The Push Stars Reunion
Sep
22
9:00pm 9:00pm

The Push Stars Reunion

****SPECIAL SHOW****
“Abilene on the Road” and Record Archive present...


THE PUSH STARS REUNION!

Doors 7:00pm, Music 9:00pm
Live at The Montage Music Hall, 50 Chestnut Street, 14604


Boston alternative popsters, The Push Stars are led by songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Chris Trapper, with bassist/keyboardist Dan McLoughlin and drummer Ryan MacMillan rounding out the lineup. The band debuted in 1996 with an album for the now-defunct Imago label, “Meet Me at the Fair; from there, they self-released the 1997 EP “Tonight” and landed a spot on the soundtrack for the popular romantic comedy, “There’s something About Mary” with the song “Everything Shines.”

As the buzz grew on the band, Capitol Records signed them up, issuing their major-label debut album “After the Party” in 1999. “Opening Time” followed in Spring 2001. As each member of the band approached 30, The Push Stars took complete creative control. They signed to the San Francisco imprint 33rd Street and joined producer/engineer Greg Collins (No Doubt, Matchbox Twenty, Jewel) in Spring 2003 to begin recording The Push Stars’ fourth album. Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas heard the band’s work in progress and was so impressed, he brought The Push Stars on the road for Matchbox Twenty’s Fall tour of North America.

In March 2004, the band released “Paint The Town” to much critical acclaim and fanfare. After more than a year of touring in support of the album, the band decided to go on indefinite hiatus. Since that time, Chris Trapper has recorded and released nine albums and toured the word over as a solo acoustic performer. Dan McLuoghlin currently owns a recording studio in Hoboken, JN and is much sought after as a producer and engineer. Ryan MacMillan now works as a session drummer/drummer for hire and has toured and recorded with several high profile bands, most notably Matchbox Twenty and Tonci.

While the band never officially broke up, live performances have been few and far between in recent years. We’re thrilled to be presenting them live in Rochester, which has always been a hotbed of Push Stars fan appreciation.

www.thepushstars.com

With special guest BRENT SHUTTLEWORTH!

www.brentshuttleworth.com

Tickets: $22 advance, $25 day of show, on sale now at Abilene, Record Archive, Bop Shop Records, House of Guitars and online at www.abilenebarandlounge.com and www.ticketfly.com

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David Mayfield
Sep
22
10:00pm10:00pm

David Mayfield

Doors 3:00pm, Music 10:00pm

The Legendary DAVID MAYFIELD!

“If you’ve seen David Mayfield perform with The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Jessica Lea Mayfield, or at Bonnaroo (or at Abilene Bar and Lounge!!!), you’ve witnessed the charisma, the heart, and the comedy, and it’s likely you’ll be coming back for more. Do NOT miss this show!!!!

www.thedavidmayfieldparade.net

Tickets: $15, on sale beginning August 23….and available at Abilene and online at www.abilenebarandlounge.com

 

 

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Rochester Fringe Festival - Big Knockers: Debunking the Fox Sisters
Sep
23
1:00pm 1:00pm

Rochester Fringe Festival - Big Knockers: Debunking the Fox Sisters

Doors Noon, Show 1:00pm

Thrilled to be a KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival venue!

Big Knockers: Debunking the Fox Sisters - Join the famous Fox Sisters as they commune with spirits from the great beyond. This unique interactive experience mixes the challenges of an escape room with the excitement of immersive theater. Taking over the entire TheatreROCS Stage at Abilene venue is easy; getting out will be the hard part. From the minds that brought you DASHBOARD DRAMAS, THE OBOE SHOW, and HOT TUB: THE MUSICAL comes a hilarious happening you won’t want to miss.

Check out the Fringe Fest website for more details www.rochesterfringe.com

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Rochester Fringe Festival - San Pedro
Sep
23
2:30pm 2:30pm

Rochester Fringe Festival - San Pedro

Doors Noon, Show 2:30pm

Thrilled to be a KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival venue!

San Pedro - Fresh from touring with FUNNY OR DIE and creator of the new COMEDY CENTRAL Snapchat series HEADS WILL ROLL, McQueen Adams has taken his world of impressions, music, and comedy in a fresh and innovative direction, creating a hi-tech, audio-visual universe.

http://www.mcqueenlive.com/

Check out the Fringe Fest website for more details www.rochesterfringe.com

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Rochester Fringe Festival - San Pedro
Sep
23
4:00pm 4:00pm

Rochester Fringe Festival - San Pedro

Doors Noon, Show 4:00pm

Thrilled to be a KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival venue!

