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Concerts in New York - April 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Concerts in New York for the month of April 2017

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RAIN - A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES

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Together longer than The Beatles themselves, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary group, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that's as infectious as it is transporting. Includes the early hits to later classics that The Beatles never got the chance to play live - including the most complex and challenging songs.

This show is happening at multiple venues in Apr 2017:

Count Basie Theatre

Apr 15, 2017

NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Apr 20, 2017

: Closes 5th July 2017

The New York native will be belting out his old favorites with the help of his revolving piano, in an on-going series of monthly concerts at this world-famous venue. He has sold more than 100 million records over a career spanning more than 40 years, and reigns as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. More info

: 7th April

Since appearing in the original production of Rent in 1996, Idina Menzel's career has gone from strength to strength. From originating the role of Elphaba in Wicked to singing 'Let It Go' from Frozen, she's now undoubtedly one of the biggest names in the business. As befits her superstar status, she's heading out on a truly massive 2017 World Tour. More info

STEVIE NICKS

Stevie Nicks' 24 Karat Gold album was released in 2014, so the tour has been a while coming. There was just the small matter of Fleetwood Mac's massive reunion tour On With the Show to get out of the way first...She's more than making up for lost time though, bringing along fellow pop icons The Pretenders, led by Chrissy Hyde, along for the ride as her support act.

This show is happening at multiple venues in Apr 2017:

Prudential Center

Apr 02, 2017

Nassau Coliseum

Apr 06, 2017

: 5th April

Billy will be belting out his old favorites with the help of his revolving piano, on his brand new national tour. He has sold more than 150 million records over a career spanning 50 years, and reigns as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. More info

JACKSON BROWNE

For some, Jackson Browne is a definitive voice of the sun-soaked, mellow Southern California vibe that emanated from Laurel Canyon and spread far beyond in the mid 60s and 70s. Catch him this Summer as he tours stripped down and unplugged, with just an acoustic guitar and a magnificent back catalogue to choose from, this is an evening not to be missed!

This show is happening at multiple venues in Apr 2017:

Prudential Hall

Apr 06, 2017

St. George Theatre

Apr 12, 2017

STEVE WINWOOD

Steve Winwood is probably most famous for his blue-eyed soul phase of the 1980s, which included the No. 1 Billboard charting Higher Love featuring Chaka Khan. Yet this commercial peak is only one side of Winwood, a British music legend whose career has stretched over some 50 years. Following playing with some of the greatest Rhythm and Blues musicians on their UK tours, He came to prominence in the 1960s with The Spencer Davis Group, co-writing some of their biggest hits including I'm a Man and Gimme Some Lovin'.

This show is happening at multiple venues in Apr 2017:

The Space at Westbury

Apr 20, 2017

Beacon Theater

Apr 21, 2017

Count Basie Theatre

Apr 24, 2017

: 12th April

From country star to an icon of 1970's soft rock, the transformation from good girl to bad girl Sandy in Grease and dancing with Gene Kelly whilst on roller skates in Xanadu, Olivia Newton-John continues to reign supreme over her contemporaries, touring the world and producing new music. Last year she even hit the number one spot on the Billboard Dance Club charts with 'You Have To Believe', a reworking of her 1980 single 'Magic', alongside her daughter Chloe! More info

: Closes 29th April 2017

Join the New York Philharmonic for an out of this world evening headlined by Strauss's seminal Also sprach Zarathustra, forever enshrined in the public conscious after it became the theme of Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi epic, 2001: A Space Odessey. First performed in 1896, the magnificent drama of the piece leads to a crashing crescendo that will leave you with goosebumps, no matter how many times you experience it. More info

: 15th April

Colombian actor, singer and composer Carlos Vives heads to the States for an intimate tour, following his recent hit single with fellow artist Shakira, "La Bicicleta". One of the country's biggest Latin stars, Vives first came to prominence in 1982 as an actor on the popular telenova shows Pequenos Gigantes and Gallito Ramirez, the latter of which was his first starring role. In recent years he has acted as a coach on The Voice Colombia, re-introducing his music to a younger generation. His 2015 album Mas + Corazon Profundo won the Best Tropical Latin Album at that year's Grammy Awards! More info

