Explore New York Through Live Music
You may have a Spotify premium account, but can that really replace live music? The short answer is no. The long answer is also no. Live music is as old as instruments themselves and it’s a great way to get out of your tiny apartment, down a few drinks and dance to some tunes you can’t call up on demand. Get ready and explore New York through these live music concerts.

Café Wha?’s Band covers the best hits of the decade.

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Tired of dancing to electronic hip hop (if that’s even possible to do in the first place)? Skip the club hopping this weekend and venture to Café Wha? to enjoy generations of the best rock, reggae, soul and All-American tunes. Playing songs from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen and Radiohead, the house band will have you dancing to magnetic covers of the oldies in a packed but intimate space.

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Vintage music at midnight tour.

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If you find yourself in this 20th-century swing club tucked away in Midtown, you may feel as though you’ve had a few too many drinks since everyone in attendance is wearing turn-of-the-century clothing. But trust us, the alcohol isn’t to blame. During this vintage music night tour, you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to the past à la Midnight in Paris to an era when jazz reigned supreme. After visiting a minimum of three jazz joints, you’ll take advantage of a spacious dance floor and a band that plays the best big band hits so you can dance the night away into the 21st century again.

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The Black Soul Experience,

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Play that funky music, white boy. The only place in all of NYC that’s playing the hottest hits in R&B, Funk and Soul seven nights of the week is The Groove. Captivating audiences for decades, the Groove’s hottest live musical attraction is its Black Soul Experience, during which Antwon Robinson and his talented band perform live every weekend. If you’re in the mood to groove, be sure to get there early!

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Open-mic night features the next up-and-comers.

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Inside Greenwich Village’s most iconic music venue, you’ll be sure to find plenty of hopefuls seeking stardom when they take the stage at The Village Underground. And for good reason: the venue is famous for hosting aspiring artists like Prince, Jamie Foxx and Mariah Carey before they made it big. If you’re looking for a new sound with a cool crowd, this is the place to unwind and let loose.

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Live music at The Village Underground.

If you’re looking to listen to some seasoned vets, but still want to enjoy the historic Village Underground venue, try this on for size. Legends like Bob Dylan, Carly Simon, Allen Ginsberg and Elvis Costello frequented this venue back in the day and their spirit lives on in weekly music shows from bands who want to do their music justice. Sing at your table, dance in the aisles and drink like the legends did while you enjoy the best hits from the Beatniks and Hippie generations.

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Weapon of choice? Pianos.

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Duets can supercharge any performance, but what if the duet is between two super large instruments? And what if it’s not just a duet, but an actual duel? At this show, two pianists battle it out while playing arrangements of your favorite hits. Combining comedy, cabaret and friendly competition, this event will leave you with a memorable, one-of-a-kind live music experience that stretches into the early hours of the morning.

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Experience New York’s blue period

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Trust us: you won’t be feeling blue after you leave a blues concert. In fact, the magnetic energy of this musical style is best experienced live. Ask any longtime lover of blues and they’ll tell you such; they’ll probably even recommend this Terra blues show. Hear signature blues tunes from some of the best professional musicians in the city while enjoying a whiskey or bourbon from their extensive drink menu.

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Booze cruise with some jazz tunes.

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Live music doesn’t have to be an event solely for landlubbers. During this jazz cruise set during Sunday brunch (yum), you’ll cruise along the New York Harbor aboard a luxurious yacht and take in the sights of the city you call home. While you’re sipping mimosas and wishing you wore stretchy pants, you’ll be enraptured by live jazz entertainment that makes for the perfect soundtrack to a morning cruise.

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View a performance at Carnegie Hall.

This venue is legendary for a reason. Seeing a musical event at the great Carnegie Hall is on the bucket list of every native New Yorker, so why shouldn’t it be on yours too? With a beautiful auditorium and an impressive line-up of artists, comedians and bands and orchestras, there’s something for everybody at this historic venue.

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