San Pedro - Fresh from touring with FUNNY OR DIE and creator of the new COMEDY CENTRAL Snapchat series HEADS WILL ROLL, McQueen Adams has taken his world of impressions, music, and comedy in a fresh and innovative direction, creating a hi-tech, audio-visual universe.

http://www.mcqueenlive.com/

Check out the Fringe Fest website for more details www.rochesterfringe.com

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The The Band Band
Sep
23
8:30pm 8:30pm

The The Band Band

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Doors 7:00pm, Music 8:30pm

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

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

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

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

www.thethebandband.com

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

 

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Commander Cody
Sep
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

Commander Cody

****SPECIAL SUNDAY SHOW ****

Doors 4:00pm, Music 6:00pm

The quintessential “bar band,” Cody and crew play stripped-down, basic rock ‘n’ roll, boogie-woogie, country and blues.

Get yer ass in gear, Commander Cody is comin’ to town!!!

www.commandercody.com

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

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Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys
Sep
25
8:30pm 8:30pm

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys

****SPECIAL SHOW****
Doors 6pm, Music 8:30pm

Dandedeville Barber and Beauty and Abilene present BIG SANDY & HIS FLY-RITE BOYS!

One Night Only!!! Live In Concert!
The finest purveyors of American Roots Music, Western Swing, Rockabilly and Traditional Country Music!

www.bigsandy.net

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

 

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Baby Gramps
Sep
26
8:00pm 8:00pm

Baby Gramps

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:00pm

Legendary Musician BABY GRAMPS!

Writer Patrick Ferris said he has "a mass appeal in the sense that any audience between the age of 2 and 102 are captivated by his vaudeville antics, hilarious lyrics and animated guitar playing... His voice is a cross between Popeye the Sailor and a Didgeridoo and the plinkity-plink of his VERY worn National steel guitar, sounds like a wind up jack in the box. If you listen closely and know anything about music, you'll realize Gramps is an absolutely incredible guitar player. Being a professional musician for over 40 years can't help but give you some sort of chops, but Gramps is a modern day Robert Johnson; a revolutionary guitarist that, like Thelonious Monk on piano, can play the notes 'between the cracks.”

www.babygramps.com

Cover: Low Dough Show Only $8!

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Hanna & The Blue Hearts
Sep
27
8:00pm 8:00pm

Hanna & The Blue Hearts

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:00pm

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

http://www.hearhanna.com

Cover: $5

 

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Charlie Parr
Sep
28
8:00pm 8:00pm

Charlie Parr

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:00pm

Abilene Bar & Lounge and The Bop Shop present CHARLIE PARR!

An easily confused and very shy individual, Charlie Parr has been traveling around singing his songs ever since leaving Austin, Minnesota in the 1980's in search of Spider John Koerner, whom he found about 100 miles north at the Viking Bar one Sunday night. The experience changed his life, made him more or less unemployable, and brings us to now: 13 recordings, 250 shows a year or more, 200,000 miles on a well broke in Kia, and a nasty fear of heights. Resonator fueled folk songs from Duluth, Minnesota.

www.charlieparr.com

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

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Happy Hour with Groveland Sation
Sep
29
6:00pm 6:00pm

Happy Hour with Groveland Sation

****SPECIAL SHOW****
Doors 3:00pm, Music 6:00pm


Happy Hour with great drink specials, free munchies and the Abilene debut of GROVELAND STATION!

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

www.grovelandstation.com

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Alexis P. Suter Band
Sep
29
10:00pm10:00pm

Alexis P. Suter Band

Doors 3:00pm, Music 10:00pm

A very special evening of blues featuring national
touring act the ALEXIS P. SUTER BAND!

When the great bluesman B.B. King first heard Alexis P. Suter sing a few years ago, he was visibly impressed-and said so after her opening set. Shaking his head in wonder in his characteristic way, he remarked, "It's a rare thing to share the stage with great talent like that young lady."

Considering the caliber of performers who appeared on the same bill as King, that was a heady compliment. And she has earned similar accolades from other well-known musicians and performers, including the late Levon Helm and Dan Akroyd, better known in the blues world as Elwood Blues, who called her "America's number one contender of the new Queen of the Blues."

A true vocal phenomenon, bass/baritone powerhouse Suter and her band began wowing audiences in the Northeast as regular performers at Levon Helm's
Midnight Ramble Sessions in Woodstock, NY. "She is one of those wonderful spirits, she's got her arms around you, you can feel that!" Helm said. Since then, they've been in demand at North American blues fests and venues...and we're thrilled to have 'em at our corner saloon.

www.alexispsuter.com

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

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Soul Roach
Sep
30
9:00pm 9:00pm

Soul Roach

***SPECIAL SHOW****
Doors 7:00pm, Music...two long sets beginning at 9:00pm


SOUL ROACH
Soul Roach primarily plays the Jerry Garcia Band catalog but also dips in for some good ol' Grateful Dead here and there. Highly improvisational unit
anchored by an unwavering trio comprised of Todd Eberwine on guitar and vocals, Keith Lindner on bass and Mark Hitchcock on drums. The band has a cast of regulars that pop in and out rounding the Soul Roach sound.

www.soulroach.com

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

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Wishbone Ash
Oct
4
8:00pm 8:00pm

Wishbone Ash

****SPECIAL SHOW****

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

“Abilene on the Road” & The House of Guitars present Classic Rock Legends...WISHBONE ASH!

