As New York City endures the staggering heat waves of Summer, it’s comforting to think about the amazing concerts scheduled to take place this season. If you thought the Spring concert season was great, just wait until you see what Summer has to offer. Here is our list of what we would consider the best upcoming NYC concerts in August 2016. So, grab your concert crew because some of the best live music the city has ever seen is coming soon. And maybe, we’ll see you there. If your craving a more complete list download the TickPick app or check out additional Concerts in New York here.
Upcoming Concerts in NYC: August 2016
8/1: Nice as Fuck @ Bowery ballroom (second show 8/2)
Led by the enigmatic indie rock star Jenny Lewis, the female supergroup Nice as Fuck has made quite the impression so far in their first inaugural year. After touring briefly with M. Ward, Nice as Fuck dropped their self-titled debut, a bold collection of post-punk break-up songs, minimally produced and effortlessly sung. Though it’s likely Jenny Lewis’ most low stakes effort, we’re excited to see where this project goes.
8/1: Garbage @ Central Park SummerStage
Garbage, an American rock band, dropped their self-titled debut back in 1994, and since then the record has been certified as double platinum and sold over 5 million copies. Though not precisely in the same mold as their contemporaries, Garbage drew on the soundscapes of Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine and quickly gained domestic and international recognition with the singles “You’re Only Happy When It Rains” and “Stupid Girl”. This past June, Garbage released their sixth studio album, Strange Little Birds.
8/2: Corinne Bailey Rae @ National Sawdust
Though it may not ascend to pop gold like Corinne Bailey Rae’s 2006 debut effort, we would consider her new record, The Heart Speaks in Whispers, her best, most groovy and self-realized material to date. Corinne Bailey Rae’s expansive and flavorful album features Esperanza Spalding, Moses Sumney, and others, but the presence of a collective soul is heard throughout. Not only does The Heart Speak in Whispers groove with expertise, it grooves with newfound confidence and bliss.
8/2: Beirut @ Prospect Park Bandshell
After the long-awaited arrival of Beirut’s fifth studio album No No No, the band has since been touring in promotion of the record. It had been four years since their last album, The Rip Tide, a record which came just before a period of personal upheaval for Beirut’s lead singer, Zach Condon. Beirut’s unique brand of Eastern-European gypsy styles and 80’s synth pop is ever present on No No No, which is characterized by Condon’s lyrics of longing and the ambitious trumpet and trombone interludes.
8/3: Matt Nathanson @ Central Park SummerStage
At a Matt Nathanson concert, fans are known to be given half music, half comedy, and a dazzling personality. Most of you know Nathanson by his big hit “Come on Get Higher”, a song recycled through radio play since it’s debut eight years ago. Now, Nathanson has three more solo albums beneath his belt, in addition to several TV appearances, soundtrack cameos, and world tours, where, his aforementioned charisma shines just as bright as his introspective lyricism and high caliber guitar work.
8/3: The Lumineers @ Prospect Park Bandshell
Just last year, The Lumineers released their highly anticipated follow-up record, Cleopatra, which contains the hit single “Ophelia”. The folk-rock trio has made their claim in the pop music industry by sticking to their brand of Americana music, a sound which became popular again by The Lumineers, Mumford and Sons, and Of Monsters and Men. The “Cleopatra World Tour” will keep The Lumineers on the road through the end of 2016.
8/3: Erykah Badu @ Coney Island Amphitheater
Erykah Badu will be performing a small string of shows through the end of this summer beginning with two performances in NYC: one at the newly opened Ford Coney Island Amphitheater, and the second a DJ set at Brooklyn’s Output. Erykah Badu grew up listening to 70’s and 80’s soul and her voice drew comparisons to Billie Holiday, creating a unique blend of r&b music that would continue to evolve through the years. Last year, Badu dropped the But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape, a direct response to Drake’s “Hotline Bling”, yet a project completely and beautifully hers.
8/4: Jerry Seinfeld @ Beacon Theater
Jerry Seinfeld’s residency at what he considers the greatest theater in NYC is entitled “Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestand”. Following his appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson back in ‘81, it was only eight years until Seinfeld would partner up with fellow comic Larry David to produce what is now considered one of the greatest comedies in American Television. Now, in addition to his new residency at Beacon Theatre, Seinfeld hosts “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”, an incredibly hilarious, comedy series that discusses art, comedy, and the industry with special guests such as Louis C.K, Margaret Cho, and even President Obama.
8/4: Hiatus Kaiyote @ Irving Plaza
Describing the music of Hiatus Kaiyote is a difficult thing to do, as it seems they’ve created and termed something completely new. The band refers to themselves as “future soul”; imagine neo-soul, but with a jazz twist on normal hip-hop melodies. Hiatus Kaiyote has worked with artists such as Erykah Badu, Q-Tip, and Questlove, exploring and expanding their range of influences throughout the release of both studio albums. Since the imaginative and creative capacity of Hiatus Kaiyote seems infinite, we’re pretty excited for what they come out with next.
