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17 Summer and Fall Tours That Skipped Buffalo

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17 Summer and Fall Tours That Skipped Buffalo

132thI know, we can’t have it all. Some cities get shows that others don’t. Some cities are big with lots of fans and various sized venues and some are small with not as many fans and fewer venues. The big ones get more of the good shows, the small ones get the leftovers. Here we’ve compiled a list of bands that are skipping over Buffalo this year. Buffalo is certainly not a huge concert market. Usually a band will have to make a decision: Are we going to Cleveland or Buffalo in between Toronto and Detroit, or are we just going to skip both? Some bands like Nine Inch Nails, Jack White, and DJ Shadow decided to skip both this year, and that is depressing. This blog is purely observational; I don’t know why they’ve skipped Buffalo—maybe it’s totally unreasonable in many ways for some of these acts to play Buffalo—and for all I know maybe there are some promoters out there waiting to announce some Buffalo dates for these acts (doubt it), but for now, they’re simply not coming. Some of the bands are skipping ALL markets like Buffalo; some of them have been here before and have decided not to return for whatever reason. Regardless, here are 17+ acts  that danced around Buffalo but decided not to twerk with us.

Hudson Mohawke

July 24 — Montreal
July 25 — Toronto


July 26 — Toronto

Nine Inch Nails

July 24 —Tinley Park, Il
July 26 — Clarkston, Mi
July 27 —Toronto

Jack White

July 24 — Chicago
July 26 — Middletown, Ri
July 31 —Toronto

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

July 25 — two shows in Philadelphia
July 26 — Brooklyn
July 29 — Detroit

RX Bandits and The Dear Hunter

July 28 — Cleveland

Blood Orange

July 30 — Toronto
July 31 —Chicago

Arcade Fire

Aug 22, 23, 24 —Brooklyn
Aug 26, 27  — Chicago
Aug 29 —Toronto
Aug 30 —Montreal


July 29 — Cleveland
Aug 3 —Toronto

FKA Twigs

Aug 8 — Toronto

The Ataris

Aug 9 — Cleveland

Royksopp with Robyn

Aug 25 — two shows in Toronto

Mount Kimbie

Aug 29 — Toronto


Aug 28 — Hamden, CT
Sept 6 — Montreal
Sept 7 — Toronto

DJ Shadow

Sept 1 — Toronto
Sept 3 — Boston
Sept 4 — New York
Sept 6 — Philadelphia

Flying Lotus

Oct 20 — Montreal
Oct 21 — Toronto
Oct 23 — Royal Oak, Mi
Oct 24 — Chicago


Oct 24 — Cleveland
Oct 26 — Terminal 5
Oct 29 — Boston
Oct 31 — Toronto
Nov 1 — Toronto

More acts on tour this fall that have not announced dates in Buffalo:  Com TruiseTwin ShadowTy SegallBlack LipsFucked Up, Modest Mouse, A Silver Mt. Zion, Propagandhi, Yacht, Chromeo, Coheed and Cambria, Beach House, Tennis, Charli XCX

  • Lamont Cranston

    No great loss, except for Nick Cave.

  • Guest

    Nick Cave plays Toronto next week.

  • Lillian Llacer

    I am a tour manager for bands and spent 8 years in the early 2000s as a manager for bands. If you think a band is choosing or skipping Buffalo, you are seriously deluded. That is not the way the touring business works. Bands go where promoters ask them to go and they play for whoever pays the most money on a given night of the week. Please get over this inferiority complex. Nobody is saying Let’s Play in Buffalo or Let’s Skip Buffalo.

    • sttbuff

      “This blog is purely observational; I don’t know why they’ve (sic) skipped Buffalo—maybe it’s totally unreasonable in many ways for some of these acts to play Buffalo”

      This is not an inferiority complex. It’s “purely observational” NIN is not coming to Buffalo. That is a fact. And they did may a decision to “skip” Buffalo. Bruno Mars came to Buffalo. He made a decision to “Play” Buffalo. So, yes, someone is saying “Let’s Play in Buffalo or Let’s Skip Buffalo”

      Bands may not collude to skip of play Buffalo, but I am sure there are economic, demographic, and other reasons.

      I have no idea what the point of your comment was, other than to accuse Buffalo of having an inferiority complex. Which we don’t. We are f-ing awesome.

      • Lillian Llacer

        NIN did not make a decision to skip Buffalo. You simply don’t understand the business if you think that. You are assuming that a promoter offered them a show in Buffalo. If you don’t know how a business works, you shouldn’t critique that business. That’s my point.

        • Lillian Llacer

          I can also tell you that Buffalo was going to get two nights of Modest Mouse in May, right after their Brewery Ommegang show. The first Brewery Ommegang show sold out in 7 minutes, so they pulled the Buffalo shows and played a second night at Ommegang. The reason for that was not that woke up overnight and said never mind, we don’t want to play Buffalo. The reason for that was they could make more money in one extra night in Cooperstown than they could in 2 nights in Buffalo. If bands are “skipping” Buffalo for Cleveland, it comes down to economics. They can make more money in Cleveland. Period.

          • Cory

            Ok, so they skipped for Cooperstown. I never said money wasn’t a prime reason bands skip Buffalo.

