Heather Taylor
Jul
18
7:30 PM19:30

Heather Taylor

Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:30pm
Abilene Intimate Upstairs Lounge


Heather Taylor (Formerly of "The Crawdiddies")

CD RELEASE PARTY!!!

Heather Taylor (formerly of The Crawdiddies) returns to Rochester, one night only, for a hometown secret album release show-Live in Abilene’s Intimate Upstairs Lounge! With fiery and thoughtful tone, Taylor delivers a spectrum of tunes offered up through storytelling, digging questions & inner-world commentary. Lyrically driven and melodically moving, Heather’s Americana inspired originals are backed by the rhythm of her octave mandolin and uplifted with the weaving ambiance of Sean Jerome’s lyrical and soulful licks.

Born into a musical family in Rochester, NY, multi-instrumentalist and visual artist, Heather Taylor is creative to her core. Classically trained in flute, the now singer/songwriter embraces the craggy soul of the Appalachian music scene in Asheville, NC. Shortly after settling into Asheville, Taylor won the Brown Bag Songwriting Competition and is recognized as an emerging singer-songwriter in the Western North Carolina music scene. Her most recent record, “Undercurrents” was mixed at Echo Mountain Recording Studio by Grammy award winning producer, Julian Dreyer and features slide guitarist, Sean Jerome.

www.facebook.com/HeatherTaylorCreates

Tickets: $10 advance, $13 day of show, on sale now at Abilene and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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Kevin Gordon Trio
Jul
19
8:00 PM20:00

Kevin Gordon Trio

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

KEVIN GORDON TRIO

“Dude’s a juke-joint professor emeritus” ~Rolling Stone

Kevin Gordon’s Louisiana is a strange place. It’s a place where restless teens road trip to where the highway dead-ends at the Gulf of Mexico; a place where prisoners who are in for life compete in a rodeo while the town watches; where a character can get lost in the humid afternoon and where religion may not signify hope; and where rivers, never far away, carry secrets behind levees. “one of the things I like about it an am mystified by is that what passes for normal in Louisiana would not make the grade elsewhere,” he says.

The kicker? All of these postcards are based on true stories. It’s a place that he’s been exploring for twenty years now, on the eve of the release of his astonishing new album “Tilt & Shine” on Crowville Media. It is work that has earned him fans like noted author and  Elvis Presley biographer Peter Guralnick; New West Records artist Buddy Miller; journalist, songwriter, and Country Music Hall of Fame staffer Peter Cooper;  Todd Snider; head of the Americana Music Association Jed Hilly; and Lucinda Williams, with whom he dueted on the song “Down To The Well” (which was featured prominently on an Oxford American compilation).

Before you even hear his vivid lyrics, you start feeling the sound of that ’56 Gibson ES-125 tuned down to open D, often with the tremolo flowing like a river, and an unstoppable groove distilled from swamp blues and Sun Records. His MFA from the Iowa Poetry Writers’ Workshop allows him to capture it with a degree of precision. As the New York Times put it in its headline of a feature on Kevin, “A Musician or a Poet? Yes, to Both.”

Kevin sums it up, “There are so many stories in north Louisiana and it’s a place that nobody pays attention to. For me, you can feel the arc of time passing. I’m captivated by the power of strong memories-those films that run continuously in your mind, if you let ‘em” With “Tilt & Shine,” those movies translate into rock and roll poetry.

http://kg.kevingordon.net/

Cover: Special Low-Dough Show—only $10 at the door!

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StarDevils
Jul
20
9:30 PM21:30

StarDevils

Doors 3:00pm •Music 9:30pm

Rockabilly and Hillbilly Bop Artists
StarDevils
!

The StarDevils—forming in 2000, are regarded as one of the most entertaining and exiting bands in traditional contemporary rockabilly. Their savage rockabilly and hillbilly boppin’ sounds have been raved about here in the U.S.A. and internationally. They have received many outstanding reviews from the biggest roots and rockabilly publications around the globe, such as Black Cat Rockabilly and Rockabilly Hall of Fame (to name a couple). Being one of the top bands on the scene today, they are truly a rarity. The band’s live shows and CDs are must for any fan of traditional and original rockabilly. “It’s damn good rock ‘n’ roll” states Wayne “The Train” Hancock, saying the StarDevils are one of his favorite bands today.

www.stardevils.com

Cover: $7

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Peg Leg Ida and Skeleton Keys
Jul
21
8:30 PM20:30

Peg Leg Ida and Skeleton Keys

Doors 7:00pm • Music 8:30pm
A Full Night of Americana!!!!

PEG LEG IDA! - Peg Leg Ida is new to the Rochester music scene- formed in late 2017. They play a blend of Americana Rock tinged with blues and country. Covering a diverse range of artists, including Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, The Avett Brothers, Grateful Dead, John Hiatt, John Mellencamp, Phish, Tom Petty, Vince Gill, Zac Brown Band, The Decemberists, Bruce Hornsby, Chris Stapleton, and many others.

The members of Peg Leg Ida are all experienced players: other bands and projects their members have played in, or are currently involved with include Woody Dodge, Delilah Jones, The Skeleton Keys, Five Wheel, The Druids, Julie Dunlap and High Maintenance, Big Timber, Mansfield Avenue, and The Eric Clapton Birthday Celebration. All five members of the band sing, and love to harmonize!

www.facebook.com/peglegidaband

with their special guests
SKELETON KEYS!

www.facebook.com/theskeletonkeysrock
www.facebook.com/events/609536949423042

Cover: $5

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Glenn Donovan "Bon Voyage Bash!!!"
Jul
25
7:30 PM19:30

Glenn Donovan "Bon Voyage Bash!!!"

Doors 4:00pm • Party 7:00pm

Do NOT miss the GBD Bon Voyage Bash!!!

Yes, Glenn is moving on (He and his girlfriend, Kayla are moving to Detroit...and Motown's gain is Abilene's and Rochester's loss!).

So....on Wednesday, July 25...beginning at 7pm, we'll be celebrating all the great times spent with Glenn.
We'll provide hots & burgers (both meat and veggie)...and the grill will be fired up.
Please bring a dish to pass.

Drink specials all night long.

Thanks to all....
Let's send Glenn off with a bang!!!

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The Mighty High & Dry
Jul
27
9:30 PM21:30

The Mighty High & Dry

The return of THE MIGHTY HIGH AND DRY!

The Mighty High & Dry pumps out big-hearted American rock ‘n’ soul, employing a healer’s touch, a bartender’s wit and a lover’s kiss to the beat of the times.

www.themightyhighanddry.com

Cover: $5

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Yeled Zain
Jul
28
9:00 PM21:00

Yeled Zain

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9pm

Brooklyn-based 4-piece high energy, post-punk/hardcore/alternative rock band…YELED ZAIN!

Yeled Zaiin started in 2014 and recorded their debut EP (The Earth is Flat) at Vibromonk Studios in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Yeled Zaiin’s music pulls from several genres, including classic punk, rock ‘n’ blues, with inspiration coming from The Doors, Patti Smith and Black Flag.

Yeled Zaiin has played venues and bars across the Manhattan area, including Tender Trap, The Bowery Electric, Matchless, Fat Baby, The Well..and more.

