NYC Concert Calendar
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If you love live music, there's no better place than NYC—home to countless venerated concert halls that host both superstars and rising stars every night of the week. Below, find a sampling of upcoming shows.
In addition, there are tons of free shows happening throughout NYC all summer long. Click the image below for a full list of free concerts.
May 9, June 21, July 2, August 7, September 17, October 2, November 25, December 18 and more
Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden
Perhaps emboldened by near-instant sellouts of the area gigs he'd already announced, living legend and New York icon Billy Joel will play what used to be called a residency at Madison Square Garden (they're saying they've turned the man into a "franchise"), performing a show a month as long as people keep showing up. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
June 5–August 7
R&B Festival at MetroTech
Thursday lunchtimes just got a whole lot funkier. BAM's annual free summertime concert series, held at MetroTech Commons in Downtown Brooklyn, features well-known soul, funk and blues artists giving outdoor performances that will lift you from your sandwich rut. A few notables: Darlene Love (June 5), the Ohio Players (June 19), Bobby Rush (July 24) and Snarky Puppy (July 31). For more info, visit bam.org.
July 4, July 19, and August 16
Hot Jazz/Cool Garden at Louis Armstrong House Museum
This year's Hot Jazz/Cool Garden Summer Concert Series lineup features Emily Asher’s Garden Party, the Bria Skonberg Quartet and Gordon Au & the Grand Street Stompers. Those who wish to attend can buy tickets for specific shows or purchase a subscription series, the price of which includes reserved VIP seats at all three concerts and a pass for a tour of the house itself. For tickets, visit louisarmstronghouse.org.
Katy Perry. Photo: Ryan McGinley
July 9, 24–25
Katy Perry at Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center
She may have no idea how to pronounce "unconditionally," but there's no denying that Katy Perry has a knack for belting out hit singles: she has more songs that have sold 5 million (digital) copies than any other artist. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
July 11–August 29
Seaport Music Festival at South Street Seaport
This year's lineup of free shows at the Seaport includes Joanna Gruesome, Torres and the Casket Girls (along with many others). For more info, visit seaportmusicfestival.com.
July 14 and 21
Broadway Sings Justin Timberlake at 54 Below and (Le) Poisson Rouge
Accompanied by a full jazz band playing original orchestrations, more than 20 Broadway performers (from Pippin, The Book of Mormon and many other shows) sing Justin Timberlake’s greatest songs. For more information, visit 54below.com or lepoissonrouge.com.
New Songs of Justice: An Evening Honoring Pete Seeger at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
Musician and activist Pete Seeger will be honored by a plethora of indie, rock and folk musicians including Anti-Flag, Amanda Palmer and Steve Earle. The show's organizers, who will also recognize singer and activist Harry Belafonte, hope to use music as a means of inspiring young people to become involved in politics and their communities. For more info, visit summerstage.com.
Rx Bandits at Best Buy Theater
A onetime ska band that acquired some serious progressive and post-punk leanings, Rx Bandits' latest offering from their upcoming album—Gemini, Her Majesty, due out on the very day of their NYC gig—sounds firmly planted in the latter camp. Whatever they are, they put on a very energetic live show. For tickets, visit axs.com.
Neutral Milk Hotel at Prospect Park Bandshell
Jeff Mangum's massively influential indie rock band (if you haven't heard of them, your favorite musicians probably have) has reunited, and of course they're playing in Brooklyn. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Teenage Fanclub at Pier 84
The biggest name taking part in the free River Rocks series, Teenage Fanclub will bring its underappreciated power pop to the Midtown West waterfront. For more info, visit riverrocksnyc.com.
Veruca Salt at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg
Female-fronted alternative rock outfit Veruca Salt, known for the hit "Seether," performs with its original lineup. The shows are sold out, but you can check for tickets on StubHub.
Everlast at Bowery Ballroom
Everlast's biggest solo hit is "What It's Like," but we're glad to see he still occasionally busts out House of Pain cut "Jump Around", which, to be honest, we first heard during the birthday party scene in Mrs. Doubtfire. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Kings of Leon at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
These Tennessee-born rockers, who are quickly rising to rock-royalty status, play a free and sure-to-be-packed early-morning set for Good Morning America. For more info, visit gma.yahoo.com.
