Outdoor Concerts & Music Festivals


‘BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival at MetroTech’

MetroTech Commons, corner of Flatbush and Myrtle avenues,

June 8 Easy Star All-Stars

June 22 Odetta with Catherine Russell

June 29 Salif Keita

June 30 Eddie Palmieri

July 6 Willie Colón
July 13 Amadou & Mariam:Whether the blues originated in Mali or bounced back there in a felicitous echo makes no difference as soon as this fabulous blind couple hits the stage (or the MP3 file “Dimanche a Bamako” was one of last year’s highlights). Amadou Bagayoko plays nasty vamping blues beside wife Mariam Doumbia, a pepper-voiced chanteuse. The results are glorious. GEHR

July 20 The Radiators

July 27 The Spinners

August 3 Tortured Soul

August 4 James Blood Ulmer: Guitarist James Blood Ulmer spent his formative years playing with Ornette Coleman and deciphering his mysterious “harmolodic” music theory system, learning a structure for Coleman’s seemingly unstructured free jazz. Recently he’s been working out his downtown jazz in a Delta blues format, and his outside lyricism conjures up the eerie mysticism of Skip James and Son House. BEHRMAN

August 10 Billy Paul

August 11 Lonnie Liston Smith+ Eliane Elias

‘Celebrate Brooklyn’

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

June 15 Maceo Parker

June 16 Tiempo Libre +Javier Garcia + Cuban Cowboys

June 17 Laurie Anderson +Chirgilchin

June 22 Los Lonely Boys + James Hunter

June 23 Natalie MacMaster’s Cape Breton

June 24 Savion Glover & Friends + Robert Glasper

June 30 TV on the Radio + Matt Pond PA: If their rousing, almost-religious spring shows are any indication, TVOTR’s forthcoming major label debut will bring the stomping rhythms, gospel-inflected harmonies, and arty, soulful guitars—which, live, fuzz and crackle under Tunde Adebimpe’s smooth doo-wop croon—to a much wider audience. Tonight they’re joined by fellow Brooklyners Matt Pond PA and their OC-approved, midtempo chamber pop. Also: Voxtrot. RABER

July 1 Angelique Kidjo + Vusi Mahlasela

July 7 Barrington Levy +Patrick Junior

July 8 Toshi Reagon & Big Lovely +Juca

July 9 Ralph’s World + Rita Houston

July 12 Guster + Ray LaMontagne

July 13 Yo La Tengo: Hoboken’s finest will perform The Sounds Of Science—their soundtrack to eight short nature documentaries by French director Jean Painlevé—as a live accompaniment to the films. A warm Brooklyn night will set the perfect scene for these surreal images of jellyfish and octopus accompanied by some of the most experimental, dreamy sounds of Yo La Tengo’s career. With Samara Lubelski. RABER

July 14 Brooklyn Philharmonic

July 15 Nortec Collective +Beto & Richie Grupo Sonador

July 21 Alloy Orchestra + Morley

July 27 Philip Glass & Kronos Quartet + Slavic Soul Party

July 28 Leela James + BFE Sound System

July 29 Sonora Poncena +Joe Bataan

August 3 Bill Frisell + The Moonlighters

August 4 Los Amigos Invisibles +Los Tres + Zoe

August 5 African Festival: Kekele + Lagbaja + African Underground All-stars + Martino Atangana & the African Blue Note: Masked Lagos singer-saxophonist and serious Fela fan Lagbaja will rev things higher in the wake of locally-based Cameroonian guitarist Martino Atangana and the pan-African hip-hop of the African Underground All-Stars. But headlining Kinshasa-to-Paris supergroup Kekele, constructed around the revered Papa Noel and featuring crack guitarists Syran M’Benza and Rigo Star, will go for the beauty in the great Congolese rumba tradition—even if they have to mine the Cuban songbook to get there. CHRISTGAU

‘Central Park SummerStage’

