Dennis Deyoung

By Alicia Dziak

Outdoor concert season is here in WNY! Whether you like your music on the country, rock, hip hop or throwback side, there’s something for everyone.

Ellicottville’s Summer Music Festival is coming to Holiday Valley June 29-July 1.

On Friday, June 29, Michael Glabicki, the lead singer of Rusted Root, and his new band, Uprooted, will take to the stage performing Rusted Root classics as well as new tracks. Opener in Funktional Flow.

The following night, on June 30, check out Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx, celebrating the “40th Anniversary Grand Illusion Album Tour”.

Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of  STYX and the lead singer and writer on seven of the band’s eight top 10 hits. His live concert with his six-piece band showcases all the STYX Greatest Hits spanning the 70s, 80s and 90s.

On Sunday, July 1, the Buffalo Philharmonic will be back for their 25th engagement at the Summer Music Festival. The show, “Vinyl Fever,” will feature songs from the Beatles, Billy Joel, Abba, The Beach Boys, Motown and more. The evening will conclude with everyone’s favorite 1812 Overture and Stars and Stripes forever to an incredible fireworks display. This is an all ages event, so pack up your picnic basket and bring the whole family. As always, 12 and under are free to both concerts.

Bets pricing is available through June 18. For tickets and information, visit

Blue Heron Music Festival

July 6-8 brings the 27th annual Blue Heron Music Festival to Sherman, N.Y., and will feature Donna The Buffalo,The Felice Brothers, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Suitcase Junket, The Gunpoets, The Town Pants, Driftwood, Bobby Henrie And The Goners, The Probables, Danielle Ponder And The Tomorrow People and The Hindu Cowboys, among many others. A summer tradition since 1992, the Great Blue Heron Music Festival is an annual celebration that brings thousands of music lovers to the rolling hills of Western New York. With a wide variety of live original music on three stages – including the Main Stage, the intimate Tiger Maple Stage and a big-top Dance Tent that swings through the night – plus instrument workshops, dance lessons, and activities for both children and teens, the festival provides many ways to enjoy the weekend. Visit for more info.

Buffalo Canalside

Buffalo Canalside’s Thursday series started up last week with early 2000s hip hop stars Method Man and Redman. The remainder of the summer’s schedule is as follows:

• June 14: Fitz & the Tantrums

• June 28, Umphrey’s McGee

• July 7, Vanilla Ice

• July 12, Arrested Development

• July 19, Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Beth Hart

• July 26, Father John Misty

• Aug. 2, Dark Star Orchestra

• Aug. 9, Headstones

• Aug. 17, Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Purchase $5 General Admission tickets at all 17 WNY Consumer’s Beverages locations, at the Information Kiosk on the Boardwalk at Canalside (until 2 p.m. on the day of the show) and on General Admission tickets purchased beforehand will come with a drink ticket, good for a free beer, wine, soda, or water at the concert; tickets purchased at the door on the day of the show do not include a free drink coupon.

In addition, Canalside is also the site of other concerts this summer. On Saturday, June 16, head to Alternative Buffalo’s Kerfuffle 2018 from 1:30-11 p.m.

On Saturday, June 30, The Summer Soul Festival, featuring Faith Evans, Eric Benet, Ginuwine, Next, 702, Lil Mo’ and more takes over the waterfront. Tickets are on sale at, Doris Records and

Did you grow up in the 90s blaring Push It and Feel Me Flow on Majic 102? On Saturday,  Aug. 11, Stage One Live Presents the I Love The 90’s Tour, featuring Salt –N- Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Color Me Badd, C&C Music Factory, Rob Base, DJ Kool and more, live at Canalside. Hip hop hooray ho!


Artpark in Lewiston is another popular outdoor venue, one that overlooks the Niagara River gorge. Here is a schedule of their upcoming concerts:

• June 19, Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers & The Wood Brothers

• June 26, Blue Rodeo

July 3, Steve Miller Band & Peter Frampton

• July 10, Barenaked Ladies, Better Than Ezra & KT Tunstall

• July 17, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Drive By Truckers & The Marcus King Band

• July 24, Gov’t Mule

• July 27, Fleet Foxes

• July 28, Ween

• July 31, Brit Floyd

• Aug 1, Portugal. The Man

• Aug 7, Jeff Beck & Ann Wilson

• Aug 10, Slightly Stoopid, Stick Figure & Pepper

• Aug 12, All Time Low & Dashboard Confessional

• Aug 14, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue

• Aug 21, The Spinners

• Aug 22, O.A.R. & Matt Nathanson

• Aug 28, Boy George, Culture Club & The B-52s

Darien Lake

Who doesn’t love a concert at Darien Lake? Make a day of it and ride some coasters before seeing the show. Concerts include:

  June 19, Dead and Company            

  June 24, Zac Brown Band

• June 26, Poison with Cheap Trick

• June 27, Dave Matthews Band            

• June 28, Chris Stapleton

• July 3,  Logic

• July 13, Lynyrd Skynyrd

• July 21, Lady Antebellum

• July 22, Kesha and Macklemore

• July 24, Godsmack & Shinedown

• July 25, Warped Tour

• Aug. 3, Slayer

• Aug. 4, Dierks Bentley

• Aug. 7, Chicago & REO Speedwagon

• Aug. 10, Jason Aldean

• Aug. 12, Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson

• Aug. 16, Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town