Fans. Live music in New York City is back. We are honored to bring you the good news of your favorite NYC music venues coming back to life. If you live in the city, looking to visit, or planning a night out with your friends, there is no better place to look for live entertainment. It doesn’t matter what type of music fan you are. NYC has you covered.
Here are The Best Upcoming Concerts in NYC, from now through November 2021. From Bowery Ballroom to Madison Square Garden, there are hundreds of concerts scheduled in NYC these coming months. Our list brings you the absolute best, the biggest names in music, concerts well worth getting on the train for.
Japanese Breakfast at Brooklyn Steel
When: October 14, 2021
It’s been an enormous year for Michelle Zauner, aka Japanese Breakfast. From their first new album in four years, to becoming a published (and NYT best-selling) author, to scoring upcoming video games, Michelle Zauner is quickly revealing herself as a modern day renaissance woman. Much like Donald Glover, Jared Leto, and the other artists who can’t be contained in a single medium, Michelle Zauner and Japanese Breakfast have officially piqued the art world’s mind. We can’t wait to hear Jubilee, arguably the best Japanese Breakfast album to date, at Brooklyn Steel this fall.
Kaytranada at Avant Gardner
When: October 14-16, 2021
The Grammy-nominated electro-funk DJ Kaytranada will perform The Great Hall at Brooklyn’s Avant Gardner this fall. Kaytranada’s Autumn ’21 Tour will bring fans in dancing proximity to the man who brought them so many incredible projects. From 2016’s 99.9% to 2019’s BUBBA, Kaytranada has entranced a large fan base to his sublime beats. Not to mention the suspenseful and seductive score of HBO’s critically acclaimed White Lotus, of which Kaytranada was the master creator. It’s been a momentous career for Kaytranada and we’re merely at the beginning of this producer’s influence. We suggest seeing him live now, before he’s skyrocketed out of the small-Brooklyn-venue atmosphere.
Kevin Gates at Irving Plaza
When: October 18, 2021
The Louisiana-born Kevin Gates will be performing Irving Plaza this fall as a stop on his “Khaza Tour.” The rapper has a stocked arsenal of tracks to perform on the “Khaza Tour,” seeing as he kicked the year off with the release of Only The Generals Part II. Fans have been gifted a steady stream of singles since then, including the latest “Trust” freestyle. Southern, melodic, and a unique voice in this rap industry, Kevin Gates is definitely an artist to keep track of and see if you can.
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real at Brooklyn Steel
When: October 18, 2021
Lukas Nelson, son of Willie Nelson, will perform at Brooklyn Steel with his band Promise of the Real. Their latest album, A Few Stars Apart, was written during pandemic isolation but manages to summon the energy, and meaning, of togetherness. We can’t wait to see what this rising country musician has for the stage.
Jade Bird at Music Hall of Williamsburg
When: October 19, 2021
U.K-born, now Nashville-based singer and songwriter Jade Bird is making her way through the U.S on a headlining tour. Fans of Jade Bird can expect to hear new music from her second album, Different Kinds of Light, which arrived back in August. The album was led by the hit single, “Now Is The Time.”
Kamasi Washington at Beacon Theatre
When: October 22, 2021
The New Yorker stated it perfectly. A night with Kamasi Washington is a night of “cosmic jazz.” It’s a night of sensing your place in the big wide universe while witnessing a saxophone lead, and peel out from under, a band as massive as an entire symphony. There is no encapsulation of a Kamasi Washington performance, the closest you’ll get is a live album. From covers (check out his latest of Metallica’s “My Friend of Misery“) to sprawling medleys, Kamasi Washington is a national treasure to behold for yourself.
Princess Nokia at Irving Plaza
When: October 24, 2021
We’ve been tracking the rise of rapper Destiny Nicole Frasqueri, aka Princess Nokia, for awhile. Now, in support of her new albums Everything Is Beautiful and Everything Sucks, Princess Nokia will be stopping at NYC’s Irving Plaza to join the long list of rising hip-hop and rap musicians who’ve graced the venue stage. This is Princess Nokia’s first-ever headlining tour. Fans who’ve been following the artist will do themselves a favor by being there for her biggest show to date.
Lucy Dacus at Brooklyn Steel
When: October 25, 2021
Sometimes, when an artist bares great intimacy on a record, the courageous venture of the self doesn’t translate adequately to live performance. This is not the case for Lucy Dacus, who brings her latest album Home Video to venues everywhere with serene authority. Using real home videos from her own childhood, bringing to life a record largely about her growth and upbringing, Lucy Dacus’ tour is, at its core, a quest for personal connection. What could we possibly need more, after a year+ of isolation? Lucy Dacus at Brooklyn Steel is a show you don’t want to miss.
