Cheap New York: Affordable live-music concerts

Enjoying live music on the cheap in New York is easy—if you follow our handy, continually updated guide.

0

Comments

Add +
Lia Ices live at Mercury Lounge

Lia Ices live at Mercury Lounge Photograph: wagz2it

Looking for a cheap New York City concert? Of course you are! Check out our genre-spanning list of inexpensive gigs going on around town—and don’t forget about these free venues. Who knows—you could catch the next big thing.


RECOMMENDED: Full list of cheap things to do in NYC


Power Trip + Mammoth Grinder

  • Price band: 1/4

Power Trip turned heads last year with Manifest Decimation, an LP that perfectly captured the precision fury of mid-’80s Metallica—sans the ballads. Here, the Dallas crew shows off its thrash attack at two shows: On July 28, Razorheads and Ajax warm things up, while Hounds of Hate opens July 29.

  1. The Studio at Webster Hall 125 E 11th St, between Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Tue Jul 29
More info

Chain and the Gang + Ed Schrader's Music Beat

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

D.C. post-hardcore eccentric extraordinaire Ian Svenonius—you might know him from Nation of Ulysses or the Make-Up—takes the stage with his kitsched-up garage-rock vehicle Chain and the Gang. Floor-tom-smackin' Baltimore art-punk oddball Ed Schrader, in a duo with bassist Devlin Rice, supports a recent full-length, Party Jail.

  1. Baby's All Right 146 Broadway, at Bedford Ave, 11211
  2. Tue Jul 29
More info

Josh Gondelman and People He Admires

  • Price band: 1/4

Sheng Wang and Noré Davis are comics Josh Gondelman admires enough to share the spotlight with. Catch these three along with several others at this lively stand-up showcase.

  1. Union Hall 702 Union St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Tue Jul 29
More info

Slavic Soul Party!

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Of all the NYC dance bands that draw on Eastern European music, Slavic Soul Party!—in residency at Barbès for more than a decade—is the coolest. And the group isn’t preoccupied with rebelling against the Old World. Live, the band’s members prove they're acutely aware of the common principle that unites the traditions they borrow from:

  1. Barbès 376 9th St, at Sixth Ave, 11215
  2. Tue Jul 29
More info

Konceptions Music Series

  • Price band: 1/4

Keyboardist James Carney's weekly progressive-jazz showcase hosts bands led by saxist Peter Epstein—heard on the engaging recent inside-outside disc, Polarities—and Carney himself, at 9 and 10:30pm, respectively.

  1. Korzo 667 Fifth Ave, between 19th and 20th Sts
  2. Tue Jul 29
More info

Jonathan Kreisberg Trio

  • Price band: 1/4

Guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg, an ace straight-ahead player who also wades into swirly psychedelic territory in his sideman appearances with soul-jazz great Dr. Lonnie Smith, continues his long-running Bar Next Door residency.

  1. The Bar Next Door (downstairs at La Lanterna di Vittorio) 129 MacDougal St, between 3rd and 4th Sts
  2. Wed Jul 30 - Wed Aug 27
More info

The Mandingo Ambassadors

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Guitarist Mamady Kouyaté formed the Mandingo Ambassadors in Guinea in the late ’60s. Now living in New York, Kouyaté leads a new version of the outfit through funky, festive West African tunes every Wednesday night at Barbès.

  1. Barbès 376 9th St, at Sixth Ave, 11215
  2. Wed Jul 30
More info

La Luz

  • Price band: 2/4

Seattle quartet La Luz plays pleasantly reverb-soaked, harmonized guitar pop at MoMA's elegant concert series.

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Thu Jul 31
More info

James Brandon Lewis

  • Price band: 1/4

Young saxist James Brandon Lewis gigs in support of Divine Travels, a new disc on the recently rebooted OKeh label, which finds him reconciling his gospel roots with post-Coltrane free jazz. Bassist William Parker and drummer Dominic Fragman round out the group, and poet Thomas Sayers Ellis guest-stars.

  1. Birdland 315 W 44th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Thu Jul 31
More info

John Early: Literally Me

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The hilariously fresh actor-comedian John Early (of Ars Nova's Showgasm) makes light of his time in the NYC showbiz trenches in this solo show of comedy, music and short films. The show features support from Yazan and the Gates Family Band, Jacqueline Novak and Ruby Roo.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Thu Jul 31
More info
See all cheap live music in New York City


Users say

0 comments