Concert List: Performers Appearing in Venues Within the New York Tri- State Area

by Dakota Sagnelli

Are you a music fan?  Then check out the upcoming shows in the New York Tri-State area.  The experts all agree you’ll find something on this list you’ll love!

1/15/10 (8:00)

Rascal Flatts

Mohegan Sun Arena

“But most of the time Rascal Flatts specialized in simpering and big buildups, amid an arena-rock spectacle of flashing video and fireworks. Settled heartland Americans certainly deserve songs that address their lives.”

New York Times

1/16/10 (12:00)

Strawberry Fields: A Tribute to the Beatles

B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill

“Featuring former members of Broadway’s Beatlemania, Strawberry Fields is a Beatles tribute dedicated to bringing you as close to a real Beatles concert as you can get, complete with costumes. The show takes you on a Magical Mystery Tour starting in 1964, then to 1967’s “Sergeant Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band, all the way to “White Album,” “Abbey Road” and “Let It Be.”

– Gold Star Fan Review

1/16/10 (7:00)

Lady Gaga with Jason Derulo and Semi-Precious Weapons

Borgata Event Center

“There is so much to recommend about her. She has the gumption of vintage Madonna (some of it, anyway), a husky voice kept mostly in reserve, the unlikely pop persistence of Taylor Swift, the unerring peculiarity of Antony: a combination found nowhere else on the planet.”

– New York Times

1/16/10 (8:00)

Rascal Flatts

Mohegan Sun Arena

1/18/10 (7:30)

Lady GaGa

Mohegan Sun Arena

1/20/10 (7:30)

Lady GaGa with Special Guests Kid Cudi & Jason Derulo

Radio City Music Hall

1/21/10 (7:30)

Lady GaGa with Special Guests Kid Cudi & Jason Derulo

Radio City Music Hall

1/22/10 (9:00)

Kid Cudi

Filmore New York at Irving Plaza

“The music is engrossing and Cudi’s angst genuine (he mourns his dead father), but his raps get pedestrian (“Gray clouds up above, man/Metaphor to my life, man”). And asserting ad nauseam that he is a “lonely stoner” is just annoying — a hipster boast masquerading as a confession.”

Rolling Stone

1/23/10 (12:00)

Strawberry Fields: A Tribute to the Beatles

B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill

1/23/10 (7:30)

Lady GaGa with Special Guests Kid Cudi & Jason Derulo

Radio City Music Hall

1/24/10 (7:30)

Lady GaGa with Special Guests Kid Cudi & Jason Derulo

Radio City Music Hall

1/25/10 (8:30)

Cheap Trick

Filmore New York at Irving Plaza

“The enduring, hard-touring, and self-caricaturing rock group Cheap Trick worked its way up to platinum sales with a blend of Beatles-style pop, hard rock chops, and a cartoonish stage act, which played Rick Nielsen’s exaggerated mugging and guitar gymnastics against Robin Zander’s teen-idol looks and rich, powerful voice.”

Rolling Stone

1/29/10 (6:30)

Theory of a Deadman

Starland Ballroom

1/29/10 (11:00)

Led Zeppelin Tribute: Black Dog

B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill

“Black Dog is New York’s #1 Led Zeppelin tribute. We play their greatest hits. We cover the studio versions. We are often told we play Zeppelin better than the over priced look alike bands. No band on earth can reproduce the spontaneous originality of a Led Zeppelin live jam. Our band plays their greatest studio hits with no overplaying.”

– Led Zeppelin Tribute: Black Dog

1/30/10 (12:00)

Strawberry Fields: A Tribute to the Beatles

B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill

2/06/10 (12:00)

Strawberry Fields: A Tribute to the Beatles

B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill

2/10/10 (8:00)

Dave Davies: Legendary Guitarist of the Kinks

B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill

2/11/10 (7:00)

American Carnage Tour: Slayer and Megadeth with Testament

IZOD Center

2/11/10 (7:30)

Bruce Springsteen Tribute: Tramps Like US

B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill

“You would have to be completely allergic to Springsteen to not be won over by the rambunctious atmosphere. Even this reporter, usually impervious to the ‘E’ Street band’s particular brand of magic, started humming along. Tramps Like Us brought Springsteen back to a human scale”

NY Newsday

2/13/10 (12:00)

Strawberry Fields: A Tribute to the Beatles

B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill

2/13/10 (8:00)

An Evening with Kid Rock

Borgata Event Center

“But his good-hearted faith in rock & roll delivers a powerful kick. As he well knows — and Rock N Roll Jesus proves — roaring guitars, truckloads of attitude and an unquenchable lust for life make up for a multitude of sins.”

