2015 Rochester Free and Cheap Concerts


Someone requested a list like I created last year that had the cheap and free concerts.  I was able to relatively quickly pull together a version for Rochester.  The Bands on the Bricks acts haven’t been announced yet but most venues have published their series.

Here’s a printable  version as well: 2015concerts-bydate

Date Day Artist Venue
6/3 Wednesday Revolver (60’s & 70’s music) Concerts by the
Shore @ Ontario Beach Park (7pm) Free
6/4 Thursday Mounafanyi Hochstein at High
Falls (noon) FREE
6/5 Friday Hall Pass/Me & the Boyz/ Acoustic Crew Park Point (6pm)  Free
6/10 Wednesday Allegro (Jazz, 60’s to 90’s & Latin) Concerts by the
Shore @ Ontario Beach Park (7pm) Free
6/11 Thursday Cammy
Enaharo
Hochstein at High
Falls (noon) FREE
6/17 Wednesday The Coupe Devilles (Party Band) Concerts by the
Shore @ Ontario Beach Park (7pm) Free
6/18 Thursday moe. / Jonathan Scales
Fourchestra
Party in the Park
@ MLK Park (5pm) $5
6/18 Thursday Mambo
Kings
Hochstein at High
Falls (noon) FREE
6/19 Friday Sauce Boss Jazz
Fest Jazz Street Stage (7:30 & 9:30) Free
6/19 Friday The Mavericks Jazz Fest Jazz
Street Stage (9pm) Free
6/19 Friday Spectra Jazz
Fest Jazz Street Stage (7pm) Free
6/20 Saturday The New Mastersounds Jazz Fest Jazz
Street Stage (7:30 & 9:30) Free
6/20 Saturday Blood Sweat & Tears with Bo Bice Jazz
Fest Jazz Street Stage (9pm) Free
6/20 Saturday Goodbyemotel Jazz
Fest Jazz Street Stage (7pm) Free
6/21 Sunday HARD LOGIC Jazz
Fest Lidestri Spirit Stage East Ave & Chestnut (7 & 9pm) Free
6/21 Sunday The Rad Trads Jazz Fest Jazz
Street Stage (7:30 & 9:30) Free
6/22 Monday SIGNIFICANT OTHER Jazz Fest
Lidestri Spirit Stage East Ave & Chestnut (7 & 9pm) Free
6/22 Monday Mike Kaupa Jazz
Fest Library 115 South Ave (noon) Free
6/22 Monday Stephanie Wrembel Jazz Fest Jazz
Street Stage (7:30 & 9:30) Free
6/23 Tuesday JIMMIE HIGHSMITH JR Jazz Fest
Lidestri Spirit Stage East Ave & Chestnut (7 & 9pm) Free
6/23 Tuesday Denny Ziemann Jazz
Fest Library 115 South Ave (noon) Free
6/23 Tuesday New Horizons Vintage Jazz Band/ Music Educators Band Jazz Fest Jazz
Street Stage (7:30 & 9:30) Free
6/24 Wednesday Julie Dunlap (Country) Concerts by the
Shore @ Ontario Beach Park (7pm) Free
6/24 Wednesday ROSES & REVOLUTIONS Jazz Fest
Lidestri Spirit Stage East Ave & Chestnut (7 & 9pm) Free
6/24 Wednesday Mel Henderson Jazz
Fest Library 115 South Ave (noon) Free
6/24 Wednesday Gypsophilia Jazz Fest Jazz
Street Stage (7:30 & 9:30) Free
6/25 Thursday Taj Mahal /
Spirit Family Reunion
Party in the Park
@ MLK Park (5pm) $5
6/25 Thursday Something
Else
Hochstein at High
Falls (noon) FREE
6/25 Thursday TEAGAN & THE TWEEDS Jazz Fest
Lidestri Spirit Stage East Ave & Chestnut (7 & 9pm) Free
6/25 Thursday Doug Stone Jazz
Fest Library 115 South Ave (noon) Free
6/25 Thursday Soul Stew Jazz Fest Jazz
Street Stage (7:30 & 9:30) Free
6/26 Friday Mike Melito Jazz
Fest Library 115 South Ave (noon) Free
