A Guide to WNY’s Best Live Music Venues

Western New York is home to some of the most unique concert venues in the state; places that put you up close and personal with musicians, completely immersing you in the concert experience. If you happen to be a live music fan, check out some of these venues when you are in town, and see if you can catch a show.

The Bear’s Den – Niagara Falls, New York

This is a great intimate venue located at the

Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, and with only 440 seats in the theatre, there isn’t a bad seat in the house.  Check out senecania.garacasino.com/bears-den

Nietzsche’s – Buffalo, New York

This intimate venue hosts live music seven days a week, 365 days a year. Tons of local musicians who have since made it big got their start at this place. This is a spot that lives and breathes music. Right now, there is a huge focus on local artists, so this is the place to be if you want to experience the best of Buffalo’s local live music scene.

Check out nietzsches.com

Sportsmen Tavern – Buffalo, New York

Over the years, this once unknown neighborhood tavern has become one of the greatest live music venues in the city. This spot currently hosts close to 40 shows a month. It’s a great, small, intimate venue.

Check out sportsmentavern.com for tickets and show info.

Kleinhans Music Hall – Buffalo, New York

This place is a national historic site and is one of the finest music halls in the country; it’s considered to be one of the most acoustically perfect venues ever. It was officially opened in 1940 and designated as historically significant in 1989. If classic music is your thing, make sure to stop by this place during your visit.

Go to kleinhansbuffalo.org for shows and tickets.

Buffalo Iron Works – Buffalo, New York

This venue is housed in a converted 1900’s factory space. It is a great intimate place to see shows and has a great food and drink menu to boot. Visit buffaloironworks.com for ticket and show information.

Town Ballroom – Buffalo, New York

This venue was originally known as the Town Casino. It served as a restaurant and hot nightspot. Musical legends used to play the Town Casino all the time: Frank Sinatra, Nat “King” Cole, Miles Davis and Les Paul. It has changed names many times since then and finally in 2005 was purchased and remodeled to once again be a premier concert venue on Queen Street. It’s a great layout, with a bar out front, and the venue itself in the back. There are several tiers to watch the shows from and there is not a bad seat in the house. Visit townballroom.com for show and ticket info.

Babeville – Buffalo, New York

This beautifully restored building is home to two venues: Ashbury Hall and The 9th Ward. This 19th century church was saved from ruin by Ani DeFranco, and turned into a multi use facility for the arts. The renovation process took almost 10 years and millions of dollars, but the end result is a space music lovers continue to praise. In addition to the concert venues, the building houses an art gallery and a screening room. Visit babevillebuffalo.com for ticket and show info.

The Colored Musicians Hall – Buffalo, New York

This historic venue has played host to some of the greats in jazz history: Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and more. It’s been in its current location since 1934 and it’s had a storied history in that spot. It’s contributed significantly to the cultural landscape of Buffalo, and remains one of the best places to see a live show. Visit colored musiciansclub.org for more information.

Artpark – Lewiston, New York

If you are visiting during the summer make sure to check out the line up for Tuesdays and Wednesday nights. Big name acts play this outdoor stage that is perched on the edge of the picturesque Niagara River. This place is in no way small and intimate, but a night out here will make for a memorable summer evening. Visit artpark.net for shows and info.

The Tralf Music Hall – Buffalo, New York

This is known as Western New York’s “best sounding room”. This is another venue where there are no bad seats, with everywhere in the room providing great sightlines. Check out tralfmusichall.com for tickets and show info.

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