Western Centuries
May
24
8:00 PM20:00

Western Centuries

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

WESTERN CENTURIES!
When did country music start to sound the same? The first generation of country artists borrowed from everything around them: Appalachian string band music, Texas fiddle traditions, cowboy songs, Delta blues. In an era of unprecedented access to our musical pasts, shouldn’t country music be even more diverse than it was in its infancy? Honky-tonk super-group Western Centuries, back with a new album in 2018, surely understands this. They aren’t bound by any dictum to write songs in a modern country, or even a retro country style; instead they’re taking their own personal influences as three very different songwriters and fusing it into a sound that moves beyond the constraints of country. Part of the reason they can make music with this range of influences is because of their roots in city life. Both Cahalen Morrison and Ethan Lawton, two of the three principal songwriters, live in Seattle’s diverse South end, and the third songwriter, Jim Miller, spends most of his time in and around New York City. The urban landscape is rarely mentioned in country music, but it makes for a refreshing sound that draws as easily from modern R&B as it does George Jones. It helps too that the album was recorded and co-produced by acclaimed musician and Grammy-winning producer Joel Savoy in Eunice, Louisiana, where local Cajun and Creole artists have always been adept at marrying old country sounds with R&B and rock ‘n’ roll.
With Songs from the Deluge, out April 6, 2018 on Free Dirt Records, Western Centuries brings three songwriting voices together into a more unified sound than ever before. Over the past year of heavy touring (since the release of their last album), they’ve pushed each other hard as songwriters. But with a band this well tested on the road, it’s the sonic and lyrical places where each artist’s styles depart that’s most interesting.

www.westerncenturies.com

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

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Happy Hour with The Tragedy Brothers
May
25
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour with The Tragedy Brothers

Doors 3:00pm • Music 6:00pm

Happy Hour featuring free munchies, drink specials, and live music with THE TRAGEDY BROTHERS!

Americana band, The Tragedy Brothers will be playing old favorites, some originals and tunes from their latest  CD Wasting Time.

A mix of inspired American music, Wasting Time is the product of several years of hard work and thoughtful songwriting by band leader Joe Appleby and this band of brothers.

www.tragedybrothers.com

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The Younger Gang
May
25
9:30 PM21:30

The Younger Gang

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

THE YOUNGER GANG RETURNS!!!


The Younger Gang returns to Abilene Bar and Lounge! Based in the traditions of Old-Time Appalachia and classic Americana, The Younger Gang seeks new interpretations of old music without losing touch with its roots. Notorious In the latter part of 1860's, the Younger Gang was a band of train robbin'/bank robbin' outlaws. Fast forward a century and a half and you'll find a southern born classical Eastman grad who sells her soul to the devil for a ticket back to depression era Appalachia to become the most bitchin' old-time banjo picker north of the Mason-Dixon Line. On her travels back north she is joined by three companions of a different time and origin. Electric elements and modern textures are spun into gritty, down-home Old-Time traditions to create a sound that is a living and breathing embodiment of a timeless tradition.

"This Rochester-based folk outfit brings together members of the Windsor Folk Family, RootsCollider, Blackened Blues. The resulting amalgamation is a deeply affecting foray into what you could call neo-Americana. The band's unique approach to Old-timey Appalachian tunes is positively informed by, and infused with, the members' rock, blues, funk, and electronica pedigrees. It's a distinct breed of folk music that is, despite a healthy respect for its roots, absolutely modern." ~David Yokel, City Newspaper

www.facebook.com/youngergangmusic
 
Cover: $8 at the door

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The Howlin' Brothers
May
29
8:00 PM20:00

The Howlin' Brothers

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


From Nashville, Tennessee - American Roots String Band...
THE HOWLIN’ BROTHERS!

The Howlin’ Brothers are a Nashville based string band composed of Ian Craft, Dan Swan and Jared Green. Anchored in a bed of old-time blues and bluegrass, their upbeat shows are heavy with original and traditional music, featuring the sounds of slide banjo, harmonica and old-time fiddle. Sounding like what would happen happen if a bunch of Appalachian punk rockers formed a jug-band, The Howlin’ Brothers play with a ferocious energy that drags you in and finds you boogieing along in spite of yourself.

