May Erlewine with August West
Nov
12
8:00 PM20:00

May Erlewine with August West

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

Monday, November 12…..doors 6pm, music 8pm

MAY ERLEWINE

May Erlewine is no stranger to the recording studio and continues to write and record songs for the times. Her newest record, Mother Lion, produced by Tyler Duncan, some boast to be her best yet. Her catalog has substance and her creative vision is expansive. Her songs have been sung by national acts, including Joshua Davis, Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem, Sawyer Fredericks (NBC the Voice), Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys and the list goes on.

She can front the Motivations, her seven piece retro-groove band and ignite the dance floor, play a dynamic and profound set with her Americana band, or play a solo songwriter set to a silent teary audience. Whether it’s a solo performance or with a team of exceptional musicians backing her, every show is magical.

www.mayerlewine.com

www.earthworkmusic.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/410836212786700

With Special Guests…

Folk/Rock/Psychedelic sounds of..

AUGUST WEST

https://www.facebook.com/thebandaugustwest

Cover: $5

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4OnTheFloor
Nov
14
8:30 PM20:30

4OnTheFloor

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

From Minnesota…

THE4ONTHEFLOOR

“This is Rock ‘n’ Roll in the 21st century.”

Joining together in the name of fun & joy, the 4onthefloor bring their well-oiled, high-octane, rock ‘n’ roll to the world with an immediacy rarely seen on stage in the 21st century. The furious delivery ebbs and flows with sing-a-long anthems and breakdowns to soaring guitar solos and unbridled full-bore rock. Camaraderie is a common theme, and stompers are finding like-minded rock ‘n’rollers at every show.

Hailing from Minnesota, they take the heavy road route, grooving in the tracks of so many rubber to the road musicians before them. Following in the footsteps of some of the band’s influences, being on the road plays a large role in the writing. The merriment must come from all angles, including the stage for a memorable show and the 4onthefloor BRING IT. Douglas writes about experiences, failures, successes, and not-so-much the what-could-have-beens. Life is for the living and this is the soundtrack to a life well-lived. Keep the fire in your eyes.

www.4otf.com

Cover: Super Low-Dough Show—Only $8 at the Door!

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Phoebe Legere with Andrew Alling
Nov
15
8:00 PM20:00

Phoebe Legere with Andrew Alling

Doors 4:00pm • 8:00pm

PHOEBE LEGERE!

 Phoebe: 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. 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. 

www.PhoebeLegere.com


With special guest ANDREW ALLING!

Andrew Alling, a one-man jamband  performs on acoustic guitar, organ bass pedals and the harmonica, often simultaneously.His music speaks of politics, love, hardship, truth, adversity and hope.Watch his videos at: www.andrewalling.com/videos

www.AndrewAlling.com


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

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Ward Hayden & The Outliers (formerly Girls Guns & Glory)
Nov
16
9:30 PM21:30

Ward Hayden & The Outliers (formerly Girls Guns & Glory)

****Special Show****
Doors 3:00pm • Music 9:30pm

WARD HAYDEN & THE OUTLIERS!
(Formerly GIRLS GUNS & GLORY)

Don’t miss the band that Rolling Stone included in “10 New Artists You Need To Know.” “Modern-day Buddy Holly plus Dwight Yoakam divided by the Mavericks..Think soulful lyrics paired with a beat you can dance to.”

If you’re a fan of Hank Williams (and who isn’t?!), you’re going to NOT want to miss this!!!
Check out this statement from the band…

“A fresh start….We have held on to the name Girls Guns & Glory for probably too long. Things have changed in the 12 years since naming the band and believe me, no one wants to change the name of a band they’ve spent 12 years building.

When I first set out to make my own music I was deeply inspired by one of the greatest singing cowboys of the all: Gene Autry. In addition to the band name coming to me in a vision, I believe it was also inspired by all the Autry westerns I had been watching at that time. Girls, guns and glory were the theme of many of his movies and tv shows. And I have always done my best to adhere to The Cowboy Code:

The Cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man or take unfair advantage.

  1. He must never go back on his word or a trust confided in him.

  2. He must always tell the truth.

  3. He must be gentle with children, the elderly and animals.

  4. He must not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant ideas.

  5. He must help people in distress.

  6. He must be a good worker.

  7. He must keep himself clean in thought, speech, action and personal habits.

  8. He must respect women, parents and his nation’s laws.

  9. The Cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man or take unfair advantage.

  10. The Cowboy is a patriot.

The name Girls Guns & Glory has become offensive to some and an impediment to moving the band forward. Today’s highly charged political climate combined with the proliferation of gun violence has made the name a lightning rod for some and offensive to many.

We never intended for that to be the case, but times change and we feel the time is right to brand a new name.

We have decide to change the band’s name to Ward Hayden & The Outliers. We have always considered ourselves outliers in the world of country music.