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

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

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

“The hours, days and weeks we spend touring and recording results in a close-knit group, for sure,” says Powell. “It allows us to bring a level of intensity to the table that people seem to pick up on and appreciate.”
Wishbone Ash’s hallmark is the distinctive twin-melodic lead guitar interplay that has influenced such bands as Thin Lizzy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Iron Maiden and, more recently, Opeth.

True road warriors, each year the band logs around 30,000 miles, roughly equivalent to circumnavigating the earth. There is truly no other rock band in history that has done more with the twin guitar concept than “The Ash.”

www.wishboneash.com

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

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Crawfish Royale
Oct
5
8:30pm 8:30pm

Crawfish Royale

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:30pm

A Very Special Evening of New Orleans Musical Gumbo!!! Featuring…
 
“CRAWFISH ROYALE”
 
A seasoned mix of New Orleans Boogie Woogie, Blues and a dash of R & B! Featuring former members of Seatrain, Blues Project, Country Joe & The Fish!
 
Cover: $10 at the Door

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Sean Farley
Oct
6
5:30pm 5:30pm

Sean Farley

****SPECIAL SHOW****
Doors 3pm, Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with Drink Specials, Free Munchies and the Abilene debut of Williamsport, Pennsylvania’s

SEAN FARLEY

Chasing full sounds with LIVE “looping,” which allows Sean to layer himself by recording tracks as he performs. You’ll hear what sounds like multiple guitarists, percussion and rhythms, harmonies, lead guitar licks, and a big soulful voice! He takes a simple and organic approach to the “one-man band” show.

www.seanfarleymusic.com

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Igor & The Red Elvises
Oct
6
9:30pm 9:30pm

Igor & The Red Elvises

****SPECIAL SHOW****
Doors 3:00pm, Music 5:30pm

IGOR & THE RED ELVISES!
If Igor and Red Elvises aren’t in the middle of a tour, they are getting ready for the next one — this is a group that is constantly in motion and consistently evolving. Singer, songwriter, guitarist and showman extraordinaire Igor Yuzov is perpetually globetrotting and in the process he has found scores of wildly talented, entertaining musicians to bring into the fold of this increasingly international party band. Red Elvises started as a Russian group, playing what they dubbed “Siberian Surf Rock.” Since then the band has included musicians from many other countries, including United States, Israel, Puerto Rico and Bulgaria, to name just a few.  Everyone who performs with them for any length of time brings something different both energetically and musically. At various times shows have included keyboards, accordions, sax, clarinet, trumpet, flute, banjo, mandolin, tuba and many other instruments. Old and new fans alike can expect to be surprised at shows again and again, however the roots of Red Elvises remain the same: Igor’s unique brand of humor combined with guitar based rock ‘n’ roll that makes audiences want to sing, dance, scream and shout.

www.redelvises.com

Tickets: $15 advance, $18 day of show, on sale now at Abilene, Record Archive, House of Guitars, Bop Shop Records and online at abilene.showare.com/

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Wayne "The Train" Hancock
Oct
7
9:30pm 9:30pm

Wayne "The Train" Hancock

****SPECIAL EVENT****
Doors 7pm • Music 9:30pm

The Return of WAYNE “The Train” 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 banding their brooms on the ceiling.

www.waynehancock.com

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

 

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Miss Tess & The Talkbacks
Oct
8
6:00pm 6:00pm

Miss Tess & The Talkbacks

***SPECIAL SUNDAY SHOW***
Doors 4:00pm, Music 6:00pm

MISS TESS & THE TALKBACKS!
Playing tunes from her latest new album, Baby, We All Know, don’t miss this Brooklyn-based singer and her band as they  make grooving modern vintage music that nods to the traditions of saloon jazz, country swing, early rockabilly, and New Orleans second line, yet somehow maintains a unique and personal sound.

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

www.misstessmusic.com

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The North Country
Oct
12
8:00pm 8:00pm

The North Country

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:00pm

The North Country
- The objective reality is this: there isn’t one. While we may live on the physical plane together, always jockeying for a space to stand peacefully among the noise, each experience is always subject to the whims of the beholder. The promise and horror of today is very real. But it’s up to you on how those macro social currents will affect your reality.

Andrew Grossman—bandleader, guitarist and lead vocalist for DC’s The North Country—documents his search for widespread subjective truth through expressive, narrative-based songwriting, providing both context and personal color on the trials, tribulations and tiny victories of 21st-century adulthood. Blending polyphonic psychedelia, classic American songwritership and soulful indie-rock compositions, The North Country is a band with a distinct message and broad appeal. Think about a deep songwriting session between Elvis Costello, Andrew Bird and Jeff Lynne, mix in Songs in the Key of Life-esque horn arrangements, St. Vincent’s otherworldly progressions, and you’re on your way to understanding The North Country.

