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Concerts in New York - May 2017

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

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: 14th May

The original stars of Broadway's storming hit musical Jersey Boys are taking the country by storm with a whole new musical act that celebrates the music of the 1960s. The Midtown Men not only perform their acclaimed renditions of songs by the Four Seasons, they will also treat you to more sensational music by The Beatles, The Beach Boys and other great artists from the golden age of Motown. More than just a tribute to a bygone era, this performance will show you - or remind you - of what it was like to see those groundbreaking artists live onstage. More info

BARBRA STREISAND

This is not a drill! Barbra Streisand is heading out again in 2017 still supporting her 35th studio album, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, the follow-up to 2014's hugely successful record of duets, Partners. One of the world's most iconic recording artists, actors, philanthropist and advocates, a night with the Diva to end all divas promises classic songs, laughter and reminisces from her six-decade career. It's a must for fans of any age!

This show is happening at multiple venues in May 2017:

Nassau Coliseum

May 04, 2017

Barclays Center

May 06, 2017

: Closes 21st August 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

: 4th May

This Country power couple have eight Grammys, 29 Academy of Country Music Awards, and countless millions of record sales between them. Catch them on these dates where they'll be playing solo sets, before rounding things off with some duets. Expect to hear 'It's Your Love', 'The Way You Love', 'This Kiss' , and many more. More info

METALLICA

Metal monsters Metallica are returning with a vengence this year for their WorldWired tour! Formed in 1981 by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, Metallica have been stalwarts of the American metal scene ever since, breaking through into the mainstream with the double whammy of ...And Justice For All (1988) and their self-titled eponymous fifth album (1991).

This show is happening at multiple venues in May 2017:

MetLife Stadium

May 14, 2017

Nassau Coliseum

May 17, 2017

: 13th May

Aretha Franklin's importance cannot not be overstated. She is simply one of the greatest singers the world has ever seen. With a voice which can't be mistaken, her mammoth back catalogue includes the classics Respect, Think and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman. She was the first woman inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and even made a glorious cameo in The Blues Brothers. More info

: 25th May

Here are the facts: Sixty-five million albums, 3,000 concerts and 28 platinum records. As well as producing and arranging albums for his fellow artists such as Bette Midler and Dionne Warwick, Manilow has also written songs for films, commercials, and musicals, including his own production, Harmony. More info

: 20th May

Despite being a giant of electronic music, and a renowned performer and musical innovator for over 40 years, Frenchman Jean Michel Jarre has never toured the US before. That's all set to change in 2017, when he brings his visually stunning show to these shores for the North American leg of his 'Electronica' tour. More info

: 12th May

Unstoppable even after four decades in the business, the Queen of empowering soul pop has released 22 albums and racked up ten #1 Billboard songs, seven RIAA certified gold singles and ten RIAA certified gold and platinum albums. When not deep in her musical endeavours, she is a staunch acitivist for women and childrens' rights, having founded the Chaka Khan Foundation in 1999, which is still going strong today. More info

: Closes 23rd May 2017

Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos joins the New York Philharmonic for a special series of recitals of Brahms' demanding Violin Concerto. One of the cornerstones of technical difficulty, the concerto requires a performer with great skill and talent to translate the elements of bravura, folk rhythm and tranquil passages. 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

: 12th May

There's a special Mother's Day celebration going down at the Barclays Center this year, and for any cool moms with a taste for top draw RnB and soul, there's no better present! On the bill are Anthony Hamilton, Brandy, Kem, and Tyrese. More info

: 14th May

A multi-talented singer, musician and gifted instrumentalist of EIGHT instruments, Brian McKnight also produces and writes his own material; his most successful album to date was 1999's Back At One through Motown Records, eventually selling over three million copies. More info

: Closes 9th May 2017

New York Philharmonic's lead maestro Alan Gilbert marks his farewell in 2017 with Beethoven's celebrated Ode To Joy, in a double program paired with Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw. Now considered to be Beethoven's greatest work, it is hard to believe that the Ninth was written off early on as inferior to his previous eight symphonies. It is often performed throughout the globe, and yet has lost none of it's power or gravitas, drama and feeling. More info

