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Ellicottville’s Summer Music Festival July 1-2

The Ellicottville Summer Music Festival is only two weeks away and tickets are going fast! Have you bought yours? You may want to get those tickets soon. Discounted presale ends June 18 at midnight!

That’s right. Your ticket to see Grand Funk Railroad will increase by $10 if you wait until June 19 to get it. That Buffalo Philharmonic ticket is going to be that much more as well.

Saturday night, July 1, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of resident conductor Stafan Sanders, will perform some of the most loved tunes from pirates and princesses, some great music to get you moving your feet, and music choreographed to fireworks as they light up the sky. The annual patriotic spectacular is one that you are not going to want to miss.

Sunday night, July 2, the stage will be home to the American Band, Grand Funk Railroad. In their fifth decade, Don Bewer and Mel Schacher will play host as music that spans the decades fills the air. The band is responsible for such hits as “We’re an American Band,” “The Locomotion,” “You’re My Captain,” and “Some Kind of Wonderful,” just to name a few. The current lineup of Grand Funk Railroad has been together for 17 years and is ready to help you relive those memories, and create new ones. Joining Brewer and Schacher are Bruce Kulick, formerly of KISS; Max Carl, formerly with Elton John, Bonnie Rait, Glen Frey, and Bette Midler; and Tim Cashion, formerly with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, Robert Palmer, and John Secada.

Opening for Grand Funk Railroad is Carl Dixon. Dixon’s powerful vocals, artistry and stage presence have put him at the forefront of the Canadian rock industry for three decades. As one of Canada’s most respected musicians, a prolific songwriter, he’s renowned as both a solo artist and front man of groups such as Coney Hatch, The Guess Who and April Wine. Throughout his career Dixon also toured with heavy metal icons such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Triumph, Ted Nugent, Accept, and Krokus.

Along with all the great music at Holiday Valley, the Village of Ellicottville will be bustling with activity all weekend as well. The fun starts Friday with the first Ellicottville Stroll the Streets, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Walk through the village and take in the sights, sounds, and smells that make Ellicottville great. During this first event of the 12-week series you may be greeted with stilt walkers, giant bubbles, even chalk drawing. There may be music on the streets.

On Jefferson Street, between the Village Hall and the Post Office, the annual arts and Crafts show will take place both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday morning at 11, pets of all kinds will stroll up the street from Katy’s Café’s new location at 38 Washington Street to the Village Gazebo for the world-famous Ellicottville Pet Parade. If you want to show off your pet, register at Katy’s at 10:30 and be ready for the fun. Everyone gets a prize.

Come out to the gazebo from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday to hear some great music from the Theresa Quinn Trio. Quinn has been a performer, music director and/or pianist for some of the best professional theatre companies in Buffalo, including Alleyway Theater, Buffalo State College Theater Department, Buffalo United Artists, Jewish Repertory Theatre, Musicalfare Theatre, O’Connell and Company, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, and the State University of Buffalo Theatre Department. She has been a member of numerous Artvoice award winning ensembles and productions. Her show is sure to be a hit.

With all this going on, what more could you ask for? How about music in many of the local establishment? A full list of these bands, with times, will be available on the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce website at www.ellicottvilleny.com.

Need to get those tickets before the price goes up? Tickets can be purchased online at www.Ellicottvilleny.com or come to the Chamber office at 9 West Washington Street, call us at (800)349-9099, head to a local Wegman’s, or even stop in at The Inn at Holiday Valley. Presale tickets are $30 for either show. Children 12 and under are always free.

Great Blue Heron Music Festival June 30-July 2

A summer tradition since 1992, the Great Blue Heron Music Festival is an annual celebration that brings thousands of music lovers to the rolling hills of Western New York each July.

With a wide variety of live original music on three stages – including the Main Stage, the intimate Tiger Maple Stage and a big-top Dance Tent that swings through the night – plus instrument workshops, dance lessons, and activities for both children and teens, the festival provides many ways to enjoy the Independence Day weekend. And that is why so many music fans come back year after year, sharing the event with family and friends while camping out among the breezy fields and shady woods that grace the property.

Bnads include Donna the Buffalo, Rusted Root, Funktional Flow, Jim Lauderdale, The Suitcase Junket, Big Mean Sound Machine, The Sim Redmond Band, Smackdab, The Probables, Urban Pioneers, Reggae Infinity, The Sun King Warriors, The Gunpoets, Western Centuries, Cats on Holiday, Preach Freedom & Connect, Mt Pleasant String Band, Sunny Weather, Addison Moon Band, Tiger Maple String Band, The Bogarts, Laila Belle, Pa Line Stan Barton’s Trio, The Charlie Wheeler Band, Stewed Mulligan, Dirt Track Racing, Bill Ward & John Cross, Uncle Ben’s Remedy, Ken Hardley, Buffalo Zydeco, John Merino, The Derek Davis Band, Tyler Smilo, Max Garcia Conover, Bess Greenberg, Ezekiel’s Wheel, Jeb & Tara and Glabicki & Miller.

For tickets and info, visit greatblueheron.com.

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