Few things are more frustrating to a music fan than hearing that a favorite act is coming to town, only to find out that the show is sold out. We’re here to help you avoid that pitfall — and the overpriced secondary ticket market — by consulting local experts like Bridget Gillis of Live Nation and Christine Varriale of Bowery Boston. Below, check out a handful of live shows we’ve heard are dangerously low on tickets.
Bruce in the U.S.A.
Bad news: Bruce Springsteen isn’t coming to perform in the Boston area anytime soon. Good news: Bruce in the U.S.A. is. The note-perfect, visually accurate performance takes things a step further than the average tribute band and creates a — dare we say — “Boss” musical experience. Varriale said tickets are selling fast for both performances. (Friday, Jan. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 26 at 9 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $20-$40; 18+; tickets available here)
NAO is Neo Jessica Joshua, a singer-songwriter and producer from East London. She’s performed as a backup singer and collaborator with the likes of ‘70s disco legends Chic and Britpop icon Jarvis Cocker, but it’s her sophomore album, “Saturn,” released last October, that’s really made her star rise. Ticket sales for her upcoming Boston date are picking up, according to Varriale. (Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.; Royale, Boston; $25; 18+; with Xavier Omär; tickets available here)
Alt country up-and-comer Rayland Baxter is another artist who came into greater prominence in 2018, due in part to his acclaimed third album, “Wide Awake.” What made the album so good? Baxter spent three months alone in an abandoned rubber band factory in Franklin, Tenn. writing the songs. He won’t be alone when he comes to Boston; according to Varriale, ticket sales for his show are steady. (Saturday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $16-20; 18+; with Illiterate Light; tickets available here)
After winning the inaugural season of “American Idol,” icon Kelly Clarkson has spent the last decade and a half building up her reputation and her fan base. She’s up for a Grammy in February for Best Pop Vocal Album, and her Meaning Of Life Tour comes to the Garden in March. Gillis said to get your floor tickets soon, or else you’ll be stuck in the balcony. (Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $29.50-125; all ages; tickets available here)
The band that spawned generations of glam-rockers, hard-rockers, and metalheads is embarking on what they claim will be their final tour ever. KISS transcends the “legendary” label, and if this truly is the last time you’ll be able to see them live, it’s best to act now; Gillis pointed out that long-time fans are snapping up tickets fast. (Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $29.50-1,000; all ages; tickets available here)