Outdoor Concerts & Music Festivals



MetroTech Commons at MetroTech Center, corner of Flatbush and Myrtle avenues, 718-636-4111,

June 5 Zapp

June 12 Floetry

June 19 very special surprise guests

June 26 Corey Harris

July 3 Steel Pulse

July 24 Mighty Clouds of Joy

July 31 Fred Wesley and the JB’s

August 7 Jimmy Cliff


Pier 84, West 44th Street and West Side Highway, 212-533-PARK,

August 17 This all-day festival features top blues bands and BBQ from local restaurants.


Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th Street and Prospect Park West, 718-855-7882, ext. 45,

June 12 Joan Armatrading

June 14 Mos Def

June 20 Roseanne Cash

June 22 Saw Doctors

June 27 Abyssinians+Marcia Davis Outro

June 28 “Leonard Cohen Tribute”: Rufus Wainwright+McGarrigle Sisters+Martha Wainwright

July 5 Cuco Valoy+Nueva Era

July 12 Chava Alberstein+Eve’s Women

July 17 The Jazz Passengers (playing live music accompaniment to Creature From the Black Lagoon)

July 18 Shannon McNally

July 19 Derek Trucks Band+Tony Trischka Band+Scrapomatic

July 24 The Alloy Orchestra (playing live music accompaniment to The Black Pirate)

July 26 “African Festival”: Salif Keita+Oliver Mtukudzí+Gokh-Bi System+Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng+Dominic Kanza & African Rhythm Machine

August 1 Ethel (playing live music accompaniment to Vertigo)

August 2 Donnie+Jody Watley

August 3 “Boricua Festival”: India

August 7 Howard Fishman Quartet (playing live music accompaniment to Guys and Dolls)

August 9 “Latin Alternative Music Conference”: Café Tacuba +Yerba Buena+Sidestepper: After three years in NYC, the “Latin Alternative Music Conference” takes place in L.A. this summer, leaving behind this powerful lineup as a thank-you note: Touring for the first time with a drummer and a new CD on MCA, Caféta remain alt-Latin’s most innovative group with its Chilango-centric, post-Latin rock circus of sounds. NYC’s own Yerba Buena, the country’s most exciting Afro-Cuban funk ‘n’ soul machine, and London-Bogotá producer Sidestepper provide the newest Latin beats in the scene. (Lavin)


Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, middle of the park, near 69th Street, 212-307-7171,,

June 26 & 27 Wilco+Sonic Youth: Jeff Tweedy never tries to break your heart. He just gets despondent when you don’t want to come hang out inside his navel. But even if his shimmering pity party left a few of us cold (and his winning of the Pazz & Jop poll colder still), you really can’t deny that Wilco has SummerStage poison-ivied all over it. (Lying on your blankie/Beautiful and stoned.) Of course, the outdoor charms of SY are patented by now. A summer day is the best nest for the kind of sexy noise blast that truly breaks hearts from Central Park to Murray Street. (Sinagra)

July 6 Orchestra Baobab: They flourished in Senegal during the ’70s, reunited a few years ago, and sound like they’ve played together forever. This multinational combo delivers a lush and languid take on the Cuban-influenced music that swept West Africa during the ’70s, a sound almost Ellingtonian in its sophisticated sweep. Drink, dance, make sweet love, or simply ponder its resonant rhythmic abysses—it’s all that. With Sierra Maestra. (Gehr)

July 11 Elvis Costello & the Imposters

July 16 Ani DiFranco

July 23 The White Stripes: The White kids from Detroit have come a long way from the Little Room: At Hammerstein in April, Jack wore a belt with his name on it, pretended to be a southern preacher, and barely acknowledged the audience, while Meg was escorted by a hulking bodyguard. But when they’re in action, it still comes down to just a woman, a man, and the energy (and chemistry) that made them famous. And this red-blooded gal sure hopes Jack wears those tight, tight pants again—talk about a ball and biscuit! (Phillips)

August 14 Indigo Girls

August 20 Aimee Mann+Ben Folds: These two kinda sad, kinda goofy balladeers may just have meal tickets forevermore playing date music for the reality TV demo. Look around and you’ll see lots of people who buy ’70s radio-rock comps from on-screen 800 numbers. But there’s nothing wrong with wanting a dash of chutzpah in your Karen Carpenter and a sprig of savvy in your Billy Joel. Don’t forget the Zima (Admit it you guys, Zima tastes realllly good). (Sinagra)

August 28 Paul van Dyk


Various venues with more dates to be announced, 212-360-8290,

July 16 “Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue Dance Party” (Crotona Park, Bronx)

