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New York Concerts in May 2015

Our selection of the best concerts in New York for the month of May 2015

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: 8th May

After the great success embodying the role of Billie Holiday in Lanie Robertson's play, Audra McDonald won her 6th Tony, making her not only the first performer to win in each acting category, but the only performer to win six awards! And well deserved, because as a star of stage and screen, she is one of our most beloved singers. Don't miss your chance to see her live in concert. More info

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: 28th 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

: Closes 17th December 2015

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

: Closes 14th May 2015

Formed in 1981, Faith No More are the ultimate behemoth in the 80's and 90's hard rock scene. With an extensive back catalogue that includes flavors of jazz, soul, hip-hop, funk and of course, heavy metal, they were instrumental in inspiring a generation of musicians, including paving the way for Nirvana. Back together since 2009, they now launch their 9th concert tour! More info

ED SHEERAN

2015 sees Ed Sheeran taking his blockbuster album X (pronounced multiply) on tour across North America. The British singer-songwriter's sophomore effort, which contained the singles Sing, Don't and Bloodstream, topped the charts across the world and infused his delicate, acoustic pop with even more pronounced R&B flourishes.

This show is happening at multiple venues in May 2015:

Prudential Center

May 30, 2015

Barclays Center

May 31, 2015

: Closes 30th May 2015

The English progressive rocker embarks on his 2015 "Hand Cannot Erase" Tour, following the release of his album of the same name in February this year. Largely known throughout rock and metal circles, Wilson has seen four Grammy Award; two times with Porcupine Tree, one with his collaborative band Storm Corrosion and as a soloist on another occasion. This tour is the first since his 2013 engagements following the release his critically and commercially successful third solo album "The Raven That Refused To Sing." More info

THE WHO

Despite the passing of both Keith Moon and John Entwistle, The Who remain a potent force on the rock music scene. Roger Daltrey and Peter Townshend are expanding on their set list from their recent Quadrophenia tour to add material from their five decades of music making. Featured songs are promised from classic albums like My Generation, Live at Leeds, Tommy and Who's Next, as well as newer music like the group's current single, Be Lucky. It's a must-see for Who fans!

This show is happening at multiple venues in May 2015:

Nassau Coliseum

May 20, 2015

Barclays Center

May 26, 2015

: 7th May

A bouncy six piece outfit hailing from Iceland, with songs infused with more color than the aurora borealis, they deal in infectiously indie-folk filled choruses, that give way to triumphant anthems, whilst taking you along for the ride. After winning a battle of the bands in their native Reykjavik, their debut record 'My Head is an Animal' became a world-wide hit, with lead single 'Little Talks' cementing their place in the mainstream. More info

: Closes 27th May 2015

Led by Black Francis Pixies can lay claim to being the most important American band of the past 30 years. 2014 marked the release of their first full length studio album since 1991's Trompe Le Monde, entitled Indie Cindy, which they're touring across North America and Canada with new touring bassist Paz Lenchantin, who joined last year. Promising a mix of both their old discography and new hits, Pixies fans will be in for a heady trip when they burst into town. More info

: 12th May

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

: 29th May

If you haven't heard of this band, then shame on you. This 60-year-old blues guitarist keeps on plucking away and with 16 albums (five of which went Gold) under their collective belts, their passion hasn't diminished yet, something evident in their tub-thumpingly electric shows. Here's one band leader who truly is...bad to the bone! And let's face it, without that iconic song, Arnie's bad-ass naked bar scene in Terminator 2 would never have been so epic. More info

: Closes 18th May 2015

FKA Twigs debut album, LP1, signalled the emergence of a completely singular talent. Released in August of 2014, it fulfilled the promise of her two previous two EPs and drew comparisons with the likes Bjork and Portishead. FKA Twigs is taking her stunning sound on tour across North America this November and December. More info

: Closes 10th May 2015

It's 1924 and a young American, Nikos has inherited a defunct mine that he plans to re-open with the help of Zorba, a spirited and cantankerous local, for whom life moves at its own pace. Unsurprisingly, Zorba proves to be an unsuccessful fixer, spending money for supplies on wine and belly dancers, much to the chagrin of his sweetheart Hortense. But Zorba is an anti-hero, the sort of man who can help navigate through life's choppy waters. More info

: 10th May

Pink Martini are the brain child of Thomas Lauderdale, who in the early 1990's was thinking of running for Mayoral office. But he slowly became frustrated and fascinated by the musical entertainment during political society events. So he formed Pink Martini to address this and make music that appeals to everyone, from liberals to conservatives, all over the world. Over 20 years later, they're still going strong! More info

THE B-52S

It is argued that the B-52s could be the world's greatest party band. And thirty years and over twenty million albums into their career, there can be no doubt as to why the band behind 'Loveshack' remain among the most beloved rock stars ever.

