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.


Prefer your live music free? Click the image below for a rundown of no-cost concerts taking place this summer in New York City.

Free NYC Summer Concerts


May 22–September 4
Today Concert Series at Rockefeller Center 
Just how much do you like James Taylor, Carly Rae Jepsen and Keith Urban? The true test of fandom is whether you’re willing to arrive as early as 5am for a good spot at this televised concert series, full of big names. The sets are short, but the shows are free. For more info, visit

May 22–September 4
Good Morning America Summer Concert Series at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park 
Hop out of bed for free early-morning concerts at Rumsey Playfield. Dierks Bentley, Nicki Minaj and Hozier are a few of the acts scheduled to perform. Set your alarm and grab a latte—"doors" open at 6am. For more info, visit

June 13, June 27, July 10 and August 7
The Nuyorican Poets Café at various locations
The Nuyorican Poets Café—the famous East Village arts space—hosts a series of free outdoor shows this summer in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan. The August 7 show features Tony Award–winning writer and actress Sarah Jones. For more info, visit  

June 20, July 1, August 20, September 25, October 21, November 19, December 17 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

July 21
Interpol at Prospect Park Bandshell 
Interpol has sold a lot of albums and garnered much critical acclaim, but in our book their work won't be done until they outrank their eponymous international police organization as Wikipedia's primary Interpol. For tickets, visit

July 22
Modest Mouse at Prospect Park Bandshell 
Float on down to Brooklyn and see Isaac Brock's Washingtonian band of indie-rockers. For tickets, visit

July 22–24
Seaside Summer Concert Series at MCU Park 
Coney Island's popular no-cost musical performances return with a lineup that includes JT Taylor of Kool and the Gang, Starship and Eddie Santiago. For more info, visit

July 24–25
Shuggie Otis at Brooklyn Bowl and B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 
It's two nights of rhythm and blues from the man who brought you "Inspiration Information." For tickets, visit or

July 26
Rock Steady Crew 38th Anniversary Show at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
Begun in the Bronx in 1977, the Rock Steady Crew established the standard for B-boying (breakdancing, that is). They'll host the festivities and likely do some popping and locking; rappers Big Daddy Kane and Whodini will also perform. For more info, visit

July 27, August 3, August 10 and August 17
Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series at Wingate Field
This series of free shows starts with Morris Day and the Time and closes with an old-school rap lineup of Doug E. Fresh, Kurtis Blow and Special Ed. For more info, visit

July 28
Rise Against and Killswitch Engage at Central Park 
Prepare for a pleasant evening of metal and punk in the park. For more information, visit

July 28
George Ezra at Terminal 5 
He's leading the latest British Invasion of American pop airwaves—alongside Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith—but George Ezra has also garnered comparisons to American folk icon Bob Dylan. For tickets, visit

July 28
Gin Blossoms at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 
You heard it from us: '90s alterna-poppers Gin Blossoms are playing live in Times Square. For tickets, visit

August 1
Dr. John at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park 
Known for his New Orleans rhythms and the skull atop his piano, Dr. John has been at it for nearly 60 years. Expect plenty of old favorites, along with selections from last year's tribute to Louis Armstrong, Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch. For more info, visit

August 1–2
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at Bowery Ballroom
The loudest blog buzz died down years ago, but Brooklyn’s own Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is still cranking out quirky, nervous indie rock. For tickets, visit

August 3
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – Songs in Concert at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park 
Cast members perform songs from the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical about the life of Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter Carole King. For more info, visit

August 4
James Taylor at Forest Hills Stadium 
The king of mellow '70s rock comes to Queens, where he has promised to shower the people with new songs for the first time in more than a decade—said numbers come from new album Before This World. For tickets, visit

August 4
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros at Prospect Park 
Alex Ebert’s 12-person indie-folk band heads to Prospect Park, where their good vibes (and the rich live vocal harmonies and instrumental arrangements they're known for) will doubtless resonate in the open air. For tickets, visit