July 24 Mighty Clouds of Joy (Von King Park, Brooklyn)

July 29 Ray Barretto (St. Mary’s Park, Bronx)

July 31 Fred Wesley (Von King Park, Brooklyn)

August 6 Ray Barretto (Sunset Park, Brooklyn)

August 12 Zapp (Queensbridge Park, Queens)

August 27 “Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue Dance Party” (Jackie Robinson Park, Manhattan)

August 28 Eddie Palmieri’s La Perfecta Dos (Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan)


Enterprise Park, Calverton, New York, 212-307-7171,,

June 7-8: Who knows if this feat—over 35 bands in two days, in a field on Long Island—will succeed, or if it will turn into another Woodstock ’99 (probably not, there are no mooks on the bill), but hopefully it will at least have decent toilets. The lineup is a bit heavy on the mid-’90s Buzz Bin types (Radiohead, Beck, Underworld, Elliott Smith, Liz Phair, Luna, Spiritualized, Tortoise, Ben Lee, Beastie Boys, Blur), with a few token hip-hop acts (the Roots, N.E.R.D., Blackalicious, Peanut Butter Wolf) and some fresh blood to liven things up (Interpol, Röyksopp, the Raveonettes, the Streets, Bright Eyes, Ben Kweller), among many more. (Phillips)


50 Route 120, East Rutherford, New Jersey, 201-935-3900, 212-307-7171,,

June 1 “Z100’s Zootopia 2003”: TLC+Ja Rule+Simple Plan+Ashanti +Daniel Bedingfield+Wayne Wonder +Bowling for Soup+Ginuwine+Tanto Metro & Devonte+JC Chasez

August 7-8 Bon Jovi


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

May 25 Bakithi Kumalo

June 1 The Jeremy Pelt Sextet

June 15 Los Soneros de Oriente

June 22 The Brawner Brothers

June 29 James Spaulding & the Sound Spectrum

July 6 Jimmy Bosch


World Financial Center Plaza, 200 Vesey Street, and throughout Battery Park, 212-528-2733,

June 17 The Fab Faux

June 18 Floetry

June 24 Polygraph Lounge

June 25 Peter Cincotti

June 30 Paula Atheron & Interplay+Johnny Pacheco y Su Tumbao with Hector Casanova

July 8 Patti Smith: It’s summer-time, and the livin’ is still uneasy when Patti takes command of the atmosphere. She’s as likely to channel Baudelaire as Ronnie Spector, and even though those lines have grown less blurry over the course of the past three decades, few folks grasp the essence of both as well as she does. With longtime foil Lenny Kaye working the gas pedal—and, every once in a great while, the brake—Smith steers with Ancient Mariner panache, turning raging rapids placid (and vice versa) seemingly at will. (Sprague)

July 9 Guy Clark & Rambling Jack Elliot

July 10 Shemekia Copeland Blues Band

July 14 Annette Aguilar and String Beans+Johnny Almendra y Los Jovenes del Barrio

July 16 Al Kooper & Special Guest

July 17 John Hammond

July 22 The Radiators

July 23 Kate & Anna McGarrigle

July 24 Duke Robillard Band

July 28 Orlando Marin “the Last Mambo King”+Alfredo de la Fe

July 29 Don Byron & Symphony Space Orchestra

July 30 Si Se

July 31 Popa Chubby

August 5 Sonny Bravo’s Charanga Jazz Experience+Orchestra Broadway

August 19 The Package Band+Siglo 20 With “Pupi”

August 26 The Sensational Soul Cruisers


1904 Surf Avenue, Coney Island, 718-449-8497, 212-307-7171,

August 22-23 Björk: This Icelandic Goddess, mother of odd pop and her son and daughter, has grown into herself in recent years. After a slew of appearances with Eskimo choirs and in animal costumes, Björk will swan around the aptly named Brooklyn field dressed no doubt in a little kooky colored, curiously seamed, flower-splattered number. She’ll sprinkle her audience with forks and feathers and hidden things only Björk can bring to the surface and the cheers and howls might end up woven somewhere through her impending album, which is to be all live stuff. (Pearse)


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

June 14 Poison+Vince Neil+Skid Row

June 15 Boston

June 18 Santana+Angelique Kidjo

June 20 Peter Gabriel

June 21 James Taylor

June 24-25 The Dead

June 27 Norah Jones+Gillian Welch: Platinum-selling, Grammy-snagging Jones may be the musical Martha Stewart of our troubled day, but there’s nothing wrong with the comfort food so tastefully dished up by this less-is-more jazz singer and her simpatico combo. Welch and partner David Rawlings plumb the depths of American roots music in their timely and timeless songs of poverty, disaster, and ruination. (Gehr)

