As the air chills in Buffalo, it’s easy to become lethargic. Though it may be your go-to plan to retreat inside with a pumpkin-spice latte and a toasty blanket, the real way to combat the cold season is to keep your energy high. And what better way to do that than attend some concerts? Luckily, Buffalo is blessed with plenty of concert venues—from the Town Ballroom to Buffalo Ironworks—that allow it to remain a center of musical diversity. With the help of the live music scene, you can skip sweater-weather entirely (for a few hours, that is) and instead, experience the best music that Buffalo has to offer
Although it has only existed since 2005, the Town Ballroom is a great venue to explore different facets of music in Buffalo. Located on 681 Main Street, the venue includes a bar and two levels: a “pit,” (which is closest to the actual stage) and upper-level seating. With access to the stage at all angles, you can easily enjoy any of the talented musicians that the Town Ballroom is featuring this fall.
New Found Glory
Tuesday, October 21st @ Town Ballroom
If you’re feeling nostalgic and you’re interested in giving your pop-punk roots a revival, you can always take a friend, claim a spot in the pit, and rock out with New Found Glory. Having just released their latest album, Resurrection, this show will provide a perfect conglomeration of the old and new for you to enjoy.
Friday, October 31st @ Town Ballroom
Having trouble finding plans for Halloween? No problem. Long time Sublime cover-band, Badfish, will not only be performing, but, they will be responsible for playing the live soundtrack to the Town Ballroom’s Halloween Bash. Enjoy some of your favorite Sublime songs, while dressing up and channeling your inner-spooky. Even better, the Town Ballroom will be hosting a costume contest, leaving you a chance to win a sizeable cash prize. What more could you ask for?
Tokyo Police Club
Saturday, November 1st @ Town Ballroom
There’s no better way to kick-start the holiday season than with Canadian band, Tokyo Police Club. A relatively contemporary band (2005), Tokyo Police Club’s music is the epitome of catchy. They even have an album strictly dedicated to covers, and perhaps more unexpectedly, the album features Miley Cryus’s hit song, Party in the USA. With that factor standing alone, this show will be memorable for a long time to come.
Saturday, November 8th @ Town Ballroom
Unlike any of the aforementioned bands playing at The Town Ballroom is English DJ and producer, Rusko. As a one-man band, Rusko features an assortment of remixes from both popular to less well-known artists, but, with a flavorful twist. DJ sets are unlike any other live performance, Rusko lives up to the hype. This concert can provide you with an all-encompassing experience that transcends this weather and this world.
Cost: $27- $30
Despite having opened somewhat recently, Buffalo Ironworks is quickly establishing itself as one of the best places to see live music. Ironworks finds itself right in the heart of the Cobblestone District, a space where food, music, and comedy collide. Because of its smaller size, Buffalo Ironworks is perfect for housing quaint, intimate shows—an experience hard to come by with the majority of concert venues being rather spacious. Equipped with tables, a full bar, and plenty of savory food, Ironworks is a prime spot to kickback when the weather starts to cool off.
Saturday, October 25th @ Buffalo Iron Works
If you are, in fact, looking to experiment with some of Buffalo’s local music, here’s your chance. Aqueous, the groovy jam band born and bred right in our city, will be having a record release party. This is a rare opportunity for you to celebrate their new music and celebrate the success of this local gem.
Cost: $10- $12
Big Mean Sound Machine
Friday, November 7th @ Buffalo Iron Works
If you’re a lover of sports and music, then you’ve hit the lottery with this event. Yet another local wonder, Big Mean Sound Machine, will be playing a free Buffalo Sabres after party. Similarly to Aqueous, Big Mean Sound Machine delivers music that is experimental and unlike anything you might have previously heard. Furthermore, this event provides an in to fully experience all the culture that Buffalo has to offer–sports, food, and music—jam-packed into one night. Undoubtedly, this show will be worthwhile; so, bring your favorite Sabres attire, some friends, and come celebrate!
Something of a mashup between the Town Ballroom and Buffalo Ironworks, the Tralf Music Hall, located on 3690 Main Street, offers a spacious area with tables, and the opportunity to wine and dine, all the while watching your favorite performances. As a winner of the 2012 Buffalo Music Award for “Best Concert Venue,” this venue is guaranteed to enhance your concert experience.
Sunday, November 23rd @ Tralf Music Hall
Coming all the way from Canada is the band, Stars. Featured in soundtracks to Degrassi, Gossip Girl, and the O.C., Stars has established itself as one of the more prominently followed indie-pop bands since their origin in 2000. Judging from firsthand experience, you will assuredly see a vivid performance; and if you aren’t a fan of Stars before the show, you will certainly leave a fan after it concludes.