Yves Tumor at Webster Hall
When: October 26, 2021
The boundary-destroying, genre-bending Yves Tumor will be stopping in NYC to perform at the iconic Webster Hall. This past summer, Yves Tumor dropped a beautifully unconventional EP titled The Asymptotical World that only cemented the world and industry’s fascination with him. Is there a genre Yves Tumor can’t gracefully weave through, or within? Check out the latest, “Jackie,” for an immediate answer to that question.
JPEGMAFIA at Brooklyn Steel
When: October 27, 2021
This is big news for JPEGMAFIA fans who’ve been on stand-by since the artist’s slow trickle of new singles that began two years ago. Now, finally, JPEGMAFIA has announced a fall tour, dropped another new single, and announced the new album on the way (also scheduled for the fall). The title and release date of JPEGMAFIA’s new album has yet to be announced, but the first single from the record will be his latest: “Trust!” Fans, we’re stoked. We can’t think of a better venue for JPEGMAFIA to celebrate his return to the stage than Brooklyn Steel.
When: October 28, 2021
The premier hip-hop festival Rolling Loud is making its way to NYC, Citi Field to be exact, bringing the best talent in the genre with it. This year’s Rolling Loud NYC headlining performers include: 50 Cent, J. Cole, and Travis Scott. Beneath them, the Rolling Loud NYC lineup is filled by: Lil Uzi Vert, City Girls, Megan Thee Stallion, Gucci Mane, Lil Baby, Playboi Carti, Lil Tjay, Sheck Wes, and so, so many more. Truly, there isn’t a better borough than Queens to catch the best hip-hop acts this month. Mark your calendars, because from October 28-30, true hip-hop and rap fans have a summons to Citi Field.
Note: The Rolling Loud Festival, in accordance with New York State guidelines, will require either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test in order to attend.
Mannequin Pussy at Bowery Ballroom
When: October 30, 2021
Punk, indie rock band Mannequin Pussy will be performing in NYC this fall at the Bowery Ballroom. The Mannequin Pussy tour kicks off shortly after the band will serve as openers to Japanese Breakfast on their Jubilee tour. Mannequin Pussy will be supported by opening acts Angel Du$t and Pinkshift. The Bowery Ballroom Mannequin Pussy concert will be the band’s wrap-up for their fall tour, promising one fantastic show for the attending fans.
Harry Styles, Orville Peck at Madison Square Garden
When: October 31, 2021
Harry Styles will be concluding his New York City, Madison Square Garden performances with an unforgettable Halloween concert with Orville Peck. The two-night concert event, dubbed the “Harryween Fancy Dress Party,” will undoubtedly be one of the most smashing of Halloween events to take place in the city this year.
Beach Fossils at Brooklyn Steel
When: November 1, 2021
Brooklyn-native indie rock band Beach Fossils will be performing Brooklyn Steel this fall, just weeks before releasing a new album. The forthcoming record, The Other Side of Life: Piano Ballads, is said to be instrumental re-imaginings from across their wide catalog of tracks. Frontman Dustin Payseur’s vocals are untouched for the most part, instead lending connective tissue between the new and old versions. The band shared a preview of the album through a remake of 2017’s “This Year,” shedding light on the new piano-driven project.
Billy Joel at MSG
When: November 5, 2021
It’s happening. Billy Joel will return to Madison Square Garden for a short residency of six shows, beginning November 5th. Will the “Piano Man” singer continue his tradition of Madison Square Garden residencies after the one this fall? We suggest getting in the door anyways, just in case Billy Joel chooses this upcoming stint to be his last long stay at MSG.
Thundercat at Terminal 5
When: November 5, 2021
Stephen Bruner, otherwise known by his stage and recording moniker Thundercat, will perform Terminal 5 on the “It Is What It Is” Tour. Thundercat’s upcoming string of shows are in order to promote his Grammy-winning album of the same name. It Is What It Is, featuring jazz-juggernauts Kamasi Washington and Steve Lacy, Childish Gambino, and others, is by far Thundercat’s most accomplished record to date. We can’t wait to see what the artist has in store for his live show.
Brandi Carlile at Carnegie Hall
When: November 6, 2021
Brandi Carlile. At one of the most iconic venues in the world, Carnegie Hall. Performing one of the most influential albums of the century, Joni Mitchell’s Blue.
Yes, you heard all of that correctly. Could Brandi Carlile embark on a full-scale tour to bring her renditions of Joni Mitchell’s seminal album to cities nationwide? It’s possible, but we also think Brandi Carlile might be getting ready for a once-in-a-lifetime performance. A concert you do not want to miss.
The Flaming Lips at Brooklyn Steel
When: November 8, 2021
For those of you who haven’t seen The Flaming Lips live, now is the time. The Flaming Lips will be performing at Brooklyn Steel this fall, bringing their colorful, inflatable, and ever eccentric live show to the hippest of all the NYC boroughs. According to recent concert reviews, Wayne Coyne and co. continue to be one of the best acts around.