: 2nd April

Let the celebrations commence! It's hard to believe that these guys have been helping the world to rock and roll for five decades since releasing "Fun Fun Fun" but there you have it. This tour will also mark the official introduction of singer/guitarist Jeffrey Foskett, who has worked regularly with the group since 1981, as a permanent member of the Beach Boys touring band, well overdue in our opinion. He replaces Christian Love, who left the group to embark on a solo career. More info

: 13th April

Hot on the heels of their 2015 album Music Complete - the first new material in 10 years, these English New Wave vets are heading out on tour this March! Emerging out of the ashes of Joy Division, New Order were instrumental in the progression of alternative rock during the 80s. Their marrying of post-punk and electronic dance music, maybe best showcased in their monster hit Blue Monday, was hugely influential and set the ground for the baggy scene of 90s in the UK, which would itself birth Britpop. More info

: 28th April

Canada's finest purveyors of pop rock are heading out on a nationwide tour again in Spring 2017, bringing their unique sound to a venue near you. The multiple Juno Award winning band never fail to deliver hook-laden goodness, from their iconic single One Week, to the theme tune for TV's The Big Bang Theory, and their live shows are always fantastic fun. More info

: Closes 8th April 2017

San Francisco Symphony's beloved Music Director Micheal Tilson Thomas returns to his favorite composer with this presentation of the moving Adagio from Mahler's Tenth Symphony, his last and the enchanting and triumphant First that bubbles with energy through stormy movements to an exciting finale. More info

: Closes 7th June 2017

Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer dubbed "The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," is considered one of the world's foremost interpreters of American standards, especially for Irving Berlin's work. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace in London. He is currently serving as artistic director in Indiana at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. More info

: 5th April

One of American pop's finest guitarist, John Mayer regularly makes the headlines for both his soulful singing and his many high profile relationships. For this 2017 Search for Everything tour though, the focus is solely on the music! In support of his new record, all of these dates will be divided up into three distinct sets - full band, solo acoustic and John Mayer trio. More info

: Closes 29th April 2017

The list of Diana Ross' achievements is staggering, and twelve-time Grammy winner and Oscar-nominated superstar Diana Ross is showing no signs of slowing down her touring career! Don't miss your chance to see a living legend in concert. More info

: 10th April

This spectacular new live concert features music from all 14 Pink Floyd studio albums plus a dazzling new light and laser show. Employing projections and animations, it sheds some light on the history of this iconic group and the differing egos and ideas of its members. More info

: Closes 8th April 2017

Jon Bon Jovi and Co. head out on an extensive tour in 2017 in support of their new record This House Is Not For Sale. Known for their knack for anthemic, fist-pumping choruses, this New Jersey group have transcended their hair metal origins to become one of America's most beloved rock bands. More info

: 11th April

Big Sean will be touring his fourth album I Decided. Born in California and raised in Detroit, Sean Anderson is a protege of rap superstar Kanye West, who was impressed by his freestyle skills and signed him to his G.O.O.D Music Label, and helped release his debut mixtape, Finally Famous Vol. 1, which was released in 2007. More info

: 20th April

Now celebrating his 80th birthday, renowned composer Philip Glass is known the world over for his enviable contribution to movie soundtracks, including The Golden Compass, The Hours, Candyman II: Farewell to the Flesh and The Truman Show. However, he is also responsible for an acclaimed rescoring of Jean Cocteau's seminal movie, La Belle et la Bete. Described by Glass himself as his most challenging project, the new score replaces the Georges Auric original score and its dialogue, performed by his own ensemble orchestra. The concert will be introduced with a conversation with the veteran composer. More info

: 21st April

Ruff Ryders gave us some of the greatest hip-hop of the 90 and 00s. Among the acts on the label's roster were DMX, Eve and many more, and to celebrate the imprint's 20th Anniversary, a group of it's biggest star are heading out on this stacked tour. More info