Their newly recorded full-length album—In Defense of Cosmic Altruism— finds the band in a place populated with unknowns, not unlike our current social climate. Freed from a certain future, The North Country is free to explore their many facets, incorporating sounds as vast as synth pop, experimental and neo-soul, weaving a pastiche of influences as diverse as our community.

With special guests Brind'Amour, River Lynch & The Spirit Makers

www.thenorthcountrymusic.com

www.facebook.com/events/491294344560679

www.facebook.com/Brindamourroc

Cover: $7

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Hey Mavis!
Oct
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Hey Mavis!

***SPECIAL SHOW!***
Doors 3:00pm, Music 7:00pm

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

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

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

www.heymavis.com

Cover: $10

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Dmitri Matheny Group
Oct
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Dmitri Matheny Group

Doors 6:00pm, Music 7:00pm

“JAZZ NOIR” - A fresh spin on spy thrillers, crime dramas and classic jazz…feat. THE DMITRI MATHENY GROUP Jazz Noir…a new look at familiar TV and movie themes (film noir, spy thrillers and crime dramas), new works and jazz classics. Concert highlights include a Noir Medley of cinematic favorites (Touch of Evil, Laura, Chinatown, Vertigo, Taxi Driver, Blues in the Night) and the band’s original Crime Scene suite, a dreamlike series of vignettes linked together with voiceover narrative in the hardboiled detective style of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. Featuring Bob Sneider guitar, Danny Vitale bass, Mike Melito drums, and Dmitri Matheny flugelhorn. This promises to be a very interesting and intense night at Abilene.

www.dmitrimatheny.com

Cover: $10

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Nick Dittmeier & The Sawdusters
Oct
18
to Oct 19

Nick Dittmeier & The Sawdusters

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:30pm

Nick Ditmeier & The Sawdusters - A four piece Americana band from Louisville, KY. They’ve released two EPs, “Extra Better” in 2013, and then “Light of Day” in 2014. Through relentless touring, they’ve become mainstays of the Midwest Americana scene. In September of 2015, they set ten highway-tested, fine-tuned songs loose in the confines of LA LA Land Studios. The result is “Midwest Heart/Southern Blues.” The new album is a gritty, upbeat collection of songs, full of characters who were developed while staring over the dash of a beat up Ford van cruising through towns in the South and Midwest, whose better days are behind them.For fans of the Band, Little Feat, and the Turnpike Troubadours.

http://nickdittmeier.com

Cover: $6

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$pellCheck with Dosh
Oct
19
8:30pm 8:30pm

$pellCheck with Dosh

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:30pm

$pellcheck is an experimental pop band out of the Twin Cities and Cleveland.  Martin Dosh (Andrew Bird, Dosh, The Cloak Ox) plays keys, loops and percussion.  David King (The Bad Plus, Happy Apple, Craig Taborn) plays drumset. Mike Sopko (Bill Laswell, Glimpse Trio, Yellowstone Apocalypse) plays guitars.  Formed as the brainchild of Dosh and Sopko, with the idea of splitting an LP up between covers, originals and improvs, their debut was recorded over 2 days at the Terrarium in Minneapolis.  The bands they decided to cover are all over the place, everyone from the Heartless Bastards to Squarepusher receive their unusual treatment, running the gamut from ballads to freakouts.  Most of it was recorded live with minimal overdubs after a week of rehearsals.  It's fun, scary, and beautiful, often all at the same time.  The name of the LP is Municipal Stadium, after the legendary, beloved shithole in Sopko's hometown of Cleveland, where Dosh and Sopko spent many days watching baseball back in the 80's, dodging puddles of beer and inhaling second-hand smoke. Dosh was more or less the person who introduced Sopko to music, and King was Dosh's primary drum teacher for many years, so in a way, though they are all pretty close in age, it's a coming together of different generations, and different approaches to music. And it comes together with stellar results.

With special guest Dosh! Call him a one-man band, a virtuoso, a gifted collaborator or a family man, Minneapolis avant-rock luminary Martin Dosh is lauded by fellow musicians for his astounding solo, multi-instrumental abilities, mashing together elements of jazz, electro, hip-hop, minimalism, and ambient. A key collaborator with the likes of Andrew Bird, Redstart, Fog, Lateduster, and many others, Dosh has also shared the stage with Wilco, WHY?, Damo Suzuki, Gary Wilson, Golden Smog, Sole, My Morning Jacket, Tapes 'n Tapes, cLOUDDEAD, Sage Francis, Devendra Banhart, Kid Dakota, Alias, Themselves, Peanut Butter Wolf, P.O.S., Happy Apple, Joseph Arthur, Pizza Boys, the Bad Plus, The Jayhawks, Atmosphere, DJ Vadim and many more!

