Leland Sundries with Jackson Cavalier
Sep
25
8:00 PM20:00

Leland Sundries with Jackson Cavalier

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Indie folk/Americana/rock ‘n’ roll with Brooklyn’s

LELAND SUNDRIES

Leland Sundries is the mostly solo project of New York based Nick Loss-Eaton.  He is bre-branding Nashville’s original blues Americana with a touch of indie rock sarcasm. Although he isn’t the first person to use a resonator guitar (see “Bon Iver”), it is a refreshing sound in a landscape of bands utilizing the same 3 piece set over and over.

Leland Sundries has also been known to use a 2 string Cigar Box Guitar made in Memphis, giving his New York audiences the chance to experience something that few city kids even realize exist. Loss-Eaton also uses a megaphone-harmonica set up which captures the vintage-recording-scratchy echo that defines the original Americana sound for modern audiences.

www.lelandsundries.com

with Special Guest: JACKSON CAVALIER

Jackson’s a one man band..utilizing head, hands and feet. Suitcase kickdrum, tambourine, harmonica, kazoo, guitar and a whirlwind of joy. Reimagining old songs and well-crafted originals! Jackson is a rising star!

www.facebook.com/jluczak234?ref=br_rs

Cover: $6

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The Mutineers
Sep
26
8:00 PM20:00

The Mutineers

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

THE MUTINEERS

“Their country/folk/Americana/punk sound – a mix of scrappy, stein-swinging anthems peppered with a few slow tracks-is grounded by the band’s constant energy, string talent, melodic harmonies, and strong rhythm section. By way of visceral folky lyrics, the Mutes offer happy music about hard times and the people living through them; these characters, like those in Springsteen’s and countless other folk songs, represent those groups oft overlooked in today’s media landscape and viral marketplace.”- Santa Barbara Independent

www.themutineersmusic.com/music

Cover: $5

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The Healing Committee
Sep
27
8:00 PM20:00

The Healing Committee

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Live Americana from Buffalo….
THE HEALING COMMITTEE!

The Healing Committee is an Americana power trio of acclaimed singer-songwriters Alan Whitney, Kathryn Koch and Tim Pitcher featuring unforgettable handcrafted songs, soaring vocal harmony with a rock & soul country infused vibe: Think Emmylou Harris with Gram Parsons or Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings with special guest Peter Rowan.

Alan “ADub” Whitney writes classic songs about guys who steal Cadillacs and have rope burns on their fingers from holdin’ on too long. Buffalo native Kathryn Koch is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist best known for her powerhouse vocals with acclaimed indie folk band Redheaded Stepchild.
Timmy P.’s deep pocket rhythm playing and lightning fast bluegrass flat-picking, has put him on festival stages with Redheaded Stepchild, Victor Wooten, David Grisman, Sam Bush, and Keller Williams. Timmy P. is also the man who will slide under a Winnebago on a rainy Kentucky morning and beat the starter with vice grips until the band is once again moving forward.

https://www.facebook.com/The-Healing-Committee

www.reverbnation.com/thehealingcommitteeband

Cover: $5

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Happy Hour with "Lefty!"
Sep
28
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour with "Lefty!"

Doors 3:00pm • Music 6:00pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials, free munchies and the Abilene debut of..

“LEFTY!”

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

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

You’ll like their interpretation of Americana music.

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

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

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Otter Space Wranglers
Sep
29
9:00 PM21:00

Otter Space Wranglers

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

The return to Abilene of…

OTTER SPACE WRANGLERS!

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

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

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

Cover: $5

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Erin Futterer & Ross Falzone
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Erin Futterer & Ross Falzone

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

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

ERIN FUTTERER & ROSS FALZONE

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

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

www.facebook.com/erin.futterer


www.rossfalzone.com

Tickets: $5 advance, $8 day of show, available now at Abilene Bar & Lounge,and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters
Oct
6
9:00 PM21:00

Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters

Doors 7:00pm Music 9:00pm

AMANDA ANNE PLATT & THE HONEYCUTTERS

“We’re switching things up a little. After four albums I’ve decided to step out and start using my own name. It’s something that a lot of people have encouraged me to do over the years, and I guess that 2017 just felt right.” That name, Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters, is also the title of the band’s latest album, which was released by Organic Records on June 9, 2017.

