Music in New York City
The big apple has always had a vital and in many cases transcendent part in the show business. From classical composers to rock legends; they all had to a wanted to be in NYC, thus, why not plan a musical trip around the city. We are sure you’ll be surprised of the great options at hand, for NYC has a strong music background. The Velvet Underground, The Ramones, The Strokes, Blondie, Sonic Youth, Talking Heads, Beastie Boys or Kiss are some of the bands that came to alive in the big apple.
At the very heart of Manhattan, this venue has been telling the story of many extraordinary artists from all over the world, since the 19th century. Classical composers as Tchaikovsky, great male voices like Frank Sinatra, world changing bands; The Beatles, great female voices like Judy Garland and other Classical and Pop personalities have made their most outstanding performances in one of Carnegie’s 3 venues. The venues are absolutely beautiful and you can relish in as many details as you wish if you take the one-hour tour where you’ll also get to know a bit more about the history of this legendary Hall.
Radio City Music Hall
Just a 10 min walk from Carnegie Hall. At the Rockefeller Center, this iconic and legendary building is a “must”. Always starring amazing artists throughout the years, specially during Christmas. Some of the performers on the famed stage include David Bowie, Tina Turner and Rod Stewart and if this doesn’t impress you ears; here’s a sample of the ample range of possibilities the Hall has:
- Star-Studded Film Premieres – from National Velvet to Breakfast At Tiffany’s, making Elizabeth Taylor (Velvet) and Audrey Hepburn (Breakfast At Tiffany’s), cinematographic icons or To Kill A Mockingbird to Mary Poppins, both great masterpieces of their time and genre.
- The Radio City Christmas Spectacular – The Rockettes are the Christmas Spectacular and have been American icons for almost a century, providing memorable appearances, some were joining the USO to entertain the troops during wartime or performing at the inauguration of the 43rd President of the US; George W. Bush.
- The Grammys – In 1981 the Hall was chosen for the first time to stage the worldwide known Grammy Awards and since then there have been 4 more staged Awards at Radio City Music Hall.
- The First MTV Video Music Awards – hosted at the Hall by Bette Midler and Dan Aykroyd and having the Queen of Pop, performing “Like a Virgin”. This year’s 2018 VMAs will be back at the Radio City Music Hall.
As at the Carnegie you can also take a guided tour and while you are there, you might have the time to visit the NBC Studios at the Rockefeller Plaza, we recommend to take a guided tour of the studios where some of your favorite shows take place and why not buy some of their famous merchandise.
A majestic and beautifully designed building that you can’t miss in Manhattan. Firstly built in the late 1920s by architect Walter Ahlschlager in the art deco style and in 1979 it was designated as a landmark of the city of NY. A theatre full of history and Rock Star performances. Many of the greatest names in music have played at the Beacon Theatre:
- The Rolling Stones
- Steely Dan
- Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
- Ray LaMontagne
- Eddie Vedder
- The Allman Brothers Band
It’s also known for hosting premieres for the Tribeca Film Festival and for hosting special events for luminaries such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama and President Bill Clinton. In 2009 the theatre went through an architectural award winning restoration which brought back its Roaring Twenties grandeur.
These are just some of our favorite sites. There are other venues throughout the City of New York that offer all kinds of concerts, shows and events that are absolutely amazing. Check out the local guides and you will find what you are looking for. Don’t forget to buy your tickets for some of the most wonderful Broadway Musicals you’ll ever watch. If you’re not sure what to chose, try coming back to us, we’ll most surely have some interesting ideas for you in our posts.