IRVING (WIVB) – The Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood concert at First Niagara Center is the kick off to country music season in Buffalo this year. For fans of the genre, going to concerts isn’t just about the music. It’s also about embracing the theme and enjoying the Western lifestyle for a night.
At Stagecoach West in Irving, the staff sees an uptick in business this time of year from people looking for authentic Western gear to wear to the shows. Leather cowboy boots, straw hats, and snap-up plaid shirts are some of their best selling items for concert-goers. While a good pair of western boots will likely be at least a $100 investment, the footwear can be as pricey as $400-$600 for exotic materials such as alligator skin.
If you already spent hundreds on concert tickets, though, purchasing a hat might be a little easier to stomach. With prices in the $30-$50 range, many country fans buy them in hopes that they will leave with an autograph or two by the end of the night.