Three Hot Tickets June 7 – 9: New York Edition

Here are our top picks for live events in New York City for the weekend of June 7 – June 9.


On Your Feet

The all-star lineup for the 35th annual New York Salsa Festival will keep you dancing all night. Enjoy the legendary salsero Willie Colón — who has performed on the stage for more than 50 years — plus Victor Manuelle, Jerry Rivera, India, Grupo Niche, Eddie Santiago, Tito Rojas, Lalo Rodriquez, José Alberto, Fruko y Sus Tesos and Angel Lope de Son by Four.

New York Salsa Festival
June 8, 8 pm
Barclays Center, Brooklyn


Don’t Try This At Home

There’s never a dull moment at Monster Jam. Adrenaline-charged family entertainment with jaw-dropping displays and gravity-defying feats will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Monster Jam
June 8, 7 pm
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ


Yada, Yada, Yada

Stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld is masterful when it comes to making people laugh at the little things in life that don’t really matter — not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Jerry Seinfeld
Various dates/times
Beacon Theatre, NYC

Three Hot Tickets May 31 – June 2: New York Edition

Here are our top picks for live events in New York City for the weekend of May 31 – June 2.


Time Travel

Revisit the heady days of the 1990s riot grrrl feminist punk movement with Bikini Kill, performing their first full shows since their 1997 breakup.

Bikini Kill
June 1, 8 pm
Terminal 5, NYC


In The Ring

Unified world heavyweight champion Anthony “AJ” Joshua makes his US debut when he faces Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz, Jr.

Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz, Jr.
June 1, 5 pm
Madison Square Garden, NYC



Nominated for 14 Tony Awards, including “Best Musical,” “Hadestown” brings the story of the Greek god Orpheus to the stage with rousing songs and magical performances. 

Various dates/times
Walter Kerr Theatre, NYC

Three Hot Tickets May 24 — May 27: New York Edition

Here are our top picks for live events in New York City for Memorial Day weekend. 



One of the most popular and enduring alt-rock bands from the early ’80s, 10,000 Maniacs will perform “acoust-ish” sets in an intimate venue.


10,000 Maniacs

May 24, 8 pm; May 25, 7 pm

City Winery, NYC


Pinstrip Pride

Despite owning one of the longest injury lists in baseball, the New York Yankees are winning games and giving Yankee Nation a lot to cheer about in 2019.  Enjoy interleague play when they host the NL West Padres.


San Diego Padres vs. New York Yankees

May 27, 1:05 pm

Yankee Stadium, Bronx


Go For The Laughs

This may be your last chance to see Eddie Lizzard live — the British stand-up comedian says he make give up the stage for politics.


Eddie Izzard

May 24  May 25, 8 pm

Beacon Theatre, NYC

Three Hot Tickets May 17 – May 19: New York Edition

Here are our top picks for live events in New York City for the weekend of May 17 – May 19. 


Make It Sweet

Named Group of Year at the 2019 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards for the second year in a row, Old Dominion is taking the country by storm with their “Make It Sweet” tour.

Old Dominion
May 17, 7 pm
Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, NYC



Fight Night

WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder defended his title against “Trouble,” aka Dominic Breazeale.

Deontay Wilder vs. Dominic Breazeale
May 18, 8 pm
Barclays Center, Brooklyn



It’s over? Oh, Lort!

“Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Farewell” is the public’s last chance to see the feisty matriarch of the Simmons clan on stage before Tyler Perry makes good on his promise to retire her this year.

Tyler Perry’s Madea Farewell Play Tour
Various dates/times
Radio City Music Hall, NYC


Three Hot Tickets: New York Edition

Plan ahead to give Mom a gift that will create lasting memories — tickets to one of the hottest live events in New York City. Here are our top picks for an unforgettable Mother’s Day experience.


Cuz You Love Mom

Treat Mom to a concert that will have her singing and dancing with joy. Lizzo brings her catchy blend of good vibes and powerful messages to Brooklyn Steel for two nights.

Lizzo with Tayla Parx
May 12 – 13, 8 pm
Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn



Hit One Out Of The Park For Mom

Start the Mother’s Day celebration early with a family visit to Yankee Stadium to see two hot teams: the Bronx Bombers against the AL West second-place team, the Seattle Mariners.

