Best Free Live-Music Luncheon New York 2010 - BAM Rhytm & Blues Festival at MetroTech
All you folks working within light jogging distance of Downtown Brooklyn have no excuse not to schlep your sandwiches and yogurt cups and what-not to the BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival at MetroTech, an annual summer Thursday-afternoon fete that brings a startling variety of jazz/funk/r&b/blues/etc. big shots—this year's slate featured Tony Allen, Bernie Worrell, Vieux Farka Touré, and Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens—to the suspiciously idyllic MetroTech Commons, a fine, shaded, peaceful urban-park interlude within Brooklyn's usual audio/visual chaos. Grab a table (and lunch from a nearby restaurant, if you wish) and zone out for an hour or so to the dulcet sounds of Victor Wooten, say, or Bilal, or any number of other adventurous artists in that genre often toxically dubbed "world music," but whom you'll come simply to regard as purveyors of the finest, most spiritually restorative lunch break available anywhere. For free, of course. Take the money you saved and treat yourself to a cookie or something.