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It’s finally summertime and live music is back! Here are five venues and events to check out. 

  1. Thursday & Main

Image Courtesy of The Buffalo Place

From June 9th until July 28th, The Buffalo Place will host their FREE outdoor summer series, “Thursdays & Main”. This open-to-the-public happy hour will take place in the heart of Downtown Buffalo at Fountain Plaza (Main at Chippewa Streets) 

The series will also feature new and returning Buffalo-based favorite bands, kicking off June 9th with Ron Hawkins (of Lowest of the Low) with special guests Geno McManus & Zak Ward. To learn more and check out the full lineup click here

2. M&T Plaza Event Series 

Image Courtesy: Visit Buffalo Niagara

Starting next week and continuing through mid August, this free lunchtime concert series will take place every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at One M&T Plaza from noon to 1pm. Music will include local pop, jazz, rock, and blues, plus additional acts from comedians, dance artists. 

Local food trucks and pop-up shops of local businesses will also be on site. Food trucks this summer will include: 

  • The Cheesy Chick – Tuesdays
  • Sun Roll – Wednesday 
  • House of Munch – Thursdays 

This series will take place for 10 weeks straight. Go out for lunch and check it out!

3. Cobblestone Live 

Coming soon to the Historic Cobblestone District: Cobblestone Live! The fourth annual music and arts festival is presented by Buffalo Iron Works, Lockhouse Distillery, and Twenty6 Productions. The festival will take place July 15-16th in the heart of the Historic Cobblestone District in downtown Buffalo, NY. The festival features:

  • Two outdoor stages on Illinois and Columbia Streets
  • Indoor stages at Buffalo Iron Works & Lockhouse Distillery
  • A vendor village
  • Local artisans 
  • Food trucks 
  • Multiple bars throughout the site
  • Mister Sizzle’s Eating Contest

This is a family-friendly event – Kids 10 & under are FREE with an adult. There will be a full Kid’s Village with interactive experiences all day on Saturday July 16th.

Over the last decade, the Historic Cobblestone District has become a breeding ground for live music and entertainment. Cobblestone Live is a single neighborhood of bars, restaurants, and venues coming together to put on a two-day community focused festivals which will continue to grow to a national sized event in the years to come.


4. Iron Works

Buffalo Iron Works, located in the Cobblestone District, hosts talented performers and bands all year round. This summer, they have a full lineup of performers on both weekdays and weekends. If you’re looking to do something different after the work day, head over to Iron Works for a drink and live music. This could also make for a fun night out on the weekend too! 

Check out their upcoming shows & GET TICKETS HERE

5. Keybank Live at Larkin / BlackRock Beatles

Larkin Square’s live music event takes place in the square every Wednesday from 5pm – 8pm. This series began on June 8th and will go on through August 31st (with exception to July 13th where a special ticketed concert will be held). Each week, a local band will be featured along with food, drinks, and a ration of artisan vendors.

Food will include Chef Darian Bryan’s Jerk Hut, along with rotting food trucks, and beer and wine available for purchase.

2022 Lineup:

  • 6/8  Vitamin D
  • 6/15 Farrow & Friends
  • 6/29 Talking Dead Heads
  • 7/6 Universal Phunk
  • 7/13 *** Special ticketed event***
  • 7/20  Critt & the Buffalo Music Club
  • 7/27  Organ Fairchild
  • 8/3    Zuri Appleby & Curtis Lovell
  • 8/10  Miller &the Other Sinners
  • 8/17  Alex McArthur Sings Stevie Wonder
  • 8/24 Grosh & Guests
  • 8/31 Brothers for Life: A Tribute to Jerry Livingston

What’s happening on July 13th? The Hydraulic Hearth restaurant will once again welcome The BlackRock Beatles for a concert recalling the Beatles’ legendary last performance, in London 1969 and feature documentary films Let it Be and Get Back.

What You Need to Know:

Doors at 5:00pm, show at 6:00pm.

*This event is weather permitting with a rain date of September 7th*

*Tickets are needed for the entire concert area: Larkin Square, Hydraulic Hearth, and the closed street in between*

*Back packs, coolers and pets are NOT permitted. Lawn chairs will be allowed into the venue*

*Bar is CASH ONLY in Larkin Square, credit cards accepted at Hydraulic Hearth*

*Food will be multiple food trucks (Hydraulic Hearth kitchen will be closed)*

Tickets will sell out fast as capacity is being reduced from previous years.