Best Venues to Watch Local Bands in Rochester, NY


Everyone likes great music. It is especially enjoyable when you don't have to travel too far to listen to some great sounds with family and friends while having dinner and drinks. Rochester, NY features some of the top local bands in venues across the city for your listening pleasure. Be sure to check out the websites of these top music venues that feature these lively local bands that are true to their hometown.

Water Street Music Hall
Known as the "Best Live Music Club" and the "Best Live Entertainment Venue" by the locals, the Water Street Music Hall is 7,000 square feet in size. They are so popular that sometimes there is standing room only. It is best to call ahead if you plan on dropping by. They are Rochester's premier concert spots and have been around since 1977 when they began as the Country Warehouse. Light snacks are available at their concession stand and there are several restaurants nearby if you are hungering for more than that. Some of the featured bands include David Wax Museum, Twenty One Pilots, and Ra Ra Riot.

Flour City Station
With a more than adequate sized stage and a state-of-the-art sound system, Flour City Station is situated not too far from the Eastman School of Music. Flour City Station fits in well with the merriment and musical tradition that Rochester brings to its residents and visitors alike. Stop by for a bite to eat and a few drinks and unwind to some of the top bands for this venue, which include Mister F + Funktional Flow, Big Something, Haewa, and others.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Great food and featuring their own personal sauce, the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is a favorite among Rochester's people. Not only is the food scrumptious, but the entertainment is awesome. Come and listen to the sounds of BarnDogs, Inside Out, Industrial Blues Band, Red Hot & Blue Band and other rising star locals with your family and friends for a fun-filled evening.

Sarah Jonae-Ryan has lived in Rochester for more than 30 years. She has several blogs written on a variety of topics.