The Heat Is On

NYC concerts this month are star-spangled awesome

Chris Stapleton (Credit- Becky Fluke)

July heats up in New York City with some of the biggest pop stars and musical legends taking the stage, not to mention a new festival that includes our featured musical act, blues-rock firecracker Grace Potter. Aussie band 5 Seconds of Summer light up Madison Square Garden on July 15, Justin Bieber raises the decibels at Newark’s Prudential Center July 9 followed by July 18 and 19 at Madison Square Garden and Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas join forces for the Future Now Tour July 8 at Barclays Center and July 12 at Prudential Center. Hometown Brooklyn R&B crooner Maxwell performs July 9 at Coney Island Amphitheater Boardwalk, Oasis member Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds delight over at the Beacon Theatre on July 5, Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples inspire July 8 at Forest Hills Stadium and Def Leppard is joined by REO Speedwagon and Tesla at Jones Beach on July 11. Country music “it” man Chris Stapleton will be joined by Brandy Clark July 23 at Forest Hills Stadium, superstar Garth Brooks plays his first show in NYC in nearly 20 years at Yankee Stadium July 9 joined by his wife Trisha Yearwood, and Darius Rucker plays Jones Beach July 24 with Dan + Shay and Michael Ray. Get ready to sweat these other can’t miss events of July…

A trio of rock royalty team up for “Rock Hall Three For All”—Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick—all Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honorees— play Jones Beach July 28. Nostalgia and emotions will run high for all show attendees with a crazy number of hits combined from these superstars. Heart has sold over 35 million records worldwide including smash songs like “Barracuda,” “Never,” “How Can I Refuse,” “What About Love,” “These Dreams,” “Alone” and “Stranded.” Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, known as the Godmother of Punk is arguably known best for breakthrough “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” as well as “Do You Wanna Touch Me,” “Crimson and Clover,” “Bad Reputation,” The Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb” and the rock anthem “I Hate Myself for Loving You.” Rockers Cheap Trick also have a massive following, for years of guitar-pulsing tunes like the timeless “I Want You To Want Me” and “Surrender,” as well as “If You Want My Love,” “The Flame” and “Dream Police.” Heart, Joan Jett and Cheap Trick combined is sure to be the ultimate live rock mixtape.

Panorama Festival orbits into Randall’s Island for its inaugural three-day event July 22 – 24 with some of the biggest names in music, Arcade Fire (Friday), Kendrick Lamar (Saturday) and Brooklyn’s own LCD Soundsystem (Sunday), not to mention highly-anticipated sets from Sia, Alabama Shakes, Major Lazer, Grace Potter (interview in this issue), The National, Daughter, A$AP Rocky, Lindsey Stirling, FKA twigs, Sufjan Stevens, Oh Wonder, DJ Khaled, PJ Harvey, AlunaGeorge, Classixx, Aurora, Flosstradamus, Run The Jewels, Holy Ghost! and Nathaniel Rateli & The Night Sweats. Panorama (produced by Goldenvoice, producers of California festivals Coachella and Stagecoach) promises an event that blends music, art and technology, with 3-day passes available as well as single day tickets and will include tech installations called Future Lab curated by The Verge and a variety of food options under the leadership of Eater critic Robert Sietsema. Panorama Festival borrows its name from a 10,000 square foot to scale model at the Queens Museum, which is providing free admission for each ticket holder. With this many marquee names, get ready for madness.

Guns N’ Roses’ “Not in This Lifetime…Tour” marks the first time since 1993 that Axl Rose, Slash and Du McKagan are joined together on stage. Their North American run kicked off at West Hollywood’s Troubadour with GNR also playing the high-profile Coachella earlier this year, and now they are rocking the region’s largest stadiums including MetLife Stadium July 23 & 24. The LA hard rockers are spreading the love one show at a time with their inescapable hit “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and many others like “Welcome To The Jungle,” “Paradise City,” “Sympathy For The Devil,” “November Rain,” “You Could Be Mine,” their guitar-infused version of Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” and their exhilarating version of Paul McCartney and Wings’ “Live And Let Die.” With 100 million records sold worldwide, and a 2012 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Guns N’ Roses are one of the best-selling rock bands with die-hard fans, so grab a t-shirt, your best bandana and get ready for a wild double-header.

Grammy Award-winning British band Radiohead (three times for Best Alternative Album from 18 total nominations) descend upon Madison Square Garden for shows July 26 and 27. The “Creep” hitmakers have sold 30 million albums worldwide and have a unique spin on alternative rock with elements of electronic, have been covered what seems like in nite times by top artists on albums and competition shows, and even had a hauntingly beautiful and memorable choral version of the song featured in the trailer for 2010’s hit Facebook lm The Social Network. With thirty-plus years of artistry, fans can expect to hear other major hits like the wonderful ballad “High & Dry,” the upbeat “Paranoid Android,” “Karma Police,” “Street Spirit (Fade Out),” “There, There” and percussion-heavy “Reckoner.” Concert- goers will be set for a night of artistry with one of the top rock bands in the world—from high- impact ballads to fantasy-like experimental rock, Radiohead are poised to deliver.