Three Hot Tickets This Weekend: January 31-February 2

Three Hot Tickets This Weekend: January 31-February 2

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No weekend plans? Check out our selection of what’s hot this weekend in music, sports and theater in and around New York City.

Ladies of the ‘80s: Taylor Dayne, Jody Watley, Lisa Lisa

January 31, 8:00 pm
NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Westbury NY

Long before divas, there were ladies. Now they’re on tour and hotter than ever. New York’s very own singer/songwriter/actress Taylor Dayne (“Tell it to My Heart”), Queen of Latin Hip Hop, Lisa Velez, known by her stage name, Lisa Lisa (“I Wonder if I Take You Home”) and Grammy Award winner R&B sensation Jody Watley (“Looking for a New Love”) kick off the decade with a dance party for all times.

Get Tickets To Ladies of the ‘80s This Weekend Here!

New York Rangers vs. Detroit Red Wings

January 31, 7:00 pm
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Consider starting this big sports weekend at MSG. After taking the ice for the injured Artemi Panarin as the Rangers’ only All-Star, Chris Kreider returns with the Blueshirts for a home-and-home series against the Detroit Red Wings. Find out if New York reclaims the momentum that jumpstarted this year with another winning streak.

Check out our recap of the New York Rangers 2020 season so far, along with places to hang out before, during and after the game.

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TINA – The Tina Turner Musical

Multiple Showtimes
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York, NY

As Super Bowl performers go, Tina Turner remains one of the greats for her sensational pre-game show at Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta. That was 20 years ago. Now, the life of the music legend is one of the brightest spots on Broadway in a must-see bio-musical. Turner’s portrayal by Tony-nominated actress Adrienne Warren has won the stamp of approval from critics, crowds and even Turner herself.

Get Tickets To See The Show This Weekend Here!


8 Highly-Anticipated Albums Of 2020

8 Highly-Anticipated Albums Of 2020

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New year, new music. Start 2020 off right with these highly anticipated albums:

070 Shake – Modus Vivendi
Release date: January 17

070 Shake Modus VivendiGOOD Music wunderkin 070 Shake will finally drop her studio debut, Modus Vivendi. Shake broke out a few years ago with her unique blend of sing-talk spoken word and autotuned murmurs. Paired with a neofuturistic, minimalist production that prioritizes flow over dance floor ecstasies, and you’ll find an artist eager to ride the line between art pop and unorthodox hip-hop. On top of that, since she’s worked under the tutelage of Kanye, her sound should prove to be even more volatile since 2018’s Glitter.

Grab tickets to 070Shake Here

Algiers – There Is No Year
Release date: January 17

Algiers - There Is No YearOver two deeply emotional and frantic LPs, Algiers has established themselves as one of modern rock’s most intriguing acts through audiotizing the theories of postmodernism or finding the morbid, gothic textures of soul music. There Is No Year’s singles suggest the band will continue to explore the ways in which the seemingly disparate genres of post-punk and gospel music can find common ground..

Kesha – High Road
Release date: January 31

Kesha - High RoadOnce pop music’s most obnoxious party girl, Kesha has now evolved into a transparent and well-intentioned singer-songwriter. High Road features a stunning duet with Sturgill Simpson and will include several folk tracks. And while it’s clear that Kesha has matured, she’s also still interested in creating bratty radio hits: her latest LP will also have a hedonistic collaboration with New Orleans bounce legend Big Freedia. High Road seems like it has the potential to be Kesha’s most profound record.

Grab tickets to Kesha Here

Destroyer – Have We Met
Release date: January 31

Destroyer - Have We MetThe often misunderstood and oddly cranky Dan Bejar’s songwriting vessel, Destroyer, has always intentionally avoided a niche. Much like his biggest influence David Bowie, Bejar is never happy with being distracted by genre. Instead, Destroyer has slowly evolved from pet indie-rock project to dynamic, electro-funk to melodramatic jazz pop. It appears that Have We Met will feature a synthesis of all these sounds and more.