With special guests

www.facebook.com/yeledzaiin

Cover: $6

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Angela Perley & The Howlin' Moons
Jul
31
8:00 PM20:00

Angela Perley & The Howlin' Moons

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

Rock ‘n’ honky tonk from Columbus, Ohio’s
ANGELA PERLEY & THE HOWLIN’ MOONS - Perley has earned comparisons to everyone from Joan Jett to Patsy Cline and her range of delicate reverb-laden crooners to grit-fused rock anthems have made more and more listeners take notice.  The band’s live shows rumble with swaggering basslines and guitar riffs and Perley’s soulful delivery and charismatic stage presence create a memorable experience for audiences eager to listen.
“It’s the shameless good times and guitar forward songwriting of bands like the Georgia Satellites with a mix of jam, glam, and honky-tonk to round out the
sound.” ~Duane Doobie

www.angelaperley.com

Cover: Special Low-Dough Show – only $8 at the door!

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The Kenny Brothers with Ryan Martin
Aug
3
9:00 PM21:00

The Kenny Brothers with Ryan Martin

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:00pm

“Mountain Rock Music” with THE KENNY BROTHERS!

The  Kenny  Brothers  Band is an improvisational Mountain-Rock Band from the backwoods of Stratham, New Hampshire. Made up of three brothers, they perform original songs with roots in alternative-folk music, accompanied by warm-hearted lyrics and earth derived grooves. The band was found in 2014 when all three of them realized they shared a true passion for music. It was time to move out of their parents basement and be heard by music fanatics alike.
 
Their debut album, Walk in the Woods, was selected to be in the best Seacoast music in 2016 according to the Seacoast Scene. "[Walk in the Woods'] weaves between trees, circles past the no trespassing sign onto the path less traveled and eventually doubles back home to sing about the adventure," says Siri Undlin from Ear to the Ground Music. It was released in June 2016 and has received airplay from popular seacoast-based radio stations like 92.5 the River WXRV, 106.1 Portsmouth Community Radio WSCA, 94.7 WNHN, and has reached as far as KUCA The Bear, based in Conway, Arkansas, a college town outside of Little Rock.
 
Being brothers, Billy 28, Taylor 27, and Joey 22, they all grew up listening to their parents records while spending quality time in the outdoors. This as well as Joey's adventures in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas inspired the creation of their debut record. Walk in the Woods examines how nature is an escape from technology and modern pressures of society. Through stories about traveling, girls, self-doubt, and independence, The Kenny Brothers illustrate a way of life that has greater emphasis on passion instead of career. "One of the band's greatest assets is their brotherhood. Growing up listening to the same music, along with their shared love of the outdoors, has made for a successful partnership," says Charlie Weinmann from The Sound.
 
The band frequently sells out shows in the Seacoast NH area at venues like The Stone Church in Newmarket, NH, and The Press Room in Portsmouth, NH. The band of brothers have made it out of town to clubs like The Way Station in Brooklyn, NY as well as maintaining a steady festival circuit, stopping at places like Wild Woods Music & Arts Festival in Croydon, NH. They are often known for having guest musicians including Dominic French on the organ, Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki on fiddle, and Matt Coyle and Jack Paone on the horns. The often integrate acoustic sets into their live shows, providing a variety of musical tastes every night. An article by Chris Hislop from the Seacoast Scene writes, "the group has quickly become a stape on the regional live music scene."

www.kennybrothersband.com

and special guest: RYAN MARTIN!

Ryan Martin’s sophomore record, Gimme Some Light, is the sound of catharsis and renewal, regret and reinvention. It is a living jukebox, full of vivid, deeply personal songs that span considerable emotional and sonic terrain. Drawing from the same well of timeless American music that informs artists like Neil Young, Ryan Adams, Gillian Welch and Bruce Springsteen, Martin’s themes can get dark - self-doubt, longing, heartbreak, addiction - but the music is full of bold melodies, energy, humor and hope.
 
Recorded at The Art Farm (Felice Brothers, Nels Cline) in Upstate New York, Gimme Some Light goes deep and wide into Martin’s songbook. From the dark and twangy Americana of ‘Death of Love’ to the driving R.E.M.-ish jangle of ’Say You Love Me’, the modern rock exaltation of ‘Lepers In Armor,’ to the timeless fragility of ‘Real Human Being’; these are classic songs luminous with imagery and feeling.
 
Originally from Los Gatos, California, Martin started writing songs when he was 14 and was soon playing in bands and doing solo gigs up and down the West Coast. After a traumatic car accident in 2005, his path took a sharp turn as he landed in and out of jail and treatment.  At 22, Ryan decided it was time to start over, and made his way to New York City. He soon found an audience, and a band, and recorded his excellent debut album, For All the Beautiful Losers.  After gigging around NYC, touring all over the United States, engaging new fans, and becoming a father, Martin felt he was ready to make a record that reflected a new sense of hope and purpose.
 
Gimme Some Light, will come out June 29, 2018 on High Moon Records. The first single, ‘Death of Love’, will be released on April 19th, with a beautifully-shot video that blends French New Wave cinema with a classic Americana vibe. Two more videos will follow, leading up to the album’s release, and Martin will tour the U.S. throughout 2018 to support the album, with additional European dates to be announced.

www.ryanmartinmusic.net

Cover: $6

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The Nighthawks
Aug
4
9:00 PM21:00

The Nighthawks

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

THE NIGHTHAWKS!
With special guests McKinley James!

A hard-driving Washington, D.C.-based bar band with strong Chicago blues roots, the Nighthawks were formed in 1972 by harpist and vocalist Mark Wenner and guitarist Jimmy Thackery. The band earned a reputation as a solid outfit through more than a decade of touring and recording projects with John Hammond and former members of Muddy Waters' band. Thackery left in 1986, but Wenner regrouped around longtime members Jan Zukowski on bass and Pete Ragusaon drums. Trouble, their 1991 release on Powerhouse, was a blend of blues, R&B, and rock influences, with a typically energetic sound born from thousands of gigs across the country. Subsequent efforts included 1993's live Rock This House, 1996's Pain & Paradise, and 1999's Still Wild. A collection of live performances from 2001 saw release in the spring of 2002 as Live Tonight. Since then, the band has stayed active delivering such albums as 2006's Blue Moon in Your Eye, 2009's American Landscape, and 2015's Back Porch Party. In 2017 they returned with All You Gotta Do, which included a version of Brenda Lee's "That's All You Gotta Do."

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

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Kelley Hunt
Aug
8
8:00 PM20:00

Kelley Hunt

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

KELLEY HUNT-SPECIAL SOLO SHOW!

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

www.kelleyhunt.com

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

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The Suitcase Junket
Aug
9
8:00 PM20:00

The Suitcase Junket

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

THE SUITCASE JUNKET!

From the salvaged sounds of American juke joints, back porches, honky tonks and rock clubs, The Suitcase Junket conjures an entirely new sound in his latest, essential rock collection, Pile Driver.

