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Best Concerts in New York

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Bowery Ballroom

Widely regarded as New York City's best musical performance venue, Bowery Ballroom is a 550-person capacity event venue with 3 floors, bars and dedicated balconies for mosh pits. This NYC mainstay showcases the brightest new talents in underground and contemporary music and hence is a must visit for all those indie rock music fans out there. Artists of various levels of fame have graced the stage here, such as Nine Inch Nails, who sometimes treat their eager fans to secret shows. Stay back after the show ends for an opportunity to interact with the artists having a drink in the bar downstairs.

New York, NY, United States
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SOB's

Situated in SoHo, SOB'S also known as Sounds of Brazil, is renowned for playing wonderful world music, while serving delectable cuisine that involves Latin and Brazilian specialties. At SOB's one gets to hear an eclectic mix of live world music, where you can relax your senses and enjoy an evening filled with lovely entertainment. Popular performers like Marc Anthony, Seu Jorge, Celia Cruz, Issac Delgado and many more have performed here.

New York, NY, United States
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Rockwood Music Hall

Rockwood Music Hall is a tiny little club nestled in the heart of the East Village that delivers intimate concerts of five or six performances a night, every night. Fans repeat what a pleasure it is seeing their favorite performers in this cozy venue that, despite its size, keeps bustling all week long. There is no cover charge, just a one drink minimum. Check out the websites for details.

New York, NY, United States
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Village Vanguard

The Village Vanguard has been around since 1935, when it was founded by an enterprising Lithuanian immigrant. Today, a sizable international crowd packs the club, enjoying the great music and acoustics, an informal New York camaraderie and a good selection of beer and cocktails. Musical giants from Leadbelly to John Coltrane to Wynton Marsalis have played here, and fresh talent as well as "name dropping performers" can be heard in this fabled Greenwich Village basement seven days a week.

New York, NY, United States
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Irving Plaza

Irving Plaza is a three-level auditorium and club that can accommodate about 1,200 guests. The venue is very popular amongst New Yorkers looking for some live entertainment. The place is primarily a concert venue, and has showcased bands from The Hives to Prince. Even though the hall can hold a large audience, it provides an intimate atmosphere to enjoy your favorite bands. On certain days you can also catch other performing events like dance, musicals and plays. Only 16-year olds and below need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian to gain entrance.

New York, NY, United States
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Jalopy

Located across Columbia Street, the Jalopy theater is a popular event venue. This venue has a casual ambiance and focus is always on the performance and events featured here. The simple space stages live music concerts and open MIC nights on a regular basis; Bluegrass being the local favorite, you will always come across a country band playing here. Its on-site bar ensures that you are never short of your favorite drink. And, if the artists inspire you to take up music, Jalopy conducts musical classes (learn to play musical instruments) and workshops. For complete details, call ahead or simply visit the website.

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

One of New York City's true gems, the Brooklyn Academy of Music is a world class performing arts center. Located at the edge of the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, it offers some of the city's finest concerts and theatrical events. From opera and classical music to African dance and modern theater, the packed schedule offers something for everyone's taste. The complex is also home to Bam Rose Cinemas.

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Music Hall of Williamsburg

Music Hall of Williamsburg was established in 2007 in place of the popular music venue known as Northsix. Today, it is a trendy concert hall that hosts music programs across a range of genres from rock and pop to punk and EDM. The excellent acoustics, lighting and seating arrangement make it a popular event venue in the neighborhood. The hall can accommodate a maximum of 550 guests, yet it has an intimate feel to it. The building also houses bars so that visitors can enjoy a round of drinks before or after a show. Check the website for the detailed schedule of concerts.

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Brooklyn Bowl

Set in an expansive 23,000 square feet (2137 square meters) space, Brooklyn Bowl is a melting pot of everything anyone could ask for. A 16-lane bowling alley with massive projection screens has warmed the hearts of locals who stop by to enjoy Happy Hour, when bowling is free. It is possible to rent the space for private events where they provide for live bands, DJs, lighting, photography, flowers, decor, parking and more. Often one can find film or photography shoots happening here. Brooklyn Bowl is also a popular concert venue, hosting many big name acts throughout the year.

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Barclays Center

A premier sporting arena and entertainment center in Brooklyn, Barclays Center opened with much fanfare in September 2012 with their very first event, a deafening Jay-Z concert, being a sold out affair. It's not surprising though, as Brooklyn has never been short on enthusiasm in terms of mega sports and entertainment. The gigantic venue boasts of a capacity of 19,000 fans and can host basketball and ice hockey as well as concerts with equal aplomb. Designed by the experts responsible for such stellar venues as TD Garden and Time Warner Cable Arena, Barclays Center boasts of excellent facilities for fans. There are VIP as well as party suites catering to those looking for a bit of privacy. There are no less than 37 food options as well as a few shopping outlets. The arena is home to the Brooklyn Nets.

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Madison Square Garden

A renowned entertainment venue in the Big Apple, Madison Square Garden has gained iconic importance around the world. Attracting crowds since 1968, the stadium is abuzz with voices of Knicks and Rangers fans. With a capacity of 18,000, it is considered to be Midtown Manhattan's revered and oldest entertainment spot. From glamorous music concerts to award shows, the venue has witnessed some of the biggest events over time. A sought after venue in New York City and sitting right above Penn Station, it is easily accessible for everyone.

New York, NY, United States
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Hammerstein Ballroom - Manhattan Center

The Hammerstein Ballroom is one of New York city's most distinguished and refined all-purpose special event venues. This former opera house comes fully loaded with state of the art entertainment and media production technology, intricate woodwork, a handpainted 75-foot high ceiling and three stylish side boxes and balconies. The ballroom is connected to the in-house control room, audio studio, television studio and post-production studio, making the Hammerstein the ideal location for broadcasting live shows like award functions and events like fundraisers and fashion shows.

New York, NY, United States
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