Outdoor Concerts & Music Festivals


MetroTech Commons at MetroTech Center, corner of Flatbush and Myrtle avenues, 718.636.4100, bam.org

JUNE 10 Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers


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  • JUNE 17 Chic with Nile Rogers: Forever associated with 'Le Freak' (and the heyday of disco) and 'Good Times' (and the roots of recorded rap), Nile Rodgers's crack studio unit was above all a funk band like no other. And though it can't be the same without bassist Bernard Rodgers and drummer Tony Thompson, both now passed, live onstage so they again must be. CHRISTGAU

    JUNE 24 Chris Thomas King

    JULY 1 Soul of John Black+Ellis Hooks

    JULY 8 Oumou Sangare

    JULY 15 Bettye LaVette

    JULY 22 Neville Brothers: The protean Neville siblings (Art, Charles, Aaron, and Cyril) have made music under various names and in various combinations over the years as unofficial ambassadors of the New Orleans sound. As comfortable following trends as setting them, it seems there's nothing they can't play. Easily morphing from Crescent City session men to solo artists to Mardi Gras Indians to the most versatile r&b band in the world, the Neville mojo is always working. COOPER

    JULY 29 Lucky Dube

    AUGUST 5 Ohio Players


    Wagner Park, Battery Park City, 212.267.9700, bpcparks.org

    JULY 8 Black Coffee Band

    JULY 15 Shemekia Copeland Blues Band

    JULY 22 Big Ed and the Sidepockets

    JULY 29 Hugh Pool


    Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th Street and Prospect Park West, 718.855.7882, ext. 45, celebratebrooklyn.org

    JUNE 16 Los Lobos: This case study in cultural assimilation can play damn near anything as long as it has a touch of roots. Their Spanish-language heritage is at the heart of what they do, that's how good cultural assimilation works. But blues, r&b, country, even the pomo nostalgia of Mitchell Froom–style sampling techniques—all come naturally. And they've spent their lives on the road since 1973. CHRISTGAU

    JUNE 18 The Subdudes+Terrance Simien

    JUNE 19 Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Joseph Shabalala's eternal, ever-changing chorus were knocking live audiences dead for a decade before they first recorded. Anyone who imagines they'll be all solemn and spiritual are in for a shock. They're gorgeous, and they're jokers—although they've clearly concluded that their actually existing stateside audience has a weakness for reassuring p.c. Also: Vusi Mahlasela. CHRISTGAU

    JUNE 24 Burning Spear+Oliver Lake Steel Quartet

    JUNE 26 'Hal Willner's Neil Young Project'

    JULY 1 'The Unity Sessions': Mooke, Segol 59, Shaanan Strett, Matisyahu & Others

    JULY 3 Bacilos+Radio Mundial

    JULY 9 Control Machete+Natalia LaFourcade

    JULY 15 Alloy Orchestra (playing live accompaniment to The General)+Invert

    JULY 16 Van Hunt and other artists TBA

    JULY 18 Dan Zanes and Friends

    JULY 22 Pere Ubu+Clem Snide (playing live accompaniment to a film TBA)

    JULY 23 Mercan Dede+Les Yeux Noirs

    JULY 24 TBA

    JULY 29 BQE Project (playing live accompaniment to Frankenstein)+One Ring Zero

    JULY 30 They Might Be Giants+Corn Mo

    JULY 31 'Boricua Festival': Larry Harlow and the Latin Legends

    AUGUST 5 Loser's Lounge (playing live accompaniment to Thunderball)

    AUGUST 6 Andrea Echeverry+Cabas

    AUGUST 7 'African Festival': Kanda Bongo Man+Sidiki+Maria Debarros+Kaleta


    Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, middle of the park, near 69th Street, 212.360.2777, ticketmaster.com, summerstage.com

    MAY 19 The Strokes: Onstage they cultivate their air of mystery and sexual standoffishness as unrelentingly as they do on record and MTV, which may well hurt them when they're coyly flirting to the great outdoors. Still, big speakers thrumming their clock-tick rhythm rutting, robotic semi-automatic riffing, and just-keening r&b singing will fill up more metaphysical space than skinny-tied guys ever could strutting. CATUCCI

    JULY 13 & 14 Rufus Wainwright+Ben Folds+Guster

    JULY 23 Devo: Don't pretend you don't dance the poot. The flowerpot-heads have been at it for 30 years now, and if they've spent the second half of that time coasting on the first half, they've earned it—their songwriting's aged better than anyone suspected it might. They're playing here the same weekend Mark Mothersbaugh's art show opens at Fuse Gallery. WOLK

    AUGUST 10 Lucinda Williams

    AUGUST 18 'Sweet Harmony Traveling Revue': Emmylou Harris+Buddy Miller+Patty Griffin+Gillian Welch+David Rawlings: Six degrees of separation brings this Americana set to the Central Park stage. Godmother Emmylou Harris, her lead guitarist Buddy Miller, singer-songwriters Patty Griffin and Gillian Welch, and Welch's performing-writing partner and producer David Rawlings have all worked together in various capacities but never in this constellation. All will perform solo, together, and swap instruments. Welch dubbed it running away with the circus, minus the elephants. GEMELLI

