Andrea Bocelli – Madison Square Garden, December 16
For a premium experience of highbrow but widely appealing music, there’s no one better than Andrea Bocelli. A Tuscan-born vocalist trained by Italy’s best, Bocelli has expanded the world’s understanding of what opera can do, teaming up with everyone from Mary J. Blige to Ariana Grande. His exciting melodies and masterful cadence will leave you walking out of the theatre shocked you could get opera music stuck in your head.
Isley Brothers – BB King Blues Club, January 14
Perhaps no one has been making great music and putting on unbeatable shows as long or consistently as the Isley Brothers. They do soul, they do funk — and they do whatever they want. Catch them at this classic Times Square jazz joint, just a short walk from Hotel 48LEX. Its intimate lounge vibes make the perfect backdrop for the Isley Brothers’ crooning and leaves their audiences swooning.
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Madison Square Garden, February 15, 17, 18
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been defying convention and beating the odds since the 90s. The funk-punk-rock band’s newest album, 2016’s The Getaway, brings maturity and wisdom to their raucous and soulful musical antics. Now, they’re playing three nights at one of the greatest concert venues in the world. Do it for the teenage you who couldn’t nab RHCP tickets and do it for the adult you who will appreciate the way they’ve grown up right along with you.
Alejandro Escovedo – City Winery, January 19 – 21
Cutting his teeth in underground punk and country-rock music in the 70s and 80s, with outfits like the True Believers, the Nuns and Rank and File, Alejandro Escovedo has recently come into his own as a solo artist. He’ll be playing from his latest album — the bluesy, rocky Burn Something Beautiful — in this cozy and welcoming downtown joint, which also serves as a Mediterranean wine bar.