“We’re keeping The Honeycutters too because we don’t want to confuse people…really, we’ve always been Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters. I think I’ve just gotten to a place where I feel comfortable enough to be in the spotlight.”

Lyrically driven, the songs on Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters blend the band’s old-school country roots attitude with their shared influences of rock and folk.  Amanda says of the album, “I think it’s just about life and all that that entails. Including but not limited to death, strangers, birthdays, money, leaving, arriving, seasons, corruption, and love.”

Performing along with Platt, The Honeycutters are Matt Smith on pedal steel and Stratocaster, Rick Cooper on bass, Josh Milligan on drums and harmony vocals, and Evan Martin on keys and Telecaster.

www.honeycutters.com

Cover: $12 advance, $15 day of show

 Tickets on sale now at Abilene  and online at www.abilenebarandlounge.com

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Durham County Poets
Oct
12
9:00 PM21:00

Durham County Poets

****SPECIAL SHOW****
Doors 3:00pm • Music 8:00pm

DURHAM COUNTY POETS

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

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

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

www.durhamcountypoets.com

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

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The Black Lillies
Oct
16
8:00 PM20:00

The Black Lillies

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

From Knoxville, Tennessee

THE BLACK LILLIES!

The Black Lillies are back! And touring in support of their new album, “Stranger to Me,” in stores September 28!!!!

Known for their captivating blend of rock ‘n’ roll and country, they have become one of Americana music’s biggest success stories: an internationally-renowned band of roots-rockers, armed with songs that blur the boundaries between genres. They are a mainstay on radio and album sales charts, with a sound that is as powerful in the quieter moments as it is explosive during the jubilant ones. The band’s pared down configuration has resulted in a bigger, deeper sound built on undeniable chemistry, lush three-part harmonies, and instrumental virtuosity with a funky edge.

www.theblacklillies.com

Tickets: $15 advance, $20 day of show, on sale 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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Huntertones
Nov
1
8:00 PM20:00

Huntertones

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm
Mark Thursday, November 1 on your calendar!!!
Do NOT miss HUNTERTONES!


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

www.huntertones.com

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

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HOUNDMOUTH!!!
Nov
3
8:00 PM20:00

HOUNDMOUTH!!!

***A VERY SPECIAL SHOW!***

Doors 7:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Harro East Ballroom

155 North Chestnut Street

Rochester, NY 14604



Abilene, Record Archive & DSP Shows present
HOUNDMOUTH!
”Golden Age Tour”

In late 2011, Matt Myers, Zak Appleby and Shane Cody started playing music together in a historic home in New Albany, Indiana dubbed "The Green House." Its rooms were adorned with relics from times past, so it was no surprise that songs such as “Penitentiary” bounced off the walls. Nostalgic sounds from their first album seemed to serve as a welcome escape for listeners from the relentless demands of the digital age. But if you asked any one of the guys, they were 'just having fun.'
 
Houndmouth signed with legendary indie label Rough Trade Records in 2012. From The Hills Below The City landed them on several world-famous platforms such as fellow lovable Hoosier, David Letterman's stage. When vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Matt Myers first spoke with big-name producer Dave Cobb prior to working together on their sophomore LP Little Neon Limelight, the two laughingly agreed to “not make another fucking boring Americana record.” A natural sounding album captured in a familiar fashion came together, except this time with a #1 adult alternative radio single in “Sedona.” “I never once thought of us as an Americana band,” says drummer Shane Cody. “The four of us were just a rock band, but some of us had Southern accents,” he laughs.
 
The group find themselves on their third full length album, Golden Age, set for an August 3, 2018 release via Reprise Records, now with four new touring band members (Caleb Hickman, Drew Miller, Graeme Gardiner, and Aaron Craker - after Katie Toupin’s departure). Although there is no doubt that their perceived public identity is founded on roots and Americana, Houndmouth nevertheless created a concept album around a nostalgic future - and the sound will certainly reflect its message. The credits for Golden Age only begin to hint at the lengths they went to in order to find the sound of their nostalgic future — vintage Voxes, Vocoders and Moogs, modern programming, strings, tympani, baritone sax, live drums, Linn drums, unvarnished pianos and very distorted guitars. “What's happening with humans and technology right now was on my mind really heavily,” says Myers, “and we naturally went that way with the music too.  Using synthesizers and drum pads just kind of felt right. I feel like we went into it being like, ‘Yeah, let’s do a Bruce Springsteen/Daft Punk record’.”  Myers goes on to explain, “I think the human aspects are still paramount, even though it may sound a bit more bizarre. There's some part of Tom Petty, Randy Newman and the Band that I can’t get away from, and I wanted to keep that untouched, I guess. It’s not about trying to emulate what’s on the radio, it’s combining and messing with sounds to try to make something that seems very familiar but doesn't actually sound like anything you've ever heard before."