Seattle Mariners vs. New York Yankees
May 6-9, 6:35 pm
Yankee Stadium, Bronx



Under The Big Top

Incredibly talented performers with the best acts from around the world will delight and entertain Mom and the whole family at the UniverSoul Circus.

UniverSoul Circus
Various dates and times
Aviator Sports and Event Center at Bennet Field, Brooklyn


The Best Live Events for Spring 2019

Now that spring has sprung, is looking ahead to exciting new events across the country. From the hottest music stars to your favorite sports teams to the best performances in arts and theatre, our guide to Spring 2019 events offers something to appeal to every attendee. Don’t miss your chance to see the events everyone is talking about: get tickets today, right here on!



Lizzo w/Tayla ParxMay 12–13

One of the most exciting performers to come along, hip-hop artist Lizzo has been having an epic year. She’s touring with the multi-talented Tayla Parx, who has co-writing credits for the hit songs “Thank U, Next” and “Dirty Computer.”

BTS World Tour “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself”May 18–19
The biggest pop act on the planet comes to MetLife Stadium for two shows. The K-Pop septet is known for catchy tunes like “I Need U” and “Blood Sweat Tears.”


Head out to the ballpark and root for your hometown team during the Subway Series. First two of the four scheduled games between the Mets and Yankees will be June 10 and June 11 at Yankee Stadium. Yankees fans, catch a home game against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 17 and May 18 to see two of the top teams in the league in action.


In May and June, legendary New York comedian Jerry Seinfeld will be in residency at the Beacon Theatre.

“People” magazine called “Tootsie: The Musical” the “most anticipated musical of the year, and at the rate tickets have been selling, “Tootsie” may also become the biggest Broadway show of the year.

“Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Farewell Tour” is your chance to say goodbye to this hilarious, outspoken and big-hearted character before she retires from the stage.



Judas Priest: FirepowerMay 22–23, May 25

The British heavy-metal band Judas Priest is touring in support of its 18th album, “Firepower”: expect scorching hot new tunes and classics. Catch them at Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee for two shows, May 22–May 23, or at the Rosemont Theatre in the Chicago area on May 25 .

Ariana Grande: Sweetener World TourJune 4–5, July 5

In early 2019 singer Ariana Grande took over the top three spots on the charts with “7 Rings,” “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” and “Thank U, Next” — a record no one has matched since the Beatles did it in 1964. Catch her in Chicago in June, in Milwaukee in July, and on August 1 at Lolla.


Chicago always shows up to support their favorite teams. Cubs fans will want to see their team playing against top rival the Cardinals, while White Sox fans will head to Guaranteed Rate Field to see their hometown heroes take on the Detroit Tigers on April 26, April 27 and April 28. Many believe, however, the rivalry that matters most to fans is between the Cubs and White Sox. Get tickets now for the 2019 Crosstown Classic Cup games.


Not only is Chicago a baseball town, it’s a funny town with a vibrant, diverse comedy scene that includes stand-up, improv and sketch shows nightly. This spring, two of the biggest comics in the business are in town: Eddie Izzard is bringing two shows to the Chicago Theatre and Adam Sandler is making a rare visit.

With the revival of the Tony Award-winning musical “Rent,” a  new generation has a chance to experience one of the theater’s most bold, vibrant and important shows.



Blackpink World TourApril 17

Highest-charting female K-pop group Blackpink is taking the US by storm with their great style, great hooks and great choreography.

P!NK: Beautiful Trauma World TourApril 13, April 15, April 19
P!nk puts on a spectacular show combining song, dance and aerial thrills in support of her Beautiful Trauma album.


Enjoy the ultimate Championship experience at the 2019 US Open at the prestigious and historic Pebble Beach golf course, June 10–June 16.

The 2019 NBA Playoffs will soon be underway. Look for the Golden State Warriors to dominate.


The world’s most popular musical, “Les Miserables,” is back with new staging and scenery.  See it at one of the greatest landmarks in Los Angeles, the Hollywood Pantages Theatre.

In the mood for stand-up? Catch the multi-talented outrageous, audacious Marlon Wayans live and unfiltered at Ontario Improv in May.



