If you’re going to be around the New York City area in 2014, check out some of these concerts that promise to be amazing experiences:
1. Aretha Franklin
Where: Radio City Music Hall, New York City
When: Saturday March 29
How Much: $71-$325
Known as The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin is a living legend, a singer of amazing talent and charisma. It’s impossible not to be moved by her vocal range. Don’t miss this chance to show this icon of gospel some R-E-S-P-E-C-T!
2. Conor Oberst
Where: Rumsey Playfield – Summerstage – Central Park
When: Sunday, June 29, 3:30 a.m.
How Much: $65-$135
Genre: Indie Folk
Known commonly for being the originator of the band Bright Eyes, Oberst consistently produces songs that are melodically and lyrically powerful. Having seen his shows before, I can attest that they are intimate, beautiful affairs. He injects an amazing amount of raw emotion into his performances.
3. Childish Gambino
Where: Hammerstein Ballroom, Manhattan Center , New York
When: Wednesday, August 13, 3:30 a.m.
How Much: Around $40 on Ticketmaster, starting at $98 on Stub Hub
Childish Gambino is the stage name of Donald Glover, a comedic actor and writer who starred on the show Community for the last few seasons. I checked out his music after falling in love with his performance on Community, and I was gratified to discover that he is a rapper with a fresh, unique sound and feel.
4 . Cat Power
Where: Music Hall of Williamsburg , Brooklyn, NY
When: Tuesday, March 11
How Much: Tix start at only $40
Genre: Indie soul/folk/blues
It’s tough to put Cat Power in a specific genre of music, but if you enjoy talented Indie singers, you’ll love her. Her sweet sultry voice perfectly compliments her intelligently written songs. Bring a box of tissues though; something about her music always makes me cry!
5. Lady Gaga
Where: Roseland Ballroom – NY, New York City
When: Wednesday, April 2, 8 p.m.
How Much: $126-$5611
I’m not usually a fan of pop music in general, but I truly believe that Lady Gaga is the pop icon of this generation! She is a born performer, a genius at putting on a good show, and any concert of hers is bound to be interesting, to say the least!