Reverend Kingfish
Jan
22
7:30 PM19:30

Reverend Kingfish

Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:30pm

REVEREND KINGFISH!

Blues, Stomps and Novelty Tunes Rendered in the Authentic Style!!!

Catch Reverend Kingfish Live!

Recently arrived in Rochester, Reverend Kingfish performs a mix of early blues, jazz, and tin pan alley along with original tunes in the style of the beginning of American popular music. 

As an ordained minister, Reverend Kingfish expresses his faith through music. And that music is derived from the jazz and blues musicians of the early 20th century. The list of influences includes timeless greats such as Blind Blake, Fats Waller, the Boswell Sisters, Blind Boy Fuller, Scrapper Blackwell, Emmett Miller, Jimmie Rodgers, and too many more to mention.

There is something special about the music of this era; before multi-track recording, synthesizers, digital editing and everything that cheapens artistry. Recordings were a single take and musical styles were just evolving. It was a period of unparalleled creativity. Reverend Kingfish strives to keep this era fresh and relevant.

www.reverendkingfish.com

Cover: A mere three dollars…and don’t hesitate to put something in the tip jar…he’s really worth it!!!

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Conscious Reggae with Adwela and the Uprising
Jan
24
8:00 PM20:00

Conscious Reggae with Adwela and the Uprising

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

Live Reggae…from Virgina

ADWELA & THE UPRISING!

Adwela & the Uprising is a nationally touring seven-piece award winning roots reggae band based out of Virginia.  The music created by Adwela & the Uprising is conscious music that spreads truth. Adwela’s soul stirring lyrics give you no choice but to come to a new understanding about the world we live in and who you choose to be.

Adwela & the Uprising was named Best New Artist in 2015 by Virginia Reggae out of Virginia Beach. They have since blossomed with several national tours under their belt. Adwela & the Uprising’s resume speak volumes by way of media coverage, television appearances, and rave reviews.

The highly anticipated first album “The Road Less Traveled” was released March 2017.  Charting at #28 on the iTunes reggae album charts while spending three weeks on the top 100 charts.  Adwela & the Uprising bring such a unique sound they most certainly stand out in their own right. Musical influences stem from icons such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Jacob Miller, Damian Marley, just to name a few. Adwela & the Uprising will also be touring internationally in September 2018.   Adwela & the Uprising continue to grow a faithful following with each performance and tour, and in doing so are grateful for the people they have met along the way. Ever committed to the less popular mantra of “message over popularity”, they are very humbled by the masses that have galvanized around their mission and helped keep universal music alive and well!

www.adwelaandtheuprising.com

Cover: $10 at the door

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Aweful Kanawful & His Rubber Husband's Band with Boy, Jr.
Jan
25
9:30 PM21:30

Aweful Kanawful & His Rubber Husband's Band with Boy, Jr.

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:30pm

With tastes of Rock-N-Roll, punk, soul, and R&B, Aweful Kanawful is not trying to fit in. The image and sound of Aweful Kanawful is a fun interpretation of what goes on in front-man Austin's mind; a grand experiment with more than desirable results. Austin brings the songs to life by writing most of the parts and recording as he goes, then leaving it to his band to create the live experience. It's a circus, it's a party, it's a collaboration, it's sure to get the crowd excited and moving. Every show with Aweful Kanawful is a journey through a new age of Rock-N-Roll that we'd love to share.

Join us for a crazy night of dancing and questionable life decisions.

https://www.facebook.com/awefulkanawful

Cover: $6

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Murmur-Tribute To REM
Jan
26
9:00 PM21:00

Murmur-Tribute To REM

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

MURMUR recreates the power and passion of R.E.M.'s live performances with precise musical detail. Though still great friends, the founding members of R.E.M. have made it quite clear that they will never tour again. Murmur’s mission is to bring audiences as close as possible to the profound experience of R.E.M. live.

Often thought of as the founders of the alternative rock genre, R.E.M.’s influence on modern music is undeniable and they are widely seen as one of the most important alt-rock bands of all time. When asked about R.E.M., Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain said, “I don’t know how that band does what they do. God, they’re the greatest.”

Murmur is fronted by vocalist Keith Calveric who led the incredibly successful original pop-rock band Johny Vegas for nearly a decade. He is joined by a phenomenal group of players with 1000s of combined live performances under their belts. Kevin Cotrupe (Guitar) a gifted songwriter and Mike Miller (Bass) were also both members of Johny Vegas with Miller additionally performing with bands such as Lonesome Crow and The Full Moon Band. Tommy Connors, the band’s multi-instrumentalist (Guitars, Mandolin) is an incredibly talented, accomplished player and former member of Seeking Homer and Medicine Wheel. Andrew Pushlar (Keys) is a classically trained pianist with over 25 years experience. Devin Shay (Drums) has provided his rock solid beats for Syracuse’s, The Headphones for over 6 years.

In part, Murmur hopes to re-introduce R.E.M. to a generation that may only be familiar with their later year commercial successes. With an incredibly deep catalog of soaring, powerful, heartfelt songs with amazingly poignant and relevant political messages, there is still much to learn about and from the works of R.E.M.

Murmur reopens the book.

Check out http://www.murmurlive.com

Cover: $8


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The Painted Birds--Debut Show!!!
Jan
31
8:00 PM20:00

The Painted Birds--Debut Show!!!

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Celebrate the birth of the birds!! Paint your life in color and soar above…The Debut Performance of..

THE PAINTED BIRDS!

You’ll love this mix of folk rock, blues, pop and fusion.

The Painted Birds features Alex Fortier on vocals, piano, keyboards and guitar, Will Schantz on guitar and vocals, Jordan Rabinowitz on bass, vocals and guitar and Chris Palace on drums and percussion.

This eclectic group of musicians are a genre-hopping chameleon of sound.

With special guests Jackson Cavalier

https://www.facebook.com/jacksoncavaliermusic

Enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/ThePaintedBirds

Cover: $5

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Happy Hour with Sherner & Simpson
Feb
1
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Sherner & Simpson

Doors 3:00pm, Music 5:30pm

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

SHERNER & SIMPSON!

“Jeff Sherner (acoustic/electric guitars) & Jeff Simpson (bass), from the band, The Genesee Revelers, play a set of classic Americana music with a few surprises thrown in. You’ll hear some Merle Haggard, Eddie Cochran, John Prine, & Hank Williams, but you might just get a few tunes by the Replacements, Elvis Costello, Wilco or Nick Lowe as well. It’s music that’ll keep you at the bar & in the company of good friends. Giddy up!”

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Tribute to the Grateful Dead feat. Mud Creek
Feb
1
9:30 PM21:30

Tribute to the Grateful Dead feat. Mud Creek

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:30pm

A Tribute to the Grateful Dead! Featuring….the Abilene debut of…

MUD CREEK!

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


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

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

http://www.mud-creek.com

Cover: $5

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The Brother Brothers
Feb
5
8:00 PM20:00

The Brother Brothers

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

The Brother Brothers

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

The Brother Brothers carry the folk tradition for a new generation. Identical twins David and Adam Moss honor contemporary aches with the nostalgic tenderness of another time on their debut full-length album, SOME PEOPLE I KNOW, out October 19, 2018 on Compass Records. Their stunning songcraft blends masterfully gentle guitar, cello and five-string fiddle with the sublime sort of two-part harmonies only brothers can carry. Their palpably fraternal stage presence and wonderfully familiar heart have earned repute among a modern folk scene; The Brother Brothers have opened for Big Thief, Lake Street Dive, Shakey Graves, and in the fall of 2019, embarked on a 26-date national tour supporting I'm With Her. Recorded at Mark Ettinger’s Lethe Lounge in New York City with producer Robin Macmillan and engineer Jefferson Hamer, The Brother Brothers capably capture a modern snapshot of their surroundings. Yet, SOME PEOPLE I KNOW retains a timeless feel – something that the brothers were aiming for.

