The Ultimate List of Free Summer Concerts in NYC, 2013
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BAM, Peter Jay Sharp Building: May 24, 10 p.m.: Abdou Mboup and Waakaw May 25, 10 p.m.: Late Night Dance Party with Ralph McDaniels & the Video Music Box June 1, 9 p.m.: Endangered Speeches
Betsy Head Park @ 7 p.m.: June 18: Dana Dane, Grand Puba, hosted by Chubb Rock June 19: Hezekiah Walker June 20: Jon B, Hi-Five
Brookfield Place Plaza: June 29-30, 5:00 p.m.: 2013 River to River Festival July 10-11, 6:00 p.m.: Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival July 13, 6:30 p.m.: Brasslands
Brooklyn Bridge Park: May 4 - August 31, 3:00 PM: Bargemusic Family Concert(s) May 23, 7:00 PM: Old School Funk & Hip-Hop Dance Party
Central Park: June 15, 3:00 PM: The Zombies, Django Django, Adam Green & Binki Shapiro, DJ sets by Modest P June 30, 7:00 PM: Big Star's Third August 20, 7:00 PM: Bobby McFerrin
Commodore Barry Park: August 24-5: AFROPUNK FEST
Crotona Park @ 7 p.m.: July 9-10: Tego Calderon, RVSB July 10: DJ Kool Herc July 12: War + DJ Afro July 13: Ghetto Brothers
Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center: May 31, 6:30 p.m.: Festival au Desert: Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa, Imharahan, Mamadou Kelly July 24-6, 7:30 p.m.: Kronos at 40 August 3, 3 p.m.: La Casita August 3, 7:30 p.m.: Zvidance August 4, 7:00 p.m.: Sacred Drums August 7, 7:30 p.m.: Ruben Blades August 9, 7:30 p.m.: Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra + Rosin Coven August 10, 6 p.m.: 30th Annual Roots of American Music Line Up August 11, 5 p.m.: Bobby Rush, Allen Toussaint, Eddie and Brian Holland, The Como Mamas
East River Park Amphitheater @ 7 p.m.: August 27: Pete Rock vs. DJ Premier hosted by Lyricist Lounge August 28: Mac DeMarco August 29: Larry Harlow and the Latin Legends Band
Herbert Von King Park: June 11, 7 p.m.: Rayvon, Red Fox, Golden Child, RSNY, hosted by Shaggy June 12, 7 p.m.: Big Daddy Kane, DJ Scratch
House of Vans @ 5 p.m.: June 27, July 11, 18, 31 and August 15 and 29. Artists TBD.
Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival @ City Winery: June 4, 5 p.m.: Dave Davies of the Kinks June 26 - August 28: 4th Annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival
Hudson River Park: June 7 - August 23, 7 p.m., Every Friday: Sunset on the Hudson
BAM's R&B Festival at MetroTech Center @ Noon: June 6: Mint Condition June 13: Bobby Rush June 20: Zozo-Afrobeat Orchestra August 8: Shuggie Otis
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts: August 8, 6:30 p.m.: No BS! Brass Band
Madison Square Park: June 19, 7 p.m.: Suzanne Vega June 26, 7 p.m.: Anat Cohen Quartet July 3, 6 p.m.: The Grascals, Joy Kills Sorrow July 10, 7 p.m.: Rene Marie July 17, 7 p.m.: Ben Sollee July 24, 6 p.m.: Dafnis Prieto Sextext, Yosvany Terry Quintent July 31, 6 p.m.: Erin McKeown, Lake Street Drive August 7, 7 p.m.: Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater June 9, 12 p.m.: 7th Annual Mafrika Music Festival August 6, 7 p.m.: Jungle Brothers, Zhigge, hosted by Lyricist August 7, 7 p.m.: Bilal August 14, 7 p.m.: Smokie Norful
Nelson A. Rockefeller Park: June 25, 7 p.m.: Angelique Kidjo
Pier A - Hoboken (NJ): August 18, 12 p.m.: Lackawanna Music Festival: Performers TBA
Hudson River Park at Pier 84: August 8, 6 p.m.: Titus Andronicus + Ducktails August 9, 7 p.m.: Wild Nothing + Grimes
Prospect Park: June 5, 8:15 p.m: Patty Griffin June 8, 4:00 p.m: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (for Kids) with Wynton Marsalis June 13, 7:30 p.m: Grouplove, Alpine June 14, 7:30 p.m: Mavis Staples + Cody Chestnutt June 15, 7 p.m: Calexico, Susana Baca, Radio Jarocho, Akoko Nante Ensemble June 18, 7 p.m: The Roots & Jim James Benefit Concert June 20, 7:30 p.m: Laura Marling June 20, 7:30 p.m: Big Boi, Phony Ppl, D-Nice June 21, 7:30 p.m: Amadou & Mariam, Bombino June 27, 8 p.m: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo June 28, 7:30 p.m: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Aurelio Martinez June 29, 7 p.m: Os Mutantes, Javelin, Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang July 6, 7 p.m: Theophilus London, Les Nubians, Aabaraki July 12, 7 p.m: Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich & Fussible, Mexican Institute of Sound, Mariachi Flor de Toloache July 13, 7:30 p.m: Dracula with the Philip Glass Ensemble, Kishi Bashi July 18, 7:30 p.m: The Tiger Lillies: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Cynthia Hopkins July 19, 7:30 p.m:The Waterboys, Alasdair Roberts July 20, 7 p.m: The Lone Bellow, The Low Anthem, Joe Purdy July 25, 7:30 p.m: Bebe Winans, Alicia Olatuja July 26, 7 p.m: Trampled by Turtles, The Devil Makes Three, Brown Bird August 1, 8 p.m: Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal August 2, 7:30 p.m: Jamie Lidell, Dan Deacon, The Stepkids August 3, 7:30 p.m: Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, Banda Magda August 8, 8:00 p.m: Live score to Beasts of the Southern Wild August 9, 7:30 p.m: Shaggy, TK Wonder August 10, 7:30 p.m: They Might Be Giants, Moon Hooch
Red Hook Park @ 7 p.m.: June 4: Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers June 5: Rakim hosted by Lyricist Lounge June : Fuzz
Rockefeller Plaza (Today Toyota Concert Series) @ 6 a.m. May 24: fun. May 31: New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, Boys II Men June 14: Maroon 5
Rumsey Playfield at Central Park: Good Morning America Summer Concert Series @ 7 a.m.: May 24: Mariah Carey* May 31: Pitbull* June 7: Little Mix and Emblem3 June 14: Carly Rae Jepsen June 21: John Legend June 28: Demi Lovato July 5: Imagine Dragons July 12: One Republic July 19: Jennifer Lopez* July 26: Selena Gomez August 2: Ne-Yo August 9: Kenny Chesney August 16: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis August 23: The Wanted August 30: Alicia Keys * Free tickets must be acquired beforehand.