Which is also why we’ve always considered that being a cowboy is a state of mind. And to continue adhering to The Cowboy Code we want to represent our band with a name that will describe who we are more accurately. We continue to have the same mission we’ve always had: to make heartfelt country music and rock ‘n’ roll, to connect with fans through shared experiences in venues and through recordings, and to  continue moving forward, living life in search of the moments worth singing about. We truly can’t wait to share with you the new music we have coming out this Fall and we hope you’ll continue to share in the experience as we move forward together.”
~
Ward Hayden & The Outliers (Ward, Paul, Josh & Cody)

www.wardhaydenandtheoutliers.com

Tickets: $8 advance, $12 day of show, on sale now at Abilene and online at www.abilenebarandlounge.com

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"Friendsgiving Party & Dance!"
Nov
17
8:00 PM20:00

"Friendsgiving Party & Dance!"

Doors 7:00pm, Music 8:00pm

“FRIENDSGIVING PARTY and DANCE!”

Benefit for the Homeless Community

Featuring music by…
THE BROTHERS BLUE!

Rooted in the fertile tradition of Old-Time fiddle music, The Brothers Blue grow a sound all their own – offering a hybrid which unites fresh, original song-writing with elements from Country, Bluegrass, Cajun, and Irish music. They weave three part harmonies through a rich tapestry of fiddle, banjo, and guitar. Their tight, groove-oriented arrangements prompted one fan to describe them as a “one-mind band” and another as “a dancer's dream.” Furthermore, each of their abilities to play multiple instruments makes their performances especially entertaining. As comfortable around a campfire as they are in a concert hall, the band is excited about any opportunity to share honest, heartfelt musical experiences with their ever-growing family of friends: "The Brethren Blue."

www.thebrothersblue.com

With Special Guests…..

Members of The Crooked North

Zack Rabbet Futt

Jungle Steve

Rayce and Alyssa Irish Duo

Hosted by Dan Gross

 Beard Contest with Prizes!

New sock donations will be collected.

Cover: $10  or $5 with a donation of new socks, undies, or toiletries.

All Donations to Western New York Coalition for the Homeless

All Proceeds to Foodlink

 

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The Beaumonts with Susanna Rose
Nov
18
6:00 PM18:00

The Beaumonts with Susanna Rose

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

THE BEAUMONTS!

The Beaumonts will be releasing their latest album Lanterna Blu online - cards with download information will be available at the show.

The Beaumonts are an alternative horn driven pop band – lush and lively....throwback 70s pop mixed with Brazilian jazz chords and soaring horns. The Beaumonts’ music is catchy and haunting and has been described as classic Chicago meets The Cardigans.

“The Beaumonts kick off "Lanterna Blu" with a quasi-bossa nova backbeat, reminiscent of Paul Weller's postmodern lounge outfit, The Style Council. But it isn't a ploy to simply reel the listener into their comfort zone, because they do it again with the second track...and the third. The Beaumonts' front man Steve Pizzuto also holds down the bottom end in the Ren and Stimpy-meets-Madness band that is 5Head. But don't expect the silliness and the augmented ska. "LanternaBlu" is the twilight between melancholy and downright maudlin. It is layered, lovely, and lush, with the hint of inclemency looming just overhead. The album was mixed by four-time Neko Case producer Darryl Neudorf, who adheres well to the ethereal undertones and mood.” ~Frank Deblase, City Newspaper

www.facebook.com/THEBEAUMONTS


With special guest SUSANNA ROSE

https://susannarose.bandcamp.com/

Cover: $5

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Professor Louie & The Crowmatix
Nov
24
9:00 PM21:00

Professor Louie & The Crowmatix

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

PROFESSOR LOUIE & THE CROWMATIX!

“The Music of THE BAND…And much more!” featuring Professor Louie & The Crowmatix

They tore it up a handful of years back at the Abilene Roots-Americana Tent of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival ….get ready for it to happen again…up close & personal in the intimate surrounding of Abilene Bar and Lounge.

If you’re a fan of The Band, Levon Helm, The Felice Brothers…don’t miss this one!!!

Professor Louie & The Crowmatix began as the studio backing band for Aaron “Professor Louie’s” musical productions for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, The Band. Rick Danko christened him “Professor Louie” due to his work and friendship with The Band.

This Grammy-nominated Woodstock, NY group plays 150 shows a year in the U.S. and worldwide, including three times on The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise.

Professor Louie collaborated with The Band for over 16 years and produced their 3 comeback CD’s in the 90’s- “Jericho,” “High On The Hog” and “Jubilation.” Louie played on and produced their hit song “Atlantic City.” Louie has produced and performed with Graham Parker, Commander Cody, Guy Davis, Buckwheat Zydeco, New Riders Of The Purple Sage and many more well-known artists.

