Oct. 14, Dailes Nams, Riga: One of the highlights of the last few years in the Baltic jazz scene has been the Skaņu Mežs festival. This year, the festival features Charles Gayle; the freestyle saxophonist blows in with hurricane force along with improvisational drummer Roger Turner and bassist John Edwards.
Oct. 22, Palladium, Riga: Swedish a capella group, The Real Group, along with Latvian singer Jānis Strazdiņš who replaced the Swedish bass in 2015, bring their light-hearted and upbeat music to Latvia to celebrate over 30 years of Scandinavian and English hits and highlights.
Oct. 22, Arena Riga: English alternative rock band Placebo, featuring singer-guitarist Brian Molko and guitarist-bassist Stefan Olsdal, is celebrating 20 years of performing with a European tour with their androgynous image and skilled artistry. As they prepare for their new album, enjoy their hits from previous decades.
Nov. 15, Arena Riga: The master of the piano, Elton John, returns to Riga for a night to remember. Always a high energy show, his performance includes classics from his early days, favorites from the ’80s and ’90s, as well as his newer works.
Nov. 18, Arena Riga: Relive a now bygone era of music with Disco 90s featuring the beats and lyrics of Ace of Base, Haddaway, and LaBouche. Sure to spark memories with questions such as “What is Love,” and statements like “Sweet Dreams are Made of These,” these headliners will leave the audience wishing for frayed jeans, stirrup pants, and scrunchies.
Sep. 10, Zalgiris, Kaunas: Canadian alternative rock band Nickelback is coming to Kaunas to play classics such as “How You Remind Me” and “Hero” and songs from their newest 2014 album, No Fixed Address. Enjoy a night of grunge-alternative rock with one of the best-selling artists of the 2000s as they make their way around the world on their latest tour.
Oct. 07, Compensa Concert Hall, Vilnius: Sway to the rhythm of folk-rock band Passenger with classically trained front man Mike Rosenburg. He will be touring as part of his promotion of the new album that drops in September, Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea.
Oct. 25, Peleda, Vilnius: Los Angeles based cellist, Helen Money, has worked on some of the best known albums in the latter part of the century, including albums by Disturbed and Anthrax, in addition to composing for films and theater. Now touring the world with her bow in hand and bold sound, a night with her is guaranteed to leave the audience member with goose bumps.
Nov. 10, Congress House, Vilnius: One of the most influential music makers of the last hundred years or so, Phillip Glass and his brand of ‘minimalist’ music breezes into Lithuania with his classical tunes and memorable melodies. With endless collaborations, notably with David Bowie, under his belt, an evening with Mr. Glass could be full of anything from tortuous opera, to sedentary, minimalistic film scores.
Nov. 16, Tamsta, Vilnius: Alternative R&B group from Los Angeles, California, featuring twins Amber Strother and Paris Strother, and Anita Bias, King has been gracing audiences with their soulful sound since 2011. Now, on their world tour, they’ll be stopping in Vilnius for a night of sensuous and light rhythm and blues.
Sept. 27, Hartwall Arena, Helsinki: While not exactly in Tallinn, Baltic Beliebers will likely flood the ferries and flock en masse to Helsinki to see the one and only Justin Bieber on his Purpose World Tour. Can’t make the 27th? Not to worry, he’ll be performing two shows, one on the 26th, and one on the 27th to accommodate all his fans.
Oct. 11, Nordea Concert Hall, Tallinn: Grammy-Award winner Joss Stone, known for her enchanting jazz rhythms combined skillfully with R&B, reggae, blues, and rock music, makes a stop in Tallinn on her Total World Tour. This British artist makes her way to the Baltics for the first time in her quest to “understand the music of every country.”
Oct. 27, Saku Arena, Tallinn: Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro, with a sound that’s been described as anything from math rock to post-hardcore, is coming to Tallinn this fall as part of their promotion for their 2016 album, Ellipses. If bands like Metallica and Rush are your cup of tea, this band is sure to fulfill all your prog rock needs.
Oct. 29, Von Krahl, Tallinn: Often referred to as the DJ’s DJ, Gerd Janson will be performing live at Tallinn’s Von Krahl. A highly-respected master of his craft, he runs the Running Black label and will be performing with fellow DJs Madis Nestor and Firejose.