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Khruangbin / Leon Bridges – Texas Sun
Release date: February 7

Khruangbin / Leon Bridges - Texas Sun The stunning psychedelia of Khruangbin will meet the vintage croons of Leon Bridges for a collaboration we didn’t know we needed until now. Both natives of Texas, the pairing actually makes sense sense from a logistics standpoint: each artist is immensely interested in updating their genres (psych rock and old-school R&B) for a modern audience. The collaboration’s first single, the album’s title track, is a relaxed stroll through the desert; Bridges’ hums are perfectly paced with Khruangbin’s luscious guitar waifs.

Grab tickets to Leon Bridges (opening for Maroon 5) Here

Tame Impala – The Slow Rush
Release date: February 14

Tame Impala - The Slow RushThe wait is almost over after half a decade of anticipation: Tame Impala will finally have an answer to the band’s infectious 2015 effort, Currents. The Slow Rush appears to be picking off where they left off when Obama was still president: incredibly dancible acid rock that feels both as shiny and succulent as EDM, yet pristinely vintage like a Thunderbird corvette. It’s clear that the brainchild of Tame Impala, Kevin Parker, has been toiling away in the studio for multiple years, while also touring the entire world multiple times. The amount of blood, sweat, and presumably, magic mushrooms that went into this record is palpable on the handful of songs that have dropped; there’s no reason to think one of today’s most popular  rock bands is going to disappoint.

Grimes – Miss Anthropocene
Release date: February 21

Grimes – Miss AnthropoceneThe internet’s favorite frenemy has been teasing us about a follow-up to the irresistible Art Angel for almost half a decade. We finally got an official release date before the year finished up, so now the wait is on for the cyber queen of pop. Grimes’ peculiar blend of haunting vocals and frantic synthesizers feels laser focused on the record’s latest singles, and it’s hard to imagine she’ll disappoint on her third studio LP.

Caribou – Suddenly
Release date: February 28

Caribou - SuddenlyLong-time producer and electronic tinker Dan Snaith has finally returned under the Caribou moniker. Snaith and his sensationally vibrant, yet sentimental project fell off the radar a bit after releasing 2014’s Our Love. Now, Caribou has returned with several upbeat, sample-heavy tracks that are utter earworms. The rich textures and hypnotic beats of previous records are still there, but the tone—one of hope and compassion, rather than one of anxiety—is what really makes this latest rendition intriguing.

Grab tickets to Caribou Here


Three Hot Tickets This Weekend: January 24-26

Three Hot Tickets This Weekend: January 24-26

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No weekend plans? Check out our selection of what’s hot this weekend in music, sports and theater in and around New York City.

This Is Hip Hop Volume 2

January 24, 8:00 pm
Apollo Theater, New York, NY

Back after a critically acclaimed debut last year, This Is Hip Hop raises the roof once again on the legendary Apollo Theater. Headliner Rick Ross takes the world famous stage to present a line-up of iconic MCs known for their mastery. Don’t miss what the Apollo calls a “one-of-a-kind concert series for true hip-hop enthusiasts.”

Get Tickets To This Is Hip Hop Volume 2 This Weekend Here!

Premier Boxing Champions: Danny Garcia vs. Ivan Redkach

January 25, 5:05 pm
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

Stakes are high when former champion Danny Garcia takes on Ukrainian southpaw Ivan Redkach to reclaim the world champion welterweight boxing title. Co-features with super welterweights Jarrett Hurd and Francisco Santana, and super bantamweights Stephen Fulton and undefeated Arnold Khegai make this a showdown in Brooklyn to remember. 

Check out our interview with Danny Garcia as takes you behind the ring of the Premier Boxing Champions.

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Year of the Golden Rat: Nai-Ni Chen Dance

January 25 & January 26, 2:00 pm
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ

It’s officially the Year of the Rat when Chinese New Year gets underway January 25 – and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center is playing host to a weekend of cultural events not to be missed. The groundbreaking Asian American Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company takes the stage with contemporary artistry and athleticism for two matinee performances Saturday and Sunday.

Eastern-meets-Western musical traditions come alive with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and music director Xian Zhang Saturday evening, with pre-show entertainment to usher in the Lunar New Year.

