Holiday concert season is upon us and it’s no surprise that most of this month’s essential shows are suitable for ages 9 to 99.
Yes, you can take grandma to a lot of concerts listed below and many of them are good for the soul. Oh, there are also a few heathen events for the badass grandmas out there. Peep the list below.
(Some of these shows may be sold out, but obviously you can still find tickets on StubHub, Craigslist, Facebook, TikTok, Roblox, Twitch, Pied Piper, etc. C’mon guys, don’t @ us.)
DATE: Dec. 4th, 5th
LOCATION: Seneca Niagara Casino
COST: $95 – $125
Singer, actor and former Miss America Vanessa Williams has deep Western New York roots and you can often see her popping up at our favorite local spots. Her two-night residency at the Seneca Niagara Casino is a solid way to kick off your December with a heavy dose of Buffa-love.
2) Reverend Horton Heat
DATE: Dec 4th
LOCATION: Tralf Music Hall
The holidays are a holy time of year, when people of faith make it a point to visit their spiritual leaders. Although Wikipedia doesn’t say which seminary school Reverend Horton Heat graduated from, you can be sure he’ll shake the Tralf to its foundations with fire and brimstone.
3) Celine Dion
DATE: Dec 5th
LOCATION: KeyBank Center
COST: $49.50 – $229.50
Contrary to what you might have seen on the internets, Celine Dion is not dead. Her heart goes on and she brings her titanic pipes to KeyBank Center for an epic appearance.
4) Smokey Robinson
DATE: Dec 7th
LOCATION: Shea’s Performing Arts Center
COST: $99 – $149
With a career that stretches back to the 1950s, Smokey Robinson probably seems like an artist for the grown-n-sexy set, but don’t sleep on old Smokey. He’s got a stack of hits that you ought to know by heart.
5) Super-Tugger, Soul Butchers + 4 more
DATE: Dec 13th
LOCATION: The Gypsy Parlor
One of the nicest guys in local music, Angel Rivera is having a birthday bash at Gypsy Parlor and his band Supper-Tugger plays all the classic rock-punk hits. Expect a night of fun, sweaty rock and/or roll.
6) Every Time I Die – Annual ‘TID the Season Residency
DATE: Dec 13th, 14th
LOCATION: Buffalo Riverworks
COST: $50 (adv), $100 (both days)
Hometown hardcore heroes Every Time I Die have been hammering out thundering riffs since the 90s and their annual ‘TID the Season residency is not to be missed. With artists like Against Me!, The Get Up Kids and Ghostface Killah also playing, there’s basically something for everyone.
7) Trans-Siberian Orchestra
DATE: Dec 14th
LOCATION: KeyBank Center
COST: $45 – $75
The annual Trans-Siberian Orchestra show at KeyBank is an all-you-can-eat festive buffet that goes to 11, just like Baby Jesus would have wanted.
8) Goo Goo Dolls + Rob Thomas (SOLD OUT)
DATE: Dec 15th
LOCATION: Buffalo RiverWorks
Every Time I Die aren’t the only hometown heroes playing this month, or even this December weekend. Goo Goo Dolls slide into RiverWorks with smooth Rob Thomas for a Sunday night sold out show.
DATE: Dec 20th
LOCATION: Town Ballroom
This year, Hanukah runs from Dec. 22 to Dec. 30 and what better way to prepare for the festival of lights than a performance from Matisyahu? The rapper-singer-songwriter has made a name for himself writing songs with Orthodox Jewish themes.