New York City. Where famed venues such as Carnegie Hall, Radio City, and Madison Square Garden are hosting live performers every weekend. Where Central Park hosts a series of concerts every Summer. Where just about every major and emerging star stops to perform. No concert tour is complete without a night in New York City.
Here are the Best Upcoming Concerts in NYC—from the most renown venues to the smallest—in 2019. Follow the link of your favorite artists to find tickets to these incredible summertime shows.
Large Venue Events
Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Barclays, Terminal 5, the list goes on. Some of the most storied concerts of all time have taken place in the bellies of these massive venues. Here are the best upcoming concerts set to take place in New York City’s largest venues—digs of 3,000 person capacities or more—this Summer.
July 11: Chvrches at Radio City Music Hall
July 12 & 13: Jennifer Lopez at MSG
July 17 & 18: Lionel Richie at Radio City Music Hall
July 19: Robyn at Barclays
Immaculate pop songs with an emotional catharsis is what Robyn does best. This Summer, you can catch Robyn at Barclays as she returns to New York to perform for the second time this year. Still on the “Honey” Tour, fans can expect a slow-building, perfectly timed pop concert. So intensely delivered, you’d think you were in the hands of a DJ. Expect 100, dance-fueled minutes, as Robyn performs throughout her beloved solo albums Honey and Body Talk.
July 25 & 26: John Mayer at MSG
July 26 & 27: Iron Maiden at Barclays
August 15: John Fogerty at Radio City Music Hall
August 21 & 22: Tame Impala at MSG
Psychedelic indie-rocker Kevin Parker and his band Tame Impala will be fresh off headlining performances at the Lollapalooza and Osheaga Music Festival by the time they make it to Madison Square Garden this Summer. Those of you who can see Tame Impala on this limited tour are in for a treat, as the group is as well tamed as ever. Tame Impala hits are synced with pulsating light shows and projections as Kevin Parker leans into the psychedelic. It seems that Kevin Parker is making excellence his business, as this show has transcended all hopes and expectations to become one of the best concerts of 2019. You’ll be picking cannon-shot confetti out of your pockets for weeks.
August 27: Lenny Kravitz at Radio City Music Hall
August 29 & 30: Jonas Brothers at MSG
September 6: Maren Morris at Radio City Music Hall
September 18: Daniel Caesar at Radio City Music Hall
Small Venue Events
Hammerstein Ballroom. The newly renovated Webster Hall. Brooklyn’s hottest new venue Brooklyn Steel, and more. These venues prove that you don’t need a high capacity to showcase high talent. Here are the best concerts taking place in New York City’s smaller venues, where you can still catch an incredible artist but in that prized, intimate setting.
July 9: Citizen Cope at Brooklyn Steel
July 9 & 10: Earth, Wind, and Fire at Beacon Theatre
July 17 & 18: Carly Rae Jepsen at Hammerstein Ballroom
July 29 & 30: Rob Thomas at Beacon Theatre
From the very first stop, Rob Thomas’ “Chip Tooth Smile” Tour has been smooth sailing. Performing a balanced set of new tracks, a couple Matchbox Twenty selections, old solo hits, and covers, Rob Thomas continues his reign as a well-loved, seasoned performer. With the energy to ricochet between ballads and enlivened, fist-pumping songs, Thomas will undoubtedly leave it all behind this Summer at the Beacon Theatre—a venue as timeless as the talent that struts there.
August 1: Herbie Hancock at Beacon Theatre
August 3: Bad Religion at Brooklyn Steel
August 5: Tyler Childers at Webster Hall
August 9: The Regrettes at Rough Trade
August 20 & 21: Mark Knopfler at Beacon Theatre
September 5 & 6: The Raconteurs at Hammerstein Ballroom
Out to promote their first album in a decade, the Jack White/Brendan Benson-led rock outfit The Raconteurs will be performing largely in intimate venues—including NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Help Us Stranger, which dropped in June, is steeped in classic rock. And it’s hard to argue that it suffers for it, as Help Us Stranger earned The Raconteurs their first No. 1 in the Billboard 200. Don’t miss The Raconteurs this Summer as they take a victory lap to celebrate with audiences and reap the benefits of their labor and dedication to a classic, rock and roll sound.
September 7 & 8: Banks at Brooklyn Steel
September 10: Deerhunter & Dirty Projectors at Webster Hall
September 22: Cat Power at Webster Hall
September 25: Michael Kiwanuka at Brooklyn Steel
Care to enjoy one of the city’s outdoor music venues? From the Celebrate Brooklyn concert series in Prospect Park, to the famous SummerStage nestled between 70th and 71st street in Central Park, there are many, many outdoor live music offerings taking place around NYC this Summer.
July 14: Lynyrd Skynyard & Hank Williams Jr. at Forest Hills Stadium
July 20: Weird Al Yankovic at Forest Hills Stadium
July 25: Kurt Vile at CityParks SummerStage
July 28: Sheryl Crow at The Rooftop at Pier 17
Nine-time Grammy award winner Sheryl Crow is going on tour this Summer in promotion of her forthcoming album, Threads. Sheryl said in a statement, “I became inspired to record an album of musical experiences with the legacy artists who inspired me to want to be a great songwriter, musician, and producer. It is a celebration with them, and a tribute to them.” Will Sheryl Crow be joined by her Threads collaborators (Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton, Gary Clark Jr.) on tour? We think it’s possible, if not likely.
August 1: Ben Folds & Violent Femmes at The Rooftop at Pier 17
August 3: Rebelution at The Rooftop at Pier 17
August 6: Mac Demarco at Prospect Park Bandshell
August 8: 21 Savage at The Rooftop at Pier 17
August 8: Guster at CityParks SummerStage
August 10: My Morning Jacket at Forest Hills Stadium
August 17: Beck, Cage the Elephant, and Spoon at Forest Hills Stadium
Three rock bands, one tour. This Summer, you can catch Beck, Cage the Elephant, and Spoon on “The Night Running” Tour—named after Cage the Elephant’s Beck-featuring single from this year’s Social Cues. The 30-date jaunt will take the bands to stadiums and amphitheaters across the U.S, including Forest Hills Stadium. Though we wouldn’t have predicted Beck and Cage the Elephant team up musically, we are captivated by the idea and eagerly awaiting “The Night Running” Tour.
Being one of the most renown metropolis’ in the world, New York City also offers some of the best music festivals in the country. From Gov Ball to Electric Zoo, here are the best NYC Music Festivals taking place this Summer.
August 30 – September 1: Electric Zoo at Randalls Island Park
Lineup: Diplo, Bijou, Excision, Afrojack, Above & Beyond, ARMNHMR, Bear Grillz, 1788-L, Alison Wonderland, Armin Van Buuren, Benny Benassi, and more.
September 11: Outlaw Music Festival at Forest Hills Stadium
The traveling Country Music Festival will be making a stop at Forest Hills Stadium this Summer, bringing Willie Nelson & Family, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Alison Krauss, Lukas Nelson & POTR, and more to the famed outdoor concert venue. Party like an Outlaw this summer at what will undoubtedly be the best country music festival in NYC.