"Now this is the shit I'm talking about, Jack. The Suitcase Junket is a lo-fi, low-tuned, low-down blast of end-times folk blues. It's crude; it's magnificent. With a stage set-up that resembles a junkyard foley stage or Fred Sanford's living room, The Suitcase Junket — one man band leader Matt Lorenz — incants and intones like a cross between Hound Dog Taylor and a Tuvan throat singer who has swallowed a bird. Take the singer-songwriter idiom, give it a low grade fever and a guitar and this is what you get. Captivating, mesmerizing, and gone ... real gone." ~Frank De Blase,  Rochester (NY) City Newspaper

“He deploys his oddball, lo-fi but forceful sound in the service of well-conceived, engaging songs with literate and interesting lyrics.” The Suitcase Junket is much more than a curiosity or a novelty act, he’s a serious artist who shouts and winks at us at the same time, and has deep things to say to an open mind.” ~Seattle Post Intelligencer

“He’s an in-the-moment multi-instrumentalist, a true one-man band, carefully connecting and arranging unique objects around himself so that he’s a singer, guitarist, drummer and percussionist all at once. ~Daily Hampshire Gazette

https://www.thesuitcasejunket.com/

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

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Happy Hour with The Michigan Rattlers
Aug
10
7:00 PM19:00

Happy Hour with The Michigan Rattlers

Doors 3:00pm • Music 7:00pm

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

Lifelong friends and deep-north natives, musical group Michigan Rattlers play heavy-hearted folk-rock with an aching dose of Midwestern nice. Graham Young (guitar), Adam Reed (upright bass), and Christian Wilder (piano) began writing music and performing together in their Northern Michigan high school.

“Petoskey is a small place. Beautiful, but secluded. It’s hard to start a musical career in a place where there are more deer than people.” Still, they regularly played every bar, cafe, and stage in town, developing a musical chemistry informed by the likes of AC/DC, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Seger, and more.
After a few years apart, Reed and Young settled down in Los Angeles, recorded a short demo, and began playing locally. The demo found its way into the hands of super-producer Johnny K (Plain White T's, 3 Doors Down), and they cut the bulk of their first EP at NRG Studios in just one day.

"My favorite music is recorded that way," continues Reed. "You get in a room, plug in, and cut songs live. The energy of the recording comes directly from the physical performance, and it puts the listener into that specific time and place." This self-titled Michigan Rattlers EP attracted glowing reviews from No Depression, Bluegrass Situation, B3 Science, and Rolling Stone, who named the band one of their “Ten New Country Artists You Need To Know” in 2016. They spent the rest of that year and much of the next touring in support of this release.

In September 2017, Pianist Christian Wilder was added to the band’s lineup. Now a trio, the group headed into the studio to record their newest EP, Wasting the Meaning. Comprised of three cover songs, the project was conceived as a way to explore deeper into the recording process and pay homage to some of their favorite songwriters. Currently, the group is hard at work recording their first full-length release. It is slated for release in the summer of 2018.

www.michiganrattlers.com

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Mikaela Davis
Aug
11
9:00 PM21:00

Mikaela Davis

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

Mikaela Davis Live On The Patio!

Mikaela Davis is the kind of songwriter who routinely defies expectations. The 25 year-old artist is a composer of striking maturity. Her arrangements deftly combine elements of rock, folk and pop, and her vocals display a wisdom and a ruefulness that belie her years. Davis’ instrument of choice is the harp, which she has played since she was eight years old, right about the time she could actually get her hands around the instrument. A native of Rochester, New York, she spent her formative years in youth orchestras rather than in garage bands and later earned a degree from the Crane School of Music. 

Though Davis is clearly well-versed in the classical canon and is accustomed to performing in a recital setting, her approach to the harp is an unorthodox one. She often employs her instrument as a pulse, a rhythm or as texture as muscular as a guitar’s. Even in high school, Davis was thinking outside the box in regards to her instrument: Despite her rigorous schedule, she often managed to do a little weekend outdoor busking at a local market with a ukulele-playing friend.

Rochester-based Brian Moore, producer of Fortune Teller and Mikaela’s 2012 self-titled debut album, recently told The Boston Globe what it was like to experience her music for the first time: “She had the personality, and she’s obviously talented at harp and songwriting. I think the unique thing about Mikaela is she could stand alone with her songwriting and her vocals, but combined with what she can do technically on the harp -- hearing that was just a shock to me."

“I think a harp can do anything,” Davis declares. And so, as her recordings and live shows already indicate, can Davis.

www.mikaeladavis.com

Tickets $15 advance, $18 day of show, available at Abilene Bar and Lounge, Bop Shop Records, Record Archive, and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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Walt Wilkins
Aug
17
7:00 PM19:00

Walt Wilkins

****SPECIAL SHOW****
Doors 3:00pm • Music 7:00pm


Singer-Songwriter Extraordinaire
WALT WILKINS!

After a 3 year break from touring on the East coast, arguably one of America’s great songwriters brings his stories and songs back to Abilene Bar and Lounge. Since he was last on the East coast, Wilkins has put forth 3 new records. (Prolici is a word often used accurately to discuss the native Texan troubadour). “Streetlight,” perhaps his most poignant solo effort to date with all new songs….”Watch It Shine,” a harmonic masterpiece with his Texas supergroup, The Mystiqueros…and most recently, “Live at the Rock Room: Walt Wilkins & Kevin Welch,” a touching and overdue collaboration from 2 master storytellers, recorded over 2 nights in Austin. His show at Abilene will give old fans and new friends a chance to see and hear this Texas legend in an intimate setting as comfortable as that favorite old pair of jeans.

www.waltwilkins.com

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

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Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
Aug
20
8:00 PM20:00

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers

***Special Monday Night Show!***
Doors 6:00pm • Music 7:00pm

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers!


When Sidelong, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers’ debut album, was released in early 2017, it quickly earned kudos for its blast of fresh, fierce honesty and sly wit. It was a welcome new voice in a genre too often mired in the staid and conventional. And while that record may have come to many as a surprise, their new CD Years solidifies the point: Sarah Shook & the Disarmers have moved from getting people’s attention to commanding it. The album–with its sharpened songwriting, unique perspective, deepened sound and roll-up-your-sleeves attitude–will grab you by the collar and put a defiant finger to your chest. It is resolute, blunt, and unflinching.

Inspired by artists such as the Sex Pistols, Elliott Smith and Hank Williams, Sarah sings with confidence, control, and, at times, a hint of menace. The Disarmers match her on every track, coloring the tales of resilience and empathy with as much urgency as ever as well as a broader sonic sweep. It’s easy to hear Sarah as a close cousin to artists like Hurray for the Riff Raff and Margo Price on the title track, or in the country-‘60s mod vibe on “Lesson.” “Good as Gold,” sporting a kiss-off line for the ages, “You’re as good as gold/ I’m as good as gone,” is both vulnerable and defiant, soaring with pop-inflected harmonies. And with an expansiveness evoking the wide-open West, “What it Takes” speaks to the truth of the record, to her life, and to the universe.

At its pounding heart, Years crackles with a pointedly contemporary and relevant take on the outlaw spirit. Built around the buoyant pedal steel of Phil Sullivan, and the post-punk rattle and Live at San Quentin hum of Eric Peterson’s guitar, there are echoes of Nikki Lane and Merle Haggard as much as Ty Segall. Its home is the ragged-but-real honky tonk, not the bro-country “honky tonk.” The barroom singalong “New Ways to Fail” is classic, smile-through-the-pain country. “Damned If I Do” could be the “Drivin’ Nails in My Coffin” of the 21st century, if we let it; a perfect song for rolling in the wry and sneaking in a quick two-step. The sinister “The Bottle Never Lets Me Down” will get anyone who’s ever been wronged righteously flipping the bird as they knock back the next shot. Therapy in the face of personal devastation takes many forms, after all.

