10 Live Music Shows to See Around WNY This May

City Guide, Live Music


Written by Mac McGuire

Published on April 20, 2018

Jukebox the Ghost

Jukebox the Ghost plays at The Tralf on May 19th

Looking outside, it sure doesn’t seem like summer is right around the corner, but it is. Maybe. Probably. At some point.

With warmer days ahead, Buffalo will soon enter it’s always busy summer concert season and the month of May is only the start of what looks to be a fantastic four to five-month stretch for music fans.

Here are the top 10 shows that should be on your radar for the month of May:



Deer Tick

DATE: May 1st

LOCATION: Buffalo Iron Works

COST: $25

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Rhode Island’s rambunctious roots outfit will take the Cobblestone District stage following the release of last year’s double volume self-titled records.


Robert Sarazin Blake

DATE: May 4th

LOCATION: Milkie’s on Elmwood

COST: $10

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Pacific Northwest alt-country musician Robert Sarazin Blake returns to the Elmwood Village lounge to play alongside local friends Pine Fever and Brass Pro & the Waterfront Revivalists.



DATE: May 4th

LOCATION: Mohawk Place

COST: $8

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Fresh off a tour with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, the experimental Chicago duo will make its Buffalo debut in the downtown hotspot.



Sunflower Bean

DATE: May 6th

LOCATION: Mohawk Place

COST: $10

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The buzzing Brooklyn trio will make its latest local visit to perform tracks from its fantastic sophomore effort “Twentytwo in Blue.”


Lou Barlow

DATE: May 9th

LOCATION: Thin Man Brewery

COST: $28.45

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The Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh member will make a surprise solo visit to the Elmwood Village brewery to deliver an intimate acoustic set.


Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

DATE: May 12th

LOCATION: Town Ballroom

COST: $26

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The Bay Area’s dark garage rockers make their long-awaited return to Buffalo to perform tracks off of the January released new album “Wrong Creatures.”


Soul Patch

DATE: May 18th

LOCATION: Buffalo Iron Works

COST: $12

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Buffalo’s premiere alternative-rock cover band will return to Iron Works after selling out the Cobblestone venue earlier this year.


Jukebox the Ghost

DATE: May 19th

LOCATION: The Tralf Music Hall

COST: $20

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Washington, D.C.’s quirky, piano-pop trio will make its latest local appearance in Babeville’s cozy basement venue.



Kurt & the Loders

DATE: May 25th

LOCATION: Nietzsche’s

COST: $10

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Buffalo’s other 90’s alt-rock tribute act will say goodbye to its longtime frontman Zak Ward with a set full of hits by Weezer, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Foo Fighters, and Tool.

The Decemberists

DATE: May 26th


COST: $34-$68

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The literary indie-pop outfit will return to Western New York to perform songs from its synth-heavy new album “I’ll Be Your Girl.” Playful singer-songwriter Eleanor Friedberger will open.

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Written by Mac McGuire

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