Cover: Special “Low Dough Show”—$10 at the door

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Bloodshot Bill
May
30
8:00 PM20:00

Bloodshot Bill

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

BLOODSHOT BILL!

With Special Guests

Bloodshot Bill started in his hometown of Montreal around 1998, with just a guitar and a stomp board. Since then, he’s had over 30 releases throughout Europe and North America. Touring constantly, he has collaborated with such acts as THE 5.6.7.8’s, Jon Spencer, King Khan, beat poet Charles Plymell, Mark Sultan, Deke Dickerson, and Shannon Shaw. Plays well with others but is known mostly for his One Man Band act. Artist Joe Coleman once called him “a cross between Jimmie Rodgers & Popeye,” and director John Waters says he’s “like Roy Orbison with a head wound.” He’s been in movies too, usually playing himself. He’s won FME’s Coup De Coeur in 2007, and has more recently been a 3x-nominee for an Ameripolitan award.

www.bloodshotbill.com

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

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Happy Hour with The Healing Committee
Jun
1
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour with The Healing Committee

Doors 3:00pm • Music 6:00pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials, free munchies and live music 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

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The Ben Vaughn Quartet
Jun
1
9:30 PM21:30

The Ben Vaughn Quartet

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


THE BEN VAUGHN QUARTET!
Featuring Gus Cordovox, Greg Townson & Todd Bradley

Ben Vaughn grew up in the Philadelphia area on the New Jersey side of the river. At age 6, his uncle gave him a Duane Eddy record and forever changed his life.In  1983, he formed the Ben Vaughn Combo. The band was together five years, releasing two albums and touring the U.S. several times. They received rave reviews in Rolling Stone and People magazine and video airplay on MTV. The attention inspired Marshall Crenshaw to record Ben’s “I’m Sorry (But So Is Brenda Lee”” for his Downtown album.

Ben embarked on a solo career in 1988, recording several critically acclaimed albums, touring extensively in Europe and the U.S. and receiving more MTV exposure. During that period he produced three records for the Elektra Records American Explorer series (Memphis rockabilly legend Charlie Feathers, Muscle Shoals country soul singer Arthur Alexander) and recorded “Cubist Blues,” a collaboration with Alan Vega and Alex Chilton. He also scored two films (Favorite Mopar and Wild Girl’s Go-Go Rama), as well as appearing as a frequent guest commentator on nationally syndicated radio shows Fresh Air and World Café.

In 1995, Ben moved to L.A. and released Instrumental Stylings, and album of instrumentals in a variety of styles. A guest appearance on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic led directly to being hired as the composer for the hit TV sitcom 3rd Rock From The Sun. That 70’s Show soon followed, and for the next ten years Ben would provide award-winning music for a dozen other TV shows and pilots. He also provided scores for several films  and continued producing records (Ween, Los Straitjackets, Mark Olson of the Jayhawks, Nancy Sinatra, and the Swingers soundtrack CD).

Somehow Ben found time to create the legendary Rambler ’65. Recorded entirely in his car, this much-publicized album (and subsequent short film) is still considered by many to be a classic document of a man and his dream.

Since then, Ben has released Designs In Music, Vaughn Sings Vaughn Vols. 1-3, Texas Road Trip (recorded in Austin, Texas with Doug Sahm’s band) as well as Five By Five and Piece de Resistance by the Ben Vaughn Quintet.

Occasionally, Ben takes a break from his syndicated radio show (The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn) to perform live in the U.S. and Europe.

www.benvaughn.com

Cover: Super, Super Low Dough Show----Only $5 at the door!

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Igor & The Red Elvises
Jun
3
6:00 PM18:00

Igor & The Red Elvises

****SPECIAL SUNDAY SHOW****
Doors 5:00pm • Music 6:00pm

IGOR & THE RED ELVISES!


If Igor and Red Elvises aren’t in the middle of a tour, they are getting ready for the next one — this is a group that is constantly in motion and consistently evolving. Singer, songwriter, guitarist and showman extraordinaire Igor Yuzov is perpetually globetrotting and in the process he has found scores of wildly talented, entertaining musicians to bring into the fold of this increasingly international party band. Red Elvises started as a Russian group, playing what they dubbed “Siberian Surf Rock.”