8/4: Drake, Future @ MSG (more shows 8/5, 8/6, and 8/8)
Almost a year ago, Drake and Future released their joint mixtape, What a Time to be Alive, but didn’t immediately make any tour announcements. It wasn’t until after Drake released his long anticipated Views From the 6 that we were finally given the news of the Drake tour his fans have been waiting for. Considering how long Drizzy fans have waited for a large-scale arena tour, we’re not surprised to see a tour this epic. We suggest purchasing tickets to Drake and Future’s “Summer Sixteen Tour”, the biggest rap tour of 2016.
8/4: New Kids on the Block @ Coney Island Amphitheater
The New Kids on the Block are playing one night only at the Coney Island Amphitheater. This will be their only NYC show this summer, as they are heading to the Mixtape Festival and then performing on a five day cruise the following month. Though the New Kids on the Block haven’t released any new music in three years, the boy band continues to tour minimally and perform energetic live performances of their 90’s pop hits.
8/5: Deftones @ Coney Island Amphitheater
Back in ’88, the Deftones had a very interesting response to the rock music being produced at the time, being one of the first bands who chose to alternate heavy riffs and screamed vocals with more ethereal walls of sound and hushed moments. After the release of the incredible and highly experimental White Pony, the Deftones took an indefinite break due to the loss of their bassist. Gore, their eighth studio album, has been met with critical acclaim, acting as a reminder that these nu-metal veterans know how to push the boundaries of rock music.
8/6: Frankie Cosmos @ Bowery Ballroom
After releasing dozens of free lo-fi indie albums via the internet, Greta Kline finally released a full record, Zentropy, under the name Frankie Cosmos. Her songs are often short and melodic, echoing the style of The Moldy Peaches, a fellow anti-folk band. This past April, Frankie Cosmos released her sophomore record, the aptly titled Next Thing, which was preceded by the popular single “Young”.
8/6: Mad Decent Block Party @ MCU Park
Can you believe that Diplo’s Mad Decent Block Party started out at twenty dollars a person, red solo cup included? Now, the EDM mogul is party host to an incredibly popular traveling music festival that certainly delivered on its lineup one again. The performers are different for every stop of the Mad Decent Block Party, and this year in Brooklyn’s MCU Park, EDM fans will party to the mixes of Diplo, Tory Lanez, Dillon Francis, and more.
8/7: Paul McCartney @ Metlife Stadium
This month, Paul McCartney will be performing at Metlife Stadium, the only stop in the tri-state area along his “One on One” Tour. The new tour promises a re-designed set, dozens of classics from his beloved catalog of music, ranging from his time as the lead singer of Wings and a former Beatle. McCartney, a truly professional pop star, continues to awe and surprise fans during his live shows.
8/9: Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa @ Jones Beach
Snoop Dogg will be joined by some amazing hip-hop/rap artists on “The High Road” Summer Tour, including his notably close friend Wiz Khalifa, Jhene Aiko, and Kevin Gates. This isn’t the first time Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa have collaborated together on a project, but it will be the first time they share the stage for a joint tour. Snoop’s new record dropped just before the tour kicked off, so expect to hear plenty of material from COOLAID during “The High Road” Tour.
8/10: Twenty One Pilots @ MSG
After earning their stripes in the pop industry, the hip-hop influenced pop duo Twenty One Pilots has risen to the ranks of a 58-date tour, the “Emotional Roadshow”. After the 2015 release of Blurryface, Twenty One Pilots spent a good amount of time on top of the Billboard 100 chart, claiming the most success with their single “Stressed Out”. Fans will also hear Twenty One Pilots on “Heathens”, a track featured on the Suicide Squad Soundtrack.
8/10: Boston @ Coney Island Amphitheater
Boston, one of America’s most beloved rock bands, will be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of their debut record this summer at the newly erected Coney Island Amphitheater. Fans have been loyal to Boston since 1976 and the drop of their debut record which contained several hit singles including “More Than a Feeling” and “Piece of Mind”. It’s incredible to think about the timeless quality of Boston’s first record—their initial mark on the music industry—and how it’s celebrated as some of America’s best classic rock.
8/12: Dr. Dog @ Prospect Park Bandshell
This past year, Dr. Dog released The Psychedelic Swamp, a record that echoes their earlier indie rock approach but with a bold and peculiar curiosity into fantastical concept album material. The slightly trippier album isn’t Dr. Dog’s greatest effort, but we think their venture into the counter culter vibes of 60’s pop should be taken for what it is: a brave attempt to make something new. Currently on their first world tour in four years, Dr. Dog continues to perform for loving audiences everywhere.
