Outdoor Concerts & Music Festivals




MetroTech Center, Civic Center/Borough Hall, Flatbush and Myrtle avenues, 718-636-4100,

June 6 Maceo Parker

June 12 The Wild Magnolias

June 20 North Mississippi All-Stars

June 27 La India

July 11 The Brothers Johnson

July 18 Doo Wop All-Stars

July 25 Wilson PickettAugust 1 Little Anthony & the Imperials

August 8 Ernest Ranglin

Aug 15 Toots & the Maytals


Pier 54, 533-PARK,

August 25 Featuring Corey Harris, Saffire & the Uppity Blues Women, Tinsley Ellis, Out of Control Rhythm & Blues Band, and Taj Mahal.


Prospect Park Bandshell, entrance at 9th Street and Prospect Park West, 718-855-7882,

June 20 Dr. John

June 21 Hakim: The prince of sha’i has a big tenor voice and a bigger band—two keybs, electric bass, trap drums, three hand drums, flute, accordion, trombone, trumpet. He also has body language: little hip swivels, contained grinds, mincing hops, hand-on-hips scolds, waves, finger snaps, petulant who-me moves. He is adored by a young Muslim audience that can’t be all Egyptian and that is worth experiencing in itself. And when he revs up, he revs up high. (Christgau)

June 22 “Latin Music Series,” with Luis Vargas, Coco Merenson, and Joseito Mateo

June 28 Sarah Harmer+Luther Wright & The Wrongs

June 30 “Kreyol Festival,” featuring Tabou Combo, Boukman Eksperyans, Zin, Koudjay, and 2 Sweet

July 6 Everton Blender+Reggae Cowboys

July 12 Yo La Tengo+Everton Sylvester

July 13 “11th Annual African Festival,” with Femi Kuti & Positive Force, Hassan Hakmoun, Rokia Traore, and Coco Sukali

July 19 Talib Kweli+Zap Mama DJ Project

July 20 Lambchop+the Mendoza Line

August 3 “Latin Music Series: Boricua Festival”

August 9 “Latin Music Series,” with Si*Se, Ely Guerra, and Jumbo

August 10 “Latin Music Series: Palladium Mambo Dance Party,” with Machito Orchestra and Nelson Gonzalez

August 17 Capleton & Friends

August 18 Saw Doctors+Gavin Degraw

August 23 & 24 Cake+Modest Mouse+Flaming Lips+De La Soul+Kinky


Rumsey Playfield, 72nd Street, 307-7171

June 15 Vitamin C

June 16 Celia Cruz+Yerba Buena+DJ International Playboy Zen

June 19 Dispatch+Jack Johnson

June 20 Kronos Quartet+Very Be Careful: There’s little that’s “classical” about the Kronos Quartet, whose modus operandi is to rock out on their latest fixation before moving onto the next big thing. This season the group is all about the joys of “Mexicana” and will perform waltzes, mariachi numbers, narcocorridos, and post-punk rock tunes by composers ranging from Juan García Esquivel to Café Tacuba, usually with sonic augmentation. Very Be Careful have rocked a thousand parties with their punky take on the accordion-driven Colombian vallenato sound. (Gehr)

June 21 Bill “CrutchMaster” Shannon & the Step Fenz Crew+Next Generation+Ursula Rucker

June 22 N.E.R.D.+Princess Superstar+Z-Trip: N.E.R.D. are the rockfunkcountryskapop alter ego for the Neptunes, who dominate urban radio with their sparkling, motor-heavy production, but on their album prefer to reincarnate Aja-era Steely Dan, as if A Tribe Called Quest had grown up in the Midwest somewhere. Princess Superstar is a sassy and scrunchy pale chick who raps about loose sexual mores and actually charts in England, if not at Kim’s. And lastly, Z-Trip is a (relatively) old turntable dude who mixes Rakim with Britney Spears, keeping it real, it seems, while also keeping it white.(Caramanica)

June 23 Ile Aiye+Boukman Eksperyans+Jah Shaka

June 29 “Paradise Garage: 25th Anniversary Celebration”

June 30 Remy Shand+Bullfrog & Kid Koala+Slainte Mhath+the Arrogant Worms

July 4 Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe+Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews+DJ Vikter Duplaix

