Local Live Music

Do you love concerts as much as senior Ainsley Ames does? Ames has been to 37 concerts since the time she was 10 years old. Ames has traveled to Ontario, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Boston, Darien Lake, Buffalo, Columbus, and more, to see all of her favorite artists.  

“There are so many different concerts happening all the time,” stated Ames whose favorite artist to see is “5 Seconds of Summer.”

Another student here at GMHS who loves to go to concerts is freshman, Emily Moran. Moran’s favorite artist is Luke Bryan. “I believe that all of the concerts that I have been to are worth the money,” stated Moran.

     As much as everyone loves seeing their favorite artist live it can be quite expensive. If you still want to see great performances, but can’t afford to travel to Cleveland, Buffalo or Pittsburgh there are many free concerts held around Erie area all summer.

    One of the great, free summer concert venues is the Sunset Music Series on Presque Isle’s Beach 1. The Sunset Music Series begins June 5 and happens every Wednesday with the last show concluding on July 17. The series features two different bands each night. The first band of the night will go on stage at 5:30 p.m. and the second plays at 7:15. During the concerts, there are local food trucks and a hula hoop playshop. According to GoErie, Jon DeMarco who is the executive director of Presque Isle Partnership says about 2,000 to 4,000 people come out every Wednesday, depending on the weather.

     Similar to the Sunset Music Series, there is the 8 Great Tuesdays music series held at Liberty Park in Erie. The series starts on July 2 with the alternative rock group “Blessid Union of Souls” performing. The concerts are free and open to the public like the Sunset Music Series, however there are age restrictions. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian that must complete a “Responsible Adult” form and remain on the premises as long as the juvenile is present.     

Celebrate Erie is a great event that occurs every year which has multiple free concerts. This year the event will take place on Aug 16-18. However, the headline performers have not been announced yet. Last year the event had country music stars “Dan and Shay.”

  Locally there are many great places to see free music. You can catch local music at Goodell gardens on Friday nights, and at the Sunset Bar and Grill every weekend.

  With so many opportunities to listen to live music this summer, there is no excuse not to hit a concert or two.  Here is a listing of some of big artist performing regionally:




  • Florida Georgia Line at Blossom Music Center August 23 at 7 p.m.
  • Rich the Kid at House of Blues Cleveland June 1 at 7 p.m.
  • Zac Brown Band at Blossom Music Center June 14 at 7 p.m.




  • Shawn Mendes at PPG Paints Arena August 6 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Queen at PPG Paints Arena July 31 at 8 p.m.
  • Backstreet Boys at PPG Paints Arena September 4 at 8 p.m.
  • Chris Stapleton at KeyBank Pavilion August10 at 7 p.m.
  • Khalid “Free Spirit World Tour,” July 29 at PPG Paints Arena




  • Twenty One Pilots at Key Bank Center June 1 at 7 p.m.
  • Justin Moore at Canalside on August 3 at 5 p.m.
  • New Kids on the block June 21 at Keybank center 8 p.m.
  • Carrie Underwood at Key Bank Center Oct. 13 at 8 p.m.
  • Brett Eldredge at Sahlen Field on June 14 at 6 p.m.