6/26 Friday The California Honeydrops Jazz Fest Jazz
Street Stage (7:30 & 9:30) Free
6/26 Friday Los Lonely Boys Jazz
Fest Jazz Street Stage (9pm) Free
6/26 Friday Robin McKelle & the Flytones Jazz
Fest Jazz Street Stage (7pm) Free
6/27 Saturday Robin McKelle & the Flytones Jazz Fest Jazz
Street Stage (7:30 & 9:30) Free
6/27 Saturday Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Jazz
Fest Jazz Street Stage (9pm) Free
6/27 Saturday Freshly Ground Jazz
Fest Jazz Street Stage (7pm) Free
6/27 Saturday Ikebe Shakedown Jazz
Fest Jazz Street Stage (5pm) Free
6/27 Saturday Bill Tiberio Band Jazz
Fest Jazz Street Stage (3pm) Free
7/1 Wednesday Atlas (Party Band) Concerts by the
Shore @ Ontario Beach Park (7pm) Free
7/2 Thursday Fastball
/ Zac Brown Tribute Band / Jumbo Shrimp
Party in the Park
@ MLK Park (5pm) $5
7/8 Wednesday RPO (Classical & Pop) Concerts by the
Shore @ Ontario Beach Park (7:30pm) Free
7/9 Thursday George Clinton and the
Parliament Funkadelic
Party in the Park
@ MLK Park (5pm) $5
7/9 Thursday Dady
Brothers
Hochstein at High
Falls (noon) FREE
7/10 Friday Tryst/Teagan & the Tweeds/See Alice Park Point (6pm)  Free
7/10 Friday TBA Bands on the Bricks @
Rochester Public Market (6pm) Free
7/15 Wednesday Greece Jazz Band & Mr. Mustard (Beatles Spectacular) Concerts by the
Shore @ Ontario Beach Park (7pm) Free
7/16 Thursday Get
the Led Out 
Party in the Park
@ MLK Park (5pm) $5
7/16 Thursday Talking
Under Water
Hochstein at High
Falls (noon) FREE
7/16 Thursday The
Cottage Pickers
Hochstein at High
Falls (noon) FREE
7/17 Friday TBA Bands on the Bricks @
Rochester Public Market (6pm) Free
7/22 Wednesday The Skycoasters (High Energy Party Band) Concerts by the
Shore @ Ontario Beach Park (7pm) Free
7/23 Thursday Jonny
Lang / The Coup DeVilles
Party in the Park
@ MLK Park (5pm) $5
7/24 Friday TBA Bands on the Bricks @
Rochester Public Market (6pm) Free
7/25 Saturday Neo-soul Roc the Park
Urban Music Festival @ MLK Park ($5)
7/29 Wednesday Dady Brothers Grand Band (Irish) Concerts by the
Shore @ Ontario Beach Park (7pm) Free
7/30 Thursday Victor
Wooten / Aqueous
Party in the Park
@ MLK Park (5pm) $5
7/30 Thursday Laura
Dubin Trio
Hochstein at High
Falls (noon) FREE
7/31 Friday TBA Bands on the Bricks @
Rochester Public Market (6pm) Free
8/5 Wednesday The Invictas (Original Rock & Roll) Concerts by the
Shore @ Ontario Beach Park (7pm) Free
8/6 Thursday Dylan Scott/The Lacs (co-headliners) Party in the Park
@ MLK Park (5pm) $5
8/6 Thursday The
Jane Mutiny
Hochstein at High
Falls (noon) FREE
8/7 Friday R&B Roc the Park
Urban Music Festival @ MLK Park ($5)
8/7 Friday TBA Bands on the Bricks @
Rochester Public Market (6pm) Free
8/12 Wednesday Krazy Firemen (German & Big Band) Concerts by the
Shore @ Ontario Beach Park (7pm) Free
8/13 Thursday Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad /
Driftwood  / Noble Vibes
Party in the Park
@ MLK Park (5pm) $5



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.

