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Rock ’n’ Roll weekend in Ellicottville

ELLICOTTVILLE – As the temperature drops and the leaves start to change color in the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County, rock ’n’ roll will be heard and classic cars will be seen in the valley Friday through Sunday.

Music will flow from the stages of several area establishments, as well as from a temporary outdoor performance area on Monroe Street.

Classic cars will take to the streets from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

“What makes this event especially cool is to see grandfathers walking through the car show with their grandchildren showing them the type of car they used to drive when they were young, and they seem so proud,” Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brian McFadden said.

The car show has grown so much since the event started in 1998 that it is a pre-registered event only and, according to McFadden, has sold out.

The event strikes a chord when the stages at the various restaurants and bars, as well as on the streets of the village and the Village Square, come alive with rock music.

This year’s schedule kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday at Balloons Restaurant, 20 Monroe St., where Li’l Ronnie and the Grand Dukes take the stage.

At 9 p.m. Friday, over on Washington Street, at the Gin Mill, Live and Kickin’ will get things going.

Saturday night, the Balloons stage comes alive again when the Andy Poxon Band travels from the D.C. area to play everything from blues to country and even a bit of rockabilly.

Madigans, also on Washington Street, will host Buffalo’s Untouchables who take the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The Gin Mill will welcome Olean’s West, a classic rock band, on stage at 9 p.m. At the same time, on Monroe Street, Ellicottville Brewing Company will be the host to the Jamestown-based funk, rock and soul band, Smackdab.

From 9 p.m. until midnight, the Heritage will play the Barn, on Monroe Street. The Buffalo-based Country band has opened shows for country superstars such as Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Trace Adkins and Florida Georgia Line.

Earlier Saturday, the stage on Monroe Street will host the Midlife Crisis from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Sunday, the Andy Proxon Band will be on the Balloons stage at 2 p.m., and Elvis impersonator Terry Buchwald will perform in the gazebo in front of the Village Building. The Elvis show, as well as the performances on the Monroe Street stage, are sponsored by the Winery of Ellicottville.