The 8 Best Live Music Venues in New York City Luboslav Tiles / Shutterstock.com

The 8 Best Live Music Venues in New York City

New York City is quite simply one of the best places in the entire world to hear live music, and if you love music, you should hop aboard the closest plane, train or automobile and head to the Big Apple.  Listening to live music in New York is like being on the ground floor of something great, New York brought us the Ramones, Bob Dylan, The Talking Heads, the Wu-Tang Clan and many other famous acts, but new music is made there every day, that up-and-coming band you see at a small club just might be the next Beastie Boys. Some of the historic venues in the City That Never Sleeps set the standard the world over with regard to how music should be presented. On any night, the live music choices available to visitors will seem kind of overwhelming, but EscapeHere wants to help, so here is our handy list for your consideration.

8. The Apollo Theatre

What do James Brown, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, and Little Richard have in common?  They are all inductees into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame.  The Apollo, in the vibrant heart of Harlem, is the greatest African American theater ever to exist, and it has influenced almost every aspect of popular culture we experience today.  In 1937, the Apollo was the largest employer of black theatrical workers in the country, introducing the world to artists like Billie Holiday and Lena Horne, and has been producing legends ever since.

The Apollo was the venue for the nationally syndicated Showtime at the Apollo, which from 1987 to 2008, broadcast over 1093 hours of live performances from Boyz II Men to Natalie Cole. The Apollo Theater supports working artists with a range of performance programs all of which are available on their calendar.  Amateur Night at the Apollo is one of the longest running talent showcases in the United States, and it was the launching pad where young Jimi Hendrix got his start at the Apollo in 1964. Tickets to upcoming shows are available through TicketMaster, learn more about the Apollo here: www.apollotheater.org.

7. The Brooklyn Bowl

If you want to try something a little different, a little grand, a little left from center, consider the Brooklyn Bowl.  In 2013 Rolling Stone named Brooklyn Bowl the 20th best music club in America and you could probably add to the list of accolades as well.  The Brooklyn Bowl boasts the first LEED certified bowling alley in the United States.  This relatively new addition to the music venue scene also boasts a restaurant, two bars, and tons of seating.

While you are watching your show, quench your thirst with the many Brooklyn-only beers on tap.  The Brooklyn Bowl ONLY serves local suds, and has been proud to be the largest seller of Brooklyn beers in the world (no PBR here, sorry hipsters).  The eclectic lineup has included acts like Animal Collective, Lauryn Hill, Kanye West and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Being open 7 days a week also introduces Brooklyn to new music, filling out the spaces in between with acts like Dark Star Orchestra and Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds.

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