“I just want people to listen to it once and want to listen to it again,” David says of the album. “And every time they listen to it, I want them to find something new and in some way relate it to themselves. Whether they're listening to it today or in 40 years, I hope it will make them feel just the same.”

"Keep an eye out for the Brother Brothers, because they're most certainly what's coming up next". - PopMatters

“Wonderful… fabulous old-time playing and sibling harmony.” - NPR / Folk Alley

“Natural harmonies and evocative lyricism, reflecting a timeless sound and spirit.” - Relix

"a duo that pairs tasteful harmony vocals with two-person musical arrangements that weave together bluegrass and the darker side of folk.” - No Depression

“The closest thing you can find to Simon & Garfunkel in this century.” "The Brother Brothers deserve their own phylum upon an advanced musical strain not yet categorized on the roots music family tree. They are the true sound of roots music evolving. - Saving Country Music

www.thebrotherbrothersmusic.com

www.facebook.com/events/524025734738211

Cover: $10

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Swampcandy with Skribe
Feb
7
8:00 PM20:00

Swampcandy with Skribe

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

SWAMPCANDY is a primitive blues influenced Americana duo. Ruben Dobbs’ aggressive finger-picking and rhythmic style (which often adds up to sounding like more than one guitar) combined with Joey Mitchell’s bass playing, pounding kick drum and percussive bass throttling (representing the presence of a full drum kit) easily fill up the sonic space normally created by a trio or even a four-piece group. Dobbs’ soulful, passionate vocals are the glue the holds it all together and makes this band tick. Swampcandy was founded by Dobbs in 2007 and functioned with various lineups until he teamed up with Joey Mitchell in 2010 and the permanent die was cast. After only a few months together, the duo began to tour aggressively and have not slowed down since. Whether it’s a 20-minute opening slot or a 3-hour headlining gig, they give the audience 110% when they perform, leaving the stage exhausted and crowd satisfied. 
www.swampcandy.com

SKRIBE travels from town to town in a blue hearse spreading their own blend of garage folk: a soulful sound that draws from roots Americana & the 60's garage spirit. The bands' latest release 'Postcards' rumbles & creaks from the blues punk growl of 'Mayonnaise & Honey' to the Hawaiian lapsteel laced ballad 'Strangers' - a tribute to The Kinks. 
"Skribe plays an oil can called a canjo-zookie. It’s an eight-string guitar with a biting, blues-y rasp. Skribe’s got the voice (and the old-school Cadillac) to match. Accompanying himself on the suitcase-kick and hi-hat, Skribe’s “M.I.Y.” is a barn-burning roots number."-Ben Naddaff-Hafrey, NPR
www.skribestudios.com

Super Low-Dough Show--$8 at the door!

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Mike Powell & The Black River Band
Feb
8
9:30 PM21:30

Mike Powell & The Black River Band

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:30pm

MIKE POWELL & THE BLACK RIVER BAND!

“One of the premier singer/songwriters in music today” ~NYS Music

Mike Powell is a traveling storyteller and prolific writer who garnered international attention with his song “Twenty One Rounds” written as part of the Acoustic Guitar Project. He has toured with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion and shared the stage with David Lindley, Martin Sexton, Shooter Jennings & many more His sound is honest, songs are heartfelt and his shows are real.

He is also a craftsman that owns and operates the Rising Feather art studio in Cazenovia, NY.

http://mikepowell.co/

https://www.facebook.com/theblackrivermusic/

Cover: $8

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The Abilene Debut of GENESEE RISING
Feb
9
9:00 PM21:00

The Abilene Debut of GENESEE RISING

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

The Abilene Debut of Folk Rock troupe..
GENESEE RISING!

Genesee Rising is a new band focused on bringing quality folk sounds to the Rochester area with their original tunes and fan favorite covers.
Band Members
Elijah Kruger (banjo/guitar/vocals)
Michael Hall (guitar/vocals)
Liz Marsh (percussion/guitar/vocals)
Myriah Marsh (percussion/vocals)
Quentin Marsh (fiddle/mandolin/ukulele/guitar/vocals)
Jim Pergolizzi (bass/vocals)
www.facebook.com/genesee.rising

Cover: $5


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Special Happy Hour Show with Dan Eaton Band!
Feb
12
5:30 PM17:30

Special Happy Hour Show with Dan Eaton Band!

Doors 4:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Special Tuesday Happy Hour Show with….

DAN EATON BAND!

Don’t miss this free “Customer Appreciation Show” with The Dan Eaton Band!

$1 Off Well Drinks and $1 Off All Craft Draft Pints from 4pm- 7pm.

Rochester foodies know Dan Eaton from his days as head chef at the Brasserie, Pearl, and Max. More know him now as the host of TWCable's “Cooking at Home” features. A growing fan base has come to know that he’s been writing songs the majority of his life. Like the food he cooks, Eaton’s songs have a rooted quality, sounding like classics the minute you hear them. People throw around Neil Young comparisons, but Eaton’s music is his own. In the words of City Newspaper's Frank DeBlase, "This is pure, insightful Americana that tells a story of the blue collar blues. Who knows, it might be your story in there as well. You're cooking at home, he's Dan Eaton.


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

Customer Appreciation Show—No Cover Charge!

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Annie Wells Band
Feb
14
7:30 PM19:30

Annie Wells Band

Doors: 4:00pm • Music: 7:30pm

The ANNIE WELLS BAND makes their return appearance at Abilene on Thursday, February 14, 7:30 pm performing songs from Annie’s newest CD, Lonely Hearts Club.

Annie brings with her the incomparable Phil Marshall on guitar, the fabulous Mike Kaupa on trumpet, upright bass veteran, Dave Arenius on upright and stellar Roy Marshall on drums.

Frank De Blase of City Newspaper captures the spirit of the band in his review of Lonely Hearts Club:

Wells' voice is absolutely beautiful in this setting and is a study in constraint, and the band ably cops to the same M.O. It's classic singer-songwriter fare taken to the next step by the veteran rockers found here. They aren't afraid to holster the heat and play pretty for those that want to dance with their soon-to-be-sweethearts. "Lonely Hearts Club" is pretty but not too flowery; it's got moxy and sand.

Jeff Spevak wrote, “Lonely Hearts Club” is a tight, spare collection of tiny moments. The arrangements bring to mind Canadian chanteuse Holly Cole, on the edge of jazz and pop. Wells’ voice sometimes echoes Suzanne Vega, especially when she’s bringing the characters to life.

Annie's influences include Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Keith Jarrett and Billie Holiday. Since she was 17 years old, Annie has delighted audiences with her sweet and soulful vocals and jazzy piano performances in venues large and small.

https://www.facebook.com/Annie-Wells-Musician-120160183978/

http://anniewells.com

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_lvdtsxjFJVxJXlU9QHb7A-UUo3YEXcG5g

Cover: $4

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Happy Hour with The Alison Pipitone Band
Feb
15
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with The Alison Pipitone Band

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials including $1 off well drinks and craft draft pints from 3pm till 7pm, free munchies and the return to Abilene of ALISON PIPITONE!

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

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

www.alisonpipitone.com

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Rosie Flores
Feb
16
9:00 PM21:00

Rosie Flores

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

The Return of “The Chick with The Pick”

ROSIE FLORES!

With special guest

It’s telling that Rosie Flores’ e-mail handle begins “chickwpick…” In a long and eclectic career of singing, songwriting and performing, no phrase has ever described the San Antonio native better of more concisely.

But now, with the release of her latest album, Flores takes square aim at a genre she has only sampled heretofore. “Simple Case of the Blues” showcases Flores in a new light, as a seasoned performer steeped in life’s uncompromising lessons. At once torchy, soulful, heartfelt and yearning, the songs on “Simple Case of the Blues” are not for the emotionally naïve-it’s the music you make when you’ve come through joy and heartbreak and back again.

