Music Madness

June is Jammed With Must-See A-list Concerts

Dixie Chicks (Photo Credit Oliver Halfin)

Dixie Chicks

The summer music season takes off with big sharks coming out to play, from global icons to groundbreaking bands. NYC electronic duo The Knocks (interview on the following pages) kick up the heat with a performance June 4 at The Governors Ball Music Festival, which runs June 3-5 and also features top talent including The Killers, Kanye West, and Robyn. Beyonce brings her hot sauce and fiery moves to Citi Field June 7 and 8, new wave band The Cure sweeps into Madison Square Garden June 18-20, Dave Matthews Band charms fans June 21 at Jones Beach and Florence + The Machine get heavenly June 14 and 15 at Barclays Center. The legends are in town this month too – Dolly Parton plays her first NYC show in 25 years at Forest Hills Stadium on June 25, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Peter Frampton rock Jones Beach on June 5, The Eagles’ Joe Walsh and Bad Company delight June 14 at Jones Beach, Sting and Peter Gabriel take over Madison Square Garden June 27 and Grateful Dead supergroup Dead & Company are joined by John Mayer June 25 and 26 at Citi Field. Selena Gomez sashays June 1 at Barclays Center and June 2 at Prudential Center, rapper B.o.B hits Highline Ballroom on June 15, Mayer Hawthorne turns up the funk June 24 at Terminal 5, PVRIS rock Webster Hall June 8, and Panic! At The Disco and Weezer cause a commotion at Jones Beach on June 30. For the other top talent this month, look no further…

Country trio Dixie Chicks have taken a much-deserved break from the music world, but on June 13 the Grammy Award-winning divas return to Madison Square Garden for a memorable night of hits and storytelling. Having just added more dates with over 50 in North America this summer, Martie Erwin Maguire, Emily Erwin Robison and lead singer Natalie Maines join forces again for the DCX MMXVI Tour which recently wrapped in Europe and has included a timely Prince cover as well as others by Lana Del Rey, Beyonce, Bob Dylan, Ben Harper and of course their career-defining remake of Stevie Nicks’ “Landslide.” The top-selling female band of all time and biggest selling country group in the U.S. is ready to make nice again with fans with their outspoken, Grammy-winning “Not Ready To Make Nice” as well as other memorable hits like “Wide Open Spaces,” “Travelin’ Soldier,” “Goodbye Earl,” “Cowboy Take Me Away” and “Cold Day in July.” With timeless songs, beautiful harmonies and violins, the Dixie Chicks will impress again and remind many that there probably wouldn’t be a Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood or Miranda Lambert without their musical contributions and unapologetic views.

Three albums deep, with most recent album Wilder Mind, Mumford & Sons turned up the rock after years of folk-friendly fare. The British band plays Forest Hills Stadium on June 16 for a night that combines their newly amped-up sound as well as previous tunes on banjo and mandolin. The Grammy-winning band (won 2013 Album of the Year: Babel) are sure to play smash “I Will Wait” as well as other hits “Little Lion Man,” “The Cave,” “Hopeless Wanderer,” “The Wolf” and “Believe.” The appeal of Mumford & Sons’ live show is their instrumentation and glorious harmonies – lead singer Marcus Mumford plays guitar, mandolin and drums, Winston Marshall plays banjo, bass, electric and acoustic guitars, Ben Lovett provides vocals, plays accordion, guitar and percussion and Ted Dwane plays double bass, bass guitar and provides vocals. Fans are in for a night of rock, blues and folk with plenty of time for improvisation from one of the most globally-adored bands of the past ten years. Keep in mind, the last time Mumford & Sons were in the U.S. they were joined on stage by Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and the legendary T Bone Burnett as special guests.

Disclosure have been in the fast lane the past few years, starting with the help of Sam Smith’s now-anthemic vocal on “Latch.” The UK duo, brothers Howard & Guy Lawrence have assembled a dream team of collaborators with a number of catchy dance-ready anthems, some of which include Mary J. Blige, AlunaGeorge, London Grammar and Lorde. The in-demand duo were booked to play Coachella, Glastonbury and Lollapalooza to name a few and stop at Forest Hills Stadium on June 18. The Grammy-nominated bros have brought back UK garage with a slick groove and the top vocalists in the world, and have a mesmerizing show that will surely include hits like “White Noise,” “Help Me Lose My Mind,” “Omen,” “Bang That” and “Magnets.” Prior to launching a new residency at Las Vegas’ LIGHT nightclub, Disclusure are embarking on their select-city “Wild Life” tour which includes performances in New York from Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Mobb Deep, Dusky and Justin Jay. Coming off their debut at Madison Square Garden in October, this slightly smaller venue is sure to be the spot once Disclosure return.

Ellie Goulding‘s rise to pop greatness has made her one of the most important voices in modern music, having performed alongside Andra Day at this year’s Grammys and coming off some of the biggest hits of her career. The UK songbird plays her “Delirium World Tour” at Madison Square Garden on June 21 following a Grammy win for her song “Love Me Like You Do” from the film Fifty Shades of Grey and is expected to perform everything from breakthrough “Lights” to most recent single “Something In The Way You Move,” not to mention the ubiquitous dance anthems “Burn” and Calvin Harris banger “I Need Your Love.” Ellie’s biggest spectacle to date will include costume changes, choreography and some fierce stage presence on par with what she delivered at last year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Beyond the glitz and uptempo material, Ellie’s angelic voice will capture the entire room best on her stirring ballads, so listen up for these emotional peaks.

Photo Credit: Oliver Halfin