Get your groove on at these can’t-miss summer concerts.
Grab your sunglasses and comfortable shoes if you plan on seeing live music this month, it’s looking like a hot one. From outdoor festivals to stadiums and everything in between, the mega-stars are in town and so are some of the biggest names right now. Dave Matthews Band plays Jones Beach on June 9, Mumford & Sons harmonize June 2 and 3 at MCU Park on Coney Island and neo-soul singer D’Angelo inspires along with blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr. June 21 at Forest Hills Stadium. New Kids On The Block step into Madison Square Garden June 21 and 22 with TLC and Nelly, while Bryan Adams swoons over the Beacon Theatre June 22. Tim McGraw will be joined by Billy Currington June 11 at Jones Beach, Bette Midler knocks socks off June 25 and 26 at Madison Square Garden and The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson delights June 30 at Jones Beach. If these acts aren’t enough, check out our other picks for live music in June:
Tennessee has Bonnarroo. Southern California has Coachella. New York has Governors Ball. The biggest summer music festival in town takes over Randall’s Island June 5-7 boasting a combination of major acts as well as legends, mixed in with other trending artists of almost every genre. When it comes to big, it doesn’t get much bigger than Drake, Lana Del Rey, Deadmau5 and The Black Keys. Florence + The Machine plays as well – she has more appearances at U.S. festivals than any other artist. Add the legendary, established acts who are still at it like Bjork and one of the Oasis brothers, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Top it off with acts breaking left and right, turning up the heat on the airwaves and quickly becoming names for themselves like electro-funk duo Chromeo, sassy British pop star Charli XCX, alternative ingenue St. Vincent, folk-pop artist Vance Joy, BRIT-winning rock band Royal Blood and UK house duo Gorgon City. Other notable performers to look out for are Mayer Hawthorne, The Decemberists, Hot Chip, Sbtrkt, Big Gigantic, Marina & The Diamonds, Priory and Flying Lotus.
Nobody saw this one coming: Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga together on a record, but they are matched better than peanut butter and jelly. Their album, “Cheek To Cheek” debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and was also the #1 Traditional Jazz Album of 2014. Bennett and Gaga will take their jazz standards live for a rare four-night residency at Radio City Music Hall June 19, 20, 22 and 23. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga have been celebrated for years, but on different musical galaxies, however the standards brought their love of singing and duetting together. This show is especially symbolic as both Bennett and Gaga are native New Yorkers, singing the American Songbook, from Irving Berlin to Cole Porter, Duke Ellington to George Gershwin to Oscar Hammerstein II. “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” “Anything Goes” and “Nature Boy” are just a few favorites to listen up for. It’s quite possible the pair will sing some of Bennett’s other career-making tunes such as “Because Of You” and “I Left My Heart In San Francisco.” And keep your ears open – it is possible Ms. Poker Face will share special renditions of favorite tracks – don’t count out a duet of “Bad Romance” or “You And I,” not to mention “The Lady Is A Tramp” cover Lady Gaga recorded on Tony Bennett’s “Duets II” album. Don’t miss this very special once-in-a-lifetime tour.
Country music is bigger than ever, so of course the biggest city in the country needs its own three-day festival. FarmBorough boots up June 26-28 at Randall’s Island with Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley as the big three party headliners. Newly-crowned ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan will fire up the crowd with his string of hits, from “Play It Again” to “Drunk On You” to “Country Girl (Shake It For Me).” Brad Paisley, who’s been at it for 16 years racking up just about every award at the CMAs and ACMs not to mention multiple Grammys has an even larger catalog to pull from including “Mud On The Tires,” “We Danced” “American Saturday Night” and “Beat This Summer.” CMA Single of the Year “Drunk On A Plane” singer Dierks Bentley has had his fair share of massive country hits as well; you can expect to hear “Feel That Fire,” “Come A Little Closer” and “Home.” We recommend getting there early for all the acts. Listen up for Randy Houser’s “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” and “How Country Feels,” Joe Nichols’ “Gimme That Girl” and “Sunny and 75,” Kip Moore’s “Hey, Pretty Girl,” Dustin Lynch’s “Where It’s At (Yep, Yep),” rising duo Maddie & Tae’s “Girl In A Country Song,” RaeLynn’s “God Made Girls” and newcomer Mickey Guyton’s “Better Than You Left Me.” Also look out for country pioneer Dwight Yoakam, songwriter to the stars Brandy Clark, Canaan Smith, Jon Pardi, Cassadee Pope and Charlie Worsham. See event schedule for dates and times.
Shania Twain is more than a singer and recording artist, she is an entertainer. She is the only female artist to have three consecutive albums certified Diamond by the RIA, with “Come On Over” selling 40 million copies worldwide – it’s the best-selling female artist of all time, remaining on the charts for two years. After becoming a massive attraction in Las Vegas with her “Shania: Still The One” residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Twain takes her new “Rock This Country Tour” to Madison Square Garden on June 30, her first tour in 11 years, also reportedly her farewell outing. A native Canadian, Shania’s hits have piled up over just four albums that have sold a combined 75 million worldwide and she’s done so by starting out as a sassy, country girl next door with something to say, to a global megastar with something to say, from “Any Man Of Mine” to “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!” Though earlier hits like “You Win My Love” and “Love Gets Me Every Time” proved her songwriting sensibility and authenticity, it wasn’t until 1998 single “You’re Still The One” when Shania’s career hit the masses, crossing her into pop. Her career trajectory skyrocketed from there with ballad “From This Moment On” followed by more up-tempo songs that solidified her vixen status like “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” and “Up!” Twain continued to release poignant, timeless ballads like “She’s Not Just A Pretty Face” and “Forever And For Always.” The charisma, vocal quality and hits speak for themselves when it comes to Shania Twain – she isn’t simply a country icon, she’s a musical icon. Gavin DeGraw will support Shania Twain on the tour’s U.S. leg starting with this New York date.
NYCM: What if anything will be special to you Shania about playing the Rock This Country Tour in New York City? Country music has become a dominant force in the music world the past 3-5 years and New York has more country shows and even radio stations and a first-ever festival happening this year. What does it mean to headline Madison Square Garden after a massive residency in Las Vegas?
Shania Twain: Well New York is a highlight for me – Madison Square Garden being a venue that most artists certainly feel honored to play. It’s a historic building and it’s a highlight. New York City itself is always fun for me to visit. I enjoy the city. So I’m excited about it, I’m going to take some extra days there. I’m going to make the most of playing with New York. Madison Square Garden is a career highlight as a performing artist.
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