          • Lillian Llacer

            As you are the music editor for Artvoice, it would be nice to at least have some background on how national and international touring actually works before writing drivel like what you have written. You never said money was an issue, either. Re-read your post. Let me reiterate: Bands do not make decisions on where to play or where to skip. Their booking agents and management string together the most lucrative set of dates in a geographic region that are possible. Sometimes the place they would naturally play isn’t available and sometimes the promoter in the region doesn’t think he can sell enough tickets to pay the band and make a profit. NO BAND says “we want to play in Buffalo” or “we want to stay away from Buffalo.” Period.

          • sttbuff

            @lillianllacer:disqus – you’re a little high and mighty aren’t you. Re-read the post. Cory states that it is purely observational. The bands listed did not play Buffalo. That’s a fact. That’s all the article stated. It is simply a list of bands, that did not play Buffalo. Period. I’m sorry that the rest of us aren’t big time booking agents like you. But the article clearly states, it’s purely observational. Get over your self.

          • Shuckleberry Hound

            “The bands listed did not play Buffalo. That’s a fact. That’s all the article stated. It is simply a list of bands, that did not play Buffalo. Period.”

            The problem being, why would compiling a list of bands who didn’t play in Buffalo justify an article? You can call it “observational” all you want, but not all observations are worthwhile.

      • Shuckleberry Hound

        I’m sorry, but this post absolutely reeks of an inferiority complex (or, perhaps more accurately: a lazy, asinine idea for an article).

        So some of these artists are playing in Toronto. How the hell is it significant that they aren’t also playing in Buffalo? The entire premise of the article hinges on the notion that it’s somehow interesting that there are a bunch of bands on tour that don’t have a gig lined up in Buffalo.

        So what? Not every goddamn band can play in Buffalo. You know what? Sometimes bands play in the northeast and they don’t play in Cleveland, Toronto, or NYC. Is that really newsworthy?

        Why not focus on what is happening in Buffalo rather than what isn’t?

  • Sean Danvers

    I’ve always been surprised Buffalo isn’t a bigger market for bands, what with all the colleges and Canadian proximity and all that – specially in winter. Hopefully the new and reinvented venues will keep the good momentum built by summer fests and events like Canalside going.

  • Shuckleberry Hound

    What on earth is the point of this article?

    Does anyone really give a shit that The Ataris–a band whose only almost-hit song was a 2003 Don Henley cover– are playing in Cleveland and not in Buffalo?

    Are you getting paid actual money to post this?

    • UncleBluck

      The Ataris are a vey talented band and they have composed many very good original tunes. Music is not all about hit songs buddy. I feel bad for the younger people who did not get to experience the old days of album rock where you could actually hear music other than “hits” played on the radio……

      • Shuckleberry Hound

        “The old days”? You mean 1997?

        I didn’t write what I wrote merely to diss The Ataris (you don’t need to defend them to me, I listened to them religiously until around the time when I hit puberty and realized there was far more interesting music in the world than whiney-albeit-catchy pop punk).

        I simply don’t understand what the point of the article is. Compiling a seemingly random list of bands playing in the Northeast and not Buffalo is like compiling a list of food trucks that exist in the Northeast and not Buffalo. “Here’s a list of shit we don’t have”. What the hell is the point?

        • UncleBluck

          The fact that you or anybody would try to combine genres of music such as pop & punk shows that like most of the younger generation you know nothing about music. Pop & punk have nothing in common. As for the old days my young friend I’m talking about the late 60’s – 70’s…the point is that most musical acts do not perform in Buffalo anymore, something that did not occur in the past, my know it all young friend…..

          • Shuckleberry Hound


            Also, try not to be so condescendingly dismissive and ageist. I don’t make sweeping assumptions about you because you hint at being older.

            You’ve completely missed the point of my comments to tell me I have no taste or understanding of music, apparently based on the fact that I’m not part of your generation, yet you don’t actually know how old I am and you have no idea what my music tastes or habits are.

            Regardless of your age, you’re a little full of yourself.

  • Cory

    What upcoming shows in Buffalo are you guys looking forward to most?

    • jimd54

      I’m going to the mayhem fest but it won’t be at Darien Lake. I stopped going there after they klcked Marilyn Manson out of Ozzfest. They can fuck a rolling donut!

  • ButterflyPotion

    Angels of Light were here but I didn’t know until after the fact because Artvoice distribution in Niagara Falls runs 1-2 weeks behind.

    • Cory

      It was actually Swans, not Angels of Light. But it was a great show, I’m sorry that you didn’t catch an Artvoice in time.

  • Zarley Zalapski

    Look at most any current/up and coming/established artist(s) tour schedule and you will see Buffalo is not on it. What I find surprising is how often Columbus or Cleveland are included on those same tours. Just anecdotal from my perspective.

  • Steely Dan

    The Tea Party is the only real loss…

  • UncleBluck

    I think one of the biggest problems is that we just don’t have any real concert promoters in Buffalo anymore. Back in the 60’s, 70,s and 80’s we had Harvey(Harvey Weinstein/biggest film producer in Hollywood), Corky & Tice & Festival East Productions. Back in those days every band, regardless of who they were played Buffalo. Any week of the year there was 4 to 5 concerts coming to Buffalo and Buffalo was already full swing into its economic regression. difference was we had people who made things happen. Now we have whiners who do nothing and don’t promote……And the biggest venue we have now has become a Genesee County Sheriffs private playground for harassment (ie Darien Lake)…..