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The Ultimate List of Free Summer Concerts in NYC, 2013

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Get ready to plug this in your bookmarks, iCals, sticky notes, and religious shrines, because the ultimate guide to free summer concerts in New York City is here! Seriously, scroll down and don’t be stingy – share with your friends. Concerts aren’t fun without friends. Just ask the lucky gal above enjoying the magic of friendship and free things at our own free 4Knots Music Festival.

BAM, Peter Jay Sharp Building:
May 24, 10 p.m.: Abdou Mboup and Waakaw
May 25, 10 p.m.: Late Night Dance Party with Ralph McDaniels & the Video Music Box
June 1, 9 p.m.: Endangered Speeches

Betsy Head Park @ 7 p.m.:
June 18: Dana Dane, Grand Puba, hosted by Chubb Rock
June 19: Hezekiah Walker
June 20: Jon B, Hi-Five

Brookfield Place Plaza:
June 29-30, 5:00 p.m.: 2013 River to River Festival
July 10-11, 6:00 p.m.: Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival
July 13, 6:30 p.m.: Brasslands

Brooklyn Bridge Park:
May 4 – August 31, 3:00 PM: Bargemusic Family Concert(s)
May 23, 7:00 PM: Old School Funk & Hip-Hop Dance Party

Central Park:
June 15, 3:00 PM: The Zombies, Django Django, Adam Green & Binki Shapiro, DJ sets by Modest P
June 30, 7:00 PM: Big Star’s Third
August 20, 7:00 PM: Bobby McFerrin

Commodore Barry Park:
August 24-5: AFROPUNK FEST

Crotona Park @ 7 p.m.:
July 9-10: Tego Calderon, RVSB
July 10: DJ Kool Herc
July 12: War + DJ Afro
July 13: Ghetto Brothers

Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center:
May 31, 6:30 p.m.: Festival au Desert: Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa, Imharahan, Mamadou Kelly
July 24-6, 7:30 p.m.: Kronos at 40
August 3, 3 p.m.: La Casita
August 3, 7:30 p.m.: Zvidance
August 4, 7:00 p.m.: Sacred Drums
August 7, 7:30 p.m.: Ruben Blades
August 9, 7:30 p.m.: Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra + Rosin Coven
August 10, 6 p.m.: 30th Annual Roots of American Music Line Up
August 11, 5 p.m.: Bobby Rush, Allen Toussaint, Eddie and Brian Holland, The Como Mamas

East River Park Amphitheater @ 7 p.m.:
August 27: Pete Rock vs. DJ Premier hosted by Lyricist Lounge
August 28: Mac DeMarco
August 29: Larry Harlow and the Latin Legends Band

Herbert Von King Park:
June 11, 7 p.m.: Rayvon, Red Fox, Golden Child, RSNY, hosted by Shaggy
June 12, 7 p.m.: Big Daddy Kane, DJ Scratch

House of Vans @ 5 p.m.:
June 27, July 11, 18, 31 and August 15 and 29. Artists TBD.

Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival @ City Winery:
June 4, 5 p.m.: Dave Davies of the Kinks
June 26 – August 28: 4th Annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival

Hudson River Park:
June 7 – August 23, 7 p.m., Every Friday: Sunset on the Hudson

BAM’s R&B Festival at MetroTech Center @ Noon:
June 6: Mint Condition
June 13: Bobby Rush
June 20: Zozo-Afrobeat Orchestra
August 8: Shuggie Otis

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts:
August 8, 6:30 p.m.: No BS! Brass Band

Madison Square Park:
June 19, 7 p.m.: Suzanne Vega
June 26, 7 p.m.: Anat Cohen Quartet
July 3, 6 p.m.: The Grascals, Joy Kills Sorrow
July 10, 7 p.m.: Rene Marie
July 17, 7 p.m.: Ben Sollee
July 24, 6 p.m.: Dafnis Prieto Sextext, Yosvany Terry Quintent
July 31, 6 p.m.: Erin McKeown, Lake Street Drive
August 7, 7 p.m.: Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk

Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater
June 9, 12 p.m.: 7th Annual Mafrika Music Festival
August 6, 7 p.m.: Jungle Brothers, Zhigge, hosted by Lyricist
August 7, 7 p.m.: Bilal
August 14, 7 p.m.: Smokie Norful

Nelson A. Rockefeller Park:
June 25, 7 p.m.: Angelique Kidjo

Pier A – Hoboken (NJ):
August 18, 12 p.m.: Lackawanna Music Festival: Performers TBA

Hudson River Park at Pier 84:
August 8, 6 p.m.: Titus Andronicus + Ducktails
August 9, 7 p.m.: Wild Nothing + Grimes

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Prospect Park:
June 5, 8:15 p.m: Patty Griffin
June 8, 4:00 p.m: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (for Kids) with Wynton Marsalis
June 13, 7:30 p.m: Grouplove, Alpine
June 14, 7:30 p.m: Mavis Staples + Cody Chestnutt
June 15, 7 p.m: Calexico, Susana Baca, Radio Jarocho, Akoko Nante Ensemble
June 18, 7 p.m: The Roots & Jim James Benefit Concert
June 20, 7:30 p.m: Laura Marling
June 20, 7:30 p.m: Big Boi, Phony Ppl, D-Nice
June 21, 7:30 p.m: Amadou & Mariam, Bombino
June 27, 8 p.m: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
June 28, 7:30 p.m: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Aurelio Martinez
June 29, 7 p.m: Os Mutantes, Javelin, Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang
July 6, 7 p.m: Theophilus London, Les Nubians, Aabaraki
July 12, 7 p.m: Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich & Fussible, Mexican Institute of Sound, Mariachi Flor de Toloache
July 13, 7:30 p.m: Dracula with the Philip Glass Ensemble, Kishi Bashi
July 18, 7:30 p.m: The Tiger Lillies: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Cynthia Hopkins
July 19, 7:30 p.m:The Waterboys, Alasdair Roberts
July 20, 7 p.m: The Lone Bellow, The Low Anthem, Joe Purdy
July 25, 7:30 p.m: Bebe Winans, Alicia Olatuja
July 26, 7 p.m: Trampled by Turtles, The Devil Makes Three, Brown Bird
August 1, 8 p.m: Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal
August 2, 7:30 p.m: Jamie Lidell, Dan Deacon, The Stepkids
August 3, 7:30 p.m: Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, Banda Magda
August 8, 8:00 p.m: Live score to Beasts of the Southern Wild
August 9, 7:30 p.m: Shaggy, TK Wonder
August 10, 7:30 p.m: They Might Be Giants, Moon Hooch

Red Hook Park @ 7 p.m.:
June 4: Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers
June 5: Rakim hosted by Lyricist Lounge
June : Fuzz

Rockefeller Plaza (Today Toyota Concert Series) @ 6 a.m.
May 24: fun.
May 31: New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, Boys II Men
June 14: Maroon 5

Rumsey Playfield at Central Park:
Good Morning America Summer Concert Series @ 7 a.m.:
May 24: Mariah Carey*
May 31: Pitbull*
June 7: Little Mix and Emblem3
June 14: Carly Rae Jepsen
June 21: John Legend
June 28: Demi Lovato
July 5: Imagine Dragons
July 12: One Republic
July 19: Jennifer Lopez*
July 26: Selena Gomez
August 2: Ne-Yo
August 9: Kenny Chesney
August 16: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
August 23: The Wanted
August 30: Alicia Keys
* Free tickets must be acquired beforehand.