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at Prospect Park Bandshell and Hammerstein Ballroom
Australia's dark lord of literary rock plays this summertime show. Expect favorites both old and new. We'd be pretty stoked to hear "Faraway (So Close)," "The Mercy Seat" and "Higgs Boson Blues." Nick, please take note. For tickets to the Prospect Park show, visit ticketmaster.com. For tickets to the Hammerstein Ballroom show, you may also visit ticketmaster.com.
Rock Steady Crew at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
Begun in the Bronx in 1977, the Rock Steady Crew established the gold standard for B-boying (breakdancing, that is). Get your fill of popping and locking at this SummerStage staple. For more info, visit summerstage.com.
Subhumans at (Le) Poisson Rouge
One of two notable bands called Subhumans, this is the version from the England. They bring their rebellious lyrics and aggressive sound to Greenwich Village. For tickets, visit ticketprophet.com.
Dance Theatre of Harlem at Prospect Park Bandshell
Last year saw the return of this ballyhooed dance institution, established in 1969, after a nine-year hiatus. Fresh off its spring season at Lincoln Center and a subsequent East Coast tour, the company arrives for a free Celebrate Brooklyn! performance. For more info, visit bricartsmedia.org.
José González at Damrosch Park
Swedish singer-songwriter José González (whose music recently appeared on the soundtrack of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) plays a free set as part of Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors festival. This show marks the world premiere of new arrangements of González's songs; he’ll be performing them with chamber orchestra yMusic. For more info, visit lcoutofdoors.org.
Aloe Blacc. Photo: Reid Rolls
Aloe Blacc at Rockefeller Center
You're going to have to get up early to see the soulful pop stylings of Aloe Blacc—NBC recommends fans arrive by 6am for optimal viewing. See the performance outside the Today show's studio at 49th Street and Rockefeller Center Plaza. For more info, visit today.com.
Jimmy Bosch y Su Estrellas and Pedrito Martinez Group Featuring Ariacne Trujillo at Prospect Park Bandshell
It's a night of Latin music: salsa from Jimmy Bosch y Su Estrellas and eclectic, percussion-heavy tunes from the Pedrito Martinez Group. Get ready to dance. For more info, visit bricartsmedia.org.
Supersuckers at The Gramercy Theatre
Looking for some rip-roaring rock 'n' roll to greet the dog days of August? If not, as this band's latest goes, "get the hell outta here." Just kidding; come see the show. For tickets, visit livenation.com.
Blake Shelton at Madison Square Garden
The Voice judge and country-pop megastar Blake Shelton brings his "Ten Times Crazier" live show to New York City. Among the things he's ten times less crazy about than the object of his affection, according to the song that gave the tour its name: fast cards, football, guitars, Friday nights, cold beer and good times. The Band Perry, Dan & Shay and Neal McCoy open the show. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
The Baseball Project at Rough Trade
This band sings rock songs about baseball legends, written by founders Scott McCaughey (the Minus 5, the Young Fresh Fellows) and Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate). The stacked lineup also features R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck and bassist Mike Mills, along with drummer Linda Pitmon (Miracle Three). Their new album, 3rd, includes songs like "Larry Yount" and "The Day Dock Went Hunting Heads." For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Mark Eitzel at The Wick
Nobody does morose and melodic quite like singer-songwriter Mark Eitzel, who spent years fronting the cult band American Music Club. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
Kes the Band at Prospect Park Bandshell
Spend the night dancing to island tunes with soca band Kes, Afro-Caribbean act Kuenta i Tambu, and DJ Dr Wax—who will spin soca and calypso tracks. For more info, visit bricartsmedia.org.
The Offspring at Terminal 5
Has it really been 20 years since the release of Smash, the album with "Self Esteem"? Yes. And get used to that feeling, because as time continues to progress it will have been even longer! Anyway, the Offspring's going to play that whole LP at Terminal 5. Bad Religion and Pennywise open, ensuring a good time for anyone who ever bought a Punk-O-Rama compilation. Enjoy. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Lil Debbie at Webster Hall
Along with support acts Chi City, Chase Compton and Buckwheat Groats, former White Girl Mob member Lil Debbie takes the stage at the Studio at Webster Hall. If your workplace is tolerant of some very salty material, get a sneak peak of what the show will be like with her new video for “Slot Machine." For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell at Damrosch Park Bandshell
Finding harmonizers like Harris and hit makers like Crowell is hard enough. Pairing them is alchemy. They've been touring together the past year or so, playing a mix of their own tunes, cuts from their collaboration, Old Yellow Moon, and some choice Gram Parsons numbers. This free concert is part of Lincoln Center Out of Doors. For more info, visit lcoutofdoors.org.
