New York City is considered one of the major junctions of technology, film, fashion, finance, and music in the world. The City that Never Sleeps is certainly holding up to its reputation, with the month of October reeling in numerous high-profile artists from a variety of genres sure to keep residents busy all month-long.
1. Pearl Jam
10/18/13 & 10/19/13 – Barclays Center
Average Price: $686
Seattle grunge legends, Pearl Jam are flying high above other musical acts in this list, as their average ticket price of $686 is $342 more expensive than the next entertainer. The seasoned rockers prove their imperishability as they begin a two-legged domestic tour of North America in October in support of their new record, Lightning Bolt, with an accompanying short film, that set to release on October 15. It will be the first full-length studio album the “alt rock iconoclasts” have dished out since 2009’s Backspacer. Frontman Eddie Vedder and company will be playing two angst-fueled nights on October 18 and 19 with Pearl Jam tickets starting at $118 and $123, respectively.
2. Tony Bennett
10/11/13 – Radio City Music Hall
Average Price: $344
What would a New York countdown be without living legend and NYC native Tony Bennett? The star of documentary “Tony Bennett’s New York”, will be on stage at Radio City Music Hall, in a show that couldn’t get anymore “New York” if it wanted to. The 17-time Grammy Award winning musician will return to Radio City Music Hall, for the first time in six years, and fans are eager to give the 87-year old entertainer a warm welcome, as he will be singing with his daughter Antonia Bennett. His 60-year legendary career is not nearly over, with the release of Tony Bennett Live at the Sahara: Las Vegas happening on October 8 of this year. Noted as one of the most masterful entertainers in the music business, Tony Bennett tickets for his Friday, October 11th performance, are understandably the second hottest of the bunch, averaging at $344 and ranging from $128 to $747 in Orchestra seating.
3. Selena Gomez
10/16/13 – Barclays Center
Average Price: $315
Selena Gomez has successfully crossed the threshold from acting to singing, embarking on her fourth overall tour to promote the artist’s solo debut album, Stars Dance, which landed on top of the Billboard 200 chart. Despite being denied her Visa by the Russian government due to her stance on gay rights, the starlet will trek across the US, Canada and Europe. The young multi-talented actress wishes to wow her audiences across the globe, and to “push the boundary of her show: more adult, more elegant.” Tickets for Selena Gomez at Barclays range from a reasonable $51 and climb to $1,443 for floor seats.
4. Steely Dan
10/1/13–10/8/13 – Beacon Theater
Average Price: $315
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Walter Becker and Donald Fagen of Steely Dan will be performing an impressive six shows in the month of October, with one show at the end of September (tickets range from $124 – 472), for a total of seven shows at Beacon Theater for their “Mood Swings Tour: 8 Miles to Pancake Day.” There are rumors that the jazz-rock band will be returning to the studio post-tour to craft another record, their most recent album being 2003’s Everything Must Go; however, Donald Fagen notes that because the two principals are in their 60s, collaboration has become difficult despite considering each other as “family.” Although the group peaked in the 1970s, the multi-faceted artists have always found way to stay current, blending elements of R&B, jazz, rock and funk selling over 40 million albums worldwide and earning various Grammys. Steely Dan tickets for October dates average at $315, with Thursday, October 3rd and Friday, October 4th being the most in demand.
10/28/13 – Barclays Center
Average Price: $242
Rounding out the top five concerts in NYC is singer-rapper Drake, born Aubrey Graham. 26-year old Drake began his career on TV in Canadian television series Degrassi: The Next Generation, and since Graham has exploded, becoming one of the biggest names in the hip hop game. The multi-talented artist co founded record label OVO Sound last year, and worked a tour in support of the immensely popular, Grammy winning record, Take Care. Now, Drake will finish out the year on his Would You Like A Tour? A 41-city North American journey in tandem with the release of his third full-length studio album Nothing Was The Same. Blending together rap, R&B and pop, the famously emotionally open artist has truly “started from the bottom” to become “the voice of a generation”, selling more than 4.5 albums in under four years. Drake New York tickets range from $100- $1270.
6. The Weeknd
10/7/13 & 10/8/13 – Radio City Music Hall
Average Price: $196
At the tender age of 23, Canadian R&B artist and XO label owner, The Weeknd, has already been named the “songbird of his generation” and “the best musical talent since Michael Jackson” by MTV’s John Norris. Gaining his fan base primarily through the Internet, The Weekend, born Abel Tesfye, dropped the album Kiss Land on September 10 and landed at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The until recently obscure artist will be reaching an even broader audience, with song “Devil May Cry” featured on the Catching Fire soundtrack due to release Nov. 19, three days before the highly anticipated movie premiere. Tickets for The Weeknd’s two consecutive New York concerts average at $196, ranging from $68 to $356 seats in orchestra for Monday night’s show. Tickets bump up to $72 to get in, and up to $368 for orchestra seats for Tuesday, October 8th. Attending fans will receive cheeky complementary “Kiss Land Condoms.”
7. Janelle Monae
10/18/13 – Apollo Theater- NYC
Average Price: $190
Sure to be in her signature menswear-inspired apparel, Janelle Monae will be dancing the night away at the iconic Apollo Theater in New York City on October 18. Monae is touring in support of her newest critically acclaimed album, The Electric Lady, released by Bad Boy Records on September 6. The star, who recently graced CoverGirl, will be bringing her dance party across the nation from October through November. “Monae continues to pave her own way,” as her music has consistently crossed all genres, from classical to funk and electric. Janelle Monae tickets begin at $56, and jump to $648 to get close to the stage.