As Sarah herself tells it... "This record is about finding a way.  A way through exhaustion, depression, betrayal, hangover after hangover, upper after downer after upper, fight after never-ending fight.  It’s about picking yourself up and dusting yourself off after years of being trampled and beaten down, jutting your chin out, head high, after they’ve done their worst, and saying, ‘Still here.’ This record is shouting “f**k you, I do want I want from the rooftops to the mother******g cosmos.”

http://www.disarmers.com/

Super Low-Dough Show – only $10 at the door!

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The Blasters with Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones
Aug
21
8:30 PM20:30

The Blasters with Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones

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


With special guests Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones - Winner of the 2017 Ameripolitan Music Award for Best Female Rockabilly Artist, and named the “Best Up-And-Coming Band” by Hudson Valley Magazine, Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones are New York’s premier "Roots Rock n' Roll & Rockabilly Twang" outfit. They recently released their 2nd full length album, "Love You to Life", in August 2017, and have been hitting the road hard, spreading the gospel of American music wherever they go. Describing their sound, Hope explained to Rockabilly Online “I would say we are a new take on an old sound. It’s been described as ‘pan-americana’ which means we use many areas of early rock and roots music as a creative launchpad. Where it goes from there is anyone’s guess, because while we appreciate old music, we don’t want to write songs that have already been written."
 
They’ve built a great network of venues in the US by touring heavily, and like many American bands, they have gained supportive fans and excellent press overseas as well. They recently completed their first European tour, successfully spending the month of April 2018 in Belgium and Holland. Hope was featured on the cover of UK Rock n’ Roll magazine in March 2015, and New York’s Ulster Magazine in March 2016. The band has shared the stage with many of their musical heroes including Reverend Horton Heat, Tiger Army, Gary US Bonds, Dale Watson, Big Sandy, Wayne Hancock, and America, and has performed at at a variety of national festivals including Viva Las Vegas, Ink n Iron, and The Nashville Boogie. They are spending a portion of this summer on tour in support of The Reverend Horton Heat and The Blasters!
 
Born from a hybrid of Lara’s former rockabilly band The Champtones, and upright bassist Matt’s international psychobilly act, The Arkhams, The Ark-Tones hit the ground running in 2012 and haven’t slowed down since. Lara and Matt also perform as a duo (The Gold Hope Duo), and can even be found as the country/western entertainers at the one of longest running family resorts in New York, the Rocking Horse Ranch, performing under the name Lara and the Hope'Alongs. In 2017, Lara Hope won the Ameripolitan Music Award for Best Female Rockabilly Artist, accepting the award at The Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas, surrounded by musical heroes. The band is also known for their visually arresting videos - “Whiskey Pick” (from their debut album) and “I’m the One” (re-recorded for the new album) were official selections in the 2014 and 2016 Woodstock Film Festival.

https://www.larahopeandtheark-tones.com/

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

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Selwyn Birchwood Band
Aug
22
8:00 PM20:00

Selwyn Birchwood Band

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


SELWYN BIRCHWOOD BAND!
2013 Albert King Blues Guitarist of the Year Award Winner

If you’re a fan of Hound Dog Taylor, Robert Randolph, Lucky Peterson…and the Campbell Brothers, do NOT miss this hot, hot, blues band!!!

Selwyn has torn it up at the Abilene Roots-Americana Stage of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival and he’s sure to tear it up again. He’s touring in support of his latest Alligator Records release, Pick Your Poison.

www.selwynbirchwood.com


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

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Wayne Hancock
Sep
8
10:00 PM22:00

Wayne Hancock

****SPECIAL SHOW****
Doors 7:00pm • Music 10:00pm

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. Like 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."

"Artists like Wayne “The Train” Hancock aren’t just singing those songs—they’re living them just like many of us." 
– Country Weekly

"Hancock, who tosses out a roots mix of old country, roadhouse blues, western dance swing, boogie bop, and straight-up Rockabilly, takes what was once old and makes it seem like it's always been and always will be." 
- allmusic.com

“The country music scene could do with a lot more characters like Wayne, who push the music’s limits while staying truer to its roots than any well-known names associated with the genre today.” 
– Slug Magazine

"A rare breed of traditionalist, one who imbues his retro obsessions with such high energy and passions that his songs never feel like the museum pieces he's trying desperately to preserve." 
- allMusic.com

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

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Micah Nelson (The Particle Kid)
Sep
10
7:30 PM19:30

Micah Nelson (The Particle Kid)

 

****SPECIAL MONDAY NIGHT SHOW****
Monday, September, 10...doors 6pm, music 7:30pm
Special Low-Dough Show--Only $10 at the Door

Taking a night off from his dad’s (Willie Nelson) tour (The Outlaw Music Festival)…don’t miss J. Micah Nelson performing as
PARTICLE KID

(Los Angeles) Hen House Studios has announced the much anticipated debut album from Particle Kid.

Described by its creator as “a love letter to the cosmos,” PARTICLE KID marks the first full-length release from Particle Kid, the experimental musical identity of Los Angeles-based musician and visual artist J. Micah Nelson.

PARTICLE KID sees Nelson creating a multi-dimensional musical universe all his own, crafted with immense ambition, inventive production techniques, and strikingly emotive songcraft. Built upon sounds imaged by Nelson since he was 7 years old, the album sounds both familiar and oddly modern, with the spirits of future folk, low rider funk, riff rock, power pop, lysergic Americana, flower punk, and progressive jazz fusion all somehow woven together with deep-rooted melodies, unique improvisational elements, and remarkably intricate arrangements.
Though written almost entirely on acoustic guitar, PARTICLE KID makes an immediate impact with its ocean-of-sound approach, Nelson’s expansive vision inspired in equal part by his passion for big band orchestras, classic psychedelia, the Stax Records house band, and so much more. The album’s seemingly infinite scope underscores the emotional questing and planetary consciousness within Nelson’s idiosyncratic songwriting. Songs like “Forever Friend” and “The Ocean” are mysterious and moving, rippled with avant noises and street corner sax solos, their warm textures and off-kilter tempos emblematic of Nelson’s focused introspection and intensely human worldview.
Particle Kid “has been living and breathing art and music for practically all of his young life,” declared Pitchfork. “His songs speak to his talent.” The son of American musical legend Willie Nelson, the Los Angeles-based visual artist-musician’s remarkable output spans the creative spectrum unlike few others, from his role in innovative folk-punk band Insects vs Robots and idiosyncratic performances on the Andean stringed instrument known as a charango to cymatic visualizations of dancing water molecules and playing guitar alongside his brother Lukas Nelson in Promise of the Real, known for their own cowboy hippie surf rock, and of course their recent collaborations with Neil Young.
Nelson is joined throughout PARTICLE KID by an extraordinary roster of friends, family, and fellow musicians including legendary bassist and friend Paul Bushnell and virtually all members of both Promise of the Real and Insects vs Robots. But at its core is Nelson himself, whose wildly diverse range in instrumentation includes all stringed things, key things, things that clank, snap, thump, and sonic buttons of all shapes and sizes. For PARTICLE KID, this usually included acoustic and electric guitar, piano, drums, percussion, charango, self-sampled field recordings, or in the nature of spontaneous innovation, Nelson often used whatever happened to be next to him in the moment if it sounded right. PARTICLE KID was recorded at Venice Beach, CA’s Hen House Studios, the innovative recording studio, label, and art space founded by Nelson’s longtime friend, collaborator, musician, and co-producer Harlan Steinberger.

