By Alicia Dziak
Do you want to rock and roll all night and party every day this weekend? Rock and roll is here to stay Friday, Saturday and Sunday when all of Ellicottville turns into a stage for Rock and Roll Weekend. Whether you like your rock classic, modern, bluesy or something in between, this celebration of all things rock and roll has something for everyone.
Kick off the weekend Friday night, Sept. 15 with the finale of Ellicottville’s Stroll the Streets from 5 to 8 p.m. and catch the movie Trolls at the Gazebo starting at 8. The shops will be open and the streets are sure to be alive with entertainment!
At 6 p.m., Madigan’s hosts the Party Squad, made up of Buffalo Music Hall of Fame members, ready to get you dancin’.
At 7, check out Darkwater Duo on the Balloons mainstage as they add their acoustic sound to some popular covers.
Finnerty’s joins in the weekend for the first time with Gregg Sansone at 8 p.m. Sansone is a unique one-man band who can create a full-band sound from his keyboard.
The Gin Mill hosts popular acoustic duo 2 Guys Drinkin’ Beer at 9 p.m., while Villaggio will feature Kickstart Rumble at 9 p.m.
The music continues on Saturday at 1 p.m. when EVL 80s Band takes to The Winery of Ellicottville Mainstage on Monroe Street playing totally rad hits from the decade of excess.
Finnerty’s keeps things going at 3 p.m. with The Carl Motyka Band, who play everything from The Beatles to Skynyrd to Journey, rockin’ several decades.
Never Ben hits the Madigan’s stage at 6 p.m. with music from the 1960s to today, and Hayden Fogel performs on his bluesy guitar at Balloons.
At Ellicottville Brewing Company at 8 p.m., The Untouchables will play their brand of R&B, oldies rock and roll, classic soul and more.
DNR on Tap will headline at Villaggio at 9 p.m., with Live ‘N’ Kickin’ at The Gin Mill.
And what’s more rock and roll than cool cars? On Sunday, check out the annual car show along Washington, Jefferson and Monroe Streets, where over 250 cars and trucks spanning from the early 1900s to today will all be on display.
At 2 p.m., stop by the Village gazebo for Elvis impersonator Terry Buchwald. After Elvis leaves the gazebo, Buchwald transforms himself into Garth Brooks and continues to entertain the audience.
“First and foremost, (this weekend) is about having fun!” said Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce Media and Communications Manager Chris Chapman. “With the music in the village all weekend and the car show on Sunday, I don’t know how visitors in Ellicottville this weekend would NOT be able to have fun. If you look at the musical lineup, it is all good rock and roll all throughout the village. With about 250 cars lining the street, ranging from early 20th Century antiques to modern sports cars, even a few surprises, this is a car show that will be well worth the trip.”