36 Concerts to Check Out This Fall

Bruce Springsteen, Lake Street Dive, Sia, and more. —Alex Erdekian, Lisa Weidenfeld, Matthew Reed Baker

Meghan Trainor Photo by: Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com

Meghan Trainor. / Photo via Shutterstock


Kanye West

The self-described genius will grace us with his presence. You’ll get over it.

September 3, TD Garden, tdgarden.com.

Corinne Bailey Rae

Famous for her 2006 hit, Put Your Records On, the British artist recently completed her third studio album. Enjoy her soulfully nostalgic, yet experimental sound when she comes to Boston this fall.

September 7, Royale, 617-338-7699, royaleboston.com.

sammy adams

Sammy Adams. / Photo by Olivia van Rye

Sammy Adams

Six years ago, he became famous for being the only descendant of John Quincy Adams to have his debut album hit number one on the iTunes hip-hop chart. Now he’s looking to claim the limelight again with his new release, The Long Way. [Read more.]

September 7, House of Blues, 888-693-2583, houseofblues.com/boston.

The Lumineers with Rayland Baxter and BØRNS

Coming off the huge success of their new LP, the Lumineers’ Cleopatra world tour continues on.

September 7 and 8, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 617-728-1600, pavilionboston.com.

Jason Aldean and Kid Rock

The top country artists will perform the Six String Circus Tour to Fenway Park this fall. For an all-American show in America’s favorite ballpark, look no further.

September 9 and 10, Fenway Park, mlb.com.

Of Montreal

This longtime indie-pop group of the Elephant 6 collective has been around for almost 20 years, but that doesn’t mean you should take them for granted.

September 10, Paradise Rock Club, 617-562-8800, thedise.com.

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen. / Photo via iStock.com

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

What more can even be said about the Boss at this point? He’s a legend. And he’s taking a brief break from trying to get politicians to stop using his music to pay a visit to Gillette.

September 14, Gillette Stadium, 844-854-1450, gillettestadium.com.


Hello, good luck getting last-minute tix to this one.

September 14 and 15, TD Garden, tdgarden.com.


Actress Maya Rudolph and college pal Gretchen Lieberum’s Prince cover band even made a fan out of the Purple One himself. In the wake of his death, this show promises to be bittersweet, cathartic, and funky as hell.

September 21, Paradise Rock Club, 617-562-8800, thedise.com.

Andris Nelsons Conducts Shostakovich and Prokofiev, Featuring Pianist Lang Lang

The piece Lang Lang will solo on, Piano Concerto No. 3, received a less than stellar response when the composer premiered it back in 1921. Contemporary audiences may respond a bit more positively.

September 24, Symphony Hall, 617-266-1492, bso.org.

Meghan Trainor

All about that bass? Speak no more because you can bet Meghan Trainor’s voice will boom through the Pavilion when she makes her way to Boston this September.

September 24 and 25,, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 617-728-1600, pavilionboston.com.

Miike Snow

The Swedish electro-pop trio that brought you dance-worthy tunes like Toxic, Animal, and most recently Genghis Khan, are bringing their jams and remixes to Boston.

September 27, House of Blues, 888-693-2583, houseofblues.com/boston.

lake street dive

Lake Street Dive. / Photo by Olga Khvan


Blake Shelton

Yeah. That guy. The one from The Voice who is not Adam Levine.

October 1, TD Garden, tdgarden.com.

Alessia Cara

The pop star will visit Boston for her Know-It-All Tour Part II with Ruth B and Nathan Sykes.

October 1, Orpheum Theatre, 617-482-0106, crossroadspresents.com.

Lauryn Hill

Ms. Lauryn Hill brings her MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling! Concert Series to Boston this fall. Expect special guest performances by artists from throughout the African diaspora.

October 1, Wang Theatre, 800-982-2787, citicenter.org.

Built to Spill

Indie rockers Built to Spill have been a band since 1992, but lead singer Doug Martsch famously kept things fresh by rotating members in and out for years.

October 3 and 4, Paradise Rock Club, 617-562-8800, thedise.com.

Lake Street Dive

These New England Conservatory alums went viral on YouTube in 2012 with their cover of “I Want You Back,” shot on a Brighton sidewalk. Now they mark their major-label debut (Side Pony) by playing more opulent digs on Tremont Street.

October 7, Wang Theatre, 800-982-2787, citicenter.org.


You might have first heard of this Icelandic band in a trailer for the most recent season of Orange Is the New Black. The name comes from the Hawaiian word for “the sound,” in case you were wondering.