Since then the band has included musicians from many other countries, including United States, Israel, Puerto Rico and Bulgaria, to name just a few. Everyone who performs with them for any length of time brings something different both energetically and musically. At various times shows have included keyboards, accordions, sax, clarinet, trumpet, flute, banjo, mandolin, tuba and many other instruments. Old and new fans alike can expect to be surprised at shows again and again, however the roots of Red Elvises remain the same: Igor’s unique brand of humor combined with guitar based rock ‘n’ roll that makes audiences want to sing, dance, scream and shout.

www.redelvises.com

Tickets:  $15 advance, $18 day of show. On sale beginning Friday, April 27 at Abilene and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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Chris Barron, Lead Singer of Spin Doctors
Jun
7
8:30 PM20:30

Chris Barron, Lead Singer of Spin Doctors

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


CHRIS BARRON, Lead Singer of SPIN DOCTORS!
 
A simple plethora of songs is what led Spin Doctors' frontman Chris Barron to go solo again with his latest release Angels and One-Armed Jugglers. "I'm a very prolific songwriter," Barron, who's released two previous solo albums, tells Billboard, "and I have this gigantic backlog of eclectic songs that would never necessarily work for the Spin Doctors. I wanted to make a solo record for a really long time, just as a creative outlet. So here it is." The genuinely diverse project did, however, morph somewhat from what Barron and co-producer Roman Klun first envisioned.
"Initially I came into the studio thinking I wanted to do a really stripped-down, acoustic kind of presentation of these songs. When we started our motto was, 'When in doubt, leave it out,'" says Barron, whose studio band included Spin Doctors drummer Aaron Comess and Saturday Night Live drummer Shawn Pelton, along with bassist Jesse Murphy." But Roman saw these bigger than I did. As we went on the productions kind of expanded, and rather than limiting myself to some kind of small acoustic thing we just started expanding these ideas and opening up the palette and just letting the sky be the limit. So as a result some of the songs have some really big, beautiful orchestral arrangements on them and layered guitar tracks and piano and accordion and tuba. I thought we were going to do a photoplay and it turned into a Panavision, Technicolor kind of production. So we wanted to take this really eclectic selection of songs and make 'em all hang together."
Amidst all that, "April and May" is the album's most rocking track, a full-throttle blast whose energy Barron is happy to have near the start of the album. "I feel a lot of solo artists put out a record and it'll just be, 'Oh, look how brooding and deep I am' or whatever. It's super-indulgent," he explains. "We wanted to make a record that goes through different moods and something that was kind of beautiful and interesting but also entertaining. Always entertaining."
"April and May" also got the thumbs-up at home. "That's my daughter and wife's favorite song," Barron says. "When I was just playing it around the house they were like, 'That's a great song.' My daughter was like, 'I think that's my favorite song you've ever written.' So I love that song; It feels like one of my teenage tunes but grown up a little bit."

Barron is playing solo acoustic concerts to promote Angels and One-Armed Jugglers. The title was inspired by his one working vocal cord -- starting mid-October on the East Coast. He's looking forward to adding a new performing regimen to his repertoire in addition to his continuing tours with the Spin Doctors. "I look at my career sort of like drawers," he explains. "I've got the rock band drawer full, and this is the acoustic song drawer, if you will. I'm basically just going to tour my ass off, and I'm looking forward to that, actually. I think people know me as the guy in the goofy hat from Spin Doctors; Only my old friends know me as a singer-songwriter with a guitar, just playing solo acoustic. I never really set out to just go and tour like that, so this should be a lot of fun."
As for the Spin Doctors, the group continues to tour, while Barron is confident the quartet will follow-up its blues-flavored 2013 release If The River Was Whiskey at some point, though there are no concrete plans yet. "We've basically hit this nice stride where all summer long we're playing gigs, mostly on the weekends, and rack up the miles," Barron says. "We go out to a nice dinner, drink a nice bottle of wine, go rock our asses off and get great feedback on the show. It's still energetic and entertaining and fun. We're a band people think of as 'Little Miss Can't Be Wrong' and 'Two Princes,' but then we come out and play some blues and have a pretty deep repertoire of really varied songs. We like to surprise people that way."
 
www.thechrisbarron.com

Tickets: $15 advance, $20 day of show. On sale beginning Friday, April 27 at Abilene and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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

Belle and The Band

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

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.

