29 May NYC FREE SUMMER CONCERTS (JUNE)
BAM Rhythm and Blues Festival at Metrotech Center Commons
R&B and world music stars come to Downtown Brooklyn for free outdoor shows all summer long.
Highlights include Bobbi Humphrey and Swamp Dogg. For more info, visit bam.org.
New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys at Rockefeller Plaza
Behold NKOTBSB, the hulking conglomerate formed by two of the most popular boy bands from the past three decades.
Midtown will, doubtless, receive quite the wakeup call from thousands of screaming 13-year-old girls
(and adults who used to be 13-year-old girls). This show is part of the Today concert series.
For more info, visit www.today.com
June 7, July 21, August 9 and 21
Funkmaster Flex at SummerStage
NYC native Funkmaster Flex has remained a major DJ and radio personality since the ’90s.
Flex kicks off a summer series of free, live shows saluting hip-hop at Betsy Head Memorial Playground in
Brooklyn on June 7. He plays Queensbridge Park in Queens on July 21, Marcus Garvey Park in Manhattan on
August 9 and concludes at Central Park’s main stage. For more info, visit www.summerstage.org
Coheed and Cambria at The Wiliamsburg Waterfront
Rush-meets-Saves-The-Day prog-punk-emo stalwarts Coheed and Cambria play their debut album Second Stage
Turbine Blade front-to-back. Like all of their records, it’s an installment in an ongoing science fiction story,
“The Armory Wars,” that has also been ported to comic book and novel forms. For more info, visit www.aeglive.com
Medeski Martin & Wood at SummerStage
The Brooklyn-based jazz-funk trio headlines a night of the Blue Note Jazz Festival that includes sets by
Josh Roseman & The King Froppy Allstars and Jim Black’s Alasanoaxis at Central Park’s SummerStage.
For more info, visit www.summerstage.org
Bang on a Can Marathon at World Financial Center
This 13-hour concert features music from more than 150 musicians, including Philip Glass and Glenn Branca,
the Asphalt Orchestra playing music by David Byrne/Annie Clark, Yoko Ono, Frank Zappa and much more. T
he marathon has become one of the most anticipated parts of the free summer concert season. For more info,
Talib Kweli at Red Hook Park
Indie hip-hop mascot and former Mos Def collaborator Talib Kweli plays this free show at Red Hook Park.
Kweli is a rapper’s rapper, the kind of guy who’s probably name-checked more than actually heard.
Help correct that—and celebrate the longest day of the year at the same time. For more info, visit www.nyc.gov/parks
The Bottom Line Presents New York on My Mind at Rockefeller Park
The venerable concert venue’s line-up for this free River to River show features a Who’s Who of alt-country
and odd folk. Among them: Roseanne Cash, Loudon Wainwright III and Dar Williams.
Festivities begin at 7pm, but we recommend getting there early. For more info, visit www.rivertorivernyc.com
June 22 and 24
Reggie Watts at Central Park Summerstage and Red Hook Park
The polymath entertainer known for his impressive afro and idiosyncratic humor (not to mention numerous Conan appearances) brings his act to two NYC parks. For more info, visit www.summerstage.org
Roy Hargrove Quintet and The Badwagon (Jason Moran & The Bandwagon vs. The Bad Plus) at Prospect Park
The Roy Hargrove Quintet is a renowned jazz trumpeter known for his work with the likes of Erykah Badu.
The Badwagon pits Jason Moran & The Bandwagon against The Bad Plus—known for busting out covers of artists
like Nirvana and Tears for Fears—in a battle for jazz supremecy. For more info, visit www.bricartsmedia.org