10 Must See December Shows in WNY

City Guide, Live Music, Nightlife


Written by Mac McGuire

Published on November 29, 2016


Rubblebucket coming to The Studio at Waiting Room on December 8th

The holiday season has arrived in full force here in Buffalo. While shopping, cookie decorating, wrapping gifts, and the overall stress that comes with the holidays may take over for the next few weeks, make sure to mix it up and catch some live music to keep some semblance of sanity until the big day arrives. Here are the 10 shows that should be on your radar for the month of December. 


Holiday Live at Larkin

DATE: December 2nd
LOCATION: Larkin Square
COST: Free
Facebook Event
Robot Holiday, a seasoned super-group which has featured Dee Adams, Hussalonia’s Founder, So of the Sun’s Brandon Delmont, and more over the years, will return to Larkinville for the fifth edition of the business district’s holiday party.
Between the Snowflakes by Robot Holiday

Jake Bellissimo

DATE: December 7th
LOCATION: Dreamland
COST: $5
Facebook Event
Formally performing under the moniker Gay Angel, the Rochester native makes a rare Buffalo appearance to share his ambitious chamber-pop at the multi-purpose DIY venue.
places i’ll eat, people i’ll meet by gay angel

Bryan Johnson & Family

DATE: December 8th
LOCATION: Nietzsche’s
COST: $5
Facebook Event
The lake pop four-piece emerges from its long hiatus to take the stage at the Allentown mainstay.
Cool Your Jets by Bryan Johnson and FAMILY


DATE: December 8th
LOCATION: The Studio at Waiting Room
COST: $15-$17
Facebook Event
The spirited and eclectic indie-pop band will bring the energy to Delaware Ave studio space. Buffalo kindred spirits dreambeaches will provide local support.

Shana Falana

DATE: December 9th
LOCATION: Nietzsche’s
COST: $5
Facebook Event
The experimental dream-pop pair out of Kingston, NY will make a welcome return to Buffalo with some nice buzz following the releases of its new album on Team Love Records.


Chevron Bloom

DATE: December 10th
LOCATION: Milkie’s on Elmwood
COST: $5
Facebook Event
A trio of West-Side basement acts, led by the fresh-to-the-scene shoegazers of Chevron Bloom, will take over Lance Diamond’s former Elmwood stomping grounds.
EP by Chevron Bloom

Tyler Mendola

DATE: December 16th
LOCATION: Milkie’s on Elmwood
COST: $5
Facebook Event
The front man of Buffalo psych-rock quartet Deadwolf will be joined by M.A.G.S.’ Elliott Douglas and the always interesting YES YES for a stripped-down showcase at the retro lounge.

Ugly Sun

DATE: December 17th
LOCATION: Little Baltimore
COST: $3
Facebook Event
Consisting of former members of Mandy K, Arctic Death, and Nelson-Type, the garage-rock trio will perform at the kickoff Christmas extravaganza at the always busy living room venue.


Every Time I Die

DATE: December 22nd
LOCATION: The Waiting Room
COST: $25-$30
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The Buffalo hardcore-heroes perform the first set of their four frequently sold-out holiday home coming shows.


DATE: December 23rd
LOCAtION: Mohawk Place
COST: $8-$10
Facebook Event
The rollicking alt-country act brings its now annual holiday showcase back to Mohawk with a stacked lineup of local-heavyweights.

+ Don’t Forget:

Slow Cooker @ the Modeling Factory 12/2, Taking Back Saturday @ Milkie’s on Elmwood 12/3, Bold Folly @ Mohawk Place 12/8, July Talk @ Town Ballroom 12/16, Short Moscato @ Milkie’s on Elmwood 12/17, Jimkata @ Town Ballroom 12/31

Written by <a href="" target="_self">Mac McGuire</a>

Written by Mac McGuire

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