Concerts & Events

Concerts & Events

2015 West End Concert & Special Event Calendar

August 27th – September 7th

Each year the West End Bar and Grille features some of the most exciting, free, live music at the Fair. Bands play on the sports deck behind the Cabana Bar each night of the Fair beginning at 7:00 p.m. and conclude at 11:00 p.m. when alcohol sales at the Fair end for the night. Come out and enjoy some great music, great beer and great food!


If you are a member of or know of a band that you would like to perform at the WEST END please contact us.

West End beer and wine hours extended to 11:00pm!

Thursday, August 27th, 4:00 – 11:00pm

Opening night Thursday August 27 is the ERIC CHURCH FAN CLUB gathering at the WEST END starting at 4:00 PM. Nationally recognized BILLY LORD a Harley riding biker with a guitar on his back will be playing from 4:30 to 8 pm. Billy Lord is a NY City country rock musician who has experienced a meteoric rise in becoming a 2015 breakout Country star. Following the Billy Lord show will be JD & ROLLIN SOUTH entertaining the deck until 11 pm.


Award-winning country rocker, Billy Lord, is one of country music’s fastest rising stars with his latest single, Steal the Evening Sky, breaking the Top 40 just three weeks after it’s release. Lord is currently in tour supporting his new critically acclaimed album, National Anthem, which he wrote during a cross country trip on his Harley with his guitar on his back. Billy and his rocking seven piece band will be sharing songs from National Anthem, plus performing your favorite country hits from artists like Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and of course Eric Church.

Friday, August 28th, 7:30 – 11:00pm


Horndogs is an exciting Funk/R&B/Blues band with a blazing five piece horn section, tight rhythm players, and a super soulful vocalist. Great R&B and funk tunes from classic artists such as Tower of Power, EW&F, Average White Band, Bill Withers, and Joe Cocker.

Saturday, August 29th, 7:30- 11:00pm


Brass Inc is an exciting high energy party Performing songs from horn driven rock, classic rock, southern rock, rhythm and blues, funk and pop, the band will keep you band from Syracuse New York. singing and dancing with the hottest hits from start to finish.

Sunday, August 30th, 7:30- 11:00pm


Country music singer/songwriter from Upstate New York, Eric Van Houten has been performing and writing for almost 8 years now. At age 22, the high energy and emotion he puts on stage is exhilarating, captivating, and entertaining.

“Our live show is where I really get to connect with the crowd and create an experience for them to never forget. I have always worked hard to make that connection which keeps them coming back!” – Eric

Over the last few years Eric has shared the stage with artists such as Canaan Smith, Craig Morgan, Kip Moore, The Cadillac Three, The Band Perry, Chris Young, Josh Thompson, and many more. Recently Eric has traveled the East Coast performing his music from NY to Florida and cities in between.

“I don’t have a plan B, this is my only plan; to continue pursuing my passion for music, songwriting and the adrenaline rush I get every time I step on stage in front of a live audience. This is just the beginning of what I intend to be a long, exciting journey.” – Eric

Monday, August 31st, 7:30- 11:00pm


Greg Mach has been a lifelong student of music since the age of 9, having received classical training at the Eastman School of Music, as well as studying recording at Full Sail. The path of music has taken Greg throughout a variety of genres and styles, from kirtan/sanskrit music to Irish rock, gypsy jazz, and of course country. Having found inspiration in the instrumental flair of bluegrass and zydeco musicians, Greg started the Open Containers to feature his own unique brand of fiddling. The idea was hatched by Greg and bassist Anthony DiPasquale, who played together in their old band, The Zygotes. Drummer Norman Kovar then jumped on board, having earned his wings in the Buffalo punk scene. Tiffany McClory and Jason Marsden, both accomplished singers and instrumentalists then joined up, giving the band their trademark full flavored country sound.

Tuesday, September 1st, 7:00- 9:00pm

Tuesday evening September 1st at the Cabana bar & deck at the WEST END is craft beer day!!!! Stop on down and meet the brewery representatives from Ommegang Brewery from 7-8 pm and then Middle Ages Brewing from 8-9 pm. Enjoy Country music with a rock edge featuring powerhouse female vocals by GINA ROSE from 7:30 to 11:00 pm.

