NYC’s Romance With Live Music is Red Hot
Live music is good for the soul and also for the heart, and as we do each month, we have spotlighted some of the top acts to love — or get romantic to this Valentine’s Day season. Rising Nashville duo LOCASH (interview here) returns to the city for their “Ones To Watch Tour” headlining Irving Plaza February 9.
Pop superstar Ariana Grande ignites Madison Square Garden February 23 and 24 with Little Mix and Victoria Monet. The legendary Patti LaBelle sings her heart out February 11 at Kings Theatre, Billy Joel ponders on red or white February 22 at Madison Square Garden, and Motown royalty and The Supremes original Mary Wilson delights at B.B. King Blues Club on February 3.
Electronic trailblazer Tiesto plays his first-ever Brooklyn show February 24 at Brooklyn Hangar, Lauryn Hill gets soulful February 25 at Radio City Music Hall, Michael Bolton belts love songs February 19 at the St. George Theatre, and Lake Street Dive harmonizes February 21 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Elsewhere, Indie Arie shines February 22 at The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Kehlani vibes February 22 at Playstation Theater, SonReal goes off February 24 at Knitting Factory, Rusted Root jams February 23 at Brooklyn Bowl, and pop newcomer Daya causes a commotion February 21 at Irving Plaza. For our other top picks for February, we promise these are better than chocolate and flowers…
Maren Morris – February 2 – Bowery Ballroom
She’s the most-nominated country artist at this month’s Grammys (four total), and her name is Maren Morris. The Texas native, who was also honored as the CMA New Artist of the Year, recently debuted on Saturday Night Live with her two biggest hits so far, the gospel-flavored “My Church” and the urgent, up-tempo “80s Mercedes.” Her “Hero Tour” stops February 2 at Bowery Ballroom.
Having recently wrapped an opening slot on Keith Urban’s tour that hit Barclays Center in the fall as well as a CMT Crossroads special alongside Alicia Keys, Morris is poised to be one of the next great country superstars. With her powerful pipes and sonic diversity crossing soul and pop, Maren Morris is sure to make an impression on the ballad “Wish I Was” and the optimistic “Second Wind,” turn up the heat on “How It’s Done,” and keep the party going with the lively “Rich” and sassy “Sugar.” Fans and newcomers are in for a night of catchy, diverse collection of songs with both pleasant and striking vocals.
The Lumineers – February 2 & 3 – Madison Square Garden
Denver-based indie folk band The Lumineers descend upon Madison Square Garden for their first-ever arena tour, February 2 and 3. Their platinum single “Ophelia,” off the trio’s second album “Cleopatra,” was the top rock radio track in 2016, and the album hit #1 on the Billboard 200.
Comprised of Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz and joined by classically trained cellist Neyla Pekarek in 2009, The Lumineers had a busy 2016 playing twice at The White House, releasing the harmonious, feel-good “Sleep On The Floor,” as well as the vocally sweeping “Angela” and the title track, not to mention previous foot-tapping tune “Stubborn Love” and the five-time platinum-selling signature song “Ho Hey.” With an opening slot on the North American leg of U2’s “The Joshua Tree Tour” coming to MetLife Stadium June 28, The Lumineers have much to look forward to in 2017.
Ladies Night R&B Super Jam – February 9 – Barclays Center
For the romantic types, “Ladies Night R&B Super Jam” returns to Barclays Center on February 9 with some of the top soul, R&B, and rap acts of the 80s, 90s, and beyond including Brian McKnight, Keith Sweat, Eric Benet, Jagged Edge, Dru Hill, Big Daddy Kane, Mario Winans, and Silk. With all this hit-making talent, there could easily be special guests surprising the crowd on duets, especially leading up to Valentine’s Day.
90s mainstay Brian McKnight alone is sure to deliver the feels when he sings “Anytime,” “Back At One,” “One Last Cry” and “Love Is,” the duet he sang with Vanessa Williams. Keith Sweat’s “Twisted” and “Nobody” are likely to appear on the roster as well as Dru Hill’s “How Deep Is Your Love” and “We’re Not Making Love No More,” which are led by group member Sisqo. Eric Benet’s lovely ballad “Spend My Life With You,” originally recorded with Tamia; Mario Winans’ “I Don’t Wanna Know,” which was recorded with Diddy; and of course Big Daddy Kane’s iconic “Smooth Operator” can be expected, as well. No matter the occasion, lovers and fans of this era’s R&B and hip-hop are in for a once-in-a-lifetime moment.
Red Hot Chili Peppers – February 15-18 – Madison Square Garden
When it comes to Los Angeles funk rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, they just “Can’t Stop.” Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees in 2012, the six-time Grammy- winning fearsome foursome, led by charismatic singer Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, return to Madison Square Garden February 15 for a night of over 30 years of hits as well as material from 2016 album “The Getaway,” including recent single “Dark Necessities.”
Fans can expect everything from the foot-tapping ditty “Dani California” to the bright “Snow (Hey Oh)” to the adventurous “By The Way” to the delightful “The Zephyr Song.” Though Red Hot Chili Peppers are expected to play some new material, they will most certainly play a selection of hits such as “Give It Away,” “Californication,” “Scar Tissue,” “Love Rollercoaster,” and their signature ballad “Under The Bridge.” Horn phenom Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue provide support for this date.