: 19th May

Following a year-long absence from social media, Future made a stunning reappearance on Valentines Day with his brand-new fifth and self-titled studio album and announcing a joint tour with Migos, Tory Lanez and Kodak Black this year. Called The Nobody Safe Tour, the tour kicks off this May in Memphis and runs through late June. He will be joined by Georgia-based rapper group Migos comprising Quavo, Takeoff and Offset following their January release of their second studio album Culture. They will also be supported by Tory Lanez and Kodak Black. More info

: 11th May

Mastodon return to the road this year, in support of their hugely anticipated new record. Sharing a love for The Melvins and Thin Lizzy, the members of Mastodon came together in the late 90s, and have firmly established themselves as one of modern metal's finest. Their joined on the road by Jesse Hughes' Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles. More info

: 11th May

Fall in love all over again with Audrey, Fred and Cat with this very special movie screening of Breakfast at Tiffanys, accompanied with Henri Mancini's score performed live by the New York Philharmonic! The Academy Award-winning score, which also includes the iconic Moon River remains one of the top movie soundtracks of all time, and its live performance accompanied with a huge screen projection. Have yourself a classy evening with friends, loved ones or even by yourself! Audrey and Tiffanys are waiting.... More info

: 7th May

One could argue that Justin Bieber is too young to even think about a successor to his phenomenal career, but maybe now it's time to watch his back! Young whippersnapper Jacob Sartorious may only be 14 but is fast gaining traction as one of the most influential young social media stars of today, as well as carving out a fledgling singing career with the release of his debut single in 2016, Sweatshirt, whose music video has the dubious honor of being one of the most loathed on YouTube. Well, you can't win 'em all..... More info

: Closes 3rd May 2017

The Alt-country singer songwriter is back with his new album Prisoner and is touring the US in support. Since emerging in the early 00s, Adams has met with critical acclaim for his intimate and honest output. His first record, Heartbreaker was introduced the world to his bitter-sweet mind and he was touted as the new Gram Parsons. 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

: Closes 17th May 2017

Leading DJ, record producer and remixer Kaskade is taking his Spring Fling to the road to six cities. Twice voted America's Best DJ in 2011 and 2013 by DJ Times, Kaskade has helped reform the progressive house genre along with deadmau5 and Wolfgang Gartner. With nine studio albums to his name and six Grammy nominations for his singles, his touring shows attract huge numbers and aching feet by the nights' end! With his last album Automatic released in 2015, could this tour be a stalking horse for a brand-new EP? There's only one way to find out.... More info

: Closes 22nd May 2017

Coheed and Cambria is an American rock band from New York, formed in 1995. Taking in aspects of progressive rock, punk rock, heavy metal and post-hardcore as their influences, Coheed and Cambria's concept albums are all based on a storyline called The Amory Wars. Lead vocalist and keyboardist Claudio Sanchez is the brains behind the narrative, which has informed seven of their eight albums! More info

: 24th May

The bluesy, old-time Old Crow Medicine Show are taking to the road with their famous bluegrass sound and alt-country with a punk rock energy! Catch the Prairie Home Companion regulars and new wave folk-rock pioneers for a show that's guaranteed to keep you smiling! More info

: Closes 2nd June 2017

Thirty years after signing with RCA and winning a Best New Artist Grammy and launching one of contemporary music's most diverse and collaborative careers, Bruce Hornsby and his band are still busy touring, and making joyful noise for new fans and old alike. With their latest album Rehab Reunion about to drop in June, Hornsby's use of exotic instruments will be on full display featuring Bruce performing on dulcimer! You know, that stringed instrument that looks like a feather.... More info

: Closes 5th May 2017

One of America's finest singer-songwriters, Lucinda Williams' substantial talents transcend the genres with which she's so at ease, from folk to blues and country-rock. At every live show, Williams demonstrates why her music speaks out to so many, with yearning and mourning. More info

DARK STAR ORCHESTRA

The Grateful Dead have been resurrected in the form of Dark Star Orchestra. Formed in 1997, this tribute band came up with the novel idea of recreating complete sets from The Grateful Dead's gigantic list of concerts. They adapt their playing and sound depending on what era of Dead they're tackling on the night, and while they slavishly recreate the sound of the band down to the minutest detail, the band often embark on epic improvisations that would make their heroes proud.