“Pure proof The Band wouldn’t have had a 90’s career bounce if Louie didn’t have his hand on the wheel.” –Chris Spector, Editor and Publisher, Midwest Record

www.professorlouie.com

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

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Alex Northrup and the Backup with Sideways
Nov
29
8:00 PM20:00

Alex Northrup and the Backup with Sideways

Doors 4pm, Music 8pm

ALEX NORTHRUP and the BACKUP

Alex Northrup and the Backup is the latest project from the titular Alex Northrup. Backing up his vocals, Hammond organ and other keys are multi-instrumentalists Jacob Walsh on the drums and Andrew Carter on the bass guitar. Jacob is familiar to the Rochester scene through his work in Total Yuppies and Jon Lewis Band, and Andrew through his stint in Northern Spies (along with Alex himself). The band offers up a repertoire of songs from Alex’s solo album “The Great Mundane” (Proof That the Seacow Exists! Records, 2017) and an ever-growing number of new originals. His songs are rooted in classic rock and pop traditions without sounding dated or making any attempts at nostalgia. The “brilliant musicianship and nuanced songcraft...keeps you listening.” (Daniel J. Kushner, City Newspaper). Not content to rest on the laurels of that record, Alex Northrup and the Backup currently recording new material in Alex’s damp and dingy Rochester basement and the more comfortable environs of 1809 Studios in Macedon. Due out in early 2019, it’s another collection of songs sure to please those who appreciate their rock with an attention to detail and subtle twists and turns - “thinking person’s pop.” Hear it for yourself at alexnorthrup.bandcamp.com.

with special guests: 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.

www.facebook.com/thesidewaysband

Cover: $5

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Joe Beard with David Michael Miller
Dec
6
8:00 PM20:00

Joe Beard with David Michael 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 MICHAEL 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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Chris Bethmann EP Release Party!
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

Chris Bethmann EP Release Party!

Wednesday, December 12…doors 4pm, music 7pm

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

Jontavious Willis---Live!

****SPECIAL SHOW****
Tuesday, February 19, 2019...Doors 4pm, Music 8pm
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 beginning Friday, October 26 
at Abilene and online at www.abilenebarandlounge.com

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Sean Rowe with Mike Powell
Nov
10
9:30 PM21:30

Sean Rowe with Mike Powell

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

SEAN ROWE!

Sean Rowe knows he cuts an imposing figure. He boasts a bouncer’s build, a biker’s hair and a voice lower than Johnny Cash with a head cold. “It can be intense,” he says, with a laugh.

So imagine that one day a guy like this shows up at your house to perform. That’s what’s been happening periodically over the last year, while Rowe has been on a promotional “house tour.” Conceived in the retro-trendy troubadour tradition, the tour found Rowe reaching out to fans through Facebook to play free shows in their living rooms.

“It can be awkward for invited friends or family members who don’t know me,” the singer says. “Suddenly, this hairy, bearded dude shows up and starts playing. And I don’t water down my songs for these shows at all.”

The intimacy and rarity of Rowe’s songs can prove jarring or entrancing, depending on your point of view. Either way, they’ve been getting him a lot of attention. He deserves even more for his new album, “Madman,” which widens his sound significantly.

The first thing listeners will notice about Rowe is his vocal pitch. He’s a baritone — a rarity outside of country music. The voice isn’t just deep in register, but also in character. Like the best baritones, Rowe can sound sinister or sexy, sage-like or sweet.

Part of his depth has to do with age. Though the upstate New York-based singer didn’t release an album until 2011, he’s staring down the barrel at 40.

Rowe thinks that’s an advantage. “When you’re young, you have issues,” he says. “Being older, you’re wiser about your next move.”

The singer didn’t land a significant recording contract until he was 36. He signed with the boutique Anti Records, which issued the “Magic” LP, recorded by Rowe on his own. The home approach explains that album’s stripped-down brand of art-folk. You could hear the woody rattle of his acoustic guitar’s surface, the waxiness of its nylon strings and the reverberations of its hollow body.
Sean Rowe didn’t have a significant record contract until her was 36. Anthony Saint James Sean Rowe didn’t have a significant record contract until her was 36.

Rowe’s lyrics paid special attention to nature, drawn from his youth in Troy, N.Y. “I grew up in the woods, foraging or catching snakes,” he says. “I loved it.”

Rowe used that love for one of his day jobs before he got his break. He worked with kids in after-school programs about music and nature. He also had some terrible jobs. “I put the liners inside the caps of medical test tubes for eight hours a day,” he says. “I lasted three days.”

Meanwhile, Rowe played local bars, honing his sound. After recording “Magic,” the singer quickly set about making another. This time he had enough of a budget to pay session musicians. The result, “The Salesman and the Shark” (2012), added exotic instruments, like a string octet (for a touch of chamber folk), a Casiotone (for some 1980s synth touches) and a vibraphone. Female backup singers gave the songs a hint of Leonard Cohen, already evoked by Rowe’s gravelly voice and poetic lyrics.