John Legend at Barclays Center
The All of Me tour features John Legend playing acoustic versions of music off of his newest album, Love in the Future. The arrangement: guitar, vocals and a string quartet. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Presidents of the United States of America at Irving Plaza
The silly rockers behind '90s hits "Lump" and "Peaches"—who play instruments of their own invention, the bassitar and the guitbass—may be a few years older, but they still bound around the stage with youthful abandon. Their latest album, Kudos to You!, sticks to the formula that made them famous. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Tift Merritt at David Rubenstein Atrium
As fresh a voice as has appeared on the Americana landscape over the past decade or so, Merritt weaves tales of loneliness and longing. This free show is part of Lincoln Center Out of Doors (though the atrium regularly hosts complimentary music on Thursday nights). For more info, visit lcoutofdoors.org.
Altan at Prospect Park Bandshell
Fans of NPR's long-running Thistle and Shamrock show, take heed: popular Irish folk band Altan is bringing its twin-fiddle attack to Celebrate Brooklyn! For more info, visit bricartsmedia.org.
Mykki Blanco at East River Park
Michael David Quattlebaum Jr., better known as Mykki Blanco, performs his blend of poetry and contemporary hip-hop. For more info, visit summerstage.com.
Asian Dub Foundation at Prospect Park Bandshell
British punk-influenced electronica outfit Asian Dub Foundation performs a live score to THX 1138 (1971), George Lucas' first feature film. What's not to like? For more info, visit bricartsmedia.org.
The Zombies at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
British 1960s rock 'n' roll hit makers the Zombies, responsible for numbers like “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No,” are still at it. Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent remain from the classic lineup. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Black Bananas at South Street Seaport
Singer-songwriter and record producer Jennifer Herrema's band Black Bananas, known for noisy, distortion-filled indie rock with electronic dance sounds, performs a free show as part of the Seaport Music Festival. Shockwave Riderz open the show. For more info, visit seaportmusicfestival.com.
Modest Mouse and Brand New at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium
Modest Mouse named an album This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About, and Brand New named a song "Okay, I Believe You, but My Tommy Gun Don't," so even if one came more out of the indie rock scene and the other from emo-punk roots, it's pretty clear they've been soul mates all along when it comes to long titles. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
Motown Gospel Revue at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
SummerStage presents this evening of gospel, pop and R&B, featuring artists Tasha Cobbs, Smokie Norful, Pastor Charles Jenkins, VaShawn Mitchell and others. For more info, visit summerstage.com.
St. Vincent at Prospect Park Bandshell
Singer-songwriter Annie "St. Vincent" Clark plays this hometown show, showcasing her self-titled album released earlier this year, which features songs like "Birth in Reverse" and "Digital Witness." (Sidebar: her performance of "Lithium" at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was fairly stellar.) For more info, visit bricartsmedia.org.
Tori Amos at The Beacon Theatre
After releasing an album of classical compositions and cowriting a stage musical, singer-songwriter Tori Amos has returned to the more familiar pop arena with Unrepentant Geraldines—her 14th studio release. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at East River Park
The New York Neo-Futurists present their famed collection of very short plays, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, at East River Park. With 30 plays in 60 minutes, even the slimmest attention span should find something to appreciate. For more info, visit summerstage.com.
Florida Georgia Line at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
After three sold-out concerts here last fall, Florida Georgia Line returns for a free concert in Central Park as part of the Good Morning America summer concert series. For more information, visit gma.yahoo.com.
Neon Trees at Rockefeller Center
These Utah-based dance-rockers play for a morning-TV audience and the dedicated throngs who will wake up early to see them in person. For more info, visit today.com.
Blood Orange. Photo: Stacey Mark. Courtesy, Windish Agency
Blood Orange at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
Hipster lodestone of the moment Blood Orange (aka Dev Hynes, aka Lightspeed Champion) plays this free show, highlighting songs from his latest release, Cupid Deluxe. For more info, visit summerstage.com.
Echo and the Bunnymen at Irving Plaza
Coming on down to our rescue, sparing us the cutter and bringing on the dancing horses—it's Echo and the Bunnymen. For tickets, visit livenation.com.
