Outdoor Concerts & Music Festivals


MetroTech Center, Civic Center/Borough Hall, Flatbush and Myrtle avenues, 718-636-4100, www.bam.org
June 6 Maceo Parker
June 12 The Wild Magnolias
June 20 North Mississippi All-Stars
June 27 La India
July 11 The Brothers Johnson
July 18 Doo Wop All-Stars
July 25 Wilson PickettAugust 1 Little Anthony & the Imperials
August 8 Ernest Ranglin
Aug 15 Toots & the Maytals


Pier 54, 533-PARK, hudsonriverpark.org
August 25 Featuring Corey Harris, Saffire & the Uppity Blues Women, Tinsley Ellis, Out of Control Rhythm & Blues Band, and Taj Mahal.


Prospect Park Bandshell, entrance at 9th Street and Prospect Park West, 718-855-7882,www.brooklynx.org/celebrate/
June 20 Dr. John
June 21 Hakim: The prince of sha'i has a big tenor voice and a bigger band—two keybs, electric bass, trap drums, three hand drums, flute, accordion, trombone, trumpet. He also has body language: little hip swivels, contained grinds, mincing hops, hand-on-hips scolds, waves, finger snaps, petulant who-me moves. He is adored by a young Muslim audience that can't be all Egyptian and that is worth experiencing in itself. And when he revs up, he revs up high. (Christgau)
June 22 "Latin Music Series," with Luis Vargas, Coco Merenson, and Joseito Mateo
June 28 Sarah Harmer+Luther Wright & The Wrongs
June 30 "Kreyol Festival," featuring Tabou Combo, Boukman Eksperyans, Zin, Koudjay, and 2 Sweet
July 6 Everton Blender+Reggae Cowboys
July 12 Yo La Tengo+Everton Sylvester
July 13 "11th Annual African Festival," with Femi Kuti & Positive Force, Hassan Hakmoun, Rokia Traore, and Coco Sukali
July 19 Talib Kweli+Zap Mama DJ Project
July 20 Lambchop+the Mendoza Line
August 3 "Latin Music Series: Boricua Festival"
August 9 "Latin Music Series," with Si*Se, Ely Guerra, and Jumbo
August 10 "Latin Music Series: Palladium Mambo Dance Party," with Machito Orchestra and Nelson Gonzalez
August 17 Capleton & Friends
August 18 Saw Doctors+Gavin Degraw
August 23 & 24 Cake+Modest Mouse+Flaming Lips+De La Soul+Kinky


