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When many visit New York City, they have certain activities in mind for their free time.

Whether it’s handing out on Broadway, seeing tons of productions, going to the Empire State Building or visiting Ellis Island, the number and variety of activities in the Big Apple is endless.

If you’re a music lover and are planning a trip to NYC this summer, you might be wondering which venues are at the top of the list.

Start planning your NYC musical experience now by booking car service and finding the perfect venue.

Here are a few of our favorites to help you get started.


Although it’s an intimate, underground venue replete with the alternative, indie vibes that attract such a population of music lovers to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Death by Audio will still provide you with a genuine musical experience and plenty of intermingling with  locals to boot.

The stage is small and the venue is divided into two rooms, one to house the shows and the other for pre-and-post show schmoozing. They also offer reasonable prices on beer, and if you have car service booked, you can enjoy as much as you’d like.

49 S 2nd street, Brooklyn, NY


Housed in a historic building in the Bowery section of New York, NY, the Bowery Ballroom is another fabulous venue for those of your interested in intimate, indie-feel music and great opportunities to mix and mingle with locals or fellow residents of the area.

Their summer schedule includes artists like Lee Fields and the Expressions and Sharon Van Etten.

6 Delancey Street, New York, NY


It’s an honor to be able to see a show at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem, where greats like Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson have graced the stage. The atmosphere in the Apollo simply cannot be matched, and the acoustics are impressive for those of you who are discerning listeners.

From the always-fun Amateur Nights to the Spring Gala held on June 10, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the legend and the magic of the Apollo Theater during your trip to New York City.

253 West 125th Street, New York, NY


If you’re looking for a music venue that is absolutely dedicated to providing the utmost in atmosphere and intimacy of sound without charging an arm and a leg, Rockwood Music Hall is your ideal destination.

Not only is there rarely a cover charge to get in, drinks are reasonably priced. Rockwood typically attracts the crowd that genuinely wants to listen to the band performing, so you aren’t likely to encounter the often distracting and loud bar banter you might find in other NYC venues.

196 Allen Street, New York, NY


Iridium, the home of Les Paul, is considered by many to be the best jazz, blues and rock club in New York City, with performances by some of the finest jazz and blues musicians in the country.

The atmosphere lends itself well to the music, and the club offers half-price admission for students. There’s also no age minimum, so if you want to take the kids out for a night of blues, you can make it happen at Iridium.

1650 Broadway, New York, NY

Your experience on the New York City music scene should be perfect from start to finish, whether it’s hearing the music you love and relaxing in the back of your limousine when the show ends. In a city as a large and dynamic as the Big Apple, you can have a memorable concert experience each and every time.

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