Steve Aoki at Madison Square Garden
Electronic musician and irrepressible stage presence Steve Aoki will perform at the Garden. He’s been known to pelt his audience with cake and confetti, so maybe bring a poncho. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
The Nuyorican Poets Cafe's 40th Anniversary Celebration / Screening: Our Latin Thing at East River Park
Multicultural fixture Nuyorican Poets Café nears the end of its yearlong 40th anniversary celebration with a screening of the 1971 music documentary Our Latin Thing. For more info, visit summerstage.com.
Drake vs. Lil Wayne at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium
Rappers Drake and Lil Wayne will not be playing tennis at the former home of the US Open (not as far as we know, at least), but a concert is as good a consolation prize as any. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
Robyn + Röyksopp at Pier 97
Sweden's best-known fembot has teamed up with her Scandinavian electro brethren for a mini-album titled Do It Again, which will no doubt be showcased during this Hudson River Park show. For tickets, visit livenation.com.
Tom Bailey (of the Thompson Twins), Howard Jones, Midge Ure, China Crisis and Katrina (of Katrina and the Waves) at Best Buy Theater
You've probably heard of no-wave music. How about "no Waves" music? Don't worry; solo Katrina is sure to still be walking on sunshine. As for everyone else on this "Retro Futura" new-wavy bill, voilà: it's the 1984 UK pop charts revisited. For tickets, visit axs.com.
Robin Thicke. Photo: Anthony Mandler
Robin Thicke at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
Sure, Alan Thicke's son overcame any musical growing pains to have the song of the summer in 2013, the ubiquitous "Blurred Lines" (its racy video didn't hurt sales, nor help fend off allegations of misogyny). But let's face it; it's no Diff’rent Strokes theme song. This appearance is part of the Good Morning America concert series. For more info, visit gma.com.
Arcade Fire at Barclays Center
Canadian indie-rock band Arcade Fire plays a three-night stint in indie-rock borough Brooklyn. Maybe you'll see some silly costumes. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Lyle Lovett at The Beacon Theatre
Lyle Lovett helped revitalize country music in the '80s and '90s with his literate pop sensibility. He also sang a duet of "You've Got a Friend in Me" with Randy Newman in Toy Story. His latest album is 2012's Release Me. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Joe Strummer Birthday Bash at the Knitting Factory
Cover band Straight to Hell pays tribute to the Clash on Joe Strummer's birthday. And while Strummer was not in the Ramones, we'd be remiss if we didn't tip our cap to the opening act—an all-female Ramones tribute that goes by the name Rockaway Bitch. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Blues BBQ at Pier 84
Things will get smoking in the pits and on the stage as local 'cue mavens Mighty Quinn’s, Delaney Barbecue and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que join musicians Big Sam's Funky Nation and Samantha Fish for brisket with a heavy dose of blues. For more info, visit hudsonriverpark.org.
Air Supply at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
All out of love? Recharge with these soft rockers, whose other hits with "love" in the name include "Love and Other Bruises," "Lost in Love," "Young Love," "Making Love Out of Nothing at All" and, more recently, "Faith in Love." For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Afropunk Fest at Commodore Barry Park
A whole host of artists, including Fishbone, D'Angelo and Body Count, descend on Brooklyn's oldest park for a spirited weekend of funky rhythms, food trucks and fashionable wares (an assemblage of local vendors conducts a thrift market as part of the proceedings). For more info, visit afropunkfest.com.
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival at various locations
The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is a City institution, just like the musical legend it memorializes; the event has been taking place for more than 20 years. Last year's lineup included Jimmy Heath, Kenny Garrett and Lee Konitz. For more info on this year's concerts (to be held at Harlem's Marcus Garvey Park and Tompkins Square Park in Alphabet City), visit cityparksfoundation.org.
Martha Davis and the Motels at Iridium
Suddenly this summer, the expressive-voiced Martha Davis brings her band on tour— performing such hits as "Only the Lonely" and, yes, "Suddenly Last Summer," along with songs from a forthcoming album she is cowriting with Charlie Colin—a founding (and now former) member of Train. For tickets, visit theiridium.com.