Houndmouth knew they wanted to work with producers who would be open to embracing a restless inventor’s spirit, but they had no idea just how inventive things would get until they hooked up with the team of Jonathan Rado, best known as a member of the celebrated indie band Foxygen, and Shawn Everett, who as a producer, engineer and mixer has been a primary collaborator on records from artists as diverse as Alabama Shakes, The Killers, The War on Drugs, Kesha, Kacey Musgraves and John Legend. In fact, the first single, “This Party,” bears a credit for “bucket and rubber band bass,” which turns out to be a literal rendering of just how they got the critical ingredient: by putting actual rubber bands around a bucket and pitching the plucking up or down in tone until they had the faux boomy bass-synth sound of everyone’s dreams. For another song, they cut up an analog tape loop and dragged it behind a truck in the desert outside of El Paso; when they ran it back through the machine, somehow the abuse had caused a spooky hi-hat sound to appear on the tape, which turned out to be just perfect for “World Leader.” As for the jaguars credited on “Black Jaguar”? They’re real — both the car and the animal. “There’s no denying that with the previous records, we weren't hip to all the stuff at our fingertips,” says bassist, vocalist, and songwriter Zak Appleby. “This time it was a completely different vibe — like, ‘Okay so we've got the skeleton for the song, now let's put the meat on it.’ I think experimental is exactly the right word. We still had boundaries to draw; they just didn’t have to do with how we got to the sounds. Shawn and Jonathan said, ‘Hey, any sound that you hear in your head — that you can hum, that you can imagine — we can create that here.’ That was day one, and that led the album in this awesome direction of anything being possible.”
 
On “Coast to Coast,” Myers sings, “Do you ever feel like a ghost when you’re staring into your phone?” Despite the holy-shit-far-outside-the-box recording style, the songs on this concept album touch more on the prison many humans find themselves in daily - one based around staring into the little electronic box we carry, or our “digital comfort zones” as the band describes them.
 
Knee-jerk reactions may define Golden Age as a metamorphosis, but it is in actuality a catharsis. Uploading one’s thoughts on life is easier than ever, but Houndmouth took a painstakingly unique route to creatively craft their purge of emotions. This album tackles the issues of identity and self in the digital epoch of romance.
  
Perhaps the perceived 'escape' or break in time provided by Houndmouth's initial sound was enough to fight off the modern plight for some time, but members and listeners are awarded now with true sight and perspective into the world as it currently stands. In the words of an author you probably quoted to some girl in college to sound interesting, "I think novels that leave out technology misrepresent life as badly as Victorians misrepresented life by leaving out sex," via Vonnegut.

Tickets: $26.50 advance, $30 day of show, available now at Abilene Bar and Lounge and online at the following...

Abilene tickets

DSP tickets
 

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

Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles

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

SARAH BORGES & THE BROKEN SINGLES!

Sarah Borges is a rocker from Taunton, Massachusetts, formerly signed to Sugar Hill Records. Her music has been described as “walking that fine line between punk and country.”

On the strength of a performance at the South by Southwest Festival in 2004, Borges earned a record deal with Houston’s Blue Corn Records. Her first record, 2005’s Silver City earned praise for showcasing “an unusual knack for mixing alternative rock with country.” Allmusic compared Borges to Maria McKee of Lone Justice, and admired how her songs “balance some fierce guitar licks with heartfelt twang.

After much national touring and opening for noted acts such as Dave Alvin, Borges, and her band, The Broken Singles, were signed by Sugar Hill Records.  The title of her 2007 release Diamonds in the Dark is a line from the song “Come Back to Me,” by one of her favorite bands, X. The album features a cover of this song, many original works, and Tom Waits and Greg Cartwright covers.

Borges’ wide variety of influences are often noted. They range from Dolly Parton, Mahalia Jackson, X, Sid Vicious, Merle Haggard to bubblegum pop.