Cover: $7 at the door

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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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Devon Gilfillian
Jul
11
8:00 PM20:00

Devon Gilfillian

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

DEVON GILFILLIAN!
Devon Gilfillians 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 2106, 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.

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 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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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, available Friday, April 27 at Abilene and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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Personal Blend
May
19
9:30 PM21:30

Personal Blend

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:30pm

PERSONAL BLEND! Reggae/Rock/Dub - If you’re a fan of Giant Panda, John Brown’s Body, Thunder Body, 10 ft. Ganja Plant, you’ll love Personal Blend.Check out Th e Medicinals and Mingo Fishtrap at the Lilac Festival, and then head over to Abilene for a full night of music, with special guests!!!

www.facebook.com/PersonalBlend

Cover: $5

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Woody Dodge
May
18
9:30 PM21:30

Woody Dodge

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:30pm

WOODY DODGE is an original, four-piece band based in Rochester. Originally a collaborative effort between longtime friends, singer-songwriter Billy Lambert and drummer Sean Sullivan, the band soon evolved to its current lineup with the addition of guitarist Mark Wilcove in 1985 and bassist Jon Gary in 1987.

Woody  Dodge is known for playing a distinctive blend of American that features elements of folk, rock, and country. Drawing upon Lambert’s strong songwriting, the band creates a unique blend of songs with a strong emphasis on lyrics, melody, and feeling. Because of their diversity and breadth, the band draws audiences from a wide range of musical tastes, providing a rich and engaging musical experience.

Woody Dodge released their first CD, Emma’s Dance in 1995. The album received critical acclaim within the college radio scene. Music from Emma’s Dance was also used on the network television soap opera, As the World Turns. The band released their second CD, Nature Is Strange in 1997.

Woody Dodge took a break from their hectic schedules in the late 90’s to raise families and pursue solo projects. During this period the band kept playing, evolving, and performing in upstate New York. Woody Dodge released their fourth CD, Humble Me, in 2012. Jeff Spevak calls it “Americana roots rock of high order.”

Better Angels, their latest release, is the sequel to 2012’s Humble Me. Produced by Ken Frank and Tony Gross, Better Angels explores a broader soundscape while remaining true to the band’s Americana feel. The release features ten original songs that reflect the real life experience of the band members, including the loss of family members, and the appreciation of those who remain.

www.woodydodge.com

Cover:  $5

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

An Evening with Chris Smither

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


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

CHRIS SMITHER. Songwriter. Guitarist. Performer. Bluesman.

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

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

www.smither.com

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


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

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Big Martha
May
16
8:00 PM20:00

Big Martha

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

BIG MARTHA - A TRIBUTE TO THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND!

For three consecutive Wednesdays, Big Martha will be bringing two full sets of Allman Brothers music to Abilene Bar and Lounge. With an all-star line-up made up of some of Buffalo’s best musicians, Big Martha has an energetic and collective approach to interpreting one of the greatest catalogs in rock ‘n’ roll.

www.facebook.com/events/1612815748784886

Cover: Special Low-Dough Night--Only $7!!!!

 

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Luke Winslow-King
May
15
8:00 PM20:00

Luke Winslow-King

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


LUKE WINSLOW-KING!
Luke Winslow-King’s latest album, Blue Mesa, is an example of craftsmanship at the highest level, radiating a warmth and timeless elegance. Adept at mixing country, blues, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, and folk influence intuitively and masterfully, Luke shapes a mood from many sources and shepherds it to a unifying place of acceptance and hope. Blue Mesa is both stately and approachable, manifestly proficient but deeply personal.

What sets this album above the singer and guitarist’s previous work is how he’s absorbed the offerings of a life in music. Born and raised in Northern Michigan town of Cadillac, he moved to New Orleans at 19 and spent the next 15 years fully immersing himself in the musical waters that flow through there. Now that he’s moved on, it it the larger world, and the people and places in it, that enthralls him. From these travels and friendships comes a deeper and richer perspective on the American musical traditions he fell in love with at an early age.

