Music in Central New York: Navigating New York’s Vibrant Music Venues

Central New York boasts a vibrant music scene with a diverse array of venues, offering everything from intimate live performances to large-scale concerts. These venues contribute to the region’s rich cultural tapestry, providing platforms for both local and national acts.

From Syracuse to Utica, Oneonta to Binghamton, Oswego to Cortland, let’s explore some of the prominent music venues that contribute to the dynamic musical landscape in Central New York.

Alice Busch Opera Theater (Cooperstown)

Glimmerglass Festival is found at Alice Busch Opera Theater as a professional non-profit summer opera company dedicated to producing new productions each season. The company continues its tradition of four new fully staged productions, now including three operas and one work of American musical theater, performed with full orchestra, large cast and no sound amplification. These four productions are supplemented by special performances, cabarets, concerts, lectures and symposiums throughout the season.

Address: 7300 State Highway 80, Cooperstown 13326

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Bailey Hall (Ithaca)

Located in Cornell University, Bailey Hall is the perfect venue for an intimate concert or performance. 

Address: 230 Garden Ave, Ithaca 14850

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B Side Ballroom & Supper Club (Oneonta)

B-Side Ballroom & Supper Club supports downtown Oneonta’s vision as a regional destination for arts and entertainment.

Address: 1 Clinton Plaza Dr, Oneonta 13820

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Beak and Skiff

A 112-year-old orchard located just south of Syracuse in Lafayette, Beak and Skiff offers a tasting room, distillery and general store, plus a summer concert series that garnered great attention during the social distancing of 2020 and has continued to bring a strong number of artists to a scenic location in southern Onondaga County.

Address: 2708 Lords Hill Rd, Lafayette 13084

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The Belmar Pub & Grill (Binghamton)

A family-owned and operated pub since 1995, The Belmar is a local institution and landmark, and a truly American Bar.

 Address: 95 Main St, Binghamton 13905

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Black Oak Tavern (Oneonta)

Black Oak Tavern has been a staple for the Central New York social scene for almost 50 years, priding itself on great drinks, a friendly atmosphere, and fantastic live events.

Address: 14 Water St, Oneonta 13820

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Broome County Forum Theatre (Binghamton)

A historical theater hosting live events and home to the Tri-Cities Opera & Binghamton Philharmonic, 

Address: 236 Washington St, Binghamton 13901

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Crouse Hinds Theater – Mulroy Civic Center At Oncenter (Syracuse)

The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater contains one of the largest stages in Upstate New York. Symphoria performs concerts on its Masterworks and Pops series at this theater.

Address: 411 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, 13202

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Cortland Beer Company

Cortland Beer Company has been a part of the scene in Historic Downtown Cortland for over a decade, serving as a popular music venue with indoor and outdoor stages.

Address: 16 Court St, Cortland 13045

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Cortland Country Music Park-Campground

The park is the result of a dream of a local musician named Merlin Reynolds, envisioning a locally-based Hall of Fame for Country Western musicians.

Address: 1824 NY-13, Cortland 13045

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Cortland Repertory Theatre Downtown

The Cortland Repertory Theatre Downtown is a stalwart theater company staging family-friendly, summertime productions in a circa-1906 building.

Address: 24-26 Port Watson St, Cortland 13045

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CNY Jazz Central (Syracuse)

CNY Jazz Central contributes to the region’s musical diversity, offering a platform for jazz enthusiasts and performers.

Address: 441 E Washington St, Syracuse 13202

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Deep Dive (Ithaca)

Deep Dive’s mission is to provide a safe and inclusive space for artists, patrons, and staff, a neighborhood joint for all walks of people, showcasing a calendar of top-class, unique, and inspiring musicians and performers

Address: 415 Old Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca 14850

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Empower Federal Credit Union Amphitheater at Lakeview (Syracuse)

This state-of-the-art facility comfortably seats up to 17,500 avid music lovers. The venue, managed by ASM Global and promoted by Live Nation, opened its gates on September 3rd, 2015.

Address: 490 Restoration Way, Syracuse 13209

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The Folkus Project (Syracuse)

The Folkus Project brings high-quality live acoustic music to Central New York audiences and nurtures the experience of community that live music creates.

Address: May Memorial UU Society, 3800 E. Genesee St., Syracuse 13214

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Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center / Black Hole Studios (Oneonta)

A vast two-story performing arts venue and civic events center with two theaters and contemporary décor.

Address: 24 Market St, Oneonta 13820

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Funk ‘n Waffles (Syracuse)

Funk ‘n Waffles offers sweet and savory waffles, fried chicken, sandwiches, and espresso in a lively space with live music.

