Ring In the New Year With Live Music
We can’t think of a better way to kick 2017 off with a bang than some live music. Click here for our featured musical act, Nashville band Judah & The Lion, who opens for Grammy-nominated duo Twenty One Pilots’ “Emotional Roadshow” tour coming to Barclays Center January 20 and the Prudential Center on the 21st (along with Jon Bellion). Grammy-nominated Danish band Lukas Graham inspires fans at Hammerstein Ballroom January 28 while dubstep DJ Datsik mesmerizes at Playstation Theater on January 27. Americana trio The Devil Makes Three harmonize January 27 at Terminal 5, synthpop duo Great Good Fine OK shine January 6 at Irving Plaza, American Idol Season 14 favorite JAX rocks Bar Nine on January 10, and country singer-songwriter Frankie Ballard delights January 12 at Bowery Ballroom. Read further for our other resolutions for January…
City of the Sun – January 6 – Blue Note Jazz Club
New York trio City of the Sun formed in 2011 and are a special act to watch because they are instrumental-only artists, with a captivating take on modern music with melodies and rhythms that are global in their sound and appeal. The flamenco-driven, guitar- blasting “Everything” is one of the stand-out tracks on City of the Sun’s roster, one to listen up for when they play the Blue Note Jazz Club January 6 (it’s actually a late show at 12:30 AM on 1/7). Comprised of John Pita and Avi Snow on guitar along with percussionist Zach Para, the City of the Sun trio has already opened for Gregg Allman, Matisyahu and Peter Bjorn & John, and funk singer Charles Bradley, performing at the Beacon Theatre, Rockwood Music Hall, Mercury Lounge, and Gramercy Theatre. City of the Sun has a truly beautiful form of acoustic music that blends elements of flamenco, folk, indie rock, and pop into something memorable along the lines of what Miri Ben-Ari and Lindsay Stirling achieved with violin and Rodrigo y Gabriela created on dueling acoustic guitars. Listen up for another favorite, the cinematic-sounding “What Took You So Long?” with a simple call-and-response chant, “hey!”
Kings of Leon – January 20 – Madison Square Garden
Nashville band Kings of Leon, who released their seventh album, the Billboard #1 “WALLS” this past fall, light up Madison Square Garden January 20. The Southern rock Followill brothers and cousin have won four Grammys out of seven career nominations including Record of the Year for their signature anthem “Use Somebody” and have sold more than 18 million albums worldwide. Having headlined major festivals such as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Glastonbury, Kings of Leon have perfected the arena and stadium show, so expect to hear all of their major guitar- thrashing hits like “Sex On Fire,” “Notion,” “Radioactive,” and “Supersoaker,” as well as new tunes “Waste A Moment” and “WALLS” and the ballad “Beautiful War” and the twangy steel guitar tune “Back Down South.” Kings of Leon remain one of the most consistent rock acts out there.
G. Love & Special Sauce – January 25 – Bowery Ballroom
Hip-hop blues band G. Love & Special Sauce, led by singer/rapper Garrett Dutton, Jeffrey Clemens on drums, and Jim Prescott on bass turn up Bowery Ballroom January 25 and at Brooklyn Bowl on January 26. The Philadelphia trio’s 10th studio album “Love Saves The Day” was out this past October, featuring a range of talent including Los Lobos guitarist David Hidalgo, Lucinda Williams, Citizen Cope on trumpet-blasting lead single “Muse,” Ozomatli, DJ Logic, Money Mark, Zach Gill, and Adam Topol, and even have a new rockabilly song called “New York City.” With a blend of strong, sometimes Southern rock-meets-swampy- sounding instrumentation, G. Love & Special Sauce have over 20 years of material to pull from including Jack Johnson- penned “Rodeo Clowns,” organ-heavy “Weekend Dance,” the playful “Baby’s Got Sauce,” the suggestive “Booty Call,” and crowd favorite “Stepping Stones.”
Eric Church – January 27 – Barclays Center
Reigning Album of the Year CMA winner Eric Church (for Mr. Misunderstood in 2016 and Chief in 2013) heads to Barclays Center on January 27 for a night of hits and storytelling. Church has seven #1 singles to his name including most recent single “Record Year,” a song he performed at the 2016 ACM Awards poignantly honoring fallen music stars David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Lemmy Kilmister, and Scott Weiland. The country rocker and seven-time Grammy nominee has become a fixture in the genre, weaving relatable and oftentimes heartfelt storytelling with blues and Americana on songs like the rowdy “Drink In My Hand,” piano ballad “Springsteen,” feel-good “Hell On The Heart,” the nostalgic “Give Me Back My Hometown,” folk-rock tune “Talladega,” the melancholy “Like A Wrecking Ball,” and recent hit “Mr. Misunderstood.” From his guitar abilities to the slight drawl in his inviting voice, Eric Church’s “Holdin’ My Own Tour” is sure to impress.