2014 WNY concerts by date

Per my husband’s request, I’ve improved my concert list by adding a listing of all concerts by date so you can easily see what’s going on any given day.  I’ve also made a few small corrections to the listings.  Enjoy!

6/23 Updated the listing to include a few missing dates.

2014 WNY Concerts v4.0

Free and cheaper 2014 WNY Concerts

I was excited to see that Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was coming to the Rochester International Jazz Festival this month and even happier to find out it was one of the free concerts.  This got me working on my annual list of free and almost free summer concerts.  It took me a while to get it all together. Some venues are no longer around (Lockport Canal Concert series) but there are new ones to replace it.  Another trend is the slowly rising cost of these events, not surprising given the improvement in the economy.  The 8 page compilation is evenly split between Buffalo-Niagara area and Rochester.  Enjoy and let me know of any events I’m missing.

2014 WNY Concerts v4.0

Note: the version posted here matches the file referenced elsewhere in this blog.



Save the dates

Western New Yorkers make the most of the warmer weather to celebrate life.  There are so many events that go on there’s no way to go to every event but every year I try to make it to some new event for a change of pace.  I’m already starting to hear about upcoming events I’d like to attend and offer for your consideration.

Here’s a calendar of entertaining options to get you out and about, many are free and most are reasonably priced.  Almost all involve music and eating, two of my favorite things.  If you live in Buffalo consider hopping on the thruway to Rochester, it’s only an hour away. Likewise for you Rochesterians.

Best Busker Contest – May 1 – Rochester – listen to street performers and vote for your favorite, local bars and restaurants feature specials – FREE

Lilac FestivalMay 9-18 – Rochester

Rochester Contemporary Art Center 6×6 Show – Works on display June 7 – July 20 – all works are sold for $20 as a fundraiser for the art center – my daughter is submitting this oil and ink piece – $1 (free for members)

Painting Kendra did for the 6x6 show in April 2014Allentown Art Festival – June 14-15 – Buffalo

Artpark Tuesday in the Park and Wednesday concerts – June through August – Lewiston – acts like Boston, Hall & Oates, Sublime, Widespread Panic have been announced so far – advance purchase tickets run $7-12

Party in the Park – Thursdays June through August – Rochester – performers are TBA

Cornhill Arts Festival – July 12-13 – Rochester

Buffalo Garden Walk – July 26-27 – Buffalo – it’s amazing what people do with their backyards and gardens in the city of Buffalo – the banner picture on my blog was taken in the backyard of a Buffalo house – FREE

Finger Lakes Riesling Festival – August 9-10 – Canandaigua

Wingfest – August 30-31 – Buffalo – this is the only event listed that I’ve never been to

Memorial Art Gallery Clothesline Festival – September 6-7 – Rochester

Rochester Fringe Festival – September – 18-27 – Rochester

What are your favorite warm weather events in western NY?


2013 Free and cheap western NY concerts

As promised, I’m posting a list of free and cheap ($10 or less if you plan ahead) entertainment this summer. There are options every day of the week, except for Mondays. There are local groups and internationally known groups.  I’ve got to imagine there’s something for everyone.  I hope you can make it to at least one or two of these.

In next week’s post I’ll publish a list of options in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region.

Live at Larkin (Wednesdays 5-8pm) Free

Location: Larkin Square, Buffalo



John & Mary and the Valkyries + The Ragbirds

June 19

George Caldwell Quntet + Boyd Lee Dunlop Trio

June 26

Chris Nathan + Vitamin D

July 3

Dive House Union + Jony James Band

July 10

Aqueous + Universe Shark

July 17

Around the World in 180 minutes w/Critt’s Juke Joint + Hot Club of Buffalo + Skiffle Minstrels + Slyboots Drum & Dance

July 24

Women of Robot Holiday + Flatbed

July 31

Steam Donkeys + Jim Whitford Band

August 7

Andrew J Reimers CPX + Tom Stahl & the Dangerfields

August 14

South Buffalo Night w/Stone Bridge Band, The Informers and more’

August 21

Terry Sullivan + Lazlo Hollyfeld

August 28

Son of the Sun + The Tins + Poindexter

September 4

The Albrights + Ten Cent Howl

September 11

Peter Case + Leroy Townes

September 18

Niagara River Rocks (Sundays 5pm) Free

Location: Gratwick Park, Tonawanda (parking is $5 in the park)