July 8 Jackson Browne+Keb’ Mo’ +Steve Earle & the Dukes

July 10 Dream Theater+Queensryche+Fates Warning

July 13 “Neon Circus and Wild West Show”: Brooks and Dunn

July 19 Chicago

July 20 “Weird Al” Yankovic

July 23 “Lollapalooza”: With alt-rock no longer pretending to be even slightly “alternative” to anything, the big-name lineup of this long dead festival at least makes an attempt at well-roundedness: There are prog-metal mystics Incubus, semi-kitschy pop-punk femmes fatales the Donnas, excellently baked hard rock from Queens of the Stone Age, token hip-hop bores Jurassic 5, token old-school alt-ists Jane’s Addiction, and last and maybe least Audioslave, whose slightly turgid supergroup stomp might still be fun live. (Hoard)

July 24 Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme

July 25 Iron Maiden+Dio

July 26 Sammy Hagar+Lynyrd Skynyrd

August 2 Def Leppard

August 3 Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band

August 6 The Allman Brothers Band+Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe

August 11 Aerosmith+KISS: Granted, Aerosmith’s had hits in recent years (some of ’em real good ‘uns) whereas KISS just repackage old songs, but both of these fun and occasionally explosive live bands are trading on fond memories: Aerosmith recall the days when rock music meant big hooks, irresistible bitchiness, sexy rebellion, and partying till you puked, whereas KISS long ago turned that kind of appeal into a weird, cult-like phenomenon. Happily, both dinosaurs still go well with beer and sunshine. With Saliva. (Hoard)

August 14 “B.B. King Music Festival”: B.B. King+Jeff Beck+Galactic

August 16 “WKTU’s Beatstock”

August 17 Steely Dan

August 18-19 “OZZFEST 2003”: Expect to see more kids with chaperones this year now that the TV show’s hit its peak—s’all good, the indoctrination has to start somewhere (among the corporate sponsorship). The main corrupter indoctrinator—and the most intelligent and entertaining—is the media prankster-subcultural terrorist Marilyn Manson. Other highlights: the Voi Vod reunion with some dude named Jason Newsted on bass; Sony’s (huh?) gothic black-metallers Cradle of Filth; the “Village of the Damned” hesher mall/video game/tattoo parlor; headliners Papa Ozz and Zakk with Newsted on bass; and (rumored) this year only, Miller Lite’s exclusive “Pee of Leviathan” brew ($15). (Bosler)

August 22 Tori Amos+Ben Folds

August 23 The Doors

August 28-29 Counting Crows+John Mayer

August 30 Meat Loaf+Cyndi Lauper


Pier 54, West 13th Street and West Side Highway, 212-533-PARK,

June 8 The Headhunters+Topaz+Radio Mundial


Castle Clinton Monument, Historic Battery Park, 212-835-2789,

May 27 James Brown

July 4 Ryan Adams

July 10 Lambchop

July 17 Cat Power

July 24 Spoon: Hi, this is Britt Daniel from Spoon and the way we really get by is buckling up for safety. The everyman Austin holdout and his crew have been hitting our big lonely city quite a bit as of late, but that doesn’t mean the band’s tight, indie jitter-torpor isn’t still the emotion to beat for yet another season. Whether you’re a wistful Girls Can Tell devotee or a retro-fitful Kill the Moonlight zealot, this is gonna be a twist-‘n’-swoon party in the great firmamental room. (Sinagra)

July 31 Del McCoury Band

August 7 Joshua Redman


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

July 19: Like sunbathing in Central Park, and sticking to the seat of an un-air-conditioned subway car (only much more enjoyable), the Siren Festival is quickly becoming a NYC summer tradition. For the third year in a row, enjoy a hot ‘n’ sweaty day of kick-ass music, scantily clad hipsters, and freaky Coney Island goodness, all for free, and all brought to you by the Voice. This year’s lineup includes a bunch of party-friendly locals (!!!, Radio 4, Northern State, Ted Leo/Pharmacists, hyped-up New Zealanders (the Datsuns), foxy Swedes (Sahara Hotnights), trendy Canadians (Hot Hot Heat), and scuzzy Brits/Floridians (the Kills). (Phillips)


Pier 17, South and Fulton Street, 212-SEA-PORT,

June 25-August 27 “CD 101.9 Smooth Jazz Wednesdays”

June 26-August 28 “Bloomberg Blues Jam”

June 27-August 29 “Friday Night Fleadh”

June 27-August 29 “Kiss FM R & B Fridays”

