Down at the Sunset Grill
Edinboro Lake Resort venue provides live music into the fall
Drive or bike or stroll or boat by it along the usually quiet Route 99 side of beautiful little Edinboro Lake on any/every given summer weekend evening — any/every given summer weeknight, too — and you'll see that the Sunset Grill almost always has what looks to be a packed-to-the-gills house and patio.
That's not surprising: They're known for having a good menu to gather around, and a more-than-respectable revolving craft beer selection, and the atmosphere alone (totally laid-back but not dusty, perfectly situated for epic sunset views, and as close to the lake as you can get without being in it) is worth the trip.
Doesn't hurt that the Sunset is also at Edinboro Lake Resort, where a bevy of tourists and townies' guests make cool, quaint, modern lakeside rental cabins their homes away from their homes throughout the summer. Hell, my wife and I have gotten away there ourselves, and our house is just down the road.
All that makes the Sunset a pretty inviting spot, no doubt, but for us, a big part of what makes the place hot (and cool) is its long-running, season-long music series, an elbow-deep run that brings an abundant cast of fine-skilled local and regional singer-songwriters and bands onto the little stage by the lake.
It's been going on there for years now with plenty of live music to chill and get down to, and with an act set up every Thursday through Sunday from now all the way through the beginning of October, this year's lineup is no exception.
Here's what's happening (and when) at the resort a little ways south of the city in the coming days and weeks:
July — Salmon Frank, July 18; Rachel Short, July 19; Shameless Hex, July 20; Leeanna Golembiewski, July 21; Jay Baumgardner, July 25; Tommy Link, July 26; Scarlett Ledbetter, July 27; and Brooke Surgener, July 28.
August — Tony Kellogg, Aug. 1; Tyler Smilo, Aug. 2; Fred Oakman, Aug. 3; Jesse Weston, Aug. 4; Rachel Short, Aug. 8; The Highlife, Aug. 9; Dionisio / Colette Bone, Aug. 10; Seann P. Clark, Aug. 11; Salmon Frank, Aug. 15; Brooke Surgener, Aug. 16; Justin Moyar, Aug. 17; Tommy Link, Aug. 18; Jay Baumgardner, Aug. 22; Clever Norman, Aug. 23; Fred Oakman & The Flood, Aug. 24; Hultman and Barb, Aug. 25; Josh Travis, Aug. 29; Kevin Wilson, Aug. 30; and TK Blues Company, Aug. 30.
To find out more about Edinboro Lake Resort's Sunset Grill and its summer (and into-the autumn) music series — including slated performances each week through September and early October — visit edinborolakeresort.com, call 434.3307, or take a drive (or stroll, or bike, or boat) out to 12690 Edinboro Road. Ryan Smith can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.