8/12: Kool and the Gang @ Coney Island Amphitheater
Kool and the Gang, the longest performing R&B group America has ever witnessed, will be celebrating their 35th Anniversary as touring performers this year. Being one of the many artists who are a part of the Coney Island Amphitheater inaugural lineup, Kool and the Gang will host “A Funk Fest Celebration” this month. They will be joined by Bootsy’s Rubber Band, Doug E Fresh, and Morris Day & The Time.
8/13: The Go-Go’s Farewell Tour @ Central Park SummerStage
Unfortunately, L.A’s favorite all-female power pop band is saying goodbye this August with a string of 18 shows. The Go-Go’s will be ending a 38 year long career, a truly incredible run for any band. Most of The Go-Go’s original lineup will be embarking on the “Farewell Tour” to perform hits such as “We’ve Got the Beat”, “Vacation”, and “Our Lips are Sealed”. The Go-Go’s will be supported by Best Coast and Kaya Stewart for their final North American tour.
8/15: PJ Harvey @ Terminal 5 (second show 8/16)
PJ Harvey, the English artist who came out of the alternative rock revolution, released The Hope Six Demolition Project this past April and has since been touring in promotion of it. PJ Harvey approaches each new album as its own separate entity, and aims to never repeat herself through her music. Often theatrical and consistently innovative, PJ Harvey continues to be one of the strongest female voices and instrumentalists to navigate indie and experimental rock.
8/17: Blink-182 @ Barclays Center
Blink-182 recently released their seventh studio album California and it has since become their second album to land on the Billboard Top 100 and the first in 15 years to garner them the success they saw at the beginning of their career. Having departed from founding band member Tom DeLonge, Blink-182 has since adopted Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba, and according to recent concert reviews, the band hasn’t shown any weakness despite their lineup changes. Catch Blink-182 at the barclays Center this summer for a truly nostalgic rock concert.
8/17: Black Sabbath @ Jones Beach
It appears that after battling a series of health issues this past year, Ozzy Osbourne is finally ready to announce retirement, but not before embarking on one final tour. The tour will wrap up in the band’s hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, marking the end of a career which almost spanned fifty years in February 2017. Black Sabbath, known as one of the pioneering forces in heavy metal music, will be touring with their original line-up. “The End” 2016 Tour may be one of the most important rock occasions this year, as it is truly the end of an era.
8/18: Disco Biscuits @ Irving Plaza (more shows 8/19 & 8/20)
If you’re looking to attend a low-key EDM concert this month, you’re in no better hands than the Disco Biscuits. Hardly an ordinary jam band, the Disco Biscuits combine rock and trance music, making them a fan favorite at several music festivals. Even if you’re not a fan of electronica, we’re certain that seeing the Disco Biscuits live will be a great time.
8/18: Rick Springfield @ Coney Island Amphitheater
In addition to signing on to play Lucifer in the next season of Supernatural, 80’s Loverboy Rick Springfield is also celebrating the 35th Anniversary of his breakthrough record Working Class Dog. Back in ’81, Springfield’s debut record garnered him his first Top 10 and platinum album in the U.S, in addition to producing the single “Jessie’s Girl” which spent two full weeks in the No. 1 spot. Though it’s been quite some time since Rick Springfield first rocked the red leather pants, he’s still determined to put on entertaining live shows.
8/19: Bayside @ Playstation Theater
Bayside will be returning with their seventh studio album, Vacancy, on August 19th. It’s the first record recorded since the band abandoned roots in New York, and instead produced the album remotely up until the final 2-week recording session. Thankfully, the band was able to work with a producer who understood their whimsical and unpredictable musical structure, enabling them to overcome any geographical hurdles encountered in the year. Now, Bayside is touring in promotion of Vacancy, their most complex and ambitious record to date.
8/19: Flogging Molly @ Coney Island Amphitheater
Flogging Molly, once of the few Celtic punk-rock bands of its kind, has recently released a compelling new single, “The Hand of John L. Sullivan”, an ode to the legendary boxer. It’s the first single fans have seen since the 2011 release of Speed of Darkness, and the reception has been overwhelmingly great. The band members of Flogging Molly have stated to be working on a new record, hopefully due sometime around next St. Patrick’s Day, and until then, continue to perform energetic live stints across the U.S.
8/20: Full Moon Fest @ Governor’s Island
It may be the smallest or most unheard of festival to take place in NYC this summer, but that doesn’t make Full Moon Festivalany less amazing. Described as a “boutique approach to the a New York City music festival”, the two-day experience will take place beneath the August blue moon and against panoramic views of the city from Governor’s Island. This year, the Full Moon Festival lineup includes SBTRKT, Pusha T, Santigold, Lola Wolf, and more. If you’re looking to attend a smaller, well-curated music festival with a hipster sensibility, we suggest partying beneath the full moon next month.