Rumsey Playfield,
mid-park at 72nd Street,

June 16 Charlie Hunter Trio + Sex Mob + Mathew Shipp + Nils Petter Molvaer

June 25 Feist + Buck 65 + Jason Collette: Although it’s not so secretly Canadian day in Central Park, those pining for some Montreal vibe should be forewarned. Feist features Calgary-born, Toronto-based, Broken Social Scene–linked chanteuse—no, singer-songwriter—Leslie Feist, and how about that? Feist appears on the most recent album by the Nova Scotia–born, Toronto-based Richard Terfry, a/k/a Buck 65, which features a band no one would call hip-hop. CHRISTGAU

June 28 Bonnie Raitt + Keb’ Mo’: Ms. Raitt’s take on electric blues can still be incendiary, especially if you keep your ear on the guitar. She’s also venturing into new, jazzier territory these days; along with her more soulful pop, these should make for an especially good pairing with Keb’ Mo’s flowing, mellifluous update of acoustic blues. MAZOR

June 29 Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series 30th Anniversary: Audra MacDonald

July 2 Seu Jorge + Jose Gonzales + Alex Cuba Band: Best known for his lilting Portuguese Bowie covers in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Jorge should be better known for his own earthy inner-city sambas. Gonzalez is an Argentinean-Swede who sings lucidly, in English, while playing clean classical-influenced guitar. Born and raised in Cuba, Alex Cuba Band multi-instrumentlist–leader Alex Puente sounds it. GEHR

July 8 Hakim

July 13 Ani DiFranco

July 15 The Family Stand

July 16 Amadou & Mariam + Daby Toure

July 20 Umphrey’s McGee + Galactic

July 23 Konono No. 1: Dancey and trancey, this West African Congo troop takes likembé pianos (thumb pianos in the same family as mbiras) but amplifies them via a hodgepodge of magnets, microphones, and old car parts; dancers, singers, and traditional percussion provide ornamentation to the rustic and tribal grooves. Last years lauded shows at Joe’s Pub were the first stateside appearances since their inception around 1980—well recommended! Fans of Thomas Mapfumo take note. Also: Daara J. BOSLER

July 26 Fiona Apple + Damien Rice + David Garza: Last December at the Nokia, Apple proved that the extraordinary circumstances of Extraordinary Machine‘s creation hadn’t dulled her ability to get onstage and flip wigs. A half-year later, she’ll likely be sharper still. Irish balladeer Rice is pretty snoozy on record, but live he channels the intensity of the old souls he worships. Austin-based Garza makes perfect power pop of which too few people are aware. WOOD

July 29 Goapele + Alice Smith

July 30 Lady Sovereign + Pete Rock + Jean Grae + DJ Rekha

August 3 The New Pornographers + Calexico + The Frames: Canadian power pop supergroup New Pornographers could give you a toothache with their cotton candy vocals, cheerful rhythms, and ripe, catchy hooks, but leader Carl Newman knows just how to balance the sweet with the minor-key sour, making for the perfect pop confection. Calexico’s dusty, Southwestern ranch rock will be the perfect, tart margarita chaser. RABER

August 12 The Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indians with Big Chief Bo Dollis + Irma Thomas + The Hot 8 Brass Band

June 29 Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series 30th Anniversary: Audra MacDonald

July 29 Goapele + Alice Smith

August 12 The Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indians + Irma Thomas + Hot 8 Brass Band

Central Park

Rumsey Playfield,
mid-park at 72nd Street

June13 moe.

September 5 & 6 Ben Harper + Damian Jr. “Gong” Marley: Folk-soul dynamo Harper’s always buttered his bread on the road; in recent years he’s cultivated a loyal constituency on the jam-band scene, where his ability to sing gives him the aura of a prophet. Harper’s new Both Sides of the Gun—one disc of rockers, one disc of ballads—should provide plenty of live-show fodder. Opener (and son of Bob) Marley made one of 2005’s best albums in Welcome to Jamrock, a bracing contemporization of his dad’s conscious throb. WOOD

September 28 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: These local quirk-pop merchants have averted (or at least delayed) the hipster backlash that awaits them by lying relatively low for the last couple of months. Still, this end-of-summer blowout suggests they’ve got bigger things on their minds than the begrudging approval of the Pitchfork mafia. Expect new tunes and some special guests yet to be announced. WOOD