: Closes 30th April 2017

Kris Kristofferson has been a fixture of America's cultural landscape since the early 1970s. After leaving the army, Texas-born Kristofferson moved to Nashville to pursue his love of music in 1965, and soon became a prodigious songwriter, penning iconic tunes for the likes of Johnny Cash, Dave Dudley, and most notably, 'Me and Bobby McGee', which was a number one hit for Janis Joplin. More info

: Closes 21st April 2017

The New York Pops presents a double bill of great tunes fro the world of Broadway and the Billboard charts! On March 10, they're celebrating the works of Kander and Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret), and on April 21 they'll be playing a selection of singer songwriter cuts from the 60s and 70s, including the likes of James Taylor and Carole King. More info

: Closes 2nd May 2017

Anne-Sophie Mutter has achieved much in her four-decade long music career, let alone being named of the greatest violin virtuosos of our time. She was awarded the esteemed Siemens Music Prize in 2008, was made an honorary fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London at just 22-years old, and has received four Grammy awards for solo orchestral and chamber music performances. More info

: 18th April

From a scandalous reign as Miss America to a bona fide star of stage and screen, Vanessa Williams is an elegant and glamorous performer, who can turn her hand to just about anything. Join her for an evening of soul and romance as she heads out on a handful of intimate dates! More info

: 27th April

Aaron Lewis is a founding member and the frontman of the popular rock band Stained and a Grammy Award nominated songwriter. Now he's touring around the US as a solo artist performing his own country-influenced material. Not to be missed for fans of this very talented musician! More info

TONY BENNETT

Bennett staged a huge comeback in the late 1980s and 1990s, opening his music up to a younger generation while keeping his musical style intact. He remains a popular and critically praised recording artist and concert performer. His latest record, Cheek to Cheek, was a collection of duets with Lady Gaga.

This show is happening at multiple venues in Apr 2017:

Count Basie Theatre

Apr 11, 2017

NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Apr 14-15, 2017

: 21st April

One of the founding members of the 70s rock band Styx, Dennis DeYoung is a songwriter of extraordinary diversity, whether it be heartfelt ballads (Babe), synth-pop (Mr. Roboto) or epic theatrical prog-rock (The Best of Times). While he has enjoyed a very successful solo career (including the Top 10 hit Desert Moon), for this tour he'll be concentrating only on Styx material, his brand new backing band helping to recreate some of the finest moments that 70s progressive rock had to offer. More info

: 22nd April

Like many a droll, understated songwriter before her, Aimee Mann's music has sometimes been labelled as depressing. In true Aimee Mann fashion, she's combated this falsehood by recording an album of acoustic waltzes called Mental Illness. Opening with the lead single 'Goose Snow Cone', it's a collection of slow acoustic numbers filled with her usual wit and beautiful lyricism. More info

: 9th April

Marc Anthony is well known for many things - his good looks, his marriage to pop sensation Jennifer Lopez (aka J-Lo) and his acting career - however his claim to fame remains his multi-award winning career as a salsa singer. More info

: 28th April

The Indigo Girls have steadfastly forged their own path through the music world for over two decades, and they don't show any sign of slowing down just yet. The duo of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have now released 14 albums of breezy and lyrically adroit folk-rock, first emerging in the late 1980s alongside fellow Georgians R.E.M. More info

: 7th April

The EDM giants Galantis return to North America for an extensive series of dates in support of Pharmacy. Both hugely successful names in the world of dance music before they met, Christian Karlsson (from Miike Snow and co-writer of Britney Spears' 'Toxic') and Linus Eklow (Style of Eye) formed in 2012. Their approach is to write their songs on piano and guitar before re-working them as banging dance tracks, meaning that strong, emotional songwriting is always the most important element. More info

: 23rd April

Esperanza Spalding is in the midst of a huge career evolution. Having emerged in the early 2000's as the anointed savior of modern jazz (who beat out Justin Bieber to a Best New Artists Grammy), she's dispatched with her traditional arrangements and created an arty new persona, Emily D, who takes jazz into a whole new progressive direction. More info

ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK

One of the world's most beloved performers, Englebert Humperdinck has been wowing the crowds for over forty years. Don't miss the living legend live, as he performs some of his greatest hits from throughout the years, to his most recent record, Engelbert Calling. You know with the 'Humper' you're in for a very special evening!

