9 Essential Concerts To Put On Your Radar for the Month of October

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Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Published on September 25, 2019

Photo from Carrie Underwood’s Facebook Page

Autumn is in the air and we’re alternating sips of pumpkin spice latte with sips of pumpkin spice beer. Eat an actual pumpkin pie? No thanks. As a society, we all consume “pumpkin” without the use of teeth now. 

Anyway, this month, there’s lots of good artists coming to town, and Billy Ray Cyrus. See below. 

(Some of these shows may be sold out, but obviously you can still find tickets on StubHub, Craigslist, Facebook, TikTok, Foursquare, Vine, Pied Piper, etc. C’mon guys, don’t @ us.)


1) Phil Collins

DATE: Oct 4th

LOCATION: KeyBank Center

COST: $54.50 to $279.50 (original prices)


Phil Collins had his first farewell tour like 15 years ago, so it’s hard to say this is the last time you’ll get to see him locally. Still, he is a music icon and our Bucket List show of the month.


2) Big Wreck

DATE: Oct 5th

LOCATION: Town Ballroom

COST: $27 (in advance), $32 (day of the performance)


It’s hard to see how Big Wreck aren’t one of the biggest bands in the world right now. If you like towering sing-along hits played in a relatively small venue, this is a can’t miss show.


3) Post Malone

DATE: Oct 6th

LOCATION: KeyBank Center

COST: $83 – $813.75 (StubHub) 



4) The Chainsmokers

DATE: Oct 12th

LOCATION: KeyBank Center

COST: $39.50 to $109.50 (op)


Post Malone and Chainsmokers are two of those artists that you either love or you hate. If you love Post Malone/ Chainsmokers, scrape together your spare pennies and head over to StubHub for tickets.


5) Carrie Underwood

DATE: Oct 13th

LOCATION: KeyBank Center

COST: $46 – $96 (op)


Married to a former NHLer, it’s probably safe to say Carrie Underwood is pretty familiar with the acoustics of a hockey arena. Is this the biggest local country concert of 2019? If not, it’s definitely one of them.


6) Electric Six

DATE: Oct 15th

LOCATION: Mohawk Place

COST:  $13 (adv), $15 (day of)


Having toured the world and played the legendary Jools Holland show, Electric Six ought to be playing a much bigger venue than Mohawk Place, and for a lot more than 13 bucks. Also, Electric Six are just too f-ing funny to not make this list, you guys. Check em out. MORE INFO


7) Radkey

DATE: Oct 17th

LOCATION: Buffalo Iron Works

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


Radkey were just here a few months back, but they’re great and totally worth this low, low price of admission. MORE INFO


8) Billy Ray Cyrus

DATE: Oct 19th

LOCATION: $50.85 – $73.45 (op)

COST: Niagara Fallsview Casino


At this point in the rundown, we’d like to direct you to the title at the top. It says “essential shows,” and not “best shows.” What makes a show essential, you might ask? Good question.

Billy Ray Cyrus at the Fallsview Casino is an essential show for October 2019. Are there better shows that didn’t make the list? Probably. But, where else can you pay the slots, puff on a few smokes, listen to some 90s country, aaaand hear a proper live version of Old Town Road? You’re welcome. MORE INFO


9) Andy Grammer

DATE: Oct 29th

LOCATION: Town Ballroom

COST: $33 (general admission) – $199 (VIP)


Singer-songwriter Andy Grammer does everything from piano ballads to pop tunes to kinda-country. Seeing him at Town Ballroom is a great way to keep the good vibes rolling as we get into the colder weather. MORE INFO

Written by <a href="" 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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