Giants Stadium

50 Route 120,
East Rutherford, New Jersey,

June 4Hot ’97 Summer Jam

July 18, 19, 29 Bon Jovi

‘Jazz in July’

92nd St Y,
1395 Lexington Avenue,

July 18 ‘Love You Madly: Duke Ellington Celebration’

July 19 ‘Dick Hyman: A Jazz Life’

July 20 ‘Brilliant Corners: The Music of Thelonious Monk’

July 25 ‘Bossa Nova: The Brazilian Soul of Antonio Carlos Jobim’

July 26 ‘Twelve Hands, Two Pianos, One Night’

July 27 ‘One for My Baby: The Songs of Harold Arlen’

‘JVC Jazz Festival’

Various venues,

June 13 Hank Jones (Kaye Playhouse)

June 13 Stanley Clark + George Duke Project + Mike Stern Band (Avalon)

June 14 ‘Tenors Galore’: Houston Person Quartet + Eric Alexander Quartet (Kaye Playhouse)

June 15 ‘Jazz Combos’: Milwaukee Youth Symphony + the Bronzeville + Apex Jazz Quartets + Kansas City Community College Jazz Combo + New Jersey City University Graduate Jazz Combo (St. Peter’s Church)

June 15 Andrew Hill Trio (Studio Museum in Harlem): Love his horn bands, but there’s always been something about the pianist’s meandering threesomes that’s struck me just as deeply. Polyrhythms spin, ruminations receive the traction they deserve, and elliptical lines trickle forth with a beguiling authority. MACNIE

June 15 ‘A Ladies Salute To A Pioneer’: Toshiko Akiyoshi (Kaye Playhouse)

June 15 Avishai Cohen Trio + Groove Collective + Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (Irving Plaza)

June 16 ‘New Century: Same Genius’: Ornette Coleman Quartet (Carnegie Hall)

June 16 Marcus Miller Band + Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor (Irving Plaza)

June 17 Chris Botti + Lizz Wright (Carnegie Hall)

June 18 ‘A Father’s Day Gift’: Bobby Hutcherson Quartet

June 19 ‘Sweet Lorraine: A Jazz Celebration for the Village Vanguard’: The Bad Plus + Roy Hargrove Quintet + Paul Motion Trio 2000 + One+ Dr. Michael White’s Original Liberty Jazz Band (Carnegie Hall): The triangle-shaped room still defines the city’s jazz experience, and its longstanding boss is as charismatic and engaging as the artists she books. The breadth of that booking is obvious at this homage concert; any show that offers the wiseacre wisdom of the Bad Plus and the trad polyphony of Dr. Michael White’s Original Liberty Jazz Band is about scope. Roy Hargrove’s modern hard bop and Paul Motian’s piano trio cover the other aesthetic bases. MACNIE

June 19 ‘Bucky Pizzarelli’s 80th Birthday Celebration’ (Kaye Playhouse)

June 20 ‘Ladies Sing the Blues’: Etta James +
Susan Tedeschi (Carnegie Hall)

June 20 ‘Clarinet Marmalade’: Ken Peplowski + Don Byron + Kenny Davern + Evan Christopher (Kaye Playhouse)

June 20 ‘Alone At Night’: Brad Mehldau (Zankel Hall)

June 21 ‘Dave Brubeck’s Birthday Party’: Brubeck Quartet & Big Band (Carnegie Hall)

June 21 ‘Ragtime to Swingtime’: Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks + Dan Levinson’s Roof Garden Jass Band + Bryan Wright + Nancy Anderson + Andy Stein Blue Five (Kaye Playhouse)

June 21 The Bad Plus & Gold Sounds (Irving Plaza)

June 21 ‘At Night, Alone’: Ralph Towner (Zankel Hall)

June 21 ‘Brazil Nights I’: Choro Ensemble (Jazz Standard)

June 22 Smokey Robinson (Carnegie Hall)

