By Albert Samaha
By Steve Weinstein
By Devon Maloney
By Tessa Stuart
By Alison Flowers
By Albert Samaha
By Jesse Jarnow
By Eric Tsetsi
BAM RHYTHM & BLUES FESTIVAL
June 7 Ben E. King
June 14 Fontella Bass
June 21 Leon Russell
June 28 Angelique Kidjo
July 5 Johnnie Johnson
July 12 Jerry Butler
July 19 Clarence Carter
July 26 Third World
August 2 Little Milton
August 9 Felix Cavaliere
June 21 Marcia Ball
June 22 Soulive+David Pilgrim
June 29 Olodum+Nego Gato
June 30 Junoon+Church of Betty
July 6 Julieta Venegas+Performer TBA:Singer-songwriter Venegas makes the most of her Tijuana tradition and her ability to evoke the angry but subtle charms of a modern rock diva. Watch her wield an accordion like a translator of bilingual emotions, a guitar like a long-term lover. Most importantly, she's got a voice that takes you to a place beyond language, one that reveals her innermost wounds and most fervent hopes. (Morales)
July 12 Miri Ben-Ari+Esta
July 13 Cheb Mami+Performer TBA:The singer who made Sting's "Desert Rose" more than listenable will demonstrate why Algerian rai, with its traditional beats and tinges of both reggae and rap, has become the Arab world's predominant pop style. (Gehr)
July 14 Jimmy Bosch+Performer TBA
July 21 Bullfrog featuring Kid Koala+Performer TBA
August 3 Culture+Performer TBA
August 11 Frankie Negron
August 17 Isaac Delgado+Yamile Malagon
August 19 Baaba Maal, featuring Daande Lenol:This well-educated visionary has been poised for crossover on the edge of his hard, penetrating Mali-Senegal tenor since the late '80s, but only recently did he start trusting his idiosyncratically indigenous musical command. If the tour is anywhere near as good as the album it's supporting, this will vie with Super Rail Band as the Afropop event of the summer. Also: Ex-Centric Sound System. (Christgau)
CENTRAL PARK SUMMERSTAGE
June 17 Ani DiFranco:The Little Folk-Punk-Pop-Gospel-Funk Singer That Could returns, this time with a full band, to promote her much-hyped new double album, Revelling/Reckoning(Righteous Babe). $28.50. (Phillips)
June 24 El Gran Combo+Wayne Gorbea & Salsa Picante
June 30 Cheikha Remitti+Sussan Deyhim+Dzihan & Kamien
July 4 Biz Markie+Doug E Fresh +Whodini+Full Force+DJ Kool Herc
July 8 'Africa Fete': Featuring Nder and the Setsima Group, Les Tetes Brulees, and Saintrick et la Tchielly.
July 12 moe.:$23.
July 14 Basement Jaxx+Bango Maffin+Martin Morales+Ron Trent:With Viva Brazil Dancers.
July 15 'Viva la World':Featuring Amina, Ekova, Lo'Jo, and TBA DJ.
July 20 String Cheese Incident:$28.
July 21 Susan Tedeschi+Robert Randolph
July 22 Craig David+Lina+MKL
July 28 Kid Creole & the Coconuts+Los Mocosos+Jeno
July 29 Shadow+Super Blue:Calypso and soca champions.
August 4 Ricky Skaggs+John Herald
August 5 Living Color+Asian Dub Foundation+Propellerheads
August 6 Erykah Badu:The diva-in-waiting with the charismatic hair saw her queen-of-the-scene lustre tarnish slightly while she coped with the right Dre and his baby. But since she had the self-knowledge to spend her spare time polishing her songwriting, which had never lived up to her image, she came out sounding great on the other end. Now you get to tell her so. $45; $60. (Christgau)
August 9 Bebel Gilberto+Antony & the Johnsons+Ray Velasquez
August 10 Bela Fleck & the Flecktones+Keb' Mo'
August 20 Lyle Lovett & His Large Band:$30; $45.
HARLEM MEER PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL
Lakefront plaza, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Central Park, 110th Street and Fifth Avenue, 860-1370, free
June 10 Viento de Agua
June 24 Grupo Saveiro
HUDSON RIVER FESTIVAL
June 19 Pete Seeger & Tao Rodriguez-Seeger
June 20 Bellevue Cadillac
June 26 Koko Taylor & Her Blues Machine
June 27 Prairie Cats
July 10 Hugh Masekela
July 11 City Rhythm of Philadelphia
July 25 Casey MacGill
LINCOLN CENTER FESTIVAL'S 'AFRICA OUT LOUD'
Various venues, 875-5928, www.lincolncenter.org
July 11 Super Rail Band, Damrosch Park Bandshell:The first and rarest of the Lincoln Center Festival's remarkable four-concert "Africa Out Loud" series (really West Africa Out Loud, but who's map-ping?) could prove the most exciting: led by master guitarist Djelimady Tounkara, Mali's topworking band rocked their first U.S. tour earlier this year. Expect precisely the right mix of griot wisdom and modernist experiment, hotel-band suave and art-band pride. (Christgau)
July 13 Cheikh Lô, La Guardia Concert Hall:Better equipped to roughen a croon than sweeten a shout, this native of Burkina Faso has elaborated his Cuban-tinged synthesis with greats from Wemba to N'Dour. When I saw him in 1997, a Senegalese drum kit dominated bass, two guitars, kora, sax, and traps, but the Orchestra Aragon and Pee Wee Ellis of his recent Bambay Gueej should be strongly in evidence in a pan-Africanism that never sounds ingratiating or forced. (Christgau)