October 9, House of Blues, 888-693-2583, houseofblues.com/boston.


Sia. / Photo by Olga Khvan


Sia just earned the unusual distinction of being the only woman over 40 to have a number one hit since Madonna, for “Cheap Thrills.” The thrills of seeing her in concert, sadly, are a good deal less cheap.

October 18, TD Garden, tdgarden.com.

The Chick Corea Elektric Band

Exactly 75 years ago, a boy named Armando Anthony Corea was born in Chelsea. Better known as Chick, of course, the jazz legend celebrates his birthday by touring with some of his landmark lineups.

October 16, Wilbur Theatre, 617-248-9700, thewilbur.com.


Palehound only has one album so far, 2015’s Dry Food, but that’s just a sign that you’re getting on the bandwagon early.

October 16, The Sinclair, 617-547-5200, sinclaircambridge.com.

Charles Dutoit Conducts Walton, Elgar and Holst, Featuring Yo-Yo Ma

Dutoit will celebrate his 80th birthday in style, by conducting music by three 20th century composers. One of the pieces will be Gustav Holst’s famous “The Planets,” which we promise you’ve probably heard at some point.

October 20-22, Symphony Hall, 617-266-1492, bso.org.

Colbie Caillat

The Grammy award-winner will breeze through Boston on the Malibu Sessions Acoustic Tour presented by Mix 104.1.

October 25, The Wilbur, 617-248-9700, thewilbur.com.

Suzanne Vega

Vega’s latest effort is an album written with Duncan Sheik, the pop singer who also composed the music to the Broadway musical Spring Awakening. A ticket for her concert includes a download of the album itself.

October 28, The Sinclair, 617-547-5200, sinclaircambridge.com.

Tegan and Sara

The twin sisters followed up their Academy Awards performance of The Lego Movie’s endlessly earwormy “Everything Is Awesome” with a synthy new album, Love You to Death.

October 31, House of Blues, 888-693-2583, houseofblues.com/boston.

Ingrid Michaelson

Ingrid Michaelson. / Photo by Shervin Lainez


Joshua Radin

A dollar from every ticket to Radin’s show benefits the Life Is Good Kids Foundation.

November 2, The Wilbur, 617-248-9700, thewilbur.com.

Joey Arias

In its second year, the “Glowberon” cabaret series draws New York drag icon Joey Arias, whose career spans decades, from dancing with David Bowie on Saturday Night Live in the ’70s to a recent stint with Cirque du Soleil.

November 3, Club Oberon, 617-547-8300, americanrepertorytheater.org.

Thomas Ades

In March the BSO appointed this internationally renowned composer and maestro as its artistic partner. He makes his debut with Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem, Sibelius’s Tapiola, and his own Totentanz.

November 3-5, Symphony Hall, 888-266-1200, bso.org.

The Fray

You remember them. They’ll perform with special guests American Authors.

November 4, Orpheum Theatre, 617-482-0106, crossroadspresents.com.


The aca-awesome a cappella group will bring their 2016 world tour to the Garden, along with special guest Us the Duo.

November 9, TD Garden, tdgarden.com.

Margo Price

Country may not be huge in Boston, but you might consider expanding your horizons for Price. You can hear her Loretta Lynn-esque singing on her most recent album, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter.

November 11, Brighton Music Hall, ticketmaster.com.

Fitz and the Tantrums

If you didn’t get enough of Fitz and the Tantrums when they played in town for free at EarthFest, they’re heading back in November.

November 15, House of Blues, 888-693-2583, houseofblues.com/boston.

Ingrid Michaelson

Michaelson’s latest album, “It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense” came out in August, and because she’s hip to what the kids like, she made a Snapchat-themed music video for the single “Hell No.”

November 18, House of Blues, 888-693-2583, houseofblues.com/boston.

Letters to Cleo

Fun fact: band member Scott Riebling is the co-owner of local pizza truck and brick-and-mortar Stoked.

November 19, Paradise Rock Club, 617-562-8800, thedise.com.

Elle King

If you’re able to resist the bluesy riffs of “Exes and Ohs,” you’re in the minority. The singer also had a song, “Good Girls,” on the Ghostbusters soundtrack, and has been touring with the Dixie Chicks.

November 21, House of Blues, 888-693-2583, houseofblues.com/boston.

Andrew WK

He’ll teach you “the power of partying.”

November 28, Paradise Rock Club, 617-562-8800, thedise.com.