What's Hot: Social Distancing Edition — Week of May 29

What's Hot: Social Distancing Edition — Week of May 29

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It just makes sense that music would be thriving during this whole pandemic. Regardless of the culture, we’ve always been drawn to music during difficult times. It’s cathartic. We can express things we can’t say in words, and we need that now more than ever.

As the world goes online, we’ve only gotten more creative with ways to make music heard and this week’s edition of What’s Hot is a reflection of that. From playing an empty baseball stadium to hosting a DIY talent show, it’s definitely not going to be a boring weekend if you’re open to new experiences.


Banding Together | May 29 | 8 p.m. ET

It seems like every week there’s a new concert benefiting hard-hit musicians and artists, and we’re definitely not complaining. Beyond providing much-needed financial support, these concerts have also been producing some killer lineups that any year of Coachella would be pumped to feature.

This week’s example is Banding Together: A Concert for the Colorado Music Relief Fund. The lineup is an all-star showing of the best roots-rock has to offer, including The Avett Brothers, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Brandi Carlisle, Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, The Lumineers and many more.

Watch Banding Together Here

Streaming Outta Fenway w/ Dropkick Murphys | May 30 | 6 p.m. ET

There’s nothing more “Boston” than Dropkick Murphys, other than Dropkick Murphys playing live in an empty Fenway Park. This weekend they’re hitting the infield for a (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime concert experience supporting the Boston Resiliency Fund, Feeding America and Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston.

Plus, the band will be joined via streaming by their good friend Bruce Springsteen for a few mashup performances. So, get online and show Beantown some love with a show that’s sure to be unique and unforgettable.

Watch Streaming Outta Fenway w/ Dropkick Murphys Here

Open Mic Night NYC | June 1 | 7:30 p.m. ET

For those aspiring performers out there, this is your chance to shine. Every Monday night, Open Mic NYC is hosting a virtual open mic night via Zoom. Literally the only rule is to “keep your clothes on,” but other than that, the internet is your stage.

The weekly event has been getting quite the following since the world went online, and it’s a great opportunity to support up-and-coming musicians. Or, if you have a bit of performance anxiety, it’s also a great chance to dip your toes into the scene within the comforts of your own living room.

Join Open Mic Night NYC Here

Have fun out on the digital frontier!  Follow us on Instagram at @Attendee_Live to stay updated on the latest virtual events.


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What's Hot: Social Distancing Edition — Week of May 22

What's Hot: Social Distancing Edition — Week of May 22

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While most Memorial Day Weekends are spent with some mixture of sun, friends, food and frosty beverages, this one is definitely going to be a bit different – but there are plenty of fun events to fill up your time not spent at the lake or neighborhood barbecue.

As you’re reading through our latest edition of What’s Hot: Social Distancing Edition, we recommend making the most of these three events. Just because you’re home doesn’t mean you can’t dress up, make a nice dinner and maybe even stir up a few cocktails. We could all use a pick-me-up these days, so go ahead and go crazy. We’re bringing the online events—you’re in charge of the party. 

Here are three online events for you to check out this Memorial Day Weekend.


One Earth Live | May 23-24

One Earth Live may seem like a bit of a hippy feel-good fest, but we think everyone could use a little more of those vibes in their life right now. This two-day festival is absolutely packed with musicians, speakers and…yoga instructors (why not!) to fill up your weekend. It’s completely online, with nine different “stages” that will stream live during the event.

Appearances include John Butler, Michael Franti, Nahko, Trevor Hall, Appalachia Rising and many, many more. Plus, proceeds from the event will support artists affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Watch One Earth Live Here

The Virtual Beer Festival | May 22, 23 | 10 p.m. ET

If you’re thinking a music and yoga festival sounds a little bit too chill for your Memorial Day Weekend, allow us to counter with The Virtual Beer Festival. Yep, it’s going to be as awesome as it sounds. Some of the West Coast’s most formidable breweries are grouping up for tours, tastings, games, comedy and more. It’s all hosted by comedian Andy Milonakis.

Breweries for the event include Stone, Bivouac, Modern Times, Pacific Islander, Alesmith, Resident, Thorn, Mother Earth, Pizza Port and Burgeon. For west-coasters, the festival will actually ship you a case of beer to enjoy along with the event. For those on the East Coast, though, try picking up a few of these breweries’ staple beers at your local liquor store if you’re comfortable.