Chinese New Year celebrations continue in and around town, culminating with the 20th Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival in Lower Manhattan

Visiting Chinatown? On The Go With Chris Manzo gives you all the tips you need for an  unforgettable adventure.

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Top 9 Calorie-Burning Concerts Of 2020 - Tove Lo

Top 9 Calorie-Burning Concerts Of 2020

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Looking for a fun, easy way to sneak in more cardio this year? Two words: Live. Music. This year, resolve to multitask by burning calories while seeing some of the hottest live music to hit the NYC area.

We’ve curated a list of our top 9 calorie-burning concerts of 2020 featuring some of today’s top artists who also know a thing or two about dancing themselves, in case you need a little inspiration. So skip the gym and hit up one of these energizing concerts instead – and don’t forget your dancing shoes.

Grace Potter

February 1
Beacon Theatre

Known for her rebel moves in high-heeled shoes – all while playing electric guitar at the same time – Grace Potter is not one to be missed.

Workout-worthy track: “Paris (Ooh La La)”

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Tove Lo

February 12 & 13
Brooklyn Steel

Swedish popstar Tove Lo isn’t just a great singer/songwriter – she puts on a killer live show as well, full of fun synthpop tunes to dance to. 

Workout-worthy track: “Jacques” (with Jax Jones)

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Marc Anthony

February 13 & 15
Madison Square Garden and Prudential Center

Marc Anthony needs no introduction. Grab some friends and check out the salsa sensation shake it live, then head to one of the local clubs to show off your own moves. 

Workout-worthy track: “Tu Vida en la Mía”

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Ally Brooke

March 16
Gramercy Theatre

Fresh off “Dancing with the Stars,” Ally Brooke is sure to inspire with some hot new moves. 

Workout-worthy track: “No Good”

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Harry Styles

July 6-8
Madison Square Garden

Harry Styles has become the king of dance memes, and it’s no wonder why – check him out at any of his three shows at MSG this summer to see for yourself. 

Workout-worthy track: “Kiwi”

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Camila Cabello

September 18
Madison Square Garden

One of today’s most well-known dancing queens, Camila Cabello is a can’t-miss concert for those looking to dance the night away right along with her. 

Workout-worthy track: “Shameless”

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Latin Music Watch: Marc Anthony

Salsa Music Watch: Five Can't-Miss Latin Concerts

Put on your dancing shoes, New York.

While Miami gets quite a treat with Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show co-headliners Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, the New York metropolitan area plays host to some of the world’s other biggest names in Latin music over the first quarter of 2020.

From superstar Marc Anthony to legendary salsa orchestra El Gran Combo, check out our line-up of can’t-miss salsa music concerts that are sure to heat things up in and around New York City from now through March.

Marc Anthony (Opus 2020 Tour)

Multiple Dates
Multiple Venues

Marc Anthony, a six-time Latin Grammy Award winner, straddles the Hudson River with three concerts over the next month – and two of those shows sound like a great idea for a Valentine’s Day weekend date. Touring off of his 2019 album, “Opus,” the “I Need to Know” singer has performances scheduled in Atlantic City on Jan. 25 (Mark G Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino), New York City (Madison Square Garden) on Feb. 13 and Newark (Prudential Center) on Feb. 15.

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Gilberto Santa Rosa (Caminalo Tour)

March 20
Beacon Theatre

Gilberto Santa Rosa, who won a Grammy in 2006 for Best Tropical Latin Album (“Directo al Corazón”), is the singer who helped popularize salsa romantica (romantic salsa) in the late-1980s, compelling a popular radio personality in Puerto Rico at the time to christen him “El Caballero de la Salsa.” If his March 20 concert at the Beacon Theatre is too long a wait for you, the “Me Liberé” singer does have a show on Feb. 13 at The Wind Creek Event Center in Bethlehem, Penn.

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Luis Enrique & El Conjunto Clásico

February 15
Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, N.J.

Nicaraguan singer Luis Enrique takes the stage on February 15 backed by Conjunto Clásico, a New York-based salsa band founded by executive producer/percussionist Raymond Castro and composer/percussionist Ramon Rodriguez in 1978. Enrique, like Gilberto Santa Rosa, aided in popularizing salsa romantica in the ‘80s, releasing the hit album “Amor y Alegría” (love and happiness) in 1988. In 2009, he picked up a Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album (“Ciclos”).

