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The power of live music to unite people is undeniable and its draw is universal. Some cities like Austin, Nashville and New Orleans are known for live music, and while Buffalo may not be in the same category with larger cities, its music scene certainly comes out on top when listed among smaller cities the United States. On weekends, you'll find live music at almost every bar, several outstanding indoor venues draw big-name acts, and in the summer its outdoor concerts at three major public spaces are flooded with people enjoying the weather, the culture, and the vibes. If listening to bands and vocalists show off their skills is how you like to spend an evening, you'll find that Buffalo does things right. Year round, you can check out what's happening at the Town Ballroom or the Waiting Room, two indoor venues that offer both national and local acts. During the summer, Artpark, Larkin Square, and Canalside all offer a concert series and a laid back, festival-like atmosphere.
While many venues on the local music scene are clustered in the Downtown area, know that terrific places to hear live music can be found throughout Buffalo. Here are our 10 favorite venues that offer a variety of live music options in the Queen City.