Our Comprehensive Guide To This Summer’s Concerts


If there’s one thing summer in New York means, it’s concerts–an overwhelming number of shows at venues all around the city. We’ve parsed the announcements and listings that have been trickling in for the past few weeks and put together a master list of concerts taking place in the five boroughs (and, sometimes, beyond) during the hot months ahead. Some of these we’ve already mentioned; lots are free. And if you feel we’ve missed anything, let us know in the comments, or drop us a line. Happy show-going!

May 26: Red Baraat and DJ Rekha (Brooklyn Bridge Park)
May 26: Dylan Fest: Nora Johnes, Adam Green, Nikolai Fraiture, Nicole Atkins, Tad Kubler, and more (Bowery Ballroom)
May 26: Big Freedia w/ Javelin (Mercury Lounge)
May 27: Fang Island (Brooklyn Bowl)
May 27: Dum Dum Girls w/ Crocodiles, Woven Bones (Glasslands)
May 27: Times New Viking w/ Babies (Knitting Factory Brooklyn)
May 28: Deli ‘Best of NYC’ Fest: Delicate Steve, Headless Horseman (Music Hall of Williamsburg)
May 28: The Rocksteady Yetti Outdoor Megaburnout w/ DJ Pumpkin Belly, Misery Creep, L.L. Fauntleroy, Musical Crown, and free Tecate (Union Pool)
May 31-June 1: Phish (PNC Bank Arts Center)

June 1: Death Cab For Cutie w/ The Lonely Forest (Bowery Ballroom)
June 2: This Will Destroy You w/ Nighty Night, John LaMonica (Bowery Ballroom)
June 2: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti w/ Andrew Lovefingers, Silk Flowers, R. Stevie Moore (Irving Plaza)
June 3: Hillstock Festival: The So So Glos, The Eskalators, No Courage, The Wild, Zebu, Let Me Crazy, and more (285 Kent Avenue)
June 5: Hot 97 Summer Jam: Lil Wayne, Drake, Birdman, Chris Brown, Dipset, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Lloyd Banks, Waka Flocka Flame, Wiz Khalifa, etc. (Meadowlands Stadium)
June 5: Against Me! w/Screaming Females, Lemuria (Music Hall of Williamsburg)
June 7: EPMD, Funkmaster Flex (Betsy Head Memorial Playground)
June 7: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (NJPAC)
June 7: Okkervil River, Titus Andronicus, Future Islands (Terminal 5)
June 9: Cults, Guards, Writer (Music Hall of Williamsburg)
June 10: Andrew Bird (Prospect Park Bandshell)
June 10: Theophilus London (Brooklyn Museum)
June 11: Medeski Martin & Wood w/ Josh Roseman & The King Froopy Allstars, Jim Black’s Alasnoaxis (SummerStage)
June 11: Kurt Vile & the Violators w/ Purling Hiss, Meg Baird (Bowery Ballroom)
June 11: Brian Wilson (Highline)
June 11: B-52’s (Irving Plaza)
June 11: Daryl Hall & John Oates w/ Chris Isaak (Jones Beach)
June 11: Coheed & Cambria, Adrian Belew Power Trio, Tigers Jaw (Williamsburg Waterfront)
June 12: Big Apple BBQ: Black Joe Lewish and the Honey Bears, Those Darlins (Madison Square Park)
June 12: Omar Souleyman w/ Ali Shaker (Music Hall of Williamsburg)
June 14: Vetiver (Mercury Lounge)
June 14: Japanther (Music Hall of Williamsburg)
June 14: The Decemberists w/ Best Coast (Prospect Park Bandshell)
June 14: Junior Boys w/ Miracle Fortress (Webster Hall)