Utilizing songs by Roy Brown, Wilson Pickett, Heath Wilson, and Flores herself, “Simple Case of the Blues” was produced by songwriter/guitarist Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan, The Arc Angels). With an assist by guitarist Kenny Vaughan (Marty Stuart, Lucinda Williams), “Simple Case of the Blues” was, to hear Flores tell it, a long time coming.

“I got infatuated with the blues in high school,” said Flores, who played in a band called “Penelope’s Children” during those years. “It was the first music I ever played. A high school friend taught me some chords and mentored me. He introduced me to the blues. He went on to play in the King Biscuit Blues Band, so I felt like I got a great early education.”

“I always loved Buddy Guy-his real lyrical playing. It’s like his guitar is having its own conversation. It’s an ongoing process; I’ve mastered the life of a musician, but I’ll be working on the guitar for the rest of my life.”

In a career that spans more than four decades, Flores has proven to be a musical chameleon. She’s jumped feet first into punk rock (with her ’70-era band, the Screaming Sirens), country of both the Bakersfield and Nashville varieties, the Texas singer/songwriter scene, alt-country, straight-up rock an rockabilly. So much so the latter that her onstage moniker for years was “The Rockabilly Filly.” But always and throughout, she has been The Chick with The Pick.

Over the years, Flores has been profiled in Guitar World, Premiere Guitar and Guitar Player magazines. Venuszine cited Flores as one of the “Top 75 Greatest Female Guitarists of All Time.” She performed at a tribute to Chuck Berry at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. She has worked with, and helped propel back into the spotlight, pioneer female rockabilly artists Wanda Jackson and Janis Martin. In 2007, she won a Peabody Award for her narration of the rockabilly documentary, Whole Lotta Shakin’. She worked with Martin producing the latter’s 2012 album, “The Blanco Sessions,” which would prove to be Martin’s last recording.

Throughout, she released her own work. To name but a few, they include her solo debut, 1987’s “Rosie Flores,” 1995’s “Rockabilly Filly,” 1999’s “Dance Hall Dreams,” the acoustic live set “Single Rose” in 2004, 2009’s “Girl of the Century” and, in 2013, the aptly-named, self-produced “Working Girl’s Guitar.” Since then, her time has been spent on her labor of love-“Simple Case of the Blues.

Though she has toured around the world, Flores always returns to her adopted hometown of Austin, Texas, where she was honored with Rosie Flores Day in 2006 (an honor she was accorded once again in 2017). “She’s a hard-working, independently minded artist who’s well-respected for her gritty, energetic vocals and fiery guitar solos,” writes the authoritative website Alllmusic.com. “Prolifically creative, Flores deserves to be numbered among the creators of the alternative country movement.” Now, with “Simple Case of the Blues,” Flores is making a full musical circle, back to her roots—and our.”

www.rosieflores.com

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

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Jontavious Willis---Live!
Feb
19
8:00 PM20:00

Jontavious Willis---Live!

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

JONTAVIOUS WILLIS

EVERY generation or so a young bluesman bursts onto the scene. Someone who sends a jolt through blues lovers. Someone who has mastered the craft for sure, but who also has the blues deep down in his heart and soul. 

At the age of 22, bluesman Jontavious Willis may be the one.

“That’s my Wonderboy, the Wunderkind,” Taj Mahal said after inviting Jontavious to play on stage in 2015. “He’s a great new voice of the twenty-first century in the acoustic blues. I just love the way he plays.”
And four years later he was playing on Taj Mahal’s stage.

"When I heard him play I said to myself: this is how the blues, as I know it, is going to stay alive,” said Paul Oscher.

"Only a few like him emerge every decade or so, when even the most hard core blues fans realize immediately that this is the real deal,” writes Frank Matheis in Living Blues Magazine.

Hailing from Greenville, Ga., Jontavious grew up singing gospel music at the Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church with his grandfather. At the age of 14, he came across a YouTube video of Muddy Waters playing “Hoochie Coochie Man” and was hooked. That’s when he set his course on the blues. All types -- Delta, Piedmont, Texas, gospel. As a fingerpicker, flat-picker and slide player. On guitar, harmonica, banjo and cigar box.

Currently Jontavious is finishing his studies at Columbus State University, majoring in sociology. But on most weekends you can find him playing a small house show, up on the main stage or posting music videos for his friends and fans around the world. 

www.jontaviouswillis.com

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

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10th Annual Johnny Cash Birthday Bash!!!
Feb
21
7:30 PM19:30

10th Annual Johnny Cash Birthday Bash!!!

Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:30pm

Iron Smoke Distillery presents…Live at Abilene Bar and Lounge

--A VERY SPECIAL SHOW!--
Join us in celebrating the life and music of A True American Patriot, Hero, Rebel, and Legend with our 10th Annual JOHNNY CASH BIRTHDAY BASH!!!

Hosted by “The Abilene Three,” featuring Tommy Brunett, Brian Williams and Jimmy Mac. Join us in celebrating the life and music of Johnny Cash. There’ll be a ton of great musicians, raffles and drink specials all night long!

https://www.facebook.com/IronSmokeDistillery

Cover: $7

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The Surfrajettes with The Shine
Feb
23
9:30 PM21:30

The Surfrajettes with The Shine

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:30pm
Do NOT miss this killer show!!!

THE SURFRAJETTES!
Toronto's premier psychedelic instro surf band!!!
Featuring Nicole Damoff - Guitar, Shermy Freeman- Guitar, Sarah Butler- Bass...and Rochester's Anna Liebel on Drums

https://www.facebook.com/thesurfrajettes

With Special Guests...
The Shine
https://www.facebook.com/Trevorlake69

Cover: $10

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7th Annual George Harrison Birthday Bash!
Feb
25
7:30 PM19:30

7th Annual George Harrison Birthday Bash!

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

Doors 6pm, Music 7:30pm

Help us celebrate GEORGE HARRISON’S BIRTHDAY!!
7th ANNUAL HARRISON BIRTHDAY BASH!!!


Hosted by…
Don Christiano
with Todd Bradley on Bass and Gregory Andrews on drums.
With A Little Help from My Friends…The Beatles Unplugged.
There’ll be special guests…and many great songs.


www.facebook.com/donchristiano
Cover: $5

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Jungle Steve & Friends
Feb
26
8:00 PM20:00

Jungle Steve & Friends

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Jungle Steve & Friends!

Born and bred in Buffalo, New York, Jungle taught himself guitar at an early age. After he left home at just 15 he began playing town to town as he traveled up and down the east coast. Streets turned into stages and after a number of years, Jungle returned to his hometown with new life experiences and new heart-wrenching lyrics. Now, his soulful vocals can be heard from the iconic Nietzsche’s stage in his hometown, Buffalo as well as many others in the region. Jungle Steve recently won this year’s Singer-Songwriter competition at Penny Lane Cafe in Clarence.

https://www.facebook.com/Junglestevemusic

Cover: $5

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The Accidentals
Feb
28
8:00 PM20:00

The Accidentals

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

THE ACCIDENTALS!

Named among Yahoo Music’s “Top 10 Bands to Watch in 2017,” The Accidentals’ adventure began in their hometown of Traverse City, MI, when Larson, a sophomore cellist, and Buist, a junior violinist, were paired for a high school orchestra event. The gifted young musicians became fast friends and before long, bandmates. Having both grown up in musical families with professional pianists for fathers and vocalists for mothers, their shared influences bounced between classical, jazz, bluegrass, country, alt-rock, and the obscure. 

Dubbing themselves after the musical notes that fall outside of a key signature, The Accidentals recorded and released a pair of independent albums in 2012 and 2013, the latter funded by a hugely successful Kickstarter. Their original songs revealed a band with wide-ranging influences but always true to their orchestral roots. National applause and attention followed, as did acclaimed collaborations with some fellow local artists and independent filmmakers. Other career highlights included scoring arrangements for a 75-piece orchestra to accompany them on their original songs as well as arranging pieces for an opera/dance production with Jennifer and Ryan Lott (Son Lux).