Rumsey Playfield, 72nd Street, 307-7171
June 15 Vitamin C
June 16 Celia Cruz+Yerba Buena+DJ International Playboy Zen
June 19 Dispatch+Jack Johnson
June 20 Kronos Quartet+Very Be Careful: There's little that's "classical" about the Kronos Quartet, whose modus operandi is to rock out on their latest fixation before moving onto the next big thing. This season the group is all about the joys of "Mexicana" and will perform waltzes, mariachi numbers, narcocorridos, and post-punk rock tunes by composers ranging from Juan García Esquivel to Café Tacuba, usually with sonic augmentation. Very Be Careful have rocked a thousand parties with their punky take on the accordion-driven Colombian vallenato sound. (Gehr)
June 21 Bill "CrutchMaster" Shannon & the Step Fenz Crew+Next Generation+Ursula Rucker
June 22 N.E.R.D.+Princess Superstar+Z-Trip: N.E.R.D. are the rockfunkcountryskapop alter ego for the Neptunes, who dominate urban radio with their sparkling, motor-heavy production, but on their album prefer to reincarnate Aja-era Steely Dan, as if A Tribe Called Quest had grown up in the Midwest somewhere. Princess Superstar is a sassy and scrunchy pale chick who raps about loose sexual mores and actually charts in England, if not at Kim's. And lastly, Z-Trip is a (relatively) old turntable dude who mixes Rakim with Britney Spears, keeping it real, it seems, while also keeping it white.(Caramanica)
June 23 Ile Aiye+Boukman Eksperyans+Jah Shaka
June 29 "Paradise Garage: 25th Anniversary Celebration"
June 30 Remy Shand+Bullfrog & Kid Koala+Slainte Mhath+the Arrogant Worms
July 4 Karl Denson's Tiny Universe+Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews+DJ Vikter Duplaix
July 6 Tropicana d'Haiti+the Cool Crooners
July 7 Issa Bagayogo: The spiritual ambitions of Mali's desert music and the higher realms of techno ought to be compatible, but most fusions turn them to mush. Droning over a spare drum machine and assorted sound effects, Bagayogo's three-stringed kamale ngoni retains its definition. And his touring band includes guitar ace Mama Sissoko. With Cheikha Rimitti, Sahraoui, and P18. (Christgau)
July 10 Bonga+Mariza+Bajofondo Tango Club
July 11 John Hiatt+J.J. Cale+Loudon Wainwright III
July 13 RES+Joi & Raphael Saadiq+Cody ChestnuTT
July 14 Orchestra Baobab+Super Rail Band: By the crude measure of 2002 Albums Released, the double bill of the year. Baobab's is a domestic-debut reissue of a Dakar swan song two decades old, Afro-Cuban with an emphasis on the Afro, bilingual guitar balancing idiomatic sax in a relaxed clave that's pure charanga in feel if not form. Bless them for regrouping. Djelimady Tounkara's Super Rail Band gave the most thrilling concert I saw last year, a miracle of Malian circularity that delivered closure and eternal return at the same time, and his solo album is almost as rich. (Christgau)
July 17 Lucinda Williams: The studio obsessive has exploited her belated chance to turn into the thing she's always romanticized by proving a true road warrior. That doesn't mean she makes a concert stage feel like a juke joint. But she has so many songs in her kit you can live with the living jukebox it becomes instead. (Christgau)
July 19 John Mayer
July 20 Dionysis Savvopoulos+Alkinoos Loannidis+Kristi Stassinopoulou
July 21 Kodo+Triple Threat DJS+Festival of Mongolia Ensemble: The muscular Japanese percussionists of Japan's Kodo ensemble do it hard and slow on bigass drums. Triple Threat DJs Apollo, Shortkut, and Vinroc do it hard and fast on four turntables and a microphone. And the Mongolia Ensemble will demonstrate the region's unique form of overtonal "throat singing," primarily in songs about horses. (Gehr)
July 25 Dave Brubeck+David Sanchez+DJ Nicola Conte
July 26 B-52's+Tom Tom Club
July 27 Trin-I-Tee 5-7+Tonex+Wade n Water
July 28 Beth Orton: The haunting music of reed-like alto and techno folkie Beth Orton comes to New York for two dates in support of her third album, Daybreaker, which features everyone from the Chemical Brothers to alt-country boy wonder Ryan Adams and is mixed by Everything But the Girl's Ben Watt. Sounds like the makings of another breathtakingly, heartbreakingly good Orton album. (Havranek)
August 3 Charlie Daniels+Drive By Truckers
August 4 Cornershop+South +Avalanches: When he brought his band to New York in May, Tjinder Singh was either calmly matter-of-fact (the canard) or intensely benign (the riposte). Either way, I didn't notice anybody in a packed Irving Plaza minding—the songs and grooves sufficed no matter their vintage. And either way, Australian cut-and-mixmasters the Avalanches are unlikely to give them any competition in the spectacle department. It's all about the music. (Christgau)
August 10 Enrique Bunbury+Skank+Babasonicos
August 11 Sonic Youth: Their last appearance on this stage, in 1992 with Sun Ra, was deemed one of the greatest concerts of the '90s by Rolling Stone, but a lot of things have happened since then. Like the release of four albums, each more "experimental" (read: masturbatory) than the last. And the World Trade Center imploding on top (literally) of their studio. But our hometown heroes (and heroine) have a new disc due in July, which they claim is "song oriented" and influenced by ELO, so perhaps a rebound is imminent. It's about time the pros showed those snot-nosed kids in the Strokes what NYC rock's really all about. With Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet and Monolake. (Phillips)
August 15 They Might Be Giants+Moldy Peaches: The thing about eccentrics is, they're not like anybody else—formalist satirists old before their time, say, or age-less children brimming with love and ick. What makes these bands separated by a decade-plus of subcultural sturm und drang an ideal pairing is simply the wealth of tunes and jokes each has at its disposal. (Christgau)
August 16 Disco Biscuits+Soulive: You can skip Bonnaroo. The improv-rock scene's most dependably combustible quartet, the Disco Biscuits, dives into the darkness with as much frightening intensity as it floats among the sugarplum fairies. Basically, they're the Stones to Phish's Beatles and deliver thick, gooey dollops of techno, dub, and conceptually spazzed-out trickster rock. The slow, steady return of the organ trio continueth with Soulive, a seriously simmering unit. (Gehr)
Sept 14 Wyclef Jean

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