www.jmicahnelson.com

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Cory Branan
Sep
11
8:00 PM20:00

Cory Branan

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


Bloodshot Recording Artist CORY BRANAN! Throughout his career, Cory Branan has been too punk for country, too country for punk, too Memphis for Nashville, and probably a little too Cory Branan for anyone’s damn good.  He has proven himself as a top-notch songwriter (Chuck Ragan recently called him “the greatest songwriter of our generation”), fierce lyricist (in Lucero’s “Tears Don’t Matter Much” they sing that Cory has, “a way with words that’ll bring you to your knees”, and a hyperdynamic performer with the ability to fingerpick finer than ‘60s Greenwich Village folkies and brutally strum like a proto punk shredder. Throught his career, he’s made collective struggles poetic and breakthroughs into sympathetic acts of populist heroism.

https://www.corybranan.com/

Tickets: $10 advance, $15 day of show, available now at Abilene and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Sep
16
8:00 PM20:00

Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore

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

Abilene on the Road” proudly presents
DAVE ALVIN & JIMMIE DALE GILMORE!
(Backed by The Guilty Ones)

JCC Hart Theatre, 1200 Edgewood Ave,
Brighton, NY 14618

 

"Downey, California to Lubbock, Texas" is a thousand-mile straight shot across the heart of the American West, with not much in between. The cities at each end of the line are one-time cowtowns that grew into symmetrically-platted working-class communities with very little to interrupt the horizon plane, making for big empty canvasses that require a vivid imagination to fill in all that blank space.

Dave Alvin from Downey and Jimmie Dale Gilmore from Lubbock have been filling canvasses with music of the American West for decades, coming from two very different directions.

The title track explains Alvin is a Strat-packing, wild blues Blaster, a nod to the roots rock band he formed with his brother Phil in 1978 before Dave peeled off to go his own way in 1986. He’s been part of the bands X, the Knitters, and the Flesh Eaters, tours relentlessly with his own band, the Guilty Ones, and continues apace on musical quests informed by his love of California and its history, and by Texas and the South, where most of the great music that was made in Los Angeles before and after the Second World War came from.

Gilmore is the old Flatlander from the Great High Plains, acknowledging his first group, the folk-country trio formed in Lubbock 1972 with Joe Ely and Butch Hancock who continue performing and recording today. In addition to the Flatlanders and an extended solo career, he has been part of several ensembles including the Hub City Movers and The Wronglers with Warren Hellman, who started the Hardly, Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco.

Alvin is a rowdy baritone. Gilmore, the timekeeper of the high lonesome, warbles. Each is an avatar, an authentic, original creator with a strong sense of place and music.

That combination might seem like oil and water. But mixed together in the forms of these ten cover songs and two originals, including the autobiographical title track, this is powerful stuff.

The seed for the album was planted a little more than a year ago while the two did a duet tour. They’d known each other as friends for more than thirty years, but had never collaborated musically. Playing live together triggered a whole new dynamic. “Everything on that tour worked out so well,” Gilmore said. “The music was fun. During a sound check, Dave said, ‘You know, we need to record some of this stuff.’”

And so they have.

by Joe Nick Patoski


Tickets: $35 advance, $40 day of show, available now at Abilene and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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Caroline Rose
Sep
19
8:00 PM20:00

Caroline Rose

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

CAROLINE ROSE!

 

An obsession with money, an unfaithful lover, a friend’s accidental pregnancy, misogyny, loneliness, death… This is just some of the lighthearted subject matter that make up LONER––the darkly comedic second album from songwriter/producer Caroline Rose. Armed with an arsenal of new instruments and equipment, an ever-growing sense of “ahhh fuck it,” two years of exploration, and a wicked sense of humor, Rose delivers a set of serious songs wrapped in a sprightly, angsty pop burrito. Because, as Rose puts it, “Sometimes sad songs just need a cocktail.”

 

LONER captures the cheeky satire, comical musings, and often jarring mood swings––sometimes goofy, sometimes emotional––that make up much of Rose’s personality. “I call it Schizodrift,” she says sipping on a martini with her pinky out. “I want to make music that sounds as manic as I feel.” Filled with catchy synth hooks, Ray Manzarek-esque Farfisa, surf guitar, depth of thought and a punk attitude, LONER captures the energy of bands like Le Tigre and The Cramps, and nods to the styles of Blondie and DEVO, the pop hooks of icons like Justin Timberlake, all the while being inspired by the artistry of Kate Bush. “I’d say this album was as much inspired by Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears as it was late 70s punk.”



https://www.carolinerosemusic.com/

Tickets: $10 advance, $15 day of show, available now at Abilene and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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Elizabeth Cook
Oct
23
8:00 PM20:00

Elizabeth Cook

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

ELIZABETH COOK (Solo)

With Special Guest CALEB CAUDLE!

 

Country singer/songwriter Elizabeth Cook made her Grand Ole Opry debut on March 17, 2000, appearing repeatedly thereafter -- a remarkable achievement considering that, at the time, she was an indie artist with no radio airplay. But such was the excitement generated by her clear, beautiful voice, strong songwriting ability, and live performances, all of which have drawn comparisons to younger, critically respected artists like Kelly Willis and legends such as Dolly Parton.

Cook was born in Wildwood, Florida. Her West Virginia-born mother played guitar and mandolin and sang on local radio shows. Her father, a Georgia native, also performed country music and served jail time for running moonshine. Upon his release, he and Elizabeth's mother played in local bands together, eventually marrying. Elizabeth, born in 1972, moved to Nashville in her twenties and quickly got a publishing deal. Demos recorded between 1997 and 2000 comprised her self-titled, independently released debut album, The Blue Album, which showcased her formidable songwriting ability and featured such well-known Music City musicians as Tim CarrollKenny Vaughan, and Rick Schell. Atlantic Records signed Cook soon after its release, and she began working on her major-label debut. Hey, Y'All appeared in summer 2002 from Warner Bros. Constant restructuring at the label meant Hey Y'All didn't get the promotion it needed, and Cook left the imprint and released 2005's This Side of the Moon on Hog Country Records. Balls appeared in 2007 from 31 Tigers, followed by Welder in 2010, featuring guest spots from Dwight YoakamRodney Crowell, and Buddy Miller, also on 31 Tigers. Over the next five years, in addition to touring and becoming a staple at the Grand Ole Opry, hosting her Sirius XM radio program Apron Strings, and touring, Cook went through a series of transformative personal changes. She lost a parent, got divorced, and saw a sibling through rehabilitation after a long bout with drug addiction. When she re-entered the studio, it was with co-producer and guitarist Dexter Green. After self-financing an album, she undertook a Pledge Music campaign to assist in getting it released. Exodus of Venus was released in June 2016 through Thirty Tigers.



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

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Members of "A Girl Named Genny"
Jul
14
10:00 PM22:00

Members of "A Girl Named Genny"

Doors 7:00pm • Music 10:00pm

MEMBERS OF “A GIRL NAMED GENNY!”

