As any NYC music fan will tell you, there are no off nights here. If you're game for going out, the city's guaranteed to have a gig for you, whether it's a pop blowout, a cozy country show, a set at a world-famous jazz club like the Village Vanguard or a raging metal bill. Our monthly concert calendars are your first stop for news on shows coming up, but this list of the best concerts in NYC is designed to help with your last-minute showgoing plans. Why not take a chance on a new name? Every gig you see below gets the Time Out New York stamp of approval.
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The severely talented Broadway leading lady (Brooklyn, Wicked, Rent) brings her iron belt to the Green Room 42 for an intimate residency that promises songs from her two albums, pop and musical-theater favorites and even audience requests.
Part cabaret, part piano bar and part social set, Cast Party offers a chance to hear rising and established talents step up to the microphone (backed by the slap and tickle of Steve Doyle on bass and Billy Stritch at the ivories, plus the bang of Daniel Glass on drums). The waggish Caruso presides as host.
He’s worked with Liza Minnelli, Kylie Minogue and just about every downtown act in NYC. Now composer, pianist and performer Lance Horne hosts his own wild night of singing, drinking and dancing, strip-teasing and bad behavior at the East Village nightlife hub Club Cumming. Expect advanced show-tune geekery and appearances by Broadway stars looking to get down by the piano. Plan on sleeping in on Tuesday.
Rising jazz vocal star Cécile McLorin Salvant sings with a grace and wit that evoke the greats of the idiom. It's easy to hear why she won the prestigious 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition at just 21 years of age.
Folk-pop crooner Joan Osborne has shown surprising staying power since her ’90s hit, “One of Us.” In her return to the Café Carlyle she focuses on songs by Bob Dylan, with whom she has collaborated in the past.
Mosher is one of those talents you need to see to believe: warm, funny, biting, ferociously committed. In her weekly series at the downstairs Birdland Theater, she invites a gaggle of performers from Broadway and beyond to show their talents. Guests at the February 25 edition include Kenn Boisinger, the LadyBugs, Blake Allen with Kuhoo Verma, Marta Sanders and Leanne Borghesi, Lisa Viggiano, Ira Lee Collings, Joan Ryan, Highline Vocal Jazz and musical director Brad Simmons.
Pope's viscerally thrilling alto is a rich gusher of sound that emerges like a full-on blast from the past, but her cabaret shows are hilariously full of present tension. In this new series of sets at the Duplex, she sets her sights on joy by applying her Ed Sullivan Show neoretro vocals to standards and contemporary pops. Joining her at the piano are rotating music directors: Drew Wutke (January 23, March 26, May 28), Matt Aument (February 27) and Brian Nash (April 23).
A miserable man in Stalin's Soviet Union contemplates ending it all—as his communist friends and neighbors try to capitalize on his demise—in this concert preentation of a musical by David Bridel, Simon Gray and Raymond Bokhour. The cast, directed by Don Stephenson, includes Bokhour, Drew McVety, Jim Borstelmann, John Jellison and Madeleine Doherty.