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Published June 3rd 2011
Not everyone listens to the same thing, and that's understandable—people like different things. fortunately, there are several different music venues in New York City, so you should have no trouble finding one that plays the music you like. These are just a representative sample of the music venues available; there are many more. This list will just get you started.

Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street

This venue offers musical performances of different genres. The majority of shows are intended for patrons who are over 18, but there are a few that will admit only 21 patrons. However, other shows can be seen by 16 patrons. The best thing to do is call and see if there is an age limit on the musical act that is currently performing and you're interested in seeing.

Depending on who is performing on the night you attend, you will enjoy acts by classic groups of the '60s and '70s or by some of today's hottest performers. Headliner acts are usually preceded by one or two opening acts, and some of these may be people you know who are getting their first break at the Bowery Ballroom.

Hammerstein Ballroom, Manhattan Center, 311 West 34th Street

The Hammerstein Ballroom is one of several different venues located in the Manhattan Center. This particular room can be converted into a reception, theatre-style, seated dinner, or concert venue, depending on the event being held. Depending on the event, you may hear music from the Big Band era, or you may enjoy a concert by an up-and-coming artist. In addition, the Hammerstein Ballroom often serves as the "launching pad" for new shows, so there's no telling what you might see. You can check the website for a schedule of appearances and events.

Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn

The Knitting Factory started out as one music club in New York City, but gradually expanded into an entertainment business that includes four clubs located in different parts of the country. Today, the Knitting Factory not only includes the four clubs, but also hosts several record labels. In addition, the owners also dabble in a few other ventures.

In the Brooklyn location, 361 Metropolitan Avenue, you'll hear performances from different musical artists. Some nights you'll have only one featured artist; other nights you'll be treated to three or four different acts. It's very different than most music clubs, but you'll enjoy yourself.

Nokia Theatre, 1515 Broadway at W. 44th Street

Now called the BestBuy Theater, this is a 2100-seat venue which has been open since September 5. This is one of several venues in New York City that can hold different types of programs, including musical performances. If by some remote possibility you can't get into the theater to see the performance, don't worry. Depending on who is appearing, you may actually get to watch the performance in real time on the 85-foot long LED high-definition screen which makes up the marquee for the BestBuy Theater.

Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas

The Radio City Music Hall got its start right at the beginning of the Great Depression. At the start of one of the lowest times in America's economic history, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. found himself with a 24-year lease on a piece of property in Manhattan. Rather than give up, he joined forces with RCA, who was doing its part to keep the spirits up of those in America who had been affected by the Depression (that would have been just about everyone). That business venture led to the birth of Radio City Music Hall.

Thousands flock to the official home of the famous Radio City Music Hall Rockettes to enjoy a first-run movie, concert, or-of course-a musical performance featuring the Rockettes. If you're lucky enough to attend a performance that includes both the Rockettes and the "Mighty Wurlitzer" pipe organ, you're in for a special treat.
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Why? Because music is a big part of New York
When: Whenever concerts are scheduled
Where: All over New York City
Cost: Depends on venue
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