Expert Picks

On the Beat: The Best Live Music in August

Our music experts share the most anticipated shows of the month.

August is pretty melancholy for music lovers around our neck of the woods. As the season comes to a close, we’re running out of lazy, hazy days and starlit nights to enjoy one-off cool concerts and hot fests like Central Park SummerStage and BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn! If you’re feeling a bit of summertime sadness, our well-tuned experts have curated your end-of-summer soundtrack at some of the city’s most renowned establishments. Care to join them? We’ll take care of tickets (or lay out a blanket on the lawn for those remaining moonlit shows).

Meera Dugal

As programming manager of the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, this arts enthusiast has her ears tuned to the eclectic sounds of the city.


Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street (between East Houston and Stanton Streets), Lower East Side
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Live at the Gantries Presents: High & Mighty Brass Band

Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47th Road, Long Island City
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James Francies

Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street (between Lexington Avenue and Park Avenue South), Kips Bay
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Los Van Van

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard, Bronx
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Emilsen Pacheco With Bulla en el Barrio

C’mon Everybody, 325 Franklin Avenue, Clinton Hill
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John Seroff

Writing about music for outlets including "The Village Voice” and Brooklyn Vegan is an impressive experience on its own…but this music expert (he attends around 200 live shows per year) has represented legendary artists of every genre, from the late Chuck Berry to Yo-Yo Ma.

They Might Be Giants: “Kids, Science, and Beyond”

City Parks SummerStage, Rumsey Playfield (enter at East 69th Street and Fifth Avenue), Upper East Side
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King Yellowman

B.B. King Blues Club, 237 West 42nd Street (between Broadway and Eighth Avenue), Times Square
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ICE at Mostly Mozart: “How Forests Think”

Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, 129 West 67th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue), Upper West Side
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Ross Tipograph

Along with appearing inside the pages of “The Fader“ and “Time Out New York,” this vibrant culture guru created the one-of-a-kind immersive theatrical experience 8Players.

“Selma” With Live Score by Jason Moran and the Wordless Music Orchestra

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!, Prospect Park Bandshell, Park Slope
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#LALYTES Presents: “All a Dream”

National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Williamsburg
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The Songwriter’s Orchestra Featuring Broadway’s “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”

(Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street (between Sullivan and Thompson Streets), Greenwich Village
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