From the first track, Luke effortlessly draws the listener into his genre-expansive, dynamic world. “You Got Mine,” co-written with friend and legendary local musician “Washboard” Lissa Driscoll (who passed away in September 2017), enchants with its laid back grace. Delicate touches of Paul Simon and Robert Cray color this paean to unconditional friendship and camaraderie. With crisp guitar lines evoking Mike Campbell, the gospel-tinged call-to-action “Break Down the Walls” and the easy-country amble “After the Rain” sit astride the solemn and the uplifting. The subtle Stax-inflected soul of the title track casts a disintegrating relationship against the inspirational scenery fo the desert Southwest. “Farewell Blues,” a song written after he found out about his late father’s cancer diagnosis, has a resolute drifter’s wandering heart to guide it.

Luke Winslow-King has collaborated with New Orleans legends and wunderkinds alike, including Dr. John, John Boutte, Luti, Little Freddy King, Washboard Chaz, and Meschiya Lake. In addition to holding down residencies at numerous venues and releasing four studio records over the course of nine years, he has toured extensively in North America and Europe, appearing on notable stages such as Austin city Limits, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Paradiso (Netherlands) and countless more.

www.lukewinslowking.com

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

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Tav Falco's Panther Burns
May
12
9:30 PM21:30

Tav Falco's Panther Burns

***SPECIAL SHOW!***
Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:30pm


TAV FALCO's PANTHER BURNS!

Equal parts primal, early rock'n'roll, deviant hill country blues & avant-garde art - Memphis, Tennessee's Tav Falco's Panther Burns are ramshackle, raw, unholy & utterly amazing. It’s not just Music...it is a state of mind. Tav Falco is one of the truly original and romantic voices in American music - the voice that America lost and found. He is tender and virile, flamboyant, witty and dangerous.

Falco brings daggers back to the stage, and HE is the one who always holds out a hand to the enemy.

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

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Chris Trapper
May
12
8:00 PM20:00

Chris Trapper

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


“Abilene on the Road” proudly presents
CHRIS TRAPPER!

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

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

www.christrapper.com

with special guest Mary Scholz

http://www.maryscholz.com/wp

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

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

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Big Martha
May
9
8:00 PM20:00

Big Martha

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

BIG MARTHA - A TRIBUTE TO THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND!

For three consecutive Wednesdays, Big Martha will be bringing two full sets of Allman Brothers music to Abilene Bar and Lounge. With an all-star line-up made up of some of Buffalo’s best musicians, Big Martha has an energetic and collective approach to interpreting one of the greatest catalogs in rock ‘n’ roll.

www.facebook.com/events/1612815748784886

Cover: $10

 

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Otter Space Wranglers
May
5
9:30 PM21:30

Otter Space Wranglers

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:30pm

The Abilene Debut of Otter Space Wranglers!


Otter Space Wranglers presents their unique take on the music of The Grateful Dead, as well as other bands from the same era. They blend classic songs with spontaneous improvisational jams. Expect funky grooves, smoking leads, and tons of fun.Marc James - Keyboards and Vocals; Andy Thoresen - Drums and Vocals; Paul Schmitt - Bass and Vocals; James Wood - Guitar and Vocals; Jason Turiano - Guitar and Vocals

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

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Eilen Jewell
May
5
8:00 PM20:00

Eilen Jewell

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


“Abilene on the Road” & WRUR 88.5 proudly present...
EILEN JEWELL!

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

www.eilenjewell.com

The Historic German House
315 Gregory Street
Rochester, NY 14620

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

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David Olney
May
3
7:30 PM19:30

David Olney

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

DAVID OLNEY!


Master craftsman, acclaimed singer/songwriter and globe-trotting performer David Olney has released more than 20 albums over four decades, including six live recordings. His music has been prominently featured in ABC-TV’s Nashville and his stellar songs have been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury, Tim O’Brien and Steve Young, among many others.

“Though he’s best known as a masterful wordsmith, Olney has a knack for creating the ideal atmosphere for his gothic noir tunes.”—Acoustic Guitar Magazine

www.davidolney.com

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

 

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Big Martha
May
2
8:00 PM20:00

Big Martha

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

BIG MARTHA - A TRIBUTE TO THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND!