Central Park: June 14, 8 p.m: Ask Me Another from NPR and WNYC June 15, 3 p.m: The Zombies, Django Django, Adam Green & Binki Shapiro, DJ sets by Modest P June 16, 7 p.m: Preta Gil, DJ sets by Just Marcelo June 18, 7 p.m: The Airborne Toxic Event featuring the Calder Quartet with Orchestra June 21, 7 p.m: Fete De La Musique: IAM with special guest Rakim June 22, TBA: Dawes + Kurt Vile June 23, 3 p.m: Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, Sinkane, DJ sets by King Britt June 24, 7 p.m: Blue Note Jazz Festival: Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) June 26, 8 p.m: Comedy Central Stars Under the Stars feat. Adam DeVine, Anthony Jeselnik, Nick Kroll, Jeff Ross, Amy Schumer June 29, 6 p.m: Joel Plaskett, Spirit of the West, Basstronaut June 30, 7 p.m: Big Star's Third, Mike Mills, Chris Stamey, Jody Stephens July 2, 6 p.m: Freedom Dance Party July 10, 7 p.m: Tego Calderon, Cuarto Poder, Los Rakas July 11, 6 p.m: Lila Downs, Natalia Clavier, Pamela Rodriguez, Raul Campos July 13, 3 p.m: Julieta Venegas, Carla Morrison, Alex Anwandter July 14, 3 p.m: Fanfare Ciocarlia, Red Baraat, DJ sets by Joro-Boro July 16, 8 p.m: Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series July 20, 3 p.m: Planet Hemp, Gaby Amarantos, Emicida, DJ sets by Greg Caz July 21, 3 p.m: Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits, Fatoumata Diawara, Krar Collective July /24, 8 p.m: Martha Graham Dance Company July 27, 7 p.m: Lianne La Havas, LP, Quadron, DJ sets by DJ Center July 28, 3 p.m: Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth with special guests July 31, 8 p.m: RSC Ghetto Made August 3, 3 p.m: Shirley Caesar, Ricky Dillard, James Fortune & F.I.Y.A, Donald Lawrence August 4, 3 p.m: Raheem DeVaughn, Lyfe Jennings with special guests August 10, 3 p.m: DJ Kool Herc with special guests August 11, 3 p.m: Shuggie Otis, Jose James, Hiatus Kaiyote, DJ sets by OP! (I Love Vinyl) August 16 and 19, 8 p.m: Diablo Love August 18, 3 p.m: La Mega 6th Annual Tropical Fest August 20, 7 p.m: Bobby McFerrin
South Street Seaport: June 7, 7 p.m: Oblivians, Ex-Cult June 21, 7 p.m: Fear of Men June 28, 7 p.m: Unknown Mortal Orchestra with special guests June 29, 1 p.m: 4Knots Music Festival hosted by Village Voice feat. Kurt Vile & The Violators, The Men, Parquet Courts, White Lung, and More!
Spike Hill: 5/24, 8 p.m: Dance Fight, Silas Fermoy, Basement Batman, Happy Lives, Erica Glyn, Temple 5/25, 7 p.m: Cherokee Red, Janet Labelle, Vaudrey 5/26, 7 p.m: Small Craft Warning, Katie Pearlman, Andna 5/29, 8 p.m: Gondola, The Highway, The Jean Jackets, The Lords of Liechtenstein June 1, 8 p.m: Lightouts, The Middle Eight, Hobson's Choice, Dorsia, Kiwi June 19, 7 p.m: Amelia Hazen, Finer, Kristen Ford Band, Aaron Zimmer, Illicitizen June 23, 8 p.m: Jenee Halstead, Patrick Coman, Tall County June 24, 8 p.m: Maid Myriad
Tammany Hall: 5/25, 2 p.m: NYC Blues Jam 5/29, 6 p.m: Redfoot
Tompkins Square Park: August 23-5: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
Queensbridge Park: June 16-8, 7 p.m: Marley Marl and Guests
Von King Park @ 7 p.m.: June 11: Rayvon, Red Fox, Golden Child, RSNY hosted by Shaggy June 12: Big Daddy Kane, DJ set by DJ Scratch June 13: Chubb Rock, Rob Base June 14: Jamal Jackson Dance Company
City Winery @ 5 p.m.: June 11: Los Straitjackets June 25: Ben Taylor July 2: The Pietasters July 9: Ellen Jewell with The End of America
Unexpected Locations Around Lower Manhattan: June 21, 12 p.m: Make Music New York
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