Outdoor Concerts & Music Festivals


May 30-July 25, Dana Discovery Center, Central Park, 110th Street and Fifth Avenue, centralparknyc.org


More Summer In The City:
  • Cabin Fever The heat is on—and for a limited time only—so get out of the house and soak it up before it's gone
  • Perfect Picnics Grab some eats, spread a tablecloth, and get lost in the landscape
  • Garden Party Outside is the perfect setting to cure all that ales you
  • Jazz
  • Classical Music
  • Film
  • Theater
  • Dance
  • Events
  • MAY 30 African Blue Note

    JUNE 6 Zon Del Barrio

    JUNE 27 Bola Suriana

    JULY 18 Brooklyn Brazil Bop


    Giants Stadium, 50 State Highway 120, East Rutherford, New Jersey, 212.307.7171, hot 97.com

    JUNE 12 Alicia Keys+Big Boi+Kanye West+Lil Jon and the Ying Yang Twins+Jadakiss


    World Financial Center Plaza, 200 Vesey Street, and throughout Battery Park, 212.528.2733, hudsonriverfestival.com

    JUNE 16 Chic with Nile Rogers: See "BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival."

    JUNE 22 'Howlin' Wolf Tribute': David Johansen+Jimmy Vivino+Hubert Sumlin+Levon Helm

    JUNE 23 Chris Thomas King

    JUNE 29 Ladysmith Black Mambaza: See "Celebrate Brooklyn!"

    JULY 4 Lyle Lovett: Is Lyle Lovett really tall or is it just the height of his bushy mane? Meek-mannered but armed with compelling folk songs melded in a country-jazz-blues-gospel motif, Texas-born Lovett has been shattering stereotypes since hitting the scene in the 1980s. His recent release, My Baby Don't Tolerate, is the first original material since 1996; it garnered him a Grammy nod and buckets of praise. GEMELLI

    JULY 6 Black Keys: Call them the anti-Stripes: Unlike Jack and Meg, this guitar-drums duo doesn't play blues that sounds like it comes from Mars. Rather, Dan Auerbach's holler and Patrick Carney's bashing are straight out of the deep, grimy sludge of Ohio, soaked in cheap beer and raised on classic rock radio. These dudes drive a mud-caked pickup truck over the whole "authenticity" issue. PHILLIPS

    JULY 7 Dixie Hummingbirds & Levon Helm

    JULY 8 The Stills: These Brooklyn-via-Montrealers keep a tight rein on their live set. The thick, luminous fuzz-and-clash found on their '03 album Logic Will Break Your Heart is replicated almost too well on the stage. Calling to mind the dreamy Brit bands of the '80s, Tim Fletcher's suave, drawn-out vocals float over a dizzying, heady blend of dramatic modernism and lush romanticism. All this from four self-professed neurotic fellas. FURY

    JULY 15 Soundtrack of Our Lives

    JULY 20 Luciana Souza & Lila Downs

    JULY 21 Neville Brothers: See "BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival."

    JULY 22 TBA

    JULY 28 Tierney Sutton & Curtis Stigers

    AUGUST 4 Ohio Players

    AUGUST 5 Beulah


    Pier 54, West 13th Street and West Side Highway, 212.533.PARK, hudsonriverpark.org

    JULY 8 'River Rocks': Rooney+Ozma+Straylight Run (Pier 54)

    AUGUST 12 'River Rocks': Artists TBA (Pier 54)

    AUGUST 15 'Blues, BBQ and Fireworks' (Pier 54)


    Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh, New York, 516.221.1000, 212.307.7171, tommyhilfigerjonesbeach.com, ticketmaster.com

    May 30 'WBLI Summer Jam 2004': Avril Lavigne+JC Chasez+Kimberly Locke+Hanson+Fefe Dobson+Busted+Christina Milian+Jordan Knight

    JUNE 4 David Bowie: His current "A Reality" tour is his best in a freakishly long time—he's lean and happy, backed by a sympathetic band, changing up the set lists every night, playing oddities as well as hits (and salvaging a few recent songs), and covering the Pixies and Jonathan Richman. But why does he sing "I'll give you eyes of blue"? Shouldn't it be "eye of blue"? With Polyphonic Spree. WOLK

    JUNE 6 Fleetwood Mac

    JUNE 9 No Doubt+Blink-182+Living End

    JUNE 11 Kid Rock+Puddle of Mudd

    JUNE 18 Ben Harper+Jack Johnson

    JUNE 22 Aerosmith+Cheap Trick

    JUNE 27 Moody Blues

    JULY 1 Sting+Annie Lennox+Dominic Miller

    JULY 3 Chicago+Earth, Wind & Fire

    JULY 5 Marc Anthony

    JULY 8 & 9 Britney Spears

    JULY 10 Hall & Oates+Michael McDonald+Average White Band

    JULY 14 'Ozzfest 2004': Ozzfest 2004 just may be the best in the festival's eight-year history: the heralded reunion of metal god Rob Halford with Judas Priest (please keep it pre-'86, guys!); every metalhead's favorite, Slayer; the rising lords of alloy Lamb of God; cheese/black-metal-ers Dimmu Borgir; Phil Anselmo's punk-doom baby, Super Joint Ritual; the Meshuggah-meets–Freddie Krueger crew Slipknot; and Papa Ozz headlining. Honorable mentions: Unearth, Hatebreed, Otep. BOSLER

    JULY 16 Alanis Morissette+Barenaked Ladies

    JULY 21 Kiss+Poison

    JULY 23 Rod Stewart

    JULY 25 311+The Roots+Medeski, Martin & Wood

    JULY 30 Josh Groban

    JULY 31 B2K+Mario+Marques Houston+Nick Cannon+DJ Jus

    AUGUST 2 'Projekt Revolution 2004': Linkin Park+Korn+Snoop Dogg+The Used+Less Than Jake

    AUGUST 6 O.A.R.+Howie Day

    AUGUST 7 Bryan Adams

    AUGUST 10 Cyndi Lauper

    AUGUST 11 Rush

    AUGUST 12 Crosby, Stills & Nash

    AUGUST 13 & 14 The Dead+Warren Haynes: There's no rest for the wickedly talented Warren Haynes. First he lets his soul shine with an acoustic solo set. Then he joins Grateful Dead legends Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir, and Phil Lesh, with Jimmy Herring and Jeff Chimenti, as the Dead—giving born-too-late heads their first doses and helping Jerry-atric nostalgites dance and shake their bones again. ROTHMAN

    AUGUST 15 Deep Purple+Joe Satriani+Thin Lizzy

    AUGUST 18 John Mayer+Maroon5+DJ Logic

    AUGUST 22 'KTU's Beatstock 2004'

    AUGUST 24 Allman Brothers Band+Los Lonely Boys

    AUGUST 27 The Corrs

    AUGUST 28 Yes+Dream Theater

    SEPTMEBER 3 Norah Jones


    July 6-25, Avery Fisher Hall, 65th and Broadway, 212.875.5766, lincolncenter.org

    JULY 13, 15, & 17 Elvis Costello: In love and turning 50 this August, MacManus-Costello-Krall is not the angry young lad he once was, but his aim is still true. On July 13, he, original Attraction Steve Nieve, and the 52-piece Netherlands Metropole Orkest play orchestral works and Costello classics. Elvis and the Imposters, including Nieve and other original Attraction Pete Thomas, take the stage July 15. And on the 17th, Costello the composer introduces his full-length classical piece, Il Sogno, played by the Brooklyn Philharmonic. KIM

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