    SEPTEMBER 13 Jack Johnson+G. Love & Special Sauce+Donavon Frankenreiter  


    Various venues with dates to be announced, 212.360.8290, cityparksfoundation.org


    Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, New Jersey, 732.502.0600, thegreatbamboozle.com, stoneponyonline.com

    JUNE 4-6: No hoodwinking here. Though the promoters promise no rain and recommend remembering your name, this three-day festival's roster is no joke. Friday features G. Love & Special Sauce, 12-stringer Matt Nathanson, and Australian didj-doing strummer Xavier Rudd. Saturday finds jam scene superstars Moe and Galactic headlining a day full of groove, while Sonic Youth and Patti Smith are the big names for the harder-leaning lineup on Sunday. Also: My Morning Jacket, Railroad Earth, Antigone Rising, Jesse Malin, M. Ward and Friends, OM Trio, RAQ, deSoL. ROTHMAN


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

    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


    Damrosch Park Bandshell, 62nd Street near Amsterdam Avenue; Josie Robertson Plaza, Columbus Avenue and 64th Street; North Plaza, north of Metropolitan Opera House; 212.875.5766, lincolncenter.org

    AUGUST 15 'Pacific Rim Festival': La Cumbiamba Eneyé+Kinding Sindaw (Josie Robertson Plaza)

    AUGUST 15 'Pacific Rim Festival': Carlos Hayre and Mochi Parra Ensemble (North Plaza)

    AUGUST 19 '21st Annual Roots of American Music Festival': Clumsy Lovers+Les Tireux d'Roches (North Plaza)

    AUGUST 19 '21st Annual Roots of American Music Festival': Krakatau Ensemble (Josie Robertson Plaza)

    AUGUST 19 '21st Annual Roots of American Music Festival': Galitcha+Joaquin Diaz (Damrosch Park Bandshell)

    AUGUST 20 '21st Annual Roots of American Music Festival': Zeelia+A Crowd of Bold Sharemen+Starlight Drifters (North Plaza)

    AUGUST 20 '21st Annual Roots of American Music Festival': The Navigators+Lee Boys+Saw Doctors (Damrosch Park Bandshell)

    AUGUST 21 '21st Annual Roots of American Music Festival': Sheila's Brush Theatre Co.+Ian Bell+Evalyn Perry+Enoch Kent+Ronny Elliott+David Olney (North Plaza)

    AUGUST 21 '21st Annual Roots of American Music Festival': Rosemary Woods+Arlo Guthrie (Damrosch Park Bandshell)

    AUGUST 26 Haale (North Plaza)

    AUGUST 27 'Celebration of Haiti' (Damrosch Park Bandshell)

    AUGUST 29 'BrazilFest '04: The Rainforest Concert' (Damrosch Park Bandshell)


    Randalls Island, 212.307.7171, ticketmaster.com, lollapalooza.com

    AUGUST 16-17: Perry Farrell's circus returns with its best lineup in nine years, although more diversity wouldn't hurt. But who's complaining, when the second day of this extravaganza features the mighty Pixies, roaring back to life after a decade-long slumber? The fest also includes Modest Mouse and Sonic Youth (best- and worst-album-of-the-year contenders, respectively), his/her majesties Morrissey and PJ Harvey, space cadets Flaming Lips and Polyphonic Spree, Brit-rock hype jobs Gomez and BRMC, as well as likely smoking buddies Le Tigre and String Cheese Incident. PHILLIPS

    'MAD. SQ. MUSIC'

    Madison Square Park, Fifth Avenue between 23rd and 26th streets, 212.538.5058, madisonsquarepark.org

    JUNE 23 Ron Sexsmith

    JULY 7 Hem

    JULY 21 Lucy Kaplansky

    JULY 28 Kenny & Amanda Smith


    Josie Robertson Plaza, Broadway and 64th Street, 212.875.5766, lincolncenter.org

    JUNE 11 Los Soneros de Oriente

    JUNE 15 Dominic Kanza and the African Rhythm Machine

    JUNE 24 Los Macondos de Colombia

    JUNE 25 Rosie Flores

    JUNE 26 Son Boricua

    JUNE 30 Super Uba & El Bachatín

    JULY 2 Grupo Saveiro

    JULY 8 Hustle Party With DJ Bobby Morales and the Trammps

    JULY 9 All-Star Irish Catskill Band

    JULY 10 Holiday Band

    JULY 14 Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners


    Exit 116, Garden State Parkway, Holmdel, New Jersey, 732.335.8698, 212.307.7171

    MAY 29 Fleetwood Mac  

    JUNE 3-4 No Doubt+Blink-182+Living End

    JUNE 5 David Bowie+Polyphonic Spree: See Jones Beach Theater.