The past five years have seen The Accidentals perform over a thousand live shows, including headline dates, festival sets, and shared stages along such diverse acts as Keller Williams, Martin Sexton, Brandi Carlile, Andrew Bird, The Wailers, Joan Baez, and others. 2015 saw the band embark on their first full-scale national tour. Their SXSW debut saw them hailed by Billboard Magazine for “displaying a genre-hopping range of influences and some smart songwriting skills to go with their abundant musical chops.” 

Now, at long last, The Accidentals unveil their most compelling and finely honed work to date. Co-produced by Buist, Larson, and Dause with engineer Jason Lehning (Mat Kearney, Guster, George Jones, Alison Krauss) at Asheville, NC’s Echo Mountain Recording, ODYSSEY sees the band joined by such friends and fans as acoustic guitar maestro Kaki King, bassist – and fellow Michigander – Dominic John Davis (Jack White, Beck), Carbon Leaf guitarist Carter Gravatt, Keller Williams and The Decemberists’ Jenny Conlee, who spent three days in the studio alongside the band, lending her distinctive organ to a number of the album’s key tracks.
“It was a really collaborative process,” says Larson. “A lot of these songs had been hashed out at our live shows over the past few years, so we had a very strong idea of what we wanted in the arrangements. 

The Accidentals’ inviting spirit of shared creativity is perhaps best represented by the album’s audacious first single, “KW,” showcasing the inimitable guitar work of Keller Williams, whose own virtuosic genre-agnostic approach towards music making inspired the song in the first place.

From the orchestrated rock of “Memorial Day” to the album-closing “Ballad Tendered Gun” – surprisingly, The Accidentals’ first instrumental to be included on an LP – ODYSSEY is a strikingly dynamic work, both layered and unhurried, bittersweet yet life-affirming. Rich with literary references, whispers of nostalgia, and an unstoppable sense of forward motion, its songs were written independently by Buist and Larson and then arranged and refined by the group, creating a perfect yin/yang between individual introspection and dynamic cooperation, each artist bringing her own unique perspective to the process.

“We rely on each other to create a balance,” Buist says. “I think that’s the key to this band. Our styles of songwriting and arrangement are very different, so when they come together, they create this variation that couldn’t happen any other way.”
The goal as ever is to experiment and experience, exploring new ideas and approaches while always staying true to their roots. With ODYSSEY, The Accidentals have conjured a truly one of its kind sound and vision, booming with free-thinking musicality, wisdom, and an understanding that growth is a process, not something that happens overnight. The Accidentals are already moving forward on their amazing journey, rolling down the windows on an open road towards someplace that’s both true and transcendent.
“I don’t think there are really any limits in terms of genre or instrumentation,” Larson says. “We just really enjoy making music that connects.” “For us, it’s about the experience and collaboration and trying to learn as much as we can,” Buist says. Every day is an opportunity.”

https://www.theaccidentalsmusic.com/


Tickets: $15 advance, $18 day of show and on sale at Abilene Bar and LoungeRecord Archive and online at https://abilene.showare.com

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The Tragedy Brothers
Mar
2
9:00 PM21:00

The Tragedy Brothers

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

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

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

Cover: $5

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Town Mountain
Mar
6
8:00 PM20:00

Town Mountain

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

****SPECIAL SHOW****
New Freedom Blues Tour
Town Mountain

Town Mountain is banjo player Jesse Langlais, mandolin player and vocalist Phil Barkerarker, vocalist/guitarist Robert Greer, fiddle player Bobby Britt, and bassist Zach Smith. Since releasing their debut album Original Bluegrass and Roots Country in 2007, Town Mountain have made a name for themselves in bluegrass and roots circuits and have amassed a sizable catalog of original songs. They’ve toured with a who’s who of like-minded artists, including Ralph Stanley and His Clinch Mountain Boys, the Del McCoury Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, and many others. Southern Crescent debuted at number four on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart, and held strong in the Americana Music Association’s Radio Chart Top Forty for 10 weeks. In 2016, Town Mountain made their Grand Ole Opry debut, performing both at the Opry House and at the famed Ryman Auditorium. 

With New Freedom Blues, Town Mountain has found a way to build off their past accomplishments and deep musical roots and to craft something new, exciting, and unapologetically authentic in terms of who they are as musicians and as people. Langlais sums it up well, saying, “This album illustrates the fact that bluegrass music will continue to be an ever-changing genre.

https://www.townmountain.net/

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

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Greg Klyma & Friends
Mar
7
7:30 PM19:30

Greg Klyma & Friends

Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://klyma.com/

Cover: $5

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Dean Shot's TRIBUTE TO HOWLIN' WOLF!
Mar
9
9:00 PM21:00

Dean Shot's TRIBUTE TO HOWLIN' WOLF!

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

Dean Shot's "TRIBUTE TO HOWLIN' WOLF!"

DEAN SHOT: Having spent almost 6 years playing guitar next to Hubert Sumlin, Dean Shot learned much of what he knows about Howlin’ Wolf from his relationship with Hubert. Dean took Hubert's word to heart when Hubert asked him to carry the music forward and give it to others. Dean has been a student of Howlin’ Wolf‘s music for over 20 years now. Sumlin was Wolf’s right hand man and guitarist for over 27 years and recorded most of the great singers hit songs with him. His guitar stylings were an integral part of the Wolf sound and the two are almost inseparable. Hubert took Dean under his wing, mentoring the young guitarist from NJ during his formative years. Learning priceless lessons and getting the information directly from the source had a profound effect on Dean as a musician and as a being. Dean serves as the bandleader, guitarist and arranger for the project. Dean hopes to honor Wolf, Hubert and all the other great musicians that helped create the original sound with his honest and true tribute to the One and Only Chester Burnett, aka The Howlin’ Wolf.

THE SOLID SENDERS: The Solid Senders are one of the tri-state areas most authentic, entertaining, high-energy and crowd-pleasing blues and roots bands. They are highly sought after by venues and festivals who want to give their audiences the best in roots music. Music that is of the highest quality, informed, and creative.

https://www.facebook.com/HowlinWolfTribute

Tickets on sale this Friday, January 11 at Abilene, Bop Shop RecordsRecord Archive and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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Amy LaVere with Will Sexton
Mar
19
8:00 PM20:00

Amy LaVere with Will Sexton

***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 at Abilene and online at https://abilene.showare.com/

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Cave Twins Album Release Party
Mar
20
8:00 PM20:00

Cave Twins Album Release Party

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

The Cave Twins is David Mayfield & Abby Rose. Identical twins separated at birth and reunited in song. David Mayfield, a Grammy & Emmy nominated artist grew up in a family band and has toured & recorded with groups like The Avett Brothers, Black Keys, & Mumford & Sons, and made numerous appearances on television including The Late Show with David Letterman & The Grand Ole Opry. Abby grew up alone. With no one to hear her cries. She eventually turned those cries into "songs" and toured extensively with Northeast Ohio supergroup "The Speedbumps" until she found out that she had a long lost twin brother. However, It's not their sordid pasts or even the chilling tale of their separation and journey to find each other that makes them special. No, it's their unique blend of playing instruments and singing words that really sets them apart. Their music has been described as, "A nice mix of short cute little songs & shorter cuter littler songs". Make a point to go see them in a cave near you!

https://www.cavetwins.com/

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

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The Return of Mojo Monkeyz
Mar
22
5:30 PM17:30

The Return of Mojo Monkeyz

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Slingin’ drinks….Amanda Profit

Happy Hour with drink specials ($1 off well drinks and craft draft pints from 3pm till 7pm), free munchies and live music featuring the return to Abilene of….

MOJO MONKEYZ!

They’re a 6 piece soul, blues, R&B, rock and funk band!!! The band is Jude Olson on vocals and harmonica, Joe Ross on guitar, Jim Kelsey on bass and vocals, Jim Gubiotti on keys and Rick Burgett on drums and vocals. Get ready to rock!!!

www.mojomonkeyz.com

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Live Blues with Steve Grills and The Roadmasters
Mar
22
9:00 PM21:00

Live Blues with Steve Grills and The Roadmasters

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:00pm

Live Blues with…
STEVE GRILLS & THE ROADMASTERS!