June 22 ‘Clarion Call: A New Orleans Trumpet Celebration’: Kermit Ruffins + Marlon Jordan + Christian Scott + James Andrews (Kaye Playhouse)

June 22 Sangam (Zankel Hall)

June 22 ‘Celebrate Cobi Narita’: Kit McClure Band +Laurie Krauz & the Daryl Kojak Quartet (St. Peter’s Church)

June 22 ‘Brazil Nights II’: Cyro Baptista’s Antropo-Fagia (Jazz Standard)

June 23 Herbie Hancock (Carnegie Hall)

June 23 Bill Frisell Trio (Symphony Space)

June 23 ‘Brazil Nights III’: Trio da Paz (Jazz Standard)

June 24 ‘A Salute to Cachao: The Master of Mambo’: Israel ‘Cachao’ Lopez + Spanish Harlem Orchestra (Carnegie Hall): The superhero Cuban bassist has been enlivening his invention (a little thing called mambo) for most of the past century. Pushing 90, he’s going a tad slower but still making his music some of the most pleasurable you’ll ever hear. He’s flanked by pros who cover his back and feed him what he needs to shine. Sharing the bill, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra is one of the most vital salsa outfits around; if the room’s acoustics are right, they’ll mow you down. MACNIE

June 24 ‘JVC Jazz Celebrates Brooklyn!’: Savion Glover & the Otherz + Robert Glasper Trio (Prospect Park Bandshell)

June 24 ‘Brazil Nights IV’: Luciana Souza Brazilian Duos (Jazz Standard)

‘Lincoln Center Out of Doors’

Damrosch Park Bandshell,
82nd near Amsterdam Avenue;
North Plaza, north of Metropolitan Opera House,

August 13 Little Billy’s + Manza Dayila + Yaz Band (Josie Robertson Plaza); Taiko Masala (also
August 16, North Plaza)

August 19 Red Earth (North Plaza)

August 20 Woodland String Band (all areas)

August 21 ‘International Hip-Hop Exchange: Global Vanguard’

Madison Square Park Music

Madison Square Park,
Fifth Avenue between 23rd and 28th streets,

June 21 Meshell Ndegeocello

July 5 Rhonda Vincent & the Rage

July 12 Abigail Washburn

Met in the Parks

Various venues,

August 22 La Traviata Central Park (Great Lawn)

August 23 Rigoletto Central Park (Great Lawn)

August 25 La Traviata Marine Park, Brooklyn

August 26 Rigoletto Orchard Beach, Bronx

August 30 Rigoletto Cunningham Park, Queens

‘Midsummer Night Swing 2006’

Josie Robertson Plaza,
Columbus Avenue and 64 Street,

June 20 Jonathan Stout Orchestra

June 21 Martha Wash + Ari Gold + Sister Funk + DJ Brenda Black

June 22 QuinTango

June 23 New Orleans Jazz Vipers

June 24 Kids’ Day! Ballroom, Tango and Swing For Kids

June 24 Machito Orchestra

June 27 Gene Krupa Orchestra

June 28 Chino Nuñez & Friends + Ray Sepulveda & Frankie Vazquez

June 29 J Street Jumpers

June 30 Bob Wills’s Texas Playboys

July 1 Alex Torres y su Orquesta

July 4 Jo Thompson & the JC Heard Orchestra

July 5 Big Bandjo

July 6 Plena Libre

July 7 Liz Carroll & John Doyle Band + Billy McComiskey

July 8 Kids’ Day! Square Dance & Western Swing For Kids

July 8 Sonora Carruseles

July 11 City Rhythm Orchestra

July 12 Midsummer Night Fever Hustle Party

July 13 Boilermaker Jazz Band

July 14 Li’l Ronnie & The Grand Dukes

July 15 Bio Ritmo

July 18 Tommy Dorsey Orchestra

July 19 Brave Combo

July 20 Gonzalo Grau y su Timba Loca

July 21 Ogans

July 22 Harlem Renaissance Orchestra

Mostly Mozart Festival 2006

Avery Fisher Hall and other venues at Lincoln Center,
Broadway and 65th Street,

July 28–August 26 : A summertime New York City favorite for 40 years the Mostly Mozart Festival celebrates the music of Beethoven, Schubert, Haydn, and of course—Mozart. Well known for its informal, friendly atmosphere, the festival showcases vocal, instrumental and dance works, and offers a stage for both the world-renowned performer and promising young artist. A few of this year’s highlights include a world premiere of Mark Morris’s Mozart Dances (August 18 & 19) and a U.S. premiere of Peter Sellar’s staging of Mozart’s unfinished opera Zaide (August 9, 11, & 12). ABER

