.

Matt Landon is an award winning jazz guitarist composer, and singer-songwriter currently based in Rochester, NY. He has performed at many prestigious venues and festivals including Lincoln Center and the Montreux Jazz Fest. Although he is most accomplished as a guitarist, singing and songwriting has become a passion of his in recent years and he is eager to continue exploring this new medium.

Cover: $5

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The Return of McKinley James!
May
3
9:30 PM21:30

The Return of McKinley James!

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:30pm

The Return of
McKINLEY JAMES!

McKinley James is a 17 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 is keyboardist, Ray Jacildo (JD McPherson) .
You are NOT going to want to miss this night of blistering blues guitar!!!

https://www.mckinleyjames.com/

Tickets: $5 advance, $8 day of show, and on sale now at Abilene, Record Archive and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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Phoebe Legere
May
2
7:30 PM19:30

Phoebe Legere

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

Phoebe Legere!

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, bassist Jay Chafee, along with Ben Haravitch and Bernie Heveron. 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 

With Special Guests: Cotton Toe Three

Tickets: $15 and on sale now online at https://abilene.showare.com/

and at the door

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Jeff Riales & Friends - Every Tuesday in April
Apr
30
7:30 PM19:30

Jeff Riales & Friends - Every Tuesday in April

Every Tuesday in April
Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:30pm

Singer-Songwriter Jeff Riales and Guests

"Sporting the baritone of Johnny Cash, the burnished tone of Waylon Jennings and the wit of John Prine…-Jeff Spevak, Democrat & Chronicle

Joining Jeff on April 30.....The Silvertone Express featuring Bruce Diamond, Joe Grillo, Mike Wittek and Dana Fine

http://jeffriales.com/

Cover: $5

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Hypnotic Clambake
Apr
27
9:00 PM21:00

Hypnotic Clambake

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

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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Luca Foresta and The Electrokings
Apr
26
9:00 PM21:00

Luca Foresta and The Electrokings

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:00pm

Live Rhythm & Blues with..
Luca Foresta and the ElectroKings

With a style unlike any other, Luca Foresta and the ElectroKings have broken the mold with their energy and emotional intensity to captivate audiences in clubs across Western New York. The group focuses on creating their original songs based on the danceable roots of American music such as blues, swing, and good old rock and roll. Intermingled with their original tunes, the band covers a wide variety of musical styles. They include familiar tunes from the 1950's such as those of Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Big Walter Horton, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson and Elmore James, to the current West Coast sounds of William Clarke, James Harman, Charlie Musselwhite, Rod Piazza and Little Charlie and the Nightcats

www.facebook.com/pg/Luca-Foresta-and-the-ElectroKings-210486412378513

Cover: $5

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Happy Hour with Kissin' Whiskey
Apr
26
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Kissin' Whiskey

Doors 3:00pm, Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials including $1 off well drinks and craft draft pints from 3pm till 7pm, free munchies and Kissin’ Whiskey a potent concoction of original music with vintage rock & roll, blues and your grand-dads soul.

The band features Steve Scarpulla, Adam Schmidt. John Peck and Mike Kalinowski

https://www.facebook.com/kissinwhiskey

Don’t miss their Abilene debut.

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Mike Powell & Loren Barrigar
Apr
25
8:00 PM20:00

Mike Powell & Loren Barrigar

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Mike Powell & Loren Barrigar

With a vintage voice and a chest full of hauntingly heartfelt songs, prolific storyteller Mike Powell Music is the underground messenger of blue-collar soul. Each night the lights go up, this pioneering poet lets his guard down and allows the fervently fearless stories to come to life. His comfort behind a microphone blended with his unique brand of “atomic folk” creates a vibe that warms the room like a long ago fire burning hot inside a cabin in the woods.

He was grown along the banks of the mighty Black River in the paper making town of Champion, NY, by his mill working father and an artist mother. The front half of his childhood home was converted into a retail space called “Grandma’s Room” where his mother would sell her crafts to the people of their small community. It was typical for her customers to be invited into their small kitchen for coffee and conversation. Young Mike Powell would lie under the table, close his eyes and absorb all of the unique stories that these folks would tell.

Around that same table, once the sun had set, his father Larry would return in his blue mill-issued uniform with beer, friends and a carton of cigarettes. Larry would play guitar and his friends would sing along to old country songs by Willie, Hank and the Possum. The format in the kitchen was the same every night, Larry would play a song and then someone would tell a story. All of this seeped deep into Mike Powell’s fabric and it truly comes through in his shows. His performances feel like your sitting around a small kitchen table in a tiny American town with your closest friends drinking. laughing and telling tales.

In 2004, Powell left Syracuse University as the most decorated lacrosse player in history but declined offers to play professionally so that he could focus fully on the craft of songwriting. Over the past fifteen years he’s written over two hundred songs, released seven albums and has toured the country playing shows with Martin Sexton, David Lindley, Shooter Jennings, Sarah Lee Guthrie & many more.