For three consecutive Wednesdays, Big Martha will be bringing two full sets of Allman Brothers music to Abilene Bar and Lounge. With an all-star line-up made up of some of Buffalo’s best musicians, Big Martha has an energetic and collective approach to interpreting one of the greatest catalogs in rock ‘n’ roll.

www.facebook.com/events/1612815748784886

Cover: $10

 

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Amy LaVere
May
1
8:00 PM20:00

Amy LaVere

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

AMY LaVERE!
With Special Guest: WILL SEXTON

Playing songs from Hallelujah I'm A Dreamer, recorded with husband and noted guitarist Will Sexton. You’ll love these tunes, and Amy LaVere classics, all in the very intimate surrounding that is Abilene Bar and Lounge.

www.amylavere.com


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

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Mosaic Foundation
Apr
28
9:00 PM21:00

Mosaic Foundation

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

Roots-Rock-Reggae with….
MOSAIC FOUNDATION CD RELEASE PARTY!

Join the celebration of the new Unity is Strength CD.
With a style as unique as its members are diverse, Mosaic foundation is forward thinking reggae that stays true to the roots. Formed in 2009 and based in the Finger lakes region of New York, the band has grown a loyal following, thanks to electric live performances and three studio releases. Blending roots, ska, dub, dance-hall and beyond, Mosaic is an exploration in reggae that is pushed to the limits and sometimes spills over. With  lyrics that inspire dancing in the moment, and activate the mind in reflection, the songs encourage positivity, sustainable living and community. Be prepared to dance!

www.facebook.com/events/574280676291790

www.mosaicfoundationmusic.com

Cover: $8 or $12 includes new disc

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1916
Apr
27
9:30 PM21:30

1916

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:30pm

The “WELCOME HOME!!!” Show of
“1916”

Hailing from upstate New York, Celtic rockers 1916 are an explosive concoction of the modern Irish Punk movement with an original mix of psychobilly which gives 1916 a sound that stands apart from other bands of the genre.

Starting as an acoustic duo in 2006, singer Billy Herring and drummer Steve LaDue played the traditional Irish ballads of the Dubliners and Wolfe Tones in the local pubs in and around their hometown of Rochester, New York. They decided to call themselves 1916 to get people interested in Irish history. In 2010 they took the music to a new level with the addition of electric guitars, traditional instruments, and a full drum set. Within a few months of trying their new sound, 1916 were opening for the likes of the Dropkick Murphys, 21 Pilots, and New Politics, among other national acts.

www.1916band.com

www.facebook.com/1916band

www.facebook.com/events/1646665442089093

Cover: $6

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The Hi-Risers CD Release Party!
Apr
27
8:30 PM20:30

The Hi-Risers CD Release Party!

***SPECIAL SHOW!***
Doors 7:00pm • Music 8:30pm
The Arbor Loft, 17 Pitkin St.
Rochester, NY 14607

Abilene On The Road & Genesee Brewing Present The Return of...

THE HI-RISERS!
Record Release Party


After a five year hiatus, The Hi-Risers are back with a brand new record and a very special show to celebrate their return! Founding members Greg Townson & Todd Bradley are teaming up with newcomer Trevor Lake for their first performance together.

The  band will have their new record available for the first time at the show. My Kind Of Fun is the 9th record by The Hi-Risers and their first in 7 years. Greg, Todd and their collaborators wrote 12 new originals for the record and new drummer Trevor Lake contributed a song of his own for his debut with the band. The record was mastered by the legendary Gary Hobish, with cover art by the equally legendary Johnny Bartlett.

www.hirisers.com

With Special Guests: Ben Morey & Katie Preston

Food by Orange Glory Catering

www.orangeglorycafe.com

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

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Left-Handed Second Baseman
Apr
26
8:30 PM20:30

Left-Handed Second Baseman

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:30pm

The return to Abilene of alt-folk/indie band…
LEFT-HANDED SECOND BASEMAN!

