Buffalo’s musical menu in 140 characters or less:
Kleinhans Music Hall: One of the country’s great concert halls. Home to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Buffalo Chamber Music Society.
Sportsmen’s Tavern: The self-proclaimed “honkiest tonkiest beer joint in town” features the best of regional and national alt-country, roots rock and Americana.
Babeville: This beautifully restored church presents a variety of performers in Asbury Hall, its mainstage, and the 9th Ward, a small basement bar.
Town Ballroom: Back in the day this was a swanky nightclub that hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra; today, the Town Ballroom features the best of indie rock.
Shea’s Performing Arts Center: An elegant former movie palace now home to Broadway shows and touring rock gods.
Nietzsche’s: According to the mural around the corner, “without music life would be a mistake.” Nietzsche’s takes this to heart by presenting live music seven days a week.
Pausa Art House: Charming and inviting, Pausa presents a dizzying array of performers, from classical to folk-rock to mainstream jazz to Dixieland.
University at Buffalo Center for the Arts: Located in suburban Amherst, the spacious and comfortable concert hall presents an impressive line-up of musical styles.
The Waiting Room: Punk Rock Karaoke, anyone?
Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall: The performing arts center at Buffalo State College offers a diverse menu of jazz, rock and folk performers.
Canalside: Buffalo’s waterfront lawn hosts a free Thursday night concert series all summer long.
Outer Harbor: Buffalo’s bucolic outer harbor gets a little rowdy every now and then with a summer concert series featuring the likes of the Black Keys and Vampire Weekend.
Darien Lake Performing Arts Center: A 45-minute drive from downtown Buffalo, Darien Lake’s stage has been host to Dave Matthews, the Allman Brothers and Tom Petty.
KeyBank Center: This is where the giants of pop, rock and hip hop play when they come to Buffalo.
Bear’s Den Showroom at Seneca Niagara Casino: Up close and personal with the kings and queens of rock, pop, country and soul.
Larkin Square: The best of Buffalo’s bands call this their home every Wednesday night between May and October. Free.
Artpark: Located in lovely Lewiston with a spectacular view of the Niagara Gorge, this open-air amphitheater is an amazing place to see a show.
Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall: This elegant space on UB’s Amherst Campus hosts an annual performance of Beethoven’s string quartets by the world’s best instrumentalists as well as the June in Buffalo new music festival.
The Rapids Theatre: A state of the art concert venue in downtown Niagara Falls.
— Ed Healy