An eclectic mix of music rocks NYC
It may officially be overcoat season, but that should not stop anyone from venturing out to some of the best live music the Big Apple has to offer this month. November finds a host of music legends stopping by including our featured music star Meat Loaf (interview on following pages) who haunts the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on November 11. You can also bet on perfect harmony November 5 when Indigo Girls swoon into the Beacon Theatre, Patti Smith delivers her cool November 10 at the Beacon, Tony Bennett sings November 20 at NYCB Theatre at Westbury and finally Stevie Wonder brings the funk November 24 at Madison Square Garden. Five beautiful female voices shine over NYC including British powerhouse Adele who makes a big return November 17 at Radio City Music Hall, JoJo who makes her pop comeback November 3 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall, R&B diva Angie Stone on November 13 at BB King, Rachael Yamagata November 17 at Webster Hall and Diana Krall on November 22 at the Beacon. Buzzy acts also take over this month including Misterwives November 6 at Terminal 5, Shakey Graves November 11 at Terminal 5, Stephen Kellogg November 14 at Bowery Ballroom, Andrew McMahon and New Politics November 18 at Terminal 5, Young Rising Sons November 22 at Brooklyn Bowl and folk singer Glen Hansard November 30 at Kings Theatre. The electronic sets are heavy as well with many spinning including Seattle duo ODESZA on November 12, 13 and 15 at Terminal 5, Gareth Emery November 14 at Terminal 5, Cedric Gervais November 21 at Marquee and Paul Van Dyk November 27 at Terminal 5. Lastly, the VH1 You Oughta Know Live In Concert event will take place November 12 from The Armory Foundation featuring Miguel, Tori Kelly, Elle King, Hozier, Rachel Platten, X Ambassadors, James Bay and more. Our other top picks for November are the following:
The Eagles’ drummer and co-lead vocalist Don Henley has managed the rare double-dipped music success as one of the founding members of one of the world’s best-selling bands while carving out a solo career that produced a string of equally timeless hits. The Eagles have sold 150 million records and they have one of the best-selling albums of all time, the popular Hotel California. The “Boys of Summer” singer was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and this December Don Henley will receive one of the highest honors in American entertainment, at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors as a member of The Eagles. Henley plays the Beacon Theatre November 2 for a rather special show – his recent album “Cass County” (named for his native Texas county) is the rock legend’s first #1 album on the Billboard 200 as a solo artist – and it’s a completely new direction, mostly country tunes, joined by Nashville and rock royalty such as Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Martina McBride, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, members of the Dixie Chicks, Lucinda Williams, Mick Jagger and more. The album is not too much of a stretch, however, as Henley’s always straddled the line between folky Americana and meaningful pop/rock with his inviting vocal quality. Beyond new highlights such as “When I Stop Dreaming” featuring Parton, “Bramble Rose” featuring Jagger and Lambert, “Too Far Gone” featuring Alison Krauss and Jamey Johnson, “That Old Flame” featuring Martina McBride, Henley can pull from a host of songs such as the poignant “Heart Of The Matter,” reflective “The End Of the Innocence” and uptempo horn-blasting “All She Wants To Do Is Dance,” not to mention some possible renditions of material from The Eagles days.
American blues and psychedelic rock would simply not exist without the Steve Miller Band, who plays the Beacon Theater November 7. The San Francisco rockers have sold more than 60 million records and their #1 album The Joker (and hit song of the same name) celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2014. With a major influence on late 60s/70s culture, the five-piece band offers some of the best harmonies and some of the most memorable melodies of the rock & roll era, not to mention some totally trippy guitar effects and solos. From “Fly Like an Eagle” and “Take the Money and Run,” to the funky “Jet Airliner” to 80s hit “Abracadabra,” their music styles cross the lines of blues, acid rock as well as pop/rock. When the Steve Miller Band plays the opening few seconds of the widely recognizable guitar opening of “Rock ‘N Me” you can expect the place to go wild, hands up and all. Steve Miller Band’s tunes have appeared in numerous films and television shows, from Anchorman 2 to The West Wing, their influence is limitless. They also collaborated with Kenny Chesney in 2010 for the genre-mashing CMT’s “Crossroads.” With major contributions to music that cross generations – and continents – get ready to “keep on rock’n me baby.”
Marina & The Diamonds is led by Welsh pop singer Marina Diamandis who plays two sold-out shows of their “Neon Nature Tour” November 9 and 10 at Terminal 5. Though she’s still relatively unknown to some American audiences, Marina & Co. are three albums deep into their indie-pop and new wave takeover. Obsessed with American culture, Marina’s debut The Family Jewels garnered three Top 40 hits in the UK including “Hollywood,” “I Am Not A Robot” and “Oh No!” in addition to the popular songs “Shampain” and “Mowgli’s Road.” Marina & The Diamonds’ fantasy continued with Marina’s sweet and cheerful alto on Electra Heart with hits “Primadonna” and the down-tempo “Lies.” The band’s most recent release FROOT which brings back much of the colorful and humorous elements of their debut in the vein of ABBA and Queen with songs like the bouncy title track, the dreamy, delicate “I’m A Ruin,” a not-so-down “Blue” and the elegantly-crafted self-empowerment tune “Forget.” The tour will be divided into three acts devoted to each of Marina’s albums, each visually representing those songs, with different costumes. Whether or not concert-goers are familiar with Marina’s tunes, music fans are in for an entertaining evening of colorful visuals, melodies that drown the venue with positive vibes and lots of dancing bodies.
The Weeknd‘s rise to fame seemed almost overnight. The Canadian R&B singer’s 2015 was massive – playing major summer festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza and HARD, the triple-platinum theme song “Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey, a #1 summer smash with “Can’t Feel My Face” and a simultaneous surge to #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with his second studio album Beauty Behind The Madness (he’s the first artist do so since Taylor Swift). The Weeknd’s brand of mystère dawns over the New York metro area with a trifecta of shows including the Prudential Center (Newark, NJ) on November 11, followed by Madison Square Garden on November 16 and Barclays Center on November 18 with “The Madness Fall Tour.” The Weeknd has seen additional success with recent #1 single “The Hills” not to mention the impressive feature on Ariana Grande’s “Love Me Harder.” The Weeknd’s show is expected to be varied, with songs that range from party tracks to down-tempo jams, which allowed him to build his initial fanbase with mixtapes (House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence.) Having collaborated with a who’s who in popular music such as Drake, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Ed Sheeran and more, it’s very possible there will be special guests popping up on the three stages for duets and more.
(Photo Credit: Charlotte Rutherford)