July 6 Tropicana d’Haiti+the Cool Crooners

July 7 Issa Bagayogo: The spiritual ambitions of Mali’s desert music and the higher realms of techno ought to be compatible, but most fusions turn them to mush. Droning over a spare drum machine and assorted sound effects, Bagayogo’s three-stringed kamale ngoni retains its definition. And his touring band includes guitar ace Mama Sissoko. With Cheikha Rimitti, Sahraoui, and P18. (Christgau)

July 10 Bonga+Mariza+Bajofondo Tango Club

July 11 John Hiatt+J.J. Cale+Loudon Wainwright III

July 13 RES+Joi & Raphael Saadiq+Cody ChestnuTT

July 14 Orchestra Baobab+Super Rail Band: By the crude measure of 2002 Albums Released, the double bill of the year. Baobab’s is a domestic-debut reissue of a Dakar swan song two decades old, Afro-Cuban with an emphasis on the Afro, bilingual guitar balancing idiomatic sax in a relaxed clave that’s pure charanga in feel if not form. Bless them for regrouping. Djelimady Tounkara’s Super Rail Band gave the most thrilling concert I saw last year, a miracle of Malian circularity that delivered closure and eternal return at the same time, and his solo album is almost as rich. (Christgau)

July 17 Lucinda Williams: The studio obsessive has exploited her belated chance to turn into the thing she’s always romanticized by proving a true road warrior. That doesn’t mean she makes a concert stage feel like a juke joint. But she has so many songs in her kit you can live with the living jukebox it becomes instead. (Christgau)

July 19 John Mayer

July 20 Dionysis Savvopoulos+Alkinoos Loannidis+Kristi Stassinopoulou

July 21 Kodo+Triple Threat DJS+Festival of Mongolia Ensemble: The muscular Japanese percussionists of Japan’s Kodo ensemble do it hard and slow on bigass drums. Triple Threat DJs Apollo, Shortkut, and Vinroc do it hard and fast on four turntables and a microphone. And the Mongolia Ensemble will demonstrate the region’s unique form of overtonal “throat singing,” primarily in songs about horses. (Gehr)

July 25 Dave Brubeck+David Sanchez+DJ Nicola Conte

July 26 B-52’s+Tom Tom Club

July 27 Trin-I-Tee 5-7+Tonex+Wade n Water

July 28 Beth Orton: The haunting music of reed-like alto and techno folkie Beth Orton comes to New York for two dates in support of her third album, Daybreaker, which features everyone from the Chemical Brothers to alt-country boy wonder Ryan Adams and is mixed by Everything But the Girl’s Ben Watt. Sounds like the makings of another breathtakingly, heartbreakingly good Orton album. (Havranek)

August 3 Charlie Daniels+Drive By Truckers

August 4 Cornershop+South +Avalanches: When he brought his band to New York in May, Tjinder Singh was either calmly matter-of-fact (the canard) or intensely benign (the riposte). Either way, I didn’t notice anybody in a packed Irving Plaza minding—the songs and grooves sufficed no matter their vintage. And either way, Australian cut-and-mixmasters the Avalanches are unlikely to give them any competition in the spectacle department. It’s all about the music. (Christgau)

August 10 Enrique Bunbury+Skank+Babasonicos

August 11 Sonic Youth: Their last appearance on this stage, in 1992 with Sun Ra, was deemed one of the greatest concerts of the ’90s by Rolling Stone, but a lot of things have happened since then. Like the release of four albums, each more “experimental” (read: masturbatory) than the last. And the World Trade Center imploding on top (literally) of their studio. But our hometown heroes (and heroine) have a new disc due in July, which they claim is “song oriented” and influenced by ELO, so perhaps a rebound is imminent. It’s about time the pros showed those snot-nosed kids in the Strokes what NYC rock’s really all about. With Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet and Monolake. (Phillips)

August 15 They Might Be Giants+Moldy Peaches: The thing about eccentrics is, they’re not like anybody else—formalist satirists old before their time, say, or age-less children brimming with love and ick. What makes these bands separated by a decade-plus of subcultural sturm und drang an ideal pairing is simply the wealth of tunes and jokes each has at its disposal. (Christgau)

