Written by Bridget Schaefer

Buffalo Iron Works has quickly gone from your go-to Sabres pre-game to one of the most popular music venues in town, bringing bands from all over the country to WNY.

From jam bands to NOLA jazz, they’ve got something for everyone (plus, it’s the best space for a dance party…. remember our Silent Disco earlier this year?!) The venue promotes community, camaraderie, and a good time. Shows are affordable, beers are all local, and the music will get you dancing. People love it so much, fans painted a mural in their patio space, for free:

On top of this, the team at Iron Works are some of the founding members of Cobblestone Live – the music festival that has taken Buffalo summers by storm. Plans are in the works for year 3 in 2019 – dates will be announced soon.

So, as the dark winter settles in Buffalo, get to the Cobblestone District and get warm at Iron Works. They have a packed lineup with shows every week. We picked out the 6 must sees for the rest of 2018:

  1.  John Medeski’s Mad Skillet (An Evening With), Sunday November 11th 
    Doors: 7:00pm, Show: 8:00pm – Tickets: $25 ADV/$30 DOS – Ages: 18+ .
    Sunday Funday this week is at Iron Works. Straight from New Orleans, Mad Skillet is going to bring the house down. Get ready for all the jazz, blues, psychedelic rock, and R&B.
  2. Friday November 16th – KT Tunstall w/ Maddie Ross
    Doors: 8:00pm, Show: 9:00pm – Tickets: $25 ADV/$30 DOS/$99 VIP – Ages: 18+ 
    UK Singer-Songwriter KT Tunstall is coming to Buffalo!! (Cue fangirl excitement) Grammy nominated, festival favorite, ultimate movie song…. KT Tunstall is back and headed to Western New York.
  3.  Tauk w/ Exmag- Saturday November 17th
    Doors: 8:00pm, Show: 9:00pm – Tickets: $15.00 – Ages: 18+
    After the debut of their new album, New York-bred band TAUK is hitting Iron Works for a show that will blow your mind. TAUK’s all-instrumental blend of progressive rock, hip-hop, and jazz is free-flowing yet elaborately composed.
  4. The Marcus King Band w/ Ida Mae – Sunday November 25th
    Doors: 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm – Tickets: $18 ADV/$22 DOS – Ages: 18+ 
    Raised in Greenville, South Carolina, Marcus King was brought up on the blues, playing shows as a pre-teen sideman with his father. Now at 20 years old, he has released his 2nd full-length LP and is ready to end your Thanksgiving weekend with a fantastic show. The band is quickly becoming one of the country’s most sought after live acts.
  5. WYRK Presents: Ashley McBryde w/ Special Guests Dee White – Thursday December 13th 
    Doors: 7:00pm, Show: 8:00pm – Tickets: $17 ADV/$22 DOS – Ages: 18+
    Country lovers unite! This is about to be a powerhouse show. Dubbed as one of Rolling Stone’s “Artists You Need To Know,” citing she’s “an Arkansas red-clay badass, with the swagger of Hank Jr. and the songwriting of Miranda Lambert,” McBryde fearlessly lays it all on the line.
  6. Uprooted feat Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root – NYE PARTY, December 31
    Doors: 7:00pm, Show: 9:00pm – Tickets: $25 ADV/$30 DOS – Ages: 18+
    Your News Year’s Eve plans are right here. Spend $25-$30 bucks on amazing music, a night of dancing and celebrating the New Year! Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root is hitting the stage with a brand new solo project titled, Uprooted. The band promises to bring back parts of the Rusted Root of old, but also include more percussion and female vocals.