Summertime Madness

A Crazy Number of Noise-Makers are Headed for New York

Whether you’re in the thick of vacation or staycation season or not, August has marquee names and exciting newcomers taking the stages all across New York and surrounding areas. Our featured musical act YES headlines Ford Theater at Coney Island August 11 and August 12 at PNC Bank Arts Center with Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy (interview here).

Dave Chappelle scheduled a rare 14-date residency from August 1-24 at Radio City Music Hall with talent that includes Chance the Rapper, Lauryn Hill, Childish Gambino, Erykah Badu, The Roots, comedians Chris Rock, Trevor Noah, and Ali Wong, and more. AMERICANAFEST, which started in late July, continues this month with Roots of American Music Weekend August 12-13 at Lincoln Center with Bonnie Raitt, The Jayhawks, Flaco Jimenez, Amanda Shires, and more. Billboard Hot 100 Music Fest touches down August 18 & 19 at Jones Beach Theater with so many stars including Big Sean, Zedd, Demi Lovato, Major Lazer, Marshmello, Camila Cabello, DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, Bea Miller, 3lau, Bebe Rexha, Phoebe Ryan, Tinashe, and Party Favor. Afropunk lights up Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn August 26 & 27 with Gary Clark Jr., Michael Kiwanukua, Raphael Saadiq, Thundercat, Willow Smith, Sampha, Dizzee Rascal, Macy Gray, SZA, and many more.

Kings of Leon are joined by Nathaniel Rateli and the Night Sweats August 1 at Jones Beach, London Grammar soothes August 1 at Brooklyn Steel, Coldplay starts a party August 1 with AlunaGeorge and Izzy Bizu at MetLife Stadium, and J. Cole and Anderson .Paak inspire August 1 and 2 at Barclays Center followed by August 5 at The Coliseum.

Nashville pop/rock band Elliot Root shines  August 1 at Mercury Lounge, soul newcomer Rag’N’Bone Man delights August 2 at Webster Hall, singer Grace Mitchell plays Mercury Lounge August 2, Joshua Radin is joined by Rachael Yamagata August 9 at Irving Plaza, and indie rockers The Revivalists play Central Park SummerStage August 10. Lifehouse and Switchfoot rock Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island on August 12, Goo Goo Dolls and Phillip Phillips uplift August 13 at Jones Beach, Mary J. Blige powers up Ford Amphitheater August 18 and August 19 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, John Mayer is joined by Dawes and The Night Game August 23 at Jones Beach, and Marc Anthony dances into Madison Square Garden on August 26. For our other top picks for the month, keep reading…


Blondie and Garbage – August 1 – Beacon Theatre
New wave/punk band Blondie and 90s rock band Garbage co-headline the Rage and Rapture Tour this summer, playing August 1 at the Beacon Theatre. 70s/80s band Blondie, led by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, has caused a stir due to their eclectic mix of disco, pop, reggae, and more with their infectious hits “Heart of Glass,” “Call Me,” The Tide Is High,” and “Rapture.” The band has a recent album, Pollinator, which will likely showcase new songs “Long Time,” “Fun,” and possibly some others. Garbage, led by Shirley Manson, mixes alternative with grunge and electronic and will surely play their hits “Stupid Girl,” “#1 Crush,” Queer,” and “Push It.” Garbage also continues to release new records like 2016’s Strange Little Birds.


Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey
August 19
Madison Square Garden

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey, two of the most successful hit makers on the planet join forces this summer for the All the Hits Tour, making stops August 18 at the Prudential Center and August 19 at Madison Square Garden. Collectively, Richie and Carey have some of the most lasting songbooks in popular music, from Richie’s “All Night Long (All Night)” to “Angel” to his Commodores hits like “Brick House” and “Three Times a Lady.” Carey is a powerhouse in her own right, with #1s and smashes that range from “Emotions” to “Heartbreaker” to “One Sweet Day” to “Hero.” All the Hits is expected to be part dance party, part ballad sing-a-long, with countless tunes that rose to the top in the 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond.


Justin Bieber – August 23 & 24 – MetLife Stadium He’s one of the most talked about entertainers out there, riding high with one of the songs of the summer, “Despacito.” We are of course talking about Justin Bieber. He’s featured on the Latin pop song by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, not to mention his other recent #1 with DJ Khaled, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne, “I’m The One,” and the David Guetta track “2U.” The former child star has emerged with adult fare that is as popular as it is catchy, playing hits that include the timeless ballad “Love Yourself,” as well as bangers “Sorry,” “Where Are U Now,” “What Do You Mean?,” and older material like “Beauty and a Beat,” “One Time,” “Boyfriend,” “Baby,” and “Never Say Never.” The Purpose World Tour is hitting stadiums all summer including MetLife Stadium on August 23 & 24. The Biebs will be electrifying the stage with his vocals, choreography, and charm and reminding fans why he’s the first artist to reach 10 billion views oSn VEVO for all his music videos.



Lady Gaga – August 28 & 29 – Citi Field 
She brought her “Bad Romance” to the Super Bowl earlier this year and introduced a new R&B sound with “The Cure” at Coachella – and next Lady Gaga is closing in on Citi Field August 28 & 29 for her Joanne World Tour. The pop diva has nearly done it all in nine years: performed at The Academy Awards, recorded a duets album with Tony Bennett, collaborated with Beyoncé on “Telephone” and performed alongside Elton John. From “You And I” to “Poker Face” to “Alejandro,” Lady Gaga has proved she is a master of defying sound and genre, shifting her sound from electro-pop to art-rock to folk while remaining one of the most provocative entertainers on the planet. The “Born This Way” singer will impress from her vocals to dance moves to getting real with the crowd, making you forget everything and remind you to “Just Dance.”

*At the time of print Justin Bieber had not yes canceled the tour