Naumburg Orchestral Concerts

The Naumburg Bandshell,
Central Park, Mid-park just south of the 72nd Street cross-drive.

June 27 The Imani Winds

July 11 The Naumburg Orchestra; George Garrett Keast, conductor

July 25 The Naumburg Orchestra; Sarah Ioannides, conductor

‘Nikon at Jones Beach Theater’

Jones Beach State Park,
1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, 516-221-1000

May 26 Styx + Foreigner

June 9 New Cars + Blondie

June 17 Nine Inch Nails + Bauhaus + Peaches

June 24 Def Leppard + Journey

June 27 Allman Brothers Band

July 1 Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band

July 12 Kelly Clarkson + Rooney

July 17 Black Crowes + Drive-By Truckers +Robert Randolph: On the heels of wrapping up their sold-out acoustic duo tour, the Black Crowes’ Chris & Rich Robinson will be embarking on a major summer run with the rest of their electric band. Joining them to make this bill the move for fans of Southern and roots rock are the pride of ‘Bammy, Drive-By Truckers, and dirt-floor passer Robert Randolph. The heady combination of acid-tinged mountain music, hardcore attitude, and sacred steel should prove irresistible. CRAZY HORSE

July 22 Fiona Apple + Damien Rice + David Garza

July 23 Ashlee Simpson + the Veronicas

July 28 Chicago + Huey Lewis & the News

August 3 & 4 Counting Crows + Goo Goo Dolls

August 8 Poison + Cinderella

August 11 John Fogerty + Willie Nelson: From the Rock and Country Halls of Fame come two institutions who just keep rolling along. Fogerty, as in Creedence days, still comes up with high energy and material with serious traction; Willie’s shows are inevitably laid back but suddenly burst alive as he’s taken by his own chestnuts afresh. MAZOR

August 12 O.A.R. + Jack’s Mannequin

August 17 Steely Dan + Michael McDonald

August 19 311 + Pepper + the Wailers

August 22 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

September 15 Roger Waters: Last year he joined the ranks of Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello by diving into the murky waters of vanity-project classical music. This summer, perhaps inspired by the homage paid Pink Floyd by young trippers such as Secret Machines, Waters returns to his rock roots with an ambitious two-set spectacle. Act One: Floyd classics and solo Waters material. Act Two: Dark Side of the Moon, in all its spliff-stoking glory. Fill your Zippos now. WOOD

Philharmonic in the Parks

Various venues,

July 11 Prospect Park, Brooklyn

July 12 Central Park (Great Lawn)

July 13 Cunningham Park, Queens

July 14 Snug Harbor, Staten Island

July 15 Heckscher State Park, East Islip, Long Island

July 17 Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx

July 18 Central Park (Great Lawn)

‘Ozzfest 2006’

Randalls Island,

July 29 The “Ozzy” brand name and Ozzy-as-metal-icon status took yet another hit after Sharon Osbourne’s Iron Maiden–egging debacle on last summer’s Ozzfest. This year’s super-boring lineup is a further indictment. As usual, the only decent bands (A Life Once Lost, the Red Chord, Strapping Young Lad) usually go on before noon!?, but then again there are those who still care about mainstagers like Disturbed and System of a Down. BOSLER

August 5 & 6 Dave Matthews Band + Gov’t Mule + Bela Fleck & the Flecktones + Slightly Stoopid + Tea Leaf Green

