The power of live music to make folks feel good is on full display at a host of New York nightclubs, 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 scale the heights to Dizzy's Club-CocaCola for a bird's eye view of Central Park and an international line up of jazz artists. Prefer a low-key ambiance, follow the natives to the leafy streets of Park Slope for a mellow night at Barbes. At 40, the venerable Cornelia St. Café still puts out a sizzling stream of dulcet tones and hot jazz nightly while the Sidewalk Café on Avenue A taps to the sound of its own off-beat lineups year round. Keep in mind that where you go is just as important as when you go to a place – some nights the place is electricifying, 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 sources for the current week's happenings and live performances is the weekly magazine, Time Out or PAPERMAG, both of which keep a close eye on pop culture, nightlife and music.