 

 

2013 Free and cheap Rochester / Finger Lakes concerts


Last week I posted about free and cheap concerts in Buffalo and the western NY area.  This week it’s time to feature free and cheap concerts in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region.  While there are some acts performing in both, there are quite a few you’ll only see once.  Get out and enjoy some new (or old) music.

Finger Lakes Free Summer Concert Series (Wednesdays 7pm) Free
Location: Finger Lakes Racetrack

Artist Date
REO Speedwagon June 19
Charlie Daniels Band July 17
Gretchen Wilson August 7

Bands on the Bricks (Fridays 5-10pm) Free
Location: Rochester Public Market

Artist Date
Donna the Buffalo July 12
Los Lonely Boys July 19
Felice Brothers July 26
Latin Night August 2
The Sound Remains the Same performing the music of Led Zeppelin August 9

partyparkParty in the Park (Thursdays 5-10pm) $2

$15 Party Pass for all 10 shows
Location: Court St & Exchange Blvd across from Blue Cross Arena

These events also feature more than a half dozen food trucks.

Artist Date
Blues Traveler June 6
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes June 14
Moe. June 20
Puddle of Mudd June 27
Dawes July 4
John Brown’s Body + The Skatalites July 12
Great Big Sea July 18
Leon Russell July 25
The Head & the Heart August 1
John Hiatt & the Combo August 8

Hochstein at High Falls (Thursdays 12:15pm) Free
Location: Granite Mills Park

Artist Date
Thunderbody June 9
The Dady Brothers June 16
Katie Ernst June 23
Windsor Folk Family June 30
Po’Boys Brass Band July 14
Fred Vine and Brian Williams July 21
Mambo Kings July 28
The Moho Collective August 4
CASH Back August 11
Walri August 18

Concerts by the Shore (Wednesdays 7-9pm*) Free
Location: Ontario Beach Park

Artist Date
The Gateswingers (Big Band Music) / The Hotflash Dancers June 5
Julie Dunlap (Country) June 12
The Orient Express (Top 40) June 19
Brass Taxi (Pop & Dance) June 26
Allegro (Jazz, 60s to 90s Latin) July 3
7:30PM Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (Classical Pop) July 10
Dady Brothers (Irish Folk Music)
Charles Young School of Irish Dance
July 18
The Skycoasters July 24
Greece Choral Society (Vocal) / Greece Jazz Band (Jazz) July 31
The Invictas (Original Rock & Roll) August 7
Krazy Firemen (German & Big Band) August 14
Atlas (Party Band) August 21
Ruby Shooz (50’s & 60’s Rock & Roll) August 28

Center Stage at Center Park (Sundays 6-8pm) Free

Location: Perinton Center Park Amphitheatre

Artist Date
Prime Time Funk July 7
Bill Welch Band July 14
Smugtown Stompers + Eastside Swingtet July 21
Bobby Henrie and the Goners + Inside Out July 28
Paulsen Baker & Garvey with Al Keltz & Carol Mulligan August 4
Northside Johnny August 11
RPO Marimba Bank + Filigree August 18
John Coles Blues Bank August 25
A Salute to America featuring the Perinton Concert Band September 8

Park Point Concerts (Fridays 6-11pm) Free

Location: Park Point at RIT

Artist Date
Brass Taxi + Push + Jeff Cosco Banditos June 7
Springer + Bonfire + Tryst July 12
North Side Johnny + Catch 22 + Hall Pass August 16
Zac Brown Tribute Band + Teagan & the Tweeds + Polluted Moon September 13

Rochester International Jazz Festival (June 22-30) Free
Note: There are multiple venues offering free music at the Jazz Festival but I have only featured some of them.