Dave Matthews Band at Madison Square Garden
When: November 12-13, 2021
For two nights this fall, Dave Matthews Band will be bringing the house down at one of NYC’s biggest venues: Madison Square Garden. We can’t think of a bigger way to celebrate the return of live music, and full-scale tours, than to get down for a night with one of America’s most beloved performers. Dave Matthews Band, ever-touring, is ready to reunite with their fans. Don’t miss your chance to be in the audience this November, when Dave Matthews Band comes to town.
Sylvan Esso at Terminal 5
When: November 15, 2021
Currently on their “Shaking Out the Numb” Tour, the electro-indie duo Sylvan Esso will be stopping at Terminal 5 for a night of dance and trance. With music as melodic as it is beat-heavy and contagious, Sylvan Esso will surprise you with how quickly their music can beckon you to move. Looking to let loose this fall? Sylvan Esso has the perfect backdrop for your catharsis.
Mary J. Blige at Barclays Center
When: November 18, 2021
It’s been a few years since Mary J. Blige went on a full-scale tour to reconnect with her longtime fans. Now, though she’s only performing a few nights this year, fans in NYC will have the chance to see Mary J. Blige at one of the city’s largest venues: Barclays Center. We’re hoping her 2021 concerts are only a taste of what we get from Mary next year, a small portion of what becomes a nationwide tour.
Dan Deacon at Brooklyn Steel
When: November 19, 2021
Baltimore-based musician and composer Dan Deacon is performing a small set of shows this year, bringing his EDM and visual arts concert to cities nationwide. Famed for his live performances, Dan Deacon will certainly be rolling out the best for his “Mystic Familiar” tour, in support of his first record since 2015’s Gliss Riffer.
LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel
When: November 23 – December 21, 2021
It doesn’t happen often, or consistently. There is no telling when the departure will be permanent or if, years down the road, they will come to town again. But this November and December, fans will have the rare opportunity to catch LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel during a very long residency. From “Yr City’s A Sucker,” to “Dance Yrself Clean,” to “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House,” there are endless songs to get excited to hear live when LCD Soundsystem sets up shop at the quickly iconic Brooklyn Steel.
Marlon Craft at Bowery Ballroom
When: November 27, 2021
It’s probably true: No rapper works harder than Marlon Craft, who is getting ready to release his third project of 2021. This fall, fans can catch the Hell’s Kitchen-native just downtown from his stomping grounds at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom. From his talent to his wit, to the fact that the kid just won’t stop, we anticipate Marlon Craft is set to get his due soon. We suggest getting in to see him live now, before he blows up like the dynamite we know he is.
Baby Keem at Music Hall of Williamsburg
When: November 27, 2021
Baby Keem, who arrived with the Die for My Bitch follow-up in September, will be touring to support the new album. Baby Keem’s record, The Melodic Blue, contains the singles “Durag Activity,” “Issues,” and the Kendrick Lamar-featuring “Family Ties.” Will Baby Keem invite Kendrick Lamar onstage during one of his “The Melodic Blue” shows? We think it’s possible, if not likely, that he does!
CHVRCHES at Terminal 5
When: November 27, 2021
Touring in promotion of their fourth studio album, Screen Violence, the electro-pop band CHVRCHES will be making a stop at NYC’s Terminal 5. Screen Violence, an obvious departure from their usual formula, successfully mixes themes of horror and violence with our modern dilemmas. The product? A poignant, somehow joyful remastering of this sublime world we live in. We can’t wait to hear Screen Violence live, in concert, this fall.
Yo La Tengo at Bowery Ballroom
When: November 28, 2021
Indie rock legends Yo La Tengo will be touring this fall and performing the legendary Bowery Ballroom. Playing across their wide-ranging discography, Yo La Tengo’s tour is more a celebration of a band’s entire career versus the promotion of a single album. Though, fans can expect to hear slightly more from 2018’s There’s A Riot Going On—Yo La Tengo’s latest album release.
Caribou at Brooklyn Steel
When: November 28, 2021
Kicking off November 15th in L.A will be Dan Snaith’s Caribou tour through North America. The Canadian EDM recording artist released a new album, Suddenly, just last year. Due to COVID, Snaith had to postpone his touring plans and promotion for the record. Now, fans will finally get their chance to see Dan Snaith, and Caribou, mix and perform live at Brooklyn Steel.
Mt. Joy at Terminal 5
When: November 30, 2021
Covers, classics, emotional intros and lively acoustics, Mt. Joy is finally becoming known for their top-to-bottom amazing concert performances. Now on tour to promote 2020’s Rearrange Us, Mt. Joy is well on their way to becoming your new favorite band. From the incredible pianist Jackie Miclau who steals the show during her “Let Loose” solo, to moving renditions of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine,” Mt. Joy’s 2021 tour finds the band in excellent form.