Those summer nights, we live for them and save up for them, and there is no shortage of music to keep things grooving all month long. MTV’s 33rd annual Video Music Awards returns to New York on August 28 making their debut live at Madison Square Garden. The biggest names in music head to the Big Apple including our two featured acts, The Go-Go’s who play The Farewell Tour August 13 at Central Park SummerStage as well as New York’s Marc Anthony who debuts at Radio City Music Hall for five nights August 26, 27, 28 (as well as 9/2 and 9/3). Elsewhere, top talent such as Zac Brown Band ignite the fun August 19 at Citi Field, The Lumineers delight August 3 at Celebrate Brooklyn, Aaron Neville inspires August 4 at Brooklyn Bowl, Flume glides into Forest Hills Stadium August 27 and Halsey mesmerizes August 13 at Madison Square Garden. The Afropunk Festival returns to Brooklyn August 27-28 featuring Ice Cube, Janelle Monae, Tyler The Creator, Ceelo Green and more. Some favorite acts from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s are in town as well including YES August 9 at the St. George Theatre, Bruce Springsteen August 23 and 25 at MetLife Stadium, UB40 August 23 at Terminal 5, Rick Springfield at Coney Island Amphitheater on August 18, the Goo Goo Dolls August 12 at Jones Beach and Garbage August 1 at SummerStage. For our other hot picks for the month, look no further…
One of country’s greatest – Brad Paisley takes over Jones Beach Theater August 4 joined by “A Guy Walks Into A Bar” singer Tyler Farr and “Girl In A Country Song” duo Maddie & Tae. A former Entertainer of the Year named by the CMAs and Grand Ole Opry member, Paisley has scored a whopping 19 #1 hits like “Water,” “Old Alabama,” “Mud on the Tires,” “Waitin’ On A Woman” and “We Danced,” amassing a total of 32 Top 10 singles. With Brad Paisley’s southern charm and infectious tunes, it’s always a party when he gets the stage or shares a personal story about one of his songs. A singer, songwriter and guitarist, Paisley has been known to collaborate over the years with everyone from Dolly Parton to Alabama to Demi Lovato, so don’t be surprised if he sings a medley with Tyler Farr and Maddie & Tae.
Drake and Future’s co-headlining Summer Sixteen Tour is one of the hip-hop shows of the season. Booked to play August 4, 5, 6 and 8, Madison Square Garden will be lit up with energy for numerous hits. Canadian rap superstar Drake is on a serious hot streak following up 2015’s “Hotline Bling” with this his frst Hot 100 #1, this year’s “One Dance,” not to mention “Too Good” featuring Rihanna. Drake’s style flows in and out of rapping and singing and will get the crowds moving for “Marvin’s Room,” “Hold On We’re Going Home,” “Started From The Bottom,” “Take Care,” “Best I Ever Had” and “Find Your Love.” Atlanta rapper Future is four albums and six mixtapes deep in his career has made a name for himself with his trap sound and most recent hit “Low Life” featuring The Weeknd, “Turn On The Lights,” “I Won” featuring Kanye West and two songs which are likely to be special collaborations – “Jumpman” and “Where Ya At” – since they both feature Drake. Roy Woodds, DVSN and special guests will appear.
Before Beyonce and Lady Gaga there was Barbra Streisand – a true triple-threat, who returns to her Brooklyn hometown for two shows at Barclays Center August 11 and 13. Streisand’s 35th studio album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway is coming soon and features a Hollywood A-List of talent performing duets including Alec Baldwin, Antonio Banderas, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman Melissa McCarthy, Seth MacFarlane and more, so surprise guests are entirely possible on songs like “Anything You Can Do” and “Pure Imagination.” Having won Oscars, Emmys, Grammys and Tonys over the years, Streisand has six decades of material to pull from, including “Evergreen,” “The Way We Were,” “On My Own” and “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” recorded with Neil Diamond. For a couple hours, fans can expect to be swept away with a timeless songbook of both classic movie tunes and the best of Barbra’s catalog, all in her hometown borough.
Only a select few have dominated the modern country world like Kenny Chesney, who has been honored with the CMA Entertainer of the Year award four times from 2004 – 2008 and he’s known for massive tour sellouts. Chesney is joined August 20 at MetLife Stadium by Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt and Old Dominion for what is sure to be a memorable evening of boots, booze and friendly banter. Ten of his sixteen albums have reached #1 so he’s got a whopping amount of catalog to cover including “The Good Stuff,” “How Forever Feels,” “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven,” “Beer In Mexico” and newer tracks “The Boys of Fall,” “You and Tequila” and “American Kids.” Kenny Chesney’s rocking show promises the hits, special song arrangements and may even include some guests, since Chesney has been known to collaborate with the likes of Tim McGraw, Grace Potter, Dave Matthews, his recent duet “Setting The World On Fire” with Pink and he recently surprised fans at a Billy Joel show in Pittsburgh. Maybe Billy will return the favor.