Rolling Stone

2/14/10 (8:00)

An Evening with Kid Rock

Borgata Event Center

2/19/10 (7:30)

John Mayer with Special Guest Michael Franti & Spearhead

Mohegan Sun Arena

2/19/10 (8:00)

Eric Clapton/ Jeff Beck

Madison Square Garden

How mighty are these two axmen? Clapton ranked Number Four on our list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, and Beck came in Number 14.”

–   Rolling Stone

2/20/10 (12:00)

Strawberry Fields: A Tribute to the Beatles

B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill

2/20/10 (8:00)

Kansas

Bergen Performing Arts Center

“These corn-fed prog-rock philosophers hit it right exactly once: the 1977 acoustic doomshow “Dust in the Wind,” which seems guaranteed to stick around long after the earth and sky are both gone.”

Rolling Stone

2/24/10 (7:30)

Black Eyed Peas

Madison Square Garden

“I recommend to everybody to go to this concert. They were so awesome, they kept the crowd going, everybody was dancing. RARELY anyone was sitting, and if anybody was it was because they were so tired from screaming their lungs out.”

Live Nation

2/25/10 (8:00)

John Mayer with Special Guest Michael Franti & Spearhead

Madison Square Garden

Turns out, loose, louche, funny Mayer isn’t just good for publicity. It’s good for art.”

Rolling Stone

2/26/10 (8:00)

John Mayer with Special Guest Michael Franti & Spearhead

Madison Square Garden

2/27/10 (12:00)

Strawberry Fields: A Tribute to the Beatles

B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill

2/27/10 (8:00)

Jerry Lee Lewis

B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill

“Though he had only three Top Ten hits in the first, purely rock & roll phase of his career, many believe Jerry Lee Lewis (a.k.a. “The Killer”) was as talented a 1950s rocker as Sun label-mate Elvis Presley. Some also believe he could have made it just as big commercially if his piano-slamming style was not so relentlessly wild, his persona not so threateningly hard-edged.”

Rolling Stone

3/01/10 (7:30)

Black Eyed Peas

Nassau Coliseum

3/05/10 (8:00)

Muse

Madison Square Garden

“Songs like the industrial-flavored ‘Uprising’ prove again that Muse know how to whip up an almighty roar”

Rolling Stone

3/06/10 (12:00)

Strawberry Fields: A Tribute to the Beatles

B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill

3/06/10 (8:00)

Jay-Z: The BP3 Tour

IZOD Center

“The top millennium top hip-hop artist, Jay-Z tied Elvis Presley for the most Number One albums by a solo performer with the release of his 2007 disc American Gangster.”

Rolling Stone

3/08/10 (7:00)

Alice in Chains

Terminal 5

“A metal band with an alternative-rock edge, Alice in Chains was among the biggest to emerge from the grunge scene that spawned Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden. The group’s dark, bitter songs, laden with references to drug addiction and death, occupy a musical landscape somewhere between Metallica’s dense head bangers and Pearl Jam’s grinding anthems.”

Rolling Stone

3/12/10 (7:30)

Jay-Z: The BP3 Tour

Nassau Coliseum

3/13/10 (12:00)

Strawberry Fields: A Tribute to the Beatles

B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill

3/13/10 (7:30 & 10:00)

Blue Oyster Cult

B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill

“Semisatiric exponents of the high-decibel apocalypse, Blue Öyster Cult forged an unlikely alliance between teen tastes and critical appeal and were a major heavy-metal band from the mid-’70s through the ’80s.”

-Rolling Stone

3/20/10 (12:00)

Strawberry Fields: A Tribute to the Beatles

B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill

3/26/10 (7:30)

Bon Jovi

Mohegan Sun Arena

“Like an American Def Leppard, Bon Jovi used good looks and good hooks, toned-down aggression and pumped-up production to forge the pop-metal alloy that made it one of the dominant mainstream rock bands of the late Eighties.”

Rolling Stone

3/27/10 (12:00)

Strawberry Fields: A Tribute to the Beatles

B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill

3/27/10 (7:30)

Bon Jovi

Mohegan Sun Arena

3/27/10 (8:00)

Norah Jones

Madison Square Garden

“Norah Jones has a soft, powerful voice that captivates her audience; combined with never-ending transcendle music in the background. The result is avant-roots music that rocks, albeit gently”

Rolling Stone

4/03/10 (12:00)

Strawberry Fields: A Tribute to the Beatles

B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill

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