Encore! Encore!

Feel the energy that only a live performance in the Big Apple can produce.


Heavy-hitters play New York in November with two legends whose hits date back to the 60s and 70s while two other well-respected acts offer more current releases. Funk, soul, pop, blues and rock will energize fans from Madison Square Garden to the Beacon Theatre and everywhere in between. British electro-pop band London Grammar entertain at Terminal 5 on 11/11, singer-songwriter Mikky Ekko hits up the Beacon Theatre on 11/18 and rapper B.o.B plays Irving Plaza 11/24. Here are additional must-see live shows happening this month:

Stevie Wonder celebrates the best of his American songbook when he comes to Madison Square Garden on November 6. The Motown-era singer has sold over 100 million albums and singles and is one of the best-selling artists of all time who has won 22 Grammy Awards, the most ever awarded to a male solo artist. Wonder will elevate the crowd with his own brand of funk and soul, with his many adored love songs and of course with the harmonica. From “Fingertips” and “For Once In My Life” in the 60s to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” and “Sir Duke” in the 70s to “Part-Time Lover” and “That’s What Friends Are For” in the 80s, Wonder’s music has crossed generations and remains a timeless roster of songs for many occasions and celebrations. Fans can anticipate some moving moments on the piano and a massive sing-a-long at the Garden with roars that take you off into your own “Higher Ground.”

Usher is a showstopper – a world-class entertainer who is beyond a triple threat. The singer, songwriter, dancer and actor hits Madison Square Garden for “The UR Experience” on November 7 for a night that should not be missed. Usher has proved that he’s not just an R&B singer, venturing over to pop, hip-hop and electronic several times to a welcome response. Fans can expect earlier hits “You Make Me Wanna…” and “My Way” to “U Don’t Have To Call” and “Yeah!” to more recent smashes like “OMG” and “Scream.” The dance routines will be explosive – Usher is one of the few entertainers who has the stamina to perform rigorous dance tricks while also keeping the vocals on point. Usher’s upcoming record “UR” is expected to be released soon so get ready for some new tunes in addition to “Good Kisser” and “She Came to Give It to You.” Beyond Usher’s charisma, solid chops and choreography, it won’t be a surprise if the Garden turns into one big dance party.

Folk-rock blues singer Ray LaMontagne embarks on a three-night residency at the Beacon Theatre November 12, 13 and 14. The New Hampshire singer-songwriter has five albums under his belt and has won over fans with his refined artistry and understated tunes. He’s had numerous tracks featured in TV and cinema, including “ER,” “One Tree Hill,” “House,” “Parenthood” and “Criminal Minds.” In addition to previous hits “Trouble,” “You Are the Best Thing” and folk song “Beg, Steal, Borrow,” expect many songs from his spring release “Supernova,” which was produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. LaMontagne’s show is expected to cross genres from several psychedelic tunes to others with more Western and country influence, as well as the blues, all performed with his warm, raspy tone. Sister/brother pop-rock duo The Belle Brigade and grandchildren of composer John Williams join Ray LaMontagne on all dates.

From “Blowin’ In The Wind” to “Like A Rolling Stone” to “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” Bob Dylan has always had something meaningful to say about the world. One of America’s beloved songwriters and folk singers, Dylan graces the stage for a four-night residency at the Beacon Theatre November 28 and 29 as well as December 1 and 2. With 35 studio albums behind him, anything is possible at this must-see show that spans 1962 to the present and including tunes from his Bootleg Series. Dylan lifers can be sure to hear favorites like “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,” “Hurricane” and “Mr. Tambourine Man.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has been known to wrap up his tours in New York which will likely include some performances of Dylan’s recent release “The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete” from which he could choose any of 138 tracks.

(Photo Credit: Still frame from Usher’s video “Good Kisser” directed by Christopher Sims)