Rock outdoors at these end-of-summer concerts in New York
Before summer ends and the fall chill sets in, enjoy outdoor summer concerts in local parks and along the waterfront.
Mon Aug 6 2012
Attention, audiophiles on a budget: There are five great free summer concerts taking place before the season ends. Dance the night away at concerts featuring Grimes, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Lyle Lovett and more.
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Thanks to the Celebrate Brooklyn! series, now in its 34th year, the Prospect Park Bandshell is to Brooklynites what Central Park Rumsey Playfield is to Manhattan residents—the place to hear great music in the great outdoors. Catch this gratis gig with two singer-songwriters. • 718-683-5600, bricartsmedia.org/cb. 7:30pm; free.
- Celebrate Brooklyn! (at the Prospect Park Bandshell) Prospect Park West, at 9th St
- Sat Aug 16
If you find Williamsburg empty tonight, it’s because all the bespectacled L-train riders have gone to Pier 84 to catch the one-two punch of deliciously dreamy ’80s-style Wild Nothing (fronted by Jack Tatum) and Montreal weirdo-dream-pop artiste Grimes. You won’t find a more au courant bill this summer. • riverrocksnyc.com. Thu at 6pm; free.
- Price band: 2/4
- Critics choice
The last installment of BAM’s R&B Festival, held on the lawn at MetroTech Commons in Downtown Brooklyn, stars Californian soul singer Aloe Blacc. (He’s most famous for composing “I Need a Dollar,” the theme song for erstwhile HBO show How to Make It in America.) Thus, this year’s series ends with a rhythm & blues bang. • 718-636-4100, bam.org. Thu at noon; free.
No summer in the city is complete without attending a concert in Central Park; check out one of the season’s last events, featuring bluegrass headliner Carolina Chocolate Drops. Buckwheat Zydeco and Abigail Washburn open the show. • 212-360-2777, summerstage.org. Sat 3–7pm; free.
Nolafunk Summer Jazzfest
Boogie down in the sand at South Street Seaport’s faux beach during this third annual New Orleans–style music festival: L.A.’s Little Feat breaks out the rhythm & blues on the shore of the New York Harbor. Special guests Papa Grows Funk and the Stooges Brass Band open. • (212-896-4600, nolafunk.com). 6:30pm; advance $40, at the door $45.
- Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club, north side of Pier 17 at Beekman St and South St
- Fri Aug 22
Pack a blanket and head to Long Island City for some classical music and park breezes at the grand finale of the Metropolitan Opera’s seasonal series. Soprano Deanna Breiwick, tenor Alexander Lewis and baritone Edward Parks own the evening; their performances will each be set to arias, duets and other pieces played by concert pianist Vlad Iftinca. The shows tend to be packed, so show up early to set yourself up near the best acoustics. • 212-362-6000, metopera.org/parks. 7pm; free.
Bearded, beloved outfit MMJ has found that sweet spot where jammy looseness meets eclectic indie rock. And if sipping a cold brew by the water at this refurbished venue weren’t enough of a reason, get there early for futuristic and utterly engrossing hip-hop outfit Shabazz Palaces. • ticketmaster.com. 6:30pm; $49.50.
- Price band: 2/4
- Critics choice
Led by baby-faced wunderkind Zach Condon, Beirut brings its jazzy, Balkan-influenced folk to the Rumsey Playfield stage. Whether you’re swaying under the stars with your honey or staring at your shoes and hugging yourself, this is one delicious indie summer evening that’s not to be missed. • ticketmaster.com. Wed at 7pm; advance $32, at door $35.
This international music series, spearheaded by Barbès coproprieter Olivier Conan, takes its 2012 bow with a performance by Sierra Leonean electropop superstar Janka Nabay; he recently teamed up with Brooklyn’s Bubu Gang on Luaka Pop, a full-length album due at the end of summer (Aug 7). The Sculpture Garden shindig is free with museum admission, and if you’re looking to add an extra bounce to your groove, cocktails and snacks are available at the cash bar. • (212-708-9400, moma.org/nights). 6:30–7:30pm. Free with museum admission; $25, seniors $18, students $14, children under 16 free.
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