Watch The Virtual Beer Festival Here

National Memorial Day Concert | May 24 | 8 p.m. ET

Just because we can’t be with all of our friends and family this Memorial Day doesn’t mean we can’t reflect on the true purpose of the holiday. Tune into Facebook, Instagram or PBS to stream this year’s National Memorial Day Concert.  

This patriotic event will feature appearances from Joe Mantegna, Gary Sinise, Cynthia Erivo, Trace Adkins, Sam Elliott, Laurence Fishburne, the National Symphony Orchestra and more. No matter your political affiliation, this is the perfect opportunity to reflect on what unites us all as Americans.

Watch The National Memorial Day Concert Here

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5 Reasons To Attend Online Concerts

5 Reasons To Attend Online Concerts

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As the nation grows quiet across many cities, including the NYC metropolitan area, the online music community has grown louder than ever with online concerts. But, as a concert attendee, it can be difficult to make the jump.

Concerts, at their best, are a shared experience. The entire point is to enjoy the music and the performances alongside other people. Otherwise, we would’ve been sitting at home watching Facebook Live concerts all along. So, as we #stayathome it’s easy to be a little cynical about online concerts …  but we’re here to convince you otherwise.

No one knows when the world will go back to normal, so we can’t sit at home hoping our favorite musician will come through town. But, we can experience great music online. Instead of passively waiting for things to change, let’s make the most of our circumstances. Here are five reasons why you should be attending online concerts.


Listen For The Greater Good

If you’re reading this, then chances are you’re a fan of good music. If you want that music to continue after this whole pandemic blows over, then we all need to be supporting the artists we love right now. Many online concerts are organized to promote foundations that support artists and venues who are struggling, so by buying tickets to online events, we can help to ensure that they’ll be in business when the world opens back up again.

Discover New Artists

Ultimately, buying a ticket to an unknown artist’s concert is a bit of a risk. You’re spending your money and dedicating an entire evening (or even weekend) to it. But, online concerts are low stakes. Most of them are either free or just a fraction of the cost of a live concert ticket. So, go bananas. Think outside the box. This is your chance to experience new live music that you never would’ve tested out before.

Broaden Your Horizons

In the pre-pandemic era, you were limited to concerts that came through the NYC metropolitan area, or how much you could afford to spend on a plane ticket. But, nearly every artist who’s trying to stay afloat these days has gone digital, so you’re getting to experience live music from musicians who maybe travel regionally, or have residencies in a certain city. If anything, online concerts have no geographical limitations, so you may as well use that to your advantage.

Get Personal

It’s one thing to see Miley Cyrus light up Madison Square Garden, but it’s another thing to hear her sing from her living room. This pandemic is unique because it affects everyone – we’re all stuck inside. So, you’re getting a glimpse into these artists’ lives that is entirely unique, and (hopefully) won’t ever happen again. Many of these concerts are stripped-down acoustic events, and that is a wholly different version of the stadium-packed concerts we’re used to, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Spread Some Joy

In-person concerts are a community experience that we’re missing greatly right now. So for now, we have online concerts. These events give us a chance to have a mutual experience with our friends and peers; it gives us something to talk about and reflect on. In other words, it brings much-needed joy into our lives. Sure, it may not be the real thing, but it’s still a thing. For that, we should be thankful.


As we mentioned before, most online concerts are free or relatively inexpensive, so it couldn’t hurt to give them a try. Here are a few upcoming concerts that are worth your time: 

May 23: Ben Folds Saturday Apartment Requests | 7 p.m. ET

May 25: Grace Potter Monday Night Twilight Hour | 9 p.m. ET

May 27: We Found New Music Livestream | 9:30 p.m. ET

May 29: Pitchfork Listening Club: Christine and the Queens | 5 p.m. ET

May 29: Royal Albert Home Sessions: Imogen Heap

Ongoing: Kitchen Covers with Drew Holcomb

Ongoing: #StayHome Cantina Sessions with Ryan Bingha

Ongoing: Weir Wednesdays with the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir

Ongoing: Pickathon’s Concert a Day Series


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What’s Hot: Social Distancing Edition — Week of May 14

What's Hot: Social Distancing Edition — Week of May 14

featured photo: Emily Ranquist

Based on the number of online streaming events this week, it seems like we might be starting to get into a rhythm across the country. Sure, we all want to gather in person. But, while #stayathome is a real thing, different artists and organizations are certainly making the most of it. That’s why we’re back with three online events you definitely don’t want to miss this week. 