August 16 Disco Biscuits+Soulive: You can skip Bonnaroo. The improv-rock scene’s most dependably combustible quartet, the Disco Biscuits, dives into the darkness with as much frightening intensity as it floats among the sugarplum fairies. Basically, they’re the Stones to Phish’s Beatles and deliver thick, gooey dollops of techno, dub, and conceptually spazzed-out trickster rock. The slow, steady return of the organ trio continueth with Soulive, a seriously simmering unit. (Gehr)

Sept 14 Wyclef Jean


Various venues, 360-2723,


July 9 The Brothers Johnson

July 16 Zapp

July 23 Eddie Palmieri

July 30 Roy Ayers


July 11 The Brothers Johnson

July 18 Shirley Murdock

July 25 Shirley Alston Reeves+Arlene Smith

August 1 Shinehead


July 10 The Brothers Johnson

July 17 Zapp

July 24 Marcia Griffiths+Dean Fraser

July 31 TBA


August 6 Johnny Pacheco

August 13 Frankie Morales

August 20 Maraca


August 7 Johnny Pacheco

August 14 Cuco Valoy

August 21 Maraca


August 6 El Gato

August 13 Johnny Pacheco

August 20 Cuco Valoy


August 7 Roy Ayers

August 14 International Women in Jazz Presents: New York Women in Jazz

August 21 Shirley Alston Reeves

+Arlene Smith

August 28 Jon Lucien


August 8 The Doo-Wop All Stars

August 15 Jimmy Castor: Wow, guess he’s touring on the back of RCA’s new 16 Slabs of Funk comp, which is damn near as definitive as Rhino’s Everything Man from seven years back. Either way, dig it: Mr. Castor, who released a gigantic shitload of incomparably beatwise and heavy-as-in-metal and Latin-as-in-boogaloo afro-disco albums about troglodytes and Big Bertha Butt and Leroy’s creature-from-black-lagoon father way way back in the try-it-you’ll-like-it era (back between taking over for Frankie Lymon in the Teenagers and being sampled by everybody from Kurtis Blow to Prodigy), could be George Clinton if George weren’t such a damn art dweeb. (Eddy)

August 22 Queen Esther Marrow

August 29 Linton Kwesi Johnson


July 16 Joe Cuba

July 23 Conga Kings

July 30 Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes


July 17 Bamboleo

July 24 Doo-Wop Allstars

July 31 Charlie Thomas’ Drifters


Pier 17, South Street Seaport, SEA-PORT

June 3 Yerba Buena+Wunmi & 2nd Generation

June 4 Kathak Ensemble+Marvin Sewell+Atrevete

June 13 Omar Edwards & His Jubalee Band


Dana Discovery Center, Central Park, 110th Street and Fifth Avenue, 860-1370

June 2 The Jeannie Brooks Experience

June 16 Los Soneros de Oriente

June 23 Harbor Conservatory Jazz Festival

June 30 Coco Sukali’s Band

July 7 Georgie Bonds & the Blueskeepers

More dates TBA.


Various venues, 528-2733,

June 12 Randy Newman, the Plaza: Fresh from his Oscar triumph, the poor nephew of Lionel and Emil doesn’t want our pity. Just our money as he exploits his fluke. What he’ll provide in return are jokes no less funny for their sour taste and more good songs than he can sing before his voice gives out—sure to be leavened by a few bad ones, said Oscar winner among them. Eat your heart out, Sir Paul. And give Sting the gristle. (Christgau)

June 13 Omar Edwards & His Jubalee Band, the Belvedere

June 17 Robert Ricki y Su Orquesta+Ron Grant & Friends, Wagner Park

June 18 Lea DeLaria, the Plaza

June 19 Jerry Douglas, Rockefeller Park

June 20 Mo’Guajiro, the Belvedere

June 25 Toshi Reagon, the Plaza

June 26 John Scofield, Rockefeller Park

June 27 Marvin Sewell, the Belvedere

July 1 Yvette Glover & Friends+Mo’Guajiro, Wagner Park

July 9 Joan Osborne, the Plaza

July 11 Carole Alexis, the Belvedere

July 11 The Feetwarmers, Wagner Park

July 15 Mel Bliss & The Mel Bliss Orchestra+Henry Gonzalez & Grupo Caliente Band, Wagner Park