August 4
Dock Rocks with Duran Duran and Wyclef Jean at Piers 15 and 16 
If anyone's fit to headline at a seaport, it's Duran Duran. For tickets, visit

August 5
Buckwheat Zydeco at City Winery 
A little bit of Louisiana comes to New York City in Buckwheat Zydeco's accordion case. Though the zydeco genre isn't exactly mainstream these days, this gentleman and his band have nevertheless performed at the Olympics, on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and on the Late Show with David Letterman. For tickets, visit

August 5
Father John Misty at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
J. Tillman, aka Father John Misty, performs songs from his new album, I Love You, Honeybear (and, presumably, old favorites). Tickets are sold out, but you can try your luck at

August 6
Caribou at East River Park   
Caribou…aka Dan Snaith…aka Daphni plays a synth-rock set on the Lower East Side. For more info, visit

August 6
New York Pops with Sutton Foster at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium 
America's largest pop brings its talents to the open air.  Joining the 78-piece orchestra in Queens—where the organization plans a series of performances—is Tony-award winning Sutton Foster. Here’s your chance to watch her belt numbers from the likes of Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie. For tickets, visit

August 6
Desaparecidos and So So Glos at Webster Hall 
Connor Oberst's political screamo band is back with a new album, Payola, and ready to fight the man live onstage. Bay Ridge punks the So So Glos are also on the bill. For tickets, visit

August 7–8
Jamaica Arts & Music Festival at Rufus King Park
This free two-day festival kicks off at 6pm on August 7 with the Under the Stars Concert. For more info, visit

August 8
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe and Ariel Kalma at Issue Project Room 
Prepare for a night of electronic music, spoken word and free jazz stylings. For tickets, visit

August 8
30th Anniversary DJ Celebration: Quantic / Gilles Peterson / Afrika Bambaataa at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park 
Afrika Bambaataa—one of the godfathers of hip-hop—joins forces with British DJs Quantic and Gilles Peterson for a five-hour dance party. For more info, visit

August 8
Tune-Yards at Prospect Park Bandshell 
Tune-Yards (often styled tUnE-yArDs) goes heavy on the whimsy; resistance is futile. This show is the last in the 2015 Celebrate Brooklyn season. For more info, visit

August 9
Lyle Lovett and His Large Band at Damrosch Park
Lyle Lovett helped revitalize country music in the 1980s 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. The show is free, and the exclamation point on this year's Lincoln Center Out of Doors fest. For more information, visit

August 11
Rakim at Marcus Garvey Park 
Here's a chance to see one of rap's greatest MCs perform in Harlem, for free. For more info, visit

August 12
Mötley Crüe at Barclays Center 
Hard as it may be to believe that those dëcades of decädence are wrapping up, this tour is your last chance to catch the glam metal bacchants smoking in the boys' room. For tickets, visit

August 12
Willie Nelson at Celebrate Brooklyn
This red-bandana wearing country crooner is still touring at age 81.  Expect him to play staples like “Crazy” and “Always on My Mind” at the Prospect Park Bandshell. 
For tickets, visit

August 14
Santana at Forest Hills Stadium 
Expect hits like “Oye Como Va,” “Black Magic Woman” and, yeah, "Smooth." Also: lots of guitar solos. For tickets, visit

August 16
Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park 
In the '90s, The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show aired demo tapes and freestyles from artists like Jay Z, Nas and the Fugees before they hit the mainstream. Celebrate the show's impact with a concert featuring DJ sets and live performances, as well as a screening of a documentary about the duo. For more info, visit  

August 18
Counting Crows at Hudson River Park 
Adam Duritz brings his dreadlocks and his band to crank out fan favorites like “Mr. Jones,” “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Accidentally in Love.” For tickets, visit

August 18
Psychedelic Furs and the Church at Irving Plaza 
The Furs made the marimba cool with “Love My Way,” and the Church made heavenly sounds with “Under the Milky Way.” Whichever way you slice it, you’re in for some ‘80s college-radio nostalgia. For tickets, visit

