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NYC concerts 2015-16: Here’s the lineup this winter


Thursday, December 17, 2015, 8:46 PM

The Who will be at the Prudential Center in March.DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS

The Who will be at the Prudential Center in March.

Two pop goddesses and one devilish rock band highlight this winter’s concert season.

Janet Jackson and Rihanna will extend their careers with highly theatrical shows, while Black Sabbath’s farewell tour will put a period on the band’s long run. Lest anyone miss Sabbath’s mission, they’ve titled the event “The End.” Jackson went the opposite route, highlighting endurance with her title, “Unbreakable.”

Here’s a look at where and when to catch these shows and others fans shouldn’t miss.

– CHRIS THILE & BRAD MEHLDAU , Bowery Ballroom (boweryballroom.com), Dec. 28: They’re music’s most creative odd couple. Mandolinist Chris Thile puts a progressive spin on bluegrass with his innovative band the Punch Brothers, while solo pianist Brad Mehldau cuts some of today’s most adventurous jazz records. Together, they’ll show how many ways genres mutate and meld.

Rihanna's promoting her album, "Anti."Joey Foley/WireImage

Rihanna’s promoting her album, “Anti.”

– PHISH , Madison Square Garden (thegarden.com), Dec. 30, 31, Jan. 2: The king of jam bands returns for its annual New Year’s run at the Garden. Expect each show to last longer than your worst holiday hangover.

The Who was last in New York in May.DYLAN MARTINEZ/REUTERS

The Who was last in New York in May.

– JIMMY BUFFETT , Barclays Center (barclayscenter.com), Dec. 31: Warm odes to Margaritaville go down just as smoothly on New Year’s Eve in Brooklyn than on the beach in summer.

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Don’t expect any wardrobe malfunctions for Janet Jackson in her first tour to feature new material in seven years.

– DARLENE LOVE’s “Love For The Holidays,” B.B. King’s, Jan. 2 and 16: Love’s ho-ho-ho shows this season may extend a bit beyond the actual holiday. But the singer whose voice creates its own wall-of-sound can make the yuletide brighter at any time of year.

– WILCO , Capitol Theatre in Port Chester (thecapitoltheatre.com), Feb. 2, 3; Kings Theatre (kingstheatre.com), Feb. 5, 6: No band takes a more experimental approach to American roots music than Wilco. Their latest album, “Star Wars,” has no literal connection to the movie franchise. But the music has a sense of exploration that’s apt.


Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden just feels right, doesn’t it?

– BILLY JOEL , Madison Square Garden (thegarden.com), Jan. 7, Feb. 13, March 15: The piano man continues his open-ended series of monthly shows at the Garden, which keep the regular crowd shuffling in.

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Jimmy Buffett is playing a New Years Eve concert in Brooklyn.

– MARC ANTHONY , Madison Square Garden (thegarden.com), Feb. 6; Prudential Center (prucenter.com), Feb. 13: The first Anthony concert will survey his broad range of styles and talents. For the second, dubbed “Concierto Del Dia De San Valentin,” Anthony will emphasize a role he was born to play: romantic muse.

– JANET JACKSON , Prudential Center (prucenter.com), Feb. 17; Barclays Center (barclayscenter.com), Feb. 22: Miss Jackson isn’t getting nasty, or even particularly sexy, on her first tour to feature new material in seven years. According to reports, she’s now presenting herself as a chaste pop stateswoman.

– BLACK SABBATH , Madison Square Garden (thegarden.com), Feb. 25, 26, 27. Given the health challenges of satanic guitar god Tony Iommi (he continues to battle non-Hodgkin lymphoma), it’s no surprise the Ozzy-fronted band has decided this tour will offer its final flash of the devil horns.

– LEON BRIDGES , Beacon Theatre (beacontheatre.com), March 7, 8: No young star performs retro R&B with more soul than Bridges.

– THE WHO Hits 50! , Prudential Center (prucenter.com), March 19: Bouncing back from Roger Daltrey’s throat problems, the surviving Who duo will resume their half-century self-salute tour, with a show that last stormed through town back in May. Get there early for Joan Jett’s terse, cool opening set.

– LAKE STREET DIVE , Beacon Theatre (beacontheatre.com), March 25: Exuberant Motown pop, fine jazz phrasing and deep blues belting all collide in the rousing music of this breakout foursome.

– RIHANNA , Barclays Center (barclayscenter.com), March 27; Prudential Center (prucenter.com), April 2: Given the wide range of styles on Ri’s new “Anti” album, this same-named show should be packed with enough swift turns to thrill.

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