The summer comes to a close, but the city is as vibrant as ever as we usher in the fall with some of the most spectacular musicians and talent from around the world.
Global Citizen Festival returns to Central Park for the fifth year with headliners Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Selena Gomez, Metallica, Major Lazer and more on September 24. The I Love The 90s nostalgia tour shakes up the Prudential Center September 1 with Salt-N-Pepa, Vanilla Ice, Tone Loc, Color Me Badd, All-4-One and others. Beyonce lights up MetLife Stadium September 7, Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary September 24 at the Beacon Theatre, AC/DC smashes Madison Square Garden September 14 and Don Henley takes it easy September 21 at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk. Miike Snow mesmerizes September 26 at Radio City, Kanye West inspires September 5 and 6 at Madison Square Garden, Meghan Trainor womans up September 8 and 9 at Radio City and Peter Bjorn and John delight September 21 at Webster Hall. For the other outstanding performers this month, keep reading…
One of the great country/folk songwriters of our time Willie Nelson plays the new Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk September 18. The often outspoken Nelson who was a 1998 Kennedy Center honoree, won the Gershwin Prize for lifetime achievement by the Library of Congress in 2015. From the 50s to the 2010s, Willie has made a major impact on music with his timeless lyrics and catchy melodies like the signature “Always On My Mind,” “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain,” his cover of Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies” and “On The Road Again.” Having appeared in over 30 films, co-authoring a number of books and activism in environmental issues and the legalization of marijuana, Willie Nelson has a lot to say, and his songs will certainly resonate across generations when fans hear some of his banter and stories behind the songs.
Adele plays a whopping six dates at Madison Square Garden – September 19, 20, 22, 23, 25 and 26 to be exact, sending those without tickets “Rolling In The Deep.” The British Grammy-winning soul singer has broken countless records, she has an Oscar and Golden Globe to her name for the Bond theme “Skyfall,” and she’s got the pipes to fill any arena or stadium. Her current inescapable album 25 which birthed the #1 heartbreak anthem “Hello” is sure to be one of the moments to wait for, as well as other powerful ballads “When We Were Young,” “Someone Like You,” “Chasing Pavements” and “Hometown Glory.” Adele’s other fare, a mix of mid-tempo songs like “Rumour Has It,” “Set Fire to the Rain” and “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” should receive just as pleasant a response.
Mr. “Summer of ’69” singer Bryan Adams rocks the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk September 7. The Canadian 80s and 90s pop/rock mainstay has sold 100 million records worldwide and was a major pop culture fixture during his peak, having recorded with an A-list roster of stars including Tina Turner, Barbra Streisand, Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart and Sting. Besides being a fifteen-time Grammy-nominated musician winning a statue for “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” from the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, he is a five-time Golden Globe nominee for his music as well as three-time Academy Award nominee including duet “I Finally Found Someone” which he recorded with Barbra Streisand from The Mirror Has Two Faces. The guitar-playing, gravel-voiced singer has upbeat hits like “Run To You,” “The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You” and “Cuts Like A Knife” but Adams has been known best arguably for his signature ballads such as the Latin-influenced “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?,” power ballad “Please Forgive Me” and the timeless “Heaven,” which has been covered and sampled by others.
British singer-songwriter James Bay takes the stage for the first time headlining Radio City Music Hall on September 30. Bay’s soothing tenor voice launched in a major way when the Brit Awards honored him in 2015 with the “Critics Choice” award, which he then followed in 2016 with Best British Male Solo Artist, not to mention three Grammy nominations this year for the enchanting “Let It Go.” Bay’s debut Chaos and the Calm is action-packed with soul-rock songs that will make for a deeply inspiring night of live music, from “Hold Back The River” to “Scars” to “If You Ever Want To Be In Love.” James Bay’s major appeal is probably the fact that he can emote so much with just his guitar and voice on that stage. Concertgoers can expect moments where you could hear a pin drop and nothing else except the grit in James’ soulful voice.