It's about to poppin' in Western New York is an understatement. There have been quite a few hip-hop and R&B shows announced for Western New York after the dry spell we experienced due to the pandemic. Here are the shows and concerts that will be coming to our area this summer and fall.

Rick Ross
Rozay is coming to Buffalo on Saturday, August 7, 2021. He'll be hitting the stage at the Lakeside Event Complex, located at 825 Fuhrmann Blvd. in Buffalo. Gates open at 5 pm. It's an all-ages show, but a parent is required for people under the age. Tickets are are available online via Eventbrite. If you bought tickets for the previously announced date (pre-covid), those tickets will be honored.

Dru Hill, Ginuwine, Montel Jordan, RL from Next
The Old-School Jam featuring Dru Hill, Ginuwine, Montel Jordan, RL from Next is happening in Rochester, next Thursday, August 19, 2021, from 7:30 – 11:30 pm. The concert will take place inside Rochester Auditorium Theater, located at 885 E Main Street. You can purchase tickets by visiting

The Roots with special guests Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
The Roots and guests will be performing on Saturday, August 21, 2021, at 7:30 pm. The show will be held at the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater, which is located at 31 Roberts Avenue in Chautauqua, New York. You must be fully vaccinated to attend the show. Ticket prices range from $75 to $225, depending on where you choose to sit. If you're in the area and you want to buy your tickets in person, you can stop by the ticket office, which is open daily from 9 am to 4 pm. You can email or call 716.357.6250. You can purchase tickets online here.

Boyz II Men
The Rochester Summer Soul Musicfest is hosting legendary group Boyz II Men. They will be performing in Rochester on Saturday, August 28, 2021. The show will be held at Frontier Field, located at One Morrie Silver Way in Rochester. Bundle tickets, for both days, are on-sale now and range from $69 for general admission to $129 for VIP. Tickets for just Saturday's show are available as well. You can purchase tickets and get more information here.

Yung Bleu
Yung Bleu, who has the hit song 'You're Mines Still,' featuring Drake and 'Baddest' featuring Chris Brown and 2 Chainz, is bringing his Moon Boy Tour to Buffalo. The concert will take place on Thursday, September 2 at the Show Place Theater, which is located at 1065 Grant Street, Buffalo, NY 14207. This show has standing-room-only and you must be 18-years-old or older in order to attend. Doors open at 7 pm. Tickets can be purchased online from Ticket Web.

Hip-Hop & Harmony
Urban music legends - Bobby Brown, Blackstreet, Vanilla Ice, All 4 One, and Kool Moe Dee - will be performing live at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls on Friday, September 17, 2021. This is a show for all ages, but people under the age will need an adult chaperone. Gates open at 4:30 pm and showtime is 6:30 pm. Tickets are $45 for general admission and $75 for reserved seating. They go on sale this Friday, July 30, 2021, at 10 am.

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Nas Will Be Performing at the New York State Fair

This is a 'bonus show' since it's not in WNY, but it's definitely worth the drive. Nas will be hitting the stage at the New York State Fair. The even better news is that he will be performing for free (with paid admission to the Fair). He will be the opening day performer - at 8 pm on Friday, August 20, 2021. It will have been six years since his last performance at the State Fair when he takes the stage. Visit the website for more.

The Weeknd Coming to KeyBank Center in Buffalo 2022

Another show coming to WNY (in the Spring of next year) was rescheduled from before the pandemic. The Weeknd's "The After Hours Tour" will be coming to KeyBank Center on Friday, April 8, 2022.  He was previously supposed to be here in Buffalo at 8 PM on September 1, 2021, but the coronavirus pandemic put a stop to all concerts. You can purchase tickets at If you previously won or purchased tickets to see The Weeknd in September, your tickets will be honored for the new show date.

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