Stepping in for Mac McGuire this month, I thought picking out ten June shows to feature would be pretty easy. Yeah, I was wrong.
There’s so much great music going on in Western New York this month – on both the local and the national scale – picking out ten felt like a tougher selection process than finding two general managers and two coaches for the local sports teams.
Hopefully, you’ve socked away some money for concert tickets and not blown it all on avocado toast.
Buffalo Spring Porchfest 2017
DATE: June 3rd
LOCATION: All over the Elmwood Village
Porchfest is a great way to take in local music, spring gardens, urban vibes, and local eats. With musicians playing on porches all over the Elmwood Village, you easily can go from house to Elmwood bar to house – supporting local musicians and businesses the entire time.
Rebirth Brass Band
DATE: June 9th
LOCATION: Tralf Music Hall
COST: $23 Advance / $25 Day Of Show
In New Orleans, a brass band will start playing on a corner, and before long it’s a full-blown party – people are dancing in the street and cans of cold Dixie beer are being passed out from a mysterious cooler. On June 9th, that party comes to the Tralf.
The Naked and Famous
DATE: June 12th
LOCATION: Town Ballroom
COST: $29.50 advance/ $34 day of
If you’ve flipped on modern rock radio at any point in the past five years, you’ve probably heard a song by The Naked and Famous. The band’s feel-good anthems are the perfect way to usher in summer. Try to get there early for local openers Humble Braggers, who pair nicely with the headline act.
Gary Clark Jr.
DATE: June 15th
Gary Clark Jr. is a bad-ass blues dude for the 21st century. If you like the Black Keys and the White Stripes, you do not want to miss this one.
HERD fest 2017
DATE: June 15th to June 18th
LOCATION: Venues around Buffalo
COST: Ranges from free to $7
We really could do a whole series of articles on HERD Fest, which features all local acts, but because this is Buffablog’s baby, we’ll just leave it to them. Go out and support live local music. You never know when you might catch the Next Big Thing to come out of Buffalo.
Train and O.A.R.
DATE: June 20th
LOCATION: Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
COST: $26 to $80.50 for reserved seats, $26 for lawn
You know them for “Meet Virginia” and love them for “Drops of Jupiter” – Train comes to Darien Lake with O.A.R., a college-rock favorite among older Millennials/ younger Gen-Xers. Pregame in the lot, then go inside and sing your heart out.
The Total Package Tour: NKOTB with Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men
DATE: June 23rd
LOCATION: First Niagara Center
COST: $26.45 to $116.45 (plus fees)
If you need Step Out Buffalo to tell you about this, are you a real fan? Just sayin.
DATE: June 24th
LOCATION: Tralf Music Hall
If you like high-energy songs by the Stones, Dire Straits and Doobie Brothers, then Twin Peaks is the band for you. Each show is like a midsummer’s bonfire, when the beer is flowin’ and the Dad Rock is pumping at 11. Throw on your retro t-shirt and jean jacket, stick a plastic Goodie comb in your back pocket and pound a PBR before heading out to this one.
Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
DATE: June 27th
COST: $12 advance, $27 “dance pit”
Take a trip back in time with Brian Setzer and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. No, not back to the Big Band Era of the 1920s and 30s – back to the mid 90s when swing music was a short-lived fad.
Seriously though, if you have some dance moves or like watching people that do – this is not to be missed. The $27 floor tickets are highly suggested: Don’t buy seats and get serious FOMO watching all the people having real fun down in the pit.
Rockin’ 2017: Our Lady Peace and Collective Soul
DATE: June 29th
LOCATION: Albright-Knox Art Gallery
COST: $45 general / $42 for AK members
In addition to featuring two classic alt-rock acts, this year’s edition of Rockin’ will also have food and beverage vendors, merch for sale, and a souvenir poster for all that attend. The new Terrace at Delaware Park, with its killer patio, will also be open and is highly recommended by the Step Out Buffalo crew.
+ Don’t Forget
Pharmakon @ Sugar City 6/1, The B-52s w. the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra @ Kleinhans 6/7, Jumpers & Soul Butchers @ Mohawk Place 6/10, Toasters @ Mohawk Place 6/14, Florida Georgia Line –@ Darien Lake 6/16, KISS the Summer Hello @ Canalside 6/18, Zac Brown Band @ Darien Lake 6/25, Rev. Horton Heat @ Tralf 6/25, Third Eye Blind @ Darien 6/29, Reel Big Fish @ Bear Creek Casino 6/30