By Deb Everts

Back again for the second year is Ellicottville’s newest music festival, “Winter Music Jam.”

The winter event will take place this weekend, Feb. 22 and 23 at some favorite venues throughout the village.

The free event presented by the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Redfin Real Estate Agency is sure to please people of all musical tastes, whether you prefer jazz, blues, contemporary or country.

No other community can offer nearly a dozen musical acts within a four-block area in only two days. With a wide range of venues, there is always something for everyone.

Brian McFadden, chamber director, said with the success of Winter Blues Weekend, they spoke to all of the music venues in the village last year and asked if they would like to do another event.

“Our intention is to provide options for those who do not ski to visit Ellicottville for a mini-vacation, hence the two-day event,” he said. “It also gives day trip skiers/boarders a reason to maybe spend the night.

With all of the great entertainment in the village, it would be a shame that they wouldn’t find a way to capitalize on it. McFadden said this year, there are so many acts that would like to play in Ellicottville that it’s hard to choose.

“It’s the weekend after Presidents’ Weekend, which is huge in Ellicottville and a sellout,” he continued. “Last year, we built this new event for the weekend after which is typically a slower weekend. The event was an overwhelming success — almost equal to President’s Weekend.”

A number of different musical acts are expected to perform over the weekend offering a variety of musical genres for people’s listening pleasure.

Over the two-evening span, Winter Music Jam will feature bands at Madigan’s, Balloons, Villaggio, The Gin Mill and the Ellicottville Brewing Company (EBC).


Friday, Feb. 22:

Madigan’s: Mick Hayes, 7 p.m.

Balloons: The Chris O’Leary Band, 7 p.m.

Villaggio: AJ Tetzalf, 7:30 p.m

EBC: PA Line, 8 p.m.

The Gin Mill: No Name Jam Band, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 23:

Balloons: Freighttrain, 6 p.m.

Madagan’s: Never Ben, 6 p.m.

EBC: I.O.T., 8 p.m.

Villaggio: Big J Blues Band, 8 p.m.

The Gin Mill: Mo Porter, 9 p.m.

Madigan’s: Rob Z Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.


For any changes or updates, visit or call the chamber at 699-5046.