Outdoor Concerts & Music Festivals

'BAM RHYTHM & BLUES FESTIVAL'
MetroTech Commons at MetroTech Center, corner of Flatbush and Myrtle avenues, 718-636-4111, bam.org

June 5 Zapp
June 12 Floetry
June 19 very special surprise guests
June 26 Corey Harris
July 3 Steel Pulse
July 24 Mighty Clouds of Joy
July 31 Fred Wesley and the JB's
August 7 Jimmy Cliff


'BLUES, BBQ AND FIREWORKS'
Pier 84, West 44th Street and West Side Highway, 212-533-PARK, hudsonriverpark.org

August 17This all-day festival features top blues bands and BBQ from local restaurants.


'CELEBRATE BROOKLYN!'
Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th Street and Prospect Park West, 718-855-7882, ext. 45, celebratebrooklyn.org

June 12 Joan Armatrading
June 14 Mos Def
June 20 Roseanne Cash
June 22 Saw Doctors
June 27 Abyssinians+Marcia Davis Outro
June 28 "Leonard Cohen Tribute": Rufus Wainwright+McGarrigle Sisters+Martha Wainwright
July 5 Cuco Valoy+Nueva Era
July 12 Chava Alberstein+Eve's Women
July 17 The Jazz Passengers (playing live music accompaniment toCreature From the Black Lagoon)
July 18 Shannon McNally
July 19 Derek Trucks Band+Tony Trischka Band+Scrapomatic
July 24 The Alloy Orchestra (playing live music accompaniment toThe Black Pirate)
July 26 "African Festival": Salif Keita+Oliver Mtukudzí+Gokh-Bi System+Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng+Dominic Kanza & African Rhythm Machine
August 1 Ethel (playing live music accompaniment toVertigo)
August 2 Donnie+Jody Watley
August 3 "Boricua Festival": India
August 7 Howard Fishman Quartet (playing live music accompaniment toGuys and Dolls)
August 9 "Latin Alternative Music Conference": Café Tacuba +Yerba Buena+Sidestepper:After three years in NYC, the "Latin Alternative Music Conference" takes place in L.A. this summer, leaving behind this powerful lineup as a thank-you note: Touring for the first time with a drummer and a new CD on MCA, Caféta remain alt-Latin's most innovative group with its Chilango-centric, post-Latin rock circus of sounds. NYC's own Yerba Buena, the country's most exciting Afro-Cuban funk 'n' soul machine, and London-Bogotá producer Sidestepper provide the newest Latin beats in the scene. (Lavin)


'CENTRAL PARK SUMMERSTAGE 2003'
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, middle of the park, near 69th Street, 212-307-7171, ticketmaster.com, summerstage.com

June 26 & 27 Wilco+Sonic Youth:Jeff Tweedy never tries to break your heart. He just gets despondent when you don't want to come hang out inside his navel. But even if his shimmering pity party left a few of us cold (and his winning of the Pazz & Jop poll colder still), you really can't deny that Wilco has SummerStage poison-ivied all over it. (Lying on your blankie/Beautiful and stoned.) Of course, the outdoor charms of SY are patented by now. A summer day is the best nest for the kind of sexy noise blast that truly breaks hearts from Central Park to Murray Street. (Sinagra)
July 6 Orchestra Baobab:They flourished in Senegal during the '70s, reunited a few years ago, and sound like they've played together forever. This multinational combo delivers a lush and languid take on the Cuban-influenced music that swept West Africa during the '70s, a sound almost Ellingtonian in its sophisticated sweep. Drink, dance, make sweet love, or simply ponder its resonant rhythmic abysses—it's all that. With Sierra Maestra. (Gehr)
July 11 Elvis Costello & the Imposters
July 16 Ani DiFranco
July 23 The White Stripes: The White kids from Detroit have come a long way from the Little Room: At Hammerstein in April, Jack wore a belt with his name on it, pretended to be a southern preacher, and barely acknowledged the audience, while Meg was escorted by a hulking bodyguard. But when they're in action, it still comes down to just a woman, a man, and the energy (and chemistry) that made them famous. And this red-blooded gal sure hopes Jack wears those tight, tight pants again—talk about a ball and biscuit! (Phillips)
August 14 Indigo Girls
August 20 Aimee Mann+Ben Folds: These two kinda sad, kinda goofy balladeers may just have meal tickets forevermore playing date music for the reality TV demo. Look around and you'll see lots of people who buy '70s radio-rock comps from on-screen 800 numbers. But there's nothing wrong with wanting a dash of chutzpah in your Karen Carpenter and a sprig of savvy in your Billy Joel. Don't forget the Zima (Admit it you guys, Zima tastes realllly good). (Sinagra)
August 28 Paul van Dyk


'CITYPARKS CONCERTS 2003'
Various venues with more dates to be announced, 212-360-8290, cityparksfoundation.org

July 16 "Felix Hernandez's Rhythm Revue Dance Party" (Crotona Park, Bronx)
July 24 Mighty Clouds of Joy (Von King Park, Brooklyn)
July 29 Ray Barretto (St. Mary's Park, Bronx)
July 31 Fred Wesley (Von King Park, Brooklyn)
August 6 Ray Barretto (Sunset Park, Brooklyn)
August 12 Zapp (Queensbridge Park, Queens)
August 27 "Felix Hernandez's Rhythm Revue Dance Party" (Jackie Robinson Park, Manhattan)
August 28 Eddie Palmieri's La Perfecta Dos (Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan)


'FIELD DAY FESTIVAL'
Enterprise Park, Calverton, New York, 212-307-7171, ticketmaster.com, fielddayfest.com

June 7-8:Who knows if this feat—over 35 bands in two days, in a field on Long Island—will succeed, or if it will turn into another Woodstock '99 (probably not, there are no mooks on the bill), but hopefully it will at least have decent toilets. The lineup is a bit heavy on the mid-'90s Buzz Bin types (Radiohead, Beck, Underworld, Elliott Smith, Liz Phair, Luna, Spiritualized, Tortoise, Ben Lee, Beastie Boys, Blur), with a few token hip-hop acts (the Roots, N.E.R.D., Blackalicious, Peanut Butter Wolf) and some fresh blood to liven things up (Interpol, Röyksopp, the Raveonettes, the Streets, Bright Eyes, Ben Kweller), among many more. (Phillips)

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