Outdoor Concerts & Music Festivals

August 5 & 6 Dave Matthews Band + Gov't Mule + Bela Fleck & the Flecktones + Slightly Stoopid + Tea Leaf Green

PNC Bank Art Center

Shades of blues: Amadou & Mariam perform at Summerstage
photo: Bernard Bernand
Shades of blues: Amadou & Mariam perform at Summerstage

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

May 26 Rascal Flatts

June 9 Neville Brothers + Dr, John + Wynton Marsalis

June 10 New Cars + Blondie

June 11 Rob Thomas + Jewel + Toby Lightman

June 16 Nine Inch Nails + Bauhaus+Peaches

June 24 & 25 Bruce Sprinsteen: The Seeger Sessions

June 27 Def Leppard + Journey

June 30 Sammy Hagar & the Wabos

July 9 Kelly Clarkson + Rooney

August 5 John Fogerty + Willie Nelson

August 6 Poison + Cinderella

August 20 Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young

September 9 Roger Waters

'River to River Festival'

Various venues: Castle Clinton, Battery Park; World Financial Center Plaza, Vesey Street & Hudson River; Rockfeller Park, Chambers Street and Hudson River; Wagner Park, Battery Place and Hudson River, 212-835-2789, rivertorivernyc.com

June 1 Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder + Andy Statman + Carrie Rodriguez + Citigrass (Castle Clinton)

June 2 Super Furry Animals (South Street Seaport, Pier 17)

June 4 'Bang on a Can Marathon' (World Financial Center Winter Garden): Wherein new music dorks BOAC make an annual event out of every conceivable definition of "avant." Beyond their usual alt-adult, this year they've gone rock: Check out conceptual pop group Matmos, fresh off arting it up at the Biennial, here paired with NYC ensemble So Percussion; Wilco's Glenn Kotche, battling BOAC's own skinsman, David Cossin; and Alarm Will Sound, doing impossibly all-acoustic covers of, yup, Aphex Twin. BARON

June 7 Jimmy Delgado Salso Con Dulzura Orquestra (Wagner Park)

June 13 Eels with Smoosh (World Financial Center Plaza)

June 14 Ralph Stanley + Tres Chicas (Rockefeller Park): With Bill Monroe now longer with us, this soon-to-be octogenarian is proudly carrying the torch for old-school bluegrass. And though his career stretches back to the '40s, the Coen Brothers' 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou? is where most people now remember him from. His stunning 2002 Grammy performance (where he won) is testament to his ongoing prowess. GROSS

June 20 Son Volt (World Financial Center Plaza): It's clear by now that Son Volt is whatever Jay Farrar says it is—and this summer he says it's a return to the band's soaring dynamics and his own image-heavy evocations—but with a decidedly pointed political bent at times that will remind some of Woody, some of Uncle Tupelo, others of Iraq. MAZOR

June 28 Dr. John (Battery Park City Rockefeller Park)

June 30 Amy Rigby + Robbie Fulks (South Street Seaport, Pier 17)

July 4 Belle & Sebastian (Battery Park)

July 6 Mates of State (Castle Clinton)

July 12 Maude Maggart & Tony Desare (Battery Park City Rockefeller Park)

July 13 Okkervil River (Castle Clinton)

July 14 Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men + Chatham County Line (South Street Seaport, Pier 17)

July 18 Terry Allen (World Financial Center Plaza)

July 19 Conjunto Classico (South Street Seaport, Pier 17)

July 19 Little Feat (Battery Park City Rockefeller Park)

July 20 Josh Rouse (Castle Clinton)

July 20 Sugar Hill Gang (South Street Seaport, Pier 17)

July 25 Dianne Reeves (World Financial Center Plaza)

July 26 The Spinners (Battery Park City Rockefeller Park)

July 26 Ray Sepulveda (South Street Seaport, Pier 17)

July 27 The Hold Steady (Castle Clinton National Monument)

July 28 Richard Hawley + Nicolai Dunger (South Street Seaport, Pier 17)

August 2 Bio Ritmo (South Street Seaport, Pier 17)

August 2 'Hot August Night: A Neil Diamond Celebration' (Battery Park City Rockefeller Park)

August 3 Dave Holland Quintet (Castle Clinton)

August 4 Hot Chip (South Street Seaport, Pier 17)

August 9 Son Boricua (South Street Seaport, Pier 17)

August 16 Conjunto Imagen (South Street Seaport, Pier 17)

August 16 Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadours (Wagner Park)

August 18 The Box Tops (South Street Seaport, Pier 17)

August 23 Luisito Carrion & Orquestra (Wagner Park)

August 25 Ted Leo & the Pharmacists (South Street Seaport, Pier 17): Leo's South Street Seaport gigs have attained mythic status over the years: In 2003, he played through the blackout, in 2004, a vicious thunderstorm. But Leo's sturdy, rousing, politically-charged pub-punk anthems are tougher than mere weather; he's outlasted countless scenes and several record labels to become one of indie rock's most reliable institutions. PHILLIPS

August 30 Michael Stuart & Orquestra (Wagner Park)

September 7 Jose Alberto "El Canario" & Orquestra (Wagner Park)

'Rocks Off Boat Cruise'

The Temptress leaves from the World Yacht Marina at 41st Street and The West Side Highway (Hudson River); Half Moon leaves from the Skyport Marina at 23rd Street and FDR Drive (East River), 212-571-3304, rocksoff.com

July 6 RJD2 (Temptress)

July 12 Hot Buttered Rum (Half Moon)

July 13 U-Melt (Half Moon)

July 21 Black 47 (Half Moon)

July 27 Virginia Coalition (Temptress)

July 27 Knockout Drops (Half Moon)

August 3 The Slackers (Temptress)

August 11 The Pietasters (Half Moon)

August 23 The Toasters (Half Moon)

August 25 Amon Tobin

'Roseland Ballroom'

239 West 52nd Street,

June 3 Snow Patrol + August ana + Duke Spirit

June 14 Arctic Monkeys+ We Are Scientists

June 22 A.F.I. + Nightmare of You+ Dillinger Escape Plan

Siren Music Festival

Main Stage, 10th Street and Surf Avenue, Brooklyn;
Stillwell Stage, Stillwell Street and Surf Avenue, Brooklyn,

July 15: Once again, the Voice-sponsored Siren fest will draw thousands of sun-dazed indie kids—and their audience!—to Coney Island's boardwalk. There's a band here for everyone, whether you hanker for inventive, bittersweet indie pop (Stars, Dirty on Purpose), slack Pavement fuzz (Tapes 'n Tapes), sleek theatricality (She Wants Revenge, standouts the Stills), buzzsaw theatricality (Celebration), or just plain cute guys with guitars (the Cribs). CATUCCI

'Summer Enchanted Evenings'

Sinatra Park,
Sinatra Drive between 4th and 5th streets,

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