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El Gran Combo, Jerry Rivera y Tito Nieves

February 15
Radio City Music Hall

Founded by Rafael Ithier in 1962, El Gran Combo (“Brujería”) is widely considered to be salsa’s greatest orchestra of all time. “Cara de Niño” singer Jerry Rivera and Tito Nieves are joining the revered ensemble for the February 15 performance at Radio City Music Hall. Nieves was El Conjunto Clásico’s first lead singer before going solo in 1986. As lead singer of The Blackout All-Stars in the mid-‘90s, he covered musician/bandleader Pete Rodriguez’s 1967 hit, “I Like it Like That” (written by Tony Pabon and Manny Rodriguez). Cardi B’s “I Like it” – featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin – samples and was inspired by the ‘90s version, topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart in mid-2018.

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Oscar D’León with Raulín Rosendo and Luisito Carrión

March 28
New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Oscar D’León (“El Rey de los Soneros”) brings Raulín Rosendo (“Uno Se Cura”) and Luisito Carrión (“Por Alguien Que Se Fue”) along for a March 28 bash at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center that puts a bow on this list. Should you ever find yourself at a nightclub that plays salsa music for long stretches, bet on D’León’s “Llorarás” (you will cry) being on the playlist.

But don’t let that song title mislead you, because “Llorarás” is a piece – as many in New York and beyond know – that you better have your dancing shoes on for.

Get Your Tickets To Oscar D’León

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Cashmere Cat - Hot Music Ticket This Weekend

Three Hot Tickets This Weekend: January 17-20

No weekend plans? Check out our selection of what’s hot this weekend in music, sports and theater in and around New York City.

Cashmere Cat

January 17, 7:00 pm
Webster Hall, New York, NY

Norwegian DJ and producer Cashmere Cat’s early tunes, a bevy of chillwave tracks, have given way to collaborations with huge names like Ariana Grande, Tory Lanez and Major Lazer. Catch him spinning the songs that have made him a main player on the music scene this weekend.

Get Tickets to See Cashmere Cat This Weekend Here!

Brooklyn Nets v. Philadelphia 76ers

January 20, 3:00 PM
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

Take advantage of the MLK holiday weekend and witness some East Coast rivalry in action. The 76ers are coming to Brooklyn to face off against the Nets, who desperately need to protect their playoff spot. This could be helped by star player, Kyrie Irving, finally returning from injury within the week.

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All Star Stand Up Comedy at Greenwich Village Comedy Club

January 17, 8:00 pm
Greenwich Village Comedy Club, New York, NY

A ticket to All Star Stand Up Comedy transports the best in comedy to the very stage in front of you. Catch the lineup of top comedy headliners, from the likes of MTV, HBO and Comedy Central in this cozy underground bar.

Get Tickets To See The Show This Weekend Here!

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The Best Music Festivals To Plan For In 2020

The Best Music Festivals To Plan For In 2020

You’ve heard the hype about music festivals, but have you experienced any firsthand yet? If you’re looking for a cultural experience unlike any other, make 2020 the year to check out a music festival. 

They’re great for a few reasons: 

  1. You get to experience music you wouldn’t normally experience. It’s a package deal, which means you get to step outside of your comfort zone to see a new artist or an up-and-comer who you wouldn’t normally take a risk on. 
  2. You get to experience all of this with thousands of your closest friends. How often do you get to hang with so many people with shared interests? 
  3. They’re worth the ticket price because of their scale. Music festivals often feature at least a dozen artists per day (if not more) which is a steal by itself, but we think you’ll find that that the overall experience is simply priceless. 
  4. They can help plan your travel calendar. Music festivals are generally defined by their region, and you can really get to know the country (and the world) by attending them. So, why not start planning your calendar with the best music festivals of 2020?

