Kingdom Bound, the area's largest annual festival of Christian music, speakers, sports clinics and children's activities, will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Darien Lake Theme Park. Among the numerous musicians to perform this year (on five stages) are Darlene Zschech, Ron Kenoly, Delirious, The Supertones, The Newsboys, Michael W. Smith, Third Day and Rebecca St. James, Marty Raybon, Alvin Slaughter, Jaci Vasquez, 4Him and Steven Curtis Chapman. The festival will continue 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the park Thursday through Saturday.
Another anticipated annual event is the Buffalo Irish Festival, starting at 5 p.m. Friday in Willow Grove, Broadway at Bowen Road, Lancaster. The three-day festival will continue noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Artists on the bill include The Dady Brothers, Morning Star, The McKrells and Seamus Kennedy, with Heirloom, Gerry McCrudden, the Dave North Trio, Emmigrants, Kindred, Debbie O'Carroll, Samantha, Kevin Kennedy, and many others.
Veteran classic rockers Van Halen, plus guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd, will hit the stage at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Pop singer Johnny Mathis, with guest Gary Mule Deer, will play a sold out show at 8:15 p.m. Thursday in the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater, Route 394, Chautauqua.
Also at Chautauqua this week will be "Stars of Lawrence Welk," featuring Myron Floren, Bobby and Elaine and Ralna English, at 8:15 p.m. Friday in the amphitheater, and veteran country star Wayne Newton at 8:15 p.m. (sold out) Saturday.
The final Thursday at the Square concert will feature blues great Popa Chubby, plus the local recording artists the Danny Lynn Wilson Band, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Lafayette Square, Main and Court streets.
Roots rock/blues recording artist Popa Chubby will also play the Lafayette Tap Room, 320 Pearl St., at 10 o'clock Thursday.
National blues guitarist/recording artist Greg Piccolo and Heavy Juice will be at the club 10 p.m. Friday, and dance/party blues band Big Dave and the Ultrasonics will perform at 10 p.m. Saturday.
The Calumet Arts Cafe, 56 W. Chippewa St., will present its final concert Friday in the Summertime Latin Extravaganza. The show will feature Pucho and His Latin Soul Brothers, an 8-piece Latin jazz/funk band from Puerto Rico. Doors for the show open at 5:30 p.m. for an optional Latin-style dinner, with the concert to follow at 8 o'clock.
The club will also present national jazz recording artists the Jackie Terasson Trio, 8 o'clock Saturday, and the Don Menza Octet, performing a Stan Getz tribute, at 8 o'clock Sunday.
Members of The Incredible Venus Flytrap, funk/rock/blues artists, will celebrate the group's first anniversary in a 9 o'clock show Wednesday at Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. Also on the bill is the Mary Morgan Band.
Nietzsche's will also welcome post-modern alternative pop artists Kar 54, plus melodic rockers Orange Sunshine, at 9 p.m. Thursday; local original rockers Bread Gone Wry, with the Lynn Rogers Band, at 11 o'clock Friday, and The Vinnie Barbarino Experience, retro-style "polyester funksters," at 11 p.m. Saturday.
The Flat Duo Jets, raw rock recording artists, plus The Sadies and DoomBuggy, will join forces for a 9 p.m. show Monday in Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St.
The club will also present Groovegrinders, blues artists and ex-members of Painted Pony, at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, and Daylight Lovers, Baseball Furies and The Blowtops at 11 p.m. Saturday.
Buck O'Nine and The Pilfers will give an 8 p.m. concert Tuesday in Showplace Theatre, 1063 Grant St.
Also at the Showplace this week are The Bomboras, a touring group of punk recording artists, with local punkabilly artists Irving Klaws and Cleveland-based punkers The Cowslingers, at 9 o'clock Wednesday.
Hard rock recording artists Diesel Boy, with Johny Revolting and Muscle Boy, will play an all-ages show Wednesday in Kendzies Lounge, 11 W. Main St., Lockport.
Squeaky Wheel will host a "Summer Screamer Patio Fete," featuring music by the John Hassleback Trio (swing) and Bandsaw (chick rock from Sweden), from 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday in the Courtyard of Cybele's Cafe, Elmwood and Allen streets. Local film and videomakers will also be on hand.