The Polyphonic Spree at Brooklyn Bowl
The Texas-based rockers have a lineup that includes a full choir, a French horn, a cello and electronic keyboards—so get ready for an eclectic set and a very crowded stage. Their latest album is called Yes, It's True. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
Ariana Grande at Rockefeller Center
This pint-size singer, who’s already sold more than 425,000 downloads of her track “Problem” (featuring Iggy Azalea), is well on her way to becoming pop’s newest princess. See her at the Today show’s summer concert series. For more info, visit today.com.
Brad Paisley at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
Three-time Grammy winner Brad Paisley celebrates the release of his as-yet-untitled album with a Central Park hoedown as part of the Good Morning America free concert series. For more information, visit gma.yahoo.com.
Ed Palermo at Iridium
First formed back in 1980, Palermo and his Big Band have for the past 15 years dedicated themselves to presenting the music of Frank Zappa. They'll add a twist to that tradition at their Iridium shows, presenting a mash-up of Zappa's music and Todd Rundgren's, an unholy alliance they've dubbed "Zodd Zundgren." For tickets, visit theiridium.com.
Electric Zoo Festival at Randall's Island Park
This massive EDM festival is back for its sixth year, this time at Randall's Island Park. As always, it's a chance to see some of the biggest names in the genre—including David Guetta, Zedd, Laidback Luke, Bingo Players and Alesso. For more info (including more lineup details as they become available), visit electriczoofestival.com.
Maroon 5 at Rockefeller Center
Very handsome Voice judge Adam Levine performs some songs with his friends. For more info, visit today.com.
Usher at Rockefeller Center
The R&B mastermind who brags about his kissing conquests in his latest single, “Good Kisser," will perform (possibly shirtless) for the Today show crowd. For more info, visit today.com.
Rudimental at Terminal 5
This British act is known for mixing live instrumentation with digital processing, marrying a more traditional approach to the EDM craze. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Ian Hunter at The Bell House
If he had just written "All the Way from Memphis" and sung "All the Young Dudes" while fronting Mott the Hoople, it would have been enough. But other Hunter-penned songs had interesting second lives: as hits for Great White and Barry Manilow and as the theme to The Drew Carey Show. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
Gipsy Kings at The Beacon Theatre
Sing along to "Bamboleo" and other old favorites as this long-running, Spanish-speaking, French-born group performs live. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Spoon at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
Fresh off the release of their eighth studio album, They Want My Soul, Spoon performs a SummerStage benefit show. The first single from the LP is “Rent I Pay.” For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
September 10, 11 and 13
Bob Mould at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg
The past couple of years Mould has spotlighted seminal albums from his catalog, namely, Sugar's Copper Blue and his 1989 solo debut, Workbook. Expect to hear most, if not all, of his latest, Beauty & Ruin, at these stops. Follow these links for tickets to the shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Luke Bryan at Madison Square Garden
Luke Bryan brings his "That’s My Kind of Night Tour" (named for his recent single, which hit number one on the Billboard country chart) to New York City. Expect selections from his newest album, Crash My Party, plus other fan favorites. Lee Brice and Cole Swindell are also on the bill. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Biz Markie at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
"Just A Friend" rapper Biz Markie performs live and spins a DJ set. That aforementioned hit, by the way, is now 25 years old. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Trampled by Turtles at Terminal 5
Bluegrass is back, and the Minnesotans in Trampled by Turtles bring an indie-rock energy to the tried-and-true genre. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
The Detroit Cobras at The Bell House
Think Rizzo, not Sandy. These Detroit rockers, led by tough-but-soulful vocalist Rachel Nagy and guitarist Mary Ramirez, specialize in raunchy garage-punk takes on obscure vintage R&B and early rock ‘n’ roll songs. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
Lorde at Pier 97 and United Palace Theater
If George Brett were going to inspire a hit pop song, you'd have thought it would include at least a passing reference to pine tar. Anyway, Lorde is kind of a big deal and if you want to see her live, you can do it at these three shows. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
King Crimson at Best Buy Theater
Progressive rock bands never die, they just jam on...and on...and on. The supergroup has formed a nebula around guitarist Robert Fripp since 1969; its most recent incarnation, a seven-headed beast with no fewer than three drummers, is, according to Fripp, taking a year to get its chops in order before the tour starts up this September. Not that Crim fans would stand for anything less. For more, visit axs.com.
