NYC Rocks

A fresh season for music and fashion.

When September rolls around, the city is perhaps at its most vibrant, with businesspeople hurrying this way and that, couples strolling through Central Park, students of all ages with backpacks in tow and Fashion Week simply takes over. Musical acts from all over the world are performing in New York City this month, from international sex symbols to legendary bands to critical darlings. Here are the big ticket shows of September:

After a six-year hiatus in the U.S., Fashion Rocks struts through Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on September 9 with stars, legends and emerging artists, celebrating the fusion of fashion and music. Superstars Jennifer Lopez and Usher will be joined by global icons KISS and Duran Duran, as well as Miranda Lambert, Pitbull, Nicki Minaj, Enrique Iglesias, The Band Perry, Afrojack, Jennifer Hudson, Luke Bryan and newcomers Rita Ora, MAGIC! and Nico & Vinz. From country to pop to electronic, there is truly something for everyone at this star-studded event hosted by Ryan Seacrest and featuring top supermodels, renowned fashion designers, celebrity presenters, special guests and collaborations that are sure to make headlines. Anything is possible at Fashion Rocks, which launched with its inaugural event in London in 2003. In 2004, the first year in the U.S., Mary J. Blige sang her heart out covering Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart” and Usher was joined by Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro as well as supermodel Naomi Campbell as his guest dancer for a hypnotizing rendition of his hit “Bad Girl.” In 2006, country royalty Faith Hill and Tim McGraw dueted on the powerful romancer “I Need You.” And at the 2007 show, Jennifer Hudson was joined by Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry for an explosive cover of The Beatles’ “Come Together.” If you are unable to snag tickets to this can’t-miss event, Fashion Rocks will air live on CBS at 9PM.

Rock ‘n roll heavyweights delight NYC September 10 when Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers will be joined by Steve Winwood at Madison Square Garden for an evening of big hits from several decades. Tom Petty released his thirteenth album “Hypnotic Eye” in July, his first-ever #1 on the Billboard 200 and he may share some of these new tunes like “American Dream Plan B” and “U Get Me High.” In addition, get ready for national Tom Petty staples “Don’t Do Me Like That,” “Free Fallin'” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have been known to play alongside another Hall of Fame inductee Steve Winwood (of Traffic) during previous tours and performances, so this is likely to happen at MSG. Steve Winwood fans can bet on hearing “While You See A Chance,” “Higher Love” and “Roll with It” and possibly some favorites from the Traffic years. Don’t be surprised if you have a “Breakdown” following this evening of monster hits.

Lorde has made a splash on the world, relatively unknown to Grammy-winning artist in the span of a year. The New Zealand singer-songwriter reigns over New York City this month with three big shows, first at JBL Live at Pier 97 on Hudson River Park on September 14 and takes her own brand of cool to the United Palace Theatre in Washington Heights September 15 and 16. Song of the Year “Royals” off her acclaimed, platinum-selling debut record “Pure Heroine” may have catapulted her to global stardom, though Lorde has additional notches on her belt with more recent hits “Team” and Tennis Court.” What’s more, Lorde will stamp her name even further into the pop culture stratosphere come November when her new song will be the lead single on “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I” soundtrack, a project that will also credit her as album curator. Lorde’s North American tour runs through October with a final stop at the buzzed-about Austin City Limits festival October 10-12.

(Photo credit: Andrew Whitton)