Tuesday, September 1st, 7:30- 11:00pm


If you like modern country music with a rock edge, then you will love Country Rose Band, a 4-piece high-energy band comprised of some of CNY’s most seasoned and talented musicians, mixing modern country chart toppers with rock hits from the 70’s to today attracting a very wide audience. Country Rose Band features powerhouse female lead vocals by Gina Rose and equally strong male lead vocals by band drummer Dan Redmond giving the band the versatility to cover some of today’s hottest country artists including Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, and many more. The band also features the very talented and accomplished Bob Passafiume on lead guitar and Ken Harris on bass guitar. Come see Country Rose Band and be blown away!

Wednesday, September 2nd, 7:00- 9:00pm

Wednesday evening September 2nd is Anheuser Busch day at the Cabana bar & deck at the WEST END featuring Anheuser Busch draft beer. The Bud light girl will be there from 7-9pm! Entertaining the crowd will be 3 INCH FURY a pure 80’s metal band with no shame delivering pulse pounding power ballads and metal anthems’ with energy and conviction.

Wednesday, September 2nd, 7:30- 11:00pm


3 Inch Fury formed in the summer of 2004 with the simple goal of having the most fun possible performing the music they love! 3 Inch Fury plays 100% pure 80’s metal with no shame! When you go to a 3 Inch Fury show you are taken back to a time when dudes with long hair and leather ruled the world. Paying tribute to the music that shaped a generation, the band delivers both the pulse pounding power ballads and the eighties metal anthems with equal parts energy, accuracy and conviction. Having shared the stage with 80’s legends such as RATT, CINDERELLA, SKID ROW, DOKKEN, NIGHT RANGER, STRYPER, SLAUGHTER, GREAT WHITE, BRET MICHAELS of POISON, JANI LANE of WARRANT and more, 3 Inch Fury’s high energy live performances continue to earn the praise of both their musical idols and an ever-growing number of fans.

Thursday, September 3rd, 7:30- 11:00pm


The Barndogs are a 4-piece band from Syracuse, N.Y. playing a wide variety of classic rock. Bassist/vocalist Andy Comstock, drummer/vocalist Pete Szymanski, guitarist/vocalist Mark Westers and keyboard player John Kap have earned a large following playing area clubs and theaters such as the Dinosaur BBQ Syracuse and Rochester, Shifty’s, Westcott Theater, Palace Theater and Lukin’s in Utica. The band earned high praise for their performance of The Doors “LA Woman” record as part of the Vinyl-Albums LIVE series. They also perform as The Barndogs PLUS adding three additional musicians doing the music of the Allman Brothers Band. This line-up also played the Vinyl series performing “Eat A Peach” in its entirety. They have opened for such southern rock acts as The Marshall Tucker Band, Blues Traveler and The Outlaws. Top notch musicianship, love of the music and the fact that they really do have a good time playing together make for a great live show.

Friday, September 4th, 7:30- 11:00pm


The Billionaires features a dynamic rhythm section and offers expertly performed R&B, soul, ballads, rock & roll, and standards choices. Featuring both female and male vocalists, this band is one of the most experienced in CNY. The Billionaires will entertain you with excellent sound, professional music, and a fantastic time for fair-goers of all ages!

Saturday, September 5th, 7:30- 11:00pm


The Custom Taylor Band is central New York’s premier Top 40 country music band. With musicians that any band would envy, the group has incredible dynamics and stage presence that leave fans breathless on the dance floor and tapping their toes at the bar.

Sunday, September 6th, 7:30- 11:00pm


Letizia is a one of a kind talent. She has been singing and performing her entire life. From her childhood days in church in Chatham, Ontario Canada, to performing as a solo/piano vocalist at all major venues in Toronto and across Ontario, the United States and Europe. She fronted a Toronto based pop 40 band that toured Canada and the U.S. She has performed National Anthems across Canada and for many NFL, NBA, and MLB teams in the U.S. Letizia has performed studio vocals on prominent national radio and television ads.

Monday, September 7th

DJ/Sound Man – Steve Martilotta