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Top 10 Concerts Happening This August in WNY

Voodoo Threauxdown feat. Trombone Shorty is happening Aug. 14 at Artpark

You never know what you’re going to get when looking at the musical acts coming to Buffalo in any given month. Sometimes it’s packed with country acts. Other months are full of pure, unadulterated Dad Rock.

August 2018, we’re happy to say, is a mixed bag. You got your indie rock, your local shows, your classic rock and your massive pop stars. You’ve even got some Christian rock in there. Hallelujah!

With the summer winding down, you need to make plans to get out there and enjoy the grab-bag of musical acts this month has to offer.

 

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1. Kingdom Bound

DATE: August 1st

LOCATION: Darien Lake Amphitheater

COST: $69 – 159 (4-day pass)

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Over the past 29 years, Kingdom Bound has brought music, food, fun activities, and The Good Word to Western New York. This year, it’s a massive four-day affair with national acts like artists TobyMac, Casting Crowns, and for KING & COUNTRY. Oh, you can also get glamping, camping and RV packages to go with those concert tickets.

 

 

2. Dark Star Orchestra

DATE: August 2nd

LOCATION: Canalside

COST: $5

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The Grateful Dead may be dead, but their music and live experience live on thanks to the Dark Star Orchestra. Round up the Dead Heads in your squad, get fired up and head down to Canalside. It’s gonna be a trip!

 

3. Rise Against, Anti-flag, AFI

DATE: August 9th

LOCATION: The Rapids Theatre

COST: $41.25 (advance), $43.75 (day of)

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Nineties punk is in a weird place isn’t it. Bands like Rise Against and AFI are still putting out great music and your Cool Gen-X Uncle can tell you stories about them at the Showplace Theatre “back in the day.”

Which is all the more reason to grab the Gen-Xers you know and drag them out to see this show at The Rapids Theatre.

 

4. Tiger Chung Lee, Aircraft

DATE: August 10th

LOCATION: Buffalo Iron Works

COST: $7 (advance), $10 (day of)

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Tiger Chung Lee and Aircraft are two local bands so undeniably talented, you have to sit up and take notice. They’re also two bands with very different sounds. TCL play party funk that will get that ass movin’, while Aircraft play fist-pumping indie rock. You can’t get a much better deal on local music than this show right here!

5. ZZ Top

DATE: August 10th

LOCATION: Erie County Fair

COST: $30 – 60

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ZZ Top is one of those bands that has to be on your bucket list; the list of bands you have to see before they kick the bucket. These Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have too many hits to name and you know them all if you’ve turned on classic rock radio in the past 30 years.

 

6. Voodoo Threauxdown feat. Trombone Shorty

DATE: August 14th

LOCATION: ArtPark

COST: $12- 17

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Ain’t no party like a New Orleans street party and if y’all want to catch some of the signature sounds of the Big Easy, you gotta catch Trombone Shorty and his massive Voodoo Threauxdown tour.

 

7. Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Lowest of the Low

DATE: August 17th

LOCATION: Canalside

COST: $6.17 – $35.95

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Back in the late early 90s, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and the Lowest of the Low were two massive regional bands; the Bosstones around Boston and the Low around Southern Ontario and Western New York. While the Bosstones went on to become one of the biggest bands in the world, the Low had to settle for being one of the most popular, all-time WNY bands. Not a bad consolation prize.

 

 

8. Beyonce and Jay-Z

DATE: August 18th

LOCATION: New Era Field

COST: $54.50 – $325

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What kind of list would this be if we didn’t include this?

 

9. 3 Doors Down and Collective Soul

DATE: August 18th

LOCATION: Seneca Niagara Casino

COST: $95 – $366

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If Bey and Jay aren’t your cup of tea, then maybe vintage 90s rock is? Avoid the massive throngs of people and the traffic at New Era Field and take in this intimate alternative rock show up in the Falls. Sure, it’s a bit pricey, but we know our readers can score tickets in their price range.

 

 

 

10. Culture Club, B-52s

DATE: August 28th

LOCATION: Artpark

COST: $17 – $37

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Do you really want to hurt Boy George? Do you really want to make him cry? Then don’t go to see him at Artpark for a measly $17.

Also, the B-52s are more than just “Love Shack” – and the cool kids already know this. 

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