August 21–23
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival at Marcus Garvey Park and Tompkins Square Park 
The free annual festival honoring jazz legend Charlie Parker features acts paying tribute to the man himself and otherwise keeping the genre alive. This year's performers include Oliver Lake Big Band, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Joe Lovano. For more info, visit

August 22–23
Afropunk Fest at Commodore Barry Park 
Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill and Gary Clark Jr. are among the acts playing what may be the biggest-ever edition of this festival, which highlights black artists playing punk- and rock-influenced music. For tickets, visit

August 23
7 Seconds at St. Vitus
Kevin Seconds and company keep the 1980s hardcore spirit alive in Brooklyn. For tickets, visit

September 3
Nick Jonas at Terminal 5 
The older Jonas Brothers will not be found at this show—just this heartthrob, hits like “Jealous” and “Chains” and, we must assume, thousands of screaming teenagers. For tickets, visit

September 4–6
Electric Zoo at Randall’s Island 
The party people return to Randall’s Island for their EDM fix. This year’s lineup includes such big names as David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren and Kaskade. For tickets, visit

September 12
Scorpions and Queensrÿche at Barclays Center 
Raucous German heavy metal band Scorpions, known for 1980s hits including "No One Like You" and "Rock You Like a Hurricane," celebrate their 50th birthday. Also invited to the party: cerebral metal stalwarts Queensrÿche. For more information, visit

September 12
Death Cab for Cutie at Madison Square Garden 
The sensitive indie-pop-rock lads behind "The Sound of Settling"—new guitarist in tow—play a big arena show. For tickets, visit

September 12
Gipsy Kings at The Beacon Theatre
Bring your dancing shoes—Latin pop veterans the Gipsy Kings (who sing in Spanish but hail from France), responsible for memorable tunes like "Bamboléo,"are coming to town.  For tickets, visit

September 18
Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters at Hammerstein Ballroom 
You might get a few Zep favorites from Plant and his backing band—likely filtered through the folk and world music lens he’s examining now. For tickets, visit

September 19
Alabama Shakes & Drive-By Truckers at Forest Hills Stadium 
Alabama Shakes brings its soulful jazz-rock sound to Queens. Alt-country band Drive-By Truckers opens. For tickets, visit

September 19, 29–30
Josh Groban at Kings Theatre and The Beacon Theatre
Groban takes the stage for one night in Brooklyn followed shortly thereafter by a two-night gig at The Beacon Theatre. Expect to hear old favorites like “You Raise Me Up” plus selections from his new album, Stages, which is made up of songs from musical theater productions. For tickets, visit

September 22
Of Monsters and Men at Beacon Theatre 
The Icelandic pop-folk phenomenon is promoting its second album, Beneath the Skin, but we get the feeling you'll still hear breakout hit “Little Talks.” The concert is sold out but you can try

September 23–25
Built to Spill at Bowery Ballroom 
The members of venerable indie rock outfit Built to Spill have achieved much in their careers: a reputation for thrilling live shows, a slew of critically acclaimed albums and an influence over a generation of other bands. Perhaps most importantly to us, though, frontman Doug Martsch was the subject of a fun-filled interview way back in 2009. Their most recent album is Untethered Moon. For tickets, visit

September 25
Cheap Trick at St. George Theatre 
Forget "Surrender," “I Want You to Want Me” and "Dream Police." A generation may know the Colbert Report theme song best out of Cheap Trick's work. For tickets, visit

September 25
Jackson Browne at Kings Theatre 
Always capable of quiet introspections, socially conscious calls to arms and easygoing rockers, Browne released his latest, Standing in the Breach, last year—proving yet again that he misspoke those years ago about running on empty. For tickets, visit

September 25–26
Bob Mould at City Winery
The former Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman mines work from those bands' heydays, as well as his solo career. For tickets, visit