Allan Holdsworth, Jimmy Haslip & Gary Husband at Iridium
Innovative, influential jazz and rock guitar god Holdsworth teams with bassist Haslip (the Yellowjackets) and drummer Husband (John McLaughlin's the 4th Dimension) for what promises to be a jazz-rock fusion tour de force. For more info, visit theiridium.com.
Lily Allen at Terminal 5
The British artist returns with tunes from her third full-length, Sheezus, which, yes, is a reference to Kanye. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Sondre Lerche at Bowery Ballroom
Celebrate the release of Sondre Lerche’s latest release, Please, rumored to be his catchiest and most emotionally intricate offering yet, with a live performance downtown. For information and ticket sales, visit boweryballroom.com.
Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull at Madison Square Garden
Enrique "Let the Rhythm Take You Over" Iglesias and Pitbull (the self-proclaimed "Mr. Worldwide") are back for a second tour together—this time along with Colombian reggaeton singer J Balvin. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
The BoDeans at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
These Wisconsin-based rockers, known for their high-energy live shows (and the theme song to a certain 1990s TV drama), perform fan favorites like “Fadeaway” and “All the World”—and maybe even some tracks off their new record, which is set to drop later this year. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Fleetwood Mac at Madison Square Garden
What makes this Fleetwood Mac tour different from all other Fleetwood Mac tours—at least over the past 15 years? The return of Christine McVie, for one. Cue "Songbird" and "You Make Loving Fun" (we hope). For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Bastille at Radio City Music Hall
Heard Bastille’s hit song "Pompeii" so many times that you can’t get it out of your head? Replace it with other songs from their album Bad Blood at these shows. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
America at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
"A Horse with No Name," "Sister Golden Hair," "Ventura Highway," "Tin Man," "I Need You"... this soft-rock band's rich harmonies dominated the airwaves in the '70s. Close your eyes at the show and you might feel like you're listening to the AM radio in your AMC Gremlin. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
The Fab Faux at The Beacon Theatre
The Fab Faux, the best band playing Beatles songs that does not include an actual member of the Beatles, presents "The World Heavyweight Songwriting Championship," pitting the songs of John Lennon against the songs of Paul McCartney. The special encore "undercard" features George Harrison vs. Ringo Starr. For tickets and more information, visit ticketmaster.com.
George Benson at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
This modern jazz guitarist—critically acclaimed as one of the genre's best—has a silky, gospel-esque voice, five decades of success and a versatile range: he once recorded a pop-jazz translation of the Beatles' Abbey Road, and scored a Grammy for his no. 1 R&B single "Give Me the Night.” For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
First Aid Kit at Hammerstein Ballroom
Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg may have first received national attention from a YouTube video, but they’ve come a long way since then, releasing three albums in four years and performing on eight US tours. Fans of their sweet harmonies won't want to miss this set. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Robin Trower at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
This blues-rock guitarist, whose sound has long been compared to that of Jimi Hendrix, hauls out his signature Stratocaster for another tour—the first to feature songs from his 2012 album, Roots and Branches. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Jerry Lee Lewis at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Over half a century after he first hit the top of the charts, rock 'n' roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis is still in action. His most recent album is 2010’s Mean Old Man, but we think it's pretty safe to assume you'll hear “Great Balls of Fire.” For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County at The Beacon Theatre
Fifteen actors and four members of John Mellencamp’s band perform a show with music and lyrics by Mellencamp and a story written by legendary horror novelist Stephen King. After all, who hasn’t had the itch to see one of King’s stories played out on stage to blues and roots music? For details and ticket sales, visit ticketmaster.com.
Justin Timberlake at Barclays Center
Permanent Saturday Night Live host Justin Timberlake gives music a try on the 20/20 Experience World Tour. His newest single is “Not a Bad Thing.” For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Andrea Bocelli at Madison Square Garden
Your parents' favorite tenor brings his pipes to MSG to celebrate the holiday season. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Fridays and Saturdays
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
This Greenpoint space hosts a parade of hip artists who play free shows. While you're there, you can buy food, clothes, accessories and records from local vendors, take a gander at art and play table tennis. All in all, it's a fun night out. For more info, visit bkbazaar.com.
Historic Richmond Town Tavern Concerts at Historic Richmond Town
Cozy up at Staten Island's Historic Richmond Town for this Saturday-evening series featuring folk and acoustic acts. For more info, visit historicrichmondtown.org.