Outdoor Concerts & Music Festivals



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

JUNE 10 Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers

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,

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,

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 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,,

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,


Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, New Jersey, 732.502.0600,,

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,

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

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,

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 28 Tierney Sutton & Curtis Stigers

AUGUST 4 Ohio Players

AUGUST 5 Beulah


Pier 54, West 13th Street and West Side Highway, 212.533.PARK,

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,,

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,

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,

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,,

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


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

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,

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,

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;

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,,

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,

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,,

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