https://www.facebook.com/dosh-435805050181/

Cover: $8

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Tragedy Brothers with Big Ditch Brewery Tasting
Oct
20
6:00pm 6:00pm

Tragedy Brothers with Big Ditch Brewery Tasting

Doors 3:00pm, Music 6:00pm

Tragedy Brothers CD Release Party!
(6:00pm-9:00pm) The Tragedy Brothers new CD 'Wasting Time' is finally here! A mix of inspired American music, 'Wasting Time' is the product of several years of hard work and thoughtful song writing by band leader Joe Appleby and this band of brothers. Join them as they celebrate the completion of their new album and hear the fruits of their labor! The Tragedy Brothers are honored to hold this event at Abilene Bar and Lounge, a home away from home for them, that has hosted them many times over the past several years. You won't want to miss this show!

with Big Ditch Brewery Tasting from 6:00pm-8:00pm

www.tragedybrothers.com

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Delilah Jones
Oct
21
9:00pm 9:00pm

Delilah Jones

Doors 7:00pm, Music 9:00pm

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

www.facebook.com/kralltime

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Kris Lager Band
Oct
25
8:30pm 8:30pm

Kris Lager Band

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:30pm

Kris Lager Band - For well over a decade The Kris Lager Band has been a vehicle for Kris Lager’s (former member of Indigenous) unique brand of original music.  Self described as ‘Heavy Soul & Boogie Trance’ KLB doesn’t fall neatly into any one category or genre.  The best way to categorize them would be ‘Feel Good Music’ because as soon as it hits you, you just feel good!  Whether it is a funky soulful number, a groovy beat, a boogie guitar driven riff, or a tug on your heart strings ballad.  A KLB song or show has that ability to just lift you up and make you feel good EVERYTIME!!

Cover: Super Low Dough Show Only $7

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Happy Hour with The Drowning Cowboys
Oct
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

Happy Hour with The Drowning Cowboys

Doors 3:00pm, Music 6:00pm

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

THE DROWNING COWBOYS

The Drowning Cowboys are a Rochester based country band that formed in late 2012. Their songwriting explores such classic themes as drinking, heartache, drinking, and the freedom and solitude of the open road.  The band approaches music with a dedication to clever and heartfelt lyricism and catchy hooks, attempting to remain true to the roots of modern country music.

www.facebook.com/TheDrowningCowboys

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Thor Platter CD Release with The North & South Dakotas
Oct
28
9:00pm 9:00pm

Thor Platter CD Release with The North & South Dakotas

Doors 7:00pm, Music 9:00pm

Thor Platter CD Release Party!

Solid roots music with gritty soul, and a touch of grass. Cleveland singer-songwriter Thor Platter is a loyal purveyor of Americana music for many reasons. "The tradition and history of American music have influenced me my entire life; it encompasses many sounds and styles from many different eras," he explains. "Above all, it is just good music to your ears."

With his new album Take Time, set for release October 27, Platter is setting out to showcase his mastery of the genre, as well as capture the energy, spirit, and infectious harmonies of his live shows. Platter’s gentle, affecting vocals – which have earned him numerous comparisons to Willie Nelson – are carried along freely by the accompaniment of rollicking banjo and harmonica. Fans of the classic ‘70s singer-songwriter genre will delight in Platter’s seamless transitions from toe-tapping jams to sweetly confident ballads throughout the set’s 10 tracks.  Take Time was recorded and produced by David Mayfield at Tiger Spa in Akron, Ohio. Since most of Platter’s shows are performed as a trio (Paul Lewis on bass, Paul Kovac on Banjo), the album takes care to show off the mellow yet sparkling synergy that arises from a smaller, tight arrangement.

Platter, who grew up in Buffalo, NY, had a childhood seeped in rich musical influences – from Woodie Guthrie to Bob Dylan to Flatt & Scruggs – but his biggest inspiration to date has been Neil Young. “The way [Young] lived his life, the way he recorded, not being that mainstream guy--that was a heavy influence on me," he explains. "I've never wanted to be a pop star."  True to Young’s experimental and personally driven nature, Platter approaches songcraft without specific genre boundaries, choosing instead to allow his music to evolve instinctually. He made a fast impact on Cleveland's music scene upon moving there from Buffalo in 2008, releasing a debut solo LP in 2013 combining gospel, blues, and rock influences with bittersweet, character-driven lyrics.

Platter has been the featured performer at multiple large local music festivals, and is a seasoned roadman, keeping up a steady schedule of regional gigs while continually working on new music. He will be touring in support of Take Time throughout Fall 2017.

with The North & South Dakotas

www.thorplatter.com

www.nsdakotas.com

Cover: $8

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Jake La Botz
Sep
22
7:30pm 7:30pm

Jake La Botz

****SPECIAL SHOW****
Doors 3:00pm, Music 7:30pm


JAKE LA BOTZ!

