Central New York is a hotbed for live music. With its mix of small towns and cities, there’s something for everyone, from country to rock to jazz wherever you go. Whether you’re looking for an intimate setting or a larger venue, you’re sure to find the perfect place to enjoy a live performance. Here are a few of our favorite spots to catch live music in Central New York.
Ray Brothers Barbeque
Bouckville, New York
The Yard Amphitheater at Ray Brothers Barbeque is an awesome outdoor venue with a capacity of 1,500. It’s like being in your own backyard for a concert, only your backyard has a fully-stocked bar, delicious barbecue and national touring acts. Grab a chair or a blanket, a bite to eat, and a drink – and get ready to dance!
Cooperstown, New York
Red Shed Brewery is a great place to enjoy live music in Central New York. They have three taprooms in Cooperstown, Cherry Valley, and the Ale House, and each one hosts live music every week during the brewery season. From weekly trivia to seasonal fests, there’s always something going on at Red Shed.
Music on Mainstreet
Canajoharie, New York
Music on Mainstreet is a free outdoor music series that was founded in 1995 by a group of residents in Canajoharie, New York. The series aims to provide a common place for residents and visitors to gather and enjoy free musical entertainment with a diverse mix of genres.
Rockland Cider Works – Upstate
Gilboa, New York
Need things to do this weekend? Why not hang out at Rockland Cider Works! They love hosting music enthusiasts at their scenic Gilboa location. Rockland offers live music most weekends, seasonal festivals and other special events.
Chenango Blues Festival and Summer Series
Norwich, New York
For more than 30 years, the renowned Chenango Blues Festival has been a family-friendly event held each August. In addition to award-winning blues acts, the festival also features local artisan and food vendors. A complimentary concert series runs weekly throughout the summer in Norwich’s East Park as well.
Tin Rooster Dancehall & BBQ
Verona, New York
Part of the Turning Stone Resort and Casino, Tin Rooster Dancehall & BBQ is one of Central New York’s biggest and best country bars with live music and entertainment, dancing and events throughout the year. It also boasts being home to some of the best barbecue in New York.
McGirk’s Irish Pub
Binghamton, New York
Serving burgers and Irish comfort food, McGirk’s Irish Pub is a laid-back pub also known for live music with bands playing on any given night all throughout the year.
Rock Valley Brewing Co.
Little Falls, New York
Rock Valley is a family- and pet-friendly farm brewery with more than beer! They host live music every Saturday throughout the year.
No matter what your taste in music, you’re sure to find something to enjoy in Central New York. So come on out and experience the vibrant live music scene for yourself!