The power of live music to make folks feel good is on full display at a host of New York night clubs, cabaret spaces, and rooftop bars with spectacular views of the Hudson or East River. If listening to bands and vocalists show off their skills is how you like to spend an evening, you'll find that New York does things right. Multiple options let you tap into the venues that 10Best readers favor, like Amateur Night at the fabled Apollo in Harlem, or B.B. King's Blues Club & Grille steps away from Times Square or you can get a taste of the New York natives' favorites like barbes in leafy Park Slope, Brooklyn with its convivial atmosphere and eclectic musical selections or stick with the sleek tones of a rooftop bar at Winnie's Jazz Bar you''ll be face to face with the Empire State Building and cool tones. Keep in mind that where you go is just as important as when you go to a place – some nights the place is sizzling, sometimes it's the luck of the draw. Try to keep up with the acts you really want to see and book them when you see the listing, this is NYC people act fast. Best source for the current week's happenings and live performances is the weekly magazine, Time Out , the L Magazine or PAPERMAG which keeps a close eye on pop culture, nightlife and music.
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