A third album, The Stars Are Out, was released in March 2009. The album features five covers of artists ranging from Smokey Robinson to The Lemonheads. Allmusic describes the album as “material grounded in Americana even as it morphs form folk to rock and even soul” and calls it a “short but sweet collection.”

After taking a few years off to have a son, Borges released Radio Sweetheart in 2014 and a follow up EP in 2016, Good & Dirty, which was produced by Eric Ambel.

www.sarahborges.com

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

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Postponed----Peter Case
Sep
22
9:00 PM21:00

Postponed----Peter Case

Peter Case Tour Postponed For Medical Reasons

Peter Case announced today that the September leg of his fall tour, scheduled to begin this Friday in Nashville during the annual AmericanaFest 2018, the Americana Music Festival and Conference, has been postponed due to a medical situation.

“I love the road and regret not seeing you guys and playing but it’s unavoidable,” said Case from his home in San Francisco. “I’ll be back out as soon as possible.”

Case is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, guitarist, performer and producer; a founder of The Nerves and the Plimsouls, he has recorded 13 solo albums. Case’s most recent release, On The Way Downtown, is an archival live set, recorded for KPFK’s FolkScene and released by Omnivore Recordings; his prior studio album, HWY 62, is a collection of topical and personal songs concerning matters of a nation in decline.

September tour dates will be rescheduled and posted on Case’s website as soon as they are available. 

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Los Texmaniacs
Sep
21
9:00 PM21:00

Los Texmaniacs

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

House of Guitars and Abilene present

Smithsonian Folkways Artists

LOS TEXMANIACS

Although Max Baca, leader of San Antonio Grammy winners “Los Texmaniacs,” was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he’s been at the right place at the right time to become one of the keepers of that unique Sir Douglas Quintet San Antonio sound. A beautiful marriage of conjunto, rock ‘n’ roll, bajo sexto, accordion and Vox organ, that sound is one of San Antonio’s great cultural contributions and most recognizable exports.

www.facebook.com/texmaniacs

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

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HONEYSUCKLE with THE VINE BROTHERS
Sep
20
7:30 PM19:30

HONEYSUCKLE with THE VINE BROTHERS

 

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Thursday, September 20….doors 4pm, music 7:30pm

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 23015, 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

With Special Guests…

THE VINE BROTHERS
Here’s what City Newspaper’s Frank DeBlase says about them. ”Fayetteville, Arkansas’ Vine Brothers use bluegrass as a root to loftier things. The instrumentation—mandolin, guitar, upright bass—is certainly a rootsy strain of wood and wire along with an old time approach to the music.  But there is also the pervading lilt of Gypsy jazz along with soulful lyrics that skirt the twilight between happy and sad, light and dark. It’s bluesy, too, offering a way to draw the listener in with its familiarity and crowning then with its uniquely unmatched and unparalleled twist and twirls”
www.thevinebrothers.com

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

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Honeysuckle! with The Vine Brothers
Sep
20
8:00 AM08:00

Honeysuckle! with The Vine Brothers

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Thursday, June 14….doors 4pm, music 8pm

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 23015, 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

With Special Guests…

THE VINE BROTHERS
Here’s what City Newspaper’s Frank DeBlase said about them…”Fayetteville, Arkansas’ Vine Brothers use bluegrass as a root to loftier things. The instrumentation—mandolin, guitar, upright bass—is certainly a rootsy strain of wood and wire along with an old time approach to the music. But there is also the pervading lilt of Gypsy jazz along with soulful lyrics that skirt the twilight between happy and sad, light and dark. It’s bluesy, too, offering a way to draw the listener in with its familiarity and crowning then with its uniquely unmatched and unparalleled twist and twirls.

www.thevinebrothers.com

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

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Caroline Rose with Brian Dunne
Sep
19
8:00 PM20:00

Caroline Rose with Brian Dunne

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Wednesday, September 19….doors 4pm, music 8pm

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 70’s punk.”

www.carolinerosemusic.com

with Special Guest: BRIAN DUNNE

“His schooling is firmly grounded in Hank Williams, Neil Young, and Ryan Adams. And as you would expect from an artist whose sound takes in such references, his debut record “Songs From The Hive” is a record of folksy Americana and heartbreaking country.”-Songwriting Magazine.

