Buffalo outdoor summer concert guide
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2012
Updated: Monday, November 5, 2012 20:11
In a city where winter dominates nine months out the year, those last three months of nice, warm weather are a big deal. When warm weather gracefully eases its way through these Buffalo streets, outdoor events and other forms of entertainment are booked every which way.
Buffalo’s music scene is certainly not lacking throughout the year. Indoor concerts are organized in Buffalo’s various venues including Mohawk Place, Club Infinity, DBGB, Town Ballroom, and Mister Goodbar. However, the summeris the three-month time to revel in the music presented outdoors. Thursday at the Harbor, Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor, Artpark concerts, and Vans Warped Tour are all places to be when you’re not at UB.
This summer provides a wide variety of concerts to appease any music fan. Ranging from hip-hop and ’90s classics to reggae and punk, this summer’s concerts on the harbor and at Artpark are especially diverse and will provide a summer full of fun for reasonable fees.
Thursday at the Harbor:
Formerly known as Thursday at the Square, a free outdoor concert series on Thursday nights at Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo, this series has permanently moved to the waterfront at Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf providing the perfect backdrop for a summer sunset accompanying an entertaining night of music. Now called “Thursday at the Harbor,” this free concert series goes from 5-9:30 p.m. and is located in downtown Buffalo near hotspot clubs and bars to help continue the entertainment from the concerts.
July 5 – Arrested Development
July 12 - Seether
July 19 – Young The Giant
July 26 – Arkells and Gomez
Aug. 2 – The Jesus and Mary Chain
Aug. 9 – Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Aug. 16 – Salt-n-Pepa
Aug. 23 – Matt Nathanson
Who To See:
Arkells and Gomez – Arkells will make their fast return to Buffalo after performing with The Maine and Lydia in May at Club Infinity. This five-piece alternative rock outfit from Canada will provide a highly entertaining and passionate show that will have the whole audience dancing to their catchy guitar riffs and drum beats.
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Although ska music had its heyday in the ’80s and ’90s, the grandfathers of ska, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, prove that the years have not endangered their craft. They continue to bring high energy music, clad in their suits, and will have the audience “skanking” the night away to the ’90s classic, “The Impression That I Get,” while showing why they continue performing after 29 years when the band originated.
Salt-n-Pepa – Anyone who has been fortunate enough to grow up in the ’90s should experience this show. There is no better way to relive the glory years of childhood than dancing to “Push It” with the power female duo that originated the popular party anthem.
Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor:
Located at the Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf, this concert series is similar to Thursday at the Harbor with many big name bands. These concerts take place from 6-11 p.m on various nights.
Friday, June 29 – Sam Roberts Band, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Saturday, June 30 – moe. and Conspirator
Friday, July 13 – Weezer
Sunday, July 15 – Feist
Friday, Aug. 31 – The J. Geils Band
Saturday, Sept. 1 – LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Trip
Who To See:
Weezer – This highly popular group of rockers led by frontman Rivers Cuomo is a must-see for any rock music lover. Since its inception in 1992, Weezer has been bringing the classic alternative rock sound as well as nine full-length albums, years of music making, and accolades. Popular classics such as “Buddy Holly,” “Say It Ain’t So,” “Island in the Sun,” and “Beverly Hills,” have outlasted the years in which they were created, leaving an everlasting musical stamp on society.