Outdoor Concerts & Music Festivals

50 Route 120, East Rutherford, New Jersey, 201-935-3900, 212-307-7171, meadowlands.com, ticketmaster.com

June 1 "Z100's Zootopia 2003": TLC+Ja Rule+Simple Plan+Ashanti +Daniel Bedingfield+Wayne Wonder +Bowling for Soup+Ginuwine+Tanto Metro & Devonte+JC Chasez
August 7-8 Bon Jovi

Dana Discovery Center, Central Park, 110th Street and Fifth Avenue, centralparknyc.org

May 25 Bakithi Kumalo
June 1 The Jeremy Pelt Sextet
June 15 Los Soneros de Oriente
June 22 The Brawner Brothers
June 29 James Spaulding & the Sound Spectrum
July 6 Jimmy Bosch

World Financial Center Plaza, 200 Vesey Street, and throughout Battery Park, 212-528-2733, hudsonriverfestival.com

June 17 The Fab Faux
June 18 Floetry
June 24 Polygraph Lounge
June 25 Peter Cincotti
June 30 Paula Atheron & Interplay+Johnny Pacheco y Su Tumbao with Hector Casanova
July 8 Patti Smith: It's summer-time, and the livin' is still uneasy when Patti takes command of the atmosphere. She's as likely to channel Baudelaire as Ronnie Spector, and even though those lines have grown less blurry over the course of the past three decades, few folks grasp the essence of both as well as she does. With longtime foil Lenny Kaye working the gas pedal—and, every once in a great while, the brake—Smith steers with Ancient Mariner panache, turning raging rapids placid (and vice versa) seemingly at will. (Sprague)
July 9 Guy Clark & Rambling Jack Elliot
July 10 Shemekia Copeland Blues Band
July 14 Annette Aguilar and String Beans+Johnny Almendra y Los Jovenes del Barrio
July 16 Al Kooper & Special Guest
July 17 John Hammond
July 22 The Radiators
July 23 Kate & Anna McGarrigle
July 24 Duke Robillard Band
July 28 Orlando Marin "the Last Mambo King"+Alfredo de la Fe
July 29 Don Byron & Symphony Space Orchestra
July 30 Si Se
July 31 Popa Chubby
August 5 Sonny Bravo's Charanga Jazz Experience+Orchestra Broadway
August 19 The Package Band+Siglo 20 With "Pupi"
August 26 The Sensational Soul Cruisers

1904 Surf Avenue, Coney Island, 718-449-8497, 212-307-7171, ticketmaster.com

August 22-23 Björk: This Icelandic Goddess, mother of odd pop and her son and daughter, has grown into herself in recent years. After a slew of appearances with Eskimo choirs and in animal costumes, Björk will swan around the aptly named Brooklyn field dressed no doubt in a little kooky colored, curiously seamed, flower-splattered number. She'll sprinkle her audience with forks and feathers and hidden things only Björk can bring to the surface and the cheers and howls might end up woven somewhere through her impending album, which is to be all live stuff. (Pearse)

Exit 116, Garden State Parkway, Holmdel, New Jersey, 732-335-8698, 212-307-7171, artscenter.com, ticketmaster.com

June 14 Poison+Vince Neil+Skid Row
June 15 Boston
June 18 Santana+Angelique Kidjo
June 20 Peter Gabriel
June 21 James Taylor
June 24-25 The Dead
June 27 Norah Jones+Gillian Welch: Platinum-selling, Grammy-snagging Jones may be the musical Martha Stewart of our troubled day, but there's nothing wrong with the comfort food so tastefully dished up by this less-is-more jazz singer and her simpatico combo. Welch and partner David Rawlings plumb the depths of American roots music in their timely and timeless songs of poverty, disaster, and ruination. (Gehr)
July 8 Jackson Browne+Keb' Mo' +Steve Earle & the Dukes
July 10 Dream Theater+Queensryche+Fates Warning
July 13 "Neon Circus and Wild West Show": Brooks and Dunn
July 19 Chicago
July 20 "Weird Al" Yankovic
July 23 "Lollapalooza": With alt-rock no longer pretending to be even slightly "alternative" to anything, the big-name lineup of this long dead festival at least makes an attempt at well-roundedness: There are prog-metal mystics Incubus, semi-kitschy pop-punk femmes fatales the Donnas, excellently baked hard rock from Queens of the Stone Age, token hip-hop bores Jurassic 5, token old-school alt-ists Jane's Addiction, and last and maybe least Audioslave, whose slightly turgid supergroup stomp might still be fun live. (Hoard)
July 24 Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme
July 25 Iron Maiden+Dio
July 26 Sammy Hagar+Lynyrd Skynyrd
August 2 Def Leppard
August 3 Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band
August 6 The Allman Brothers Band+Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
August 11 Aerosmith+KISS: Granted, Aerosmith's had hits in recent years (some of 'em real good 'uns) whereas KISS just repackage old songs, but both of these fun and occasionally explosive live bands are trading on fond memories: Aerosmith recall the days when rock music meant big hooks, irresistible bitchiness, sexy rebellion, and partying till you puked, whereas KISS long ago turned that kind of appeal into a weird, cult-like phenomenon. Happily, both dinosaurs still go well with beer and sunshine. With Saliva. (Hoard)
August 14 "B.B. King Music Festival": B.B. King+Jeff Beck+Galactic
August 16 "WKTU's Beatstock"
August 17 Steely Dan
August 18-19 "OZZFEST 2003": Expect to see more kids with chaperones this year now that the TV show's hit its peak—s'all good, the indoctrination has to start somewhere (among the corporate sponsorship). The main corrupter indoctrinator—and the most intelligent and entertaining—is the media prankster-subcultural terrorist Marilyn Manson. Other highlights: the Voi Vod reunion with some dude named Jason Newsted on bass; Sony's (huh?) gothic black-metallers Cradle of Filth; the "Village of the Damned" hesher mall/video game/tattoo parlor; headliners Papa Ozz and Zakk with Newsted on bass; and (rumored) this year only, Miller Lite's exclusive "Pee of Leviathan" brew ($15). (Bosler)
August 22 Tori Amos+Ben Folds
August 23 The Doors
August 28-29 Counting Crows+John Mayer
August 30 Meat Loaf+Cyndi Lauper

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