Free and cheap concerts in western NY


Note: This post was updated July 2, 2012 to include the Live at Larkin concerts.

I posted last week about free (and almost free) concerts in Rochester.  This week I’ve compiled a list of more free and cheap concerts in western NY.  Many of these concerts are just over an hour drive from Rochester, so don’t let the location scare you away. I’m especially looking forward to seeing Kenny Wayne Shepherd in Lockport in mid August. And while I realize not all of these concerts are free, I still consider $10 a reasonable price to pay to see some of these artists.

For a printable version of these concerts see this post.

Live at Larkin (Wednesdays 5-8pm) Free

Location: Larkin Square, Buffalo

Artist Date
Hot Club of Buffalo & After Hours June 20
Dive House Union & Jony James Band June 27
Son of the Sun & Stacy Clark July 11
Grace Stumberg & Dee Adams July 18
Peter Case & Whitford-Winsick July 25
Babik & Brian Wheat August 1
South Buffalo Night w/ the Willies, The Leftovers and many more August 8
The Rockaz & Gruvology August 15
Chris Nathan & Caitlin and the Jamie Moses Band August 22
School of Rock w/ Alison Pipitone, Eric Crittenden, Music is Art & WNY music students August 29
Aqueous & Free Henry September 5
Buffablog Night w/Andrew J Reimers CPX, Bryan Johnson & Family, Brad Gower September 12
The Ragbirds & Chilharmonic Orchestra September 19

Lockport Canal Concerts (Fridays 5-10pm) Free

Location: Ulrich City Courtyard, Lockport

Artist Date
Gov’t Mule & The Sheepdogs June 29
Eddie Money / Stacey Clark July 6
Rik Emmett July 13
Big Wreck July 20
Theory Of A Deadman July 27
54-40 August 3
George Thorogood & The Destroyers August 10
Kenny Wayne Shepherd August 17
The Tea Party / Melia Maccarone August 24

Hard Rock Café Free Summer Concerts (Saturdays 6pm) Free

Location: Niagara Falls, USA

Location Date
THE GUESS WHO July 7
THE BPO performs the music of the GRATEFUL DEAD July 14
SLOAN July 21
TALAS July 28
KC and the SUNSHINE BAND August 4
FINGER ELEVEN August 11

BPO Summer Concerts in the Parks (7pm) Free

Location Date
Niagara Falls State Park on Goat Island in Niagara Falls June 26
Knox Farm State Park, East Aurora June 27
Buffalo Erie County Botanical Gardens, S. Buffalo June 29
Lancaster Band Shell, Lancaster July 7

Wednesdays at Artpark (Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm)
Free ($10 parking)

Location: Artpark, Lewiston, NY

Artist Date
Ziggy Marley June 20
Tokyo Police Club June 27
Lowest of the Low July 11
The Trews with illScarlett July 18
Citizen Cope July 25
OAR with Rebelution August 1

Tuesday in the Park (Tuesdays 6:30pm)
$5 in advance ($10 if bought Sunday-Tuesday) ($5 parking)

**$10 in advance ($15 if bought Sunday-Tuesday)
$25 Priority seating available, $80 season pass available

Location: Artpark, Lewiston, NY

Artist Date
Kansas June 19
Foreigner June 26
Huey Lewis & The News July 3
Sublime with Rome** July 10
YES with very special guest Procol Harum July 17
Heart** July 24
Steve Miller Band** July 31
Peter Frampton August 7
Sheryl Crow** August 14
Roger Hodgson of Supertramp August 21
The Machine performs Pink Floyd   August 28
The Charlie Daniels Band September 4

Thursday at the Harbor (Thursdays 5-9:30pm) Free

Location: Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf, Downtown Buffalo

Artist Date
The Cult, Against Me! and the Icarus Line June 7
Fitz and the Tantrums, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds and ZZ Ward June 14
Built to Spill, Matthew Sweet and Hey Rosetta! June 21
Fountains of Wayne June 28
Arrested Development July 5
Seether July 12
Young the Giant, Bahamas and the Ruby Spirit July 19
the Arkells, Gomez and Elliot Brood July 26
The Jesus and Mary Chain with Wildlife August 2
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones plus Ron Hawkins and the Do Good Assassins August 9
Salt-N-Pepa August 16
Matthew Nathanson and Light August 23

Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor (6-11pm)

$10 in advance ($20 day of the show)

Location: Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf, Downtown Buffalo

Artist Date
Sam Roberts Band with Grace Potter & the Nocturnals June 29
moe. and Conspirator June 30
Feist July 15
The J. Geils Band August 31
LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Trip September 1

Which concerts are you most looking forward to?

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