Rowe’s latest album features some faster, louder songs. “The influences on this album come from when I was a kid,” Rowe says. “I grew up with soul music and primitive blues, from R.L. Burnside and John Lee Hooker.”

The album features more personal lyrics, including “My Little Man,” an ode to Rowe’s 3-year-old son. Remarkably, the song isn’t clichéd. “I’m part of a tradition in songwriting that’s careful to say something from a different angle,” Rowe says. “The picture doesn’t have to be dead-on. You can go around the back and get the same results.”

Rowe’s general desire to switch things up also dictated that home tour. As he puts it: “What can I say? I’m attracted to oddity.”

http://www.seanrowe.net/

With special guest: MIKE POWELL

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.

www.facebook.com/politerebel

Tickets $20 and on sale now online at https://abilene.showare.com/ and tonight at the bar beginning at 7pm

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

Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles

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

SARAH BORGES & THE BROKEN SINGLES!

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.sarahborges.com

Tickets $15 and on sale now online at https://abilene.showare.com/ and at the bar beginning at 3pm today!

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Happy Hour with The Mighty High & Dry
Nov
9
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour with The Mighty High & Dry

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

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

The Mighty High & Dry Alumni Show!
Welcoming Back Chris Teal and Mike Frederick

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

https://www.themightyhighanddry.com/

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Useless Cans with Aaron Welcher and Emma Halloran
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Useless Cans with Aaron Welcher and Emma Halloran

Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:00pm

A Very Full Night of Music featuring….from the Albany area…

USELESS CANS!

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

www.uselesscans.com

with special guests: Aaron Welcher and Emma Halloran

www.aaronwelcher.bandcamp.com

www.facebook.com/emma.halloran.56

Cover: $5

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The Return of McKinley James
Nov
7
8:00 PM20:00

The Return of McKinley James

****SPECIAL SHOW****

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

The Return of
McKINLEY JAMES!

McKinley James is a 16 year old rock ‘n’ roll guitarist/singer, from Rochester, NY and now living in the musical mecca that is Nashville.

His father, drummer Jason Smay (Los Straitjackets, JD McPherson) helped raise McKinley in a very musical household. He started on the Hammond organ at 7 but discovered his passion for guitar at 10. His influences range from Link Wray to Freddie King and Otis Redding. He started performing in Rochester blues and jazz clubs at age 13 and has performed with Chris Duarte, The Nighthawks, Joe Beard, and JD McPherson. McKinley is also the face of the latest Eric Church album campaign, having starred in his music videos, and also appears on the album cover for Church’s latest record, “Mr. Misunderstood.” McKinley is very excited to be touring in support of his first EP, “Live in Nashville,” recorded in October, 2016 at the Family Wash.

Joining McKinley James and Jason Smay for this special gig are keyboardist, Ray Jacildo (JD McPherson) and bassist, Ronnie James (Little Charlie & The Nightcats, The Fabulous Thunderbirds).

You are NOT going to want to miss this night of blistering blues guitar!!!

www.facebook.com/events/601238940274529

www.mckinleyjames.com

Tickets: $5 advance, $7 day of show, available now at Abilene, Record Archive and online at www.abilenebarandlounge.com

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Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys
Nov
6
8:00 PM20:00

Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys!

One Night Only!!! Live In Concert!!!!

Election Night Special—-Wear your “I Voted Today” sticker and get your first drink on us!!!

The finest purveyors of American Roots Music, Western Swing, Rockabilly and Traditional Country Music.

www.bigsandy.net


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

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Live Blues with Steve Grills & The Roadmasters
Nov
3
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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Black Night Blues Band
Nov
2
9:00 PM21:00

Black Night Blues Band

Doors 3pm, Music 9pm

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

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

Cover: $5

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Michelle Younger-Solo!
Nov
2
5:30 PM17:30

Michelle Younger-Solo!

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

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

MICHELLE YOUNGER - SOLO!

Michelle Younger comes by her modern spin on old-time infused banjo authentically; her family has been in the United States for generations, and she is a descendant of Cole Younger, a member of the James-Younger Gang and the namesake of his very own banjo tune. She’s a member of Harpeth Rising and The Younger Gang, both highly acclaimed groups.

www.facebook.com/michelle.younger.9
www.facebook.com/events/381812579306056

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Huntertones
Nov
1
8:00 PM20:00

Huntertones

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Do NOT miss HUNTERTONES!


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

www.huntertones.com

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

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Halloween Bash with Bobby Henrie & The Goners
Oct
31
8:00 PM20:00

Halloween Bash with Bobby Henrie & The Goners

 

****SPECIAL EVENT****

Wednesday, October 31…doors 4pm, music 8pm

Abilene’s Halloween Bash and Costume Contest!!!

Live rockabilly/roots/Americana with Abilene faves

BOBBY HENRIE & THE GONERS

Get ready for an outrageous evening of rockin’ good times…

Featuring Bobby Henrie, Brian Williams and Jimmy Symonds..

And their costumed alter egos!!!!

Prizes and many Surprises!!!
www.facebook.com/bobbyhenrieandthegoners

Cover: $5

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Kinloch Nelson with Ellisa Sun
Oct
30
7:30 PM19:30

Kinloch Nelson with Ellisa Sun

Happy Hour from 4pm till 7pm…featuring $1 off well drinks and $1 off craft draft pints

Slingin’ drinks…Kelly Mallaber!

And then at 7:30pm…Live music featuring

Solo fingerstyle guitarist

KINLOCH NELSON—LIVE!

Kinloch Nelson performs a synthesis of folk, jazz, classical, rock, American popular music, and original compositions. His programs run from J.S. Bach to John B. Sebastian and may include references to Miles Davis, Franz Schubert, John Fahey, Leo Kottke, The Ventures, Flatt and Scruggs, and the occasional TV theme.

www.kinlochnelson.com

No cover charge…but please don’t hesitate to fill the tip jar, he really deserves it!

And followed at 9:15pm by San Francisco singer-songwriter

ELLISA SUN

Ellisa Sun cuts out her heart and leaves it all on stage—which is why she never wears white.

Raised in the City of Angels, Ellisa migrated north and found a home in San Francisco’s creative scene, where she wrangled a seven-piece band to play her music. Her sound is heartfelt, honest, and textured, combining elements of r&b, bossa nova, and soul. Comparisons to artists such as Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Norah Jones come naturally.

Ellisa released her self-produced debut album “Moon & Sun” in 2017. In a short time, Ellisa has garnered much critical acclaim. SF Weekly called her song, “Unravel” as near to perfect as any song could be” and “damn gorgeous.”

Since releasing her album, Ellisa has played up and down the West Coast, from the Hotel Café in Los Angeles to the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco to basement clubs in Portland. Ellisa and her guitar have also earned frequent flyer miles, performing overseas in Japan and throughout South America.

Now on her first national tour, Ellisa is again showing she has what it takes t make it on her own. Just a guitar, an RV, and an insatiable desire to perform.

www.ellisasun.com

And again no cover charge…but please don’t hesitate to fill the tip jar, she really deserves it!!

 

 

 

 

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Animal Sounds Record Release Party
Oct
27
9:00 PM21:00

Animal Sounds Record Release Party

Doors 6:00pm • Music 9:00pm

“Ennui” Record Release Party featuring

ANIMAL SOUNDS!

Animal Sounds is a five piece band from Upstate New York. Combining influences from the melodic guitar riffs of Minus the Bear, psych groove’s of Tame Impala, and rock ‘n’ roll energy of Cage the Elephant, Animal Sounds breathes new life into the Indie Alternative genre.

Their debut LP titled “Ennui,” set to release October 26, 2018, is a 32-minute sonic self-reflection from the combined perspectives of the band. “Ennui” showcases the developing, song-writing capabilities of Animal Sounds, a new band just hitting their stride.

https://animalsoundsband.bandcamp.com

With Special Guests…

VACATION DAZE

https://vacationdaze.bandcamp.com

and….

SIDEWAYS

https://www.facebook.com/thesidewaysband

Cover: $5

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Jean Caffeine
Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

Jean Caffeine

****SPECIAL SHOW***

Saturday, October 27….doors 6pm, music 7pm

In Abilene’s Intimate Upstairs Lounge

Singer-Songwriter

JEAN CAFFEINE

Jean Caffeine plays a punky blend of pop, folkn’ roots. A  singer songwriter and band front person, Jean has kicked out the jams in more than one continent. At home in S.F. coffee house, Texas roadhouses and in the Foreign Press club in Phonem Phne, Cambodia, she’s played fests such as NXNE in Canada, BID in Germany and the SXSW and CMJ in the US.

Caffeine has had more lives than a cat. She drummed for 70’s SF all girl band the Urge and NYC 15-minutes-of-famers Pulsallama, who were known for chanting, cardboard props and rhythmic cacophony. They opend for The Clash, had their picture in Interview Magazine, and got kicked off a bill with PIL Ltd. Jean went on to front her own y’allterative country band, Jean Caffeine’s Al Nite Truckstop, out of Austin, Tx in the 90s.

“If Austin had (has) an answer to Chrissie Hynde, it’s Jean and her mature punk snarl. Of course as a songtime Texan, there’s a solid rootsiness to her terrific songcraft, but then she was always a Stones freak…” Austin Chronicle

“Miss I-was-alternative-country before-alternative-country-was cool.” Dallas Observer

“A cross between Brenda Lee and Patti Smith.” Austin American Statesmen

“Austin’s cowpunk goddess unleashes a seething, soulful catharsis of a rock ‘n’ roll album!”

www.jeancaffeine.com

No cover charge….but please don’t hesitate to fill the “tip jar,”

She really deserves it!

