Summer concert guide: Jeff Miers’ top 10 open air concerts | Music

Khruangbin with men I trust

6.30 pm Aug 1 in Artpark Amphitheater, 450 S. 4th St., Lewiston† $49.50 – $70.

Texas trio Khruangbin’s local debut has been a beacon for me all winter, an imagined space I travel to where the sun shines and people are happy, while bassist Laura Lee, guitarist Mark Speer and drummer Donald Johnson bathe us in their jubilant mix of soulful psychedelia and lithe Thai funk.

Trombone Shorty will bring his “Voodoo Threauxdown” to Artpark in June.

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Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown

6 p.m. June 14 in Artpark Amphitheater, 450 S. 4th St., Lewiston† $19 – $42.

New Orleans music is synonymous with carefree exuberance and seriously deep grooves. Since Trombone Shorty’s Artpark debut in 2018, the Threauxdown has become a highly anticipated event. This year’s lineup is packed with legends and ambassadors of the next generation of New Orleans sound, including Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Tank & the Bangas, Big Freedia, George Porter & Dumpstaphunk, Cyril Neville and the Soul Rebellious. It’s about to get funky in Lewiston.

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The Doobie Brothers 50th Anniversary Tour

7:30 PM June 18 at Darien Lake Amphitheater; $22.50 – $129.50.

What makes this show particularly enticing is the presence of vocalist/keyboardist Michael McDonald, who joins founding members Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons and long-serving guitarist John McFee in a lineup that captures the soulful roots rock of the early days and groundbreaking R&B/rock. includes. fusion of McDonald-era albums such as “Minute by Minute” and “Takin’ It To the Streets.”

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Tired at Art Park. From left, Chuck Garvey, Jim Loughlin (percussion) and Rob Derhak on bass.

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6 p.m. July 7 at Lakeside Event Lawn, Outer Harbor; $24 – $49.

A Moe. homecoming is just around the corner, and now more than ever, one of Buffalo’s most successful exports could use some love from the city of good neighbors. The band plays an abbreviated tour with the help of Schleigho guitarist Suke Cerulo and Percy Hill keyboardist Nate Wilson. They will temporarily fill the void left by founder Chuck Garvey, who is recovering from a stroke he suffered in November.

Cobblestone Live Music and Arts Festival

6pm July 15 and 1pm July 16 in the Cobblestone District; $25 single day / $40 two-day pass.

Over the past five years, the Cobblestone Live Festival – presented at various stages in the Cobblestone District – has grown into a must-see summer event, one that seamlessly blends national tour acts with some of the best artists Buffalo has to offer. This year’s lineup includes Misterwives, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Andy Frasco & The UN, The Hip Abduction and Doom Flamingo.

Elvis Costello & The Imposters with Nicole Atkins

6:30 pm on August 9 at Artpark Amphitheater,450 S. 4th St., Lewiston; $37 – $67.

There have been many versions of Elvis Costello over the years—the tight, wired new waver, the country-swing romantic, the elegant (but haunted) balladeer, the collaborator of Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and the Roots, the full-throated singer. as the frontman of a string quartet. But Costello, the bandleader who rocks like a house on fire, has long been the eye of the creative hurricane. And it is that Costello who made “The Boy Named If” during the pandemic, an album that will be the centerpiece of the Artpark concert.

6 p.m. June 8 in Artpark Amphitheater, 450 S. 4th St., Lewiston† $41.50 – $49.

Two full sets of Goose, without opener. The Connecticut-born quartet built its WNY crowd brick by brick, starting out in the clubs — and even recording a live album with Nietzsche — and building a local buzz to match its rising national reputation. Be there to witness a band seize its moment.

Metallica rocks KeyBank Center (copy) 2018

Vocalist and guitarist James Hetfield, left, guitarist Kirk Hammett and drummer Lars Ulrich at Metallica’s 2018 concert at KeyBank Center. The band returns for a summer concert at Highmark Stadium.

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Metallica with Greta Van Fleet and Ice Nine Kills

6pm August 11 at Highmark Stadium; $52.50 – $245.

Metallica, arguably the greatest American heavy metal band ever, will be playing just two stadium shows this summer, both featuring Greta Van Fleet and Ice Nine Kills. Buffalo gets one of those shows. What else do you need to know?

Bidwell Parkway Summer Concert Series

7 p.m., June 21 – Aug 9. Bidwell Parkway; free.

One of the best live music vibes in Buffalo is at the Elmwood Village on eight consecutive Tuesdays in the heart of the summer. The entire 2022 lineup looks great, but I’m going with the June 28 performance of George Caldwell & Star People, an ensemble made up of 716 jazz royalty, including pianist Caldwell, saxophonist Bobby Militello, and drummer John Bacon, Jr.

1 to 6 p.m. May 21, Elmwood Village; free.


Farrow will play at Porchfest on the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Lafayette Avenue in 2021.

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Since its first trip in 2013, Buffalo PorchFest has grown into a major Elmwood Village event, with dozens of bands and artists performing in a quiet, intimate setting on the porches of community members. It’s always a great time and offers music lovers the chance to discover the musical talent of our city.

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