Summer’s a time for the region’s outdoor venues to shine. But just because amphitheaters and open-air stages rule the season, it doesn’t mean all the best gigs are happening outside. If you need a break from the pleasures of fresh air, here are 10 performances to consider adding to your concert calendar.
June 3, 9th Ward at Babeville
Still rolling off her 2013 debut “Pushing Against a Stone,” the Tennessee native has achieved her well-earned buzz from both her list of high-profile collaborators (Dan Auerbach, Booker T. Washington) and stunning combination of blues and beauty. The chance to enjoy her offerings in the intimate brick-lined confines of Babeville’s basement should make for a special start to the summer show season.
Tickets: $20; babevillebuffalo.com
June 3, Town Ballroom
The New Albany, Ind., now-trio (with the recent departure of Katie Toupin) not only defied the sophomore slump with last year’s “Little Neon Limelight.” It delivered a brand of country-kissed indie rock that, with tracks like “Sedona” and “Otis,” has continued to lift the hearts and souls of happy hipsters everywhere.
Tickets: $22; townballroom.com
Cee Lo Green
June 11, Town Ballroom
Yes, it’s the guy from “The Voice.” And yes, it’s the guy who’s collaborated with both the Muppets and the Braverman brothers. But to first recognize the former Goodie Mob architect and Gnarls Barkley balladeer as a reality star or extra instrument in the Electric Mayhem is to overlook his exceptional soul machine chops, ones he’ll surely have on display when his “The Love Train, Part 2” tour shakes Buffalo’s Theatre District.
Tickets: $29.50; townballroom.com
June 14, Buffalo Iron Works
Despite multiple visits and blue-collar Americana that’s tailor-made for the Rust Belt, the Portland, Ore.-bred Trapper has been met with sparse crowds on its last two visits to Buffalo. But find one person who attended the band’s Town Ballroom appearance last October and you’ll get details of a quintet intent on connecting with fans and expertly grinding through the rustic highs of its 13-year catalog — packed house or otherwise.
Tickets: $17; buffaloironworks.com
June 24, Mohawk Place
You could be intrigued by the former Aaron Livingston because of his previous dealings with the Roots and RJD2, or simply because you’ve shuffled through his acclaimed EP (“Things I Forgot”) or self-titled debut. But listen to the ANTI- artist stomp through American styles on single “The River” and your interest will turn to intent on getting to his Mohawk Place show.
Tickets: $12; buffalosmohawkplace.com
Brian Fallon & the Crowes
June 25, Town Ballroom
Cue up Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon’s new solo album “Painkillers” and you may assume you’re listening to an alternate take of Bruce Springsteen’s “Loose Ends.” For those who approve of such replication between New Jersey natives — as well as the typical tattooed thrust Fallon brings to the occasion — then this Town Ballroom gig is yours for the taking.
Tickets: $23; townballroom.com
July 13, Sportsmen’s Tavern
The roadhouse-leaning confines of Sportsmen’s Tavern has hosted a riotous show or two, ones that could have been performed behind chicken wire or been cooled by Wade Garrett. But the venue also is conducive for the type of introspective alt-country and inventive roots dealt out by acts like Alabama’s Pollies, who’ll deliver sublime material off recent release “Not Here” in early July.
Tickets: $7; sportsmensbuffalo.com
July 16, Nietzsche’s
To book the wild, Southern-styled garage rock of Atlanta’s Black Lips in any Buffalo venue this summer would have been a solid get. To schedule the band amid the mounted Mardi Gras masks, ceiling graffiti and hanging ruby red slippers of Allentown’s beloved Nietzsche’s makes the show a must-see, if only to hear the racket of tracks off 2007 breakthrough, “Good Bad Not Evil.”
Tickets: $15; nietzsches.com
July 20, Mohawk Place
Most thrill seekers wouldn’t look for a scorching rock act in Salt Lake City. Thankfully, Utah’s Quiet Oaks and its brand of hail-and-wail couldn’t stay hidden for long. Still spreading material off its 2015 EP “Put Your Dreams Where They Belong,” the quintet boasts the obligatory primal echoes of the Strokes, but with more flourish. Find Mohawk Place in late July for an introduction.
Tickets: $12; buffalosmohawkplace.com
Lake Street Dive
Aug. 25, Town Ballroom
Last time the Rachael Price-led Dive visited Buffalo, the band fired up Canalside’s crowd with its brand of blue-eyed soul and harmonious pop off “Bad Self Portraits.” This time, the Boston quartet is bringing work off new album, “Side Pony” and moving the operation up Main Street. To Town Ballroom personnel: good luck containing Price’s searing and sultry vocal indoors.
Tickets: $34; townballroom.com