Free summer concerts

Where to rock out this season without burning through your savings account---plus a handy calendar of every gratis gig in town. 

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  • Photograph: Jon Klemm

    June 9, Black Eyed Peas

    June 9, Black Eyed Peas

  • Photograph: Travis Keller

    June 11, Coheed and Cambria

    June 11, Coheed and Cambria

  • Photograph: Steven Sebring

    June 14, Patti Smith

    June 14, Patti Smith

  • Photograph: Courtesy the artist

    June 22, the Bottom Line Presents NY on My Mind

    June 22, the Bottom Line Presents NY on My Mind

  • June 28, Rufus Wainwright

    June 28, Rufus Wainwright

  • Photograph: Courtesy the artist

    August 6, Grupo Folklorico y Experimental Nuevayorquio

    August 6, Grupo Folklorico y Experimental Nuevayorquio

  • Photograph: Courtesy the artist and the City Parks Foundation

    August 6, Shelabration!

    August 6, Shelabration!

  • August 21, Rakim

    August 21, Rakim

Photograph: Jon Klemm

June 9, Black Eyed Peas

June 9, Black Eyed Peas

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Black Eyed Peas
They dress in leather! They have a near-monopoly on mood-lifting, gloriously dumb chart hits! They all have silly names! This Central Park charity show (which benefits the Robin Hood Foundation; they'll be taking donations by text during the concert) will have you shaking ass en masse in the lawn. The Great Lawn in Central Park. June 9, 7:30pm, register for free tickets at blackeyedpeas.robinhood.org.

Coheed and Cambria
Proudly geeky emo-prog heavyweights Coheed and Cambria—they've even got their own comic-book series!—deliver fantasy-tinged epics to the Billyburg masses. The Williamsburg Waterfront. June 11 at 5:30pm; free. 

Patti Smith
If you see music regularly in New York, odds are good that you've caught Patti Smith—and odds are also high that you've walked home impressed. Fresh off her National Book Award victory for her memoir, Just Kids, the punk doyenne has not traded denim for tweed, and remains as fiery and abrasive a performer as ever. River to River Festival at Castle Clinton. June 14. Tickets released at 5pm, show begins at 7pm; free, tickets required.

The Bottom Line Presents NY on My Mind with Rosanne Cash + Loudon Wainwright III + Dar Williams + Marshall Crenshaw
When Greenwich Village's Bottom Line was converted to NYU classrooms—ugh—in 2004, the city lost a storied music venue that, during its three decades, hosted famous runs by Lou Reed, the New York Dolls and Bruce Springsteen. The late cabaret space is toasted in an outdoor show featuring some of its rootsy veterans. Rockefeller Park. June 22 at 7pm; free.

Rufus Wainwright with New York City Opera and Kevin Murphy Win VIP tickets
Not content to be merely a folk scion, singer-songwriter and Judy Garland interpreter Rufus Wainwright increasingly turns to the unlikely musical passion of his youth: opera. His original opera, Prima Donna, will be performed in its entirety in the spring of 2012 by the New York City Opera; tonight, with pianist Kevin Murphy, the company and Wainwright offer excerpts alongside the maestro's favorite arias. Winter Garden at the World Financial Center. June 28 at 7pm; free.

The Ponderosa Stomp: She's Got the Power Win guaranteed entry and reserved seats
Veterans of the 1960s girl-group sound—including pity-party princess Lesley Gore, LaLa Brooks (of the Crystals), Brenda Reid (of the Exciters) and Barbara Harris (of the Toys)—celebrate the songs they lodged in our collective head. Lincoln Center Out of Doors; Damrosch Park (at Lincoln Center). June 30 5--10pm; free.

Grupo Folklorico y Experimental Nuevayorquio Win guaranteed entry and reserved seats
Founded in the Bronx in the 1970s, Grupo Folklorico recorded a pair of classic salsa albums before splitting up. At Lincoln Center, the reunited Afro-Cuban--Puerto Rican heavies share a bill with Francois Ladrezo, a Guadeloupean artist currently making waves. Lincoln Center Out of Doors; Damrosch Park (at Lincoln Center). Aug 6 at 7:30pm; free. 

Shelabration! A Tribute to the Works of Shel Silverstein Win guaranteed entry and reserved seats
For generations of Americans, Shel Silverstein will forever be remembered as a hippie-dippy children's-book scribe. Of course, he was also a prolific songwriter, responsible for Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue," among other works—making the late bald Renaissance man the ideal subject for one of producer Hal Willner's reliably star-studded summertime tribute concerts. Central Park SummerStage. Aug 6 at 7pm; free.

Rakim + EPMD + Funkmaster Flex Win guaranteed entry and reserved seats
Gritty gangster-rap pioneers Rakim and EPMD keep it Strictly Business (as the latter titled its classic album) for this free show in Central Park. Drop the bomb, Flex! Central Park SummerStage. Aug 21 at 3pm; free.

For a complete calendar of free summer shows, continue to the next page.

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