It’s easy for things to get monotonous when you’re spending more time sitting around the house. But, each of these events represents our new version of getting out of the bubble. Just because things are happening online doesn’t mean you can’t go on a new adventure. So, for this week, try something new because you never know what you might find—even online.


The New Gig | May 14, 8 p.m. ET

You free tonight? Definitely make time for the Jazz Foundation of America’s #TheNewGig, a concert aimed to generate revenue for musicians and venues who’ve been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. This event is a star-studded online festival, featuring musical appearances from Jon Batiste, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello and many more. It’s hosted by Keegan-Michael Key and features appearances from Bootsy Collins, Danny Glover, Bruce Willis and a host of other celebrities. Be sure to check it out.

Watch The New Gig Here

Celebrate the Class of 2020 | May 15, 2 p.m. ET | Facebook Live

It’s a weird time for everyone, but maybe most of all for this year’s class of 2020. In any normal year, they’d be having parties and walking across the stage to get their diploma, but instead, they’re stuck at home with the rest of us. So, show your digital support to this year’s senior class and attend the digital ceremony on Facebook. There will be commencement addresses from Oprah Winfrey, Simone Biles, Lil Nas X, Jennifer Garner and Awkwafina. Plus, Miley Cyrus will be doing an exclusive performance. For better or worse, it’s going to be an unforgettable graduating year—show your support to make it lean toward ‘better.’

Watch The Class Of 2020 Graduation Here

KC Bands Together | May 16, 9:30 p.m. ET | Facebook Live

There is one big advantage of having a completely online music scene—you get to experience regional events you probably never would have! Case in point, KC Bands Together, an online festival to support the Midwest Music Foundation. For those not in the know, Kansas City is quite the music town. They have a rich history, and today’s artists are certainly carrying the torch. The lineup includes Kevin Morby, Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee, The Elders, Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids and a whole lot more. Go ahead and show KC some love.

Watch KC Bands Together Here

The internet can be a beautiful place, right? We’re definitely seeing the brighter side of modern connectivity, so spend your weekend with your favorite cold beverage, sit back and relax and experience something new. Cheers!


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What's Hot: Social Distancing Edition — Week of May 8

What's Hot: Social Distancing Edition — Week of May 8

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Us humans are pretty darn creative, and that applies to how we’re connecting with each other during this whole pandemic situation. Our events are taking entirely new shapes, for better or worse, and we’re passing the time in entirely new ways. In other words, if COVID-19 thinks it’s going to shut down our live music and entertainment, then it’s got another thing coming. 

In that spirit, welcome to this week’s edition of What’s Hot This Week: Social Distancing Edition. We’ve handpicked three extremely unique, online events to keep you sane while you stay safe. So, instead of reorganizing your closet (again), why not experience something new with these three great events? Have fun.


320 Festival | May 8-10

That’s right! There’s a music festival to go to this weekend. 320 Festival, originally planned to be an in-person event, of course, has now gone digital. Founded by Kevin Lyman, 100 percent of the profits go to non-profit organizations that focus on mental health and suicide prevention, so you know your dollars are going into the right hands. 

To make the deal even sweeter, you get performances from Chris Martin of Coldplay, ELOHIM, Andy Frasco & the U.N. and many more. There are also panels and workshops tackling different topics within mental health.

Check Out 320 Festival Here

Magnet Improv |  The (Virtual) Armando Diaz Experience

If there’s anything that’s well-suited for adaptation, it’s improv and sketch comedy. Magnet is a staple in the NYC comedy scene, and they’ve gone fully online via Twitch to deliver their renowned comedy to the masses. 

This Saturday, May 9, would be a great place to start with The (Virtual) Armando Diaz Experience, in which the audience delivers prompts for improv sketches and the performers do what they do best. We could all use a few laughs right now, so why not support an NYC comedy staple in the meantime? If you can’t make it on Saturday (we know you can), then check their calendar for more performance dates.

Check Out The (Virtual) Armando Diaz Experience Here

Christina Tosi’s Bake Club

We’re going to go ahead and guess most of us have been spending more time in the kitchen than ever, which can be a good thing or a bad thing. If you lean towards the “bad thing” category and need a few pointers, then why not join Christina Tosi’s Bake Club? 

