The summer ‘16 concert season boasts top divas, daring duos, a first time music festival and a fresh collaboration. In the diva-stakes, Barbra Streisand will return to Brooklyn, while Adele will do a long run at Madison Square Garden.
For new pairings, Sting hooks up with Peter Gabriel, as does Jeff Beck with blues guitarist Buddy Guy. As for that new fest, there’s the all-day Panorama event. And the collaboration involves a new singer/songwriter supergroup corralling Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs. Add to that comebacks for Guns N’ Roses and the surviving stars of the Bad Boy Records label.
– Macklemore & Ryan Lewis , Capitol Theatre, June 20: The socially-conscious duo haven’t had much commercial impact with their latest album. But their “White Privilege” song stirred up a worthy, and timely, debate.
– Dead and Company, Citi Field, June 25, 26: Though they include just three original Grateful Dead members, they’re key ones. And the addition of guitarist John Mayer creates a sound fans are, er, grateful for.
– Sting and Peter Gabriel, Madison Square Garden, June 27: Several years ago, Sting hooked up with Paul Simon for a tour. Now, he’s trading songs with another erudite vet.
– Paul Simon, Forest Hills Stadium, Jun 30, July 1: Rhymin’ Simon hasn’t played this venue since a 1970 show with Art Garfunkel. His return coincides with the release of one of the most daring albums of his career, “Stranger To Stranger.” Not bad for a guy who’s 74.
– Bob Dylan with Mavis Staples, Forest Hills Stadium, July 8: In which the great bard plays on a bill with a woman recently revealed as an old flame.
– Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa, Capitol Theatre, July 8: Family squabbles forced Dweezil to give his latest tour this clumsy name. But, rest assured, the gifted guitarist upholds his father’s stellar legacy.
– Maxwell, Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, July 9: This year will see a brand new venue by the ocean. Its top draw: honey-voiced singer Maxwell, two days after he releases his first album in seven years.
– The Kingsborough Jazz Concerts, July 9, 16, 23: Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn hosts three swinging acts: The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra (the 9th), Davina and The Vagabonds (16) and Svetlana and the Delancey Six (July 23). For more info: OnStageAtKingsborough.org
– Dawes, Capitol Theatre, July 13: Starring the finest of the neo-Laurel Canyon scene’s folk-rock bands.
– Coldplay, MetLife Stadium, July 16 & 17: Back in February, Chris Martin’s band got upstaged at their own Super Bowl halftime show (by Beyoncé). Let’s see if they can rebound on a tour centered on their new “Head Full of Dreams.”
– Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy, Capitol Theatre, July 19: An ideal match of guitar gods.
– Panorama Music Festival, Randall’s Island, July 22: A new rival to reigning N.Y. alterna-fest, Governors Ball, Panorama promises Alabama Shakes, Kendrick Lamar, Sia, FKA Twigs, and a reunited LCD Soundsystem.
– Guns N’ Roses, MetLife Stadium, July 23 & 24: Fresh from their tepidly received comeback at Coachella, the long-warring members of GNR, including Axl Rose and Slash, hope to finally reward their fans’ patience with the wittily-named “Not In This Lifetime” show.
– Chris Stapleton, Forest Hills Stadium, July 23: A victory lap from country’s hardest rocking new star.
– Radiohead, Madison Square Garden, July 26: Timed with their first album in half a decade — “A Moon Shaped Pool” — the ultimate art-rockers have come up with their most paranoid visions to date.
– Neko Case/k.d. lang/Laura Veirs, Prospect Park Bandshell, July 26: Three of today’s sharpest women unite for a brilliant album and tour.
– Drake, Madison Square Garden, Aug. 4, 5, 6, 8: Drake’s last roadshow found him facing Lil Wayne in the ultimate hip-hop smack-down. This time, he’s got a far friendlier tete-a-tete with a fellow crooner/rapper: Future.
– Barbra Streisand, Barclays Center, Aug 11 and 13: Babs returns to Brooklyn for her second-ever string of dates in the home borough she originally couldn’t wait to ditch.
– The Avett Brothers, Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, Aug. 16: The kings of Americana play the classic Brooklyn boardwalk.
– Kenny Chesney, MetLife Stadium, Aug. 20: Another summer, another stadium tour for the most party-hearty country star this side of Jimmy Buffett.
– The Billboard Hot 100 Festival, Jones Beach Theater, Aug. 20, 21: The second annual salute to the ultimate singles list centers on Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix and Fetty Wap.
– Zac Brown, Citi Field, August 21: Southern country rock at its slickest.
– Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, MetLife Stadium, Aug. 23 & 25: After a string of sold out arena dates, Bruce soars his show based on “The River” to the stadium level.
– Afropunk Festival, Commodore Barry Park, Aug 27, 28: This stereotype-smashing salute to diverse African-American music boasts CeeLo Green, Fishbone, George Clinton, Janelle Monae, TV On the Radio and more.
– Electric Zoo, Randall’s Island, Sept. 2: The area’s top EDM fest features DJs Big Gigantic, Bassnectar, and Tiësto.
– Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, Sept. 4, Madison Square Garden; & Sept. 25, Prudential Center: It can’t be a full reunion without the late Biggie Smalls. But label chief Sean Combs did good by corralling hot stars from his ‘90s stable, like Lil Kim, Faith Evans, Mase and Carl Thomas.
– Beyoncé, MetLife Stadium, Sept. 7: In case you missed the “Formation” dates at Citi Field earlier this month, here’s a chance to catch up on Bey’s latest.
– AC/DC, Madison Square Garden, Sept. 14: For an Axl summer double-header, Mr. Rose subs his scream for the metal band’s hearing-impaired usual singer, Brian Johnston. Hear and compare.
– Adele, Madison Square Garden, Sept 19, 20, 22, 23, 25, 26: Six Garden concerts will barely scratch the surface of the public’s demand for the queen of musical weepies.
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