The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 6/6/14

Categories: Weekend

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OutKast's next stop on their summer festival tour is Governors Ball, this Friday
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Friday, 6/6:

Governors Ball
Randall's Island Park
Friday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. daily, $100-$230
What could possibly draw a crowd to this year's Governors Ball after the rainy, muddy mess that was last year's fest? Maybe it's masochism, but most likely it's the line­up, which is arguably one of the best this season. Featuring headliners OutKast, Jack White, festival darlings Vampire Weekend, and local heroes The Strokes, the shortlist doesn't sound too diverse, but read deeper and you'll find an array of excellent up-­and­-comers performing alongside festival vets over the course of the hopefully sunny weekend. We're talking Grimes, Janelle Monáe, Lucius, La Roux, Tyler, the Creator, Skrillex, and Interpol, among others. Grab your cutest waterproof poncho and your sturdiest pair of boots, because even a little rain won't stop this three-day party. -- By Brittany Spanos

Christian McBride & Brad Mehldau
Blue Note
Friday through Sunday, 8:00 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. daily, $35-$55
The Blue Note Jazz Festival continues a tradition of unlikely collaborations with a series of duo performances by bassist Christian McBride and pianist Brad Mehldau, the latter replacing Andre Previn at the last minute. McBride has worked with Sting, Bruce Hornsby, and Renee Fleming; Previn has re-worked a number of classic pop songs ranging from Cole Porter to Radiohead within a career as an excellent bandleader. Outside of his rigorous touring schedule, McBride serves as the associate artistic director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem while Mehldau has been active in both his trio and an experimental duo with drummer Mark Guiliana. -- By Aidan Levy

Leslie Uggams
54 Below
Friday, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 p.m., $40-$50
It's been quite a while since the Mitch Miller days, but she still has the ingenuous glow. Only now it's tempered by show-biz sophistication. She has a huge repertoire from which to draw, but it would be great if she sings at least one or two tunes from the Jule Styne-Betty Comden-Adolph Green Hallelujah, Baby! for which she won a Tony. She's also shown up as an August Wilson player but probably won't do anything from that canon. -- By David Finkle

Highline Ballroom
8pm, $45-$75
Salt-n-Pepa are here! The iconic hip-hop trio, responsible for some of the genre's catchiest and most karaoke-able hits like "Push It," "Let's Talk About Sex," and "Whatta Man," are still as thrilling as ever. Though it's been 17 years since they released an album together, the hot, cool, and vicious ladies have been busy, together and apart, most notably in the realm of reality television. Pepa in particular has become a regular after a stint on The Surreal Life and her own show, Let's Talk About Pep. Of course, Pep couldn't take on this new career venture without her partner in crime, and co-starred with Salt in a show chronicling their reunion a few years back. Salt, Pep, and DJ Spinderella are still performing and still empowering hip-hop fans around the world. -- By Brittany Spanos

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