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Boston’s Must-See Artists Of Spring 2023

Looking for a music getaway during exam season? Here are a few must-see artists coming to Boston this spring! Ranging from big to small, and even featuring members of the BU community!

By Juliette Shea

Photo by Will Chapman

For those who love their dad’s music:

It’s safe to say these tickets are not cheap, but c’mon, it’s Springsteen! And, he’s been on hiatus since his last US tour with the E Street Band in 2016. We’re lucky that TD Garden is a stop on Springsteen’s 2023 International Tour, and even at age 73, he still knows how to put on an unforgettable performance. Jamming out to “Dancing in the Dark” and “Born in the U.S.A” is definitely worth the extra shifts you’ll have to pick up to afford these tickets…

Monday, March 20, 2023, 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston MA; tickets starting at $415+.

For the festival fans:

If you’re into Foo Fighters, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Lumineers, or Paramore, this is the festival for you. This festival is a once-in-a-lifetime experience with two headliners per day and a handful of artists from all genres, if alternative rock isn’t your vibe. You’ll even get to hear Paramore’s newest album This Is Why, which was just released on February 10th.

Friday, May 26, 2023—Sunday, May 28, 2023; Harvard Athletic Complex, Boston MA; daily tickets starting at $159.99, 3-day tickets starting at $339.99.

For those who prefer Stravinsky to SZA:

If you’re more of a classical music fan or looking to expand your musical palette, Thomas Adès’ performance at the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is a must-see this Spring. Born in London, Thomas Adès is a renowned composer, pianist, and conductor. He is returning to BSO to conduct Stravinsky’s Perséphone, a mythology of the goddess Persephone and Hades, as well as his own compositions, Inferno Suite and Paradiso. If this intrigues you, grab your tickets now!

Thursday, March 23, 2023, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 24, 2023, 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 25, 2023, 8:00 p.m.

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston MA; tickets starting at $30-40 (price depends on the day selected).

For those who want to support our talented Terriers:

Presented by Boston University’s School of Music, this concert will showcase pieces from the Baroque, Romantic, Classical, and Modern periods, as well as highlighting compositions by Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and many more. If you’re looking for something to do on a Sunday or even just an opportunity to further procrastinate doing your homework, stop by and listen to some talented terriers! Did I mention that it was free?

Sunday, February 26, 2023, 3:00-5:00 p.m.; Tsai Performance Center; free event.

If you’ve been searching for a live (and free) jazz concert, then you’re in luck! The Boston University Jazz Ensemble will be performing a variety of music—contemporary, old-school, and popular. You’ll get to hear the sweet sounds of trumpets, trombones, and saxaphones, accompanied by guitar, piano, percussion, and drums.

Monday, February 27, 2023, 7:30-9:00 p.m.; CFA Concert Hall; free event.

For the Gen-Z music lovers:

If you’re a fan of Taylor Swift or Phoebe Bridgers, I’m sure you have heard of Gracie Abrams. At just 23 years old, she is an indie-pop singer-songwriter who has already hit the top charts. Her most famous songs, “I miss you, I’m sorry,” “21,” and “Feels Like” are classified as “bedroom pop,” and are a perfect listen when you want to wind down or are in your feels. This March, Gracie will be coming to the Citizens House of Blues Boston while on her Good Riddance Tour—get your tickets while they’re still affordable!

Sunday, March 12, 2023, 7:00 p.m.; Citizens House of Blues Boston; tickets starting at $87.

For those in the mood to move:

Tired of studying and ready to dance? Robin Schulz is the DJ for you. He is a German musician, DJ, and producer, whose claim to fame was his Grammy-nominated remix of “Waves (feat. Mr. Probz).” Robin Schulz will be coming to Big Night Live on March 4, and the price of tickets is a steal! If you have been craving a night of dancing with music lined up all night long, this concert is meant for you.

Saturday, March 4, 2023, 9:30 p.m.; Big Night Live, Boston MA; tickets starting at $19.50.

If you’re a fan of Robin Schulz, Steve Aoki is right up your alley. He is one of Los Angeles’ most well-known electronic dance music artists, most famous for “Just Hold On,” “Waste It On Me,” “Pursuit of Happiness Remix,” and many more. Steve Aoki will be coming to Big Night Live on March 15 for his Hiroquest: Genesis Tour to support his most recent album.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023; 9:00 p.m.; Big Night Live, Boston MA; tickets starting at $49.50.

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