Jake La Botz hit the road at fifteen. He found employment as a roofer, boilermaker, factory worker and obit writer. In the midst of this, he learned how to play guitar. He played on the streets and in the juke joints of New Orleans, Chicago, and the Mississippi Delta, finding kinship with some of the last of the pre-war era bluesmen: David “Honeyboy” Edwards, “Homesick” James, and “Maxwell Street” Jimmy Davis.

La Botz has become known for his “Tattoo Across America Tour,” where he tours the country performing at tattoo shops and as an actor in films in which he sometimes sings his originals songs: RAMBO dirirected Sylvester Stallone, ANIMAL FACTORY directed by Steve Buscemi, and others.

Jake has toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe and has opened for Ray Charles, Etta James, Dr. John, Mavis Staples, JD McPherson and a host of other greats. Jake’s Hi-STYLE Records CD, “Sunnyside,” was produced by JD McPherson’s bassist, Jimmy Sutton. Needless to say, if you’re a fan of JD, you’re gonna really dig this show!

www.jakelabotz.com

Cover: Super Low Dough Show---Only $8 at the door

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Rochester Fringe Festival - 50 Shades of Gay
Sep
21
9:00pm 9:00pm

Rochester Fringe Festival - 50 Shades of Gay

Doors 4:00pm, Show 9:00pm

Thrilled to be a KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival venue!

50 Shades of Gay - An adult variety show, packed with comedy, music, drag queens, audience participation and more! Written, produced, and starring GET OUT MAGAZINE's LGBT Comedian of the Year: Ike Avelli. Featuring Tym Moss and Viki Villainess!

http://www.ikeavelli.net/

Check out the Fringe Fest website for more details www.rochesterfringe.com

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Rochester Fringe Festival - Loop Painting
Sep
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

Rochester Fringe Festival - Loop Painting

Doors 4pm, Show 6:00pm

Thrilled to be a KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival venue!

Loop Painting - Seth Faergolzia will take multitasking to a new level with his loop-painting performance, simultaneously creating a large painting while improvising with acrobatic voice and loop pedal to create choral landscapes. A loop is a repeating section of sound material; short sections of material can be repeated to create thick sound layers. The painting will evolve with the loop and will be up for auction, and a video will be released the week following Fringe!

http://www.faergolzia.com/

Check out the Fringe Fest website for more details www.rochesterfringe.com

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Claude Bourbon
Sep
20
8:00pm 8:00pm

Claude Bourbon

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

CLAUDE BOURBON


"Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Russian stylings into uncharted territories. Each year Bourbon plays more than 100 shows around the world.

Claude has played countless venues, including Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Colne Great British & Blues Festival, among many others. He has shared the stage in Europe and the USA with countless musicians, Calvin Russel, Charlie Morgan (Elton John, Gary Moore), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Steve Grossman (Miles Davis), Herbie Armstrong (Van Morrison) and many more. Now based in the UK, some of this guitarists' influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician; Paco De Lucia, Deep Purple's Richie Blackmore; JJ Cale, JS Bach.

One reviewer even noted that although "Claude's roots were in blues, that is like saying Leonardo da Vinci was a painter."

www.claudebourbon.org

Tickets: $10 advance, $15 day of show, on sale beginning August 23...and available at Abilene, and online at www.abilenebarandlounge.com
 

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Rochester Fringe Festival - Unleashed! Improv
Sep
19
9:00pm 9:00pm

Rochester Fringe Festival - Unleashed! Improv

Doors 4:00pm, Show 9:00pm

Thrilled to be a KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival venue!

Unleashed! Improv Presents: Radical Applied Behavioral Indicative Determinism - These wacky improvisers respect no boundaries in this hilarious show that explores the inner psyche of audience members in order to improve their lives through inappropriately probing questions, deep self-analysis, and ultimately: torturous laughter. Let the R.A.B.I.D. team help you help yourself. Oh, and also – Unleashed! Improv will in no way accept responsibility for any damage or complaints of malpractice as a result of the show. Unless it's a broken funny bone!

http://www.unleashedimprov.com/

Check out the Fringe Fest website for more details www.rochesterfringe.com

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Rochester Fringe Festival - The Lanthan Mire
Sep
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

Rochester Fringe Festival - The Lanthan Mire

Doors 4pm, Show 6:00pm

Thrilled to be a KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival venue!

The Lanthan Mire - Blending film, music, narration, and performance art, this live, multimedia show tells the story of The Lanthan Mire, the great hider in despair, who travels through time on a gigantic strand of DNA, arriving lost in the great epochs of human spirit disintegration. In this year's episode, Mire is living in 1980s NYC, struggling, as many artists in time, to find his release and not go insane. Based on the novella of the same name.

http://www.liminalpress.org/

Check out the Fringe Fest website for more details www.rochesterfringe.com

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The Blasters
Sep
18
8:30pm 8:30pm

The Blasters

****SPECIAL SHOW****
Doors 6pm, Music 8:30pm

THE BLASTERS!