Address: 307 S. Clinton Street, Syracuse 13202

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The Hangar Theatre (Ithaca)

The Hangar Theatre is a non-profit, regional theatre. Its mainstage season and children’s shows occur during the summer, but the Hangar, and other organizations, utilize the space year-round for special events. 

Address: 801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca 14850

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Homer Center for the Arts (Homer)

The Homer Center for the Arts is known for hosting national music concerts, feature film screenings, a community theater program (Center Players) and showcase artwork by regional, national, and international visual artists in the art gallery. The Center also hosts classes, workshops and programs throughout the year, and adds to the economic vitality of Central New York.

Address: 72 S Main St, Homer 13077

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JMA Wireless Dome (Syracuse)

Home to the Syracuse Orange football, basketball, and lacrosse teams. It has also played host to memorable concerts, championships, and events.

 Address: 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse 13244

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Jus Sum Jazz Lounge (Syracuse)

Jus Sum Jazz Lounge is an atmosphere where patrons can enjoy good vibes, great food and drinks, live music, and more.

Address:  1965 W Fayette St, Syracuse 13204

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Landmark Theatre (Syracuse)

Landmark Theatre, with its rich history, hosts a variety of performances, enhancing Syracuse’s cultural offerings.

Address: 362 South Salina Street, Syracuse 13202

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The Lost Horizon (Syracuse)

Founded in 1976 by Greg Italiano, The Lost Horizon is one of the longest operational club-sized concert venues in Central New York, playing host to hardcore, hip-hop and variety acts on an irregular basis.

Address: 115 E Jefferson St, Syracuse 13202

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McGirks Irish Pub (Binghamton)

McGirks Irish Pub is a great restaurant for lunch, dinner, take-out, catering, with specials on beer, wine, spirits, and live music on Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Address: 1 Kattelville Rd, Binghamton 13901

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Middle Ages Brewing Company Beer Hall (Syracuse)

The oldest brewery in Syracuse is open seven days a week with up to 24 beers on tap at any given time, plus live music in the new Beer Hall.

Address: 120 Wilkinson St, Syracuse 13204

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Nail Creek Pub (Utica)

Opened in 2008, as a restaurant and bar, Nail Creek Pub offers monthly music (if not more frequently) featuring local musicians.

Address: 720 Varick St, Utica 13502

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Orbis Lounge (Syracuse)

Orbis Lounge is a vibrant dance club in downtown Syracuse, offering a welcoming and enjoyable atmosphere for patrons.

Address: 134 E Genesee St, Syracuse 13202

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The Other Side (Utica)

The Other Side is a Utica-based, not-for-profit organization committed to providing space for community initiatives. In addition to sponsoring its own musical, cultural, and social events, The Other Side is available to members of the community who wish to utilize it for yoga classes, musical gatherings, craft fairs, used-record sales, meditation groups, reading groups, and the like.

Address: 2011 Genesee Street Utica 13501

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The Palace Theatre (Syracuse)

A family-owned venue, The Palace Theatre, hosts film screenings, music performances, and local events, adding to Syracuse’s entertainment options.

Address: 2384 James St, Syracuse 13206

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Petersons Tavern (Binghamton)

Peterson’s Tavern offers award-winning food from lunch to late night, along with drink specials, live music, outdoor patio and seating.

Address: 11 Main St, Binghamton 13905

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The Range (Ithaca)

The Range features a 250 capacity room, with a full sound system, wooden dance floor, and a comfortable space for lounging, dancing, and live music.

Address: 119 E State St, Ithaca 14850

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Redhouse Arts Center (Syracuse)

Redhouse Arts Center plays a crucial role in Syracuse’s artistic landscape, presenting year-round programming in theater, film, music, and fine art.

Address: 400 S Salina St, Syracuse 13202

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Rose Hall (Cortland)

Rose Hall is a community gathering place in partnership through music, featuring performances by local, regional, and national talent.

Address: 19 Church St, Cortland 13045

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Saranac Brewery (Utica)

During the summer months, Saranac Brewery welcomes bands to perform on their outdoor stage, offering live music in the heart of downtown Utica. F.X. Matt Brewing Company is the fourth oldest family-owned brewery in the United States and serves up tasty beers during the shows, with an array of food options for each show.

Address: 830 Varick Street, Utica 13502

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Seven Of Jazz Lounge (Ithaca)

Seven Of Jazz Lounge opened its doors on Jan. 5, 2023 with the goal of offering a “relaxing environment” for those who want to listen to live music or even just hang out with friends. It is currently under renovations.

Address: 106 S Cayuga St, Ithaca 14850

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Sharkey’s (Liverpool)

Home to some killer music lineups, beach volleyball, and the best happy hour in town, Sharkey’s new Event Center offers a variety of shows year round.