This show is happening at multiple venues in May 2015:

Irving Plaza

May 21, 2015

Wellmont Theatre

May 22, 2015

: 8th May

Joining forces for 2015, two soul legends are touring the country. The Whispers formed in 1964, and last year celebrated 50 years in the music business and were inducted into the Soul Music Hall of Fame in 2012. Broadway star Mills is recognised for her critically acclaimed role as Dorothy in the African-American production The Wiz, a retelling of the Wizard of Oz and her rendition of "Home" remains one of her biggest hits, along with the Reggie Lucas-written song "Never Knew Love Like This Before." More info

: 13th May

The UK-based band has already made their presence felt with an impressive number of live gigs, including opening recent concerts with the Foo Fighters and their fifth studio album Education, Education, Education & War receiving critical praise in 2014 and a number one chart spot in the UK, with new drummer Vijay Mistry. Now armed with their new stand alone single "Falling Awake", the Chiefs are returning Stateside to shake things up and to treat loyal fans to songs from last year's hit album as mentioned above. See? No riot jokes. Almost. More info

: 7th May

With his trademark devil-may-care swagger, Noel Gallagher most often sets tongues wagging for speaking his mind, public spats and family feuds. The Brit rock progenitor is set to hit the headlines again, but this time he's setting out on tour under his solo moniker Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, a star-studded, psychedelic alt-rock outfit that's back with a vengeance. More info

: Closes 14th May 2015

Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer dubbed "The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. 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. More info

: Closes 16th May 2015

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. More info

: 21st May

Lead singer Adam Duritz, drummer Jim Bogios, keyboardist Charlie Gillingham, bassist Millard Powers and guitarists David Bryson, David Immergluck and Dan Vickrey are back on the road following a lengthy hiatus; they released their first album back in 1993 and have sold 20 million albums, garnering a Academy Award nomination for "Accidentally in Love", which featured in the film Shrek 2. More info

: 16th 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

: 29th May

Billy Idol has waited for nearly a decade to record a new album. The writing of his autobiography triggered a new sense of urgency in him and the result is Kings & Queens of the Underground. He'll be taking his whiplash smile across the States in early 2015, where you can expect to hear new material and the classic tracks which made him one of the 80's biggest names. More info

JASON BONHAMS LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience will celebrate the life and music of his father - the legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. The incorporates multimedia aspects into the concerts, including rarely seen home movies of him and his dad, plus anecdotes from his life, giving background context to the songs that he chooses to perform. All these elements combine for a truly heartfelt show that is more than a tribute concert, without bombarding the audience with filler.

This show is happening at multiple venues in May 2015:

Wellmont Theatre

May 09, 2015

NYCB Theatre at Westbury

May 13-14, 2015

: 7th May

Widely known as Babyface, this is bona fide R&B sensation with ten Grammy Awards and an astounding 51 BMI awards to his name, thanks to his ability to seamlessly move between the roles of artist and producer. A frequent collaborator with Toni Braxton, the two released an album of duets last year named Love, Marriage & Divorce. Happily for Babyface, he achieved two of those in 2014, marrying backup dancer Nicole Pantenburg. His intimate 2015 tour will see him perform with R&B group 112 and Avery Sunshine. More info

: 12th May

One of the world's most beloved performers, Englebert Humperdinck has been wowing the crowds for over forty years. With a new album , Engelbert Calling, featuring duets with everyone from Olivia Newton John to Elton John to Il Divo, you know with the 'Humper' you're in for a very special evening. More info

: 10th May

Led by vocalist Jason Cruz, Strung Out returned this year with their latest effort, after a break of six years, with an assuredly confident concoction of hardcore, punk and blistering metal-esque guitar work that has become their calling card. They're touring it across the country in 2015. More info