Carlos SantanaApril 19

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Carlos Santana is touring in celebration of the anniversaries of his blockbuster “Supernatural” album and his legendary Woodstock appearance.

Leon BridgesApril 19

Four-time Grammy-nominated singer Leon Bridges is bringing his unique soul sound to Miami Beach. His charismatic live performances are a tour-de-force of musical showmanship not to be missed!


ESPN calls the Tampa Bay Rays the most exciting team in baseball. Catch them against top rival the Boston Red Sox.

It’s too early to call whether the Miami Heat or Orlando Magic will make the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs. Check for tickets once games are announced.


“Dear Evan Hansen” is winning fans — and selling out — everywhere. This touring production is currently getting rave reviews in Ft. Lauderdale and heads to Orlando in mid-April.

The musical that changed everything, “The Lion King,” is bringing theatrical magic to West Palm Beach with amazing scenery, fabulous costumes and masks and your favorite songs.

From sports and concerts to theater and esports, find tickets to the best spring live events on Esports Zone at the 2019 Honda Classic

The Exports Zone at the 2019 Honda Classic PGA Tournament proved once again that gaming on the green is a winning combination for families. Hundreds of players played Fortnite in a free, friendly four-day tournament open to all Honda Classic ticket holders from February 28 to March 3.


All the action took place in the friendly confines of the Esports Zone on the Bear Trap at the 17th Hole – one of the most exciting spots on the entire PGA tour. Gamers of all ages and skill played like the pros in a set-up featuring HyperX headsets and both PC keyboards and Microsoft Xbox One professional gaming terminals.

After competing at the Esports Zone on day two, player “Commander 33412” began planning his strategy to play again the following day:

“This is great experience. I like being able to play my favorite game at a golf tournament. I want to come back for another chance to win.”

Commander 33412 has been playing video games for three years and likes the customization Fortnite offers. awarded prizes to the top five leaderboard gamers at the end of competitive gameplay each day. Daily first-place winners were awarded a limited edition HyperX gift set, including a high-quality mechanical keyboard, headsets, gaming mouse and cap. Second through fifth place winners received a $25 Microsoft Xbox gift card.

“Frizzgaming,” won the day one competition, scoring 400 points. “This was really competitive,” commented Frizzgaming, “and the best part is winning the HyperX gift set with the very cool keyboard and mouse.” Frizzgaming has been playing Fortnite for a year and a half, and he likes it because “it’s free and I can play with all my friends.” The young player already is creating videos for his YouTube channel.

Day-two champ, “Moose Eats Beans,” with 1300 points also posted the highest overall score from all four days of play. He took home a $100 Microsoft Xbox gift card on top of his HyperX gift set at the end of the tournament on Sunday evening. The 15-year-old player has been gaming for three years and likes Fortnite because it gives players the ability “to get out of situations with buildings.”

Player “Abbonizio” was thrilled to learn he won top prize for the third day of competition with his high score of 1100 points. “It was kind of stressful, with the noise and all the people. I thought I was playing pretty well, but wasn’t sure I was at my best,” Abbonizio said. He hopes to keep upping his skills and start streaming.

“Stea1thMoney” took top honors on day four with 1100 points. He started playing Fortnite during season two and is one of the top players in his group of school friends. He agrees with Moose Eats Beans that what sets Fortnite apart from other games is the buildings:

“Fortnite changed everything by adding buildings. It allows you to get cover.”

Stealth1Money streams on Mixer as “Stea1thMoney208” in hopes a coach or supporter discovers him, so he can pursue esports at a higher level of competition and possibly earn a college esports scholarship.

A highlight of the weekend was the appearance Fortnite pro players Sceptic and SurfnBoy of the premier Florida-based esports organization Misfits Gaming, which is affiliated with the Miami Heat. Check out’s Press Play: “Misfits Gaming x Esports Zone” for an exclusive interview and photos.

While the Esports Zone at the Honda Classic marked the tournament’s first foray into esports, in 2018 introduced the first-ever Fortnite tournament at any PGA event at the Northern Trust PGA Tournament. As traditional sports organizations discover the power of esports to draw new and young audiences to their events, continues its commitment to delivering unforgettable experiences and fostering community in friendly competition.