 

 

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Ian & The Carltones with Krazsman & Fishwife with The Genesee Two
Oct
26
9:00 PM21:00

Ian & The Carltones with Krazsman & Fishwife with The Genesee Two

Doors 3pm, Music 9pm

Maximum Rockabilly from the Capital District.

IAN & THE CARLTONES

Don’t miss Ian & The Carltones…featuring Ian Carlton..Ian has been on tour with Los Straitjackets, Rocky Velvet, and The Lustre Kings. He’s shared the stage with legends Link Wray and Sleepy LaBeef. Todd Bradley will be playing drums….he currently plays with The Hi-Risers, one of Rochester’s best bands. Laying down the dog house bass beat is the one and only, Jay Bird Gorleski…He’s been on tour with The Lustre Kings, Rocky Velvet, The Twangbusters and has shared the stage with Wayne “The Train” Hancock and the original members of Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen.

www.facebook.com/events/700174853674349

Opening the show: Roots Americana band…

KRAZSMAN & FISHWIFE with The Genesee Two

https://www.facebook.com/Kraszman-Fishwife-featuring-the-Genesee-Two-216214478422374

Cover: $7

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Auld Lang Syne - CD Release Party!
Oct
25
7:30 PM19:30

Auld Lang Syne - CD Release Party!

CD RELEASE PARTY!
Doors 4:00pm • Music 7:30pm

Transcendent, rooted folk and sometimes rock ‘n’ roll with Abilene faves…

AULD LANG SYNE!

Auld Lang Syne has slowly and steadily built a reputation for crafting stunning songs that are lyrically incisive, haunting in melody, and timeless in their arrangement. Though they toured for years as a full-blown band, shring bills with indie luminaries like the Avett Brothers, These United States and the David Wax Museum, their current focus is more like something you might hear wafting from the door of a medieval cathedral. The songs themselves are still very much of the earth-hymns to impermanence and heartfelt pleas for authenticity in human relationships.

Do not miss Timothy and Kathy Dick and special guest, Caitlin Yarsky!

www.facebook.com/abckathy

Cover: $5

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The Keelers with Gruesome Awfuls
Oct
24
8:00 PM20:00

The Keelers with Gruesome Awfuls

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

The Abilene debut of…
THE KEELERS!

The Keelers formed in 2014, are local to Rochester NY, and play all original music.  Members are Julie Harris on drums and vocals, Bill VanNess on guitar and vocals, and Harlow Crandall on bass. They're a little pop, a little punk, but not really pop-punk. They may make you think of the Kinks, they may make you think of 80's New Zealand rock, they may make you think of your mom and dad. They may just make you think. Definitely not a "party band," but they probably won't wreck your party."

www.facebook.com/The-Keelers-262068557685645


with special guests: Gruesome Awfuls!

"Four besties making grunge-surf pop from Rochester, NY. Equal parts catchy melodies and gritty guitars - it’s the modern day 90s, man."

www.facebook.com/thegruesomeawfuls

Cover: $5

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Elizabeth Cook
Oct
23
8:00 PM20:00

Elizabeth Cook

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

ELIZABETH COOK (Solo)

With Special Guest CALEB CAUDLE!

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

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

https://www.elizabeth-cook.com/

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

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Billy Thompson Trio
Oct
22
7:30 PM19:30

Billy Thompson Trio

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

Monday, October 22….doors 6pm, music 7:30pm

“PRE-HALLOWEEN SUPER FUNKY BLUE MONDAY” featuring…

BILLY THOMPSON TRIO

Guitar works that have electrified audiences from coast to coast, throughout Europe and everywhere in between, set the tone for this veteran blues man’s sizzling performances, combining world class slide guitar and searing licks with soulful vocals and original music—a unique amalgamation of blues styles, with rock, funk and r&b. Some say, “It’s like Hendrix meets Little Feat!”

He has played with legends such as Little Milton, Albert King, Earl King and Art Neville, while opening for the likes of Robert Cray, B.B. King, Sonny Landreth, The Neville Brothers and Joe Cocker, to name a few. He has performed with the San Diego Symphony. He also performed for the grand opening of Los Angeles House of Blues.

Billy has been invited to play with icons, the Doobie Brothers, Bill Payne, John Mooney and Ron Holloway…”Billy also served as musical supervisor for Geva Theatre’s 2015 “Journey to the Son,” in Rochester, NY. A tribute to Son House and will provide musical direction again for Keith Glover’s “Revival” in May of 2019 at Geva Theatre, based on the life of Son House.

Billy’s current cd, “BT” made the Top 25 on the Living Blues Radio and Roots Music Report Charts. It features his current trio, Eric Selby (drums) and Erie native Gene Monroe (bass)

www.billythompsonmusic.com

Cover: $5

 

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Delilah Jones- A night of Grateful Dead!
Oct
20
9:00 PM21:00

Delilah Jones- A night of Grateful Dead!

