It may seem like indoor performances in New York City have been back for a while now, but it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that venues were allowed to start operating again at 33% capacity and at an upper limit of 100 people inside a room.
While it was primarily large institutions like Comedy Cellar, City Winery and The Shed that initially opened for live events, a number of smaller venues have since joined the roster to begin selling tickets to shows, including Littlefield, The Sultan Room and Elsewhere.
If you are looking to host a live event in the near future, be sure to double-check the venue’s current Covid-19 safety protocols first. Requirements currently vary by location and can range from door temperature checks to proof of a recent negative Covid-19 test result.
That said, here are some shows you’ll want to have on your radar. It’s still a fraction of what’s usually available in New York, but, in an encouraging trend, the list is growing day by day. (Thanks, in large part, to the city’s ongoing vaccination efforts.)
1. “David Peel 420 Tribute” at Bowery Electric (April 20, 6:30 p.m.)
Watch the David Peel Memorial Band, Mickey Leigh’s Mutated Music, SOULCAKE, The Cynz, Sea Monster all perform live.
2. “She Makes Me Laugh” at Littlefield (April 22, 8 p.m.)
This limited capacity, socially distanced comedy features programming meant to make you laugh again with others, including Christi Chiello, Pooja Reddy, Chanel Ali, Zubi Ahmed, Kerry Coddett, Lindsay Boling.
3. “Bon Dieu” at the Sultan’s Hall (April 22, 7:30 p.m.)
Catch a live comedy show at this Bushwick venue with a lineup that includes Dan Soder, Josh, Johnson, Emmy Blotnick and Xazmin Garza.
4. “Stephen Kellogg” at City Winery (April 25, 8 p.m.)
Singer-songwriter Stephen Kellogg performs live at City Winery’s new space.
5. “Lovechild with War Violet” in Berlin (April 28, 8 p.m.)
Live music returns to this East Village venue with a performance by Berlin and special guest War Violet.
6. “Jubille & Jesse Mann” at Elsewhere Rooftop (April 30, 7:30 p.m.)
This incredible Bushwick rooftop reopens for the season on April 30 with socially distanced food, drink and music. Advanced tickets are no longer available, but limited tables are available for direct access to this event. It will also be streamed live online.
7. SUSU with dry cleaning only at Bowery Electric (April 30, 6:30 p.m.)
The NYC rock-and-roll duo perform live with food and drink served during the show.
8. “Sh*tShow: F*ckIt Edition” at Littlefield (April 30, 7:30 p.m.)
Ophira Eisenberg and Emily Flake host this comedy night with Kendra Cunningham, Gastor Almonte and Shalewa Sharpe)
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