New York City has an incredible concert calendar every year, and it looks like 2017 isn’t going to disappoint. The months of February and March look packed with shows for just about every type of music fan, so we suggest saving now so you can afford an active concert season. This is a short list of the best, already announced concerts for 2017. But we’re confident that there will be even better offerings later in the year. Here are 20 Concerts to See in NYC 2017.
Twenty One Pilots: January 20 @ Barclays Center
2016 was a huge year for Twenty One Pilots. The duo released “Heathens” for the Suicide Squad Soundtrack, in addition to finding themselves on 12 Billboard Charts, respectively. While genre bending and subverting the conception of how rock and rap can coexist, Twenty One Pilots are making more of an impact on the music industry than it seems. We’ll likely be feeling the effects of these musicians for decades to come. And in the meantime, check out their incredible live show.
Kings of Leon: January 20 @ MSG
The Followill’s will continue to tour in 2017 in promotion of their latest record WALLS. According to band members, the band is planning an elaborate live show. Though there won’t be any floating stages involved, Kings of Leon are preparing to hopefully deliver what will be the best rock show their fans see all year. And in this age where the expectations for a concert experience are higher, we’re excited to see how the Followill brothers plan to outdo the past, and themselves.
D.R.A.M: January 20 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Many of you by now have heard of D.R.A.M, the rapper behind the hit singles “Cha Cha” and “Broccoli” feat. Lil Yachty. Or, you saw him perform alongside Chance the Rapper on Jimmy Fallon this past Winter, belting his beautiful voice to “Blessings”. Last October, D.R.A.M released his first LP, Big Baby D.R.A.M, which was met with a warm embrace in the rap scene. The Virginia based rapper is now gearing up for his 13-date tour, which will bring him to the humble abode of the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
The Lumineers: February 2 & 3 @ MSG
Grammy-nominated indie rock band The Lumineers will continue The Cleopatra World Tour into the first quarter of 2017, which includes a stop at NYC’s Madison Square Garden. Though their latest record Cleopatra didn’t make as quite of a splash as their self-titled debut, The Lumineers still find themselves on several festival lineups, including British Summer Time in Hyde Park alongside Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Stevie Nicks.
Sampha: February 9 @ Terminal 5
First known for his duet with Jessie Ware back in 2011 (“Valentine”), Sampha now creates long queues of guests eager to get into his shows all on his own. By the sheer power and freedom exhibited by his voice, one that is extremely capable but never showboats, you can tell that Sampha knows a sense of loss that is central to soul music. Ranging from complex arrangements to simplicity, just his voice and the keyboard, Sampha introduces us to several frequencies of feeling while showing a true mastery of his voice.
Red Hot Chili Peppers: February 15, 17, & 18 @ MSG
Last September, RHCP fans got word that the band was plotting a 2017 tour. Anthony Kiedis and Co. are currently making their way through Europe before they will arrive stateside to perform at the country’s largest venues. Though their getting older, the RHCP have mainted their onstage vigor. With Kiedis on top of his boxer like stage movement, Flea’s incredibly fast fingers stripping along the bass, and Chad Smith’s classic stick twirling, the band still has the capacity to transport you back to their 90’s heyday.
Lake Street Dive: February 21 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Boston-based indie jazz combo, led by the incredible vocals of Rachael Price, will be making their return to NYC for the first time in awhile. Their 2016 effort Side Pony veered towards a pop edge in contrast to their earlier records, which employed several genres to create an energetic, bass driven sound. The band will continue to tour Side Pony, but we hope to hear some of their earlier material on this upcoming Lake Street Dive Tour.
Ariana Grande: February 23 & 24 @ MSG
Ariana Grande, one of America’s most beloved pop stars, is gearing up for what will be an incredibly busy 2017. Grande is touring in promotion of her latest record, Dangerous Woman, which landed even more critical acclaim than 2014’s My Everything. The Dangerous Woman Tour will be the ultimate “girl power” concert tour of the season, as the record heavily perpetuates the theme of confidence, empowerment, and sexual freedom. It’s been a beautiful thing to see Grande emerge as more than a pop artist and take a stand for herself in an industry that is incredibly tough on women.
Lauryn Hill: February 25 @ Radio City Music Hall
How may artists do you know of who can still fill venues to capacity without having released new music in over a decade? We can only think of one, the majestic and irreplaceable Lauryn Hill. Both a soul queen and MC prodigy, Lauryn Hill has a talent so immense that she can renew music that has been alive since the 90’s and usher her music into the new age without losing a single bit of relevancy. Lauryn Hill’s show at Radio City Music Hall will definitely be one of the best concerts of 2017.
Run the Jewels: February 25 & 26 @ Terminal 5
El-P and Killer Mike of Run the Jewels gifted their fans RTJ3, their third LP, three weeks ahead of its Jan. 13th release. The album dropped with an accompanying tweet which read “We couldn’t help ourselves. It just feels right.” RTJ3 includes guest appearances by Kamasi Washington, Rage Against the Machine, and Danny Brown. The rap duo are getting ready for their Run the World Tour, which will bring them to the Terminal 5 stage this Spring.
