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.
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 today.com.
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 gma.yahoo.com.
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 nuyorican.org.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 brooklynconcerts.com.
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 ticketyfly.com or ticketmaster.com.
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 cityparksfoundation.org.
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 brooklynconcerts.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 cityparksfoundation.org.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 cityparksfoundation.org.
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 ticketfly.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 stubhub.com.
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 ticketfly.com.
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 ticketweb.com.
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 cityparksfoundation.org.
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 bricartsmedia.org.
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 lcoutofdoors.org.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 cityparksfoundation.org.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 livenation.com.
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 cityparksfoundation.org.
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 afropunkfest.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 electriczoofestival.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 ticketfly.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 stubhub.com.
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 nycgo.com interview way back in 2009. Their most recent album is Untethered Moon. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 stubhub.com.
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 bluenote.net.
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 beacontheatre.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 stubhub.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 ticketmaster.com and ticketfly.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 ticketweb.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 sleater-kinney.com and stubhub.com 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 union-pool.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.