A Girl Named Genny incorporates traditional folk instruments to produce a new sound that encompasses several genres and styles. Dynamic instrumentation and up beat melodies drive this high energy Americana band, however, breaking downs sets to create intimate tender moments is always a promise. Their self-titled EP was released April 29th, 2017. They have played with acts such as Dirty Blanket, David Mayfield, Folkfaces, The Honey Smugglers, Aaron Lipp and The Crooked North.

www.agirlnamedgenny.com

Cover: $5

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Paleface
Jul
14
7:30 PM19:30

Paleface

****SPECIAL EVENT****
Doors 7:00pm • Music 7:30pm

PALEFACE
- Prolific, influential, cult-hero & indie-folk icon, Paleface, is now a high-energy & charismatic duo featuring his girlfriend Monica “Mo” Samalot, on drum-kit & charming candied vocal harmonies. The band celebrated the release of their latest album, One Big Party (Ramseur Records), with a special guest performance alongside The Avett Brothers at Radio City Music Hall, followed by US & Europe tours…including special performances on NPR’s Mountain Stage & Daytrotter (voted top 20 of the year), Paleface, was schooled musically by friend Daniel Johnston (The Devil And Daniel Johnston) and soon discovered at an NYC open mic by Danny Fields (The Stooges, The Ramones, MC5). He’s released over a dozen records including two major label releases, and has been called a major influence & inspiration by a wide range of artists including Grammy Award recipient Beck, and The Avett Brothers. He’s also collaborated and appeared on three albums by The Avett Brothers.

www.palefaceonline.com

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

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Happy Hour with Big Blue House
Jul
13
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour with Big Blue House

Doors 3:00pm • Music 6:00pm

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

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

www.bigbluehouseband.com

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Blaggards-Stout Irish Rock
Jul
12
8:00 PM20:00

Blaggards-Stout Irish Rock

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Blaggards were a huge, huge favorite at the 2010 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Fest, as they tore up the Abilene Roots-Americana Stage.....don't miss them in the intimate surroundings of Abilene Bar and Lounge!!

Blaggards (no “the”, pronounced BLA’ GUARDS or BLA’ GHERDS, depending on where you’re from) formed July 2004 in Houston, Texas.

They play what they call Stout Irish Rock, traditional Irish music mixed with rock n’ roll, informed by everything from Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley to Thin Lizzy and Black Sabbath. They are most frequently compared to bands like Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, and the Pogues.

Blaggards are guitarist/vocalist Patrick Devlin, bassist/vocalist Chad Smalley, drummer Michael McAloon, and fiddler Wes Barlow.

Front man Patrick Devlin grew up in Dublin, Ireland, and moved to Houston in his early 20′s. After working in the local club scene for several years, Patrick saw a demand for Irish rock music that nobody was taking advantage of. In 1996, to this end he formed a band called On The Dole. Although the band did well, opening for legendary Irish touring acts like the Wolfe Tones and the Saw Doctors, eventually Patrick decided it was time to clear the decks and start again.

In 2003, while hosting a weekly open mic at an Irish pub, Patrick met bassist and singer Chad Smalley, a veteran of the Houston music scene who had recently returned from New York and was looking for a new project. The two of them soon began singing and performing together every week, developing a tight vocal harmony style. A year later, Blaggards was born.

Michael, a first generation Scot-American, grew up learning Irish step dancing, winning gold medals all across the United States before picking up the drums at age 13. Mike has toured the country many times with several different Houston bands and studied jazz at the University of North Texas. Mike joined Blaggards in January 2009.

Wes Barlow, born in Memphis, Tennessee, and started playing violin when he was ten years old. After relocating to Texas in the 5th grade, he realized that the fiddle was his calling. He started playing in Texas country bands when he was 16, has won several national classical music competitions and performed on multiple albums. Wes joined Blaggards in January 2017.

Blaggards maintain a rigorous schedule, playing constantly throughout Texas and touring nationally several times a year. They've also toured Ireland every year since 2010.

www.blaggards.com

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Tickets: $8 advance, $12 day of show, on sale now at Abilene and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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Devon Gilfillian
Jul
11
8:00 PM20:00

Devon Gilfillian

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

DEVON GILFILLIAN!
Devon Gilfillian fires twin barrels of gospel-blues and southern soul on his debut EP. Fueled by groove, guitar, and the powerful punch of Gilfillian’s voice, the songs shine a light on a young songwriter who grew up outside of Philadelphia, absorbing everything from the R&B swagger of Al Green and Ray Charles to the rock ‘n’ roll heroics of Jimi Hendrix. Now based in Nashville, Gilfillian puts a personalized stamp on those childhood influences, rolling them into five original songs that showcase not only his songwriting and singing, but also his talent as an instrumentalist.

Raised by a musical family, Gilfillian grew up singing. He took up the electric guitar at 14 years old, kickstarting a fascination with classic rock and other sounds from an older generation. By the time college rolled around, Gilfillian was playing three-hour shows in a local cover band, performing songs by the Meters one minute and the Beatles the next. The gigs allowed him to explore the full range of his influences, but Gilfillian wanted to play his own music, too. With that in mind, he moved to Nashville, eager to chase down his own muse.

Released in May 2016, the self-titled Devon Gilfillian finds him stepping into the spotlight as a solo artist. He recorded the songs with a small group of friends and collaborators, tapping drummer Jonathan Smalt and slide guitarist Jesse Thompson as co-producers. Equal parts swampy, funky, and enthralling, the record finds Gilfillian planting one foot in the classic sound of his influences, with the other foot pointing somewhere new and uncharted. After all, he’s no revivalist. No nostalgia act. No retro wannabe. Instead, Gilfillian is a classic artist for the modern age, discovering new life in soulful sounds that have been making people dance for decades.

With Special Guest: Madeleine McQueen

www.devongmusic.com

Tickets: $8 advance, $12 day of show, available now at Abilene on sale now at Abilene and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

 

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The New Zeitgeist
Jul
10
8:00 PM20:00

The New Zeitgeist

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

THE NEW ZEITGEIST
- Jen Reilly and Eddy Bluma collaborate with tempting harmonies and lonesome spirituals, which “harbor the spirits that dwell in the hidden hollows of Appalachia.” Country gospel roots and southern swing deeply welcome black leather grit in new intertwining medley. Exploring the origins of the oral folk tradition that touches outlaw and rock ballads, the duo sings suspenseful and captivating stories of fairies, earth, and work that call into our current socio-political times. Far-reaching, yet familiar; The New Zeitgeist calls from the deep to weary, worn trails of spirits lingering.

www.thenewzeitgeist.com

Listen to The New Zeitgeist on WRUR 88.5FM the morning of the show…They’ll be joining Scott Regan on “Open Tunings.”

Cover: $5

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Happy Hour with The Angle
Jul
6
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour with The Angle

Doors 3:00pm • Music 6:00pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials, 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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A Night of Great Singer-Songwriters!
Jul
5
7:00 PM19:00

A Night of Great Singer-Songwriters!

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

“SINGING’ SONGS—A NIGHT OF GREAT SINGER-SONGWRITERS”

Featuring the talents of….