For Steve Grills, the Blues has been a life long journey. Growing up he heard the music of Big Bill Broonzy, Leadbelly and Lightnin' Hopkins from his father's record collection. Through the Beatles, Steve discovered Chuck Berry and he has not looked back since. He has searched out the roots of Rock and Roll, uncovering many great artists who have influenced and inspired him. Primarily among these are Robert Lockwood Jr., Earl Hooker, Freddie King and Albert Collins. Steve befriended Robert Lockwood Jr after meeting him in 1978. In 1992, Robert  invited Steve and his band to perform at his Legendary Blues Festival near Cleveland,Ohio. Steve later recorded with Robert on Shakin Smith's CD Harmonica Wizard.

Steve and his band the Roadmasters ( named after Earl Hooker's band) draw their repertoire from these and other artists, allowing contemporary audiences the opportunity to discover the vitality of the music of these legendary and influential musicians.

Steve has released a cd of recordings he did with pianist Ernest Lane entitled After Hours on the Toogaloo label. Steve is very excited to have had the opportunity to record with Ernest. Ernest's musical career reaches back to the late 1940s when he played and recorded with the enigmatic delta blues guitarist Robert Nighthawk. Ernest backed Nighthawk on his Aristocrat (later Chess) recordings Black Angel Blues (Sweet Black Angel) and Annie Lee Blues. Blues scholars consider these recordings with Nighthawk to be among the greatest Post war Chicago blues records ever made.

www.stevegrills.com

Cover: $5

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Jack West and Band
Mar
23
8:30 PM20:30

Jack West and Band

Doors 7:00pm • Music 8:30pm

JACK WEST & BAND!

Jack has a new band...and they're ready to rock Abilene!
Jack West started performing at open mic nights at the tender age of 8 in his hometown of Rochester in Western New York.

He is a regular at the Fairport Music Festival and can be found at The Inn on Broadway during the Rochester International Jazz Festival where he has performed for the past three years. His gigs have taken him across the state of New York and beyond , where his most notable performance was at the Rock2Vote festival , an official Pearl Jam initiativein Missoula, Montana in the summer of 2018.

Jack writes his own music, plays guitar, bass, ukulele, and is currently teaching himself piano and attempting the banjo .

Jack is currently in the studio recording his first album with Barrett Jones of Laundry Room Studio.

It will be available on multiple streaming platforms as well as vinyl in late spring of 2019 .

https://jackwestlive.com

Cover: $5

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Joe Beard with David Miller
Mar
27
8:00 PM20:00

Joe Beard with David Miller

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

An Intimate Evening with Blues Great and Rochester Music Hall of Fame Member...

JOE BEARD!

www.facebook.com/joebeardblues

And his special guest…DAVID MILLER!

“From “old-school” blues/ rock to sweet soul and gospel David Miller knows his stuff. A singer/songwriter and storyteller singing from what he has experienced, Miller is one of those guys who plays it from the heart. The notes falling from his guitar are drenched with passion and, when he opens his mouth and begins to sing, you know it’ nothin’ but the pure unadulterated truth. David Michael Miller is the real deal. 

https://www.davemillermusic.com/

Do not miss this special night of music!

Special thanks to our friends, Doug Camp and Cicero Ryland, Jr., true music fans.

Cover: $5

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Tail Light Rebellion
Mar
29
9:30 PM21:30

Tail Light Rebellion

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:30pm

Rustbelt Roots-Steet Folk-Punk and Rock with…
TAIL LIGHT REBELLION!

The Tail Light Rebellion story….Like all good teenage madmen dreamer poets who fell in love with the beat generation, I found a guitar and saw it as my ticket out of nowhere, and it’s painful banality. Started playing in bands to get lost in the beat, scream and sing my piece, and go places. My head was a muddling of the different music I heard growing up, from everything big in the 90s (Punk, Ska, Industrial, old 80s Thrash Metal, 60s and 70s rock my parents listened to as well as their collection of old Irish folk music)
Heard the Pogues for the first time while I was drinking a bottle of MD 20/20 while waiting for a flight to meet up with friends down in Virginia, and fell in love with what they had done: You could be both that heavy without distortion, and intelligent lyrically. I was blown away. Needless to say, I quit the band I was in and started playing under the name The Swaggerin’ Growlers in Seth Moore’s basement in 2004.
Discovered Woody Guthrie and Common Rider and felt this weird thing called hope for the first time in my life. Strange new direction for a former sad bastard. Moved from my native New Hampshire to Boston in 2006 to give music a real go - the trendy destination for all rock and rollers of the area at the time. It’s there that heard Mischief Brew, from my buddy Twitch, a basement show regular, who happened to catch them with Leftover Crack and said ‘this guy reminds me a lot of you’. Let’s be honest, a) I’m not nearly that good and b) that changed my goddamned life about as much as the Pogues did. Same with the World / Inferno Friendship Society. In spite of the hellish environment that New England could be, I saw the potential for passion and beauty in it all. Something much, much bigger than I had ever seen or felt before. I immediately started playing with both aforementioned bands, and started touring the second I could pull it off with a 5 person band.
After about the 5th or so lineup disintegration, a personal life that was growing increasingly violent and desperate, and a trashed band name that made booking damn well near impossible, I had some life reevaluation to do. Erik and Denise’s house, better known as the Mischief Brew / Fistolo Records compound, had become a sanctuary over the years for us weird traveler types that did strange things to both folk and punk, between Erik’s creative output, and Denise’s magical ability to herd cats - I ended up there a lot before, during, and after tours. At the time, Erik was covering one of my favorite New Model Army songs, Vagabonds. So I put together the opening line of Vagabonds (We followed the tail lights out of the city, moving in a river of red) and Erik’s proto Mischief Brew band, Kettle Rebellion - I was utterly hooked on the song Away With Purity, and the gritty texture everything had.
Tail Light Rebellion was born. (insert trumpets).
Why? Because when your car is totaled, you either stay where you’re at and call it over, or get another one, and keep driving. I’m still me, and I’m still hear to scream and sing my piece. Spent the next few months homeless yet again, this time out of choice to escape the nightmare I was living in, and crash landed in an apartment in Boston’s mostly forgotten Borough - Hyde Park. The infamous Hyde Park triple decker, where I recorded a demo in the basement. It’s there that I met Tim, this fantastic percussionist with a passion for video and scoring music for them, (now done under the name Chozame Studios) and some kid living in the garage rehearsal space, Rob Black (Y’all know Burt Camero by now). Mixed down the demo at my good friend Griffin Sullivan’s place, as well as an extended few days at the Fistolo compound, and down the goddamned road I went.
Still am. Probably always will be.
Since then I’ve lived van lived on the street, lived in Grand Rapids, MI, Memphis, TN, and as of this writing, Greensboro, NC. Each place I stay is home and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

www.taillightrebellion.org


Cover: $6

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Cotton Toe Three
Apr
13
9:00 PM21:00

Cotton Toe Three

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

The Cotton Toe Three

After their December appearance at Abilene, we just had to have ‘em back!!!

This blues trio is comprised of Mike "CottonToe" Scrivens on vocals and acoustic/resonator guitars, "Washboard Dave" Paprocki, and Jay Chaffee on uplright bass.

All three members collectively bring decades of regional and national touring experience to the stage, as well as all being members of the Son House Blues Night, a monthly open-mic gathering of local blues musicians in the Rochester area.

The trio performs sets of blues music that consists of songs from the muddy waters of the Delta, the juke joints of Chicago, modern players of the genre, and original tunes with an Americana flair.

https://cotton-toe.bandcamp.com/album/weston-blues

Cover: $5

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CHIP TAYLOR!
Apr
20
8:30 PM20:30

CHIP TAYLOR!

