The Must-Experience Concert Venues of CNY


Are you a classic rock lover? Does American folk music make you want to get up and dance? Or do you tap to the rhythms of blues? Here in Central New York, we have concert venues for music enthusiasts of all genres.

Nelson Odeon

Tucked away in scenic Madison County, you’ll find The Nelson Odeon. The Nelson Odeon was once the historic Nelson Grange building. Since the renovation, this venue has become a popular concert location in CNY.

The Nelson Odeon is a small venue. It was created with the community in mind. It has a layout that invites the audience to participate by singing and dancing. The experience of this venue is up-close and personal making you feel that you are actually part of the band.

Nelson Odeon Concert

Before the performance, be sure to stop by the Nelson Farms right next door and enjoy a drink from their taproom or explore their store.

The Stanley

In the hustle and bustle of Utica, you’ll stumble upon the magnificent performance venue, The Stanley. This CNY concert venue designed by Thomas Lamb opened up in 1928. Thomas Lamb is actually one of the most noted architects of theaters and cinemas in the 20th century. The mosaic fixtures, grand staircase and columns that surround the stage bring you back in time.

Whatever section you choose to sit in, the orchestra, loge or balcony, you always have a great view of the performance. At the Stanley, you can enjoy live music concerts of all genres, musical/off-Broadway performances along with a variety of comedy acts.

Full of history and captivating architecture and design, this venue is a must-visit location for your next show.

Riverlink Park

The temperature has heated up, the sun is shining and you are itching to be outdoors. This CNY concert venue is the perfect place that combines all the offerings of the warmer months.

Located on the riverbanks of Riverlink Park in the city is Amsterdam, you’ll find this beautiful outdoor venue. Rain or shine, the show must go on.  The performances that happen during the Riverlink Concert series vary in genres such as, folk, class, jazz, classic rock and much more.

Concert at Riverlink Park

This is the perfect place to unwind with friends and family. Don’t forget your chairs, blankets and coolers, visitors are able to set up right on the lawn.

The Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena/The Forum Theatre

The Southern Tier is the home to The Floyd L. Maines Veterans Area and The Forum Theatre.

This arena is the home of the Binghamton Devils an AHL team, but during the year hosts a variety of sporting events, concerts and expos. One of the larger venues in Central New York, it has a capacity of 7,000, making it a popular stop for national touring acts.

The Forum is also part of the complex. It is smaller scale and only seats 1,500 people. The Forum was built in 1919 before the area. It was originally built to host silent movies and small acts.

Floyd Maines Arena

From top names to unknown up-and-comers to old favorites, both of these venues are considered the entertainment hub in the Binghamton area.