July 18 Morley, the Belvedere

July 18 Big Ed & The Sidepockets, Wagner Park

July 23 The Fab Faux, the Plaza

July 24 Vernon Reid+James “Blood” Ulmer, Rockefeller Park

July 25 Ron Blake, the Belvedere

July 25 Duke Robillard, Wagner Park

July 29 Irene Reid & Friends+Son De Madre, Wagner Park

July 30 Dar Williams, the Plaza

July 31 Angelique Kidjo, Rockefeller Plaza

August 1 The Threads, Wagner Park

August 6 The Package+Johnny Almendra y Los Jovenes Del Barrio, Wagner Park

August 8 Hiram Bullock Trio, Wagner Park

August 20 Victoria Horne+Connie Grossman & Betsy Hill+Pasión, Wagner Park


1000 Ocean Parkway, Long Island, 516-221-1000

May 30 “Pop Disaster Tour: Blink 182+Green Day”: What better way to kick off summer than with thousands of teenagers crammed into the Garden, drinking soda, making penis jokes, and listening to the best mainstream pop-punk of the past 10 years? Be prepared to have the school-year blahs blasted out of ya, as both headliners have been known to get naked and light stuff on fire. Let the cool kids go to the Weezer and Get Up Kids shows; I’m sticking with the teenybop punkers. We’re gonna have way more fun. (Phillips)

June 9 Alanis Morissette

June 14 “Usher Evolution 8701 Tour”

June 21 Melissa Etheridge

June 22 Jewel+M2M

June 23 Deep Purple+Scorpions

June 27 Simple Minds+INXS

June 30 Linda Ronstadt

July 7 Marc Anthony

July 9 Poison+Cinderella+Winger+Faster Pussycat

July 12 Chicago

July 13 Chris Isaak+Natalie Merchant

July 14 Phil Lesh & Friends+Mickey Hart & Bembe Orisha+Robert Hunter

July 15 Rush

July 17 Alicia Keys

July 19 Lenny Kravitz

July 20 John Mellencamp

July 23 Blondie+B-52’s

July 21-August 1 Barry Manilow+Curtis Stigers

August 2 “Area: Two”

August 3 Yes

August 4 Smokin’ Grooves Tour

August 7 Mary J. Blige

August 9-10 Santana+Rusted Root

August 11 Bonnie Raitt+Lyle Lovett

August 13 The Allman Brothers Band

August 14 “Jeep World Outside Festival”

August 15 Daryl Hall & John Oates

August 16 Goo Goo Dolls+Michelle Branch

August 17 KTU’s “Beatstock 2002”

August 24 Jethro Tull+Suzanne Vega

August 27 Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band

August 31 The Who+Robert Plant


Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park, 835-2789,

July 11 Jane Siberry+Chocolate Genius

July 18 The Derek Trucks Band

July 25 Roseanne Cash+Mojo Mancini

August 1 Neko Case+Laura Cantrell

August 8 Los Amigos Invisibles


Exit 116, Garden State Parkway, Holmdel, NJ 732-335-0400

June 1 Manheim Streamroller

June 8 Alanis Morissette: Alanis’s new album may be weak, but it’s comforting to know that there are still loud, bitchy women out there on the pop charts who write their own songs. Plus, you gotta hand it to her for refusing to rhyme, like, ever. Expect a lot of hair-tossing, hand-flapping, and all-girl sing-alongs with the big hits. And will somebody please stop by the souvenir stand and pick up one of those wool hats that say “So Unsexy” for me? Please? (Phillips)

June 20 Trey Anastasio

June 21 Jewel

June 22 Melissa Etheridge

June 28 Simple Minds+INXS

June 29 “Usher Evolution 8701 Tour”

June 30 Deep Purple+Scorpions+Dio

July 2 Linda Ronstadt

July 9 Marc Anthony

July 10 Chris Isaak+Natalie Merchant

July 11 Rush

July 12 Phil Lesh & Friends

July 13 Chicago

July 14 Poison+Cinderella +Winger+Faster Pussycat

July 16 Alicia Keys: Too bad her lovely hits have turned to inescapable torture. Keys should be back in the studio, rather than milking her album dry, but such are the demands of the hype machine in which she already seems stuck. If you can bear to witness her falling in and out of love one more time, here’s your opportunity. (Walters)