This show is happening at multiple venues in Apr 2017:

St. George Theatre

Apr 04, 2017

Bergen Performing Arts Center

Apr 07, 2017

: 22nd April

Certified country music legend Loretta Lynn has enjoyed quite a renaissance in the past decade. It began with 2004's album Van Lear Rose, which was produced by and heavily featured the unmistakable guitar tones of Jack White, whose involvement in the project brought the veteran to the attention of a whole new audience. More info

PAUL SHAFFER

For over two decades, Paul Shaffer served as David Letterman's bandleader and sidekick, during both the hosts' NBC and CBS shows. Around him he assembled one of the most respected group of session musicians in America, effortlessly able to conjure up any style of music imaginable, whether it be for accompanying a guests' entrance or backing up the night's live performers. Now, they're taking their music on the road!

This show is happening at multiple venues in Apr 2017:

Wellmont Theatre

Apr 21, 2017

NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Apr 22, 2017

: 15th April

Hot Tuna (also the name of an Ozzie surf brand randomly) is made up of co-founders and continuing core members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, a duo with a unique combination of blues, jazz, bluegrass & folk influences. More info

INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OF COLLEGIATE A CAPPELLA FINALS

It's that time of year again as the nation's finest in Collegiate A Cappella groups roll into town to find out who will reign supreme and steal the crown from 2016's winners from The Techtonics. With highly trained judges on hand to pick the best of the best from the 8 finalist groups who've been preparing all year, you know it's going to be totally aca-awesome!

This show is happening at multiple venues in Apr 2017:

Town Hall Theater

Apr 21, 2017

Beacon Theater

Apr 22, 2017

: 20th April

Going on for more than 25 years, America's very own top-selling Pink Floyd show is back on the road this fall. Originally from New York, the band model their shows on the earlier concerts of PF from the 1970s, although as their fanbase has extended, so has their repertoire. Now they host a full-scale concert that has seen engagements across North America and across the world, and often perform entire albums as well as taking audience requests. More info

: 29th April

One of the musical inspirations for guitar legends like Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones and Jimmy Page, this American blues guitarist is considered to be one of the greatest axemen of all time. Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, six-time Grammy winner, and, as if that isn't enough, Eric Clapton once called him "without a doubt the best guitar player alive". Enough said. More info

: 24th April

Trombone Shorty's latest offering Say That to Say This was, to the delight of many fans, a return to his New Orleans roots with a full-on funk record. As ever, Shorty is backed by his band Orleans Avenue on tour, a collective of stunningly accomplished players including Joey Peebles on drums and Pete Murano providing the guitar licks. More info

: 6th April

Steel Panther have taken their parody of 80s glam metal to a whole new level. Through their undying commitment to sleazy lyrics, skin tight leather and genuine musical chops, the LA band have now reached the same level of fame as a lot of the groups they're aping. They've headlined Wembley and have toured with the likes of Judas Priest and Guns N' Roses. More info

: Closes 26th April 2017

The New York Philharmonic join forces with American piano virtuoso Jonathan Biss this Spring to bring you Beethoven's iconic Second Piano Concerto as well as an exciting new work created as a response to the dramatic piece. The grandson of renowned Russian cellist Raya Garbousova, Biss has previously performed with the classical elite, including the LA Philharmonic and the Boston, Chicago and San Francisco Symphonies. More info

: 14th April

Smooth soul crooner Jeffrey Osborne rose to prominence as the frontman and lyricist of popular RnB and Funk outfit LTD in the late 60s and 70s, but secured a lasting legacy as a solo artist with five gold and platinum albums to his name, including the classics Stay With Me Tonight and Only Human. More info

