By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
Pier 54, West 13th Street and West Side Highway, 212-533-PARK, hudsonriverpark.org
June 8 The Headhunters+Topaz+Radio Mundial
'RIVER TO RIVER FESTIVAL 2003'
Castle Clinton Monument, Historic Battery Park, 212-835-2789, rivertoriverNYC.org
May 27 James Brown
July 4 Ryan Adams
July 10 Lambchop
July 17 Cat Power
July 24 Spoon: Hi, this is Britt Daniel from Spoon and the way we really get by is buckling up for safety. The everyman Austin holdout and his crew have been hitting our big lonely city quite a bit as of late, but that doesn't mean the band's tight, indie jitter-torpor isn't still the emotion to beat for yet another season. Whether you're a wistful Girls Can Tell devotee or a retro-fitful Kill the Moonlightzealot, this is gonna be a twist-'n'-swoon party in the great firmamental room. (Sinagra)
July 31 Del McCoury Band
August 7 Joshua Redman
'SIREN MUSIC FESTIVAL'
Main Stage, 10th Street and Surf Avenue, Brooklyn; Stillwell Stage, Stillwell Street and Surf Avenue, Brooklyn; villagevoice.com/siren
July 19:Like sunbathing in Central Park, and sticking to the seat of an un-air-conditioned subway car (only much more enjoyable), the Siren Festival is quickly becoming a NYC summer tradition. For the third year in a row, enjoy a hot 'n' sweaty day of kick-ass music, scantily clad hipsters, and freaky Coney Island goodness, all for free, and all brought to you by the Voice. This year's lineup includes a bunch of party-friendly locals (!!!, Radio 4, Northern State, Ted Leo/Pharmacists, hyped-up New Zealanders (the Datsuns), foxy Swedes (Sahara Hotnights), trendy Canadians (Hot Hot Heat), and scuzzy Brits/Floridians (the Kills). (Phillips)
SOUTH STREET SEAPORT
Pier 17, South and Fulton Street, 212-SEA-PORT, southstreetseaport.com
June 25-August 27 "CD 101.9 Smooth Jazz Wednesdays"
June 26-August 28 "Bloomberg Blues Jam"
June 27-August 29 "Friday Night Fleadh"
June 27-August 29 "Kiss FM R & B Fridays"
June 29 "International Latin Music Festival"
July 9-September 3 "Tropical Latin Music Series"
July 12-13 "NBA Rhythm & Rims"
'SUMMER ENCHANTED EVENINGS'
Sinatra Park, Sinatra Drive between 4th and 5th streets, Hoboken, New Jersey; Shipyard Park, 13th Street and Constitution Way, Hoboken, New Jersey, 201-420-2207
June 3 Don Carter (Shipyard Park)
June 5 Verdict (Sinatra Park)
June 12 Sugar Tooth (Sinatra Park)
June 17 The Amazing Incredibles (Shipyard Park)
June 19 Julio Fernandez & Friends (Sinatra Park)
June 26 Gene D. Plumber (Sinatra Park)
July 10 The 747 Band (Sinatra Park)
July 15 Ernie Contri (Sinatra Park)
July 24 Marshall Crenshaw (Sinatra Park)
June 17 Crescent City Maulers (Sinatra Park)
July 31 Eugene (Sinatra Park)
August 7 Lenahan (Sinatra Park)
August 14 Swingadelic (Sinatra Park)
August 19 Marriacchi Band (Sinatra Park)
August 21 Bucktooth Johnson (Sinatra Park)
August 28 Skanatra (Sinatra Park)
May 25 "WBLI Summer Jam 2003": Summer concert explosions: the great sonic equalizer. Michelle Branch's legit hits get just as much play as Lisa Marie Presley's hackneyed confessionals. Shaggy is considered an artist of substance, and Nick Lachey gets as much burn as wife-tart Jessica Simpson. Lasgo and La Bouche bring the NRG of the megaclub out to the beach, but maybe they're just spinning CDs: Who knows? What I do know is this: Any concert that respects Jennifer Love Hewitt as the vocal talent we all know her to be is a worthy one. Show us your hits, Loveand watch John Mayer squirm. (Caramanica)
June 13 Poison+Vince Neil+Skid Row
June 14 "An Evening With Boston"
June 18 Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals+Jack Johnson & Kid Koala
June 20-21 Santana+Angelique Kidjo
June 24 Peter Gabriel
June 26 The Allman Brothers Band +Karl Densons' Tiny Universe
June 29 Neil Young & Crazy Horse+Lucinda Williams: One wrote an ode to fuckin' up, and one's made a career out of obsessing over doing the sameand that's just one aspect of the synaptic similarities between these two middle-aged crazies. The chasm between Young's frazzled, flannelled wailing and Williams's tightly wound emo-country may seem wide, but in reality, it's covered by a thin layer of spiritual solidarityone that's as thrilling to traverse as it is treacherous. Young, with Crazy Horse in tow, has been treating European audiences to long swaths of new material this spring, making the slope even more of a challenge. (Sprague)
July 3 & 5 James Taylor
July 7 50 Cent+Jay-Z+Missy Elliott +Busta Rhymes+Fabolous
July 10 Jackson Browne+Steve Earle & the Dukes+Keb' Mo'
July 11 Dream Theater+Queensryche +Fates Warning
July 18 Chicago
July 26 Iron Maiden+Dio+Motörhead
August 1 Def Leppard
August 4 & 6 Aerosmith+KISS+Saliva
August 14 Aaron Carter
August 15 "B.B. King Music Festival": B.B. King+Jeff Beck+Galactic+Mofro
August 17 "WKTUs Beatstock"
August 21 Sex Pistols: They're out for more filthy lucre, and why the fuck shouldn't they be? Besides the fact that their '96 comeback tour earned less than any in the top 50never mind Neil Diamond's and KISS's outingsthese no-longer-young guns were shams from the begin-ning. Shams with great songs, currently undiluted by new crap, and a bigger name than any other punk nostalgia act. (Catucci)
August 22 Steely Dan
August 23 Tori Amos+Ben Folds
August 24 The Doors
August 25-26 Counting Crows+John Mayer
August 27 Meat Loaf
August 30 Daryl Hall & John Oates +Kenny Loggins