June 16: Hal Willner’s Freedom Rides Project featuring Rosanne Cash, Toshi Reagon, Steven Bernstein, and more (Prospect Park Bandshell)
June 16-19: L‘s Northside Festival: Beirut, Sharon Van Etten, Deer Tick, Twin Sister, Allo Darlin’, Javelin and more
June 16: Theophilus London (Music Hall of Williamsburg)
June 16: Architecture in Helsinki w/ Hooray For Earth, Class Actress (Webster Hall)
June 17: The Books w/Junip, Doveman (Prospect Park Bandshell)
June 17: Frankie Rose w/ Brilliant Colors, Sherlock’s Daughter, Regal Degal (SummerStage)
June 17: Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500 w/ Vacant Lots (The Bell House)
June 18: Larry Harlow Legends Band: Battle of the Salsa Violins w/La Excelencia (Prospect Park Bandshell)
June 18: Bear Hands (Bowery Ballroom)
June 18: Governors Ball: Girl Talk, Pretty Lights, Empire of the Sun, Big Boi, Neon Indian, Mac Miller and more (Governors Island)
June 18: Guided By Voices w/ Wavves (McCarren Park)
June 18: Twin Sister w/ Allo Darlin, Ava Luna, Gabriel and the Hounds (Music Hall of Williamsburg)
June 18: Yeasayer w/ The Smith Westerns, Hush Hush (Terminal 5)
June 19: Bang On A Can Marathon: Philip Glass, Yoko Ono, Bryce Dessner (The National), Glen Branca, The Sun Ra Arkestra and more (World Financial Center)
June 21: Talib Kweli (Red Hook Park)
June 21: Marina & The Diamonds (Webster Hall)
June 22: Reggie Watts w/ Natasha Leggero (SummerStage)
June 23: Ledisi w/Anthony David (Prospect Park Bandshell)
June 23: Art Brut (Music Hall of Williamsburg)
June 23: Dinosaur Jr. playing Bug, Fucked Up, Off! (Terminal 5)
June 23: Ivan & Alyosha (World Financial Center)
June 23: Ledisi w/Anthony David (Prospect Park Bandshell)
June 24: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (South Street Seaport)
June 24: Florence and the Machine w/ Twin Shadow, Bubbles (SummerStage)
June 24: Strange Boys w/ White Fence, The Babies (92Y Tribeca)
June 24: Reggie Watts (Red Hook Park)
June 24: Youssou N’Dour (Terminal 5)
June 25: K Holes, Violent Bullshit, Call of the Wild, Heavenly Blows, and free Jameson (Union Pool)
June 25: The Heavy w/ The London Souls, Superhuman Happiness (Prospect Park Bandshell)
June 25: Jesse Malin w/ Juliana Hatfield (City Winery)
June 25: Lee Fields & The Expressions w/ Fitz & The Tantrums, Andreya Triana, Rich Medina (SummerStage)
June 25: Archers of Loaf w/ Mr.Dream, Sanaton (Music Hall of Williamsburg)
June 26: Hugh Masekela w/ Freshlyground, Somi (SummerStage)
June 26: My Teenage Stride (Fulton Stall Market)
June 26: Hannibal Buress (Knitting Factory Brooklyn)
June 26: Archers of Loaf (Webster Hall)
June 28: The Moth hosted by Andy Morowitz w/ Pam Grier and more (SummerStage)
June 29: “Comedy Central Park” starring Jim Gaffigan w/ John Pinette (SummerStage)
June 29: Matt & Kim w/ The Thermals, Autobot (Terminal 5)
June 30: R. Kelly w/ Keyshia Cole and Marsha Ambrosius (Newark’s Prudential Center)
June 30: Justin Townes Earle w/ Punch Brothers, The Hackensaw Boys (Prospect Park Bandshell)
June 30: Laurie Anderson w/ Bill Laswell (Castle Clinton)
June 30: Josiah Wolf (The Rock Shop)