JACKSON CAVALIER - Jackson Cavalier has been active in the folk music scene of Western New York and beyond since the 2013. Starting off as a strict blues musician, Jackson transitioned into the realms of folk, country, bluegrass, and Americana shortly thereafter. He released his first album, “Barefooted & Still Breathing” with his band, The Fevertones in the Fall of 2012. The follow-up to that album came in the Spring of 2016, a concept album named “The Devil’s Undertow,” loosely based on the epic poem, “The Inferno” by Dante Alighieri. Most recently, Jackson released his first full length solo album, “Half Moon,” an intimate and sometimes raucous collection of indie folk and country western songs written by Jackson.

www.jacksoncavaliermusic.com

ROGER KUHN - “His pig-sticker boots firmly planted on the sidewalk, Kuhn bleeds hot and cool, switching off between dreadnought and dobro. The recording ain’t fancy but it’s period correct and contemporary. Kuhn’s attack is uplifting…his playing style is percussive and comfortably loose. There is a genuine air to Kuhn, he’s charmingly authentic and so is his music. He makes feeling bad sound so good.” ~Frank de Blase

www.facebook.com/roger.mahle

MADELEINE McQUEEN - “With a powerful, soulful voice, Rochester’s Madeleine McQueen slices the space around her using her poetic lyrics to cauterize her disappointments and sorrows. Desert Flower comes from her new EP, “Wildfire,” with brutal honesty and a raw, quiet pandemonium, like a dream you dream over and over. Wild fears rest here, across the stream of water that McQueen wishes to cross. The glacial atmosphere rolls and swallows her whole and with her, the fabric  of the desert she cannot cross. The easiest thing for the body is not always so for the mind.

www.madeleinemcqueen.com

MATT O - Known for his group work with Thunder Body, catch Matt playing solo.

www.facebook.com/matthew.obrian.52

MARIBYRD - Affectionately described by her peers as NJ’s Joni Mitchell, Mary Hubley, known as Maribyrd, is a singer/songwriter born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains of Northern NJ. Performing as a solo artist, with her bands, and sitting in with various artists throughout the NJ and NY music scene, she plays acoustic guitar, mandolin, a little bass, and loves singing harmonies.

www.maribyrd.com

Cover: $5

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Miller & The Other Sinners
Jun
23
8:00 PM20:00

Miller & The Other Sinners

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


“Abilene on the Road” presents
“A Night of Blistering Southern Blues and Soul”
At The Penthouse at One East Avenue Featuring
MILLER & THE OTHER SINNERS
(The Full 9 Piece Big Band!)

With special guests
DARICK CAMPBELL and CINAMMON JONES

Western New York based but nationally touring southern soul artist, David Michael Miller, and an 9 piece version of his band, Miller and The Other Sinners, is bringing their stirring blend of roots music to The Penthouse at One East Avenue. New York based southern soul band, Miller and The Other Sinners, in the style of Tedeschi Trucks Band, brings groove, grit and lots soul, combining the best of roots music into unforgettable original songs performed with powerful vocals, slide guitar, horns keys, and jaw dropping performances from the entire 9 piece band. Special guest vocalist Cinnamon Jones who toured the world with The Campbell Brothers for 7 years is dynamite in a bottle and brings the energy of James Brown and the sounds of Mavis Staples to the stage. Also special guest Darick Campbell of The Campbell Brothers will be bringing his signature lap steel playing to this evenings ensemble!

Vintage Guitar Magazine January 2016 says: "This makes it two in a row for David Michael Miller. His Poisons Sipped was one of last year’s surprise albums, introducing us to a songwriter, guitarist, and singer who is the whole package. Same Soil builds on that with its clear understanding of the blues, soul, and everything in between. Throughout it all, Miller’s guitar playing is more than solid, supplying the mojo for most of the songs. His deep growl is fiercely soulful and he soars into upper registers, calling to mind the late Chris Whitley at his finest. While working in what could loosely be called the blues, Miller covers a lot of ground. “All The Blues To You” is swampy funk. “Just Ride” shows off his patience in letting the groove control things. He and his band’s willingness to let the song grow, along with the incredible use of dynamics, is one of many aspects that make his music some of the best out there today. Miller handles all the guitar parts perfectly. Whether swinging slide work or on-the-money rhythm, it all fits." – John Heidt

Delivering groove and grit, David Michael Miller leads a talented group of musicians known as Miller and the Other Sinners. This band explodes with a full spectrum of southern soul that reaches diverse indie rock, blues, soul and southern rock fans alike. The release of two albums, Poisons Sipped (2014) featuring Rochester’s own Chuck, Darick and Carlton Campbell of the Campbell Brothers (now honored in the Smithsonian) and Same Soil (2015), David’s music has received international attention and radio play making its way to #3 on the Roots Music Report.
Rising through the roots music scene, Miller’s Sinners are packed with talent including Jay Moynihan (10 year veteran sax man for Buddy Guy) and an incredibly talented rhythm section hailing from Buffalo, NY. Miller and the Other Sinners are no strangers to festivals and large concert venues and will be headlining the Corn Hill Music Festival in 2017 as well a featured slot at the Fairport Music Festival.

www.davemillermusic.com
www.facebook.com/events/110493949829568
www.facebook.com/thepenthouseatoneeastavenue

Tickets: $15 advance, $20 day of show, on sale now at Abilene Bar and Lounge, online at https://abilene.showare.com/ and available from Miller & The Other Sinners

Thanks to the support of our friends at the Fairport Music Festival

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The Buffalo Brass Machine
Jun
22
9:30 PM21:30

The Buffalo Brass Machine

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:30pm
Rohrbach Brewing Company presents Abilene Late Night Sessions…Night One!

A very special evening of music...Join us for Buffalo’s 8-piece New Orleans brass band…Don’t miss the “Rust Belt Brass Sound” of
THE BUFFALO BRASS MACHINE
NOLA second line, bop and horn influenced r&b

www.facebook.com/thebuffalobrassmachine

No Cover Charge!

 

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JD WIlkes with The Legendary Shack Shakers Unplugged
Jun
20
8:00 PM20:00

JD WIlkes with The Legendary Shack Shakers Unplugged

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


JD WILKES WITH THE LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS UNPLUGGED!

A sense of place has long permeated the music of J.D. Wilkes. He’s a native of Paducah, Kentucky, a city located at the confluence of various rivers and cultures — an area where musical variety is in the air and in the blood memory of its people. “Of course, there’s bluegrass and hillbilly songs, but also blues, jazz, old time fiddle music, jug band music, even swamp rock,” says Wilkes. “It’s a great intersection there. I think I epitomize that in the way that I write and perform.”

Wilkes’ solo debut, Fire Dream, represents the apotheoses of that vision: a hillbilly-gypsy epic, it’s an album of art damaged cabaret music, leavened by Latin rhythms and high lonesome hollers. Call it boho bluegrass — maybe what Tom Waits would sound like if he were a Kentucky Colonel (a title that Wilkes happens to hold).  

Proving a compelling firebrand of American roots music during his two decades leading experimental rockabilly group Legendary Shack Shakers, Wilkes has a resume and passions that extend far and wide. A visual artist, filmmaker and author, he’s served as a session player for Merle Haggard, helped soundtrack HBO's True Blood, penned a pair of books (The Vine That Ate the South and Barn Dances and Jamborees Across Kentucky) and worked as an ethnomusicologist without portfolio, documenting the dying hillbilly culture of Kentucky.

The Shack Shakers don’t do murder ballads, they do murder boogies. The Shack shakers play fried country rock and roll and they take the stage with an energy and passion that runs circles around all but the most earnest of hardcore bands.  They dip into the darker reaches of American music only to further sully songs of murder and mayhem with a brush dipped in poison..or blood.

The Shack Shakers combine all that is scary and fun about the South (sideshows, folklore and murder ballads) and combine them in an adrenaline-fueled, super-human display of rock and roll heroism.

www.legendaryshackshakers.com

With special guest CHUCK MEAD!