As the founder of Milk Bar, she’s a visionary in the kitchen and she’s delivering her knowledge on a daily basis via her Instagram. Each day, she’ll provide the ingredient list and instruction needed to create a delicious baked good. It can be the perfect time killer or date night to mix up your Saturday, or really any day for that matter.

Check Out Christina Tosi’s Bake Club Here

Be sure to check back weekly for suggestions on what to fill your weekend with during this stay-at-home time. Be safe out there!


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Four Ways To Keep You Connected While You Stay At Home

Four Ways To Keep You Connected While You Stay At Home

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For the many New Yorkers who are accustomed to leading highly active—sometimes nonstop—lives, social distancing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 has required a jarring change of pace. Suddenly, an entire city of people who pride themselves on their lifestyle of hustle must remain in their apartments for days on end. And in an age of seemingly endless high-quality content, even Netflix is getting old quickly.

In short, the coronavirus pandemic is forcing New Yorkers to seek out new channels of connection and exploration, not just consumption.

We all sacrifice something in order to protect each other, whether we’re daily gym-goers who now need to get creative with workouts in the living room or extroverts who have to seek out new internet channels for authentic connection. In a time of isolation, people are remembering why we created social media in the first place—to socialize, to connect, to learn.

We talked to a few New Yorkers who are making the most of an isolated existence during a pandemic by creating experiences, connections and habits that might just stick around long after we’ve returned to our normal, daily routines. We also checked out a few fun virtual entertainment options throughout the city. Here are a few ways you can implement healthy connections and practices during quarantine:


Finding New, Online Channels For Connection

Social media can turn from an informative platform to an all-consuming addiction, making us feel far more isolated than before. While many people are pushing the quarantine as time to maximize productivity, that can be a stressful idea in a situation that already has many New Yorkers on edge.

“The biggest priority should be being safe and sane,” said Brian Reitz, a millennial who lives in Inwood, Manhattan.

It’s a time when sanity can be a hard thing to come by, but people adapt. Video-conferencing apps like Zoom have skyrocketed in popularity over the last few weeks.

“I think for the last ten years there’s been a lot of content,” Reitz said. “I think it’ll get boring quickly…Content is a distraction from reality…a lot of these shows are based on posturing.”

Reitz said over the last couple weeks, he has spent less time on social media and more time video conferencing with friends, which has become a go-to option for people to stay connected with loved ones during a frightening and unsure time. And the virus, however horrific, is also a universal and shared experience to talk about.

One particular site that caught Reitz’s attention was Lunchclub, a website that makes curated connections for one-on-one video meetings based on mutual interests. While Lunchclub was built with professional-type connections in mind, Reitz has found it to be a great way to connect with like-minded people looking to make friends and connect over mutual passions and interest.

“If everyone is more or less going through the same problems right now…people can, if nothing else, empathize,” Reitz said.

Zoom, House Party and Marco Polo, all video chatting apps, are a few of the websites that have become popular for New Yorkers looking to have conversations with both old and new friends.

Netflix has also launched Netflix Party, an extension that allows friends and family to link up with each other for long-distance viewing parties. Instagram implemented co-watching to allow users to enjoy similar experiences in 2019.

“People need something to look forward to,” Reitz said. “When you don’t know when you can leave your house, you’ve got to make it yourself.”


Learning To Cook Something New

New Yorkers are notorious for rarely cooking at home and relying heavily on restaurants, one reason the quarantine has been a tough transition for many of them.

Fortunately, plenty of news outlets are publishing recipes for New Yorkers to experiment with as they transition to cooking at home. If you’ve been looking for a reason to expand your cooking skills, this is the time to do it

Some chefs are even hosting quarantine cooking classes online.

Others are getting back to basics. Brooklynite Anya Jones has tried to make the most of her free time creatively in a variety of fields. But when she’s not writing and filming comedy sketches with her boyfriend, she’s learning how to bake bread.

“My Russian background is all about being able to survive on nothing,” said Jones, who grew up in post-Soviet Moscow in the ’90s. “Just being completely innovative and creative with what you have if you’re left with nothing.”

Jones is now making her own starter and has a jar of yeast in the kitchen.

“If we go to the extreme of having no food left in stores, I could at least get yeast,” she said. “The idea of struggling with mental sanity is not new to me at all…I’ve dealt with all of this before. In Russia there were food shortages. How do you stay alone and not go crazy? It’s nothing new…It really feels like a lot of people are freaking out. I try to really make it a pointed effort to reach out to people and tell them that they are going to be okay, that things are really not that bad.”


