A music lover’s guide to upcoming Syracuse area concerts

A music lover's guide to upcoming Syracuse area concerts

From jazzy speakeasies to concerts served with a side of waffles, there is an upcoming concert for everyone
Published: February 17, 2022
A collage of images of The Fitz, The Westcott Theater and the St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater.

Live music is back and ready to make its way into your weekend plans.  Syracuse is home to diverse music venues suited to a range of musical tastes, budgets and vibes. Whether you’re looking for an intimate concert with craft cocktails or a crowd of thousands cheering for big-name acts, this guide will help match you with your perfect next concert.

People gather around the bar of the modern speakeasy The Fitz lit by round lamps and a neon sign with the bar's logo.
The Fitz bar in downtown Syracuse on Salina Street.

The Fitz

Hidden underneath oh my darling, the brunch and American cuisine joint on Salina Street, is The Fitz. The effortlessly cool basement bar has the luxury and glamour of a speakeasy with a line-up of jazzy live music and no cover fee. Cell service at the bar is nonexistent, but with musicians like the Dan Pugh Trio (Feb. 18), Nick Fields and Friends (Feb. 19) and Dave Solazzo (Feb. 24), you won’t miss Instagram for a few hours. If you are looking for an excellent cocktail with an extra shot of atmosphere, include The Fitz on your list.


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Funk ‘n Waffles

What’s more fun than a concert? A concert with waffles and milkshakes. Syracuse staple Funk ‘n Waffles is a go-to for delicious food and live music of all genres. Bonus? Concert tickets are $10 or less.  This weekend, jam to psychedelic, prog-rock band VAPOREYES and the funk-driven madness of Grub on Feb. 18; enjoy the blues and reggae infused rock of Ben Blujus on Feb. 19; or pull a double-header with the Jazz Jam with the Josh Dekaney Trio and Skunk City on Feb. 20. Scope out Funk ‘n Waffles full line up, drool over the menu and make sure you come hungry.

An aerial view of a crowd gathered at the St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview.
The St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater in Syracuse, NY

The Landmark Theater, The Oncenter & St. Joseph’s Amphitheater

The Landmark Theater, The Oncenter and St. Joseph’s  Health Amphitheater concert tickets are pricier than the other venues on this list, but with big-name acts, the higher ticket price is worth it. Experience the iconic Blue Man Group Feb. 24-27 or Grammy-winning blues rocker Joe Bonamassa on March 11 at The Landmark. Head to The Oncenter for the explosive rapper Lil Durk with Toosii on April 1 or classic rock giant Kansas on April 14. When the weather warms up, enjoy country star Tim McGraw at the Amphitheater on May 26. With most of the venues’ concerts a few weeks out, there is time to plan for a bigger musical investment.


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The Westcott Theater

It wouldn’t be a live music roundup without The Westcott Theater. Originally built as a movie theater in 1919, The Westcott has been a Central New York hub for diverse music acts since 2008. The venue’s line-up includes Concert Crave’s Artist Showcase on Feb. 19, rappers OnlyJahmez and Jack Moe performing their energetic joint EP on Feb. 24, and the highly anticipated punk rock band The Regrettes on March 3.