Concert schedule for live music shows in New York City in August

Check out forthcoming major live music shows in New York with our concert schedule for August, and buy tickets before these New York concerts sell out

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Mad. Sq. Music: Oval Lawn Series

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  • Free

You'll want to bring a picnic blanket to the 11th season of Madison Square Park's outdoor concert series—the Fatty Crew (that's restaurant trifecta Fatty Crab, Fatty Cue and Pig & Khao) will be dishing out some of their famous fare. Hosting a wide range of musical acts, the summer-long series kicks off with the folksy Suzanne Vega (June 19), followed by the clarinet-led Anat Cohen Quartet (June

  1. Madison Square Park 23rd St to 26th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10010
  2. Wed Jul 23 - Wed Aug 6
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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

  • Price band: 2/4
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The fabled Aussie outfit has lost none of its fire and drama playing live. The band's most recent album, Push the Sky Away, shows that Cave's writing is every bit as intense as it’s ever been, from the dark humor of its title track (an apparent ode to Hannah Montana) to such soul-stealingly lovely lines as “I watch your hands like butterflies landing” (“Wide Lovely Eyes”). The group is

  1. French Institute Alliance Française, Florence Gould Hall 55 E 59th St, between Madison and Park Aves
  2. Sat Jul 26 - Mon Aug 4
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The Brain Cloud

  • Price band: 1/4
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Dennis Lichtman, of the lively New Orleans–style jazz band the Cangelosi Cards, leads a highly talented group of musicians into energetic Western-swing territory. A mainstay at Barbès and several other local haunts, the Cloud is one of the city's most dependably charming retro acts.

  1. Barbès 376 9th St, at Sixth Ave, 11215
  2. Mon Jul 28 - Mon Aug 25
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Sonny Landreth

  • Price band: 2/4
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Blues musician Sonny Landreth is underappreciated for the level of songwriting and guitar skill he's exhibited over his long career. But those in the know, namely fellow musicians like Allen Toussaint and Mark Knopfler, recognize him as one of the greats for his excellent country-tinged slide technique and ability to evoke images of his native Louisiana in pastoral song.

  1. Iridium 1650 Broadway, at 51st St
  2. Thu Jul 31 - Sat Aug 2
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Soundgarden + Nine Inch Nails

  • Price band: 2/4

Last month, the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death brought waves of I-miss-the-’90s melancholy. For a nostalgia fix this summer with a decidedly small bummer factor, Chris Cornell and Trent Reznor lead their respective troupes to the waterside. Black T-shirts and angst optional.

  1. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Jones Beach
  2. Fri Aug 1
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Nine Inch Nails + Soundgarden

  • Price band: 3/4
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’Scuse us, what year is it, again? Though both Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden have comeback albums to promote—the impressive Hesitation Marks and the disappointing King Animal, respectively—you know you're going to hear plenty from these alt-rock icons' signature discs, NIN's The Downward Spiral and Chris Cornell & Co.'s Superunknown, which dropped on the very same day in March of ’94.

  1. PNC Bank Arts Center Exit 116, Garden State Pkwy
  2. Fri Aug 1 - Sat Aug 2
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Miley Cyrus + Lily Allen

  • Price band: 3/4
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Miley's Bangerz tour rolls on, with this rescheduled Long Island date. Original openers Icona Pop and Sky Ferreira have been swapped with sassy pop vixen Lily Allen, whose Sheezus sends up many of the tropes employed in the sensory-overloading stage show. Expect giant inflatable animals, copious costumed backup dancers and an abundance of unfettered twerking.

  1. Nassau Coliseum 1255 Hempstead Tpke, at Meadowbrook Pkwy
  2. Fri Aug 1
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Dick Dale

  • Price band: 2/4
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If the name Dick Dale doesn't ring a bell, maybe "Misirlou," the indelible anthem and de facto theme for Pulp Fiction, does. Dale has a deep catalog, his Eastern European–flavored surf rock influencing everyone from Eddie Van Halen to Jimi Hendrix. Even at 77, he still brings the heat onstage—right on time for sizzling NYC summer.

  1. Brooklyn Bowl 61 Wythe Ave, at North 11th St, 11211
  2. Sat Aug 2
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Allen Toussaint

  • Price band: 2/4
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A linchpin of the golden age of New Orleans R&B, Toussaint penned and produced some of America's best-loved soul songs, including Lee Dorsey's "Working in the Coal Mine" and Ernie K-Doe's "Mother-in-Law," and he puts on a helluva live show. He settles in for a four-week Sunday afternoon residency at Joe's Pub.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Sun Aug 3
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The Offspring + Bad Religion + Pennywise + The Vandals

  • Price band: 3/4

Long-running SoCal pop-punks the Offspring headline this throwback tour with veteran acts Bad Relgion, Pennywise (who have a new album, Yesterdays, out) and the Vandals. The former perform their their aptly titled 1994 record, Smash, which remains the highest-selling indie record of all time, in full.

  1. Terminal 5 610 W 56th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Mon Aug 4 - Tue Aug 5
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David Gray

  • Price band: 3/4

David Gray had a hugely successful run in Europe in the early aughts with his White Ladder album (it’s Ireland’s all-time best-selling album), propelled by his crazy catchy single “Babylon.” While Gray’s melodic folk-rock sound is far from cutting-edge, he does know how to write a stirring, romantic song, as other efforts such as “This Year’s Love” and “Please Forgive Me”

  1. Theater at Madison Square Garden 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (Seventh Ave), between 31st and 33rd Sts
  2. Mon Aug 4
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Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell + Robert Ellis

  • Free

Roots-music royalty convenes when alt-country godmother Emmylou Harris hits the stage with her longtime compadre, singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell, to showcase material from their handsomely twangy joint CD, Old Yellow Moon, issued on Nonesuch. Houston songman Robert Ellis plays twangy, warm, wry songs that recall Jackson Browne.

  1. Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center W 62nd St, between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves
  2. Wed Aug 6
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John Legend

  • Price band: 3/4
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John Legend, who will forever have a place in our hearts for his performance in a bat mitzvah scene on Curb Your Enthusiasm, gives vintage soul a respectful tweak. We're tearing up just thinking about the inevitable encore performance of the gorgeousness that is "All of Me."

  1. Barclays Center 620 Atlantic Ave, at Flatbush Ave, 11217
  2. Wed Aug 6
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Bridget Everett and the Tender Moments

  • Price band: 1/4
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The astonishing, totally fearless Everett has been playing more comedy shows these past few years, including opening for Amy Schumer, and she never fails to shake up a room with hits like "Boob Song." The towering sex goddess's triumphant Joe's Pub set finds her belting and oversharing as only she can. Not to be missed.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Wed Aug 6
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