Exercising

Sanity is directly linked to physical health, something that has become simultaneously easier and more difficult to incorporate into daily life. On the one hand, many of us have a temporary abundance of time to invest in our physical fitness. One the other hand, working out in the living room might just be the only viable option (if your apartment building has a safe rooftop, you might try that, too).

If that’s the case, try using one of the aforementioned video-conferencing apps to organize a group workout with friends.

If you want to schedule your own sessions throughout the week, gyms across the country have adapted with live and on-demand offerings. Gyms like Crunch Fitness, Barry’s Bootcamp, Peloton and others have incorporated live workouts, classes and training schedules into their offerings, if they didn’t have them already. 

AARMY, a bootcamp and cycling fitness program, is offering a host of Instagram Live sessions, along with live digital training packs. Follow @akiniko for more workouts and scheduling.


Exploring

For some, physical fitness won’t be missed as much as the intellectual stimulation. Without the ability to take advantage of living in the cultural center of the country, many New Yorkers are undoubtedly missing their trips to local museums and art exhibits. Fortunately, some local museums were prepared and have made excellent digital experiences available on their websites. 

Take a virtual tour of the Guggenheim Museum, for example, where you can listen to a series on the museum’s architecture in collaboration with architecture and design radio show 99% Invisible, along with art collections and a tour of the museum via Google Arts and Culture.

The MET has also made some stellar virtual tours available with its 360 Project, along with other publications, guides and audio blogs. All of it can be found here.


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Best Live Streams To Watch At Home

The Best Live Streams To Watch At Home

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Live entertainment is one of the many things that has been changed by the coronavirus pandemic, as so many of our favorite artists have had to postpone upcoming tours and concerts. Even if it is for the best, it’s still a disappointment to all of us, especially the performers.

Fortunately, social-distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation, and many bands are taking to various sites and social media platforms to stream their live shows. Artists are staying busy by hosting weekly, or even daily, live streams. We’ve rounded up a few of these artists who believe, even in the face of a global pandemic, the show must go on.


Benjamin Gibbard

The indie stalwart and Death Cab for Cutie frontman has been hosting a daily live stream from his home. Expect to hear renditions of classic songs from his catalog as well as various covers of current and past pop hits. Each concert benefits a charity and he takes fan requests. Win-win! You can tune in on YouTube and Facebook at 7 p.m. ET daily.

Watch on YouTube

Diplo

EDM music hasn’t skipped a beat (pun intended) during this season of social distancing, and Diplo is no exception. He’s been hosting his “Corona World Tour” five days a week, featuring various guests and his unique remixes of popular songs. There’s no better soundtrack for your self-quarantine. Check it out on YouTube, Twitch and Instagram every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Watch on YouTube

Miley Cyrus

For a more eclectic experience, head to Instagram to hear Miley check in with various artists and celebrities. These casual conversations have covered any number of topics, and tend to veer off in just about any direction—it’s a much-needed distraction. Guests have included Demi Lovato, Amy Schumer, Ellen Degeneres and more. To see what Miley and friends are up to, tune in Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. PT.

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La Blogothèque

For years, the filmmakers at La Blogothèque have made a name for themselves with their Take Away Shows, capturing beautiful, yet sparse live renditions of popular artists’ work. For our current climate, they’ve reimagined their videos for Instagram as Stay Away Shows (get it?).  Check in every day at 2 p.m. ET to see special performances from your favorite artists.

Watch on Instagram

Waxahatchee and Kevin Morby

Katie Crutchfield, aka Waxahatchee, and Kevin Morby have been busy on social media, providing intimate concerts that pair particularly well with an in-home evening cocktail. Their March 19 live stream was very well attended and they are planning another March 26. Get your mixers ready and head to Instagram at 9 p.m. ET for a special performance from two of today’s most essential indie artists.

Watch on Instagram

Honey Harper

Releasing his debut, Starmaker, earlier this year, Honey Harper introduced us to his unique blend of country, new-age and soft-rock. He’s stayed very active on social media during the outbreak, playing two songs at 3 p.m. ET every day on Instagram and YouTube. If you’re not yet familiar with his work, tune in and prepare to be wooed.

Watch on Instagram

Christine and the Queens

Look to Christine and the Queens’ Instagram page every day at 6 p.m. ET for what we can only describe as “the unexpected.” The theatrical, electro-pop icon has promised guests and weird concepts nightly. We’ll be looking forward to this all day.

