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  • Rochester

    Thursday September 20, 2018 | 9:00 PM

    The Teressa Wilcox Duo is a stripped-down version of the Teressa Wilcox Band. Both are fronted by singer/songwriter Teressa Wilcox, who has an incredible voice. Here's more about Teressa. Here's a video of Teressa and her band at the Dinosaur.

  • Buffalo

    Saturday October 27, 2018 | 10:00 PM
    Jony James

    Jony James is the first band to play in the Buffalo Dinosaur. That alone should tell you the respect that the Dinosaur has for Mr. James. Jony James has played both the Syracuse and Rochester Dinosaur Bar-B-Ques. Jony James is a guitar slinger and his band absolutely rocks the blues. Here is where to go for more info on the band.

  • Rochester

    Wednesday September 26, 2018 | 9:00 PM
    John Akers & Erik Welsh

    John Akers and Erik Welsh of the great Rochester rock band Hard Rain perform as an acoustic duo.

  • Buffalo

    Friday October 26, 2018 | 10:00 PM

    Robert "Freightrain" Parker, a member of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, leads this tight band as they blast out blues rock. Here's where to find more.

  • Saturday October 20, 2018 | 10:00 PM
    Buffalo Dead All Stars

    The fall leaves are dead and so is this entire weekend at the Dinosaur BBQ Buffalo! This lineup is great so we can't wait to hear what tunes they rip out!The Dead All Stars include: Todd Eberwine, Mark Hitchcock, Keith Lindner, and Kevin Kay. 

  • Rochester

    Saturday September 22, 2018 | 10:00 PM
    Joe Beard

    When it comes to the blues, Joe Beard is the real deal! He has four albums, including one with Ronnie Earl's band that won Offbeat Magazine's Blues Album of the Year in 1996. He was a friend of Rochester's Son House and has sat in with John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters. Here's what the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle says about Joe.

  • Syracuse

    Wednesday September 26, 2018 | 8:00 PM
    Joe Sweet & John Kelsey

    The acoustic duo of Joe Sweet and John Kelsey bring their act to the Dino tonight. Here is a sample.

  • Harlem

    Friday September 21, 2018 | 10:30 PM
    Brooklyn Soul Train

    Brooklyn Soul Train is an eclectic and electric group of musicians! You ain't seen nothin' like them! From the days musicians could play and sing LIVE with no enhancements -- these guys are pure and authentic! Have a listen here.

  • Troy

    Saturday September 22, 2018 | 9:30 PM
    The Lawn Sausages

    The Lawn Sausages is a great Troy rock band with a great sense of humor. Here's where to go for more info. And here's some video, which should convince you to come out and see them.

  • Harlem

    Saturday September 22, 2018 | 10:30 PM
    Dave Kardas Band

    The Dave Kardas Band plays all styles of music ranging from Blues to R&B, Dance and Soul. Fronted by guitarist Dave Kardas, Bassist Brian Buster and Drummer Justin Ottavianno hold down the Rhythm section while Rasheem Dixon sings vocals. Here's where to find out more and get a listen.

  • Tuesday September 25, 2018 | 8:00 PM
    Southy's Keys

    Southy's Keys are a guitar and piano duo, featuring vocalists Ben Shearer and Josh Southwick. They have an extensive repertoire of over 400 songs, including modern radio hits, rock, pop, country, blues, as well as originals compositions. Ben and Josh have enjoyed a working musical relationship since 2006. Ben was invited to join Josh’s band Bella Boar on keyboards, and shortly thereafter they opened for Sam Kinninger Band.  Ben has since performed with Josh at a range of solo, duo and band gigs in the years after.  In 2010 Ben and Josh had the pleasure of opening for Gene Ween – lead singer of the legendary experimental rock group Ween. More info here. 


  • Harlem

    Saturday September 29, 2018 | 10:30 PM
    Michael Louis Band

    The Michael Louis Band plays Brooklyn Swamp Music, a hybrid of blues, funk, soul and R&B. Here's where to get a taste of the band.

  • Thursday September 20, 2018 | 9:00 PM
    The Chris Ames Band

    Started out on Elvis, moved to the Beatles and never looked back. Honed my early chops singing along to Sgt Pepper while playing a tennis racket in front of the mirror in my parent's room. 7 bands, 23 years on the road, 3 EP's, 14 albums and 18 guitars (at the moment...) later, I am finally getting it right with this band and this record. To learn more visit

  • Friday September 21, 2018 | 10:00 PM
    Vinyl Orange Ottoman

    Do you like your Rock n Roll soaked in a bucket of Blues, Soul, and Grit? Look no further! Vinyl Orange Ottoman is exactly that. Sounds reminiscent of Joe Cocker and The Black Crowes. Marinated in undertones of Bobby Blue Bland, Bill Withers, and Muddy Waters. The band is fronted by scene vet, Vox/Key player Pete Griffith. He is flanked by Guitarist Brady Hoover and Noah Swartele. The rhythm section is made up of Bassist Sam Klotz and Drummer Nick Glover.

  • Friday September 21, 2018 | 9:00 PM
    WYLD Blu

    Alana Wyld & Wyld Blu serve up their blues with a generous side order of rhythm, heart and soul. The menu is rich, reflecting a variety of influences from classic and Texas blues, rock, boogie, R&B – even a splash of country flavor. More info here. 

  • Saturday September 22, 2018 | 10:00 PM

    HeartStruck is from Rochester NY. They love the band HEART and perform many of their songs as well as cover tunes from many other great bands including Led Zeppelin, Journey, Who, Janis Joplin, and more.  Have a listen here. 