: 8th May

Singing since the tender age of 8, Country superstar Lee Brice is a regular Nashville chart-topping hitmaker whose skill at writing music is equally matched by his skill as a live performer. Before his rise to fame Brice co-wrote for the likes of Billy Montana and Garth Brooks, finding solo success with the 2009 single 'Love Like Crazy' which broke the record for the longest-charting song in the Top 10 Country Music Chart. More info

: Closes 15th May 2015

The DIY indie dance pop duo Matt and Kim are anything but your average synth-punk outfit. Formed 11 years ago without much knowledge of their chosen instruments, their 2006 debut EP was widely embraced and the pair toured with a ferocity that saw them playing top festivals and signed to the independent Fader Label. Now they hit the road again on the back of their latest offering 'New Glow'. More info

: 8th May

Known as 'The Sinatra of Flamenco', the Spanish-born singer Diego El Cigala has achieved world wide cross-over success while staying true to the flamenco musical legacy and his Spanish-gypsy heritage. Diego's sonorous, gravel-toned voice is at ease with various styles and sub-genres within Clave-based music including Son, Tango and Afro-Caribbean. More info

: 10th May

Frankie's back folks, with Maze in tow! The distinctive soul/quiet storm band burst onto the San Francisco Soul scene in the early 70s with their charismatic leader, songwriter and producer Frankie Beverly at the helm. With a nod to Marvin Gaye, they combined the smooth sounds of their native Philly with a laid back California vibe, resulting in such hits as Southern Girl and Workin' Together. More info

: 9th May

The McDonald's Gospelfest: When the Choir Meets the Quartet makes its eighth annual appearance at the Prudential Center this May. Raising money for education opportunities in the local area, this lavish concert brings together world renowned stars and talented newcomers, who have passed through the auditions earlier in the year. More info

: 28th May

Awarded the accolade of the world's most prominent and prolific film composer by Time Magazine, critically acclaimed composer, musician and producer A.R. Rahman has been shaping the face of modern Indian cinematic music and its international integration since he wrote the score for his first film in 1992. Since then he has garnered two Academy Awards, two Grammies, a Bafta and a Golden Globe for his astounding body of work that includes the soundtrack for Danny Boyle's 2008 smash hit Slumdog Millionaire. More info

: 16th May

Showcasing artistry of the highest calibre and a powerful key-touch, the Grammy award-winning virtuoso has worked with almost all of the world's leading orchestras. More info

: 11th May

The fifteenth season of Broadway by the Year arrives at the Town Hall in New York this year. A revue of musical theatre's greatest hits, each show covers a different quarter of a century of tunes from Broadway's best shows and features performances from Tony nominees and winners. Among the musicals featured will be Hair, Evita, Cabaret and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. More info

: 14th May

Joy Williams parted ways with Civil Wars bandmate John Paul White last year. Together the duo had carved out a unique niche in the American musical landscape, crafting moody and Gothic country music on their debut Barton Hollow and its self-titled follow-up. Now Williams is returning to her previous life as a solo-songwriter with her new record Venus. More info

: 30th May

Emmanuel and Mijares, two titans of Latin pop music will share a stage for the first time as they head out on the 'Two'r Amigos' tour. The Mexican crooners have crossed paths before when Mijares sang backing vocals in Emmanuel's band in the early 80's. The pair then went on to take the Americas by storm with their stellar solo careers, garnering fans throughout the world with their upbeat contemporary mariachi-tinged pop songs and sultry Spanish ballads. More info

: 13th May

A smorgasbord of genres come together in the form of Amaranthe, a Danish-Swedish outfit who's three lead vocalist mix their vocal stylings over a backdrop of melodic metal, dance metal, electronica and good old euro pop to create a unique, and very definitely Scandinavian sound full of energy and positivity. More info

: 28th May

The South's favourite rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd has been together, in one form or another, since 1964. Their signature is the magical blend of not two but three guitars, which have weaved their way through iconic hits like Sweet Home Alabama, Simple Man and of course the ten minute epic Free Bird, which raised the bar to impossible heights for every guitar solo which was to follow. The band have overcome tragedies including the 1977 plane crash which claimed the lives of three members as well as the recent death of founding member Bob Burns, proving that they truly are the "phoenix" band of the South. More info

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