Day x Day Guide to Buffalo Infringement Festival 2016

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Written by Emily Morrow

Published on July 28, 2016

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Ellen Pieroni Quartet / Photo from Buffalo Infringement Festival

Every year Infringement Festival feels like a scam that the local arts community pulls.
There’s no way all these artists can actually get their act together for a week-and-a-half and put together such a big event, but every year they do it and Buffalo is all the better for it.
There’s so much going on, and almost all of it is great – but here are a few events that really jumped out. So get out there, have fun and enjoy some live local music! 

Thursday 7/28

Opening ceremonies @ Nietzsche’s

Infringement 2016 kicks off with a funky, jazzy hip-hop showcase which includes emcees, DJs, and full live bands. Get yer dancing shoes on and lace them up tight!
8pm – Brass Pro and the Waterfront Revivalist
8:30pm – Beerhall philosophers
9pm – The Minions
9:30pm – The Left Hand of Darkness
10pm – The Hell’s Harlots Burlesque
10:30pm – MatKa
11pm – Bagel Jesus & Friends
11:30pm – Lazy Ass Destroyer
midnight – Intent To Sell
12:30am – Hooked on Casiophonics


Friday 7/29

Mohawk Opening Night @ Mohawk Place

The first night of Infringement at Mohawk Place features a lineup of chill indie and psychedelic rock. Should be a good time for people who think a rock show doesn’t need a mosh pit.
8pm – Show Up
9pm – The Vendo Llaamas
10pm – The Good Neighbors
11pm – Quantum Folk Lords
Midnight – Bold Folly

Live Looping Laptops @ Underground

The Underground is known more as a hotspot for Buffalo’s LGBTQ community but on this night, it’ll host a small electronic music lineup of artists taking dance music back to its 70s and 80s roots. This one feels like and unexpected home run and that’s why it made this list.
10pm – Whiskey Gatorade
11pm – Wood Bois

Saturday 7/30

Kidfringement @ Bidwell Park

Have a budding artist, musician, or performer in the family? Then help them get connected to their local arts community with family-friendly event. Think of it as a real live Buffalo’s Got Talent
9:30am – Drawing Sketches of Performers
9:30am – The Hoopathon of Buffalo
9:30am – Radical Roots
9:30am – Throw.Fire.Consume
10am – Scantron
10:15am – El the Mime
11:30am – Anti-Matter
noon – Affinity


Deisel Dog @ Sportsmen’s Tavern

Bluesy, funky, groovy, ska-y… these Canadians play only the most danceable rock n roll music and that’s the perfect soundtrack for some day drinking on a Saturday.
3:30pm – 6:30pm – Diesel Dog

Saturday Spectacular @ Nietzsche’s

A no-bullshit and female-heavy lineup of local alternative rock. If the Kerfuffle festival is your cup of tea, than this night at Nietzsche’s will be your bottle of kombucha.
8pm – Sadie Saturday Night
9:30pm – Like a Panther
10:30pm – Kerry Fey
11:30pm – The Patterns
12:15am – Meria/HauntedGypsy
1am – Dead Lounge

Sunday July 31

Hot Mama’s Super Infringement Sunday

Hot Mama’s Canteen has some of the best food in town and this chill #SundayFunday lineup of bluesy rock is a great excuse to head out to Black Rock. Expect a lot of songs you know and some kickass sammies.
5pm – That Virginia
6pm – The Covers
7:30pm – Road To Azure
9pm – The Space
10pm – Noah Gokey


Wednesday August 3

Electric ‘Hawk @ Mohawk Place

EDM isn’t just happening at massive festivals and big city clubs. There’s a thriving modern dance music scene right here and this night at Mohawk showcase some of the unique electronic sounds coming out of the Nickel City.
7:30pm – Flow Ekim
8:30pm – Jimmy K
9pm – Chuckie Campbell
9:30pm – MatKa
10:15pm – Short Moscato
10:45pm – Chucks Live at Infringement 2016

Thursday August 4

Prince vs Bowie Epic Dance Party @ Mohawk Place

Celebrate the great we recently lost by leaving it all out on the dance floor. Costumes encouraged.
7pm – 1am Various DJs and live performances

Friday August 5

Goodbar Friday @ Mister Goodbar

With bands playing grunge and punk at a bar that hasn’t been renovated in more than 25 years, this show is so 90s – you’ll be asking the bartender for a “Cup o’ Chino”.
8pm – Solidbreath
9pm – bigbottlerocket
10pm – Major Arcana

Saturday August 6

There’s a lot of funky hip-hop going on for this last Saturday night of Infringement, but this lineup of local veterans looks a cut above the rest.
10:15pm – Dark Matter Trio
11:15pm – My Rap Name is Alex
midnight – Brownman & GRUVASYLUM feat. Mad Dukez

Sunday August 7

Days Park Art Fair and Holley Farms Mini Megafringe @ Allen Street

The hip-hop showcase in the Holley Farms lot was a highlight of last year’s fest so don’t miss it this year (and don’t forget your brown bag). There’ll also be an art fair a block over at Days Park, and later inside Nietizsche’s a Closing Ceremonies showcase.
4pm – 200 Kids Outside
4:45pm – JeffRepeater and Gabrielle Anello
5pm – Chuckie Campbell
6pm – MatKa
6:45pm – Bagel Jesus & Friends
7:30pm – Intent To Sell
2pm – 432hz – Sound & Light Music Mediation Experience

Buffalo Infringement Festival Details

When: Thursday July 28th – Sunday August 7th
Where: Various venues around Buffalo
Cost: Free
For more info on the festival check out their Facebook page and go to
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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Emily Morrow</a>

Written by Emily Morrow

Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.
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