Doors 7pm, Music 8:30pm

***SPECIAL SHOW****
Chip Taylor
Songwriters Hall of Fame 2016 inductee Chip Taylor has been writing and performing for nearly 60 years and shows no sign of slowing down. The New York Times says it best , “If you only know him as the as the guy who wrote ‘Wild Thing’ and ‘Angel of the Morning” — you don’t know him! Chip Taylor is making some of the most distinctive acoustic music around today.” Fix Your Words is Taylor's upcoming 2018 release and follows closely after his acclaimed A Song I Can Live, which Sweden's foremost music site, Rootsy.nu called "so powerful and packed with emotions. Joy, sadness, melancholy, a sense of humor. And an abundance of compassion and humanity. It's an album I will treasure forever. It will have a special place in my record collection, next to Bob Dylan's "Time Out Of Mind" and Leonard Cohen's "You Want It Darker". Creating distinctive music that is also enduring and influential has been Chip Taylor’s métier over the course of what is closing in on five decades as “one of America’s finest songwriters as well as a masterful singer and performer,” says Rolling Stone. His two best-known songs are only some of the many pop, rock, country and R&B chart hits he wrote in the 1960s (Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield and Frank Sinatra all recorded his songs). Taylor was then one of the pioneers of the pivotal country-rock movement as a recording artist in the 1970s. 
His 1973 album, Last Chance, remains a beloved cult classic. But after refusing to play by the Nashville establishment rules, Taylor gave up music for full-time professional gambling in 1980. "Chip Taylor could've rested on his laurels years ago and still been way ahead of everybody else today. Lucky for us he didn't and he's making some of the most relevant music out there," said Buddy Miller just last year. Since returning to music in 1996 he has enjoyed elder statesman stature within the Americana, contemporary folk and singer-songwriter scenes as an artist in his own right as well as in collaboration on albums and in performance with John Prine, Carrie Rodriguez, Kendel Carson and John Platania. In a remarkable and prolific run, Taylor has released nearly an album a year since his return, each rising high on the Americana chart. As England’s The Guardian notes, “Chip Taylor, like Johnny Cash, is well worth rediscovering by a new generation.” 
http://trainwreckrecords.com
Tickets: $18 advance, $22 day of show, on sale now at Abilene, Record ArchiveBop Shop Records and online at www.abilenebarandlounge.com

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Luca Foresta and The Electrokings
Apr
26
to Apr 27

Luca Foresta and The Electrokings

Doors 3pm, Music 9pm

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

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

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

Cover: $5

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Hypnotic Clambake
Apr
27
9:00 PM21:00

Hypnotic Clambake

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

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

www.hypnoticclambake.com

Cover: $7

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Phoebe Legere
May
2
7:30 PM19:30

Phoebe Legere

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

Phoebe Legere!

It is easy to get lost in the sheer beauty of Phoebe Legere’s shamanic voice. Her pianism runs the gamut from Harlem stride, to modal improvisations to rollicking New Orleans jazz and blues. Phoebe straps on her accordion, delivering authentic Cajun Joyfulness. “I love to bring people together. I love to see them dance and smile.” At Abilene Phoebe will be singing songs from her upcoming album Squeeze Me…Phoebe says, “These are songs about how we live now”: from ‘Texting in the Dark’ to ‘Crazy White Trash,’ and her first radio hit “Marilyn Monroe” to her recent roots radio top-20 song about a lady truck driver (Heart of Love). This is a rare opportunity to experience Phoebe’s intellectual, comedic and musical range in an intimate environment. Phoebe is an accomplished blues guitar player, and she also plays many traditional instruments from Donkey Skull and Aztec Death Whistle, to Spoons and Native American flute. Phoebe will be joined by local hero Washboard Dave Paprocki and bassist Jay Chafee. Phoebe is known for transcendent jams that blend jazz, blues, Zydeco, Native American medicine chants into a spicy, spiritual gumbo. All proceeds from the show go to Phoebe’s nonprofit Foundation for New American Art, a 501 c3 organization founded that brings Art and Music to the children of low-income communities. “Phoebe Legere is one of the most, inspired and talented creative-supernovas on the planet.” Hits Magazine 

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

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

Chris Trapper-Live

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

CHRIS TRAPPER!

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

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

www.christrapper.com

with special guest

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

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

Happy Hour with Otter Space Wranglers

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

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

OTTER SPACE WRANGLERS!

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

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

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

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

The Brothers from Other Mothers

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:15pm

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

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

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

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

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

https://www.facebook.com/mwbfom

Cover: $5

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

Miss Paula & The Twangbusters

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

MISS PAULA & THE TWANGBUSTERS!

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


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

WWW.REVERBNATION.COM/TWANGBUSTERS


https://www.facebook.com/Twangbusters

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

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

Jazz Fest Kick-Off with The Angle!

Doors 3:00pm • Music 6:00pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials ($1 Off Well Drinks and $1 Off Craft Draft Pints from 3pm till 7pm), FREE HOT DOGS ON THE PATIO!!! and the return to Abilene of  THE ANGLE!

The Angle is a 5-piece band performing homegrown original music…songs that were born in a barn in Upstate, New York…an acoustic/electric mix that leaves you wanting to hear more.

Check out the original rock sounds of Rick Palumbo, Scott Schipper, Scott Stevenson, Tom McTamity and Chris Zolellick.

www.facebook.com/The-Angle-1439706646286180

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CLOSED TONIGHT DUE TO THE BLIZZARD!!! The "Dolly Parton Bash" will be rescheduled
Jan
19
8:30 PM20:30

CLOSED TONIGHT DUE TO THE BLIZZARD!!! The "Dolly Parton Bash" will be rescheduled

POSTPONED!!!

***SPECIAL SHOW!****
Doors 7:00pm • Music 8:30pm

Come join us in a celebration of a country music legend at our
1st ANNUAL DOLLY PARTON BIRTHDAY BASH!

Hosted by Teagan & The Tweeds
with special guests…

Teressa Wilcox

Meg Gehman

Chelsey Barry

Brandy Temple

and more to come!

TeaganandtheTweeds.com

https://www.teressawilcox.net/

https://www.meggehman.com/

Cover: $6

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My Vegan Uncle with spec. guests: Rafael Encisco Band
Jan
18
9:00 PM21:00

My Vegan Uncle with spec. guests: Rafael Encisco Band

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:00pm

Don't miss the Abilene debut of ...
MY VEGAN UNCLE!

They're a Rochester-based band..and their sound incorporates elements of jazz, funk, soul, r&b, and apparently some prog rock, but they've termed their style “neo-jazz”. Striving to keep their sound as fresh as their produce !!!!

www.facebook.com/myveganunclemusic

with special guests: RAFAEL ENCISCO BAND

www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005677564526

Cover: $5

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Happy Hour with Brody George Schenk & Old Souls
Jan
18
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Brody George Schenk & Old Souls

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

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

Rochester native, Brody George Schenk is a unique guitar singer songwriter who has been playing solo open jam sessions and band gigs across the Rochester area. Brody George draws noticeable inspiration from blues and rock icons including Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson, Scrapper Blackwell, Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Grateful Dead, Wilco, Bob Dylan, and more. Schenk’s solo playing offers fresh takes on classic music with an organic sound, natural innocence, and passion to create great music.

Based in Rochester, New York, Old Souls formed in 2018 with a shared interest in the Grateful Dead, Wilco, and similar bands. As young musicians, the band rocks audiences with an unexpected serious sound that resonates across generations. Old Souls is a classic power trio that stuns audiences with music deeply influenced by a blend of funk, blues, jazz, and rock genres. Old Souls plays classics that include unique takes on the Grateful Dead, Wilco, Herbie Hancock, and Neil Young. Brody Schenk, on lead guitar, guides the Old Souls on a musical odyssey with concise rhythms and organic solo riffs that often take listeners to rock’s edge before reuniting with the band. At 14, Schenk, a Penfield native, plays across musical genres with a passion typically seen in older guitarists. Influenced by great bass players including Phil Lesh, Geddy Lee, and Chris Squire, Jackson Wade at 13, plays bass guitar with deep roots in the cello. Wade delivers funky complex rhythms that give Old Souls a rich and tasty foundation for rock. Noah Lester at 14, commands the drums while influenced by greats including John Bonham and Roger Guth. Lester drives Old Souls with consistent beats and time changes that keep the band in clock-work transition and on point. See why crowds say, “Old Souls leaves you wanting more.”

http://oldsoulsband.com

https://www.facebook.com/brody.schenk.50?

