Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Arts & Culture: Who WIll Visit the City for Hot Concerts?

By Alexandra Sourbis

Nothing amps up New York pride like hearing your favorite band say, as they assemble their instruments on stage, "It's great to be back." It's not just you: bands get a thrill being in New York City. Of course, why wouldn't they? It is the best city in the world. For those who will be around this summer, don't miss these acts, in town to show New York City some love:

Although pricey, Arcade Fire at United Palace Theatre on May 7th and 8th will definitely be worth it. Head over and plow through the tourists to catch the show before the band's ego rises from to their increasingly unbearable popularity. 8pm, $35

While Elvis Costello & The Imposters, playing at the Nokia Theater on May 16th, may hark back to your mom's generation, it could make a great Mother's Day gift that even you can enjoy. 8pm, sold out

On May 25th, head over to BB King Blues Club in Times Square to catch this once in a lifetime old timer opportunity: The Jimi Hendrix Tribute: Voodoo Child. 11:30 pm, $1 advance tickets

On June 2nd, the bizarre bass virtuoso Les Claypool will play the Nokia Theater. 9 pm, $28

It doesn't matter who's playing, the Central Park SummerStage concerts are sure to be memorable. You can catch Keane with Rocco Deluca on May 30th, Joss Stone on June 8th, Bob Weir and Ratdog with Keller Williams July 9th, and The Decemberists on July 16th.Various times, free unless listed otherwise

Cross the East River to Brooklyn's Galapagos Art Space to hear Bothan Spies play a benefit for PETA. Lang Student Dana Collins plays keyboards for this kick ass band, so keep June 14th free. 8 pm, $10

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