For the past twenty years, Chuck Mead has been at the forefront of what has come to be known as Americana Music. Raised in Lawrence, Kansas, Chuck has been a professional musician since the age of 13 playing in his parents country band and then leading several roots rock outfits in the midwest most notably the Homestead Grays. He landed on Nashville’s Lower Broadway in 1993 where he co-founded the famed ‘90s Alternative Country quintet BR5-49. The band’s seven albums, three Grammy nominations and the Country Music Association Award for Best Overseas Touring Act of 1997 built an indelible bridge between authentic American Roots music and millions of fans worldwide. Chuck has also co-produced popular tribute albums to Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, guest-lectured at Vanderbilt University, and became a staff writer at one of Nashville’s top song publishers. In 2008, he was the Musical Director/Supervisor for the Broadway/West End musical Million Dollar Quartet (which broke the record in Chicago for longest running musical) and acted in the same capacity for the CMT television show Sun Records producing all the re-recordings of classic rock n roll, country, and blues. He has released three solo works starting in 2009 with his acclaimed solo debut album, Journeyman’s Wager on the Grassy Knoll Records label, and continues tour clubs, concert halls and international Rock, Country and Rockabilly festivals

www.chuckmead.com

Tickets: $20 advance, $25 day of show...on sale beginning Friday, March 30 at Abilene and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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Greg Klyma Trio
Jun
19
8:00 PM20:00

Greg Klyma Trio

Doors 4pm, Music 8pm

Road tested troubadour. Relentless songwriter. You’ll find Greg Klyma at the crossroads of Tom Petty and Hank Williams playing his well-loved guitar and spinning yarns. Greg is on tour in support of "Never Knew Caroline", featuring Peter Case, Gurf Morlix, and Bill Kirchen (http://nodepression.com/album-review/greg-klyma-and-his-old-guitar). 

 

Some artists find inspiration in romantic break-ups, others find it in rediscovering their roots. For Boston-based singer-songwriter Greg Klyma, it came from both.

Never Knew Caroline, his latest release, finds him coping with a toxic end of a romantic relationship and recalling the musicians from his Buffalo, NY hometown that inspired him in his formative years. The album opens with the title track, where we find Klyma at home while on the move after a period of “drowning in the mud” of his own mind. The album shifts gears with “Sand,” a song reminiscent of both Harvest-era Neil Young and more recent releases by the Decemberists. “Discovery,” Klyma sings, “is just stumbling across a thing that's always been.”

Morlix and Case are featured on “Kristofferson,” one of the album’s focal points. In this poignant ballad, Klyma pays homage to one of his songwriting heroes in both the title and the style of the song, while his delivery will draw comparisons to another hero, Willie Nelson.

The honky-tonk “Ex-Girlfriends Cost Less Money Than Ex-Wives” may or may not be tongue-in-cheek as Klyma proclaims, “you’ll spend less dating ten women than you will losing one bride.” It’s 1970’s outlaw country at its finest, made all the richer by guest guitarist Bill Kirchen.

The genre diversity shouldn’t come as a surprise from an artist well studied in American music. “Old school country, classic rock, and singer-songwriter folk are three styles of music that I love. I love to listen to 'em. I love to play 'em,” he says, “my wheelhouse finds me standing in the long shadows of Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Tom Petty, and Mick & Keef, to name a few.”

His birthdate puts him squarely in the middle of Generation X, but Greg Klyma is an old-school troubadour. His enduring themes, articulate and amusing stories, and populist ideals make him one of those rare young artists who is carrying the torch of Woody and Ramblin' Jack. He rolls in off the road, pulls out a guitar, and proceeds to take us back to the basics: family, love, gratitude, and laughter. It's the timeless art of the true troubadour, keeping alive the American folk tradition.

http://klyma.com/

Cover: $5

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Belle and The Band
Jun
18
7:00 PM19:00

Belle and The Band

***SPECIAL MONDAY NIGHT SHOW****
Doors 6:00pm • Music 7:00pm

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

Monday, June 18….doors  6pm, music 7pm

From Florida…Sweet acoustic folk with bluegrass roots

BELLE AND THE BAND

“They exhibit strong and solid vocals, top notch instrumental solos, a wonderful selection of material, and great band chemistry-this band has it all!”-Dan Miller, publisher and editor of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine.

Suncoast Emmy award-winning Belle and The Band combines masterful song-writing with instrumental prowess to deliver an acoustic sound that is thought provoking, melodic, and memorable. While Kathryn Belle Long’s many experience as a professional vocalist and Walt Disney World performer has seamlessly transferred into prolific song-writer, the “Band” also includes some of Florida’s most recognized and accomplished acoustic musicians—Mickey Abraham, Kevin Robertson, and Mike Snelling. The results are meaningful songs with layered arrangements. Woven into their songs’ worldly themes and eclectic sounds exists a clean pop sensibility, which explains why listeners easily fall in love with Belle and The Band.

www.belleandtheband.com

and followed by their special guests….from Albany, NY

USELESS CANS

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

www.uselesscans.com

Cover: $7 at the door

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Delilah Jones
Jun
15
to Jun 16

Delilah Jones

Doors 7:00pm, Music 9:00pm

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

www.facebook.com/kralltime

Cover: $5

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Honeysuckle
Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

Honeysuckle

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

From Boston…Progressive folk act…
HONEYSUCKLE!


Honeysuckle is a progressive folk act that blends older influences and traditional instrumentation with modern effects and inspiration. Comprised of Holly McGarry, Benjamin Burns, and Chris Bloniarz, the trio can frequently be found performing in the Boston area and surrounding cities in the Northeast, playing alongside bands like Drive-By Truckers, The Balllroom Thieves, Boy & Bear, The Novel Ideas and others.

In 2016 the group played Lollapalooza as well as CMJ in New York City. They’ve been nominated for Boston Music Awards in the categories Best Americana and Best Folk Artist, and also for Americana/Roots Act Of The Year and Album Of The Year for Red Line Roots’ 2016 Big Reds. In 2015, Honeysuckle performed at Newport Folk Festival and was chosen as a Converse Rubber Tracks artist. As a recipient of Club Passim’s Iguana Music Grant, Honeysuckle released a full-length album on March 24 of 2016 to a sold out crowd at Club Passim. They followed it up with another, highly-regarded LP in October of 2017.

“So many contemporary bluegrass and folk outfits that get big have a cloying sweetness to them, or a cynical predisposition towards a radio-friendly pop sensibility. Not so with Honeysuckle. Their sound is unpretentious and unabashed, as if each song is meant for one set of ears only. They don’t shy away from moments that are as technical as they are mesmerizing, and here their musicianship really shines through. Trampled By Turtles is about to be stomped by a flower y’all.” ~ NPR All Songs Considered

“When creating a record we can strive for many things, but at the core authenticity is something that should remain an ultimate goal as an artist. The Berklee born trio Honeysuckle has done just that and then some. They have stayed true to the music that you will encounter from them in a live setting and the history that infuses its way into their music. Focused on songwriting, expertly crafted instrumental arrangements, and vocals that will leave you weak and shivering from their overwhelming power, all while building on the core elements that makes their music so fantastic and gorgeous.” ~ Brian Carroll of Red Line Roots

www.honeysuckleband.com

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

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