PNC Bank Art Center

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

May 26 Rascal Flatts

June 9 Neville Brothers + Dr, John + Wynton Marsalis

June 10 New Cars + Blondie

June 11 Rob Thomas + Jewel + Toby Lightman

June 16 Nine Inch Nails + Bauhaus+Peaches

June 24 & 25 Bruce Sprinsteen: The Seeger Sessions

June 27 Def Leppard + Journey

June 30 Sammy Hagar & the Wabos

July 9 Kelly Clarkson + Rooney

August 5 John Fogerty + Willie Nelson

August 6 Poison + Cinderella

August 20 Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young

September 9 Roger Waters

‘River to River Festival’

Various venues: Castle Clinton, Battery Park; World Financial Center Plaza, Vesey Street & Hudson River; Rockfeller Park, Chambers Street and Hudson River; Wagner Park, Battery Place and Hudson River, 212-835-2789,

June 1 Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder + Andy Statman + Carrie Rodriguez + Citigrass (Castle Clinton)

June 2 Super Furry Animals (South Street Seaport, Pier 17)

June 4 ‘Bang on a Can Marathon’ (World Financial Center Winter Garden): Wherein new music dorks BOAC make an annual event out of every conceivable definition of “avant.” Beyond their usual alt-adult, this year they’ve gone rock: Check out conceptual pop group Matmos, fresh off arting it up at the Biennial, here paired with NYC ensemble So Percussion; Wilco’s Glenn Kotche, battling BOAC’s own skinsman, David Cossin; and Alarm Will Sound, doing impossibly all-acoustic covers of, yup, Aphex Twin. BARON

June 7 Jimmy Delgado Salso Con Dulzura Orquestra (Wagner Park)

June 13 Eels with Smoosh (World Financial Center Plaza)

June 14 Ralph Stanley + Tres Chicas (Rockefeller Park): With Bill Monroe now longer with us, this soon-to-be octogenarian is proudly carrying the torch for old-school bluegrass. And though his career stretches back to the ’40s, the Coen Brothers’ 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou? is where most people now remember him from. His stunning 2002 Grammy performance (where he won) is testament to his ongoing prowess. GROSS

June 20 Son Volt (World Financial Center Plaza): It’s clear by now that Son Volt is whatever Jay Farrar says it is—and this summer he says it’s a return to the band’s soaring dynamics and his own image-heavy evocations—but with a decidedly pointed political bent at times that will remind some of Woody, some of Uncle Tupelo, others of Iraq. MAZOR

June 28 Dr. John (Battery Park City Rockefeller Park)

June 30 Amy Rigby
+ Robbie Fulks (South Street Seaport, Pier 17)

July 4 Belle & Sebastian (Battery Park)

July 6 Mates of State (Castle Clinton)

July 12 Maude Maggart & Tony Desare (Battery Park City Rockefeller Park)

July 13 Okkervil River (Castle Clinton)

July 14 Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men
+ Chatham County Line (South Street Seaport, Pier 17)

July 18 Terry Allen (World Financial Center Plaza)

July 19 Conjunto Classico (South Street Seaport, Pier 17)

July 19 Little Feat (Battery Park City Rockefeller Park)

July 20 Josh Rouse (Castle Clinton)

July 20 Sugar Hill Gang (South Street Seaport, Pier 17)

July 25 Dianne Reeves (World Financial Center Plaza)

July 26 The Spinners (Battery Park City Rockefeller Park)

July 26 Ray Sepulveda (South Street Seaport, Pier 17)

July 27 The Hold Steady (Castle Clinton National Monument)

July 28 Richard Hawley
+ Nicolai Dunger (South Street Seaport, Pier 17)

August 2 Bio Ritmo (South Street Seaport, Pier 17)

August 2 ‘Hot August Night: A Neil Diamond Celebration’ (Battery Park City Rockefeller Park)

August 3 Dave Holland Quintet (Castle Clinton)

August 4 Hot Chip (South Street Seaport, Pier 17)

August 9 Son Boricua (South Street Seaport, Pier 17)

August 16 Conjunto Imagen (South Street Seaport, Pier 17)

August 16 Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadours (Wagner Park)

August 18 The Box Tops (South Street Seaport, Pier 17)

August 23 Luisito Carrion & Orquestra (Wagner Park)

August 25 Ted Leo & the Pharmacists (South Street Seaport, Pier 17): Leo’s South Street Seaport gigs have attained mythic status over the years: In 2003, he played through the blackout, in 2004, a vicious thunderstorm. But Leo’s sturdy, rousing, politically-charged pub-punk anthems are tougher than mere weather; he’s outlasted countless scenes and several record labels to become one of indie rock’s most reliable institutions.

