Performing Arts

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Music is Art

Shea's Buffalo

Colored Musicians Club

Home to 22 professional theater companies, the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and certified gems like the Colored Musician’s Club, Buffalo’s performing arts scene is unmatched in Western New York.

Arrive early for a Broadway show at Shea’s Performing Arts Center to take in its century-old opulence. Support up-and-coming playwrights at the Alleyway Theatre, or experience a cutting-edge performance at Torn Space Theater.  See an Afro-centric masterwork at the Paul Robeson Theatre. Attend the city’s annual Curtain Up! gala. Check out the local music scene at nightspots throughout town. Or attend a concert with a view at Artpark. Scan our events page and venues listed below to find the live performances taking place while you’re in town, or plan a Buffalo trip centered around theater or music.

With many watering holes waiting until 4 a.m. for last call, you could say Buffalo knows a thing or two about nightlife. From old-school taverns and hopping bars to craft beers, casinos and live music, the Nickel City parties from dusk to near dawn.