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Concerts in New York - May 2016

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Concerts in New York for the month of May 2016

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: Closes 17th December 2016

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 21st May 2016

Some of the greatest names in hip-hop history gather at the Barclays Center for one special night. Led by Puff Daddy, this concert brings together the biggest stars of Bad Boy records, the music label which pretty much defined hip-hop through the 1990s. More info

: Closes 26th May 2016

Still riding on the success of composing Broadway hit musical Kinky Boots, Cyndi Lauper continues to tour across the country. Her newest tour comes in support of the 80s icon's brand new album, Detour, where she'll be diving headlong into country music. And now pop fans have two reasons to rejoice! For six special nights, she'll be joined by Boy George! More info

GENERATION AXE: STEVE VAI, ZAKK WYLDE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, NUMO BETTENCOURT & TOSIN ABASI

There's riffage galore on this latest generation Axe tour, which collects some of the finest guitar players the world has to offer and packs them all onto one stage. This awesome fivesome is headed by Steve Vai, who honed his skills across numerous projects over the years, playing with David lee Roth's post Van Halen supergroup, Whitesnake and Spinal Tap.

This show is happening at multiple venues in May 2016:

NYCB Theatre at Westbury

May 06, 2016

Count Basie Theatre

May 09, 2016

: 14th May

One third (or fourth, depending on who is feuding with whom) of folk rocks biggest super-group, Graham Nash is often credited with being the glue that keeps the trio making sweet music together, and having penned some of their greatest hits including Marrakech Express and more. This summer the former Hollie heads out on an intimate tour, bringing you an evening that delves far into his remarkable six decade career, to show you the real Graham Nash. More info

: Closes 12th May 2016

A pioneer in commercial electronic music, English-born New Wave star Numan very much still enjoys a loyal following in the new millennium. Famous for his hits "Are 'Friends' Electric?" and "Cars", Numan continues to record and perform live, with a follow-up album to 2013's Splinter currently in the works. His seminal 1979 album The Pleasure Principle continues to be held up as an early trailblazer of electronic music. More info

: 28th May

Hatsune Miku is not just any pop star. In her native Japan, she has sold a staggering amount of records, been featured in video games, manga, cosplay and holds the distinction of having been sent to space in a rocket, twice. But just what is it about this 16-year-old star with two shining turquoise pigtails and a never-ending wardrobe? More info

: 17th May

In a career that started off with a bang in 1960's NYC, by way of Swingin' London and a cool collaboration with the Beatles, it was 1970 that brought Sweet Baby James (and his eponymous record) to public notice, displaying an epic and haunting maturity that seemed far beyond his 22 years and leading to his becoming part of a peerless group that defined that era, including Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and many more. More info

: 7th May

Get ready to jig, polka and reel to Gaelic Storm, fine purveyors of traditional and innovative Celtic rock and folk! For over 15 years, they have brought their unfailing energy and humour to audiences all over the world, whilst continually exploring new music. Last year saw the band release their 10th record, Full Irish, celebrating their incredible career igniting the party! More info

: Closes 26th May 2016

The Moody Blues star shows no sign of slowing down at 68 years old, touring for seven months of the year. With his voice has been heard the world over, he is known principally as the vocalist, lead guitarist and composer for the Moody Blues, he possesses an enduring talent that has helped to define the last 45 years. During that time the band has sold 55 million albums and received many awards for his work. More info

: 15th May

World music was never the same after The Gipsy Kings. Blending flamenco, Latin rhythms, western pop and jazz, their lightening quick guitars have been stunning audiences worldwide for over three decades. You'll know their version of The Eagles' 'Hotel California' that appears in The Big Lebowski, and their cover of 'You've Got a Friend in Me' from Toy Story 3 that gets Buzz's hips a-shaking. More info

: 9th May

Horrorcore fans unite - Insane Clown Posse are on tour and they're taking you along for the ride. Know what you're getting in for though, their hip hop isn't for the fainthearted and neither are their fans who go by the name of Juggalos and have their own annual gathering. More info

: 18th May

Yes co-founder Jon Anderson and French violinist Jean-Luc Ponty has been discussing making an album together for over three decades, and so when it finally happened, Better Late Than Never proved to be a fitting title. Released last year, the acclaimed record saw the duo revisiting tracks from both of their mighty discographies, as well as introducing some brand new tracks. More info

: 15th May

The kings of fell good vibes and funky grooves, Kool and the Gang scored some of the most iconic hits of the disco era. Their signature tune is of course 'Celebration', and they were also part of the Saturday Night Fever phenomenon, with their track 'Open Sesame' featuring on the massively successful soundtrack. More info

: 22nd May

He saw the bulk of his solo, commercial and critical success in the late 70s and 80s, beginning with the release, in 1977, of "Lucille". Prior to that Rogers was frontman for a successful country-rock group The First Edition, with whom he had the hits "Just Dropped in (to See What Condition my Condition Was In)" and "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town". Rogers' smooth personal style (well manicured greying beard, salt and pepper hair and slick suits) and raw, achingly emotive voice proved perfect for romantic ballads and 'storytelling' songs. More info

: Closes 20th June 2016

The sixteenth season of Broadway by the Year arrives at the Town Hall in New York this year. A revue of musical theatre's greatest hits, 2016 sees creator Scott Siegel concentrating on a different decade every show. The critically acclaimed Broadway by the Year features Tony nominees and winners, along with a sprinkling of surprise guests. More info

: 14th 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

: 7th May

Legendary guitarist Buckethead heads out in 2016 for his first tour since 2012. Real name Brian Patrick Carroll, Buckethead has spent his whole onstage career behind a Halloween inspired mask, with a KFC bucket perched on his head. His ominous appearance has created an almost mystical aura around him, backed up by his transcendently good guitar playing, blending metal, blues and prog with stunning effect. More info

: 31st May

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. More info

: Closes 22nd May 2016

The English progressive trance band from London has seen a phenomenal 2015 with the release of their Best Dance Record Grammy nominated third album, We Are All We Need and are set to continue that success in 2016 with Anjunabeats Volume 12 from their prolific cult record label. In support of their upcoming Acoustic release, the trio will be touring Stateside for a truly roof-lifting experience! Glowsticks at the ready.... 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 2016:

Count Basie Theatre

May 12, 2016

The Space at Westbury

May 14, 2016

: 19th May

With over 25 years of performing behind him and twelve albums to boot, Chris Isaak is still every bit a star today as he was in the 1980s, when he emerged onto the scene as country music's blue eyed boy. With latest album First Comes the Night released last year, Isaak is heading out on tour again across North America and Canada. More info

: 18th May

Hold on to your stetsons ladies and gents, because the 2016 Country Megaticket is rolling into town this Summer, bringing country music's biggest stars along with it! This all-inclusive ticket will allow you to see all of the headline artists over a series of dates at your chosen venue, so get ready to dance and singalong to the upbeat anthems of Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Darius Rucker, Dierks Brentley, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Hank Williams Jr and Chris Stapleton​, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban! More info

: 13th May

Get ready to relive the golden days of pop with ABBA: The Concert, the world's best ABBA tribute act, as they tour the US. Formed in 1996, this highly successful and astoundingly accurate group has toured the world extensively and clocked over 1000 shows - each one featuring at least two members of ABBA's original rhythm section. More info

: 6th May

Considering his father was the late great psychedelic-jazz-prog space wizard, many might assume that his son Dweezil has some big shoes to fill. However, the prodigious guitarist and producer came into his own as a solo performer in his own right, mesmerizing audiences with his technical prowess on the axe. He's regularly on the road with the Zappa plays Zappa ensemble as well as the Experience Hendrix Tour. More info

: 20th May

Akin to the Mickey Mouse Club, Kidz Bop is the Number One brand in children's music, churning out family-friendly versions of today's pop hits, sung by the industry's future stars. The Kids Bop Kids, including Ashlynn, Bredia, Matt and Grant, are heading out on the 2015 'Make Some Noise Tour' and bringing their effervescent, feel-good music with them. More info

: 6th 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

: 12th May

Alt-rock Texan natives Blue October have risen through the ranks to become a platinum selling rock band since forming in 1995 with a body of work that includes modern rock hits like "Hate Me" and "Dirt Room" and the #1 VH-1 smash, "Into The Ocean." Now about to release their eighth studio album Home in April 2016, they will once again hit the road in support of their latest effort across the country. More info

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