Doors 7:00pm • Music 9:00pm

Don’t miss a full night of Grateful Dead favorites!!

Fresh new 5 piece Grateful Dead tribute band! 5 veteran musicians with diverse backgrounds - together for the love of the music. Come dance with them!!!

Featuring Mike Bowers Drums; Steve Kralles - Guitar, Vocals; Jack Moore - Guitar, Pedal Steel, Vocals; Chris Ott - Keyboard, Vocals; Joe Worden - Bass, Vocals

www.facebook.com/events/1710669079052207

Cover: $5

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Bindley Hardware Co.
Oct
19
9:30 PM21:30

Bindley Hardware Co.

Friday, October 19..doors 3pm, music 9:30pm

The return to Abilene of …

BINDLEY HARDWARE CO.

They’re a rust-belt Americana band from Pittsburgh, PA. They draw influence from classic country, folk and modern alt-country, as well as from the original Bindley Hardware Co., its namesake hardware store owned and operated by front man Jon’s family during Pittsuburgh’s industrial boom in the early 20th century. “To be able to make music or have any kind of creaive endeavor that identifies where you’re from is really important. Things in Pittsburgh inspire me every day. The Bindley Hardware Co. has such a rich history and I’m kind of making it my own, “Bindley said.

www.bindleyhardwareco.com

With Special Guest: CHET VINCENT

www.thebigbend.net

Cover:$6

 

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Music by Dusted Dawg, Artshow feat.  Steve Garfield & Janet Rogal
Oct
19
5:30 PM17:30

Music by Dusted Dawg, Artshow feat. Steve Garfield & Janet Rogal

Doors 3:00pm • Music 5:30pm

Happy Hour with great drink specials, free munchies and live music featuring three piece post-rock improvisational band…

DUSTED DAWG

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

www.facebook.com/DustedDawg

and at the same time…in our intimate Upstairs Lounge…we’ll be hosting an art show with featured artists…

Steve Garfield and Janet Rogal

www.facebook.com/steve.garfield.18

www.facebook.com/janet.souther

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Brendan & the Strangest Ways
Oct
18
8:00 PM20:00

Brendan & the Strangest Ways

Thursday, October 18….doors 4pm, music 8pm

Buffalo-based Americana, country, folk band..

BRENDAN & THE STRANGEST WAYS

Brendan & the Strangest Ways is the moniker adopted by songwriter Brendan Shea to create music for the roving spirit. His songs are heartfelt reflections  on the loves and losses experienced over countless miles traveled in a search for something that always feels just a little out of reach.

In autumn 2016, Brendan returned home to Buffalo, NY after completing a seven-year journey that saw him living and playing on and around all three US Coasts. He got his education in the thriving Austin scene, which he’s aptly referred to as “ musician boot camp.” He applied the knowledge in the storied music city of Seattle, developing his sound while fronting a talented crop of revolving-door bandmates who would help him record his full-length debut, Brendan & the Strangest Ways.

The sessions were anchored by an epic three-week road trip back to Austin, where Brendan recorded the bulk of the tracks himself in a guest bungalow on a horse ranch just outside of the city. He would never be fully certain of how many half-finished, that-felt-like-the-one takes were sacrificed to the crowing of roosters or buzzing of low-flying planes, but in the end he was confident he came away with an album that successfully rose above its modest means of production.

Upon the album’s release, Brendan set out on a cross-country summer tour in a 26-foot RV. Early in 20-17, he completed a tour of the Gulf Coast with producer, author and sophisticated singing hobo D.B. rouse.

Brendan’s peers have called him a true songwriter’s songwriter who expertly crafts his lyrics like a mason building a brick wall, and whose haunting melodies and compositions have a way of outlasting durations of quiet to stay stuck in your head long after you’ve heard the last note.

www.strangestways.com

www.facebook.com/events/186474985592066

With Special Guest: D.B. Rouse

www.dbrouse.com

Cover: $5

 

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The Black Lillies
Oct
16
8:00 PM20:00

The Black Lillies

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

From Knoxville, Tennessee

THE BLACK LILLIES!

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

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

www.theblacklillies.com

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

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Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue
Oct
14
5:00 PM17:00

Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue

****SPECIAL SUNDAY  SHOW****
Doors 4:00pm, • Music 5:00pm

GAL HOLIDAY AND THE HONKY TONK REVUE

When the band formed in 2004, Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue were at the vanguard of New Orleans’ now-thriving country scene, and they’ve remained in a league of their own ever since. Combining evocative songwriting and impeccable musicianship, their dance hall show and infectious energy on stage have earned them their place in the upper echelon of local favorites and helped grow an avid fan-base of two-steppers around the world.