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

www.blastersnewsletter.com

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

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Rochester Fringe Festival - 50 Shades of Gay
Sep
16
10:00pm10:00pm

Rochester Fringe Festival - 50 Shades of Gay

Doors Noon, Show 10:00pm

Thrilled to be a KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival venue!

50 Shades of Gay - An adult variety show, packed with comedy, music, drag queens, audience participation and more! Written, produced, and starring GET OUT MAGAZINE's LGBT Comedian of the Year: Ike Avelli. Featuring Tym Moss and Viki Villainess!

http://www.ikeavelli.net/

Check out the Fringe Fest website for more details www.rochesterfringe.com

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Rochester Fringe Festival - Four Letter Words
Sep
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Rochester Fringe Festival - Four Letter Words

Doors Noon, Music 7:00pm

Thrilled to be a KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival venue!

Four Letter Words is a Chicago-based instrumental trio collectively lead by Jake Wark (tenor saxophone), Matt Piet (piano), and Bill Harris (drums). All three members provide original compositions to the group's repertoire, resulting in a wide range of tunes – some groove-based and others freely structured, some made of fragments of melody, and others unrelentingly melody-driven. All of the group's work is designed to allow for an emphasis on free improvisation and group interplay.

http://www.fourletterwordsmusic.com/

Check out the Fringe Fest website for more details www.rochesterfringe.com

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Rochester Fringe Festival - Loop Painting
Sep
16
4:00pm 4:00pm

Rochester Fringe Festival - Loop Painting

Doors Noon, Show 4:00pm

Thrilled to be a KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival venue!

Loop Painting - Seth Faergolzia will take multitasking to a new level with his loop-painting performance, simultaneously creating a large painting while improvising with acrobatic voice and loop pedal to create choral landscapes. A loop is a repeating section of sound material; short sections of material can be repeated to create thick sound layers. The painting will evolve with the loop and will be up for auction, and a video will be released the week following Fringe!

http://www.faergolzia.com/

Check out the Fringe Fest website for more details www.rochesterfringe.com

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Rochester Fringe Festival - The Lanthan Mire
Sep
16
2:30pm 2:30pm

Rochester Fringe Festival - The Lanthan Mire

Doors Noon, Show 2:30pm

Thrilled to be a KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival venue!

The Lanthan Mire - Blending film, music, narration, and performance art, this live, multimedia show tells the story of The Lanthan Mire, the great hider in despair, who travels through time on a gigantic strand of DNA, arriving lost in the great epochs of human spirit disintegration. In this year's episode, Mire is living in 1980s NYC, struggling, as many artists in time, to find his release and not go insane. Based on the novella of the same name.

http://www.liminalpress.org/

Check out the Fringe Fest website for more details www.rochesterfringe.com

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Rochester Fringe Festival - Big Knockers: Debunking the Fox Sisters
Sep
16
1:00pm 1:00pm

Rochester Fringe Festival - Big Knockers: Debunking the Fox Sisters

Doors Noon, Show 1:00pm

Thrilled to be a KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival venue!

Big Knockers: Debunking the Fox Sisters - Join the famous Fox Sisters as they commune with spirits from the great beyond. This unique interactive experience mixes the challenges of an escape room with the excitement of immersive theater. Taking over the entire TheatreROCS Stage at Abilene venue is easy; getting out will be the hard part. From the minds that brought you DASHBOARD DRAMAS, THE OBOE SHOW, and HOT TUB: THE MUSICAL comes a hilarious happening you won’t want to miss.

Check out the Fringe Fest website for more details www.rochesterfringe.com

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Rochester Fringe Festival - 50 Shades of Gay
Sep
15
9:00pm 9:00pm

Rochester Fringe Festival - 50 Shades of Gay

Doors 3:00pm, Show 9:00pm

Thrilled to be a KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival venue!

50 Shades of Gay - An adult variety show, packed with comedy, music, drag queens, audience participation and more! Written, produced, and starring GET OUT MAGAZINE's LGBT Comedian of the Year: Ike Avelli. Featuring Tym Moss and Viki Villainess!

http://www.ikeavelli.net/

Check out the Fringe Fest website for more details www.rochesterfringe.com

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Rochester Fringe Festival - Unleashed! Improv
Sep
15
7:30pm 7:30pm

Rochester Fringe Festival - Unleashed! Improv

Doors 3:00pm, Show 7:30pm

Thrilled to be a KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival venue!

