Day x Day Guide to Buffalo Infringement Festival 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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