Sometimes called “The Punk Rock Patsy Cline,” “The Gal” is Vanessa Niemann, an Appalachian-born songstress who has lent her powerful voice and magnetic stage presence to various musical projects in New Orleans and around the country. Over the years, the Revue has counted among its ranks some of the finest musicians in the region. The current roster boasts guitarists Matt Slusher and Justin LeCuyer in addition to drummer Rose Cangelosi, and upright bassist Corey McGillivary, all excellent songwriters and singers in their own right, adding tight harmonies to the sound.

These multi-time Big Easy and Best of the Beat Award recipients have shared the stage with Willie Nelson, Marcia Ball, Blind Boys of Alabama, and countless others. 2018 was their eleventh year appearing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, packing the Gentilly Stage where Lyle Lovett would perform later that day. Their albums have reached as high as third on the FAR charts (Freeform American Roots Music) and the top 100 on the AMA Charts (Americana Airplay, Americana Music Association).

Gal Holiday continues to tour both within the U.S. and internationally. After a successful European tour this past summer, the band returned home to make their newest release, “Lost & Found.” Recorded over four days in November 2017 at Dial Back Sound in Water Valley, MS, the album has a lush soundscape thanks to the bands’ spirit guide and producer, Jimbo Mathus, and studio engineer, Bronson Tew. With an unmistakable Gulf Coast feel, “Lost & Found” touches on themes of loss, change, and discover in twelve songs written by Vanessa, Rose, Justin and Jimbo.

Although 2018 has proven to be a tour heavy year, you can still find them raising a ruckus in New Orleans and surrounding areas at dance halls, festival, and local watering holes most any day of the week. They know the ins and outs of the country canon and can even get folks swinging to an unexpected pop cover or two, but above all, vivid songwriting is one of the group’s great strengths. Their rollicking foot-stompers and poignant Crescent City tributes alike crackle with an authentic country spirit.

Armed with this kind of versatility and an ever-growing body of original material, they put on a show that never gets old, delighting rowdy dancers, buttoned-down diners, and new-to-country music listeners alike. New Orleans may be most closely associated with jazz and funk, but Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue prove that the city celebrates its musical diversity with enthusiasm.

www.galholiday.com

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

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The Womps with Dream Float
Oct
13
9:30 PM21:30

The Womps with Dream Float

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

From Boston…
THE WOMPS

The Womps are a rising Boston-based alt rock jam band, dazzling audiences with fiery performances that draw on influences including funk, progressive rock and roll, fusion jazz, punk and folk. Formed around a shared love for all things weird and impossible, they strive to make each show unique through collective improvisation, finely-tuned harmonies, and carefully crafted songs of all shapes and sizes. The Womps are Kailey Zercher - violin and vocals, JP Goldman - bass and vocals, Jason Lilly - guitar and vocals and Enguerran “OG” Altmayer on drums. Since starting at the Berklee College of Music, The Womps have played over 90 shows in more than 25 cities in the US and Canada, with more bookings set for fall 2018.

This summer the Womps released three singles, an electrifying cover of Dolly Parton’s country classic “Jolene” and two original tunes, the frenzied “Barefoot Sensei” and rocking ballad “Anthem of My Age.” All three are from The Womps upcoming album, out at the end of 2018. The album was recorded live and almost entirely on tape at Defiant Audio on Long Island.

For more information about The Womps, go to their website:

www.thewompsofficial.com

www.thewomps.bandcamp.

with special guests…

DREAM FLOAT

Cover: $5

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Durham County Poets
Oct
12
9:00 PM21:00

Durham County Poets

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

DURHAM COUNTY POETS

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

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

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

www.durhamcountypoets.com

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

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Stevie Tombstone
Oct
11
8:00 PM20:00

Stevie Tombstone

Doors 4:00pm • Music 8:00pm

Tunes & Tales with American Folk Country Blues artist….
STEVIE TOMBSTONE

“Stevie Tombstone is a quintessential troubadour, a veteran musician who’s had a degree of success but has mostly been relegate to “best-kept secret” status. The leader of an Atlanta-based swamp-rockabilly band called “The Tombstones” in the 1980s and ‘90s, Tombstone has now settled into a solo career in which he crafts powerful folk songs tinged with classic country and vintage blues influences.” ~Dan Armonitis

www.stevietombstone.net

Slingin’ drinks…Kelly Mallaber

Cover: $5

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Great Tunes, Great Drinks..and OSB Cider on Special!!!
Oct
10
4:00 PM16:00

Great Tunes, Great Drinks..and OSB Cider on Special!!!

Wednesday, October 10….doors open at 4pm

Great drink specials, Great tunes

OSB CIDER’S “Live and Die For” Wet Hop—On Special for only $5 a pint! You’re gonna become a fan of this one!

$5 Moscow Mules All Night Long!!!

$1 off all well drinks and $1 off all craft draft pints- All Night Long!

Slingin’ drinks—Kelly Mallaber

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