“A pure, expressive voice and a fondness for lonesome steel guitar”---CMT Edge

www.briandunnemusic.net

Cover: $10 advance, $15 day of show

               On sale now at Abilene and online at www.abilenebarandlounge.com

 

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Woody Pines
Sep
18
8:00 PM20:00

Woody Pines

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

WOODY PINES!

If you’re wondering where the music of Nashville troubadour WOODY PINES comes from, look to the streets. It was on the streets as a professionalbusker that Woody first cut his teeth, drawing liberally from the lost back alley anthems and scratchy old 78s of American roots music, whether country blues, jugband, hokum, or hillbilly. Heavy rollicking street performances are the key to some of today’s best roots bands, like Old Crow Medicine Show (Woody and OCMS’ Gill Landry used to tour the country in their own jugband), and they’re the key to Woody’s intensely catchy rhythms, jumpy lyrics, and wildly delirious sense of fun. Woody traveled all over the streets of this country, road testing his songs, drawing from the catchiest elements of the music he loved and adding in hopped-up vintage electrification to get that old country dancehall sound down right.

That’s why the songs on his new self-titled release WOODY PINES (released May 28 on underground label Muddy Roots Recordings) are so hot. This is gonzo folk music, the kind of raise-the-rafters, boot-shakin’ jump blues that used to be banging out of juke joints all over the South in the late 1940s, but now it’s burning into the earholes of a younger generation of Nashville kids, all looking for music with deep roots and something to hang on to.

It’s tempting to call Woody Pine’s newest music “rockabilly,” and in fact he recorded the new album at Sputnik Studios in Nashville, famous for recording rockabilly and psych-twang heroes JD McPherson, Jack White, and Sturgill Simpson. But it might be more accurate to call Woody’s new songs “hillbilly boogie;” a rarely remembered genre of American music made famous by the Delmore Brothers. Hillbilly boogie sits at the exact moment when the buzzed- out, electrified hillbilly country music of Appalachia (which itself drew heavily from country blues), first hit the sawdust-floored honky-tonks of old Nashville and Memphis. It was the moment exactly before the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. Woody writes with a wink to this critical time on songs like “Anything for Love” and “New Nashville Boogie,” drawing in modern references at will to make his points. He also dives deep into the tradition, drawing up gems like the old gangsta- folk song “Make It to the Woods” from the Mississippi Sheiks. In Woody’s music, there’s never an idea that roots music should be a recreation of an older time. Instead, he taps the vein of this music that’s still beating today, finding common ground with the oldhucksters and bar-hounds who created the music in the first place.

When Woody Pines sings “when the train rolls by, I get a faceful of rain,” this isn’t some hipster dilettante twisting a faux-handlebar mustache and singing about old-timey railroads, this is a dedicated student of Woody Guthrie who used to hop freight trains to get from town to town. This is serious roots music that’s as much a way of life as an aesthetic choice. This music isn’t for dabblers; you gotta feel it in your bones. Let Woody Pines help. 

http://www.woodypines.com/

Tickets $10 advance, $13 day of show, on sale now at Abilene Bar & Lounge 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)

With Special Guests: Steve Piper and Scott Regan

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, California and Jimmie Dale Gilmore from Lubbock, Texas 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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Abilene Debut of Dusted Dawg
Sep
15
9:00 PM21:00

Abilene Debut of Dusted Dawg

 

Saturday, September 15….doors 7pm, music 9pm

The Abilene debut of Three Piece Post-Rock Improvisational Band

DUSTED DAWG 

Dusted Dawg is comprised of Steve Garfield on guitar and vocal, Dave Klingler on drums, and Steve Walter on bass. They’re a jam band, pure and  simple. The arrangements are always improvised, non-rehearsed, and in the moment. Their compositions reflect many genres including blues, rock, swing, funk, and most things in between. The improvisational, stream of consciousness jams they perform take them (and their fans) to places they can’t imagine until they travel there together. During every performance, it is their hope to take an audience on a musical journey that has few boundaries, is unpredictable, and is inspired by imagination and creativity.

www.facebook.com/DustedDawg

Cover: $5

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Willie Nile
Sep
14
9:00 PM21:00

Willie Nile

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Doors 3pm, Music 9pm

WILLIE NILE

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

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

www.willienile.com

with Special Guest: MATT MAYS

Matt Mays is a Canadian indie-rock singer-songwriter and was the lead singer of Matt Mays & El Torpedo, a group based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and New York city. Previously Mays was a member of Canadian alt-country group, The Guthries. Mays was born in Hamilton, Ontario and grew up in Nova Scotia.

www.mattmays.com

Cover: $25 advance, $30 day of show

            Tickets on sale now at Abilene and  online at www.abilenebarandlounge.com

 

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Blackie Farrell
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

Blackie Farrell

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

Abilene Bar and Lounge and Bop Shop Records present Legendary Singer-Songwriter...

