11 Must-See Concerts This September in WNY

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September is an odd month for shows. You’ve got the summer tours still trying to act like it’s summer (looking at you, Rascal Flatts: Summertime Playlist Tour), and then you’ve got the indie acts playing club shows for the back-to-school set; plus a few randos thrown in for good measure.

It’s definitely a Jekyll-and-Hyde situation, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. If this month has anything, it’s variety. See below.

(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) Outlaw Music Festival (Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss)

DATE: Sept. 8th

LOCATION: Darien Lake Amphitheater

COST: $39.50 (general admission) – $159.50 (seated)

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Willie Nelson has canceled a lot of upcoming appearances, but not this one. We don’t know if, or when, Willie will be on the road again, so this could be your last chance to catch this country music legend in Western New York. More info

 

2) Stone Temple Pilots

DATE: Sept. 11th

LOCATION: The Rapids Theater

COST: $35 (GA)

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STP carry on without lead singer Scott Weiland, and that doesn’t mean they can’t put on a good show. More Info

 

3) Rascal Flatts

DATE: Sept 13th

LOCATION: Darien Lake Amphitheater

COST: $32.25 (GA) – $98.75 (seated)

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Do you like modern country music and holding onto summer until mid-September? If so, this concert is for you. Just check the forecast before you head out the door on this one ok? More info

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4) Judah & the Lion

DATE: Sept. 19th

LOCATION: The Rapids Theater 

COST: $25.50 (GA) – $90.50 (VIP)

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Judah & the Lion & The Rapids Theater: What else needs to be said? More info

 

5) Built to Spill

DATE: Sept. 19th

LOCATION: Town Ballroom

COST: $26 (in-advance) – $29 (day of the show)

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Built to Spill is one of those 90s bands that might not be on your radar, but it should be. If you like slacker vibez and catchy songs, this show is for you. More info

 

6) Nick Lowe + Los Straightjackets 

DATE: Sept. 20th

LOCATION: The Tralf

COST: $30 (adv) – $35 (day of)

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Writing and performing professionally since the 1970s, Nick Lowe has built a legendary music career out of bittersweet pop songs. He’s also a low-key hipster icon who’s sure to bring out all the cool kids of a certain age. More info

 

7) K. Flay

DATE: Sept 21st

LOCATION: Town Ballroom

COST: $22 (GA) – $125 (VIP)

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Flay brings a no-bullshit energy to her music and that obviously translates to a fun live show. More info

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8) Borderland Music & Arts Festival

DATE: Sept. 21st + 22nd

LOCATION: Knox Farm State Park

COST: $70 (single day) – $300 (2-day VIP)

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There’s something about fall in WNY pairing perfectly with craft beer and jammy, bluesy music. All three come together at the Borderland festival. It’s hard to think of a better way to kick off the season. More info / Read all about it.

 

9) Man Man

DATE: Sept 25th

LOCATION: Tralf Music Hall

COST: $17 (adv) – $20 (day of)

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Man Man are one of those bands that you hear and wonder why they aren’t more popular. If you aren’t familiar, check out the video below. More info

 

10) Cat Power 

DATE: Sept 27th

LOCATION: The Rapids Theater

COST: $35 (adv) – $40 (day of)

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Under the name Cat Power, Chan Marshall has been churning out indie rock hits since the mid-90s. She’s basically an underground icon at this point and seeing her at The Rapids is something you probably shouldn’t pass up.

 

11) Shinedown 

DATE: Sept 27th

LOCATION: KeyBank Center

COST: $29.50 – $55

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Do you like massive riffs in a massive venue? Shinedown have been melting faces for decades now and they likely have a bunch of tunes lodged somewhere in the nooks and crannies of your brain. Arena shows don’t get much bigger than this. More info

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