The month of July marks summer hitting full swing—which for music fans means concert season is at its peak! The list of NYC concerts in July 2016 is definitely something to get excited about. With the premiere of Panorama, this year's offerings of summer music festivals are more packed than ever before. Save some energy for the night, though, because our weekly list of the hottest parties has you covered at all the best clubs in NYC. And if that's not enough, here's our list of our favorite upcoming concerts this month.
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NYC concerts in July
In addition to collaborating with the Bad Plus and his James Farm bandmates, saxophone star Redman found time to issue the sumptuous, string-bathed Walking Shadows in 2013. The record is proof that he’s making the strongest music of his career, but that fact is even more evident on the bandstand. He turns up here with an agile combo: pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Greg Hutchinson.
It's a starstudded night: Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Sting and Gabriel, who have each spent more than 30 years in the music trenches, trade songs and sets as they tour together for the first time since the ’80s, when the two teamed up for Amnesty International. With their massive discographies, there's no telling what to expect, but we're hoping Gabriel lends Sting his lightbulb suit while he rides around the stage on a bicycle (yes, both of those things have happened).
Expect Coney Island to be crowded with moms, dads, kids, most of Animal Collective and so on, to see the Beach Boys run through their summer hits—though it's worth pointing out that after touring with Brian Wilson for its 50th anniversary in 2012, the group is back to a Wilson-less lineup. Nonetheless, it's a respectable showing of core fellas, led by founding member Mike Love and longtime player Bruce Johnston.
Legendary horror filmmaker John Carpenter stopped making movies years ago, but he’s kept on producing the deliriously freaky synthesizer compositions that gave Halloween and The Thing their inescapable atmosphere of anxiety and dread. See the master himself front a full band—and watch people freak out when it launches into an Escape from New York soundtrack cut.
Pint-size pop idol Justin Bieber hits NYC in support of his latest one, Purpose, which sees him veering into tropical house and hazy R&B territory via production from MdL and Skrillex. But that's not his only change of course: Biebs has also reportedly vowed to clean up his act and tone down the bad-boy antics. Could his days of monkey smuggling be behind him? Go ahead Justin, make Beliebers out of us.
While most indie-rock fests branched into other genres years ago, The Village Voice’s 4Knots remains keenly focused on all things underground and guitar-based. This waterfront installment features indie legends Guided by Voices, Detroit garage punks Protomartyr and folk-punk duo Girlpool.
North Jersey indie-rock legends the Feelies drew on the Velvet Underground long before the influence became de rigueur, creating wired, bookish rock at a time when the Vampire Weekend kids were but twinkles in their parents’ eyes. Expect to hear old favorites mixed in with tunes from the band’s 2011 comeback LP, Here Before. Blissed-out indie-gone-psych faves Beach Fossils open.
July 20–August 7
Lovers of summer, music, dance, things to do outside and free things to do in NYC—and that's all of you—rejoice! The Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival is upon us. This year marks the 45th season of the festival, and this year's program is every bit as deliciously diverse as you'd expect from Lincoln Center.