6 Essential Shows to Catch This January

City Guide, Live Music


Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Published on December 26, 2018

G. Love & Special Sauce is coming to Tralf Music Hall on January 23, 2019

The pickings are slim on the live music front right now, dear reader. Hopefully, you stored up a lot of great concert memories during 2018 to sustain you through January, like a squirrel living off nuts during the cold weather.

Since this is a monthly column, the show here at SOB must go on and thankfully there are a few morsels to report on.

This is also a good time to mention that there is always great live music going on in small bars and cafes around Western New York. The local music community is made up of your very talented neighbors, friends and relatives, and they all need your support. So, get out there and enjoy some live, local music in addition to these great bigger shows!

Some of these shows may be sold out, but obviously you can still find tickets on StubHub, Craigslist, Silk Road, in a dark alley, from “your guy”, etc. Don’t @ us.



1) Panic! At the Disco

DATE: January 10th

LOCATION: KeyBank Center

COST: $35 – $75


Panic! At the Disco is bringing an over-the-top spectacle to KeyBank Center to match the band’s over-the-top power pop rock. Because millions of flashing LED lights and massive sing-a-longs are the perfect cure for Seasonal Affective Disorder – you need to go to this show. Doctor’s orders.


2) Weakened Friends

DATE: January 13th

LOCATION: Mohawk Place

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


This Buzz Band Show of the Month features a band that won the Unsigned Artist of the Year at the 2017 Boston Music Awards. Weakened Friends may or may not be a great band name, but you can’t deny that this band makes you feel all the emotions. Given that this band could blow up at any moment, this show also has serious long-term FOMO potential.



3) Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band

DATE: January 17th

LOCATION: KeyBank Center

COST: $59.50 – $125


Rock and roll may never forget, but maybe you forgot, about Bob Seger. This Dad Rock Pick of the Month is supposed to be Mr. Seger’s last-ever tour stop in Buffalo. So if he’s on your concert bucket list, pick up those tickets ASAP.


4) Crash Test Dummies

DATE: January 18th

LOCATION: Town Ballroom

COST: $32 – $38


Rumor has it that 90s nostalgia is hot right now, and you can’t get more 90s than Crash Test Dummies. The band had two songs on the Dumb and Dumber soundtrack and also had their hit song “Mmm mmm mmm mmm” parodied by Weird Al Yankovic. Neat!


5) G. Love & Special Sauce

DATE: January 23rd

LOCATION: Tralf Music Hall

COST: $35


Speaking of the 90s, there was this moment in the decade when everyone thought G. Love & Special Sauce were going to take over the world. Well, that didn’t exactly happen, but the funky, bluesy, hip-hoppy band did develop quite a cult following. Needless to say, going to this show will definitely impress your cool, older GenX cousin.



6) Walk the Moon

DATE: January 26th

LOCATION: UB Center for the Arts

COST: $39 – $199 (VIP)


If you’ve made it this far in the concert rundown, you’re probably thinking there’s a lot of retro acts getting featured this month, and you’re right there is. But can I kindly point you in the direction of Walk the Moon at CfA?

Walk the Moon, or WTM as the kids call them, are playing a pretty imitate show at UB, given the size of the band right now. This show is another S.A.D. buster that can give you a much-needed lift going into February. Do it!!!

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 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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