The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 8/29/14

Categories: Weekend

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Credit: Loren Wohl
Catch David Guetta at Electric Zoo this weekend on Randall's Island
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Friday, 8/29:

'Electric Zoo'
Randall's Island Park
Friday through Sunday, 1:00 p.m. daily, $99-$369
Can Electric Zoo make a comeback this year? EDM fans will see how the fest holds up a year after having to cancel its final day following several reports of drug overdoses and two deaths. EZoo's struggles are not abnormal for the narrative of outdoor dance concerts, but the news surrounding last year's installment intensified a stigma that's been difficult to shake. To make 2014 a little less dangerous, attendees will have to watch an anti-drug PSA, as well as a number of other preventative measures. Hopefully, this means that ravers can enjoy the three days on Randall's Island with little stress while taking in the swoops and bass drops of artists like Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Knife Party and Zedd. -- By Brittany Spanos

Ed Palermo Big Band
Iridium
Friday & Saturday, 8:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m., $30
The saxophonist-bandleader combines perfect pop with eccentric wizardry for the next two nights - think "Hello It's Me" into "Black Napkins" - when he leads his dynamic 18-piece big band through "Zodd Zundgren," a promisingly demented mash-up of music by Todd Rundgren and Palermo's longtime focus, Frank Zappa. Expect brief stopovers in the halls of King Crimson and Paul Simon. -- By Richard Gehr

Jeff Bridges & the Abiders
The Paramount
8:00 p.m., $39.50-$74.50
With over 20 years of a film career under his belt, Jeff Bridges returned to his first love, music, in 2000 with the release of his first album. Following his Academy Award winning role as a grizzled country singer in 2009's Crazy Horse, Bridges, together with his band, The Abiders, made his major label debut in 2011 with a self-titled album on Blue Note Records produced by long-time friend and Crazy Heart collaborator, T-Bone Burnett. If you've never heard his soulful music before, you might reflexively think the dude should stick to acting. But that's just, like, your opinion, man. -- By Karen Gardiner

BOYTOY
Baby's All Right
11:59 p.m., $5
The wad of ascending killer bands flooding from Brooklyn's DIY punk pantheon truly is the shit. The stellar barrage is relentless, and now BOYTOY has joined the tribe. Like Potty Mouth and Amanda X, grungy co-ed trio BOYTOY--its moniker righteously swiped from the 80's heyday of Madonna's glorious Like A Virgin reign--melts the lo-fi godhead hook-centric indie pop simplicity made legendary by K Records with the contagiously sweet 90's-era Boston rockin' rollick sounds of Belly, Throwing Muses and The Breeders. BOYTOY's debut EP, released earlier this year, slays with hooks galore, gushing with syrupy pogo-crazed riffers on its seven sun-soaked anthems, their bass-less tunes the sublime summer soundtrack. Plus they even have a rad vid featuring that SNL dude, Horatio Sanz. -- By Brad Cohan


Location Info

Map

Randall's Island Park

20 Randalls Island Park, New York, NY

Category: General

The Paramount

370 New York Ave., Huntington, NY

Category: Music

Baby's All Right

146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

566 Laguardia Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY

Category: Music

The Wick

272 Meserole St., New York, NY

Category: General

Jazz Standard

116 E. 27th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Iridium

1650 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: Music


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