8. Ian Anderson
10/10/13 & 10/11/13 – Beacon Theater
Average Price: $183
Ian Anderson, perhaps better known as lead singer for the classic rock group Jethro Tull, is on a solo tour to promote his 2012 album, Thick As A Brick 2 Special Edition. The current tour is intended to play Jethro Tull’s original Thick as a Brick concept record in its entirety, as well as Anderson’s own new music. Fans will flock to witness his legendary flute solos, as the tireless Anderson is playing two consecutive nights in New York at Beacon Theater: Thursday, October 10 Ian Anderson tickets start at $62 for balcony seats to $337 for center orchestra, similarly Friday October 11th begins at $65 for upper and jump to $362 for lower seats. In addition, Ian Anderson is planning a subsequent tour in 2014, in support of a new album, which promises to be “folk-prog-metal hybrid” in sound.
9. Jonas Brothers
10/23/13 – Hammerstein Ballroom
Average Price: $172
Former Disney darlings, the Jonas Brothers, are still one of pop’s most prominent boy groups. Heading back on the road after three years, the Jonas Brother’s fall tour comes in tandem with their highly successful summer 2013 tour, and will feature songs from their fifth studio album, V , with no official release date as of yet. The boys have released two tracks off of the new album, including the exuberant “Pom Poms” and the more mature “First Time.” Nick, Kevin and Joe have remained squeaky clean in a heinously adverse track record for ex-Disney stars, with the extent of their gossip being Nick Jonas’ Instagram picture of his bare abdominals. The brothers are excited to close out the year on the East Coast, with NYC Jonas Brothers tickets at the elegant Hammerstein Ballroom ranging from $71 for General Admission to a lofty $1394 for a Meet & Greet Pass.
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— Jonas Brothers (@JonasBrothers) September 26, 2013
10. Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck
10/15/13 – Beacon Theater
Average Price: $160
Brian Wilson is the only artist to be in the top ten concerts in both Los Angeles and NYC! Former principal vocalist for the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, is embarking on an 18-date US tour with famed “English guitar hero” Jeff Beck. Joining the duo, are original Beach Boys band mates AJ Jardine, David Marks, and Blondie Chaplin; the California boys are still lacking Mike Love, due to the tumultuous split of the Beach Boys that occurred last year after their celebratory 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour. Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck will be stopping in NYC for a night to bring together Wilson’s feel-good tunes and Beck’s soulful blues-rock vibe at the Beacon Theater. Brian Wilson tickets on Tuesday night range from $113 for Loge seats and $274 for Orchestra.
11. Fiona Apple
10/21/13 & 10/22/13 – Beacon Theater
Average Price: $140
The bold and brazen Grammy-winning Fiona Apple will hit the Beacon Theater for two nights in further promotion of her 2012 fourth studio album, The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do. Yeah, we don’t get it either, but the ever talented singer-songwriter-pianist Fiona Apple, with her jazzy alt-rock vocals and baroque pop vibe, will be joining California singer-songwriter Blake Mills for their “Anything We Want: An Evening with Fiona Apple and Blake Mills” tour. The duo has been open with their intentions: “We know it’ll be something special, and we aren’t being coy here. Its just we have about 26% of an idea of what the f—k we will be playing for you.” Apparently fans are pleased with the artists’ aloof attitude, as seats in the Loge section start from $51 to a steep $472 for Tuesday, October 22 tickets, with Monday, October 21 Fiona Apple tickets ranging from $68 – $157. Most recently Fiona Apple has made waves with her cover of Gene Wilder’s “Pure Imagination” from 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, sung in the film by actor Gene Wilder. The song, now available on iTunes, went viral after it was featured in a short animated film by Chipotle Mexican Grill.
12. Ed Sheeran
10/29/13 – Madison Square Garden
Average Price: $126
U.K. native and uber-talented troubadour, Ed Sheeran, who recently ended his 6-month road trip, on the record-breaking and highly successful Red Tour alongside superstar Taylor Swift, is now holding his own, with two huge shows lined up at Madison Square Garden on his first North American headlining tour. Two years after his debut album +, multi-faceted Sheeran will be taking his guitar back in the studio and “100% promises that fans will hear new music in January.” 22 year-old Ed Sheeran is astonishingly the only artist at the top who is playing at the epic Madison Square Garden: tickets for October 29th range from $61 for the 200 level, and soar to $104 for floor spots. Ed Sheeran tickets for Friday November 1 start at $70 and reach upwards of $2987.
13. Sara Bareilles
10/09/13 – Radio City Music Hall
Average Price: $126
— Katy Perry (@katyperry) May 16, 2013
Sara Bareilles, currently on tour with One Republic, recently announced her own headlining tour titled “Brave Enough” for the month of October. The tour is in support of Sara Bareilles’ third latest album The Blessed Unrest, debuting at No.1 on the Billboard 200, and featuring hit new song “Brave,” a tune she recently performed live with Taylor Swift in Los Angeles. The single grew in popularity amidst alleged rumors that pop princess Katy Perry’s single “Roar” sounds much like Sara’s “Brave.” Bareilles is affronted by the drama, and defends her friend Perry assuring both artists are “on great terms and there’s no issue.” Sara Bareilles tickets for Wednesday, October 9 average at $126, starting at $70 and capping at $284 in Orchestra.
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