Summer Soundtrack

July Music Heats Up

It’s barbecue and fireworks season and we have rounded up live music in New York City to accompany. Check out our interviews with superstar Enrique Iglesias who co-headlines with Pitbull July 1 at Madison Square Garden (and June 30) as well as our interview with Zac Brown Band multi-instrumentalist John Hopkins Driskell.

The Total Package Tour continues July 2 at Prudential Center and July 7 at Nassau¬†Coliseum with New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul. LA power-pop band Rooney and LA indie-rockers Run River North play Bowery Ballroom July 5 with ROMES. John Mellencamp rocks Forest Hills Stadium with major forces Emmylou Harris and Carlene Carter July 11, 311 jam out at Hammerstein Ballroom July 11 with New Politics and The Skints. Jill Scott inspires July 12 at King’s Theatre, Beth Ditto smashes Bowery Ballroom July 13 and Rough Trade July 14 and Guster and Dispatch play July 16 at Forest Hills Stadium.

Rock acts Incubus, Jimmy Eat World and Judah & The Lion light up Jones Beach July 19, 80s hitmakers Foreigner and Cheap Trick take over Jones Beach July 20, Southern rocker Chris Stapleton soars July 20 at PNC Bank Arts Center and July 21 at Jones Beach, and MUSE power Jones Beach July 22 with 30 Seconds to Mars and PVRIS. Legendary group Chicago and The Doobie Brothers groove July 23 at PNC Bank Arts Center and July 28 at Jones Beach, country rockstar Brantley Gilbert commands Jones Beach July 27 with Tyler Farr and Luke Combs, Seattle indie-pop artist Jaymes Young delights July 27 at Bowery Ballroom and OneRepublic elevates the crowd July 29 at Jones Beach with Fitz and the Tantrums and James Arthur. For our other impressive choices this month, keep reading…

Panorama Music Festival – July 28-30 – Randall’s Island
Randall’s Island Park is the site of the second installment of Panorama Fest when it lifts off July 28-30, presented by Goldenvoice. Panorama once again promises an eclectic mix including hip-hop, rock, pop, electronic and more with headliners Frank Ocean, Tame Impala and Nine Inch Nails lighting up the night, not to mention sets from Solange, MGMT, Tyler the Creator, Vance Joy, MO, alt-J, Nick Murphy, Belle & Sebastian, Vince Staples, Matoma, So Tukker, A Tribe Called Quest, Justice, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Snakehips, Kiiara, Mura Masa, Bishop Briggs and many more.

The LAB, powered by HP provides an interactive experience and exhibition space for festival-goers with a massive 360 dome theater showcasing installations exclusively by New York City artists, all accompanied by audio. New addition The Point will be at the center of the festival, a day-and-night celebration of DJ culture and electronic music, shaded and misted for all dance party attendees. Food, specialty drinks and craft beers will be on site from locally-sourced restaurants from across the five boroughs and like last year, pass buyers will have free admission to the Queens Museum to view the Panorama exhibit and the rest of the museum. Single day passes and 3-day passes are available for this must attend event.


Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper РJuly 18 РJones Beach
Rod Stewart takes the stage co-headlining with New York’s own Cyndi Lauper July 18 at Jones Beach Theater and July 25 at PNC Bank Arts Center. Sir Rod has sold 200 million records worldwide and has a songbook that spans R&B, new wave, pop and rock with hits including “Maggie May,” “Forever Young,” and “Rhythm of My Heart”. Stewart is the rare artist to score hits in each of the five decades of his career and he’s twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Cyndi Lauper has been a major fixture in the pop music scene since 1983, but she continues to make an
impact, having tackled blues, country and even Broadway. The Grammy, Tony and Emmy-winner has sold over 50 million records and has some of the most memorable songs of the past thirty years including “Time After Time,” “Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” and “True Colors.” With Rod and Cyndi together, it will be a night of monster hits from the 70s, 80s, and beyond by two of the most iconic entertainers in popular music.


Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – July 26 & 27 – Forest Hills Stadium
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers have mesmerized fans from the 1970s on, selling 80 million records worldwide. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers celebrate their 40th anniversary of the band’s self-titled debut album and play July 26 & 27 at Forest Hills Stadium. The evening will be filled with hits like “Learning To Fly,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Free Fallin’,” and more. Petty’s inviting voice, instrumentation that blends rock with folk and blues and lyrics as relatable as apple pie make him a special act to see live.


Linkin Park – July 28 – Citi Field
Linkin Park descend upon Citi Field July 28 for their One More Light Tour celebrating seventh album One More Light, their sixth number one. The Grammy Award-winning band is now among a group of iconic bands to place at the top of the album charts, tied with Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Metallica and the Eagles.

Their smashes like “In The End,” and “Shadow of the Day” are sure to make the set list, and some of their new material as well, including “One More Light,” which they recently dedicated to Chris Cornell. Equal parts aggression and reflection have made Linkin Park a magnetic act to watch over the years.