Red, White & Blues to rock Fredonia

The annual Red, White & Blues festival celebrating the local wine industry and great music returns Friday and Saturday in Fredonia.

Larry Fiorella, festival chairman, said the festival has six food vendors lined up for Saturday in Barker Common: four food trucks plus stands by downtown Fredonia restaurants Domus Fare and Ellicottville Brewing Co. Three area wineries — Mazza Vineyards, Willow Creek Winery and Woodbury Winery — will join them selling their wares.

“We’ve got 20-plus craft (and direct sell) vendors,” Fiorella added. “If we can get all those people out there that’s good for them.”

Visit sponsors and venues for special beverage pricing. Drink contest cards will be available at all venues. Participants take the card to each venue, buy the special drink at the venue, have the card validated that the drink was purchased, complete the card from every participating venue, fill in name and phone number or email address, vote for favorite drink and drop it off at any venue. Participants are eligible for the drawing to win an official 2018 Red, White & Blues T-shirt. The venue that wins for the best drink will receive a trophy and bragging rights until next year’s festival.

Commemorative T-shirts can be purchased for $15. Shirts will be available at the Fredonia Beaver Club on Friday night and downtown in Barker Common on Saturday all day.

Here is a schedule of musicians and the venues they are playing at:


4 p.m.: The Freeze — Fredonia Memorial American Legion Post 59

6 p.m.: big TONE — Liberty Food and Spirits

8 p.m.: Dr. Z and The Blues Remedy — Fredonia Beaver Club


11 a.m.: Tim Bartlett — Barker Common Gazebo

1 p.m.: Scott & Bill — Heenan’s Irish Pub

2 p.m.: The Electras — Coughlan’s Pub

3 p.m.: MAIN EVENT: Miller and The Other Sinners — Barker Common Gazebo

5 p.m.: Harvey and The Hurricanes — Fred’s

6 p.m.: Mark Winsick Band — Lil Magill’s

7 p.m.: Just Plain Lucky — Old Main Inn

8 p.m.: JT Blues Band — Muldoons/Tully’s Pub

9 p.m.: Jony James Band — EBC West

10 p.m.: Ion Sky — Valentine’s Place

There will also be a memorial 9/11 Remembrance motorcycle run on Saturday starting at noon (registration from 10 a.m. to noon, $10 per bike) at the Fredonia Memorial American Legion Post 59 and ending at Barker Common near the gazebo at 3 p.m. The event is hosted by the Marksmen Motorcycle Club, a local club made of primarily veterans. All proceeds from the registration will benefit the Fredonia Memorial American Legion Post 59 and the Disabled American Veterans of Chautauqua County. There will be a special raffle for the event, courtesy of Echevarria Designs, LLC, of a commemorative 9/11 steel artwork piece entitled “We Will Never Forget.”