Most of the festivals below haven’t announced their lineups just yet, but if they’re on this list that means they always have great lineups. And don’t worry—we’ll update you as these festivals make artist announcements. So, feel free to save the date and wait for more info, or if you’re feeling adventurous, go ahead and pull the trigger to join a few thousand of your friends for what’s sure to be a great time.

South by Southwest

Austin, Texas
March 13-22

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
Austin essentially shuts down for a week in March for this massive festival, and there are hundreds of undiscovered artists who are looking to make it big. But, beyond the actual event, there are thousands of incredible shows from incredible artists in venues around Austin. If you’re looking to discover new music and get lost (in a good way) in an incredible city, this is the way to start the festival season.

Coachella Music Festival

Indio, California
April 10–12 & 17–19

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
Coachella has become more than a music festival at this point. It’s a cultural phenomenon. Held in the middle of the desert in Indio, California tens of thousands descend for two weekends of the biggest names in music. If you’re looking for spectacle, then you’ve definitely come to the right place. This year’s lineup has been announced, and includes Travis Scott, Lana Del Rey, Thom Yorke, Rage Against the Machine, Charlie XCX, Frank Ocean and dozens more.

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New Orleans Jazz Fest

New Orleans, Louisiana
April 23–May 3

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
Jazz Fest is a uniquely American music festival. It could not exist anywhere else. Started by music legends Duke Ellington and Mahalia Jackson, the event has come to reflect the beauty and indomitable spirit of The Big Easy. It’s expanded to so much more than jazz at this point, too, so it’s a safe bet for any music fan.

Hangout Fest

Gulf Shores, Alabama
May 15–17

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
Hangout Fest is a party with a capital “P.” Held on the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores, you can lounge in the ocean while hearing some of the biggest acts in music on the main stage. There’s really no experience like it. Speaking of main-stage artists, this year’s lineup features Billie Eilish, Post Malone, Lana Del Rey and Red Hot Chili Peppers, to name a few.

Governors Ball Music Festival

New York City, New York
June 5–7

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
According to the Consequence of Sound website, Tame Impala, Miley Cyrus, Vampire Weekend, Solange and Stevie Nicks have already confirmed to play this year’s festival. But, if that doesn’t sell you, just know that this singular event is about as “New York” as you can get, and you definitely don’t want to miss it.

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Hot 97 Summer Jam

East Rutherford, New Jersey
June 6

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
Hot 97 and hip-hop go hand-in-hand, and their Summer Jam is a must-attend for anyone who loves a good live show. Past lineups have helped showcase not only the biggest in the game, but also helped establish some of the most respected names in the industry.

Bonnaroo Music Festival

Manchester, Tennessee
June 11–14

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
Let’s go ahead and call Bonnaroo the new-age Woodstock. Held in Manchester, Tennessee, this festival is an outdoor-centric celebration of everything music. And with their 2020 lineup, they’re not messing around, either. Head down south for Tool, Lizzo, Miley Cyrus, Vampire Weekend, Lana Del Rey and many more.

Mountain Jam

Bethel, New York
June 13–16

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
Mountain Jam’s rustic setting reflects their incredible lineups. This yearly festival is more rock and roots centered, held in the beautiful Hunter Mountains of Upstate New York. If you’re looking for a more low-key experience, this is a great bet.


Chicago, Illinois
July 30–August 2

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
While they have yet to announce the 2020 lineup, you can go ahead and put this legendary festival on your calendar—it’s going to be good. This four-day experience is deeply tied to the city of Chicago, and proves to be an unforgettable festival every year. Just check out our photo recap from 2019!

Newport Folk Festival

Newport, Rhode Island
July 31–August 2

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
What was once a small, regional folk festival is now one of the premiere musical experiences in the world. Newport is famous for making careers for many artists (i.e. Bob Dylan) and consistently does so every year. It’s a great place to see legends and up-and-comers in the same weekend.

Outside Lands

San Francisco, California
August 7–9

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
The setting for Outside Lands is worth the ticket price. Held in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, there’s no better place to hear some of the best artists in the world than with one of the world’s most iconic landmarks as the backdrop. If the 2019 lineup is any indicator, this is a must for 2020.

