Cheap New York: Affordable live-music concerts

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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.


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Elliott Sharp's Terraplane + Aram Bajakian

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Multifarious electric-guitar maestro Elliott Sharp is one of New York's most unfettered creative forces; in Terraplane, he serves up gritty urban blues in the company of vocalist Tracie Morris, bassist Dave Hofstra and drummer Don McKenzie, as heard on the new 4AM Always. Sharing the bill tonight is fellow eclectic shredder Aram Bajakian, whose

  1. The Grand Victory 245 Grand St, between Driggs Ave and Roebling St, 11211
  2. Thu Apr 17
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Banning Eyre

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Author Banning Eyre is probably best known for his encyclopedic knowledge of African music, but he’s actually a fine guitarist who’s more than held his own in the presence of folks like Bonnie Raitt and Malian ax hero Djelimady Tounkara. He plays solo here.

  1. Barbès 376 9th St, at Sixth Ave, 11215
  2. Thu Apr 17
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Peter Evans Zebulon Trio

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Peter Evans, a daredevil trumpet virtuoso who excels in settings ranging from chamber orchestras to gritty electroacoustic improv groups, heads his loosest, hardest-grooving ensemble, a trio with bassist John Hébert and drummer Kassa Overall. The band takes its name from its former haunt: the late, lamented Williamsburg venue Zebulon.

  1. The Jazz Gallery 1160 Broadway, between 27th and 28th Sts, fifth floor
  2. Thu Apr 17
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Peter Evans Zebulon Trio

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Peter Evans, a daredevil trumpet virtuoso who excels in settings ranging from chamber orchestras to gritty electroacoustic improv groups, heads his loosest, hardest-grooving ensemble, a trio with bassist John Hébert and drummer Kassa Overall. The band takes its name from its former haunt: the late, lamented Williamsburg venue Zebulon.

  1. The Jazz Gallery 1160 Broadway, between 27th and 28th Sts, fifth floor
  2. Thu Apr 17
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New York's Alright 2014

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The folks behind crucial hardcore blog I Could Die Tomorrow curate a four-day multivenue blowout, featuring fast and furious punk from all over the U.S., as well as bands from Sweden, Japan and Canada. No starry names here—just pure underground goodness. For the full rundown, including info on late-night after-show gigs at Bushwick spot the

  1. The Wick 260 Meserole St, between Bushwick Pl and Waterbury St, 11206
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sun Apr 20
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Ikebe Shakedown + High and Mighty Brass Band

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Ikebe Shakedown re-creates the kind of vibrant, vintage, Afrobeat-flavored funk that sends crate-digging DJs into spasms of joy. The Brooklyn outfit celebrates the release of a new LP tonight at Mercury Lounge. Helping out is High and Mighty Brass Band and its high-energy blend of New Orleans funk, R&B, Afrobeat and hip-hop.

  1. Mercury Lounge 217 E Houston St, between Essex and Ludlow Sts, 10002
  2. Fri Apr 18
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Prince Rama + Win Win + Weaves

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Prince Rama fits comfortably into the thriving neopsych underground, serving droning, tribal-inflected trance-outs perfect for your next incense sesh. Buzzy, glitchy electropop outfit Win Win opens.

  1. Baby's All Right 146 Broadway, at Bedford Ave, 11211
  2. Fri Apr 18
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Liam Finn

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Liam Finn is the son of Crowded House's Neil Finn, and is a very sharp pop songwriter in his own right. His work is at once folky, rocky and contemporary, full of light, touching songs in a Garden State–soundtrack vein. Here, he returns to his regular Billyburg haunt.

  1. Union Pool 484 Union Ave, at Meeker Ave, 11211
  2. Fri Apr 18
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Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom

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Drummer-composer Allison Miller and her band—pianist Matt Mitchell, cornetist Kirk Knuffke, bassist Chris Lightcap and vocalist Rachel Friedman—gig in support of last year's No Morphine, No Lilies, a typically inventive set that juxtaposes hushed chamber-jazz intimacy with funky, extroverted swing excursions.

  1. Cornelia Street Café 29 Cornelia St, between Bleecker and W 4th Sts, 10014
  2. Fri Apr 18
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Spanglish Fly

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Barbès regulars Spanglish Fly revisit the boogaloo sounds of ’60s-era Spanish Harlem.

  1. Barbès 376 9th St, at Sixth Ave, 11215
  2. Fri Apr 18
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