July 1: Steel Pulse w/ Natural Expression Rhythm Band (Prospect Park Bandshell)
July 1: The Feelies (Maxwells)
July 1: Lower Dens w/ Dirty Beaches (South Street Seaport)
July 1: The Thermals (The Bell House)
July 2: “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” Roy Ayers and the Jazz Mafia Symphony (SummerStage)
July 3: Ram w/ Group Doueh, Baloji, Globesonic Sound System (SummerStage)
July 3: The Hairs (Fulton Stall Market)
June 3: Jason Aldean w/ Eric Church, JaneDear Girls (PNC Bank Arts Center)
July 5: Yes / Styx (PNC Bank Arts Center)
July 6: Jarabe de Palo w/ Ely Guerra, Novalima and Mr. Pauer (SummerStage)
July 6: Bouncing Souls (Highline Ballroom)
July 6: Kid Cudi w/ Chip Tha Ripper (Williamsburg Waterfront)
July 7: Court Yard Hounds w/The Abrams Brothers (Prospect Park Bandshell)
July 7: My Brightest Diamond, yMusic (Castle Clinton)
July 8: Los Lobos w/Hello Seahorse!, Zigmat (Prospect Park Bandshell)
July 8: Nicole Atkins & The Black Sea Workout w/ My Best Friend
July 8: The Wake, Weekend (South Street Seaport)
July 8: Daryl Hall & John Oates w/ Chris Isaak (PNC Bank Arts Center)
July 9: “OHHH JUST YOU WAIT” (Union Pool)
July 9: Lyricist Lounge featuring Raekwon, Smif-N-Wessun, Joell Ortiz, and more (Prospect Park Bandshell)
July 9: Chocquibtown w/ Rita Indiana, Ursula 1000 and Que Bajo (SummerStage)
July 9: O.A.R. (PNC Bank Arts Center)
June 10: Deep Purple (and symphony) w/Ernie & The Automatics (PNC Bank Arts Center)
July 10: Family Day: The Verve Pipe w/ The Zany Umbrella Circus, Oran Etkin’s Timbalooloo, Thunderbird Indian Dnacers, Brooklyn Steppers (SummerStage)
July 11: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series (SummerStage)
July 11: Washed Out w/ Grimes (Bowery Ballroom)
July 11: Bill Callahan (Music Hall of Williamsburg)
July 11: Yes / Styx (Jones Beach)
July 11: Eugene Mirman, They Might Be Giants, Kristen Schaal (Williamsburg Waterfront)
July 12: Def Leppard w/ Heart (Jones Beach)
July 12: Animal Collective (Prospect Park Bandshell)
July 12: Slick Rick w/ DJ Brucie B (Crotona Park)
July 12: Cold Cave, Cult of Youth, Zambri (Knitting Factory)
July 12: Kid Rock w/ Sheryl Crow, Leroy Powell & The Messengers (PNC Bank Arts Center)
July 13: Ratatat (SummerStage)
July 13: James Blake (Webster Hall)
July 13: Def Leppard, Heart (PNC Bank Arts Center)
July 14: Frankie Gavin & De Dannan w/Liam Ó Maonlí, McPeake (Prospect Park Bandshell)
July 14: Wild Beasts (le poisson rouge)
July 14: Patti Smith (Castle Clinton)
July 14: tUnE-YaRds (Pier 54)
July 15: Shirley Caesar w/Vy Higgensen’s Gospel For Teens Choir (Prospect Park Bandshell)
July 15: The Radio Dept., Asobi Seksu (South Street Seaport)
July 15: Brad Paisley w/Blake Shelton, Jerrod Niemann (PNC Bank Arts Center)
July 16: Dan Zanes with the Brooklyn Youth Orchestra and Bed-Stuy Veterans (Prospect Park Bandshell)
July 16: 4Knots Music Festival: The Black Angels, Davila 666, Oberhofer and more (South Street Seaport)
July 16: The Wooden Birds (The Rock Shop)
July 17: Pink Martini (SummerStage)
July 17: Furthur feat. Phil Lesh & Bob Weir (Jones Beach)