Central Park:
June 14, 8 p.m: Ask Me Another from NPR and WNYC
June 15, 3 p.m: The Zombies, Django Django, Adam Green & Binki Shapiro, DJ sets by Modest P
June 16, 7 p.m: Preta Gil, DJ sets by Just Marcelo
June 18, 7 p.m: The Airborne Toxic Event featuring the Calder Quartet with Orchestra
June 21, 7 p.m: Fete De La Musique: IAM with special guest Rakim
June 22, TBA: Dawes + Kurt Vile
June 23, 3 p.m: Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, Sinkane, DJ sets by King Britt
June 24, 7 p.m: Blue Note Jazz Festival: Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def)
June 26, 8 p.m: Comedy Central Stars Under the Stars feat. Adam DeVine, Anthony Jeselnik, Nick Kroll, Jeff Ross, Amy Schumer
June 29, 6 p.m: Joel Plaskett, Spirit of the West, Basstronaut
June 30, 7 p.m: Big Star’s Third, Mike Mills, Chris Stamey, Jody Stephens
July 2, 6 p.m: Freedom Dance Party
July 10, 7 p.m: Tego Calderon, Cuarto Poder, Los Rakas
July 11, 6 p.m: Lila Downs, Natalia Clavier, Pamela Rodriguez, Raul Campos
July 13, 3 p.m: Julieta Venegas, Carla Morrison, Alex Anwandter
July 14, 3 p.m: Fanfare Ciocarlia, Red Baraat, DJ sets by Joro-Boro
July 16, 8 p.m: Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
July 20, 3 p.m: Planet Hemp, Gaby Amarantos, Emicida, DJ sets by Greg Caz
July 21, 3 p.m: Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits, Fatoumata Diawara, Krar Collective
July /24, 8 p.m: Martha Graham Dance Company
July 27, 7 p.m: Lianne La Havas, LP, Quadron, DJ sets by DJ Center
July 28, 3 p.m: Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth with special guests
July 31, 8 p.m: RSC Ghetto Made
August 3, 3 p.m: Shirley Caesar, Ricky Dillard, James Fortune & F.I.Y.A, Donald Lawrence
August 4, 3 p.m: Raheem DeVaughn, Lyfe Jennings with special guests
August 10, 3 p.m: DJ Kool Herc with special guests
August 11, 3 p.m: Shuggie Otis, Jose James, Hiatus Kaiyote, DJ sets by OP! (I Love Vinyl)
August 16 and 19, 8 p.m: Diablo Love
August 18, 3 p.m: La Mega 6th Annual Tropical Fest
August 20, 7 p.m: Bobby McFerrin

South Street Seaport:
June 7, 7 p.m: Oblivians, Ex-Cult
June 21, 7 p.m: Fear of Men
June 28, 7 p.m: Unknown Mortal Orchestra with special guests
June 29, 1 p.m: 4Knots Music Festival hosted by Village Voice feat. Kurt Vile & The Violators, The Men, Parquet Courts, White Lung, and More!

Spike Hill:
5/24, 8 p.m: Dance Fight, Silas Fermoy, Basement Batman, Happy Lives, Erica Glyn, Temple
5/25, 7 p.m: Cherokee Red, Janet Labelle, Vaudrey
5/26, 7 p.m: Small Craft Warning, Katie Pearlman, Andna
5/29, 8 p.m: Gondola, The Highway, The Jean Jackets, The Lords of Liechtenstein
June 1, 8 p.m: Lightouts, The Middle Eight, Hobson’s Choice, Dorsia, Kiwi
June 19, 7 p.m: Amelia Hazen, Finer, Kristen Ford Band, Aaron Zimmer, Illicitizen
June 23, 8 p.m: Jenee Halstead, Patrick Coman, Tall County
June 24, 8 p.m: Maid Myriad

Tammany Hall:
5/25, 2 p.m: NYC Blues Jam
5/29, 6 p.m: Redfoot

Tompkins Square Park:
August 23-5: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Queensbridge Park:
June 16-8, 7 p.m: Marley Marl and Guests

Von King Park @ 7 p.m.:
June 11: Rayvon, Red Fox, Golden Child, RSNY hosted by Shaggy
June 12: Big Daddy Kane, DJ set by DJ Scratch
June 13: Chubb Rock, Rob Base
June 14: Jamal Jackson Dance Company

City Winery @ 5 p.m.:
June 11: Los Straitjackets
June 25: Ben Taylor
July 2: The Pietasters
July 9: Ellen Jewell with The End of America

Unexpected Locations Around Lower Manhattan:
June 21, 12 p.m: Make Music New York


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