New York City is home to one of the best and most diverse music scenes in the world. Here are the top 6 live music venues in Manhattan that everyone should check out:
- Beacon Theatre
There’s no better way to enjoy live music than in the iconic Beacon Theatre. It’s known to have the best acoustics in New York City and the best venue in the Upper West Side for R7B, jam bands, and rock concerts.
Beacon Theatre has hosted performances from artists like Cold Play, Steely Dan, the Rolling Stones, Eddie Vedder, Ryan Adamas, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and Ray LaMontagne. It also showcased the final concert performance of The Allman Brother Band in 2014.
Today, the theatre is one of the leading live music and concert venues in the city. The structure itself is also a sight to behold as it features the beautiful art deco style of noted 20th-century American architect Walter Ahlschlager.
- Harlem Nights
2361 7th Avenue
Harlem Nights is a new addition to the Harlem bar and live music scene that has imbibed the community’s heart and soul. Harlem Nights is a down-to-earth neighborhood bar and lounge with great drinks and even better music. The relaxed vibe of the bar makes it easy for patrons to really enjoy and connect with the local bands and musicians.
The bar also offers hand-crafted cocktails and snacks to keep guests comfortable and for them to truly immerse themselves in the experience Harlem Nights offers.
- Bill’s Place
148 West 133rd Street Harlem
An authentic speakeasy in Harlem, Bill’s Place is a cozy club with world-class jazz musicians. Coming here is like going back in time during Harlem’s prohibition years. The club comes alive with performances by the Harlem All-Stars led by Bill Saxton on the saxophone every Friday and Saturday.
- Rockwood Music Hall
196 Allen Street, Lower East Side
The Rockwood Music Hall has three different stages all equipped with theatrical lighting, great acoustics, and an intimate and comfortable setting. Some famous acts that have graced the Rockwood stages are Lady Gaga, Giselle Bellas, Amos Lee, Mumford & Sons, Jessie J, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, and many more.
Get advanced tickets online until 5:30 PM on the day of the performance or buy tickets at the door before show time. All shows require one drink purchase for standing and two drinks minimum for seated.
- Fat Cat
75 Christopher Street
Fat Cat is a jazz club that describes itself on its website as “a diverse cultural institution featuring live music, games, art space and innovative educational programming.” It offers multiple shows every night and hosts late-night jam sessions featuring up-and-coming talents from the city’s Juilliard School. These toe-tapping, head-bopping jam sessions usually last until the early hours of the morning.
- The Iridium
The Iridium is a well-known musical landmark found at the heart of Times Square. It attracts a number of well-known artists every month. The drinks and ambiance make it a wonderful venue for enjoying live music.
In the past 20 years, the club has featured talents from all over the world such as Grammy Award nominee Joe Jackson, British singer-songwriter George Ezra, and the legendary Les Paul. For those looking to experience the best of blues, jazz, and rock, The Iridium is the place to be.
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