June 29 “International Latin Music Festival”

July 9-September 3 “Tropical Latin Music Series”

July 12-13 “NBA Rhythm & Rims”


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

June 3 Don Carter (Shipyard Park)

June 5 Verdict (Sinatra Park)

June 12 Sugar Tooth (Sinatra Park)

June 17 The Amazing Incredibles (Shipyard Park)

June 19 Julio Fernandez & Friends (Sinatra Park)

June 26 Gene D. Plumber (Sinatra Park)

July 10 The 747 Band (Sinatra Park)

July 15 Ernie Contri (Sinatra Park)

July 24 Marshall Crenshaw (Sinatra Park)

June 17 Crescent City Maulers (Sinatra Park)

July 31 Eugene (Sinatra Park)

August 7 Lenahan (Sinatra Park)

August 14 Swingadelic (Sinatra Park)

August 19 Marriacchi Band (Sinatra Park)

August 21 Bucktooth Johnson (Sinatra Park)

August 28 Skanatra (Sinatra Park)


Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh, New York, 516-221-1000, 212-307-7171,,

May 25 “WBLI Summer Jam 2003”: Summer concert explosions: the great sonic equalizer. Michelle Branch’s legit hits get just as much play as Lisa Marie Presley’s hackneyed confessionals. Shaggy is considered an artist of substance, and Nick Lachey gets as much burn as wife-tart Jessica Simpson. Lasgo and La Bouche bring the NRG of the megaclub out to the beach, but maybe they’re just spinning CDs: Who knows? What I do know is this: Any concert that respects Jennifer Love Hewitt as the vocal talent we all know her to be is a worthy one. Show us your hits, Love—and watch John Mayer squirm. (Caramanica)

June 13 Poison+Vince Neil+Skid Row

June 14 “An Evening With Boston”

June 18 Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals+Jack Johnson & Kid Koala

June 20-21 Santana+Angelique Kidjo

June 24 Peter Gabriel

June 26 The Allman Brothers Band +Karl Densons’ Tiny Universe

June 29 Neil Young & Crazy Horse+Lucinda Williams: One wrote an ode to fuckin’ up, and one’s made a career out of obsessing over doing the same—and that’s just one aspect of the synaptic similarities between these two middle-aged crazies. The chasm between Young’s frazzled, flannelled wailing and Williams’s tightly wound emo-country may seem wide, but in reality, it’s covered by a thin layer of spiritual solidarity—one that’s as thrilling to traverse as it is treacherous. Young, with Crazy Horse in tow, has been treating European audiences to long swaths of new material this spring, making the slope even more of a challenge. (Sprague)

July 3 & 5 James Taylor

July 7 50 Cent+Jay-Z+Missy Elliott +Busta Rhymes+Fabolous

July 10 Jackson Browne+Steve Earle & the Dukes+Keb’ Mo’

July 11 Dream Theater+Queensryche +Fates Warning

July 18 Chicago

July 26 Iron Maiden+Dio+Motörhead

August 1 Def Leppard

August 4 & 6 Aerosmith+KISS+Saliva

August 14 Aaron Carter

August 15 “B.B. King Music Festival”: B.B. King+Jeff Beck+Galactic+Mofro

August 17 “WKTUs Beatstock”

August 21 Sex Pistols: They’re out for more filthy lucre, and why the fuck shouldn’t they be? Besides the fact that their ’96 comeback tour earned less than any in the top 50—never mind Neil Diamond’s and KISS’s outings—these no-longer-young guns were shams from the begin-ning. Shams with great songs, currently undiluted by new crap, and a bigger name than any other punk nostalgia act. (Catucci)

August 22 Steely Dan

August 23 Tori Amos+Ben Folds

August 24 The Doors

August 25-26 Counting Crows+John Mayer

August 27 Meat Loaf

August 30 Daryl Hall & John Oates +Kenny Loggins

‘WARM UP 2003’

P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens, 718-784-2084,

July 5-August 31: For the sixth consecutive summer, P.S.1 presents its summer DJ series.


Randalls Island, 212-307-7171,,

August 9 Distillers+Dropkick Murphys+Glassjaw+Rancid+the Used +Pennywise+Less Than Jake+Poison the Well+Taking Back Sunday+Suicide Machines+Face to Face+Mest+Thrice+The Starting Line+Tsunami Bomb+Me First and the Gimme Gimmes+Simple Plan +Slick Shoes+S.T.U.N.+All American Rejects+Brand New+Yellowcard+One Man Army+Western Waste+Destruction Made Simple+Coheed and Cambria+Count the Stars