BLACKIE FARRELL!


Blackie Farrell might be a household name, but among his peers he’s no unsung hero. His songs have been recorded and performed by artists ranging from Leo Kottke, Tom Russell, Robert Earl Keen, Dave Alvin and Michael Martin Murphy, to Bill Kirchen, Commander Cody, Ray Campi, Jerry Lee Lewis, Asleep at the Wheel, and Chris O’Connell. His 2016 album was produced by Abilene faves, Gurf Morlix and Bill Kirchen…and dig this, Blackie wrote (among many other great tunes!), the classic, “Mama Hated Diesels,” as featured on the debut album by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen.

Writing his first song at the age of 13, Blackie was inspired by the music he heard blasting from car radios and local music clubs in Oakland, California—everything from Jimmy Reed, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and John Lee Hooker to Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, and Marty Robbins. It was their gritty story-telling that influenced him. At his core, Blackie is a story-teller, cutting a straight line right through life’s jagged edges, not smoothing them over but illuminating their points. Some haunting, some heroic, his tales stick to your bones and conjure up lost spirits and the longings of a well-worn heart.

www.blackiefarrell.com

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

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The Minks
Sep
12
8:30 PM20:30

The Minks

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Wednesday, September 12….doors 4pm, music 8:30pm

From Nashville…

THE MINKS

The Minks are a bluesy, psychedelic explosion from Nashville, TN. Nikki Barber started the band based on the idea that “if you don’t create, you’ll combust.” Just like a rock ‘n’ roll circus, you never know what you’re going to get. They’ve been called a Southern Velvet Underground, with gritty, no-nonsense riffs and twangy melodies. The Minks are here. Let’s boogie.

The Minks feature Rochester’s Jessica Wilkes on bass.

www.theminksband.com

Cover: $5

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Cory Branan
Sep
11
8:00 PM20:00

Cory Branan

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Tuesday, September 11….doors 4pm, music 8pm

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 your to your knees,” and a lyperdynamic performer with the ability to fingerpick finer than ‘60’s Greenwich Village folkies and brutally strum like a proto punk shredder. Throughout his career, he’s made collective struggles poetic and breakthroughs into sympathetic acts of populist heroism.

www.corybranan.com

With Special Guest: NICK YOUNG

www.nickyoungonline.com

Tickets: $10 advance, $15 day of show

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

Micah Nelson (The Particle Kid)

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

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

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The Fox Sisters 7" Record Release Party
Sep
9
5:00 PM17:00

The Fox Sisters 7" Record Release Party

 

****SPECIAL SUNDAY SHOW****

Sunday, September 9…doors 4:30pm, music 5pm

Dive Records present a 7” Record Release Show featuring

The original rockin’ rhythm and blues of …

THE FOX SISTERS

Don’t miss this “End of Summer Patio Party”---on the deck at Abilene.

The Fox Sisters are a six piece party outfit that play original music influenced by American Rhythm & Blues of the 1960’s. The band formed in 2013 when a group of friends, all veterans of the Rochester, NY music scene, got together for kicks and immediately sparks flew! Before long they were known as the Flower City’s premier party starters and the got to band for night clubs, dances and backyard BBQ’s.

2015 saw the release of their first single, “Right Hip Pocket,” and full length album, “Under The Stars.” Both received rave reviews and went to the top of the local radio charts for 3 months!

In 2017, The Fox Sisters started their own label, Dive Records, and released two back to back singles. “Stuck on You” b/w “Yeah Yeah” (DIVE 001) and “My Finest Hour” b/w ‘On The Upside” (DIVE 002). They closed out the year by recording a live session for WFMU.

