If you have a particular sweet tooth for live music this month, we’ve got you covered all over NYC. October ushers in some top country talent and a variety of legends across many genres, and also welcomes a new festival. Our music feature on Nile Rodgers can be found here; the co-founder of 70s/80s band Chic headlines his curated event “Freak Out Let’s Dance” October 8 at Forest Hills Stadium with special guests Bette Midler, Earth, Wind & Fire, Village People and more. Earlier in the month (October 2), Rodgers will join David Byrne and Wu-Tang Clan at Roots Picnic, which also runs 10/1 with an impressive two-day roster that includes D’Angelo, John Mayer, X Ambassadors and more.
Green Day is back causing a ruckus at Webster Hall on October 8, Lauryn Hill gets deep October 13 at Radio City with opener Kehlani, Elvis Costello keeps things cool October 1 at Town Hall, Carrie Underwood graces the stage at Madison Square Garden on October 25 and Emmylou Harris is joined by Steve Earle and Patty Griffin October 18 at Town Hall. Jamestown Revival is joined by Nathaniel Rateli & the Night Sweats on October 24 at Bowery Ballroom, Regina Spektor shines October 17 at Town Hall and October 18 at Rough Trade, electronic newcomer Goldroom mesmerizes on October 7 at Terminal 5, it girl Alessia Cara takes over October 4 with Ruth B at Radio City, Sigur Rós charms Radio City on October 5 and The Head and the Heart harmonize October 10 at Terminal 5. Our other top picks for the month are…
The Meadows Festival – Saturday October 1 & Sunday October 2 – Citi Field
Festival season stretches into October this year with the inaugural two-day event The Meadows Music and Arts Festival touching down at Citi Field on October 1 and 2. From the creators of Governors Ball, The Meadows boasts popular headliners Kanye West and The Weeknd as well as other big names like Chance the Rapper, Kygo, Empire of the Sun, Pretty Lights, The 1975 and more. A variety of food vendors and craft cocktails will be on site to satiate and quench appetites beyond music, embracing the culinary diversity of both Queens and New York. With all these big names, let’s hope Kanye pulls something from the now-iconic “Fade” music video with Teyana Taylor and maybe The Weeknd will provide a taste of his upcoming Daft Punk collaboration.
Steely Dan – October 12-29 – Beacon Theatre
70s and 80s New York rock fixture Steely Dan take over the Beacon Theatre with a whopping 10 shows October 12 – 29. The jazz-rock band is known to combine elements of funk and R&B and is certainly “Reelin’ In The Years” being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and selling over 40 million albums since forming in 1972 when “Do It Again” was a major launching pad. Current longtime members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen continue to be known for their multi-instrumental talents and will be joined by recent collaborators Jon Herington (guitar), Keith Carlock (drums), Freddie Washington (bass), Jim Beard (keyboards), a four-piece horn section and three back-up singers. During this particularly special residency, Steely Dan will play previous albums The Royal Scam, Aja, Gaucho and for the first time 1973’s Countdown to Ecstasy in full along with their greatest hits on select nights. From the catchy “Rikki Don’t Lose My Number” to the super-funky “Peg” to falsetto and harmony-filled “Hey Nineteen,” the shows will feature world-class musicianship with devoted NYC fans.
Sia – October 25 – Barclays Center
She’s one of the go-to songwriters of the 2000s (Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” Ne-Yo’s “Let Me Love You”) and has a voice that is unmatched in the pop world. Australian superstar Sia and her aura of mystery and angelic pipes (and of course the wigs) descend upon Barclays Center for the Nostalgic for the Present tour October 25 with R&B smooth-talker Miguel and UK garage duo Aluna George for a night of “Cheap Thrills” and “Chandelier”-shattering vocal magic. Sia made a big splash earlier this year at Coachella when she debuted her impressive stage show. Her uniquely infectious music is a mix of soul, electro-pop and hip-hop and it’s expected to be a night of hits, from “Clap Your Hands” to “Elastic Heart,” “Fire Meet Gasoline” and “Titanium” to the heart-wrenching “Alive.” You’ll want to “Bang Your Head” and wish this night never ended.
Blake Shelton – October 7 & 8 – Barclays Center
It’s been 15 years since Blake Shelton made his debut with the song “Austin,” and the Oklahoma native takes his country charm to Barclays Center for two nights, October 7 and 8. The multiple CMA Male Artist of the Year (2010 – 2014) and 2012 Entertainer of the Year is riding high on recent #1 Country Album “If I’m Honest.” Shelton is the ultimate showman, a solid performer who is expected to play everything from “Hillbilly Bone” to “Drink On It” to “Sangria,” but who is also a guy with a sense of humor and the ability to tell a story. Shelton collaborated with many in the past like Trace Adkins, Ashley Monroe, Cassadee Pope and Gwen Stefani, so anything is possible. From “God Gave Me You” to “Neon Light” to “Some Beach,” Shelton has party songs and ballads to make it a memorable evening whether you attend with all the clarity in the world or your mission is the song “Came Here To Forget.”