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Summer will soon be here and that’s touring season for veteran music acts such as Fleetwood Mac (6/22 at Jones Beach) Bon Jovi (7/25, 27 at MetLife Stadium) and Depeche Mode (9/6 at Barclays Center). If it’s variety you’re seeking, New York City’s lineup of outdoor music festivals is bigger than ever, with dynamic NY acts such as The Yeah Yeah Yeahs (5/17 at the GoogaMooga Festival in Prospect Park), DJ sets at Electric Daisy at Citi Field (5/17-18), and a fusion of alt-rock/hip-hop/electronica acts at the Governors Ball at Randall’s Island (6/7-9). (Click here to read more about the upcoming music festival season.) Perhaps you’re seeking something more intimate, dinner and a show with blues guitarist Buddy Guy (6/26 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill) or theater/cabaret great Patti LuPone (7/18-27 at 54 Below).
There are several things to consider when seeing a performer live: acoustics, visibility, the option to stand or sit, ease of transportation. We’ve compiled an inventory (and a little bit of history) of some of New York’s most popular music venues, as well as a list of upcoming NYC music festivals.
Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden, aka MSG or “The Garden,” in midtown Manhattan, is probably regarded by most performers as the pinnacle of success... (read more)
Radio City Music Hall
With a seating capacity of just under 6,000, Radio City Music Hall is the largest indoor theatre in the world. Quite a diverse list of performers have appeared there, from Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Liberace, to a-ha, Iron Maiden, Jack White, and The Cure... (read more)
It's still home to the famed Amateur Night at the Apollo, but in 1914, the neo-classical theater known today as the Apollo Theater was Hurtig and Seamon’s New Burlesque Theater. It was eventually closed down and reopened in 1934 as the 125th Street Apollo Theater, the format changed from burlesque to variety revues and redirected to Harlem’s growing African-American community... (read more)
Located on the Upper West Side, the 2,894-seat Beacon Theatre is considered to be Radio City Music Hall’s "older sister." The art deco-designed Beacon opened in 1929 as a venue for vaudeville acts, drama, opera and movies and is well regarded for its superior acoustics... (read more)
Less than a year old, Barclays Center in Brooklyn is already one of NYC’s hottest new entertainment venues... (read more)
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
One of New York City’s most famous destinations for opera, orchestra, jazz, ballet, film and theatre lovers alike since 1956, Lincoln Center houses an impressive selection of 46 different venues... (read more...)
Inspired by a chance meeting between Scottish-American industrialist Andrew Carnegie and conductor of the Oratorio Society of New York, Walter Damrosch, Carnegie Hall opened in 1891. Today it is comprised of three spaces: Stern Auditorium, Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall... (read more...)
Click here to read about outdoor music venues in NYC.
Photo: Marc Bryan-Brown
Only a year old, the popular nightspot with the in-theatre crowd 54 Below has undergone a complete reinvention by multiple Tony Award-winning producers Tom Viertel, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel and Steve Baruch... (read more)
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Founded by legendary blues guitarist B.B. King in 2000, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill offers an intimate opportunity for patrons to both have a meal and catch a great, live act... (read more)
Way over in Hell’s Kitchen is Terminal 5, an extravagant, multilevel event site with five distinctly different room environments. Originally opened in 2003 and renovated in 2007, the venue has 40-foot ceilings, high-tech sound and lighting, a kitchen, and a roof deck (read more)
Photo: Dino Perucci Photography
Nestled beneath the High Line, The Highline Ballroom is a 700-capacity standing venue located in the heart of bustling Chelsea. Open since 2007, acts that have performed at the Highline Ballroom include Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Amy Winehouse, to name just a few... (read more)
Located in the East Village, Webster Hall is one of New York City’s oldest nightclubs. Built in 1886, it originally served as a hall for union rallies, weddings and military functions, and during the 1910-20s, masquerade balls. Public concerts started in the 1950s... (read more)
The Stand Comedy Club & Restaurant
Admittedly, The Stand Restaurant and Comedy Club in Gramercy is primarily a venue for comedy, but it also offers some unique musical entertainment, podcasts and burlesque shows, not to mention delectable dishes and unique cocktails. New Yorkers can now enjoy great comedy seven nights a week paired with a great meal, thanks to The Stand’s critically acclaimed chef, Seth Levine. Acts that have performed here include Janeane Garofalo, Jim Gaffigan, Judah Friedlander, Colin Quinn and Susan Silverman. The Stand is easily reachable by subway, get the 6 train to 23rd Street station. Click here for more info.
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