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Put A Spring in Your Step With Live Music All Month

With spring break inching its way closer, the live music calendar is building into an exciting season of legends as well as bright newcomers. Melissa Etheridge plays among a world-class group of musicians at “The Music of Aretha Franklin” tribute show March 6 at Carnegie Hall. Our complete interview with Etheridge can be found here, as well as with country superstar duo Florida Georgia Line, who are joined by newcomer Seth Ennis March 18 at the Prudential Center.

Art Garfunkel inspires March 14 and 15 at City Winery, electronic mastermind deadmau5 lands at Hammerstein Ballroom March 29 – April 1, piano earthling Vanessa Carlton delights at City Winery March 10, operatic trio Il Volo brings down the house March 4 at Radio City Music Hall, and on March 7 Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience mesmerizes with a full orchestra and chorus, conducted by composer Ramin Djawadi. Indie rock band Colony House rock Bowery Ballroom March 2, electro-pop act Electric Guest shine March 5 at Bowery Ballroom and March 6 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Luke Bryan is joined by Brett Eldredge and Brett Young March 1 at Madison Square Garden, Axwell ^ Ingrosso plays Depot 52 warehouse March 18, and UK singer The Japanese House hypnotizes fans March 28 at Bowery Ballroom.

Martina McBride – March 9 – Playstation Theater
Martina McBridge
Martina McBride is one of the top vocalists of her generation, having won the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year award four times, tied with Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood and trailing only Miranda Lambert. McBride opens her heart on the “Love Unleashed Tour,” stopping at Playstation Theater March 9 with special guest Lauren Alaina, Maggie Rose and Post Monroe.

McBride is known for some of the most inspiring country songs over the years. Be prepared for Martina to belt out her best on signature ballad “Independence Day,” confident ballad “Anyway,” grateful “Blessed,” heartbreaking “Concrete Angel,” hopeful “God’s Will,” as well as her song about resilience, “A Broken Wing.” Martina’s warm soprano voice brightens up any room she performs in, and even her saddest songs uplift and comfort the soul. A longtime philanthropist and supporter of women’s and health charities, McBride has offered fans memorable tunes like the anthemic “This One’s for the Girls,” as well as “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” about battling cancer. Click here for our interview with McBride.
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Regina Spektor – March 11 – Radio City Music Hall 
New York indie-pop artist Regina Spektor has been delighting fans for over 15 years with her clever music and Regina Spektorenchanting voice. Classically trained at the age of six on the piano, Spektor returns to Radio City Music Hall March 11, a venue she first played at in 2005 opening for UK band Keane. Breaking out to the masses with the staccato-pulsing “Fidelity” in 2006, her artistry was clear from the beginning.

Spektor also made an impact with her rapid piano tune “Us,” as well as the love song “Samson.” In addition to her classical roots, hip- hop, rock, and punk elements have crept into Spektor’s music over the years. Spektor was the composer of Showtime series Weeds‘ theme song “Little Boxes,” and later Netflix series creator Jenji Kohan for Orange Is The New Black approached Regina to write the theme “You’ve Got Time” about a New York women’s prison, which went on to earn Spektor her first Grammy nomination for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Other songs Regina Spektor has been known to perform are beautiful covers of Radiohead’s “No Surprises,” Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and newer material “Bleeding Heart” and “Black And White” really hold up to the previous hits.


Green Day – March 15 – Barclays Center
Green Day
Green Day has been rocking the airwaves and headlines since 1986, and they take their “Revolution Radio Tour” to Barclays Center on March 15. The California band has been on the fast track ever since their major label debut Dookie racked up 10 million copies of sales with a handful of hits like “Longview,” “Welcome to Paradise,” “Basket Case,” “When I Come Around,” and “She.” The punk-rock trio consisting of lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool never looked back from that moment, selling 85 million albums worldwide and collecting five Grammys over the years as well as a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2015, their first eligible year.

Their catalog includes massive anthems both up-tempo and ballads like “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” “Holiday,” “Minority”, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “American Idiot” (which was spun into a Broadway musical), and new tune “Bang Bang.” With explosive stage charisma, pyro and arena-ready hit songs, Billie Joe and Green Day are full-grown adults, but they will always be angsty kids at heart with something to say about the world. Florida punk-rock band Against Me! joins aBs special guest.


Eric Clapton – March 19 & 20 – Madison Square Garden 
Eric ClaptonBlues-rock guitarist and British music legend Eric Clapton commands the stage at Madison Square Garden for his 50th anniversary shows March 19 and 20 (with two more added for September 7 and 8.) The only three-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee (with The Yardbirds, with Cream, and as a solo artist) and 18-time Grammy Award winner is sure to show off his career-making guitar skills with some special arrangements.

Also expected are extended versions of tunes with a songbook that includes favorites like “Layla” and “Cocaine,” a Bob Marley cover of “I Shot The Sheriff,” and timeless ballads “Tears In Heaven,” “Wonderful Tonight,” “Change The World,” and “My Father’s Eyes.” Super fans may also get a taste of Clapton’s earlier bands such as The Yardbirds’ (“For Your Love”), Cream (“I Feel Free,” “White Room,” and “Sunshine Of Your Love”) and Blind Faith (“Can’t Find My Way Home”). Fellow guitar masters Gary Clark Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan will open the shows.
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