LH2B is the creation of singer/songwriter/producer Fran Broderick (Friday in America; PilotSuits). His debut album, Eudaimonia, pulls together his sprawling inlfuences—Bob Dylan and John Prine (“Over and Over Again”, “I’m Sorry God Didn’t Make You Cool”), Biggie and Sam Cooke (“Across the Room”) and gritty soul and rock acts like The Velvet Underground (“Sadly Sally”) and Dr. Dog. Broderick wrote, engineered, arranged and produced each song, in the vein of singer/songwriter-led productions from artists like The War on Drugs and Phosphorescent. The result is a mix of songs heavy on lyricism, haunting arrangements and memorable hooks, that seamlessly jump through genres. Much of the album’s raw, lo-fi aesthetic results from instruments being recorded one at a time in bedrooms and practice spaces.

www.lh2b.bandcamp.com

Cover: $5

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The Old Main
Apr
25
8:00 PM20:00

The Old Main

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm
EVERY WEDNESDAY IN APRIL!


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


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

With special guest RITEY O'REILLEY

www.theoldmainmusic.com

Cover: $7

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The Healing Committee
Apr
24
7:30 PM19:30

The Healing Committee

Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:30pm

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 Rawling 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.

www.reverbnation.com/thehealingcommitteeband

Cover: $5

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FlashBamPow & Jack and The Jukebox
Apr
21
8:30 PM20:30

FlashBamPow & Jack and The Jukebox

Doors 7:00pm • Music 8:30pm
A Full Night of music with a Prog-Rock Double Bill!!!!

The Acid Jazz Trio from Beyond the Sun
FlashBamPow!

This show is sponsored by the Doug Coast Rad io Show on 104.3 WAYO-FM.Listen to Doug’s show every Thursday at 3pm!

www.flashbampow.com

And followed by
100% Original Art Rock featuring
JACK AND THE JUKEBOX!

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

www.facebook.com/jackandthejukebox

Cover: $7 for both bands!

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Hop City Hellcats & Zac Lijewski's Big Jazz Small Band
Apr
20
9:00 PM21:00

Hop City Hellcats & Zac Lijewski's Big Jazz Small Band

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:00pm

The Abilene debut of
HOP CITY HELLCATS!

From the heart of the I-88 corridor came The Hop City Hellcats with a heapin’ saddlebag of original songs mixing classic outlaw country and blues and an always-evolving blend of tasty covers that blew out of honkytonk jukeboxes back in the day.

Chief Hellcat Randy Miritello writes the songs and leads the band with his rhythm guitar and vocals. He has a long background in old-time and country music; in his other music venture, Horseshoe Lounge Playboys, he has toured the country and shared the stage with the likes of Levon Helm, Steve Earle, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Felice Brothers, and many more.
Joining Randy on the Hop City Hellcats stage are John Thompson and Amar Sastry on lead and rhythm guitars, Evan Jagels on upright and electric bass, and Ted Potrikus on drums. Their favorite kinds of music are country AND western, but depending on the venue and the hour, things can get pretty loud and fast. They know how to make this stuff sound like it should, and you’ll dig it!

www.hopcityhellcats.com

and then at 10pm

ZAC LIJEWSKI’S BIG JAZZ, SMALL BAND!

Don’t miss this awesome showcase of emerging Rochester musicians in an open-genre night of music.
Jazz-rock, bluegrass, poetry, philosophical prose, and avant-garde soundscapes all await you.

www.facebook.com/zac.lijewski.3

Cover: $6 for both bands!

 

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Happy Hour with The Genesee Revelers
Apr
20
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with The Genesee Revelers

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour featuring free munchies, drink specials and live music featuring the original sounds of
THE  GENESEE REVELERS!

The Genesee Revelers is one of Rochester’s premier Americana, roots-rock bands. Guitarist/vocalist Jeff Sherner and bassist/vocalist Jeff Simpson came out of the cornfields of Livingston County and have played together for the past 20 years. With multi-instrumentalist/vocalist David Curry and drummer Don Stauffer, The Revelers present a sound heavily influenced by Merle Haggard, Steve Earle, Wilco, John Prine and the Old 97’s, to name a few.  These songs are about hard livin’, loose women, tears in beers and love gone wrong.

www.facebook.com/TheRevelersBandRochester

 

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