8/23: Bruce Springsteen @ Metlife Stadium
In support of The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, Bruce Springsteen has been touring with the E Street band for what has been an incredibly successful live tour (actually the highest grossing tour for the first half of 2016). Now gearing up to release his memoir, Bruce Springsteen has also promised fans a solo record. According to his manager, the record isn’t acoustic, but is rather rich and expansive, ushering Springsteen into the next part of his epic performance career.
8/23: UB40 @ Terminal 5
The 70’s reggae and pop band UB40 is one of the world’s best-selling artists, having been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album four times, in addition to the Brit Award for Best British Group. Though UB40 briefly broke up in 2008, its three founding members have now reunited under their band name to continue their hard earned legacy in the reggae genre.
8/24: Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally @ Beacon Theater
Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally have extensively worked together on stage and on screen, not to mention being spouses as well. Currently on their “Summer of 69: No Apostrophe” Tour, Mullally and Offerman are granting audiences a completely hilarious and uncomfortable intimacy into their relationship, in addition to performing songs, some light petting, topped off with an impressive final act. In between touring, the duo is working to produce a TV series together, so we will definitely be seeing more of this power couple both on screen and on stage.
8/27: Prophets of Rage @ Barclays Center
Prophets of Rage, the supergroup composed of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill members, recently dropped their first namesake single just before their performance at the RNC. Prophets of Rage, as described by guitarist Tom morello, is an “elite task force of revolutionary musicians determined to confront this mountain of election year bullshit.” And according to their recent Reddit AMA, the band is determined to affect the rock music industry both domestically and worldwide.
8/27: Afropunk Festival @ Commodore Barry Park
This year, Brooklyn’s Afropunk Festivalis really bringing it. The lineup includes Ice Cube, Tyler, the Creator, TV on the Radio, Janelle Monae, Earl Sweatshirt, and more. Known as the best multi-cultural event in NYC, the Afropunk Fest is a mix of music, art, and politics, defining what has been a movement in Brooklyn for decades. If you’re in NYC this summer, we think the Afropunk Fest should be at the top of your lists, as it’s an opportunity to witness and listen to some incredibly important voices.
8/27: Flume @ Forest Hills Stadium
With the recruitment of Tove Lo, Vic Mensa, Kai, Vince Staples, and more, Flume successfully created a strong, contagious, and uniquely spread tracklist for his follow-up LP. Now, Harley Streten will take his chart topping moniker around to stadiums everywhere on the “Flume World Tour”. Streten will be supported by some incredible edm acts such as AlunaGeorge, Cashmere Cat, and Shlomo.
8/27: The Bangles @ Irving Plaza
The Bangles, a legendary pop-rock band to come out of the 80’s, is now on tour performing their beloved hit songs across the country. Though a lot has changed since The Bangles were first practicing in one of their garages, the all-female group has united under one front to bring fans the songs they know and love. From “Walk Like an Egyptian” to “Manic Monday” and “A Hazy Shade of Winter”, The Bangles continue to make their audiences dance and swoon.
8/27: Reggie Watts @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
There’s no need to pin down the talents and accolades of Reggie Watts as he continues to be a tour de force across several mediums. By performing primarily with his voice, a keyboard, and a looping machine, Reggie Watts defies an audience’s conception of what music is. In addition to leading the house band for The Late Late Show with James Corden, Watts appears regularly on Comedy Bang Bang. Known for his unpredictability, Reggie Watts is definitely a rare performer to see live.
8/27: The Dresden Dolls @ Coney Island Amphitheater
In April, fans were notified that the Dresden Dolls would be reuniting to perform together for the first time in five years, in addition to teasing the release of new music. Now, Amanda Palmer and co. are finally hitting the newest Brooklyn venue that has definitely changed the summer concert game, the Coney Island Amphitheater. We suggest catching the cabaret influenced duo this month for a strange, delightful, avant-garde performance.
8/28: Action Bronson @ Coney Island Amphitheater
In the past 17 months, we’ve seen Action Bronson go from being a niche rapper to a mainstream fixture in the industry. Most recently, Bronson made his mark on the Suicide Squad Soundtrack with a collaboration between himself, Mark Ronson, and Black Keys member Dan Auerbach. In addition to his full length debut Mr. Wonderful, Action Bronson has also debuted two TV shows this year, F*CK That’s Delicious, and Action Bronson & Friends Watch Ancient Aliens.
8/31: Periphery @ Irving Plaza
The prog-metal group Periphery continues to push their own limits and venture out of their comfort zone to accommodate more synth and electronic elements. Though their latest effort, Periphery III: Select Difficulty is a more back-to-basics record, the band has done more than enough when it comes to being prog-metal pioneers, venturing away from the strict confines of “djent” music and instead tried to make a nuanced appeal to the genre.
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