Press Play: Misfits Gaming X Esports Zone

This year at the Honda Classic, hundreds of young golf fans and their families not only saw their favorite golfing legends in action, they also met their favorite esports heroes.

The Esports Zone hosted Misfits Gaming’s top Fortnite pros Sceptic and SurfnBoy on Saturday, March 2, for fun-filled, inclusive esports gameplay at the home of the Honda Classic, the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Sceptic and Surfnboy engaged with gamers of all ages and skill levels, offering expert tips, signing autographs and posing for photos. Misfits Gaming is a Miami-based international esports organization, known for their professional League of Legends and Overwatch teams, and for their affiliation with the NBA’s Miami Heat.

The two young eports pros — Sceptic is just 14 years old, and Surfn is 20 — enjoyed interacting with fans. “It’s exciting to be here, talking to kids who are really interested in becoming better players,” Surfnboy said.

Sceptic advised young players who want to improve their skills to “be determined, stay focused and if you put your mind to it, you can do it.” Surfnboy added that “my advice to just start playing, focus on yourself and your skills before focusing on where you’re going. A lot of kids worry about streaming, getting big, before they worry about getting started.”

Both players quickly rose to the top of Fortnite competition. Sceptic began gaming just over a year ago when a friend introduced him to Fortnite. The game was a natural fit and he competed at a high level right from the start. Surfnboy, on the other hand, made his first foray into gaming a couple years ago with the Clash of Clans game. He practiced for up to eight hours a day to improve his skills and became the best player at his school. After moving over to Fortnite and mastering the game, things happened quickly and he turned pro.

Sceptic and Surfnboy look forward to competing at increasingly higher levels. “There’s really no limits to where we can go in esports,” Sceptic said. Surfnboy agrees, “with a traditional sport like football, if you want to get the top, you aim for the NFL and that’s it. But with esports the possibilities to move up are limitless.”

While you won’t typically catch these two young pros competiting against each other because they play on different platforms — Sceptic plays PC, while Surfnboy plays mobile, you can get to know them better by visiting and

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Musicians Becoming Authors

More than a few notable musicians have crossed over to the literary world to share a different facet of their creativity. Through the printed word, these famous musicians give readers an inside look at the person behind the performance.

Ranging from autobiography to fiction to the philosophical and from rock to rap to country, here’s a curated list of 10 musician-authored books that make compelling reading for hard-core fans as well as a wider audience.

How Music Works by David Byrne

“How Music Works,” David Byrne

The former Talking Heads frontman Byrne draws on deep knowledge of world music and music-industry experience in a well-received, wide-ranging exploration of the musical art form. Recently updated to include a chapter of digital curation, “How Music Works” is an interesting read for fans of the multi-talented Byrne as well as anyone curious about the meaning of music in our lives.

“I’ll Never Get Out of This Alive,” Steve Earle

Set in 1963, this entertaining novel by singer-songwriter Earle explores the mysterious death of Hank Williams at age 29 and captures the feeling of a mournful country tune. Earle is performing around the country in intimate venues and music fests, including on April 27 at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Braun Brothers Reunion Festival.

“Girl in a Band: A Memoir,” by Kim Gordon

A founding member of the band Sonic Youth, Gordon shares her story and insights on music, marriage and motherhood. Well-written, edgy and inspiring, this book brings back the lost New York City of the 80s and 90s.


“My Journey into the Wu-Tang Clan,” Lamont “U-God” Hawkins

The American rapper and hip-hop artist U-God was with the influential Wu-Tang since its start in Staten Island in the early 90s. He lays down the facts of the group’s rise and his legacy in a book that has been called classic, cathartic, mesmerizing and was named best nonfiction book of the year by “Esquire.”

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“The Autobiography of Gucci Mane,” Gucci Mane

Platinum-selling hip-hop pioneer Gucci Mane shares the highs and lows of his legendary rise to stardom, his fall and his comeback. Described as blunt and candid, the book is ultimately an inspirational tale of transformation. was thrilled to host the Lollapallooza 2018 official after party at Prysm Night Club, where Gucci Mane delivered his trademark high-energy performance. Catch the prolific Atlanta-based rapper live at Rolling Loud Miami 2019.