Address: 7240 Oswego Rd, Liverpool 13090

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Shifty’s (Syracuse)

Having opened in 1969 as a small corner bar, Shifty’s has maintained its presence in the Lincoln Hill section of Syracuse, offering live music five nights a week, along with award winning wings and veteran staff.

Address: 1401 Burnet Ave, Syracuse 13206

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The Song & Dance (Syracuse)

The Song & Dance is a live music venue in Syracuse, offering an intimate setting for music enthusiasts to enjoy diverse performances.

Address: 115 E Jefferson St, Syracuse 13202

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Sterling Stage Kampitheater (Sterling)

Amid evergreens that create a cozy campground and the backdrop for incredible music, the home of Sterling Stage music festivals and other concerts since 1995, are offered on two unique stages. Welcoming families and kids of all ages, dogs, grills and coolers are permitted at Sterling Stage, with overnight camping included with all tickets.

Address: 274 Kent Rd, Sterling 13156

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The Stanley Theatre (Utica)

The Stanley stands as a splendid performance venue designed by renowned architect Thomas Lamb in 1928.

Address: 259 Genesee St, Utica 13501

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State Theatre of Ithaca

The State Theatre of Ithaca is a historic, 1600-seat theatre located at Ithaca in Tompkins County, New York that hosts various events from bands, to plays, to comedy acts, to silent films, and more. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996

Address: 107 W State St, Ithaca 14850

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Tag’s (Big Flats)

Located in the Southern Tier and close to the Pennsylvania border, this diamond in the rough serves a desert of live music, with rock and country acts performing each summer at Tag’s Summer Stage.

Address: 3037 NY-352, Big Flats 14814

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Central New York Music Venues
Sammy Kershaw at Tags, in Big Flats NY. – photo by Charlie Berch

The 443 Social Club & Lounge (formerly The Listening Room at 443, Syracuse)

A dynamic space for live music, The 443 Social Club & Lounge provides an inviting atmosphere for music lovers in Syracuse.

Address: 443 Burnet Ave, Syracuse 13203

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The Fitz (Syracuse)

A 1920s speakeasy-style bar that is located in the cellar of Oh My Darling restaurant in Downtown Syracuse, The Fitz offers a variety of music to pair with craft cocktails in a unique space, located close to the Landmark Theatre for pre and post show music and libations.

Address: 321 S Salina St Syracuse 13202

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The “G” Lodge (Sterling)

A classic hunting lodge, now offering weddings and event space, The “G” Lodge welcomes events hosted by Hey Dude After Hours, who bring community-driven and family friendly music events, as well as summer and fall music festivals.

Address: 81 Keller Rd, Hannibal 13074

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Touch Of Texas (Binghamton)

Touch of Texas is the area’s premier venue for live concerts, shows, line dancing, banquets, weddings, and more.

Address: 1240 Front St, Binghamton 13905

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Thirstys Tavern (Binghamton)

Thirsty’s Tavern is a Southside Binghamton institution serving The Parlor City for 50 years with live music weekly.

Address: 46 S Washington St, Binghamton 13903

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Upstate Medical University Arena at Onondaga County War Memorial (Syracuse)

The Upstate Medical University Arena at The Oncenter War Memorial is a multi-functional 7,000 seat venue with event space available on three levels, and home to the Syracuse Crunch, hosting concerts around the year.

Address: 800 S. State St., Syracuse 13202

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The Upstairs (Ithaca)

Located in the heart of downtown Ithaca in Central New York, The Upstairs is the area’s most intimate venue providing dynamic entertainment weekly.

Address: 106 S Cayuga St, Ithaca 14850

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The Westcott Theater (Syracuse)

The Westcott Theater is a 700-person multi-purpose concert venue in Syracuse’s Westcott neighborhood. Known for its cinema-style setting, the venue accommodates various genres but has particularly expanded its electronic music acts in recent years.

Address: 524 Westcott Street, Syracuse 13210

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The Westy

Brick-lined hangout offering craft beer, cocktails & pool, plus live music.

Address: 516 W State St #100, Ithaca 14850

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Wonderland Forest (Lafayette)

Wonderland Forest is more than just a forest: it has hiking trails, campgrounds, a wedding venue, and more recently, an outdoor music venue with various bands, food vendors, and other activities from across the United States. They have played host to the 50th anniversary of Summer Jam, Biscoland, Trey Anastasio, and many more concerts on tap for 2024.

Address: 4812 S Cook Rd, Lafayette 13084

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Woods Valley (Westernville)

Built on the site of Dopps Run, Dave Woods started Woods Valley in 1964, and Woods Valley Ski Area has been teaching families to ski for 60 years. Plenty of music can be found year round in the lodge, with performances by touring and regional bands peppering the calendar and warming up the nights after skiing the slopes at Woods Valley.

Address: 9100 NY-46, Westernville 13486

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