As Phoebe Buffay stated in season 10 of Friends, “There’s no greater gift than the gift of music.” And who are we to argue with one of the most beloved fictional New Yorkers to ever exist?

This year, ditch the sweaters and candles for a gift your friends and family will actually enjoy and remember for years to come – the gift of live music. There are literally hundreds of shows in the next few months to choose from across the NY metro area, but we pulled a handful to get your gears turning.

For the one who wore cowboy boots to Thanksgiving and is already counting down the days until Stagecoach 2020:

Little Big Town
January 17 & 18
Apollo Theater, New York, NY

Treat the country fan in your life to see this country quartet as they set out to support their latest album, Nightfall. The album happens to come out on the same night as their opening show at the Apollo Theater, so it’s sure to be a special evening for all.

Tickets start at $39.

Get your tickets to see Little Big Town at the Apollo Theater

Lee Brice
February 14
NYCB Theatre, Westbury, NY

With summer anthems like “Parking Lot Party” to tearjerkers like “I Drive Your Truck,” country singer Lee Brice is sure to take his audience on a musical and emotional journey throughout his upcoming tour. And with a catalog full of love songs like “Love Like Crazy” and “I Don’t Dance,” it’s an added bonus that this show happens to fall on Valentine’s Day.

Tickets start at $59.

Get your tickets to see Lee Brice at the NYCB Theatre

For the one who wears vintage band tees, and actually listens to the bands:

January 4
Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

Rock music fans will love playing air guitar solos to the live soundtrack of guitar guru Ron Thal, better known in the music scene as Bumblefoot, a former lead guitarist for Guns N’ Roses and the current lead singer and guitarist for Asia.

Tickets start at $20.

Get your tickets to see Bumblefoot at Dingbatz

For the one who thrives on finding and supporting the freshest female frontwomen:

Grace Potter
February 1
Beacon Theater, New York, NY

This sultry songstress just released her third album, Daylight, after a four-year hiatus, and it was totally worth the wait. While her voice and songwriting are worth seeing on their own, it’s Grace’s mesmerizing performance skills that will steal the show.

Tickets start at $30.

Get your tickets to see Grace Potter at the Beacon Theater

Dana Fuchs
February 8
Daryl’s House, Pawling, NY

A resident of NYC, this powerhouse singer has made a name for herself across Manhattan, pleasing the ears of music lovers of all genres. From rock to blues to funk to country – she slays it all. She’ll particularly appeal to the ‘60s rock crowd, as she’s known for playing Janis Joplin in the hit musical Love, Janis, as well as Sadie in the Beatles-themed blockbuster, Across the Universe.

Tickets start at $30.

Get your tickets to see Dana Fuchs at Daryl's House

For the one who still jams out to early 2000s mixtapes on their commute:

Citizen Cope
December 26 – The Capitol Theater, Port Chester, NY
December 28 – The Wellmont Theater, Montclair, NJ

When it comes to being a fan of Citizen Cope, similarly to the lyrics of his hit song “Sideways,” – these feelings won’t go away … even after a seven-year hiatus. This eternally cool singer, songwriter and producer is back to promote his recent release Heroin and Helicopters.

Tickets start at $29.

Get your tickets to see Citizen Cope Here

G. Love & Special Sauce
January 23 – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY
January 26 – The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ

It’s been a while since we’ve heard new music from G. Love – but that’s about to change. He recently released his first single, “Go Crazy” (ft. Keb’Mo’) off his upcoming release, The Juice. We imagine this show will be a mix of his new tunes and the fun, funky throwbacks that made us fall in love with him back in the beginning of the millennium..

Tickets start at $32.50.

Get your tickets to see G. Love & Special Sauce Here

Didn’t find quite the perfect match? We still have you covered – browse hundreds of additional local shows here.