Roy Hargrove is a Grammy Award winning American jazz trumpeter who has played with jazz legends Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis. Hargrove was born and raised in Waco, Texas, and was noticed as a future talent when Marsalis ... moreBimhuis
Piet Heinkade 3
Not to be confused with the famous John Steinbeck novel, Of Mice & Men the band was formed in 2009 is Costa Mesa, California. Attributing their band’s name to their parallels with the novel’s message of ... moreMelkweg
Dutch pop-rock quartet BLØF formed in Vissingen, Zeeland, Netherlands in 1992 and have since gained a huge national following. The band currently features Peter Slager (bass), Paskal Jakobsen (guitar), Bas Kennis ... moreParadiso
Music Festival / Concert
For King's Day in April, the Dutch go wild at the annual Nacht van Oranje. Held at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Nacht van Oranje is a massive party and concert celebrating the country’s heritage and its king ... moreAhoy Rotterdam (Rotterdam, NL)
3084 BA Rotterdam
Patronaat (Haarlem, NL)
2013 DN Haarlem
Community Festival / Festival
Queen’s Day celebrates Queen Beatrix’s birthday, as well as her reign as monarch of the Netherlands, and is the biggest street festival in the entire world, rivaling Mardi Gras in New Orleans and New Year’ ... moreOlympisch Stadion
Olympisch Stadion 21
1076 DE Amsterdam
Born and raised in Brooklyn, legendary rapper Big Daddy Kane dominated the world of hip hop – from fashion to the music itself – in the late 80s and early 90s, and he is widely considered one of the most influential ... morePaard Van Troje (The Hague)
2512 GA Den Haag
Mixing heartfelt emotion, driving musical aggression, and a strong pop sensibility, Funeral for a Friend is a mainstay of UK underground music. Formed in 2001, this Wales-based post-hardcore quintet is a perpetual guest ... moreMelkweg
Because of its liberal attitude towards, well, most things, Amsterdam attracts a wide range of artists and musicians coming to play in amazing concert halls, hole-in-the-wall music dives and everything in between…and maybe smoke a little weed on the side while they’re here.
Seeing concerts in Amsterdam is tantamount to most major cities as the venues range from big to small, smoky to sweaty, and more. A-list talent comes through the city every year, playing at the major venues like Paradiso and Melkweg in Leidseplein, or Amsterdam Arena and Heineken Music Hall just southeast of the city proper. Bimhuis, meanwhile, is the city’s biggest jazz hall and classical concert venue and boasts some of the most original architecture in the city as well.
On any given night, one can witness the biggest stars in rock, hip-hop, Top 40, reggae, or basically any other musical genre in the dozens of venues spread throughout town.
There’s also no shortage of Amsterdam concerts in more intimate settings. Smaller joints play host to countless jazz and blues shows, while folk singers and rock-star wannabes test out their talents at smaller spots all over town.