Noname: March 2 @ le poisson rouge
If you would have told rapper and Chicago native Fatimah Warner, aka Noname, that her debut LP Telefone would be one of the best rap albums to come out in 2016, she would have scoffed at you. Noname, who actively stays out of fame’s limelight, is incredibly modest when it comes to her success. In 2017, we’ll see Noname embark on a real tour, a tour which will honor a truly remarkable record. With music that is relevant, witty, and completely hers, Noname continues to affect change and hope in anyone who gives her a listen.
The Flaming Lips: March 9 @ Terminal 5
Wayne Coyne and Co. will be touring this year in promotion of their upcoming record Oczy Mlody. The record has been preceded by three singles, “How??”, “The Castle”. and “Sunrise (Eyes of the Young)”. Known for putting on eccentric, flamboyant live performances, The Flaming Lips continue to be one of the best acts to see live.
Regina Spektor: March 11 @ Radio City Music Hall
In 2016 we saw Regina Spektor release her first album in four years. The singer/songwriter had been keeping herself busy in the meantime, appearing on several Soundtracks, including Kubo and the Two Strings. Just recently, Spektor preformed at the Hamilton Mixtape Concert, reminding audiences of her incredible vocal talent. Now, she is on tour in promotion of her latest effort, Remember Us to Life, a praiseworthy record that brings us back in touch with her delicate lyrics and compelling voice.
Eric Clapton: March 19 & 20 @ MSG
It’s not often that the only three time inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame embarks on a tour. Eric Clapton will be embarking on a short tour in 2017, bringing him to two of the country’s biggest venues: NYC’s Madison Square Garden and The Forum in CA. Due to the pending severity of Clapton’s health, there haven’t been any more scheduled tour dates. So we suggest jumping on the opportunity to see Clapton live in 2017, as its uncertain when he’ll tour next.
Wilco: March 18-22 @ Beacon Theater
Shmilco, Wilco’s tenth studio album, reached wide acclaim by the end of 2016, and the band will continue to tour in promotion of it in 2017. Most of the dates scheduled for Wilco’s tour will take place in New York at the famed Beacon Theater. For last year’s shows, Wilco switched things up a bit by going primarily acoustic. We’re not sure what direction Wilco will take in 2017, but since we’re in the good hands of Jeff Tweedy, we’re confident it’ll be the right one.
deadmau5: March 29 – April 1 @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Leave it to deadmau5 to be as literal as possible when announcing his first tour in what feels like forever. The ‘Lots of Shows in A Row’ Tour, currently just 13 dates long, has deadmau5 performing four nights at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Not much is known about the production of deadmau5’s upcoming tour because it’s in this mogul’s interest to keep it as air tight as possible, but he has rewarded us the knowledge that there will be a new cube, aka Cube 2.1, armed with several new features.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: May 26 & 27 @ Kings Theatre; June 13 & 14 @ Beacon Theater
Last year Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds released their sixteenth studio album Skeleton Tree, an album which is beautiful, poignant, and adequately bruised by trauma and loss. In 2017, Nick Cave will release his documentary One More Time With Feeling, a portrait of grief with some incredible music. We think Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will give a truly haunting, not to miss performance at Kings Theatre
The Weeknd: June 6 & 7 @ Barclays Center
It continues to be an incredible decade for Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd, America’s R&B crooner turned pop star. His latest record, Starboy, landed every track on the Billboard charts, solidifying the fact that The Weeknd is one of the most relevant, talented, and contagious artists in the genre. According to Tesfaye, he wants his upcoming live shows to feel like the opera, to be immersive experiences that toy with intimacy and darkness. And he’s working with the best to make it happen. The Weeknd’s Starboy Tour will definitely be one to remember.
Tom Petty & the HeartBreakers: July 26 & 27 @ Forest Hills Stadium
Of the old school rock bands celebrating anniversaries in 2017, we think Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers rank among the best. This year, the band will be honoring the 40th anniversary of their self-titled record and have scheduled a tour just big enough for the occasion. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers will be supported by Chris Stapleton and Joe Walsh over the course of their 30-date trek through the states.
Coldplay: August 1 @ MetLife Stadium
Though the iconic rock band told fans that the Head Full of Dreams Tour would be their last, we were hopeful that Chris Martin and the boys weren’t quite ready to hang up the towel. And we were right, as it seems Coldplay is having too much fun connecting with their fans and putting on performances of a lifetime. It’s uncertain and unlikely that Coldplay will be releasing another record, or at least anytime soon, but we’re grateful that they’ve extended the Head Full of Dreams Tour into 2017.
Check back for updates and more concerts we’re looking forward to in 2017!