New York has what feels like a bazillion music venues, so everyone is certain to find at least one that suits their needs, right? Here are a few suggestions…
For audiophiles: Town Hall
The acoustics are out of this world. And the artists run the gamut: rock, jazz, children’s shows, spoken word, a Jewish music festival and Roseanne Cash are just a few of the upcoming shows.
For cheap rock: Mercury Lounge
Bar, stage, drinks. Great music. It’s not fancy, but you can happily order a PBR and rock on. ‘Nuff said.
For the Baby Boomers: The Beacon Theatre
To sum it up in a few words: the Allman Brothers are the musicians-in-residence every March. Acoustics are great and the audience has sowed their wild oats many moons ago. Upcoming shows include Ringo Starr, Smokey Robinson and Tori Amos.
For people who love history and killer music: Apollo Theater
Years before American Idol or The Voice were even a blip on our country’s radar, the Apollo hosted Amateur Night every Wednesday. Marvin Gaye, The Jackson Five, Lauryn Hill and Gladys Night & The Pips all got their start here. (Jimi Hendrix won first place in 1964.) When you walk in take a look around before you find your seat–the history will envelop you.
For jazz buffs with shallow pockets: Smalls
Yes, there’s a $20 cover charge, but your end-of-the-night tab won’t come close to that of an evening at the Blue Note. The name says it all: space is tight. But jazz should be an intimate experience, no? Head here to listen to the up-and-comers.
For, um, seasoned music lovers that want a glass of wine, a comfortable seat and a nosh with their music: City Winery
The food is yummy, wine delish…and you won’t find the latest You Tube star playing here. Upcoming shows include legendary soul man Sam Moore. Los Lonely Boys and a tribute to Paul Simon. I once saw Todd Rundgren perform an acoustic show there that was out of this world.
For the traditionalists: Carnegie Hall
What can I say? It’s every bit as beautiful as you think it will be–probably more. No matter whom you are seeing the acoustics and atmosphere rate an 11.
Music is for everyone, right? You’ve just got to find what’s best for you…and you can in our city!