This show is happening at multiple venues in May 2017:

Count Basie Theatre

May 11, 2017

The Space at Westbury

May 12, 2017

Mccarter Theatre Center

May 15, 2017

DAVID CROSBY

An icon of counter culture and one third of folk's most revered supergroup, David Crosby has been honing his trademark harmonic style since the early sixties. A contemporary of Dylan, it wasn't until he began writing with The Byrds that he truly found his own voice, beginning with his first solo-record 'If Only I Could Remember My Name' in 1971.

This show is happening at multiple venues in May 2017:

Bergen Performing Arts Center

May 16, 2017

The Space at Westbury

May 18, 2017

PAUL ANKA

Beginning his career by entering amateur contests, sneaking into clubs and recording his forst song when he was just fourteen years old, Paul Anka has gone on to become one of the greatest songwriters in history and has achieved unprecedented success in every venue: stage, screen, television, and recording. His musical compositions are internationally known and have been recorded by the greatest names in the entertainment industry during a music career spanning over half a decade!

This show is happening at multiple venues in May 2017:

Count Basie Theatre

May 10, 2017

NYCB Theatre at Westbury

May 12, 2017

St. George Theatre

May 13, 2017

BUDDY GUY

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.

This show is happening at multiple venues in May 2017:

Count Basie Theatre

May 17, 2017

B.B. King Blues Club

May 19-20, 2017

: 20th May

Outspoken activist and alt rocker goddess Amanda Palmer has been pushing boundaries since bursting onto the scene in the early 2000's as one half of the cabaret/indie-rock duo The Dresden Dolls. A pioneer of crowd funding, her solo career has seen the fearless embrace of a new music model that allows for an open exchange between musician and audience. More info

: 17th May

Jam rock gods Gov't Mule are hitting the road this fall. The band - an off-shoot of The Allman - are recognised as one the leaders of Southern Jam Rock, with every show offering up a totally unique improvised experience. More info

: 13th May

Delbert McClinton is a multi-talented American blues musician and songwriter, whose instrumental repertoire includes the guitar, piano, and harmonica. McClinton began his solo career in the 1970s and has released almost thirty albums since then. He was born in Lubbock, Texas, but relocated to Los Angeles in 1972 to pursue his career in the music industry. More info

: 11th May

The multi-talented muso continues to tour his 25th studio album, 2015's Global, a mind-melting anthology comprised of catchy hooks, modern sounds and excellent songwriting. More info

GORDON LIGHTFOOT

Bob Dylan calls Gordon Lightfoot one of his favourite songwriters - a fine tribute to a legacy that is still being written. In a career spanning nearly 40 years, the Canadian folk legend has recorded over 200 songs, written many more, and influenced the sound of so many highly successful artists.

This show is happening at multiple venues in May 2017:

Mccarter Theatre Center

May 10, 2017

NYCB Theatre at Westbury

May 11, 2017

Tarrytown Music Hall

May 13, 2017

: 22nd May

Durham, North Carolina's own folk rock outfit are hitting the road again! Combining shades of gospel, country and pop, the soulful sextet's soaring harmonies and choral aesthetic make each one of their anthems a foot-stopping, soul-stirring affair. More info

: 6th May

SoMo's rise to fame has been a rapid one. The Austin native began singing in clubs with his father when he was young, but really hit the big time when he started uploading videos to Youtube. His covers of the likes of Drake, John Legend and Usher garnered hundreds of millions of views, and caught the attention of Rebublic Records, who signed him in 2013. More info

: 13th May

First there was Ol' Blue Eyes and Mr Dean Martin and now there's America's Got Talent Season 11 finalist Sal Valentinetti, a crooner not content with the auto-tune gimmickry of current pop music trends. Harkening back to an era of class and sophistication, the sharp-suited Valentinetti conjures the glamour of old Hollywood with a smooth, dulcet-toned voice and a charismatic sense of showmanship. More info

: 5th May

It's Soultime! Southside Johnny, aka the grandfather of the New Jersey sound, is hitting the road with his ragtag group the Asbury Dukes, bringing the brass-heavy soul of the Jersy Shore along with them. The band has been grooving together in various forms since 1976 and are often mentioned in the same breath as Bruce Springsteen, who's performed with them on several occasions. More info

: 3rd May

Composed of 15 top soloists, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is one of the world's leading large jazz bands ensembles. Their current band leader (and artistic director) is the great Wynton Marsalis, famed trumpeter and composer, who has played with everyone from Herbie Hancock to Dizzy Gillespie. More info

: 19th May

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

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