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11 Can’t Miss Concerts On Our Radar This July

City Guide, Live Music

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Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Published on June 19, 2019
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It’s July in Buffalo and good shows are coming almost as often as 60-degree days and grey skies.

Even though it’s been a pretty crappy summer weather-wise, that is not the case when it comes to live music. This month features a phalanx of local talent, music legends and indie rock stars. Get out there and dig in.

(Some of these shows may be sold out, but obviously you can still find tickets on StubHub, Craigslist, Facebook, TikTok, Christian Mingle, FarmersOnly, GlutenfreeSingles, Vampersonals, etc. C’mon guys, don’t @ us.)

 

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1) Third Eye Blind + Jimmy Eat World + Ra Ra Riot

DATE: July 3

LOCATION: Artpark Amphitheater

COST: $49.50 (adv), $54.50 (day of)

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From Third Eye Blind to Ra Ra Riot, these three bands cover pop rock over the past 25 years.

 

2) Pentimento

DATE: July 5

LOCATION: Town Ballroom

COST: $20 (adv), $25 (day of)

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3) Handsome Jack

DATE: July 6

LOCATION: Buffalo Iron Works

COST: $10 (adv), $12 (day of)

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Local acts Pentimento and Handsome Jack have gotten some serious national attention in recent years, Pentimento for playing emo-punk and Handsome Jack for classic-sounding rock. Neither act is a household name across the country just yet, but both are in a position to become one. See them now.

 

4) Earth, Wind & Fire

DATE: July 16

LOCATION: Artpark Amphitheater

COST: $19 (adv, GA) – $77 (front of stage)

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It may not be September, but our Dad Rock/ Bucket List Pick of the Month is coming right on time. Expected feel-good vibes all night long.

 

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5) Blink-182 + Lil’ Wayne

DATE: July 17

LOCATION: Darien Lake Amphitheater

COST: $37.50 (lawn) – $127.50 (seated)

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Maybe you remember these acts from your days in middle school, high school, college, or, gulp, later. Somehow Blink-182 and Lil’ Wayne have been around for a long time, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t relevant. See them play new hits and old favs.

 

6) Psychedelic Furs + James

DATE: July 18

LOCATION: Canalside

COST: $5 (GA), $35 (VIP)

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Touchstones for GenX hipsters, Psychedelic Furs and James have a sound so specific, it’ll instantly take you back to roller rinks and smoke-filled video game arcades.

 

7) Wiz Khalifa

DATE: July 21

LOCATION: Darien Lake Amphitheater

COST: $29 (lawn) – $89.50 (seated)

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Pittsburgh’s best export since Jim Kelly, Wiz Khalifa is still in the game, maybe set to drop an album soon, as of this writing. Regardless of the forecast, expect cloudy skies over Darien Lake for this one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PChOBVlmNw

 

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8) The Struts

DATE: July 25

LOCATION: Canalside

COST: $5 (GA), $35 (VIP)

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Don’t call them a revival act: The Struts are a massive rock act right now and coming to Canalside for a measly $5 (cheap!).

 

9) Heart + Joan Jett + Elle King

DATE: July 26

LOCATION: Darien Lake Amphitheater

COST: $29.50 (lawn) – $350 (VIP)

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Joan Jett may not give a damn about her bad reputation, but Heart will go crazy on you. Also, something about Elle King having Ex’s and Oh’s.

 

10) The Flaming Lips + The Lennon Claypool Delirium

DATE: July 27

LOCATION: Artpark

COST: $45 (adv), $50 (day of)

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Blah, blah, blah… The Flaming Lips with their stage mascots and the lead singer walking in a giant hamster ball.

Ok. Let’s talk about The Lennon Claypool Delirium. The sounds of John Lennon’s son and Primus’s lead singer sound how you think it might, but in a very good way. Way more than the sum of its parts, don’t sleep on this band.

 

11) Kurt Vile & The Violators

DATE: July 31

LOCATION: Town Ballroom

COST: $32 (adv), $37 (day of)

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Kurt Vile is this generation’s Tom Petty (RIP). See below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WStMmOzu5l8

 

Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/brett-smith/" target="_self">Brett Llenos Smith</a>

Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Brett Llenos Smith is a freelance writer based in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood who has been covering local food and culture for Step Out Buffalo over the past six years. As someone with a multi-ethnic background, he has a passion for exploring and understand the many diverse corners of Western New York.
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