Watch on Instagram

It’s up to all of us to stay safe, and sane, during this unprecedented outbreak. You may not realize it, but music has an incredible power to lift our spirits and add some much-needed distractions during a stressful time. We can’t think of a better way to ride this thing out with a good, strong drink and some even better music. Stay safe out there and keep up to date with the latest developments at Attendee.


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What's Hot This Week: Social Distancing

What’s Hot This Week: Social Distancing Edition

featured photo: Andrea Piacquadio

Looking for something to watch at home during coronavirus quarantine? Check out our selection of what’s hot online when we can’t be out and about in the New York City area.

While we all take part in our social distancing duty, Attendee wants to focus on bringing everyone together, even when we have to be apart. So, while the usual Three Hot Tickets is on hiatus, we hope that our roundup of this week’s best live-streamed content will help you continue to enjoy music, theater, culture and a sense of community during these unprecedented times.


“Together at Home”

Supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Global Citizen, Coldplay’s Chris Martin put out the campaign’s first live-streamed concert, singing hits like “Yellow” and a cover of David Bowie’s “Life on Mars.” The next performance came from a suited and serenading John Legend, with a towel-clad Chrissy Teigen bringing her usual levity to the video. John summons Miguel and Charlie Puth to perform next—stay tuned.


Power Couple Live Streams

More famous couples joined the live-streaming action, like Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman with this live performance out of Urban’s Nashville warehouse. Katherine McPhee and husband David Foster have also promised daily concerts every day at 8:30 p.m. ET, sweetly dubbed the “Kat & Dave Show.”


Dance Like Nobody’s Watching (Literally)

Tune into SiriusXM’s Ultra Virtual Audio Festival, a limited-run channel set up to replace the cancelled Ultra Music Festival. Work off some pent-up energy dancing to exclusive DJ sets by Armin van Buuren, Martin Garrix, Afrojack and Major Lazer.


Bright Minded: Live with Miley

Take a break from WFH by watching Miley Cyrus’ live-streamed talk show every weekday on Instagram at 2:30 p.m. ET. Watch her discuss well-being, lead mini workouts, sing and chat with celebs like Demi Lovato—all to the end of “keeping it LIT in dark times.”


Broadway All Day

Broadway shows are a mainstay of New York City culture. Go behind the scenes and the music with Broadway.com’s “Live at Five” segment, which lets viewers delve into the world of shows like Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Jagged Little Pill and more.


Stream for a Cause

Amy Adams joined Instagram solely for Save with Stories, a live-stream campaign that she and Jennifer Garner launched in partnership with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry. Tune in when your reading voice isn’t cutting it for the kids anymore, or if you just want to see Reese Witherspoon read “Uni the Unicorn” or Jimmy Fallon read his own story, “This is Baby.”


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Three Hot Tickets

Three Hot Tickets This Weekend: March 13-15*

featured photo: Paul R. Giunta/Invision/AP/Shutterstock

*With mounting event cancellations and postponements due to the coronavirus outbreak, be sure to check the event website to find out the status of the event.
Check out our selection of tickets currently available for this weekend in music, sports and theater.


Styx

March 15, 8:00 p.m.
Beacon Theatre

This weekend calls for a throwback to the late 1970s. As one of the age’s true arena bands, Styx hit it big when their progressive rock grew into real-deal stadium rock, producing well-known hits like “Renegade,” “Come Sail Away,” and “Mr. Roboto.”

Get Tickets To Styx This Weekend Here!

Top Rank Boxing: Stevenson vs. Marriaga

Saturday, March 14
Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden 

The pride of Newark, southpaw Shakur Stevenson, defends his WBO World Featherweight Title against three-time world challenger Miguel Mirriaga when Top Rank Boxing returns to the World’s Most Famous Arena. The line-up also features Junior Featherweight World Champion, Jessie Magdaleno, against undefeated Sakaria Lukas in a 10-round showdown.

Get Tickets To The Fight Here!

Riverdance 25 – Composed by Bill Whelan

Mar 13, 2:00 p.m.
Radio City Music Hall

There’s truly no better way to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day than kicking things off with  Riverdance live. Best known for its thunderous and coordinated choreography set to lilting Irish tunes, the artistry and skill involved in Riverdance make it a can’t-miss show.

Get Tickets To See The Show This Weekend Here!