: 25th April

One of Israel's most celebrated artists is coming to North America on a short tour. Idan Raichel is renowned in his native land for his intoxicating mixture of African, Israeli and Arabic rhythms, brought to life by his band The Idan Raichel Project. This multi-ethnic, multi-genre group first burst onto the scene in their 2002 eponymous debut, and have since become torchbearers for cultural and ethnic harmony throughout the region. More info

: 6th April

Multi-Grammy Award-winning country star Travis Tritt is heading out on tour to promote his latest record and live album, A Man and His Guitar​. With The Allman Brothers amongst his influences, Travis has always dipped into the southern rock sound more than his other country artist contemporaries. His shows are always a boisterous affair, and you can expect to hear Tritt standards such as Foolish Pride and Best of Intentions. More info

: 4th April

Often hailed as one of the greatest rock vocalists to ever grace the stage, Ann Wilson makes up one half of iconic duo Heart and has crafted an impressive body of work comprised of legendary songs like Barracuda, Crazy On You and Magic Man. No stranger to selling out arenas on extensive world tours, this living legend is embarking on a solo stint while Heart prepares for the next stage of their band's metamorphosis (to quote the singer herself). More info

: 20th April

Beginning his career as a Nashville session musician, songwriter and and master of the fiddle Charlie Daniels played on records from by the likes of Bob Dylan and Hank Williams. He brought his career around full circle this year with his collection of Bob Dylan covers entitled Off the Grid, which will be the focus of this nationwide tour. More info

: 30th April

The Birds Eye View tour sees Travis Scott touring across the country ahead of his third solo album, AstroWorld. The rapper's debut studio album, Rodeo was one of the year's most highly anticipated hip-hop records of the year, building off the buzz from Scott's two previous mixtapes. More info

: 23rd April

Herman's Hermits frontman Peter Noone is hitting the road this winter and bringing the band's catalogue of swinging sixties hits along for the ride! The legendary beat pop outfit reached the height of their success with their cover of Earl-Jean's 'I'm Into Something Good', topping the charts in 1964. Relive the golden era of music as Peter Noone brings his revamped band to US shores! More info

: 24th April

Amidst a turbulent relationship with the press and beefs with his peers, RnB mainstay Chris Brown has risen like a phoenix from the ashes, putting his past troubles aside to head out on a mammoth 2-month musical trek, accompanied by a fine pedigree of fellow performers including 50 Cent and Fabolos. More info

: 15th April

Titans of the 80's British Heavy-Metal revival and progenitors of contemporary Pop Metal Def Leppard have never let anything stand in their way, even their drummer Rick Allen losing an arm to a car accident. Overcoming this with a custom kit and a new style of drumming, the band surged on to create the album 'Hysteria', which hit 12 times platinum in US sales and sold over 20 million copies worldwide. More info

: 9th April

Peter Frampton returns to his native habitat, the road, for the intimate Raw Acoustic Tour, bringing a rich and storied catalogue of rock and roll hits, his longtime collaborator Gordon Kennedy and his guitar-toting son Julian Frampton. It's a back to basics aesthetic that Frampton says is just like him playing the songs on the guitar or piano when he first wrote them. More info

: 15th April

The Urban Dictionary defines as 'Getting the Led out' as: 'It basically means that you are rocking out to some Led Zeppelin which is probably the best band ever to grace our Earth.' On a mission to bring the legend of Plant, Paige et al to the stage, this is no ordinary tribute show. Passionate about the 'Zep, these guys are committed to playing you the tunes in with the greatest respect and musicianship, whilst sharing the Led love. More info

: 28th April

A musical genius, or one of the world's greatest songwriters? We'd say both. Brian Wilson is still one of the best feel-good concert experiences today from the man who created the immortal songs of The Beach Boys. You'll know every lyric, every song and have the best time of your life! More info

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