  • Saturday September 22, 2018 | 10:00 PM
    Top Knotch Band

    Come out for some rhythm & blues and ribbin' & brews with TOP KNOTCH band's debut at the Dinosaur BBQ in Buffalo! We're excited to have Top Knotch bringing you the finest rhythm & blues and Motown tunes while Dinosaur BBQ brings you the smokiest BBQ in downtown Buffalo! More info here.

  • Syracuse

    Sunday September 23, 2018 | 12:00 PM
    30th Anniversary Party with Phil Petroff & Friends

    Come celebrate Dinosaur Bar-B-Que 30th anniversary upstairs at the dino! Phil Petroff & Friends will be playing throughout the day!  From 12:00pm-5:00pm we will be featuring bands from Dino’s past and present. Phil and Mike Petroff, Greg “Creamo” Liss, Lenny Milano and Friends: Carolyn Kelly, Jim Pavente, Todd Fitzsimons, Colin Aberdeen, The Ripcords, Jess Novak, Tim Herron, Morris & the Hepcats, Big D, Israel Hagen, Dave Hanlon, Steve Grills, Joe Beard, and Bad Mama Blues Band – just to name a few! 

  • Monday September 24, 2018 | 8:00 PM
    Nate Michaels

    Nate Michaels is a musician raised in the Finger Lakes region in NY, with a wide range of music in my repertoire. Also a singer/songwriter in the country music genre. More info here! 

  • Thursday September 27, 2018 | 9:00 PM
    Bluegrass Acoustic Jam
  • Harlem

    Friday September 28, 2018 | 10:30 PM
    Big Onion

    Pub Rock band from Freienwil in Aargau, Switzerland. Check them out on Facebook.

  • Troy

    Friday September 28, 2018 | 9:00 PM

    Playback is a 3 piece LIVE rock band playing all your favorite classic rock hits! Dance and sing the night away with Playback! Check them out here

  • Syracuse

    Friday September 28, 2018 | 10:00 PM

    Stroke, Central New York's premier R&B band, has received multiple Syracuse Area Music Awards over the years. For more information, please go here. To see the band in action, go here.

  • Friday September 28, 2018 | 10:00 PM
    The Skiffle Minstrels

    The Skiffle Minstrels is a dance band playing classic & original country & western swing! Truly one of a kind and one of the bands that reflects the cultural diversity of Western NY! More info here. 

  • Friday September 28, 2018 | 10:00 PM
    Guy Smiley

    Rochester's premier modern rock show! More info here. 

  • Saturday September 29, 2018 | 10:00 PM
    Rabbit Jaw

     Rabbit Jaw make their debut at the Dinosaur BBQ Buffalo NY! Check them out here. 

  • Rochester

    Saturday September 29, 2018 | 10:00 PM
    Teagan & the Tweeds

    Rock with Teagan and the Tweeds, one of the best bands to come out of Rochester in recent years. The band rocks and Teagan is a songbird! Here's a taste. If you love live music and you haven't seen this band, get down to the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and check them out tonight!

  • Saturday September 29, 2018 | 9:30 PM
    Zeffler and Feral Meryl

    Double Header featuring Zeffler and Feral Meryl rockin' the house with their Jam/Punk hybrid sound!

  • Friday October 5, 2018 | 10:00 PM
    Queen City Jamboree / Long Trail & Otter Creek

    The Dinosaur BBQ Buffalo has teamed up with Long Trail & Otter Creek to bring you DEAD NIGHTS AT THE DINO gratefully hosted by Queen City Jamboree! First Fridays of every month, expect a revolving cast of Buffalo's best Dead jammers with FREE samples of Long Trail beers and giveaways you won't want to miss out on! More info here.

  • Saturday October 6, 2018 | 10:00 PM

    Just Good Business brings the music of the Jerry Garcia Band to the Dinosaur BBQ. More info here. 

  • Friday October 12, 2018 | 10:00 PM
    Little Mountain Band

    Original Americana, Folk, Funk, Jam band playing original music that blends Jam, Bluegrass, Blues, Soul, Funk, Gospel and Rockabilly to create a new and unique level of fusion. More info here. 

  • Saturday October 13, 2018 | 10:00 PM
    IOT Band

    IOT Band plays songs you like, but probably haven't heard live in a while with a mix of Rock, Prog, New Wave, Power Pop, Alternative, and other nonsense. Come on down for the deep cuts from the band and the smoky cuts from the Dino! More info here. 

  • Friday October 19, 2018 | 10:00 PM
    Jessika & The Feels

    Jessika Schreiber is a Buffalo, NY-based pop/rock vocalist.  She is the lead singer of Jessika & The Feels, and can be seen singing with other numerous projects around WNY. More info here.

  • Sunday October 28, 2018 | 5:00 PM
    Babylon Sisters: The Music of Steely Dan -- Upstairs at the Dino

    “We’re gonna break out the hats and hooters” and celebrate the eccentric genius of one of rock’s favorite bands, as interpreted by CNY Songbirds Donna Colton, Maureen Henesey, and Joanna Jewett. The show also features musicians Kristopher Heels, Frank Neubert, Jim O’Mahony, Melissa Gardiner, Sam Paterelli, Jeff Stockham and Don Williams.

    The last time we presented Babylon Sisters the show sold out quickly and we had to turn away a lot of fans at the door, so we're super-excited to move to a bigger venue this time around - the mighty Dinosaur Bar-B-Que!

    The doors open at 4 pm and the show starts at 5 pm. We are not serving food upstairs, but you can grab an early dinner in the restaurant or order take-out and bring it on up.

    $20 pre-sale tickets are available on Eventbrite. Click here to buy your tickets!

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