Last Gasp Before Festival Season: 20 Concerts You Absolutely Have to Check Out in NYC This May

May kicks off with a bang, when Pearl Jam rocks Madison Square Garden on the first and second. 

Barclay's Center has two nights of Justin Bieber early in the month. 

There was initially only one night to the Bad Boy Family Reunion in honor of Notorious B.I.G.'s 44th birthday, but the event was such a hit they scheduled another night, with more guests.

There'll be two nights of Mac DeMarco in the Grand Ballroom at Webster Hall featuring Elliott Vincent Jones on the 15th and and Aussie psych-rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard on the 16th. Plus, Caravan Palace will play two nights at Playstation Theater. 

Gary Numan has three nights booked at Gramercy Theatre, and he's playing a different album each night. It'll be Replicas on the 10th, Pleasure Principle on the 11th, and Telekon on the 12th. 

Kung Fu will electrify Brooklyn Bowl for two nights mid month, featuring Syracuse synth-funk Sophistafunk and progressive imagineers ShwizZ. The Kills are playing a free show at MHOW with L.A. Witch, check it out!

It's May, take your mom to a show! 


1. Pearl Jam 5/1 5/2 - MSG


2. Red Baraat 5/2 - Brooklyn Bowl


3. Johnny Gallagher 5/2 - Piano's


4. Young Thug 5/2 - Playstation Theater

With Lil Yachty

5. Elephant Revival 5/4 - Bowery Ballroom

Featuring Ben Sollee


6. Justin Bieber 5/4 5/5 - Barclay's Center

With Post Malone


7. Del The Funky Homosapien 5/7 - Brooklyn Bowl

Featuring DJ Shiftee and Sean Anonymous.

8. Mother's Day Good Music Festival 5/7 - Barclay's Center

with Keyshia Kole, Monica, Tank, Ginuwine, Avant, and Joe.

9. Gary Numan 5/10 5/11 5/12 - Gramercy Theatre

With Speak Machine


10. Kung Fu 5/13 5/14 - Brooklyn Bowl

Featuring Sophistafunk on the 13th and ShwizZ on the 14th.


11. Mac DeMarco 5/15 5/16 - Webster Hall

Featuring Elliott Vincent Jones on the 15th and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard on the 16th. 

12. The Kills 5/17 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - FREE!

Featuring L.A. Witch


13. The Sword 5/17 - Brooklyn Bowl


14. Bad Boy Family Reunion 5/20 5/21 - Barclay's Center

With Puff Daddy, Lil Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, French Montana & More

Featuring Special Guests Jay-Z, Mary J Blige, DMX, Swizz Beatz

15. Caravan Palace 5/20 5/21 - Playstation Theater


16. Gary Clark Jr. and Albert Hammond Jr. 5/21 - Webster Hall