Must-See Spring Concerts
By Gwyn Reutenauer
If you’ve reached the end of the semester disappointed in the lack of concerts you’ve attended, do not fear! The spring semester is full of concerts to look forward to. Right off the bat, you can start the new semester by fulfilling your childhood dreams at a Jesse McCartney concert. For $30.00 you can see McCartney perform new music, including two recently released singles “Wasted” and “Better with You,” on Monday, January 21st at the Playstation Theater at 8:00 pm. You’ll also get to hear hits like ‘Beautiful Soul’ at this general admission comeback concert.
That same week, King Princess plays for two nights: Wednesday, January 23rd at Warsaw in Brooklyn and Thursday, January 24th at Irving Place. Both concerts are general admission and tickets start at $60.00. King Princess rose to popularity with alternative pop songs like “1950” and “Talia” and, based on the success of her recent release “Pussy is God,” it’s clear her popularity will only grow.
Summer Salt will play a Valentine’s Day concert at the Brooklyn Bazaar for $20.00 on February 14th at 8:00 pm. According to their website, Summer Salt has deemed themselves a “coral reef rock” group. In dead-of-winter February, their dreamy hit songs like “Driving to Hawaii” and “Sweet to Me” will surely help bring some summer back into your life.
In addition to great concerts to go to with friends, there are more formal events as well! Yo-Yo Ma and the New York Philharmonic will be performing at David Geffen Hall from Wednesday, March 6th to Saturday, March 9th with tickets starting in the mid $100s. Yo-Yo Ma’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert will also provide you your orchestral fill at no cost.
If you’re interested in a throwback concert, The Monkees will be playing at the Beacon Theatre on Saturday, March 9th with plenty of tickets available for $50.00. Similarly, Fleetwood Mac will be playing at Madison Square Garden on Monday, March 11th and 18th. Tickets start at $220 for the concert on the 11th and $120 for the concert on the 18th.
If you’re in New York over spring break, the band Smallpools will be playing on Thursday, March 14th at the Bowery Ballroom for $35.00. This indie pop band, known for “Dreaming” and “Street Fight,” are currently releasing singles with a calm, yet upbeat mood. The next day, March 15th, Alice Smith will headline the Apollo Theater’s third annual Women of the World (WOW) festival for $35.00 as well. Smith is an established R&B singer who is featured on Tyler the Creator’s album Cherry Bomb and delivers beautifully powerful vocals.
On the cheaper side, Conan Gray will perform a concert on Wednesday, March 27th at the Bowery Ballroom for $23.00. Gray began creating dreamy pop music on YouTube in (give year here) and will release his new EP “Sunset Season” on November 16th, which he’s sure to perform.
If none of these artists appeal to you or you find yourself looking for live music on any given night, there is an abundance of other options. The Bitter End in Greenwich Village is famous for showcasing artists like Bob Dylan and Lady Gaga before their fame and puts on free shows featuring NYU students or professionals on most nights. The Brooklyn Bowl, a bowling alley in Williamsburg, hosts a mix of shows from live musicians to DJ sets, usually for under $15.00. The Brooklyn Knitting Factory has the same model as The Brooklyn Bowl with a mix of performances for little to no cost.
We’re sure to see plenty of concerts popping up in the coming months, but in the meantime, Smoke Jazz Club at 106th and Broadway has no music fee after midnight and always showcases talented jazz musicians. Of course, there’s Postcrypt Coffeehouse in the basement of St. Paul’s Chapel for free shows every Friday and Saturday featuring a wide variety of musicians, including students. With so much to see and hear your spring semester is sure to be full of music!