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Allman Brothers Tribute with Big Martha
Jan
17
8:00 PM20:00

Allman Brothers Tribute with Big Martha

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

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 including Sean McNamara - guitar, Grace Lougen-guitar, Donny Frauenhofer-keyboards, Cody Barcroft-bass guitar, Jon Fohl-drums and Ryan Campbell-drums.
Big Martha has an energetic and collective approach to interpreting one of the greatest catalogs in rock ‘n’ roll.

https://www.facebook.com/Big-Martha-An-Allman-Brothers-Band-Experience-435354030248140

https://www.facebook.com/events/317906238804381

Cover: $10

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Special FREE Show--Woody Pines---Solo!!!
Jan
12
9:00 PM21:00

Special FREE Show--Woody Pines---Solo!!!

****Special FREE Show!****
Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

WOODY PINES - Solo!

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 self-titled release WOODY PINES 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/

Cover: SPECIAL FREE SHOW!

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The Brothers From Other Mothers
Jan
11
9:15 PM21:15

The Brothers From Other Mothers

Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:15pm

The Abilene debut of…
The Brothers From Other Mothers!

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

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

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

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

https://www.facebook.com/mwbfom

Cover: $5

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Happy Hour with Otter Space Wranglers
Jan
11
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Otter Space Wranglers

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

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

OTTER SPACE WRANGLERS!

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

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

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

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Reverend Kingfish--First of Three Tuesdays in January
Jan
8
7:30 PM19:30

Reverend Kingfish--First of Three Tuesdays in January

Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:30pm

REVEREND KINGFISH!

Blues, Stomps and Novelty Tunes Rendered in the Authentic Style!!!

Catch Reverend Kingfish Live, Tuesday Jan 8, 22 and 29.

Recently arrived in Rochester, Reverend Kingfish performs a mix of early blues, jazz, and tin pan alley along with original tunes in the style of the beginning of American popular music. 

As an ordained minister, Reverend Kingfish expresses his faith through music. And that music is derived from the jazz and blues musicians of the early 20th century. The list of influences includes timeless greats such as Blind Blake, Fats Waller, the Boswell Sisters, Blind Boy Fuller, Scrapper Blackwell, Emmett Miller, Jimmie Rodgers, and too many more to mention.

There is something special about the music of this era; before multi-track recording, synthesizers, digital editing and everything that cheapens artistry. Recordings were a single take and musical styles were just evolving. It was a period of unparalleled creativity. Reverend Kingfish strives to keep this era fresh and relevant.

www.reverendkingfish.com

Cover: A mere three dollars…and don’t hesitate to put something in the tip jar…he’s really worth it!!!

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Luca Foresta and the ElectroKings
Jan
5
9:00 PM21:00

Luca Foresta and the ElectroKings

Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge
Saturday, January 5...doors 7pm, music 9pm
Slingin' drinks..Kelly Mallaber

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

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

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

Cover: $5

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Luca Foresta and the ElectroKings
Jan
5
5:00 PM17:00

Luca Foresta and the ElectroKings

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

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

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

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


Cover: $5

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Amanda Profit's Birthday!!!!
Jan
4
3:00 PM15:00

Amanda Profit's Birthday!!!!

We’ll be opening at 3pm today.

No, there won’t be a live band but….there’ll be drink specials all night long—-$1 Off Well Drinks and $1 Off Craft Draft Pints…and there’ll be free munchies…and great tunes….and most importantly, we’ll be celebrating the birthday of the lovely and talented, AMANDA PROFIT!!!!!

Amanda has been a part of Abilene since almost the beginning…and her kindness, caring and humor…along with her ability to make a killer drink, will be toasted throughout the night. Stop in and be part of the festivities…Stop in and wish her Birthday Cheer!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMANDA!!!!

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A Grateful Dead New Year's Eve with DELILAH JONES!
Dec
31
9:00 PM21:00

A Grateful Dead New Year's Eve with DELILAH JONES!

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Monday, December 31st—NEW YEAR’S EVE!!!

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

A GRATEFUL DEAD NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH!!!

Featuring the sounds of …

DELILAH JONES!

A full night of the Dead…a champagne toast at Midnight!!!!

Fresh, new 5 piece Grateful Dead tribute band featuring 5 veteran musicians with diverse backgrounds- together for the love of the music….featuring Mike Bowers on drums, Steve Kralles on guitar and vocals, Jack Moore on guitar, pedal steel and vocals, Chris Ott on keyboards and vocals, and Joe Worden on bass and vocals.

www.facebook.com/DelilahJonesBand/

Cover: $7

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The Cotton Toe Three
Dec
29
9:00 PM21:00

The Cotton Toe Three

Doors 7pm, Music 9pm

The Cotton Toe Three

This blues trio is comprised of Mike "CottonToe" Scrivens on vocals and acoustic/resonator guitars, "Washboard Dave" Paprocki, and Jay Chaffee on uplright bass.

All three members collectively bring decades of regional and national touring experience to the stage, as well as all being members of the Son House Blues Night, a monthly open-mic gathering of local blues musicians in the Rochester area.

The trio performs sets of blues music that consists of songs from the muddy waters of the Delta, the juke joints of Chicago, modern players of the genre, and original tunes with an Americana flair.

https://cotton-toe.bandcamp.com/album/weston-blues

Cover: $3

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Miss Tess and The Talkbacks
Dec
28
9:00 PM21:00

Miss Tess and The Talkbacks

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

Miss Tess and The Talkbacks!

Miss Tess got her musical start at home in Maryland, her childhood nights ending in music. Her parents would sing her to sleep with the gentle, tender sounds of American folk songs, occasionally interrupted by their 30s swing band rehearsing in the basement. All grown up, Miss Tess & the Talkbacks regularly steal the show at venues with something a little rowdier and more eclectic. Infused with classic country, rhythm & blues, swamp pop and early rock n’ roll, she is an embodiment of everything that it still home grown in America.

On her newest release, Baby, We All Know, Miss Tess continues to explore her own personal crossroads of American roots music in a way that is fresh and personal. Always having a knack for catching timeless qualities in her music, she provides a diligent mix of grooves and tempos while backed by top-notch musicians including guitar ace and co-conspirator Thomas Bryan Eaton on telecaster and pedal steel. This year the new album was included in the Top 100 played albums on the Americana Music Charts and received significant critical acclaim.

www.misstessmusic.com/

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

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Happy Hour with The Angle
Dec
28
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with The Angle

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials ($1 Off Well Drinks and $1 Off Craft Draft Pints from 3pm till 7pm) and the return to Abilene of  THE ANGLE!

The Angle is a 5-piece band performing homegrown original music…songs that were born in a barn in Upstate, New York…an acoustic/electric mix that leaves you wanting to hear more.

Check out the original rock sounds of Rick Palumbo, Scott Schipper, Scott Stevenson, Tom McTamity and Chris Zolellick.

www.facebook.com/The-Angle-1439706646286180

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Annie Wells Band
Dec
27
7:30 PM19:30

Annie Wells Band

Doors: 4:00pm • Music: 7:30pm

The ANNIE WELLS BAND makes their debut appearance at Abilene on Thursday, December 27th, 7:30 pm performing songs from Annie’s newest CD, Lonely Hearts Club.

