Free (and almost free) 2011 concerts

Last night I was excited to finally get a chance to hear Joan Osborne perform on the last night of the Lilac Festival.  The concert was free, as were all the performances over the two week event.The Lilac Festival officially kicked off the start of festival season.

This week I got the final lineups for all the venues in Rochester, Buffalo and western NY that offer free and almost free concerts (Rochester’s Party in the Park is the only one you’ll be charged an admission fee for).  This year is chock full of opportunities and wanted to offer up a one stop shop of when and where to find them. There are dozens of performances with a few duplicates.

Party in the Park

Rochester’s Thursday night summer concert series in downtown, comes with a modest admission of $2 (new this year).

Thursday Performer
June 16 Los Lonely Boys
June 23 Ozlomati
June 30 Bootsy Collins
July 7 Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
July 14 Spanish Harlem Orchestra
July 21 moe.
July 28 Big Gigantic
August 4 Robert Randolph and the Family Band
August 11 The Romantics
August 18 Shooter Jennings

Artpark has free concerts on both Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s.  This year’s Tuesday lineup of free acts sounds like an 80’s music lovers dream.  Who knew they’re all still alive and playing!

Tuesdays in the Park

Tuesday Performer
June 14 Blue Oyster Cult
June 21 Creedence Clearwater Revisited
June 28 Peter Frampton
July 5 Pat Benatar and Neil Geraldo
July 12 38 Special
July 19 Cheap Trick
July 26 Lynyrd Skynyrd
Aug. 2 ZZ Top
Aug. 9 Edgar Winter
Aug. 16 Ted Nugent
Aug. 23 George Thorogood
Aug. 30 The Machine performs Pink Floyd

All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. and are free though you’ll have to pay for parking.

For more info see:

Coors Light Wednesdays

Wednesday Performer
June 29 Umphrey McGee’s
July 6 The Trews
July 20 moe.
July 27 Bright Eyes
Aug. 3 O.A.R.
Sept. 7 Gregg Allman

All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. and are free but you’ll have to pay for parking.

For more info see:

Thursday At the Square

Downtown Buffalo’s free series is Thursday nights.

At Lafayette Square

At the Erie Canal Harbor Wharf

For more info see

Molson Canal Concert series

This series is in Lockport on Friday nights.  Opening bands are in parenthesis “( )”.

6/24 – Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies
7/01 – Dennis DeYoung of Styx
7/08 – Burton Cummings of the Guess Who
7/15 – John Butler Trio   (with the Ragbirds and One World Tribe)
7/22 – The Tea Party (with the Pretty Reckless)
7/29 – Puddle of Mudd (with Rev Theory)
8/05 – B52s
8/12 – Queensryche
8/19 – Grand Funk Railroad with (Bruce Kulnick)

For more info see

Rochester International Jazz Festival

There are many free concerts at the 2011 Rochester International Jazz Festival,  June 10 to 18. Some of the free performances:

Prime Time Funk (June 17)
38 Special (June 18)
You’ll find all the free performances listed under each of the free venues.

13 thoughts on “Free (and almost free) 2011 concerts

    • I agree Chris, the Tuesday lineup at Artpark is my favorite. Even though I work in Niagara county it’s still a haul.


    • Mark,

      Didn’t know about Finger Lakes. I’ll update my blog sometime this week to include them.


    • Thanks Greg. Didn’t know about the Harbor Fest. Barenaked Ladies is a pretty big group. Definitely worth going to for a fan.

      • You are welcome… but be aware, since Steven Page left (original singer) I hear they are not the same. I plan to check out one of these 2 shows to see for myself

  1. Michele,

    I unintentionally googled you! How cool! Thanks for posting this. Can’t wait to see 38 Special at the Jazz Festival.

    Thanks again!

    Julie Wright

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