The WYRK Early Riser Concert Series is back and we could not be any more excited. The series brings up and coming country stars, who have been signed to major record deals and allows you to watch, listen and meet new artists before they become major superstars.

One of the best parts is that this series only happens right here in Buffalo and it's for WYRK listeners exclusively. In the past, stars like Chris Stapleton, Taylor Swift, Thomas Rhett, and Kelsea Ballerini have all been a part of the WYRK Early Riser Concert Series. Also, these shows are always FREE. No tickets are needed.

I like to tell the story of Chris Stapleton.

Chris Stapleton was a part of our WYRK Early Riser Concert Series. We brought him to play at Santor's on Transit Road and we had 5 people come out to the show because it was thunderstorming.


Only 5 humans came to watch Chris Stapleton play acoustic at a bar. Unreal.

Two years later, Chris Stapleton seemed to shoot to superstardom when his performance with Justin Timberlake at the CMA Awards blew up all over the internet. Now, look at the guy!

Next up in our series is country newcomer Jackson Dean who has signed his first major record label debut with Big Machine. His first single to country radio is 'Don't Come Lookin'. Come check him out when he plays at Buffalo's Best Bar & Grill on Southwestern in Orchard Park on Friday, April 1. Local musician Dan Minouge will be opening up the acoustic show. Things get started at 5 pm, so come right after work!

Jackson Dean

Buffalo's Best Grill

3700 Southwestern Blvd, Orchard Park, NY 14127

5 pm

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