July 17 Lenny Kravitz+Pink: Although Kravitz is finally beginning to make rock ‘n’ soul with half a suggestion of contemporary, personal identity, the real news here is the supporting act. Pink is the rare 2002 multi-platinum face to disobey the demands of formula pop, and the force of her self-questioning rebelliousness is a joy to behold. What will she do next? (Walters)

July 19-20 “Ozzfest 2002”: Even though he’s safe as TV, is harmless as a dove, has partied with the Bushes—and is probably just as wealthy?—the old beloved fatty still has enough Mephistophelian fire to thoroughly rock you! (And Sharon? Enough marketing savvy to pack the house.) Highlights: System of a Down, who take the plummeting grooves of nu-metal and weld it to Tool-like art-pop; Rob Zombie doing his monster mosh (sadly, sans the usual theatrics); Zakk doing double duty with his underrated Black Label Society and closing the show with Papa Ozz; Andrew WK giving bombastic tutorials on chicks and partying; and alloy supergroup Down. (Bosler)

July 21 John Mellencamp

July 25 Blondie+the B-52s

July 28 Brooks & Dunn+Dwight Yoakam+Gary Allen+Chris Cagle+Trick Pony: Shitkicker show of the summer, at least for poor deprived New Yorkers. Thank God for Jersey, and don’t let your lack of a trailer scare you away: Thanks to Mark Wright (as innovative a producer as the Neptunes), Brooks & Dunn and Gary Allen made two of the 20 best 2001 albums in any genre. Even city slickers know Dwight, who’s got enough hokum-free hits for an afternoon even if you’re not inclined to be hypnotized by his butt. And Chris Cagle and Trick Pony-not-Daddy have moments. (Eddy)

July 31 “Area: Two”: Does today’s music festival audience care about David Bowie? Organizer Moby is gambling that they will. Busta Rhymes and Blue Man Group can certainly hold a stage, while the timely Doves and not-so-timely Ash supply Angloid alt-rock. The combination of tent-bound DJ talent is far more standard than you’d expect from a man of Moby’s sundry taste: Carl Cox, John Digweed, DJ Tiesto, Dieselboy, and DJ Tim Skinner. Maybe future additions to the bill will shake it up. (Walters)

August 2-4 Barry Manilow

August 5 Smokin Grooves: The Smokin’ Grooves are back, and there’s nary a bong-toting Cypress Hill hanger-on in sight. Wisely, on this comeback version of the traveling hip-hop revue, organizers lean toward rap’s other organic wings. Outkast represent for the freaks and put on the best hip-hop stage show since George Clinton, understand? Jurassic Five ostensibly represent the backpack intellectuals, but take out Charli 2na and all you’ve got is the Black-Eyed Peas. The Roots have been the DNA for the neo-soul-and-hip-hop revival, and they remain relevant, if not a bit stagnant. As for Lauryn Hill, it’s quite possible that her new material has more substance and bite than histrionics, but as seen on her Unplugged special, it might take a while for her to strike that balance. We’ll be waiting. (Caramanica)

August 6 Yes

August 7 Santana

August 8 Kenny Rogers

August 10 Bonnie Raitt+Lyle Lovitt

August 14 The Allman Brothers Band+Galactic

August 16 Hall & Oates

August 18 KTU Beatstock

August 21 Diana Krall

August 22 Kenny Chesney

August 29 Jethro Tull

August 30 The Who+Robert Plant

August 31 B.B. King Blues Festival


Hudson River Park, Chambers Street at Hudson River, 416-5354

June 9 Los Amigos Invisibles

June 26 Clinic: The Liverpool quartet everybody likes has their ducks lined up: airy arrangements that cunningly integrate familiar sounds (that overdriven garage-rock organ sounds keen at live volumes), non-overbearing visual shtick (surgical outfits!), a frontman who sings like he’s having a panic attack, and songs so primal they have to be covers but aren’t. (Wolk)

More dates TBA.