August 30 Michael Stuart & Orquestra (Wagner Park)

September 7 Jose Alberto “El Canario” & Orquestra (Wagner Park)

‘Rocks Off Boat Cruise’

The Temptress leaves from the World Yacht Marina at 41st Street and The West Side Highway (Hudson River); Half Moon leaves from the Skyport Marina at 23rd Street and FDR Drive (East River), 212-571-3304,

July 6 RJD2 (Temptress)

July 12 Hot Buttered Rum (Half Moon)

July 13 U-Melt (Half Moon)

July 21 Black 47 (Half Moon)

July 27 Virginia Coalition (Temptress)

July 27 Knockout Drops (Half Moon)

August 3 The Slackers (Temptress)

August 11 The Pietasters (Half Moon)

August 23 The Toasters (Half Moon)

August 25 Amon Tobin

‘Roseland Ballroom’

239 West 52nd Street,

June 3 Snow Patrol
+ August ana
+ Duke Spirit

June 14 Arctic Monkeys+
We Are Scientists

June 22 A.F.I.
Nightmare of You+
Dillinger Escape Plan

Siren Music Festival

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

July 15: Once again, the Voice-sponsored Siren fest will draw thousands of sun-dazed indie kids—and their audience!—to Coney Island’s boardwalk. There’s a band here for everyone, whether you hanker for inventive, bittersweet indie pop (Stars, Dirty on Purpose), slack Pavement fuzz (Tapes ‘n Tapes), sleek theatricality (She Wants Revenge, standouts the Stills), buzzsaw theatricality (Celebration), or just plain cute guys with guitars (the Cribs). CATUCCI

‘Summer Enchanted Evenings’

Sinatra Park,
Sinatra Drive between 4th and 5th streets,

June 9 Bubble and Friends perform the Beatles

June 16 Ice Wagon Flu

June 23 Verdict

July 7 Frank Sinatra Birthday Party

July 14 Swingadelic Big Band

August 4 Cat Lingo

August 11 Prison Love + 4th St. Nite Owls

‘Vision Festival XI’

Orensanz Art Center,
172 Norfolk Street, 212-696-6681,

June 13 ‘Raphe Malik Memorial Tribute’

June 14 ‘Sam Rivers Lifetime Achievement’

June 15 Billy Bang Ensemble
+ Paul Rutherford Trio
+ Henry Grimes Trio

June 16 Hamid Drake’s Bindu+
Rob Brown Quartet
+ Patricia Nicholson’s PaNic
+ Whit Dickey Ensemble
+ George Lewis

June 17 Edge+
‘By Any Means’: Charles Gayle, Rashied Ali & William Parker

June 18 David S. Ware Quartet
+ Roy Campbell Ensemble
+ Kidd Jordan Quartet

Amadou and Mariam

Whether the blues originated in Mali or bounced back there in a felicitous echo makes no never mind as soon as this fabulous blind couple hits the stage (or the MP3 file “Dimanche a Bamako” was one of last year’s highlights). Amadou Bagayoko plays nasty vamping blues beside wife Mariam Doumbia, a pepper-voiced chanteuse. The results are glorious. GEHR

Seu Jorge+Jose Gonzales+Alex Cuba Band

Best known for his lilting Portuguese Bowie covers in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Jorge should be better known for his own earthy inner-city sambas. Gonzalez is an Argentinean-Swede who sings lucidly, in English, while playing clean classical-influenced guitar. Born and raised in Cuba, Alex Cuba Band multi-instrumentlist–leader Alex Puente sounds it. GEHR