Now it’s 2018..and the Sisters are at it again with their 3rd single on Dive, this one recorded in the Squire’s storied Subterranean Studios in Rochester, NY. Double A sides! “Busy Bee” b/w “Uum Uum Uum.” What’s next you ask? A full length album and as many shows as they can book. Stay tuned!!!

www.foxsisters.com

Cover: $5

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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

http://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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The David Mayfield Parade
Sep
7
9:30 PM21:30

The David Mayfield Parade

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

THE DAVID MAYFIELD PARADE - Full Band!

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 caught the charisma, the heart, and the comedy, and it’s likely you’ll be coming back for more. Do NOT miss this show!

With special guest Thor Platter!
http://thorplatter.com/

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

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Happy Hour with Meg Gehman & The Influence
Sep
7
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour with Meg Gehman & The Influence

Doors 3:00pm • Music 6:00pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials, free munchies and live music featuring MEG GEHMAN & THE INFLUENCE!

Meg’s first solo CD, Leap, debuted July 2015. She calls it “a shameless pop record, heavily influenced by R&B and rock. Catchy mid-to-uptempo pop music co-written with my producer, Sony platinum-selling R&B artist, David Chance (formerly of the R&B duo Ruff Endz). You will hear so many influences on this record, and I would have to say that the strongest influence for this project would be David himself.”

Meg has delighted audiences for years as the leader of Meg and The Clams and then This Other Life.

www.meggehman.com

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Matt Wood & The Natural Disasters
Sep
5
8:00 PM20:00

Matt Wood & The Natural Disasters

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

MATT WOODS & THE NATURAL DISASTERS

Here’s what Matt has to say...“I am a Knoxville, Tennessee based songwriter who spends a hell of a lot of time driving all over bringing my songs to anyone who cares to listen. Some folks call what I do Outlaw Country or Americana, but I have a hard time putting a label on things like that. A lot of my songs are very much based in classic Country music while others are grounded in straight forward and greasy rock ‘n’ roll. I write what is ready to come out and try to be as honest as I can about it. Give ‘em a listen and call ‘em what you want then get your ass out to a show!”

If you like Steve Earle, Chris Stapleton, Whitey Morgan, you’ll love Matt Woods.

www.therealmattwoods.com
www.facebook.com/events/268217823779756

Cover: $7

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Hypnotic Clambake
Aug
31
9:00 PM21:00

Hypnotic Clambake

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:00pm

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

www.hypnoticclambake.com

Cover: $7

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Happy Hour with Pine Fever
Aug
31
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour with Pine Fever

Doors 3:00pm • Music 6:00pm

Happy Hour with drink specials, free munchies..and the Abilene debut of Buffalo’s PINE FEVER!

“Pine Fever makes a sound that harkens back to a distant past and play it so loud and so fast that they already hear it in the future. Call it old time, call it Americana, call it jug band, or call it shit—all you need to love it is a heart that beats. This is the kind of music that turns its listeners into the definition of euphoria, at least until the song ends. And for Pine Fever the song never ends.”

You’ll love the sounds of Alex (trumpet and upright bass), Thor (upright bass and guitar), Levi (resonator guitar, upright bass and banjo) and Potch (drums and mandolin)…Oh yeah, everybody sings!!!

www.pinefever.com

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Ross Falzone & Erin Futterer
Aug
30
7:00 PM19:00

Ross Falzone & Erin Futterer

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

Do not miss the blues/soul/jazz and folk stylings of ROSS FALZONE & ERIN FUTTERER!

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

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

www.rossfalzone.com

www.facebook.com/erin.futterer


No cover charge!….but please don’t hesitate to fill the “tip jar,” They really deserve it!

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Jeff Tweedy Birthday Bash!
Aug
25
9:00 PM21:00

Jeff Tweedy Birthday Bash!

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

JEFF TWEEDY’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!!!

Join us in celebrating the great music of Jeff Tweedy and WILCO.

Hosted by Grand Canyon Rescue Episode

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

Sponsored by our good friends at Rohrbach Brewing Company and House of Guitars

www.wilcoworld.net

www.grandcanyonrescueepisode.com

www.rohrbachs.com

www.houseofguitars.com

Cover: $6

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Ruckus Juice Jug Stompers & 40 Rod Lightning
Aug
24
9:30 PM21:30

Ruckus Juice Jug Stompers & 40 Rod Lightning

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:00pm

RUCKUS JUICE JUG STOMPERS! - Hailed as “America’s happiest music,” jug band music has its roots in the country blues, old-time folk, and early jazz traditions of American music. The Ruckus Juice Jug Stompers have been bringing their old-time, good-time jug band music to audiences in western New York since 2008. The band’s captivating, high-energy performances transport audiences back in time as Ruckus Juice blends musicianship, creativity and tradition as Ruckus Juice keeps the audience dancing, stomping, singing and kazooing along a “bottomless barrel of musical ear candy” in the words of one eloquent fan.