September 28
Ben Howard at Radio City Music Hall
British singer-songwriter Ben Howard made a name for himself by playing acoustic guitar (and using its body for percussion), but the material on his latest album, I Forget Where We Were, makes full use of the electric guitar. Still, fans will recognize the emotional folk at the core of his songwriting. For tickets, visit

September 29
Hozier at Radio City Music Hall
This soulful Irish indie rocker saw his debut album rocket up the charts last year thanks to the single “Take Me to Church.” Tickets are sold out, but you can try

October 6–11
Lee Ritenour at Blue Note 
This accomplished jazz guitarist has lent his talents to artists like Carly Simon, Steely Dan and the Bee Gees, in addition to producing plenty of solo output. For tickets, visit

October 6–17
Steely Dan at The Beacon Theatre 
Jazz-rockers Steely Dan (Walter Becker and Donald Fagen) have sold 40 million records thanks to hits like "Peg," "Deacon Blues" and "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," and one might say they're reeling in the years with this eight-night residency at The Beacon Theatre. The band promises a different complete album and/or greatest hits selection each night. For more info—including updates on ticket availability and specifics on each set—visit

October 8
Ricky Martin at Madison Square Garden 
Prepare yourself for a night of Latin-pop music and bon-bon shaking from the man who brought you “Livin’ La Vida Loca.” For tickets, visit

October 7–9
Luna at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg 
Apparently, absence does make the heart grow fonder. After a 10-year hiatus, these low-key rockers have sold out three nights of shows. For tickets, check

October 10
Yo La Tengo and Nick Lowe at Kings Theatre 
Long-running Jersey indie heroes Yo La Tengo visit Brooklyn for an acoustic show, bringing along a member from their early years (Dave Schramm) and an old hand from the pubs of England (Nick Lowe). For tickets, visit

October 17
Blue Öyster Cult at St. George Theatre 
BÖC has been setting cities on flame with rock ’n’ roll for 45 years; forewarned is forearmed. For tickets, visit

October 22
Opeth at The Beacon Theatre    
Sweden’s most popular metal export this side of Saab and Volvo, Opeth runs twice as fast and a thousand times louder. For tickets, visit

October 27
The Who at Barclays Center, Forest Hills Stadium and Madison Square Garden
Remember The Who's farewell tour in 1982? The reunion in 1989? 1996? The last shows with John Entwistle before his death in 2002, and the ones right after? Well, this current run, a continuation of their 50-year-anniversary circuit begun in 2013, is absolutely, positively it. We're torn between saying "long live rock" and "won’t get fooled again." For tickets, visit and

November 11
Shakey Graves and Those Darlins at Terminal 5  
Settle in for some roots rock, courtesy of a Texas multi-instrumentalist and a raucous trio from Nashville. For tickets, visit

November 24
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) at Highline Ballroom 
PFM was the first Italian rock band to achieve success abroad, touring and charting in the United Kingdom and United States. At their peak, from 1973 to 1977, PFM released five albums of their Italian-accented progressive rock with English lyrics—some by King Crimson lyricist Pete Sinfield. For tickets, visit

December 9
Andrea Bocelli at Madison Square Garden
Andrea Bocelli is one of the most famous singers on the planet (if you're not a fan, chances are your mother is). Bring tissues; his high notes might make you shed a tear. For tickets, visit

December 12–16
Sleater-Kinney at various locations
After roughly eight years of solo projects, supergroups and TV roles, the various members of Sleater-Kinney reunited for a new album, No Cities to Love, and a few more laps on the touring circuit. They’ll play five shows in five NYC locations; we’re grateful for each and every one. Some nights have sold out; check and for availability.

Reverend Vince Anderson and the Love Choir at Union Pool 
The band, which defines its style as “dirty gospel,” busts out trumpets, guitars and a keyboard every week for lively performances in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. An actual ordained reverend, Anderson studied to be a Methodist minister in the ’90s—but dropped out to pursue music full time. For more info, visit

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


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