Rock: Festivals

American Bandshell

July 16 Koffi Olomide, La Guardia Concert Hall

July 19 Youssou N'Dour, Avery Fisher Hall: At the Lincoln Center Festival, the world's greatest pop vocalist can be expected to do his bourgie world-music set rather than his homeboy taxi-driver set, and who exactly he'll bring along—N'Dour vies with Juan Formell as world's greatest bandleader, but which backup singer or tama drummer he's leading makes a difference—won't be clear till show time. He has long since earned both superlatives, however. Missing him never makes sense. (Christgau)


Various venues, 875-5108,, free

August 7 'Middle Eastern Magic': A suave smoothy with a voice like a fist wrapped in velvet, Al-Saher, who performs in the Damrosch Park Bandshell with his band Qantara, is the Arab world's most popular entertainer, albeit one on touchy terms with his native Iraq's government. Also: Narmin al-Rawai and Yusri Sharif Dance Company (Josie Robertson Plaza) and Naji Youssef (North Plaza). (Gehr)

August 18 'The Roots of American Music,' Damrosch Park Bandshell: Featuring Sid Selvidge, Border Radio with Nevada Slim, Sourdough Slim, and Larry Johnson, and Long Island Voices.

August 19 'The Roots of American Music,' Damrosch Park Bandshell: Featuring Tom Winslow, Wood's Tea Company, a "Tribute to Reverend Gary Davis" featuring Larry Johnson, "Under American Skies" with Tom Paxton and Anne Hills, Solas, Odetta, and Great Big Sea.

August 23 'Canada,' Damrosch Park Bandshell: Featuring Barra MacNeils, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, and Maia Dance Theater.

August 26 'Brazilfest 2001,' Damrosch Park Bandshell: Performers TBA.


Josie Robertson Plaza, 875-5766,

June 28 Un Traje Nuevo+Ozomatli

June 29 Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones+Tim Gillis Band

July 6 ¡Cubanismo!

July 10 Fantastic Shakers+Marcia Ball

July 11 Rick Trevino

July 12 Billy Lee Riley+Sam Butera & the Wildest

July 13 Milly Quezada

July 17 Grupo Caribe+Salsa Celtica

July 18 'Jumpin' Johnny' Sansone+Chris Gaffney with Bill Kerchin & Too Much Fun

July 20 Richard Augustin with Emeline Michel+Marce et Tumpak

July 21 Gafieira Dance Brasil: Featuring Paulo Moura and Cliff Korman.

July 24 Danú: With guests J.P. Cormier and James Keane.

July 25 Los Embajadores Vallenatos

July 26 Charivari with Michael Doucet+Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas

July 27 Papa Wemba: Leading an integrated, synthy bass/synth-guitar-traps-percussion synth two-femme singer-dancer band at Central Park in 1998, the pushing-50 sapeur's voice was undiminished, but did I mention the synths? There's no reason to expect an Afro-Congolese hero who's still juicing crowds and adding to his legend in the studio to stick to a soukous that was old for him a decade ago. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean you wouldn't like the music better if he did. (Christgau)


Battery Park, 835-2789,, free

July 5 Marc Cohn

July 12 David Johansen & the Harry Smiths

July 19 Crash Test Dummies

July 26 The Holmes Brothers+The Blind Boys of Alabama: While the Holmes Brothers take a more "urban" (and urbane) approach to jubilee-style gospel singing, they respect this rigorous vocal tradition just as much as seminal southern practitioners like the Blind Boys of Alabama. But which act will lay more people out in the aisles with Pentecostal fever? The Holmes Brothers show off a new album of inspirational material, including work penned by Ben Harper and Bob Dylan; Clarence Fountain, cofounder and lead-vocalist for the Blind Boys, tours behind a new one too, featuring a stellar group of support musicians and Fountain's refurbished vocal lineup. (Cooper)

August 2 John Scofield


Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, Cadman Plaza West at Hicks and Old Front streets, Brooklyn, 206-6674,

June 7 Thomas Brinkmann, Jorg Burker (a/k/a the Modernist) & Zip

June 14 Phill Niblock

June 21 Hexstatic

June 28 Porter Ricks+Kid 606 +Panacea+SND: Presented by Force Inc. and Mille Plateaux.


World Trade Center Plaza, 435-6600, free

June 13 Glenn Branca: "Hallucination City"

June 16 India

June 20 The X-ecutioners

June 23 El Gran Combo

WARM UP 2001

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, 718-784-2084,

Dates TBA: DJ lineup TBA.


Southeast quadrant, Washington Square, free

July 31 Johnny Colon & His Orchestra

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