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Latin Music Spotlight: Aventura

Latin Music Spotlight: Aventura

photo: Ethan Miller

Aventura is back.

The legendary four-man bachata band takes over Radio City Music Hall for five nights in one week this month, beginning with a concert on Monday, March 16.

The award-winning, self-styled “Kings of Bachata” — made up of Anthony “Romeo” Santos (lead singer), Henry Santos (singer), Max Santos (bass) and Lenny Santos (guitar) — perform on the next three nights (March 17-19), finally punctuating their highly anticipated run with one more show on Sunday, March 22.

Aventura released five albums, three live albums and many hits from 1999 to 2009, solidifying itself as a force in Latin music with 2002’s “We Broke the Rules” behind the mega-hit single “Obsesión.”

The band disbanded amicably in 2011 following the tour attached to the 2009 album “The Last,” which netted the quartet an American Music Award for Favorite Latin Artist (2009).

Each member subsequently embarked on solo efforts, leaving fans wondering if or when there would ever be a reunion beyond occasional live performances, such as the one at Yankee Stadium in July 2014 and another at MetLife Stadium last September alongside “I Like It” rap star Cardi B.

Leading up to the April 2019 release of Romeo Santos’ fourth solo album, “Utopía” — a 13-track opus that included “Inmortal,” Aventura’s first single since splitting up — we asked the singer whether an eventual reunion was in the works.

“It’s like we never left,” Santos said of producing “Inmortal,” which won Aventura a Billboard Latin Music Award (Tropical Duo/Group of the Year) and is the name of the group’s current concert tour. “The chemistry from that dynamic that we feel, whether we’re in a studio session, on the stage, it’s always a beautiful thing. Those guys are my brothers. We’re family; we just have this complete chemistry that you can’t even explain in words. Lenny knows exactly the accompaniment on the guitar that I need. Mikey’s baseline … everything is just basically perfect.”

“It’s nearly a decade since the group broke up, though I don’t like describing it that way,” he added. “Creatively, we had evolved and just went our separate ways. (With ‘Utopía’), I wanted to give people a musical journey of my culture, and I felt like you can’t tell a bachata history story without mentioning Aventura. I say that humbly; I don’t mean that in an arrogant way. I just feel like Aventura revolutionized bachata, and I figured that this was a good moment to do something with the (band).”

"The chemistry from that dynamic that we feel, whether we’re in a studio session, on the stage, it’s always a beautiful thing."

- Romeo Santos

Before rebranding themselves as Aventura in 1996, the Bronx-reared Dominicans were originally known as Los Tinellers upon forming a year prior, when they released the album “Trampa de Amor.”

Brothers Lenny and Max Santos met Anthony Santos (no relation) through a mutual acquaintance, and Henry Santos (Anthony’s cousin) joined shortly afterward.

The latter part of the band’s original name marketed the members’ youth and multicultural upbringing, as it’s a Spanish phonetic spelling of the word “teenagers.” Additionally, Aventura was modeled after the late-1990s boy band archetype, and its interpretation of bachata was heavily influenced by hip hop, rock and R&B.

The Aventura sound, as it were, was resisted by genre traditionalists, but anyone left in that faction of bachata artists, consumers and critics after the group’s 1999 album, “Generation Next,” became the converted with the aptly-titled “We Broke the Rules” three years later.

They broke the rules very successfully, making Dominican blues — as bachata is alternatively labeled — palatable to Latinos born in the 1970s and ’80s in the U.S. and Latin America.

Said influence extends to bachata followers and artists born during the 1990s and 2000s, because that younger generation doesn’t know a world in which the genre’s rules weren’t already broken.

Aventura featured Wyclef Jean and Ludacris on its album “The Last” (“Spanish Fly”), and Anthony Santos featured Drake, Nicki Minaj, Carlos Santana, Marc Anthony, Lil Wayne and Usher on previous solo albums, so the group’s vision has attracted noted collaborators from well outside of a genre that it redefined.

What’s next? So far, fans have gotten the single “Inmortal,” the so-named tour currently taking place — but no announcement of another Aventura album.

“The fans are not gonna have (any) time to process what happened and just enjoy it — whatever it is we’re doing as a group,” Romeo Santos said when we spoke last spring, adding that he wants any huge announcement to be a surprise.

For now, New Yorkers who love Aventura will have to “settle” for watching their favorite bachateros perform at Radio City Music Hall later this month.

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