Primus + Beggar’s Best

June 9

Tea Part

July 14

Rusted Root + Hypnotic Clambake

August 25

Lockport Canal Concerts (Fridays 5-11pm) Free

Location: Ulrich City Courtyard, Lockport



Puddle of Mudd

June 28

Theory of a Deadman with King Foils

July 5


July 12

Pink Floyd Experience

July 19

Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience

July 26

Jonny Lang

August 2

Kellie Pickler

August 9

Rik Emmett

August 16

Hard Rock Café Free Music Fridays (8pm) Free

Location: Niagara Falls, USA



Bruce Wojick + Davey O

May 17

Vincent James Explosion with Carina and the Six String Preacher

May 24

The Irving Klaws + Pine Fever

May 31

Thursday at Canalside (Thursdays 5-9:30pm) Free
Location: Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf, Downtown Buffalo



The Hold Steady with special guest Hollerado

June 6

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

June 13

Steven Page

June 20

Teddy Riley and Blackstreet featuring Dave Hollister

June 28

G. Love & Special Sauce

July 11

Los Lonely Boys

July 18

The Fixx

July 25

Yonder Mountain String Band + Railroad Earth

August 1


August 8

Todd Rundgren

August 15

Adam Ant and The Good, The Mad & The Lovely Posse

August 22


August 29

Buffalo Place Rocks Canalside (Friday/Saturday 6-11pm)

Free/$15 in advance ($20 day of the show)

Location: Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf, Downtown Buffalo



Counting Crows + The Wallflowers ($15)

June 28

Kem ($15)

June 29

The Wailers + Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (Free)

July 26

Bel Biv Devoe (Free)

July 27

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo + Eric Burdon ($15)

August 30


August 31

Tuesday in the Park (Tuesdays 6:30pm)

$5 Advance purchase / $10 bought Sun-Tue) ($5 parking)

**$10 Advance purchase/$15 Sun-Wed ($5 parking)

$50 Priority seating available, $97 season pass available

Location: Artpark, Lewiston, NY



Billy Idol**

June 4

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

June 11

REO Speedwagon

July 18


July 25

The Doobie Brothers**

July 9

Bad Company with Paul Rodgers**

July 16

Blue Rodeo

July 23

The Machine performs Pink Floyd

July 30

38 Special with Blue Oyster Cult

August 6

Lynyrd Skynyrd**

August 13

Gladys Knight and the O’Jays**

August 20

ZZ Top

September 27

Wednesdays at Artpark (Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm)

$5 Advance purchase/$10 Sun-Wed

**$10 Advance purchase/$15 Sun-Wed ($5 parking)

Location: Artpark, Lewiston, NY



Gov’t Mule

June 12


June 19


June 26

O.A.R. and Friends (starts @ 5pm)

July 10

The Flaming Lips

July 17

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 BPO performs the music of the GRATEFUL DEAD July 14
SLOAN July 21
TALAS July 28
KC and the SUNSHINE BAND August 4

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?

Recycling your electronics in WNY

I got a lot of good comments on LinkedIn about my blog post regarding Reusing your old PCs. There were a lot of suggestions on where to recycle your unwanted electronics so I thought I’d post some of those links to make it easier for people to find the information.

  • In Monroe County there are multiple locations that accept old electronics. You can find them on the Monroe County web site on the Electronics Recycling page.  Greater Rochester area ABVI-Goodwill stores will accept most electronics for recycling.
  • The Erie County website does not have a lot of information on its Computer Recycling page.  In fact, besides links to other websites, it tells you to email them to find out where to take your electronic waste.  It does have a link to the US EPA Plug-In to eCycling Partners site where you’ll find out that retailers like Best Buy & Staples will accept some electronics (tvs, cell phones and computers) for recycling.
  • Niagara County does not have a specific electronics recycling page.  To find information,  go to their Other Recycling page where you’ll find out that Electronics can be taken to the Niagara County Landfill & Recycling Center for FREE, with the exception of computer monitors, televisions, and laptops, for which there is an $8 charge.

Someone mentioned that Costco will take some electronics as well but unfortunately we don’t have those in western New York.

Plug-In To eCycling Partners

Have you scored a Groupon yet?

I scored my first Groupon last week and my second one today.  I had heard about this site a while back but they finally “went live” in the Rochester and Buffalo areas last week.  I’m actually registered for both locations since I work in Buffalo and live in Rochester.

Each day, Groupon features a sweet deal on the best stuff to do, see, eat, and buy in a given city. By promising businesses a minimum number of customers, they get decent deals.  My first Groupon was a $20 certificate to Lovin’ Cup in Park Point at RIT for the price of $20.  They only needed 20 people to get in on the deal to seal it.  They got over 300!  Today I got a $10 certificate to Sweet Melody’s for $5.  Sweet Melody’s is known for their gelato but I love their wraps, paninis and soup.  They’re located less than a mile from where I work in south Lockport.  Both coupons expire in January so I have plenty of time to use them. 

Sign up for deals in your city now.  If they don’t have your city, still register with the site so that when they do come to where you live, you’ll be one of the first to hear about the deals.