This fiercely independent artist presents his songs in several different formats which allows his sound to match whatever room he’s playing. His relaxed solo-style listening room show puts Powell’s extreme comfort as a performer on display and breaks down the door between the stage and the mezzanine. His duo format features guitarist, Loren Barrigar.

Loren started playing guitar when he was only four years old, and by the time he was six, played the Chet Atkins hit “Yackety Axe” in front of thousands of country music fans at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. He went on to study with Jimmy Atkins (Chet’s brother) which led to a touring career with his family band from Nashville to Las Vegas. Since settling down in Central New York, he has been in constant demand as a studio musician.

Loren's finely-honed songwriting skills have launched his melodies on NBC’s #1 rated show “ER”, “The Young and The Restless” and on a Christmas CD with BB King and Patti Labelle. He has performed with some of the best acoustic players in the world including Stephen Bennett, Richard Smith, John Knowles, Muriel Anderson and Loren’s friend and mentor Tommy Emmanuel, the Australian guitar sensation. He has also recorded with Multiple Grammy winner and legendary producer Lloyd Maines.

In 2010, Loren made a guest appearance at The Chet Atkins Appreciation Society {CAAS} in Nashville with his pickin' pal from New Zealand, Mark Mazengarb. His solo concerts include favorite songs from seven decades, as well as his originals all featuring exciting guitar work and memorable vocal stylings.

https://www.lorenbarrigar.com
https://www.facebook.com/politerebel

Cover: $7

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The Old Main - Every Wednesday in April
Apr
24
8:00 PM20:00

The Old Main - Every Wednesday in April

EVERY WEDNESDAY IN APRIL!
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.

With special guest on April 24: Mike Brown

https://www.theoldmainmusic.com/

Cover: $7

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Special Afternoon Show with 5HEAD!
Apr
20
2:00 PM14:00

Special Afternoon Show with 5HEAD!

Doors 1pm, Music 2pm-4pm

An afternoon of ska, soul and swing!

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

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

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

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

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/435254417223392/

Cover: $5

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Folkfaces with The Tenants
Apr
19
9:00 PM21:00

Folkfaces with The Tenants

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:00pm

Folkfaces
Folkfaces is a Buffalo-based quartet that specializes in “Rowdy Jazz & Bluesy Roots.” Folkfaces has an irresistibly danceable energy and a unique versatility, being able to engage a crowd whether busking on the street, playing in a small barroom, or putting on a full electric show at a large music venue. The band draws influence from a multitude of genres, including folk, jazz, blues, punk, Americana, jug band, and bluegrass.
http://folkfacesmusic.com/

The Tenants
Rock, folk-rock, and gritty blues from the gritty town of Akron, Ohio.
https://thetenants2.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/events/2024942530937352/

$7 Cover

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Happy Hour with Kidd Kyle and the Big Deal
Apr
19
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Kidd Kyle and the Big Deal

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with Drink Specials (3pm till 7pm) including $1 off well drinks and craft draft pints, free munchies and live music….featuring the Abilene debut of Buffalo’s fave New Orlean’s jazz band..

Kidd Kyle and The Big Deal

“JAZZ AIN’T FANCY!”

The mission is simple; remind the world that Jazz is a music of the common folk, which all can enjoy! Bandleader Kyle “Kidd” Yagielski has been called many things, but “fancy” has never been one, and that’s not changin’ soon! Armed with his trusty trumpet, he is out to prove that Jazz is for everyone and provide them with a foot-stompin’ good time!

At his side, is the the “Big Deal,” made up of some of Western New York’s premiere musicians! Each member brings their own musical “ingredient” to the group, resulting in a unique gumbo of sound! The Big Deal features:

Matthew “Magnum” Hawke- Trombone/Vocals
Jon Lehning- Saxes
Michael Gauss- Keys
David DePauw- Tuba
Aravinth “Vinth” Mathuranayagam- Drums

Kidd Kyle & the Big Deal covers everything from Dr. John to Louis Armstrong and Creedence Clearwater Revival! They thrive in live performances and give unique shows each time!

Come party with us! #JazzAintFancy

https://www.facebook.com/KiddKyleAndTheBigDeal/

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Irish Session with The Crossroads Quintet
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Irish Session with The Crossroads Quintet

Doors 4pm, Music 7pm

A full night of Irish Session Music...and more!
Don't miss...
The Crossroads Quintet
with Gavin Barry's Rebel Banjo Circus

After last month's raucous session, this timethey'll be featuring their good friend Kenny Nunn on the Irish woodwinds, Irish-language songs, and maybe even sax. An Eastman grad and all around smooth operator, Kenny is just off a tour of the broad Atlantic with Celebrity Cruises, so come help him lose his sea legs.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2190659777693259


And making its Abilene debut, Gavin Barry's Rebel Banjo Circus at 7pm
Cover:$5

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