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“It’s a Long Story,” Willie Nelson

With eight decades of music industry experience, 10 Grammys and a tour underway, country music singer-songwriter Nelson is an American treasure. At age 80 he came clean with this comprehensive autobiography about the ups and down of his life and music. Like Nelson’s music, the book is warm, wonderful and down to earth.

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“Just Kids,” Patti Smith

An exhilarating, bittersweet memoir recalling the punk rocker’s relationship with the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe before the two future stars became famous. It’s a classic bohemian tale of young dreamers striving to make it in the big city, this one taking place at the dawning of the punk era on New York City’s Lower East Side.

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“Born to Run,” Bruce Springsteen

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells the story of his rise to music stardom in the same plain-spoken words of his beloved songs. Fans already know most details of his humble Jersey roots, but the truly devoted will appreciate every word “The Boss” writes.

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“Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back),” Jeff Tweedy, Wilco

Known for openness and honesty in his music, singer-guitarist Tweedy takes the same approach to sharing his life story. Not strictly an autobiography, the book covers Tweedy’s tumultuous career and the evolution of Wilco as well as conversations with Tweedy family members, including sons, Spencer and Sam, who perform with their father. Get tickets to see Jeff Tweedy touring solo this spring in support of his recently released album, “WARM.”

JayZ Decoded

“Decoded,” Jay Z

A highly praised mash-up of autobiography, music history, imagery and poetry, “Decoded” is essential reading for hip-hop fans. Written in the first person, Jay Z unpacks his songs to describe how he was inspired to create his memorable lyrics.

Catch the Best Broadway Shows in Spring 2019

Seasoned travelers know spring is one of the best times of the year to visit New York City. Warmer weather and longer days make it easier to get around and experience more of the exciting activities you can find only in New York City.

No trip is complete without tickets to at least one blockbuster Broadway show — it’s an iconic New York experience, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Choose from the crop of new productions, long-running favorites and cherished revivals. To help you navigate the many options, here are’s top recommendations for Spring 2019.


“The Book of Mormon” — Eugene O’Neill Theatre

This boundary-pushing musical comedy about missionaries saving souls in Uganda received nine Tony Awards.

“The Cher Show”Neil Simon Show
The dazzling life and costumes of the one and only Cher are the subject of a jukebox musical featuring 35 of her hit songs.

“Hamilton”Richard Rodgers Theatre
Based on a biography of American founding father Alexander Hamilton, this hip-hop/rap/jazz musical appeals to a wide audience and received 11 Tony Awards.

“Kinky Boots”Al Hirschfield Theatre
Inspired by true events and featuring music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots received 13 Tony nominations and six Tony Awards.

“Mean Girls”August Wilson Theatre
Faithful to the movie of the same name by Tina Fey about high school girl cliques, the musical version received 12 Tony nominations.

“Pretty Woman: The Musical”Nederlander Theatre
Another movie-inspired musical, “Pretty Woman” gives the old story of the bad girl with a heart of gold a late 1980s–early 1990s vibe.

“Waitress”Brooks Atkinson Theatre
The title character of “Waitress,” another movie-inspired show, hopes to bake her way out of unhappiness. The production goes all out to create a realistic audience experience by filling the theater with the smell of freshly baked pies and offering up pie slices for sale.

Family Fare

“Aladdin”Amsterdam Theatre
A crowd-pleasing Disney adaption of its own movie version of an ancient Middle Eastern fairy tale.

“Frozen”St. James Theatre
The popular Disney movie about two sisters makes a beautiful transition to the stage.

“The Lion King”Minskoff Theatre
The first of the Disney movie adaptions to make the move to live theater, “The Lion King” is the third-longest-running Broadway show of all time. The moving family story and infectious songs never cease to please audiences. The original production received six Tony Awards.

“Wicked” — Gershwin Theatre
Not a remake but a glorious retelling of “The Wizard Of Oz” that imagines a friendship between the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. The original production received three Tony Awards.

Interested in adding music and sports to your New York City visit? Check out for tickets to the hottest events.