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Live Shows to Catch in NYC Before August Is Gone

August 13, 2018 - by Merrill Lee Girardeau
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August isn't over yet and we’re here to help you keep it going strong. We’ve rounded up some great concerts in parks, on rooftops, and concerts with a side of cornbread (we’re looking at you, Opry City Stage). Read on for some good music coming soon to the city!

NYC Concerts This Month: Guided by Voices at Industry City

Guided By Voices

An indie act you need to know, Guided by Voices has been playing lo-fi atmospheric rock since the 80s. These five guys’ most popular songs include “Game of Pricks” and “I Am A Scientist.” Thursday, August 16, they play outdoors at Brooklyn’s Industry City courtyard, sponsored in part by Gowanus’ great venue The Bell House. 274 36th St., 718-557-9432 ext. 200,

NYC Concerts This Month: Broadway Sings Alanis Morissette at Highline Ballroom

Another concert you outta know is Broadway Sings Alanis Morissette on August 20. Part of the Broadway Sings series, in which an array of Broadway stars sing popular songs, performers at this concert will include Dear Evan Hansen’s Alex Boniello, Kinky Boots’ David Cook, and Fun Home’s Lauren Patten. They will perform Morissette’s best at Chelsea’s Highline Ballroom. 431 W 16th St., 212-414-5994,

NYC Concerts This Month: Rooftop Concerts at Pier 17

Michael McDonald

Michael McDonald

Pier 17 is part of downtown’s South Street Seaport, and they are hosting rooftop concerts on the pier all summer. Five-time Grammy Award winner and former Doobie Brothers member Michael McDonald will perform on Tuesday, August 21. The golden-voiced Gladys Knight & the O’Jays (Knight sang “Midnight Train to Georgia” with The Pips) bring down the house Saturday, August 25. 89 South St., 1-800-745-3000,

NYC Concerts This Month: Family Concerts at Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn Bowl, the concert venue/bowling alley in Williamsburg, is opening up its stage for family shows this summer. Sunday, August 26, get your ants marching at The Music of Dave Matthews Band for Kids, featuring Rhyme and Reason. 61 Wythe Ave., 718-963-3369,

NYC Concerts This Month: Beach House at United Palace Theatre

Beach House

August weather is dream pop weather. That’s why you should go hear Beach House, a dream pop duo, bringing their synths to United Palace Theatre in Washington Heights. Beach House plays in this ornate uptown space, promoting their new album 7, on August 22. 4140 Broadway, 212-568-1157,

NYC Concerts This Month: Sweet Tea Trio & Bluebird Cafe Songwriters at Opry City Stage

Sweet Tea Trio

Sweet Tea Trio

Located in Times Square, Opry City Stage brings a Southern sound to the big city. Their two stages host live musical acts nightly, and you can also enjoy Nashville hot chicken and gumbo for dinner while you listen to the music. Nashville-based up-and-comers the Sweet Tea Trio play Opry City Stage on August 22 and 23. This group of young women has opened for Kid Rock, Bon Jovi, and Alabama. Friday, August 24, the Bluebird Cafe Songwriter Series continues at Opry City Stages. Tom Douglas, Liz Rose, and David Hodges will perform their award-winning country hits, songs you’ll know from top musical acts like Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift. 1604 Broadway, 212-388-5565,

Notable NYC Concerts in August: Drake & Migos at Madison Sq. Garden & Barclays Center


Drake, one of the biggest acts in the world, has teamed with the group Migos for his Aubrey and the Three Migos tour. These hip-hop powerhouses play Madison Square Garden on August 24, 25, 27, and 28. They play the Barclays Center in Brooklyn August 30 through September 1. 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, 212-465-6225,; 620 Atlantic Ave., 917-618-6100,

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