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New York Concerts in April 2015

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

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Isaac Stern Auditorium : 29th April

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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Bergen Performing Arts Center : 28th April

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. More info

Madison Square Garden : 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

Gramercy Theatre : 26th April

A trifecta of magnificence graces the Gramercy on the final stop on the US leg of Tour Because Awesome 2! Featuring the originators of Wizard Rock, Harry & The Potters who's frenetic live performances are not only awesome but hilarious, Driftless Pony Club, the indie-rock band led by WheezyWaiter, Craig Benzine and of course, the one and only Hank Green & his Perfect Strangers! DFTBA! More info

JOHN MELLENCAMP

John Mellencamp is embarking on a truly massive tour in 2015, in support of his latest record Plain Spoken. Released on September 23rd, the new record is Mellencamp's first in four years and is set to be yet another impressive entry in the catalogue of the man they call "The Voice of the Heartland".

This show is happening at multiple venues in Apr 2015:

Isaac Stern Auditorium

Apr 20-21, 2015

Apollo Theater

Apr 23-24, 2015

Beacon Theater : 29th April

Your favorite stars from the hit television show Nashville are back and ready to hit the road in the TV show's second US tour! Buoyed by the success of last year's nationwide trek, Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio and Chris Carmack will head out this Spring for eight special dates, performing songs from the show on-stage in this exciting from-screen-to-real-life concert series. More info

Irving Plaza : 25th April

This truly international Celtic folk rock band headed by Mike Scott are back with their acclaimed new album Modern Blues, and are taking it Stateside for a 27-date tour in 2015. Despite dissolving in 1993, they reformed in 2000 and have continued to pump out new material, exploring neopaganism, spirituality and poetry from the British Isles. In fact, their biggest success to date was their release in 2010 of 20 poems by William Butler Yeats, set to musical accompaniments. The show played in Dublin for five nights to sold-out crowds and received positive critical acclaim. More info

MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER

Mary Chapin Carpenter was one of country's most recognisable voices throughout the 1990s, racking up hits with tracks like Passionate Kisses and Down at the Twist and Shout. In recent years, her songwriting has taken a more mature course and she's set herself to tackle current social and political issues, from Hurricane Katrina to September 11.

This show is happening at multiple venues in Apr 2015:

Town Hall Theater

Apr 22, 2015

Mccarter Theatre Center

Apr 25, 2015

Town Hall Theater : Closes 25th April 2015

Join Garrison Keillor, Sue Scott, Tim Russell, Tom Keith, and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band for two hours of live radio fun. Known for its musical guests, especially folk and traditional musicians, tongue-in-cheek radio drama, and Keillor's signature storytelling segment, News from Lake Wobegon. More info

BEN FOLDS & YMUSIC

King of geek pop Ben Folds has embarked on yet another adventurous collaboration for his new album. He's teamed up with six-piece New York instrumental outfit yMusic and the resulting album, in Folds' own words, is "a record we've never heard before". They're heading out on tour in support of this joint effort, so expect to hear a wealth of new material mixed in with choice picks from Folds' lengthy solo career.

This show is happening at multiple venues in Apr 2015:

Bowery Ballroom

Apr 27, 2015

Music Hall Of Williamsburg

Apr 28, 2015

Town Hall Theater

Apr 30, 2015

New Victory Theater : Closes 26th April 2015

There's no one better than Justin Roberts to introduce your kids to their first ever concert experience. The two-time Grammy nominee brings his brand new show The Mysterious Hat to the New Victory Theater this April. Expect guitar-led harmonic goodness, which will get even the hippest of four year olds dancing in the aisles! More info

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS

Now lead by Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, San Diego-based STP are back on tour in 2015 following the cancellation of several shows in 2014 due to Bennington's ankle surgery. Currently working in the studio on new material, we're yet to hear when the next album is coming out, but fans are assured that the tour will showcase this new material plus favorites dating back even prior to Scott Wielland's departure.

This show is happening at multiple venues in Apr 2015:

Wellmont Theatre

Apr 25, 2015

Irving Plaza

Apr 27, 2015

Appel Room : 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

THE BEACH BOYS & AMERICA

Bands don't come much greater than The Beach Boys. To America what The Beatles were to the UK, they produced some of the finest pop songs of the 1960s, including God Only Knows, Wouldn't It Be Nice and Good Vibrations. For a select series of dates in 2015 the band will be supported by America, pioneers of soft rock folksiness during the 1970s who are best known today for their 1971 single A Horse With No Name.

This show is happening at multiple venues in Apr 2015:

Wellmont Theatre

Apr 19, 2015

NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Apr 24-25, 2015

Town Hall Theater : 23rd April

Since the 1960s, Gil has tackled everything from jazz and reggae, to samba and even electronica. His list of influences include Yes and Pink Floyd, with whom he performed with in London following his 1969 exile for satirising the Brazilian Military Government. His most recent record celebrated the legacy of Brazilian music's other famous Giberto (Joao Gilberto) with a record of bossa nova rhythms. More info

NYCB Theatre at Westbury : 26th April

The best of Sixties Blue-Eyed Soul is back! Bandleader Felix Cavaliere and his band The Rascals epitomized the pop rock movement that spawned peers like The Righteous Brothers and Lonnie Mack. But Cavaliere's soulful, smooth vocals as well as the band's affinity for writing their own hits put them miles ahead of their contemporaries. More info

Gramercy Theatre : 29th April

The English Beat (or The Beat as they're known in their native UK) surprised fans last year with the announcement of a new record in the works. Their first studio album since 1982's Special Beat Service, Here We Go Love is being funded through the crowdfunding site Pledgemusic and is due for release later this year. More info

The Space at Westbury : 23rd April

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, and included stints in The Spencer David Group, Traffic and Blind Faith. More info

Gramercy Theatre : Closes 20th April 2015

2015 marks the 10th Anniversary of Cartel's debut album Chroma. The full-length follow-up to the group's first EP Ransom, Chroma was immediately taken to hearts of pop punk fans the world over and remains maybe the band's best loved release. With dizzyingly tuneful tracks likes Honestly and Say Anything (Else), it established the Georgian band as one to watch and has to date sold over a quarter of a million copies. More info

Bergen Performing Arts Center : 22nd April

Ranked at fifth place in Rolling Stone's list of 100 greatest guitarists, even though Beck was not the first rock guitarist to experiment with electronic distortion, regardless he helped to redefine the sound and role of the electric guitar in rock music. Beck's work with the Yardbirds and the Jeff Beck Group's 1968 album Truth were seminal influences on what would become heavy metal music, which emerged in during the early 1970s. More info

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