Location: Multiple locations in downtown Rochester

Artist Date
Josh Panda & The Hot Damned June 21 7:00pm
DR. JOHN June 21 9:00pm
The Coupe De Villes June 22 7:00pm
DELBERT McCLINTON June 22 9:00pm
Bill Tiberio Band June 23 7:00pm, 9:00pm
Violet Mary June 24, 7:00pm, 9:00pm
Calle Uno June 25 7:00pm, 9:00pm
Jimmie Highsmith Jr. Experience June 26 7:00pm, 9:00pm
Gem City June 27 7:00pm, 9:00pm
The James Hunter Six June 28 7:00pm
SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS June 28 9:00pm
Thunder Body June 29 7:00pm
Mingo Fishtrap June 29 7:00pm
MONTY ALEXANDERS HARLEM-KINGSTON EXPRESS June 29 9:00pm
TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE June 29 9:00pm

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

Artist

Date

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)

Artist

Date

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

Artist

Date

Puddle of Mudd

June 28

Theory of a Deadman with King Foils

July 5

Kansas

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

Artist

Date

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

Artist

Date

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

Halestorm

August 8

Todd Rundgren

August 15

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

August 22

Lotus

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

Artist

Date

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

TBA

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

Artist

Date

Billy Idol**

June 4

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

June 11

REO Speedwagon

July 18

Chicago**

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

Artist

Date

Gov’t Mule

June 12

MGMT**

June 19

Dispatch

June 26

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

July 10

The Flaming Lips

July 17

Let the free music begin


Since not all venues have announced their 2013 lineups yet, I’m not ready to post my annual list of free and cheap music in western NY and the Rochester areas.  I didn’t want anyone to miss out on the free music that’s happening this month so I’m posting this info a bit early.

LF_banner_mainThe 2013 Lilac Festival has a full lineup that kicked off last night.  These concerts run through next weekend.  See the website for details on when each artist is performing.

Lilac Festival Concerts Free
Location: Highland Park, Rochester

Artist Date/Time
The Fat City Band + Skycoasters May 10 5:30pm
Spanky Haschmann Swing Orchestra + Zac Brown Tribute Band + Deborah Magone + Mitty & the Followers + Amanda Lee Peers & the Driftwood Sailors + Spin Doctors May 11 12:30pm
Alysia Groth Band + Dirty Bourban Blues Band + Blue Jimmy + Natalie B Band + My Plastic Sun + Teagan and the Tweeds + Eddie Money May 12 10:30am
Mochester +Lake Street Dive + The English Beat May 13 4:00pm
AudioInflux + J.C. Brooks & the Uptown Sound + Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express May 14 4:00pm
Meghan Koch and the Gentleman Callers + Tommy Brunett Band + The Marshall Tucker Band May 15 4:00pm
The Moho Collective  + The Lawnmowers + Rusted Root May 16 4:00pm
Mikaela Davis + Brian Lindsay Band + The Smithereens May 17 4:00pm
Teressa Wilcox Band + The Fools + The Crawdiddies + Driftwood + The Lone Bellow + The Prickers May 18 12:30pm
Flint Creek + Dang! + Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys +The John Cole Blues Band + Prime Time Funk + The Campbell Brothers May 19 11:30am

The Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls has Free Music Fridays during the month of May.

Hard Rock Café Free Music Fridays (8pm) Free
Location: Niagara Falls, USA

Artist Date
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

Happy 4th


I hope everyone enjoys their Independence holiday this week.  I’ll keep it simple this week.

I’ve added the Live at Larkin free events to the list of WNY concerts.   I’ve also updated the artist list for the Bands on the Bricks in the Rochester concert list.  Lastly, I’ve updated the printable list of concerts with both changes.  I hope you get a chance to get out and enjoy some fun music this summer.