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July 28, 2015, 7:10 p.m.

Free Summer Concerts in NYC
Free Summer Concerts in NYC

New Yorkers love outdoor events during the summer especially when it’s one of the talked about free summer concerts in NYC. A place where you can dance outdoors while enjoying food & drinks is always a summer favorite! Looking at the schedule you will see that you can catch anywhere from a classic hip-hop artist in the NYC parks to some of the biggest names in indie rock. Some NYC locals try to catch as many of these exciting performances as possible while the warm weather is here. If you’d like to catch a performance or two, here are some of what’s coming up in August:

 

August 1

Carmen and Geoffrey (Lincoln Center Out Of Doors)
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center–Amphitheater; 2 pm

Dr. John and the Nite Trippers + Amy Helm (SummerStage)
Central Park; 3 pm

Garth Fagan Dance (Lincoln Center Out Of Doors)
Damrosch Park Bandshell; 7:30 pm

Imani Winds (Rite of Summer)
Governors Island; 1 pm & 3 pm 

La Casita (Lincoln Center Out Of Doors)
Hearst Plaza;  noon

Panel discussion: The Life and Work of Geoffrey Holder (Lincoln Center Out Of Doors)
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center–Amphitheater; 1 pm

Taylor Mac: The 20th Century Abridged (Celebrate Brooklyn!)
Prospect Park Bandshell; 7:30 pm

TKA + Tony Touch (SummerStage)
Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island; 7 pm

August 2

Ache: Lavagem da Rua (Lincoln Center Out Of Doors)

Featuring: Gilson Menezes Santos Dorea (Tatau do Araketu), Alexandre Cortes de Barros, and a section of Baianas, Members of the Afoxe of Filhas de Gandhy and Drummers from Brazil; Something Positive from Trinidad; Legacy Circle from the Dominican Republic; Ashe Dance from Haiti; Amma McKen; and Grupo Oriefun from Cuba 
Presented in association with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
Damrosch Park Bandshell; 7 pm

Brazil Summerfest: Nação Zumbi + Nation Beat's Carnival Caravan feat. Cha Wa + Vinil Pompéia  (SummerStage)
Central Park; 3 pm

Heritage Sunday (Lincoln Center Out Of Doors)
Opening Doors: Celebrating Immigrant New York
Hearst Plaza; 1 pm

La Casita (Lincoln Center Out Of Doors)

Poetry: Mardonio Carballo & Juan Pablo Villa, DarkMatter—Alok & Janani, Camonghne Felix, Luis H. Francia, Magdalena Gómez, Roberta Hill, Ayisha Knight-Shaw, Aja Monet, and Roanna Shebala

Music: Legacy Women led by Manuela, Los Hacheros, Nkumu Katalay & Life Long Project, Nano Stern, and Vlada Tomova’s Bulgarian Voices Trio
MC: Baba Israel
Teatro Pregones (Bronx); 2 pm

Little Club Heads + Sugar Free Allstars + Hopalong Andrew (SummerStage)
Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island; 4 pm

August 4

Dom La Nena (Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival)
155 Varick Street, Tribeca; 5 pm

Tito Nieves (SummerStage)
East River Park, Lower East Side; 7 pm

August 5

Full Band Electric Counterpoint + Dither and friends, featuring Lee Ranaldo, Yo La Tengo and Mark Stewart + Matmos (Lincoln Center Out Of Doors)
Damrosch Park Bandshell; 7:30 pm

Ratking + Bishop Nehru (SummerStage)
East River Park, Lower East Side; 7 pm

August 6

Caribou (SummerStage)
East River Park, Lower East Side; 7 pm

Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen (BAM R&B Festival)
MetroTech Commons, Downtown Brooklyn; noon-2pm

Leessaar, Ohad Naharin and guest dancers from Batsheva Dance Company (Celebrate Brooklyn!)
Prospect Park Bandshell; 8 pm

U.S. Girls + Yuck (Hudson River Park Summer of Fun)
Pier 84, Midtown West; 6 pm

We Like It Like That! A Boogaloo Celebration (Lincoln Center Out Of Doors)
Joe Bataan with special guests + Ray Lugo and the Boogaloo Destroyers with special guest Richie Ray + ABAKUÁ Afro-Latin Dance Company + DJ Turmix
Damrosch Park Bandshell; 7 pm

August 7

Chuck Braman Jazz Band (Hudson River Park Summer of Fun)
Pier 45, West Village; 7 pm

denitia and sene (Lincoln Center Out Of Doors)
Hearst Plaza; 7 pm

Rock My Soul: featuring the Fairfield Four and the McCrary Sisters + Junior Mambazo (Lincoln Center Out Of Doors)
Damrosch Park Bandshell; 7:30 pm

Third World + Awa Sangho (Celebrate Brooklyn!)
Prospect Park Bandshell; 7:30 pm

August 8

Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited performed in its entirety by house band Watkins Family Hour (Sean Watkins & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek) with special guests Fiona Apple, Don Heffington, Sebastian Steinberg and more + Justin Townes Earle (Lincoln Center Out Of Doors)
Damrosch Park Bandshell; 6:30 pm

Quantic + Gilles Peterson + Afrika Bambaataa (SummerStage)
Central Park; 6pm

The Quebe Sisters (Lincoln Center Out Of Doors)
Sam Outlaw    
Hearst Plaza; 2 pm

Tune-Yards + Shabazz Palaces (Celebrate Brooklyn!)
Prospect Park Bandshell; 7:30 pm

August 9

An Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band (Lincoln Center Out Of Doors)
Damrosch Park Bandshell; 7 pm

Glass Animals + Taylor McFerrin + BattleFest League Dancers (SummerStage)
Central Park; 3pm

INVINCIBLE: Michael Jackson Tribute + Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy (SummerStage)
East River Park, Lower East Side; 4 pm

August 11

Hot Strings Fest: The Tribeca Playboys + Cynthia Sayer + Western Caravan (Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival)
155 Varick Street, Tribeca; 5 pm

Rakim + DJ Tedsmooth (SummerStage)
Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem; 7 pm

August 12

Mobile Mondays: Live Everybody Loves Roy Ayers (SummerStage)
Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem; 7 pm

The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance and Music (SummerStage)
Central Park; 8pm

August 13

The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance and Music (SummerStage)
Marcus Garvey Park; 7 pm

August 14

Baby Soda Jazz Band (Hudson River Park Summer of Fun)
Pier 45, West Village; 7 pm

The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance and Music (SummerStage)
Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem; 7 pm

August 18

Willie Nile (Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival)
155 Varick Street, Tribeca; 5 pm

August 21

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Oliver Lake Big Band + King Solomon Hicks (SummerStage)
Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem; 6 pm

Max Gallico & Friends (Hudson River Park Summer of Fun)
Pier 45, West Village; 7 pm

August 22

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Dr. Lonnie Smith + Andy Bey + Jeff “Tain” Watts + Camille Thurman (SummerStage)
Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem; 3 pm

Hudson River Park Blues BBQ: Otis Taylor Band + Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens + Jarekus Singleton + Vaneese Thomas + The Ed Palermo Big Band (Hudson River Park Summer of Fun)
Pier 26, Tribeca; 2pm

August 23

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Joe Lovano + Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bird Calls + Myra Melford + Michael Mwenso (SummerStage)
Tompkins Square Park, Alphabet City; 3 pm

RCA Summer Concert Celebration: Jazmine Sullivan + Jordan Bratton (SummerStage)
Central Park; 3 pm

August 25

Steelism (Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival)
155 Varick Street, Tribeca; 5 pm

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