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The best free concerts happening in NYC this weekend

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Tolly Wright

Lacking the funds in your bank account for a Panorama Festival pass this weekend? No problem! From big outdoor concerts featuring heavy-hitting mega stars to locals bars hosting the city’s best up-and-comers, there’s no shortage of free live music happening over the next three days. Here’s the best upcoming shows that don’t cost a dime.

Friday 28

Andrew Bird + Esperanza Spalding at Prospect Park Bandshell at 8pm
The Chicago singer-songwriter makes his much-anticipated return to BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! in support of last year’s Are You Serious. Grammy-winning jazz bassist/composer Esperanza Spalding, who just announced her next album Exposure, opens.

Heart of Tones: A Tribute to Pauline Oliveros at Hearst Plaza, Lincoln Center at 7pm
The International Contemporary Ensemble celebrates the life and work of electronic music pioneer Oliveros as part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival.

HEEMS + Sidra Bell Dance New York + Davóne Tines at The Met Baur at 6pm
Part of the museum’s summer series Theater of the Resist, expect an eclectic night when Queens rapper HEEMS, bass-baritone opera singer Tines and innovative dance theater group Sindra Bell share the stage.

Saturday 29

An evening with Rumer and Special Guest Dionne Warwick at Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center at 7:30pm
The honey-voiced English folk-pop crooner brings her winning renditions of music by Burt Bacharach and Hal David to Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival. Legendary performer Warwick graces the audience with a guest set.

Frankie Negrón at St. Mary’s Park at 4pm
Should the forecasted Nor’easter turn to sunny skies come Saturday afternoon, celebrate with the ambassador or neo-salsa, and pride of Newark, Negrón.

The Rubinoos, Baby Shakes & Dany Laj and The Looks at Union Pool at 2pm
Dance off those brunch calories with the feel-good ‘70s power-pop of The Rubinoos and the rock-tinged-with-glam New York-based outfit Baby Shakes.

Boom Reunion at Tilt at 10pm
Bushwick Owners + Organizers Movement (BOOM) is back for more music, art and performances. Tonight’s event features DJ sets by False Witness, Tygapaw, JX Cannon, Night Doll and Sigrid Lauren. Free with RSVP.

Sunday 30

Rock Steady Crew 40th Anniversary featuring Mobb Deep (A Tribute To Prodigy) with Havoc + MC Lyte + MC EIHT with DJ Premier + more at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park at 2pm.
Though their "boy" days might be behind them, legendary B-boys the Rock Steady Crew will still wow you with their mind-boggling choreography. During this show, harcore hip-hop icon Havoc will be playing tribute to his late Mobb Deep partner Prodigy, who died earlier this summer.

Liam Gallagher at Rough Trade at 4:30pm
The former Oasis frontman stops by Brooklyn in support of his emotional new solo album, As You Were, before the official tour kicks off this fall.    

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