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).
|June 16||Los Lonely Boys|
|June 30||Bootsy Collins|
|July 7||Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad|
|July 14||Spanish Harlem Orchestra|
|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
|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: http://www.artpark.net/content/pages/tuesday-in-the-park-2011
Coors Light Wednesdays
|June 29||Umphrey McGee’s|
|July 6||The Trews|
|July 27||Bright Eyes|
|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: http://www.artpark.net/content/pages/outdoor-concerts-coors-light-wednesdays
Thursday At the Square
Downtown Buffalo’s free series is Thursday nights.
At Lafayette Square
- June 2 – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
- June 9 – Morris Day and the Time
- June 16 – Blues Traveler with Willie Nil
- June 23 – Grace Potter and the Nocturnals with Fitz & the Tantrums
At the Erie Canal Harbor Wharf
- June 30 – Lowest of the Low with Hey Rosetta! and the Do Good Assassins
- July 7 – Sloan
- July 14 – Court Yard Hounds
- July 21 – Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes
- July 28 – George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
- August 4 – Tokyo Police Club
For more info see http://www.buffaloplace.com/thursday-at-the-square
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 http://www.canalconcerts.com/
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: