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Concerts in New York - February 2016

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

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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 Feb 2016:

Count Basie Theatre

Feb 23, 2016

Prudential Hall

Feb 25, 2016

: 19th February

The overnight sensations 2Cellos have delighted many audiences the world over, with their unique and energetic performances of popular hits, from Nirvana to Kings of Leon. When their rendition of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal went viral, they broke through and ended up catching a gig supporting Elton John on his tour. More info

: Closes 30th September 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 27th February 2016

Black Sabbath are one of the world's premier rock bands and one of the founders of metal. The band formed in England in the late 1960s with the infamous Ozzy Osbourne providing howling vocals and on-often antisocial stage antics. In 2016 Sabbath embark on The End Tour, which has been billed as their final ever! More info

DARLENE LOVE

As one of the biggest voices of the 60s, Darlene Love lent her pipes to everyone from Dionne Warwick to The Beach Boys and featured on some of the decades most unforgettable songs. Even when she wasn't credited (here's looking at you, Phil Spector) her unmistakable vocal was able to get people to stop and pay attention. Now she heads off on tour in support of her brand new record, 'Introducing Darlene Love.'

This show is happening at multiple venues in Feb 2016:

Tarrytown Music Hall

Feb 12, 2016

Bergen Performing Arts Center

Feb 13, 2016

: Closes 13th October 2016

The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to New York as part of its annual touring season at Carnegie Hall. This year Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads the respected musicians plus special guests Jan Lisiecki and Lang Lang across three special evenings. More info

: 12th February

Hold on to your bras ladies - Jodeci are back for one night only, joined by some of the biggest Nineties R'n'B stars to make your Valentines run-up extra special! Special guests include the glorious Faith Evans, Jagged Edge, sexy SWV, Blackstreet, The Lox, Carl Thomas, Total and Black Rob! A must-see event for fans of Nineties music, Jodeci will be performing their biggest hits Freek'n You, Feenin and Come and Talk To Me. More info

: 11th February

This February, Kanye West will take over Madison Square Garden for a once in a lifetime event, that combines music, art and fashion. It's a show which will see the debut of Kanye's Yeezy 3 fashion line for Addidas, as well as the premiere of his new album Waves. More info

: 17th February

In May 2009, three fresh-faced teenagers appeared on the popular Italian talent show Ti Lascio Una Canzone and dazzled television viewers with their flawless rendition of the Neapolitan standard O Sole Mio. Having successfully survived the rocky road from talent show sensations to respected artists, this trio of Italian pop-opera teenage singers return to the US! More info

: 20th February

Named in 2006 as one of the 100 Greatest Living Songwriters, Josh Ritter's work is reminiscent of Leonard Cohen and has seen this exceptionally talented artist go from strength to strength since the release of his self-named first album in 1999. He has become an experienced touring artist, having performed internationally with Irish band The Frames, and scoring himself a huge word-of-mouth following in the process. His latest tour follows the release of his ninth studio album Sermon On The Rocks in October 2016. More info

: 24th February

This generation's answer to the Osmond siblings with a pop-rock influence, R5 are heading out on the road in support of their second studio album Sometime Last Night. Siblings Ross, Riker, Rocky, Rydel and fellow member Ellington Ratliff formed in 2009 out of Littleton, CO however it was only in March 2010 that they released their debut EP Ready Set Rock. In addition, two of the bandmates have appeared on television, with Ross starring in Disney's Austin and Ally, and Riker having a recurrent role on Glee. More info

: 19th February

Following their starring role on Paul Simon's 1986 record Graceland, Ladysmith Black Mambazo have firmly established themselves as leaders of African and more generally world music. Constantly touring across the globe, this choral vocal group summon up some of the most beautiful harmonises you're ever likely to hear. More info

: 8th February

Following his dazzling Broadway turn as Cabaret's devilish Emcee, actor, singer and Scottish national treasure Alan Cumming returns to New York with his musical revue. He'll be joined by recent Broadway alum Darren Criss (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), two-time Tony winner Chita Rivera, (Kiss of the Spider Woman) film star turned media icon Rikki Lake and Broadway's hottest export Kristin Chenoweth! More info

: 13th February

Calling all Seventies soul fans, as two massive acts from that golden era arrive in New York from Philadelphia and Detroit for a pair of truly sexy shows! Last seen together in New York in 2013, Stylistics once again join the Dramatics, backed up by the Manhattans! It's a smooth blend of soulful ballads, doowop and classic old-skool R'n'B, making it perfect for a date night to remember this Valentines! More info

: 16th February

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

: Closes 23rd March 2016

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

: 26th February

The 2014 Grammy nominated blues singer heads back out on tour in 2016 this winter and spring! Springing to fame in 1999 with the hit moody blues single LA Song, Beth's music is featured in various television shows such as Californication and the remake of Beverly Hills 90210. Her eighth studio album Better Than Home was released to high praise and topped the iTunes Blues charts on its release in 2015. More info

: 11th February

Canada's finest rock export is back on the road in support of his thirteenth studio album Get Up, a collection of classic, breezy rock 'n' roll, produced by ELO's Jeff Lyne. More info

: 22nd February

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

: 26th February

One of the giants of American rock, Chicago are still going strong after an incredible 48 years! The self-proclaimed 'Rock & Roll band with horns' produced hit after hit in the 70s and 80s, including the iconic ballad If You Leave Me Now, as well as Baby, What A Big Surprise and Old Days. More info

: Closes 26th February 2016

Jason Isbell is touring throughout 2015 support of his latest solo album Something More Than Free. The singer songwriter and former Drive By Truckers guitarist pours his heart and soul into his music, which is a rich blend of folk and Americana. He's joined on these dates by folk duo Shovels and Rope. More info

: 27th February

The Fab Faux are without a doubt the most musically satisfying Beatles tribute band on the scene today. The band have created a buzz among Beatles fans committing to performing live what they feel would be an accurate reproduction of The Beatles' repertoire. More info

: Closes 28th February 2016

For more than 160 years, the venerable Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has been closely associated with the history and tradition of European classical music. More info

: 19th February

The Fab Four are one of the world's most in demand Beatles tribute acts! They're note perfect and the attention to detail is so impressive, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were in the presence of the real thing. From mop-tops to Wings, let the Fab Four take you on a journey through the life of a band that still thrill, nearly 40 years after they split up! More info

: Closes 29th February 2016

Anthony, Henry, Lenny and Max will once again share the stage for this special run of shows at the United Palace Theater. Formed in 1993, Aventura made huge waves in the American music scene with their marrying of the bachata of the Dominican Republic to the pop and hip-hop flavors the The Bronx. More info

BEACH BOYS

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.

This show is happening at multiple venues in Feb 2016:

Count Basie Theatre

Feb 11, 2016

NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Feb 12, 2016

: 27th February

Sweden has given the world many things in the past, none more so revered than that of ABBA. Conquering the world in the 1970's with their extra speicial brand of glitter covered disco and funky dance moves, their enduring success continues to this day, as fans are always dying to re-create the ABBA experience and fall in love with their sound, all over again! If you identify with this, then don't miss Arrival: The Music of Abba, the world's greatest ABBA tribute act! More info

: 13th February

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

: 27th February

2015 sees the release of R5's eagerly anticipated second album Sometime Last Night. After months of waiting, with the record being pushed back multiple times because the band wanted to "get it right", fans got their first taste of the record with lead single Smile. A fuzzy pop concoction, it was followed up by stellar singles Let's Not Be Alone Tonight and All Night. More info

MAXWELL

In an interview with Rolling Stone, neo-soul superstar Maxwell described his forthcoming, as-yet-untitled record as "Cyborg-y". It's the second part of a planned album trilogy which began with 2009's BLACKsummers'night, which earned the r 'n' b star two Grammy Awards and over a million album sales.

This show is happening at multiple venues in Feb 2016:

Barclays Center

Feb 14, 2016

Prudential Center

Feb 15, 2016

: 23rd February

Welsh metal quartet Bullet for My Valentine first formed in 1998 but only found widespread fame when they released their first album in 2005, The Poison, which went onto be certified Gold in the USA. Taking their cues from '80s metal bands such as Metallica and rockers Nirvana, they made their mark on the punk-infused metal of the new millennium to make melodic, dark rock without discarding their metal roots. More info

THE CULT

Led by singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy, The Cult were one of the most distinctive bands of the 1980s. Blending the post-punk sound of counterparts like Echo and the Bunnymen with a heavier metal vibe, The Cult hit the big time in 1985 with 'She Sells Sanctuary' and later singles 'Love Removal Machine' and 'Fire Woman'.

This show is happening at multiple venues in Feb 2016:

Gramercy Theatre

Feb 17, 2016

Music Hall Of Williamsburg

Feb 19, 2016

: 19th February

Musical duo Hall and Oates first rose to fame in the late 1970s and 1980s with their fusion of rock 'n' roll and soul (or Rock 'n' Soul as it has been dubbed). They are best known for their six No.1 hits on the US Billboard Hot 100 - Rich Girl, Kiss on My List, Private Eyes, I Can't Go for That (No Can Do), Maneater, and Out of Touch. More info

: 11th February

Catch five-time Grammy Award winner Wynnona Judd and her band The Big Noise as she tours the US! The American Country Music singer first found fame in the 80's as part of popular mother-daughter duo The Judds. Since then she has gone on to have a hugely successful solo career, releasing eight studio albums and garnering multiple industry awards and nominations. More info

: Closes 14th February 2016

The 2016 Encores! series, which revives rarely performed musicals in the form of staged concerts, continues with 1940's Cabin in the Sky. With catchy music and lyrics by Vernon Duke and John Latouche, this show is a fable-like tale that celebrates African American music and dance. Micheal Potts (The Book of Mormon) and Tony winners Chuck Cooper (The Life) and LaChanze (The Color Purple) are among the cast. More info

: 9th February

It hasn't been an easy ride to the top for Chicago-born rapper and producer Lupe Fiasco. Amidst album leaks, tensions with his label and scheduling conflicts he now rises like a phoenix from the ashes with his boldest and most visionary work to date - his fifth studio album 'Tetsuo & Youth'. This latest offering showcases a potent rhythmic and poetic vigour. More info

: 12th February

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

FOREIGNER

The Eighties' hitmakers Foreigner return on world tour! Led by English guitarist and songwriter Mick Jones, the British-American band knows a thing or two about creating epic rock'n'roll anthems and power ballads; with a whopping ten multi-platinum albums to date they continue to sell out shows and tours. Ahead of their mammoth Europe tour in 2016, the talented group will be touring the U.S this spring!

This show is happening at multiple venues in Feb 2016:

NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Feb 11, 2016

Count Basie Theatre

Feb 15, 2016

Appel Room

Feb 17, 2016

: 25th February

Hold onto your Stetsons ladies and gents, Country music heartthrob Chris Young is headed out on tour and bringing along his megawatt smile. The crooner brings a touch of romance to his modern take on the classic genre, so it's easy to understand why he won the reality TV show/competition Nashville Star in 2006, winning over (predominantly female) audiences with an effortless charm and a rich, deep vocal tone. More info

I LOVE THE 90S: SALT N PEPA, COOLIO & COLOR ME BADD

Salt-n-Pepa headline this stacked concert tour, which unites a whole bunch of 90s music legends. Comprised of Cheryl James, Sandra Denton and Deidra Roper, Salt-n-Pepa played a huge part in breaking rap into the mainstream, and feminist-centric rap at that, with tracks like 'Push It' and 'Let's Talk About Sex'.

This show is happening at multiple venues in Feb 2016:

Wellmont Theatre

Feb 25, 2016

NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Feb 27, 2016

: 20th February

ABBA fans of the US unite! It's time to pull out the platform boots, bellbottom flairs and starched collars as ABBA Mania once again hits American shores. Transported from London's West End and multiple tours of the UK, the show is an astounding tribute to the beloved music of one of the most successful acts in musical history. More info

: 27th February

Atlanta's Future is hitting the road in support of third record Dirty Sprite 2, a spiritual follow-up to his 2011 mixtape Dirty Sprite. One of the rap world's most sonically experimental artist, Future is know for lushly textured soundscapes, over which he layers his generously autotuned, introspective lyrics. More info

: Closes 10th February 2016

Following a huge year of breakout success in 2015, Willie Maxwell II AKA Fetty Wap is cementing his status as one to watch in the hip-hop world with the Welcome To The Zoo Tour in early 2016. The headline-grabbing rapper first made waves with sleeper smash hit Trap Queen in 2014 going certified platinum by the end of the year. It's so far been nominated for two Grammy Awards, so don't miss this chance to see this star as he rises! More info

: 26th February

The front runners of eighties soft-rock and still evolving, Air Supply know how to write a love song, creating the illustion of romance with sweeping ballads and sweet melodies. Touring now, an evening the Aussie megastars will enchant, as they play from their compelling and vast back catalogue, with hits such as 'You are my Lady', 'Everywoman in the World', 'Without you' and many more! More info

: 19th February

The world's top-selling instrumental artist Chris Botti has charm and talent in spades; the Italian American contemporary jazz trumpeter breathes new life into a range of different genres from American songbook standards to bebop classics by the likes of Miles Davis. Botti is not only a highly skilled musician but a consummate entertainer, with a gleam in his eye his onstage banter calls to mind the performers of jazz's golden age. More info

: 24th February

Canadian country rock institution Blue Rodeo embark on an extensive tour of their homeland in early 2016. The group first emerged in 1987 with their debut Outskirts, and have been honing their brand of rootsy, laid-back country rock ever since, a style which has seen them pick up the nickname of the The Eagles of Canada. They've won every Canadian music prize there is to win, and have sold over three million records. More info

: 13th February

Gregory Porter is one of the hottest names in jazz right now. The Californian native, always dapperly attired in his spitfire hat, is riding high after his record Liquid Spirit was awarded Best Jazz Vocal Album at the 2013 Grammys. More info

: Closes 23rd February 2016

New kid on the block Bryson Djuan Tiller is shaping up to be hip hop's hottest new artist. With his debut album TRAPSOUL already hitting the top of the Billboard Charts in 2015, phone calls from RnB mogul Drake and paparazzi following his every move, the 23-year-old Kentucky native has an exciting journey in show biz ahead, so catch him as he heads out on a mammoth 2016 tour! More info

: 26th February

Blossoming from the remnants of 90s alt rock outfit Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon is the moniker of frontman and singer songwriter Mark Kozelek. Creating indie folk balladry at its most bittersweet, Kozelek's slowcore sensibilities evoke an acoustic melancholy that call to mind rainy days watched from the safety of a warm home. More info

: 20th February

She may have a legend for a father, but Rosanne Cash is iconic in her own right. As a Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter, she has forged a career on her own terms for over three decades. Exploring the country that belies her roots, but also finding success as a crossover artist, taking folk, blues and gospel influences and winding them into an incredibly strong back catalogue. More info

: Closes 14th May 2016

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

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