Moonrise Festival

Baltimore, Maryland
August 10–11

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
EDM fans, rejoice. Moonrise Festival is the perfect place to lose yourself in the beat with beautiful Baltimore as the backdrop. The Charm City is criminally underrated, and this may be the best weekend of the year to figure that out.

Made in America Festival

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 4–6

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
They bring out the big names for Made in American Festival, so head down to Philly for two days of incredible live music. The lineup generally leans more hip-hop, so be sure to stay tuned for what’s sure to be a killer lineup.

Austin City Limits

Austin, Texas
October 2–4 & 9–11

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
Why not cap off the end of your festival season with an iconic festival in the live music capital of the world? Austin City Limits is a two-weekend experience held in the middle of Texas’ capital. The lineup is top-notch. The vibes are uniquely Texan. It’s a ticket you’re going to want to buy.

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Common at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn

Three Hot Tickets This Weekend: January 10-12

No weekend plans? Check out our selection of what’s hot this weekend in music, sports and theater in and around New York City.

Common at the Minetta Lane: A Journey Through Lyrics & Life

Multiple showtimes
Minetta Lane Theatre, New York, NY

Besides having dozens of major awards under his belt, Chicago rapper Common has years of experience in music, TV, film and activism. Watch as the legendary performer harkens back to his various sources of inspiration in this personal and poetic night of storytelling and music.

Get Tickets to See Common This Weekend Here!

New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat / Brooklyn Nets vs. Miami Heat

January 10, 7:30pm
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

January 12, 3:30 pm
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

The Heat are greatly exceeding expectations on the court this year, led by star players Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler. Grab tickets to see if the Knicks and the Nets can defend their home turf against Miami’s team on the rise.

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Multiple showtimes
St. James Theatre, New York, NY

Like many of Disney’s creations, this show isn’t just for kids. With heartfelt performances, powerful vocals and awe-inspiring special effects from the minds of the award-winning creative team, don’t miss your chance to experience the hit animated film’s magic on stage.

Get Tickets To See Frozen This Weekend Here!

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Snoop Dogg Live

January 2020 Concert Calendar: Can’t-Miss Shows

With Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s running back-to-back, it’s easy to get a holiday hangover when January rolls around. You’re either left wanting more of it, or really not wanting more of it. Either way, there’s no better way to cure the winter blues than heading out to a concert in the NYC metro area.

After all, we’re all in this together. No one likes 14-degree temperatures with gale-force winds, so we might as well suffer together, drink in-hand at our favorite local venue. That said, here are the must-see concerts we picked out for January 2020. It’s going to be a great year.

The Felice Brothers

January 4, 8:00 pm
Brooklyn Bowl

Folk? Americana? Indie-rock? We’re not sure how to categorize The Felice Brothers, but their live show is not one to be missed. If you think you have an idea of what they sound like from their numerous incredible albums, go ahead and think again.

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January 15, 7:00 pm
Bowery Ballroom

Some people may say country is dead, but we think it’s living right here. Futurebirds are part of an up-and-coming segment of roots-rock artists who lean toward the “red dirt” side of things. If you like a little bit of honky-tonk in your indie-rock, be sure to show up at the Bowery Ballroom.

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Talib Kweli (Bowltrane, the music of John Coltrane)

January 16, 11:30 pm
Brooklyn Bowl

As a perennial hip-hop producer, MC and artist, Talib Kweli is a must-see concert whenever he comes to town. But, this show is a little bit different, and that makes it all the more compelling. Part of NYC’s Winter Jazz Fest, Talib is playing a DJ set celebrating the music of John Coltrane. That sounds like the best of both worlds.

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Seu Jorge

January 16, 8:00 pm
Town Hall

Another entry to NYC’s Winter Jazz Fest, Seu Jorge is a household name and megastar—just not in the U.S. He’s a celebrated Brazilian folk artist and musician, and maybe one of the most talented live acts you’ll see in your life. You may have heard his David Bowie covers in Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” but trust us, that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

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January 21, 7:00 pm
Webster Hall

Nothing will warm you up faster than a great psych-rock show, and Temples is one of the best. This UK band has been making waves since they plugged in almost ten years ago, and their Deadhead-inspired jams will have you dreaming of surf breaks and sunlight, smack dab in the middle of winter.