The Ruckus Juice Jug Stompers are led by a three-time winner of Rochester’s Best Busker competition, and every performer in the band exudes a love of music. Juxtaposing homespun instruments (jug, washboard, and kazoos) with traditional string band instruments (banjo, guitar, doghouse bass, fiddle and the less-traditional banjolin), this is a band that knows how to entertain. Audience members have described the Ruckus Juice Jug Stompers as “excellent musicianship combined with entertaining showpersonship,” “upbeat music with catchy lyrics that make people of all ages want to sing along,” “high energy with a feel-good vibe,” and “lots good-natured fun.” It’s not unusual for the unusual to happen at Ruckus Juice’s loose and free-spirited performances—you never know when they’ll bust out a wacky instrument or special guest musicians will hop up and raise a ruckus with them.

https://www.facebook.com/jugstompers/

With special guests 40 ROD LIGHTNING! "Insurgent North Country"

http://40rodlightning.com/

Cover $5

 

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Happy Hour with Alison Pipitone
Aug
24
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour with Alison Pipitone

Doors 3:00pm, Music 6:00pm

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

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

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

www.alisonpipitone.com

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Jill McCraken CD Release Party with Ben Morey & The Eyes
Aug
23
8:00 PM20:00

Jill McCraken CD Release Party with Ben Morey & The Eyes

Doors 4:00pm, Music 8:00pm

Come out for a night of great songs and great friends, celebrating a hometown show for…
BEN MOREY & THE EYES

www.benmorey.bandcamp.com

and the album release party for…
JILL McCRACKEN

Indie soul songstress Jill McCracken’s forthcoming release, Shake Me Up, is a celebration of feeling—anything that she’s got on the inside (and there’s a lot on the inside), is triumphantly released out into the world. Though Jill’s songs catch the ear as pop tunes, touching heavily on classic soul and Motown influences, a closer listen lets the audience know that these aren’t as simple as ABC, 123; there’s conflict that lies just beneath the surface of the songs, as nodded to by Jill’s sweet and savory lyrics. This isn’t a masquerade of beauty; it’s a celebration of Jill’s honest-to-goodness truth of life and love-not only the beautiful, terrible, horrible parts, but especially all the in-between.

Shake Me Up boasts soaring silky vocals (Jill McCracken, Mandy Goldman), a pocketed rhythm section (Kevin Ewer, Brendan Duran), tight guitar riffs (Jim Horvath) and a soulful organ & Wurlitzer performance (Jon Petronzio) to create an original potpourri of new and old. The retro shout out kicks in immediately on the first track, “Lovesick Woman,” with its undeniable Jackson 5 overtones, then bounces to the modern day influence of Lake Street Dive on “Do You?,” and back to the Al Green and Aretha Franklin days in the sensual backing vocals and twinkly keys on “A Taste of Sweetness.”

www.jillmccracken.com

Cover: $5

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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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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 4:00pm, 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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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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Black Night Band
Aug
18
9:00 PM21:00

Black Night Band

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

The Abilene debut of classic jazz & blues band….

BLACK NIGHT!

Black Night is a classic jazz and blues band with a glimpse into the future. Not loud but stylistic and a straight ahead ensemble of jazzy blues and cool combo jazz. Clever arrangements. Emotional-not technical, Black Night shines when adding a bit of funk to the mix along with a sometimes roughneck groove. The band is named after the Charles Brown and Bobby Bland song, “Black Night.” Get ready for a night of tunes by such legends as Albert Collins, Freddie King, Duke Ellington…and with a nod to today’s great bluesmen like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, and Taj Mahal.

The band consists of Mark Francis (guitars, vocals), Jonathan Feldman (keyboards, vocals), Jerry Garcia (drums), Kirk Stamp- (tenor sax) and Mike Francis (trumpet). These six players bring their wide range of taste and influence of blues & jazz together to form a melting pot of great music rejecting the status quo.

Cover: $5

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