Coney Island,

July 20: For the second year in a row, this paper is treating the city to a day of fun, sun, and great live music at no cost whatsoever. Doesn’t the Voice rule? Coney Island will be indie rock central on July 20, as a smokin’ lineup including Only Band That Matters Sleater-Kinney, local post-punkers Les Savy Fav, and White Stripes protégés the Von Bondies rock in the shadow of the Cyclone. Better get in line now—it’s gonna be packed. Also with the Shins and Bob Log III. (Phillips)


Pier 17, South Street Seaport, SEA-PORT

June 17 Robert Ricki & Su Orquesta+Ron Grant & Friends

July 1 Yvette Glover & Friends+Mo’Guajiro

August 20 Victoria Horne+Connie Grossman & Betsy Hill+Pasión


Pier 17, South Street Seaport, SEA-PORT

May 30 “A Tribute to Rock ‘n’ Roll: Bon Jovi”

May 30 “Rockin the Pier Lunch Hour Thursdays”

June 3-24 “Be A Star Under the Stars: A Tribute to Black Music Month Mondays”

June 13-August 29 “Home Before Midnight Concert Series”

June 28-August 29 “Bloomberg Blues Lunch Concert Series”

July 27—28 “NBA Rhythm & Rims”

August 4 “Grateful Day: A Tribute to Jerry Garcia”

More dates TBA.


Various venues. Frank Sinatra Park, Frank Sinatra Drive between 4th and 5th streets, Hoboken, NJ. Shipyard Park, Constitution Way and 13th Street, Hoboken, NJ, 201-420-2207

June 4 The Memory Makers, Sinatra Park

June 6 Bill McGarvey, Sinatra Park

June 11 Ernie Contri+Al Jolson, Sinatra Park

June 13 Julio Fernandez & Friends, Sinatra Park

June 18 Magic with AbraCaDeborah, Sinatra Park

June 20 Kate Jacobs, Sinatra Park

June 25 The Amazing Incredibles, Shipyard Park

June 27 Hoboken Honky Tonk Allstars, Sinatra Park

July 2 St. Peter’s by the Sea Orchestra, Sinatra Park

July 9 Swingadelic, Shipyard Park

July 11 The 747 Highjackers, Sinatra Park

July 16 Mary Ann Farley, Sinatra Park

July 18 Gene D. Plumber, Sinatra Park

July 23 Yosi, Shipyard Park

July 25 Freedy Johnston+Amy Fairchild, Sinatra Park

July 30 Don Carter Jazz Quartet, Shipyard Park

August 1 Mariachi Band, Sinatra Park

August 6 Magic with Mark, Sinatra Park

August 8 Abbie Rivers, Sinatra Park

August 13 Demolition String Band, Shipyard Park

August 15 Lenehan, Sinatra Park

August 20 Extreme Circus Skills, Shipyard Park

August 22 The Big Galoots, Sinatra Park

August 27 Scott E. Moore, Sinatra park

August 29 Skanatra, Sinatra Park

‘WARM UP 2002’

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, 22-25 Jackson Street, Long Island City, Queens, 254-1109

July 6 Twerk+Rob Paine+Solomonic Sound

July 13 Doc Martin+Daniel Wang & DJ Brennan Green+Pamela Kurstin

July 20 A.R.E. Weapons

August 24 Chicken Lips


Randalls Island

August 10: Its roster becomes less diverse with each summer, but this year’s “Warped” tour still angles for a few different teenage punk sets. The emo kids get New Jersey’s decent, metal-skewed Thursday, rarely excellent Alkaline Trio, and bland Movielife. The deathless Damned and throwback vets the Casualties should attract crusties of all ages, while the sleek and tuneful NOFX and MXPX will represent for the ’90s pop punk that kick-started “Warped” in the first place. (Catucci)


Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, 50 Route 120, 201-935-3900

June 2: Summer wouldn’t be summer if there weren’t monster radio-station-sponsored music events, and this is the season’s godzilla: Shakira, Pink, Marc Anthony, Mary J. Blige, Bon Jovi, Michelle Branch, Celine Dion, P. Diddy, Goo Goo Dolls, Alanis Morissette, Nick & Aaron Carter, Craig David, Vanessa Carlton, and other to-be-announced names are slated to appear at what seems a likely testament to the diversity and perversity of hook-driven pop. (Walters)