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Snoop Dogg

January 22, 7:00 pm
Gramercy Theatre

Snoop Dogg is a rapper who came to fame in the early ‘90s, collaborating with the likes of Dr. Dre and NWA. Oh wait, nevermind, everyone knows who Snoop Dogg is. So, in that case, you know that his live shows are unrivaled and a must-see when he rolls through town. We don’t know what’s bigger than an icon, but Snoop is definitely that.

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January 23, 9:00 pm
Webster Hall

On the opposite end of the spectrum from Snoop Dogg, you have the criminally underrated and underappreciated Atmosphere. While his fanbase may not be huge, they are dedicated. That may be due to his massive stage presence or his ability to thread a narrative in through maybe the chillest hip-hop you’ve ever heard.

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Billy Joel

January 25, 8:00 pm
Madison Square Garden

The Piano Man has been playing a monthly show at Madison Square Garden for years now—his only requisite being, “if there’s a demand for tickets.” Well, that doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon, and that’s for a good reason. He’s chocked full of number-one singles and you won’t want to miss a single one.

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January 25, 8:00 pm
The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY

Grouplove is about as eclectic as they come. The Los Angeles band exists somewhere between grungy art-rock and top-40 pop anthems, and their catalog represents that. It may make them hard to define, but it also makes for a show that just about anyone can enjoy. So, treat yourself and your friends to an unforgettable night out at The Capitol Theatre.

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Brian Wilson

January 25, 8:00 pm
Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, NJ

Brian Wilson is such a mythic figure in pop music at this point that it’s almost hard to remember that he’s a real person. But, that’s also what’s made his music so great over the years. It’s so human. As a founding member of The Beach Boys, he expanded the surf-pop genre by integrating artistic productions and experimentation in a time when it was unheard of outside of The Beatles.

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January 28, 8:00 pm
Brooklyn Bowl

“Alphabet Aerobics” is worth the price of admission alone. If you haven’t heard of Blackalicious, your favorite rapper definitely has. They’ve been defining the indie-rap scene for over 20 years now with a more chill take on the genre, and rapid-fire artistry that is unmatched. Brooklyn Bowl is going to blow on January 28.

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Bob Mould

January 29, 10:00 pm

As a founding member of Hüsker Dü, Bob Mould initially helped to jumpstart the genre-mashing that would eventually become indie-rock and hardcore. Since then, he’s built a solid solo career on a more toned-down version of indie-rock, full of irresistible pop hooks and relatable songwriting. He’s a founding father of the genre, and his live show will prove why.

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Wu-Tang Clan (Loud Records 25th Anniversary)

January 30, 8:00 pm
Radio City Music Hall

Heading out to Radio City Music Hall to celebrate Loud Records’ 25th Anniversary is the inimitable Wu-Tang Clan. We’re not sure where to even start with their game-changing career, not to mention the numerous careers that have been launched off of them (RZA, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, anyone?). So, we’ll just say this: Go see them whenever you get the chance.

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The Felice Brothers in concert

Three Hot Tickets This Weekend: January 03-05

No weekend plans? Check out our selection of what’s hot this weekend in music, sports and theater in and around New York City.

The Felice Brothers

January 4, 8:00 pm
Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY

The Felice Brothers’ Americana-folk sensibility makes for a relaxing post-holiday concert. The four-piece band provides head-nodding, soul-warming tunes like “Love Me Tenderly” and “Special Announcement.”

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Brooklyn Nets v. Toronto Raptors

January 4, 6:00 pm
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

See the defending champs, the Toronto Raptors, take on the Brooklyn Nets this weekend. Will the Nets be able to compete with their two superstar players, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, out for the season? Grab your tickets to find out.

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Slave Play

Multiple Showtimes
John Golden Theatre, New York, NY

A layered and pertinent piece of theater, Slave Play asks tough questions and interrogates deep-seated racial dynamics in the United States. Jeremy O. Harris’ first major stage production blends past and present to offer the audience a complex view of the realities of racial inequality in modern-day America.

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