July 17: Hospitality (Fulton Stall Market)
July 17: Mötley Crüe / Poison w/ New York Dolls (PNC Bank Arts Center)
July 18: Levon Helm Band and Emmylou Harris w/ Hayes Carll (SummerStage)
July 19: Toots & the Maytals w/ Lukas Nelson (Brooklyn Bowl)
July 20: Tinariwen (Hightline Ballroom)
July 20: Torche, Big Business, Helms Alee (Music Hall of Williamsburg)
July 21: West Side Story Dance and Singalong (Prospect Park Bandshell)
July 21: Fountains Of Wayne (Maxwell’s)
July 21: 311 / Sublime with Rome (PNC Bank Arts Center)
July 22: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 w/Faaji Agba (Prospect Park Bandshell)
July 22: Anamanaguchi (Music Hall of Williamsburg)
July 22: Goo Goo Dolls w/Michelle Branch, Parachute (PNC Bank Arts Center)
July 22: 311 / Sublime with Rome (Jones Beach)
July 22: Fountains Of Wayne (Maxwell’s)
July 22: Death From Above 1979 (Williamsburg Waterfront)
July 23: The Feelies w/ Real Estate, Times New Viking (Prospect Park Bandshell)
July 23: Sia, Oh Land (Webster)
July 23: Hidden Fees, Warm Ghost, Bubbles (Union Pool)
July 23: Miranda Cosgrove w/ Cody Simpson, Greyson Chance (PNC Bank Arts Center)
July 24: Marcelo D2 w/ Pitty, DJ Nuts (SummerStage)
July 24: Furthur feat. Phil Lesh and Bob Weir (PNC Bank Arts Center)
July 24: Goo Goo Dolls w/ Michelle Branch, Parachute (Jones Beach)
July 25: Wiz Khalifa w/ Big Sean, Chevy Woods (SummerStage)
July 25: Mayhem Festival: Disturbed, Godsmack, Megadeth, Trivium, In Flames, “many more” (PNC Bank Arts Center)
July 27: John Butler Trio (Terminal 5)
July 27: Wanda Jackson, Imelda May (SummerStage)
July 28: Aretha Franklin (Jones Beach)
July 28: Mark Morris Dance Group with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir (Prospect Park Bandshell)
July 28: Metronomy (Pier 54)
July 28: Flaming Lips / Weezer w/ Yeasayer (PNC Bank Arts Center)
July 29: Oumou Sangaré w/Bassam Saba (Prospect Park Bandshell)
July 29: Flaming Lips / Weezer w/Yeasayer (Jones Beach)
July 29: Eels (Music Hall of Williamsburg)
July 29: Tim McGraw w/Luke Bryan, The Band Perry (PNC Bank Arts Center)
July 30: Aretha Franklin (PNC Bank Arts Center)
July 30: Dr. John & The Lower 911 w/ Chuck Brown, Red Baraat (and a pig roast) (Prospect Park Bandshell)
July 30: The Black Lips (Maxwell’s)
July 31: Mavis Staples w/ The Relatives (Damrosch Bandshell)
July 31: Yemen Blues w/ Watcha Clan, Shabate, Awesome Tapes from Africa (SummerStage)
July 31: Tiffany / Deborah Gibson (PNC Bank Arts Center)

August 1: Lykke Li (SummerStage)
August 2: Sufjan Stevens (Prospect Park Bandshell)
August 2: Death Cab for Cutie, Frightened Rabbit (Williamsburg Waterfront)
August 3: Fountains of Wayne (Bowery Ballroom)
August 3: The Budos Band (Tappen Band)
August 4: The Complete Metropolis with Alloy Orchestra w/ Marika Hughes (Prospect Park Bandshell)
August 4: Malkit Singh w/ Dengue Fever (Damrosch Bandshell)
August 4: Los Straitjackets w/Bill Kirchen (Maxwell’s)
August 5: Ra Ra Riot w/Delicate Steve, Buke and Gass (Prospect Park Bandshell)
August 6: Ailey II: Revelations (Prospect Park Bandshell)