Unleashed! Improv Presents: Radical Applied Behavioral Indicative Determinism - These wacky improvisers respect no boundaries in this hilarious show that explores the inner psyche of audience members in order to improve their lives through inappropriately probing questions, deep self-analysis, and ultimately: torturous laughter. Let the R.A.B.I.D. team help you help yourself. Oh, and also – Unleashed! Improv will in no way accept responsibility for any damage or complaints of malpractice as a result of the show. Unless it's a broken funny bone!

http://www.unleashedimprov.com/

Check out the Fringe Fest website for more details www.rochesterfringe.com

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Rochester Fringe Festival - 50 Shades of Gay
Sep
14
9:00pm 9:00pm

Rochester Fringe Festival - 50 Shades of Gay

Doors 4:00pm, Show 9:00pm

Thrilled to be a KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival venue!

50 Shades of Gay - An adult variety show, packed with comedy, music, drag queens, audience participation and more! Written, produced, and starring GET OUT MAGAZINE's LGBT Comedian of the Year: Ike Avelli. Featuring Tym Moss and Viki Villainess!

http://www.ikeavelli.net/

Check out the Fringe Fest website for more details www.rochesterfringe.com

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The Moonshine Rhythm Club
Sep
12
8:30pm 8:30pm

The Moonshine Rhythm Club

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

MOONSHINE RHYTHM CLUB

Moonshine Rhythm Club brings old-school swing and jazz to life with joyful arrangements and energetic playing that makes this vintage music sound like it was written this morning. The boys seek out deep cuts from the 30s and 40s, take their favorite parts from classic big band recordings, and distill them into their signature sound. That sound draws on the guitar-driven, acoustic fire of gypsy jazz, as well as the slow burn and laid-back groove of later artists like Count Basie and Nat "King" Cole. On top of this lays classy and hip vocals with a lighthearted humor.

www.moonshinerhythmclub.com

Cover: $10

 

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Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys
Sep
9
9:30pm 9:30pm

Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys

Doors 6:00pm, Music 9:30pm

Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys make one feel as if they're traveling in time, maybe back to Louisiana in 1963. Mel Guarino of The Bluebillies said, “There is no other band that I know that can sound so modern and yet so classic and nostalgic. It's at once, "Old Timey" and “Timeless,” echoing the sound and feel of maybe Hank Williams or the Stanley Brothers, with a "hill-billy" edge.”

“Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys specialize in a progressively flavored bluegrass sound often containing wickedly funny, all original, satirical lyrics. They are consistently entertaining and have attracted an avid, loyal audience. Don't miss an opportunity to see this band which offers a change of pace and a lot of up tempo fun." ~Ted Lehmann, Nominated annually for the IBMA Print/Media Person of The Year

Cover: $10 for the night! Includes both shows, Shannon McNally (7pm) AND Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys (9:30pm)! - Come Early, Stay Late!!!

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Shannon McNally
Sep
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Shannon McNally

****SPECIAL SHOW****
Doors 6pm, Music 7pm

SHANNON McNALLY!

Here's what Rodney Crowell said about Shannon McNally..."I first heard of Shannon McNally through John Leventhal, who described her vocal skills as having just the right amount of girlish smoke. At the time I was looking for just the right singer to make a cameo appearance on a song I was recording called "Famous Last Words of a Fool." Trusting John's appraisal---from his description I imagined something of a cross between Joan Jett and Lauren Bacall-I set about tracking the mystery singer down. What I eventually discovered in the small town of Holly springs, Mississippi was this dark-eyed beauty who wrote grown-up songs, played a pretty mean Fender Stratocaster and, at times, sounded a lot like Jesse Mae Hemphill. From our first meeting I couldn't shake the feeling that I was the right man for the job of shepherding the next Shannon McNally record into existence. Now that the record is made, I hope music lovers around the world will come to know what I and many others already know: this girl belongs in the Americana Music spotlight."

www.shannonmcnally.com

Cover: $10 for the night! Includes both shows, Shannon McNally (7pm) AND Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys (9:30pm)! - Come Early, Stay Late!!!

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Rohrbach Brewing Co. Night
Sep
6
4:00pm 4:00pm

Rohrbach Brewing Co. Night

4pm till midnight

Rohrbach Brewing Company Night

Join us in celebrating Rochester's original craft brewers, Rohrbach Brewing Company!

Rohrbach 16 oz. cans of Highland Lager, Blueberry Ale, Red Wing Ale, Railroad Street IPA, Vanilla Porter, Space Kitty Double IPA and Rohrbach Oktoberfest---all $1 off!

Plus, Rohrbach Scotch Ale Drafts--$1 off
 

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Big Ditch Brewing Co. Night!
Sep
5
4:00pm 4:00pm

Big Ditch Brewing Co. Night!

4pm till midnight

Big Ditch Brewing Co. Night!

Join us in celebrating Buffalo's Premier Craft Brewery, Big Ditch Brewing Company!

Cans of Big Ditch Excavator Rye Brown and Low Bridge Golden Ale---both only $4 on special!!!

Also, pints of Big Ditch Hayburner American IPA-only $4 on special!!

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