8 Concerts 100% Worth Seeing This April

City Guide, Live Music, Music & Nightlife, Music Event Roundup, Nightlife


Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Published on March 20, 2019

Cher is coming to Keybank Center April 26

Banging together these show rundowns takes a lot of work, dear reader.

There’s the picking out of shows, mostly driven by the desire to not get roasted in the comments. Then there’s the curation of YouTube vids meant to actually get you out of the house.

And then there’s the intro, which most people don’t read. I mean, if you look at a heat map of this article, this section right here is completely blank. No eyeballs have seen it. It’s a digital tree falling in the digital woods that may or may not make a sound.

So: April shows. Honestly, many of these do look pretty good.

(Some of these shows may be sold out, but obviously you can still find tickets on StubHub, on Craigslist, on Facebook, on the floor of the Broadway Market, in literal Easter eggs, at Dyngus Day, etc. C’mon guys, don’t @ us.)



1) Radkey

DATE: April 2nd

LOCATION: Buffalo Iron Works

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


Radkey is one of those bands that really should be more popular: Three dudes-of-color playing punk, garage and hard rock, who also happen to put on a high-energy live show. What’s not to like. If you have a beating heart in your body, you should want to attend this one.


2) Bela Fleck + Abigail Washburn

DATE: April 3rd

LOCATION: Babeville

COST: $45 (adv) $50 (day-of)


Grammy winners Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn bring their cold mountain banjo jams to Babeville for a relatively intimate show, hence the price tag. If you’re a fan of Americana, this is a can’t miss event.


3) The Tea Party (SOLD OUT)

DATES: April 5th & 6th

LOCATION: Town Ballroom

COST: $34 (adv), $39 (day-of)


The Tea Party have been cranking out 90s-informed classic rock for more than 20 years, selling millions of albums in the process. The fact that they’ve sold out two nights at Town Ballroom suggests they should be playing a much bigger venue. Score tickets to this one if you can.





4) Single Mothers

DATE: April 14th


COST: $12 (adv)


At this Hipster Pick of the Month show, expect Single Mothers to play edgy, punk with a message. If you like high energy music plus commentary on modern life, make time for this Rec Room event.


5) Action Bronson

DATE: April 16th


COST: $35 (adv)


You might know Action Bronson as the dude who hosts 5000 shows on Vice, but did you know he’s also a rapper, and a pretty decent one at that. With a larger than life personality, Action Bronson is show business in 2019. Appearing with Bronson is fellow Vice homie Meyhem Lauren.


6) The Slackers

DATE: April 25th

LOCATION: Mohawk Place

COST: $15


Ska is back? Apparently? The Slackers come out of the 90s Tri-State ska scene that was pretty hot at the time, and so they know how to put on a show. Put on your Vans, bowling shirt and wallet chain on before heading out to this one.





7) Cher

DATE: April 26th

LOCATION: KeyBank Center

COST: $40 – $198


Our pick for the Most Fabulous Show of the Month, Cher is bringing IT to KeyBank Center. Get the bitches together for this Bucket List bash.



DATE: April 29th

LOCATION: Town Ballroom

COST: $32.50 (adv), $36 (day-of)


Written off at one point as a 90s one-hit wonder, EELS have sustained a legit career for nearly 25 years. Basically a solo project from Mark Oliver Everett, EELS has released 12 studio albums that are very celebrated in underground music circles. Come for “Novocaine for the Soul” and stay for a massive catalog of smart pop songs.

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 the 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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