August 6: Cold Cave (Bowery Ballroom)
August 6: Janet Jackson (PNC Bank Arts Center)
August 6: “OHHH JUST YOU WAIT” (Union Pool)
August 7: Friendly Fires w/ The Naked and Famous, Cults (SummerStage)
August 8: Guster and Jack’s Mannequin (SummerStage)
August 8: The Kills (Terminal 5)
August 9: Bon Iver (United Palace Theatre)
August 10: Bon Iver (Prospect Park Bandshell)
August 10: Joe Bataan w/ Johnny Colon, DJ Turmix (SummerStage)
August 10: Laurie Anderson, Todd Reynolds, Sxip Shirey and Adam Matta (Damrosch Bandshell)
August 10: Kings of Leon w/ Band of Horses (Jones Beach)
August 11: Cut Copy w/ Foster The People, Midnight Music (benefit concert)
August 11: Deer Tick (Pier 54)
August 12: Sonic Youth, Wild Flag (Williamsburg Waterfront)
August 12: Maroon 5 / Train w/ Gavin DeGraw (Jones Beach)
August 13: Henry Santos (SummerStage)
August 13: The New York Pops perform the music of Billy Joel (Jones Beach)
August 14: Identity Festival (PNC Bank Arts Center)
August 17: Journey w/Foreigner, Night Ranger (Jones Beach)
August 17: Kings of Leon w/ Band of Horses (PNC Bank Arts Center)
August 18: Lynyrd Skynyrd / The Doobie Brothers w/Tom Hambridge (Jones Beach)
August 19: Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band (Jones Beach)
August 19: The Wood Brothers (Maxwell’s)
August 20: Ke$ha w/ LMFAO, Spank Rock (Jones Beach)
August 20: Tiken Jah Fakoly w/ Meta and the Cornerstones, Los Rakas, Atropolis (SummerStage)
August 20: Selena Gomez & The Scene w/Allstar Weekend (PNC Bank Arts Center)
August 21: Identity Festival featuring Steve Aoki, DJ Shadow, Crystal Method, Hercules & Love Affair, Chad Hugo, and more (Jones Beach)
August 21: Rakim w/ EPMD, Funkmaster Flex (SummerStage)
August 21: Lynyrd Skynyrd / The Doobie Brothers w/Tom Hambridge (PNC Bank Arts Center)
August 23: Whitesnake w/Tesla, Lita Ford, Sebastian Bach, Firehouse (PNC Bank Arts Center)
August 24: Whitesnake w/Tesla, Lita Ford, Sebastian Bach, Firehouse (Jones Beach)
August 24: Journey w/Foreigner, Night Ranger (PNC Bank Arts Center)
August 25: Wavves (East River Amphitheater)
August 26: Maroon 5 / Train w/Gavin DeGraw (PNC Bank Arts Center)
August 27: 2011 Rib Rock Festival: J. Geils Band, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, plus barbecue from “the region’s best pitmasters” (Jones Beach)
August 27: Blues Control, Silk Flowers, Coconuts (Union Pool)
August 28: Jagged Edge w/ Avant, Melanie Fiona (SummerStage)
August 26-28: Dave Matthews Band Caravan: Dave Matthews Band, Dispatch, The Roots, Moe, Gogol Bordello, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, The Head & The Heart, Vieux Farka Toure, Robert Randolph and the Family Band (Governors Island)
August 28: 2011 Rib Rock Festival: J. Geils Band, B.B. King, plus barbecue from “the region’s best pitmasters” (PNC Bank Arts Center)

September 2: Toby Keith w/Eric Church (PNC Bank Arts Center)
September 2: Rock The Bells Festival featuring Ms. Lauryn Hill, Nas, Mobb Deep, Ghostface & Raekwon, Mos Def & Talib Kweli, and more
September 8: TV on the Radio, Broken Social Scene (Williamsburg Waterfront)