Annie brings with her the incomparable Phil Marshall on guitar, the fabulous Mike Kaupa on trumpet, upright bass veteran, Dave Arenius on upright and stellar Roy Marshall on drums.

Frank De Blase of City Newspaper captures the spirit of the band in his review of Lonely Hearts Club:

Wells' voice is absolutely beautiful in this setting and is a study in constraint, and the band ably cops to the same M.O. It's classic singer-songwriter fare taken to the next step by the veteran rockers found here. They aren't afraid to holster the heat and play pretty for those that want to dance with their soon-to-be-sweethearts. "Lonely Hearts Club" is pretty but not too flowery; it's got moxy and sand.

Jeff Spevak wrote, “Lonely Hearts Club” is a tight, spare collection of tiny moments. The arrangements bring to mind Canadian chanteuse Holly Cole, on the edge of jazz and pop. Wells’ voice sometimes echoes Suzanne Vega, especially when she’s bringing the characters to life.

Annie's influences include Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Keith Jarrett and Billie Holiday. Since she was 17 years old, Annie has delighted audiences with her sweet and soulful vocals and jazzy piano performances in venues large and small.

https://www.facebook.com/Annie-Wells-Musician-120160183978/

http://anniewells.com

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_lvdtsxjFJVxJXlU9QHb7A-UUo3YEXcG5g

Cover: $4

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Woody Dodge
Dec
22
9:00 PM21:00

Woody Dodge

Doors 5:00pm • Music 9:00pm

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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Special Holiday Early Show with The Tobey Village House Band!!!
Dec
22
5:30 PM17:30

Special Holiday Early Show with The Tobey Village House Band!!!

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Saturday, December 22….doors 5pm, music 5:30pm

Do NOT miss this special holiday early show featuring

THE TOBEY VILLAGE HOUSE BAND

With special guests

“A delicious blend of rock, soul, blues, funk & pop-the best of The Band, Smokey Robinson, SRV, Adele, Peter Gabriel, Bonnie Raitt, Marvin Gaye, Aretha..and much more”

www.facebook.com/tobeyvillagehouseband

Cover: $5

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Happy Hour with "Lefty"
Dec
21
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour with "Lefty"

Doors 3:00pm • Music 6:00pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials, free munchies and the return to Abilene 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 saloon again.

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

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Left-Handed Second Baseman
Dec
20
8:00 PM20:00

Left-Handed Second Baseman

Doors 4pm, Music 8pm

The return to Abilene of alt-folk/indie band…

LEFT-HANDED SECOND BASEMAN

LH2B is the creation of singer/songwriter/producer Fran Broderick. Fusing diverse influences ranging from alt-folk to soul to synthpop, the result is stirring anthems and tender ballads, anchored by Broderick’s captivating lyrics. Rochester CITY Newspaper’s Frank DeBlase describes the music as a “joyous noise,” and writes, “you’re definitely going to want to get know the man and his work as Left-Handed 2nd Baseman...this is where Broderick shines. His words are gold.” His latest album, 2018’s Trench Digging During Peacetime, was nominated for Best Local Album of 2018 in CITY Newspaper, and the album’s title track is in regular rotation on college radio (WITR), and NPR (WRUR). Having shared the stage with famed jam and folks acts like Max Creek, Ryan Montbleau, Ekoostik Hookah, and DJ Logic, and playing venues throughout Western New York, Manhattan and Brooklyn, Broderick is a seasoned performer constantly expanding his soundscape with styles ranging from Dylan and Springsteen to synth acts like Future Islands and Chvrches. He is probably listening to John Prine right now.

www.lh2b.bandcamp.com

Cover: $5

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Dream Float with special guests, The Sideways
Dec
19
8:00 PM20:00

Dream Float with special guests, The Sideways

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Dream Float is an instrumental piano trio based out of Rochester. Their songs are adventurous, sensitive, wild, and pioneering. They are experimental yet tight. Come Float with them.

https://www.facebook.com/DreamFloatMusic

with special guests: THE SIDEWAYS

Sideways is the brainchild of keyboardist and vocalist Joey "Sideways" Stehle, a soul band with heavy pop sensibilities. After deciding that a solo act just couldn't quite create the sound he wanted, Sideways decided to form a band. Ever-growing, always grooving, and hitting Rochester with a unique and new sound.

https://www.facebook.com/thesidewaysband/

Cover: $5

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Live Blues with Steve Grills & The Roadmasters
Dec
14
9:00 PM21:00

Live Blues with Steve Grills & The Roadmasters

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

Live Blues with…
STEVE GRILLS & THE ROADMASTERS!

For Steve Grills, the Blues has been a life long journey. Growing up he heard the music of Big Bill Broonzy, Leadbelly and Lightnin' Hopkins from his father's record collection. Through the Beatles, Steve discovered Chuck Berry and he has not looked back since. He has searched out the roots of Rock and Roll, uncovering many great artists who have influenced and inspired him. Primarily among these are Robert Lockwood Jr., Earl Hooker, Freddie King and Albert Collins. Steve befriended Robert Lockwood Jr after meeting him in 1978. In 1992, Robert  invited Steve and his band to perform at his Legendary Blues Festival near Cleveland,Ohio. Steve later recorded with Robert on Shakin Smith's CD Harmonica Wizard.

Steve and his band the Roadmasters ( named after Earl Hooker's band) draw their repertoire from these and other artists, allowing contemporary audiences the opportunity to discover the vitality of the music of these legendary and influential musicians.

Steve has released a cd of recordings he did with pianist Ernest Lane entitled After Hours on the Toogaloo label. Steve is very excited to have had the opportunity to record with Ernest. Ernest's musical career reaches back to the late 1940s when he played and recorded with the enigmatic delta blues guitarist Robert Nighthawk. Ernest backed Nighthawk on his Aristocrat (later Chess) recordings Black Angel Blues (Sweet Black Angel) and Annie Lee Blues. Blues scholars consider these recordings with Nighthawk to be among the greatest Post war Chicago blues records ever made.

www.stevegrills.com

Cover: $5

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Happy Hour with Mojo Monkeyz
Dec
14
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with Mojo Monkeyz

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with drink specials, free munchies and live music featuring the Abilene debut of

MOJO MONKEYZ!

They’re a 6 piece soul, blues, R&B, rock and funk band!!! The band is Jude Olson on vocals and harmonica, Joe Ross on guitar, Jim Kelsey on bass and vocals, Jim Gubiotti on keys and Rick Burgett on drums and vocals. Get ready to rock!!!

www.mojomonkeyz.com

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Mike Powell and The Black River Band
Dec
13
8:00 PM20:00

Mike Powell and The Black River Band

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

MIKE POWELL & THE BLACK RIVER BAND!

“One of the premier singer/songwriters in music today”
~NYS Music

Mike Powell is a traveling storyteller and prolific writer who garnered international attention with his song “Twenty One Rounds” written as part of the Acoustic Guitar Project. He has toured with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion and shared the stage with David Lindley, Martin Sexton, Shooter Jennings & many more His sound is honest, songs are heartfelt and his shows are real.

He is also a craftsman that owns and operates the Rising Feather art studio in Cazenovia, NY.

http://mikepowell.co/

https://www.facebook.com/theblackrivermusic/

Cover: $6

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Chris Bethmann EP Release Party!
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

Chris Bethmann EP Release Party!

Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:00pm

CHRIS BETHMANN “Naked Bourbon” EP RELEASE PARTY!

Rochester songwriter and guitarist Chris Bethmann falls on the rock side of Americana. Whether playing solo acoustic or with full band, Bethmann delivers honest, pointed lyrics with fluid guitar chops. Join him as he celebrates the release of his first solo EP, “Naked Bourbon,” a rock ‘n’ roll rendering of the millennial milieu.

Joining Chris….Scott Kiwatek on bass, Eric Metzgar on drums, Sara Shimmel on vox, Chelsea Hill on fiddle

www.chrisbethmann.com

No Cover Charge…but don’t hesitate to fill the tip jar! This band is certainly worth it!

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