    JUNE 12 Kid Rock+Puddle of Mudd

    JUNE 13 Moody Blues

    JUNE 20 Aerosmith+Cheap Trick

    JUNE 25 Chicago+Earth, Wind & Fire

    JUNE 26 Dashboard Confessional+Thrice+Get Up Kids+Head Automatica

    JUNE 28 The Lettermen

    JUNE 29 Manhattan Transfer

    JULY 2 Diana Krall

    JULY 7 Sting+Annie Lenox+Dominic Miller

    JULY 9 Hall & Oates+Michael McDonald+Average White Band

    JULY 11 'Weird Al' Yankovic

    JULY 13 Britney Spears

    JULY 14 3 Doors Down+Nickelback

    JULY 16 'Ozzfest 2004': See Jones Beach Theater.

    JULY 17 Alanis Morissette+Barenaked Ladies

    JULY 18 Uncle Kracker+Rascal Flatts+Kenny Chesney

    JULY 20 Kiss+Poison

    JULY 21 Rod Stewart

    JULY 24 311+The Roots+Medeski, Martin & Wood

    JULY 30 'Projekt Revolution': Linkin Park+Korn+Snoop Dogg+The Used+Less Than Jake

    JULY 31 Josh Groban

    AUGUST 4 Cyndi Lauper

    AUGUST 6 Bryan Adams

    AUGUST 9 Crosby, Stills & Nash

    AUGUST 10 & 11 The Dead+Robert Hunter: See Jones Beach Theater.

    AUGUST 14 Rush: For their 30th anniversary, the ballsy, castrato-voiced prog-metal trio proves its stadium-rock relevance yet again, bringing thunderous fantasy to more people than anyone but Peter Jackson. They may be a nostalgia act for some fans in America or their native Canada, but tell that to die-hards in places like São Paulo, where they attracted an audience of 60,000 just last year. CATUCCI

    AUGUST 17 John Mayer+Maroon 5+DJ Logic

    AUGUST 18 Deep Purple+Joe Satriani+Thin Lizzy

    AUGUST 21 'KTU's Beatstock 2004'

    AUGUST 25 Allman Brothers Band+Los Lonely Boys

    SEPTEMBER 4 Toby Keith+Terri Clark

    SEPTEMBER 5 Norah Jones


    Wagner Park and World Financial Center Plaza, West Street between Liberty and Vesey streets, rivertorivernyc.com

    May 28 'Blue Moon': O+A

    JUNE 3 'River to River Festival Kick-Off Concert 2004!'

    JUNE 9 Bahia & Hector Tricoche

    AUGUST 18 Ray Sepulveda

    AUGUST 24 Larry Harlow and the Latin Legends Band

    SEPTEMBER 9 Oro Solido


    Main Stage, 10th Street and Surf Avenue, Brooklyn; Stillwell Stage, Stillwell Street and Surf Avenue, Brooklyn; villagevoice.com/siren

    JULY 17: Bow down before us, o indie-rock faithful, for once again, the Voice brings you the crème de la underground in a festive freak-show setting, absolutely free. Among the anointed: starry-eyed, lovesick Seattleites Death Cab for Cutie; sleazy loverman Har Mar Superstar, deservedly hyped locals TV on the Radio; Canadian young'uns Constantines, brother-sister act Fiery Furnaces; Sheila E. fans the Fever; and many more. Also: Blonde Redhead, the Ponys, Your Enemies Friends. PHILLIPS


    Pier 17, South and Fulton streets, 212.SEAPORT, southstreetseaport.com, seaportmusicfestival.com

    JUNE 22-AUGUST 31 'Bloomberg Blues Jam'

    JUNE 23-September 3 'Seaport Music Festival': Artists TBA

    JUNE 25 'Seaport Music Festival': Ted Leo/Pharmacists


    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, hobokennj.com

    JUNE 3 Kate Jacobs

    JUNE 17 'The Sounds of Sinatra': Erni Contri

    JUNE 24 Bill McGarvey

    JULY 1 63rd Army Band

    JULY 8 747 Band

    JULY 15 Verdict

    JULY 22 Raphael Cruz

    JULY 29 Gene D. Plumber

    AUGUST 5 Mariacchi Band

    AUGUST 12 Eugene

    AUGUST 19 Swingadelic Big Band

    AUGUST 26 Skanatra


    Randalls Island, 212.307.7171, ticketmaster.com, warpedtour.com

    AUGUST 7: Bust out the Aqua Net and get those mohawks high—Warped Tour is celebrating its 10th anniversary. This year's mixed fare of venerable veterans (Bad Religion, Tiger Army, Flogging Molly) and fresh-faced kids (Coheed and Cambria, Yellowcard, Thursday) ranges in style from pop-punk to screamo to ska. Skateboarders and other extreme sportos are there to entertain you when the pit has reached boiling point. FURY

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