Top 10 Concerts to See This July in WNY

Photo from Beck’s Facebook Page

July is a bittersweet month here in Western New York. It’s arguably when we have our best weather, but the days are getting shorter and there’s that nagging thought in the back of our heads – “Winter is coming.” BUT, at least it’s not “Winter has come”.

We really have to appreciate the summer months and what better way to do that than to go out and see some live music? Here are our picks for July…

Here’s the thing: Some of these shows are sold out, but obviously you can still find tickets for sale on StubHub, Facebook, etc. Don’t @ us.



1. Logic with Kyle and NF

DATE: July 3rd

LOCATION: Darien Lake Amphitheater

COST: $25 – 92


Something about rap music just feels right during summer, and this bill brings all the heat you need for a good rap show. Logic brings his high-intensity hits, while Kyle and NF bring somewhat smoother styles.


2. Vanilla Ice

DATE: July 7th

LOCATION: Canalside

COST: $5


Is Vanilla Ice at Canalside a rap concert or a giant, real-life meme? Is this really one of the best concerts in July?

Whether you’re a massive Vanilla Ice fans or think he’s a joke, there’s no ignoring the fact that he’s coming to town is a BFD. And, you know your friends are going to be posting all over social media from this one.

Just pay your $5 and sing along to “Ice, Ice Baby” at the top of your lungs – or suffer serious FOMO.


3. Barenaked Ladies (Regular admission SOLD OUT)

DATE: July 10th


COST: $71 (VIP)


In the mid-90s, Barenaked Ladies went from regional sensation to international superstars with their poppy, funny and wistful songs about life. Whether you’re a child of the 90s or currently feeling 90s Revival Fever, this show has to be on your radar.



4. Arrested Development

DATE: July 12th

LOCATION: Canalside

COST:  $6 – $42


Classic rock is a thing, but apparently classic rap isn’t, which seems weird.

Anyway, if there was a classic rap station Arrested Development would be in heavy rotation. Go for their big hits “Tennessee” and “Mr. Wendal” – stay for the rest of their smart, catchy old-skool jamz.


5. Beck (Sold Out)

DATE: July 16th

LOCATION: Albright-Know Art Gallery

COST:  $60


Beck needs no introduction. He’s an icon at this point and should be on your concert bucket list. He also rarely plays Buffalo.

So work those connex Step Out Buffalo readers and snag some tickets.


6. Lady Antebellum, Gavin DeGraw and Russel Dickerson

DATE: July 21st

LOCATION: Darien Lake Amphitheater

COST:  $25 – 105


These may not be the reddest, hottest names in country music right now, but there’s a lot of star power on this bill and definitely worth the price of admission.


7. The final Vans Warped Tour

DATE: July 25th

LOCATION: Darien Lake Amphitheater

COST:  $45


Coming to Western New York each year since 1995, Warped Tour has been a rite of passage for some of us and a yearly tradition for others. Sadly, this looks like the last year for “punk rock summer camp.”

Grab your tickets, dye your hair and get some fresh ink for the occasion. See you in the pit!


8. Father John Misty

DATE: July 26th

LOCATION: Canalside

COST:  $5


If you love songwriting, wit, irony and a supersize personality, Father John Misty is your jam. John Tillman and his band will make you laugh and cry and sing with joy. All for a measly $5. This show is the steal of the summer. Jump on it.



9. Cobblestone Live

DATE: July 27th & 28th

LOCATION: Cobblestone District

COST:  $25 single-day pass, $45 two-day pass, $100 VIP


Put on by the Cobblestone District, the second annual Cobblestone Live event will feature more than 30 artists across 5 stages, activities for all ages, local food trucks and a beer tent. Headliners Broken Social Scene, The Sheepdogs and Aqueous will all play on Saturday.


10. Buffalo Infringement Festival

DATE: July 26 -August 5th

LOCATION: Venues across Western New York

COST:  most events cost $5


What’s there to say about Infringement Festival that already hasn’t been said. It’s probably the most grassroots music event in Western New York, run by artists for the community. Check our website for a full rundown of must-see Infringement events.


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