Dancing in September

Live Music Has Us on Our Feet All Month

Back to reality and so much to look forward to this month on the live music front. Our featured musical acts for September include Maren Morris, who is on tour with Sam Hunt 9/14 at Madison Square Garden and The Script, who rock Radio City Music Hall on 9/29.

Eric Clapton returns to The Garden 9/7 and 9/8, celebrating his 50-year career with guitar greats Gary Clark, Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan. Sheryl Crow shines 9/6 at Iridium and also joins Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Fest 9/8 at PNC Bank Arts Center and 9/9 at Jones Beach along with The Avett Brothers, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and Particle Kid.

Indie-rock bands Young the Giant and Cold War Kids start a party over at SummerStage 9/13, Americana favorite Sturgill Simpson lights up Radio City 9/14, indie-pop outfit Electric Guest groove 9/14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, folk-rock act Mondo Cozmo plays Bowery Ballroom on 9/14, and New York art rock icon Patti Smith graces SummerStage. Deep house artist Jax Jones spins at Output 9/16, folk duo Penny & Sparrow inspire 9/16 at Highline Ballroom, and David Gray and Alison Kraus delight 9/19 at Radio City. Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa delivers three nights at the Beacon Theatre 9/20, 9/21, and 9/23, indie-pop singer Verite visits Music Hall of Williamsburg 9/22, rock band Interpol take over Forest Hills Stadium 9/23, Harlem rapper A$AP Mob electrifies SummerStage 9/25, UK synth-pop duo Oh Wonder float through Brooklyn Steel 9/26 & 9/27, Ed Sheeran causes a commotion 9/29 & 9/30 at Barclays Center, and Hanson return with a show 9/30 at Playstation Theater. For our other top suggestions for the month, keep reading…

Electric Zoo – September 1-4 – Randall’s Island 
Electric Zoo: The 6th Boro returns Labor Day Weekend for the electronic music scene’s biggest event in New York at Randall’s Island Park with headliners DJ Snake, Above & Beyond, deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Galantis, Zedd, and Armin van Buuren. In its ninth year, Electric Zoo roars with a number of veterans, and breakthroughs are also on the bill including Markus Schulz, Sasha & Digweed, Audien, Hook N Sling, Don Diablo, Dada Life, Grey, Martin Solveig, Slander, Malaa, Alan Walker, Sub Focus, and more.

The 6th Boro theme is reflected in the stage design this year with an elephant stage, a futuristic subway station, and industrial zone, and a tagged graffiti artist stage welcoming the world’s EDM fans to gather and celebrate the culture. In 2016 there were reportedly 83,000 attendees over the three days. It’s a jungle out there, so come prepared for non-stop dancing.

Norah Jones – September 10-14 – Le Poisson Rouge 
Nine-time Grammy-winning artist Norah Jones has sold 50 million albums worldwide and remains one of America’s greatest gems of jazz, soul, and folk with a pop sensibility. After playing around the world the past year, Jones is treating the city to a five-day residency 9/10-14 at Le Poisson Rouge. The singer-songwriter returned to her piano and jazz roots on sixth album Day Breaks (released in 2016) with alluring songs like “Tragedy,” upbeat protest song “Flipside,” and glimmering title track “Day Break,” as well as covers by Horace Silver, Duke Ellington, and Neil Young.

Jones effortlessly floats through her melodies whether she is on guitar or piano and impressed recently on a cover of Tom Waits’ “The Long Way Home.” She can truly do it all, from standards to covers, and her original hits stand up to the rest like “Don’t Know Why,” “Sunrise,” “Come Away With Me,” “Chasing Pirates,” and “Happy Pills,” and if you’re lucky she may even perform a duet she recorded with Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong.

The Meadows Festival – September 15-17 – Citi Field
The Meadows Music & Arts Festival is back for a second year 9/15-17 at Citi Field in Queens, with a super lineup of hip-hop, rock, pop, and electronic artists including Jay Z, Run the Jewels, Future, Migos, Two Door Cinema Club, Gorillaz, LL Cool J, Big Gigantic, M.I.A., Erykah Badu, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bassnectar, Nas, Weezer, Foster The People, Action Bronson, LEON, Tegan and Sara, Big Boi, Marian Hill, BADBADNOTGOOD, Jacob Banks, and more. Meadows Festival is produced by Founders Entertainment, which is also at the helm of Governors Ball each year.

In addition to a variety of great music on site, the festival includes after-parties including Ghostface Killah 9/15 at Brooklyn Bowl, GTA, Schimanski, and St. Paul & The Broken Bones 9/16 at Irving Plaza, Wild Belle 9/17 at Le Poisson Rouge, and more. There will also be works by local artists as well as food options curated by The Infatuation. All four stages at Meadows Fest will be livestreamed exclusively bBy TIDAL.

Bruno Mars – September 22-23 – Madison Square Garden 
Bruno Mars has quickly become one the world’s greatest superstars, with so many hits the “24k Magic” entertainer is not only playing two nights at Madison Square Garden (9/22 & 9/23) but he’s also got nearby shows at the Prudential Center 9/26 before wrapping the “24k Magic World Tour” at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center 10/4.

He can sing his heart out, dance like the best of them, and really prove he’s a showman on songs like “Perm,” “That’s What I Like,” and “Treasure” while getting romantic on “Just The Way You Are” and “When I Was Your Man.” The fun doesn’t stop there: get ready for big band moments on “Runaway Baby” and “Uptown Funk,” as well as Mars belting his heart out on “Grenade,” sending out the feels on “Marry You,” and turning up the heat on new jam “Versace on the Floor.” Bruno’s show is expected to be one of the hottest tickets of the year.