Major Acts in Bloom This Month
April’s live music scene is loaded with comebacks and breakouts. Piano-pop act Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness is back on tour headlining Webster Hall April 11 with Night Riots and Atlas Genius, and he also happens to be our featured musical act. Also check out our interviews with French indie-pop sensation Jain, who shines at Bowery Ballroom on April 6, and rock band the Pretenders, who join Stevie Nicks on tour April 2 at the Prudential Center and April 6 at The New Coliseum, as well as a headlining show April 3 at Terminal 5.
Tony Bennett croons at The Space at Westbury (formerly Westbury Theatre) on April 14 and 15, Diana Ross grooves over at New York City Center April 24-26, new wave band New Order lights up Radio City Music Hall April 13, PJ Harvey rocks Brooklyn Steel on April 20, and metal heads Def Leppard are joined by Poison and Tesla at The New Coliseum April 15. Big Sean goes hard April 11 at Radio City, Aimee Mann plays Town Hall on April 22, songwriting siren Brandy Clark delights with Charlie Worsham April 20 at City Winery, Galantis light up Hammerstein Ballroom April 6 and 7, folk duo Penny & Sparrow illuminate Rough Trade April 30, and electronic duo Sofi Tukker kick up the heat April 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Here are the rest of our other top picks of the month…
Idina Menzel – April 7 – Nassau ColiseumIdina Menzel, one of the greatest living voices of stage and screen, bursts into The New Coliseum April 7 for a night of hits and new pop material from fifth album Idina. From Rent and Wicked to If/Then and Frozen, which includes the Oscar- and Grammy- winning monster hit “Let It Go,” fans can expect a night of nostalgia and powerhouse vocals from Ms. Menzel.
Idina’s solo material like ballad “Brave” and pop tune “Gorgeous,” as well as iconic Broadway songs, are sure to appear on the set, from If/Then’s “You Learn To Live Without” to Rent’s “Take Me or Leave Me” to Wicked’s “Defying Gravity.” Past and present, standards to pop, Menzel has the ability to turn songs into anthems, and on the new record the uplifting song “I See You” about those without a voice, the baring- it-all love song “Show Me,” the female-empowerment tune “Queen Of Swords” and the acoustic-pop “Nothin’ In This World” showcase Idina’s appeal as a contemporary singer. (Photo Credit: Warner Bros Records)
John Mayer – April 5 – Madison Square Garden
Blues-rock singer-songwriter John Mayer is back on the road with The Search for Everything Tour playing Madison Square Garden on April 5, his first since 2013’s Born and Raised World Tour. His recent releases of the same name put out earlier this year in three installments include lead single “Love on the Weekend,” the introspective ballad “Changing,” and the funky “Moving On and Getting Over.”
Comforting vocals aside, Mayer is one of the top guitarists of his generation, so fans can expect some spontaneity in the set, which is sure to include hits “Your Body is a Wonderland,” “Gravity,” “Waiting on the World to Change,” “Bigger Than My Body,” “Why Georgia,” and “Clarity.” Mayer will also appear June 24 as part of Dead & Company with Bob Weir (guitar, Grateful Dead), Mickey Hart (drums, Grateful Dead) and Bill Kreutzmann (drums). L.A. band The Record Company opens. (Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfells)
Steve Winwood – April 20 – Beacon Theatre
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy- winning English singer-songwriter Steve Winwood plays two area shows including The Space at Westbury April 20 and the Beacon Theatre April 21. While the longtime soloist is expected to play some of his whopping 80s hits, he also has notable material from his years with Traffic, The Spencer Davis Group, and Blind Faith (along with Eric Clapton). On the solo side, fans can expect to hear “Valerie,” “Higher Love” (which included back-up vocals from Chaka Khan), “The Finer Things,” “Roll With It,” “Back in the High Life,” and “While You See a Chance.”
Longtime fans may get some versions of earlier material such as Blind Faith’s 1969 anthem “Can’t Find My Way Home,” Traffic’s “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush,” and The Spencer Davis Group’s organ- pulsing anthem “Gimme Some Lovin’.” Winwood is a multi-instrumentalist, so whether he’s on the organ, guitar, or just belting out with his inviting tenor, it’s always a night to remember.
Bon Jovi – April 7 & 8 – Madison Square Garden
One of the tri-state area’s biggest bands, Bon Jovi, swings into Madison Square Garden for a pair of shows April 7 and 8 as part of their This House Is Not for Sale Tour. The Grammy-winning New Jersey rock band emerged in 1986 with #1 smashes “You Give Love a Bad Name” and “Livin’ on a Prayer” and never looked back, having sold 130 million albums worldwide.
A career’s worth of hits followed in the 80s, 90s, and 2000s, making Bon Jovi one of the top bands in the world with songs like “I’ll Be There for You,” “Bad Medicine,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” “It’s My Life,” “Always” and “Have A Nice Day.” Newer material “Labor Of Love” and the title track “This House Is Not for Sale” will definitely be a welcome addition to the monster hits of the past. (Photo Credit: Norman Jean Roy)