Saturday, June 6, 2009

Upcoming Events: Free Outdoor Concerts in Prospect Park and Central Park

Summer in New York City also means you get to watch some the world's best musicians perform in the city parks and other public spaces for absolutely FREE. Over the past few years I've seen Isaac Hayes, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, The Neville Brothers, Me'Shell NdgeOcello and many more of my favorite artists all for free! If you live in New York you should really take advantage of the many cultural and artistic events The City has to offer, especially during these tough economic times. What better way to spend an evening?

Celebrate Brooklyn 2009
Prospect Park Bandshell
June through August

Celebrate Brooklyn is one of New York City's longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals. Launched in 1979 as a catalyst for a Brooklyn performing arts scene and to bring people back into Prospect Park after years of neglect, Celebrate Brooklyn has been an anchor in the park's revitalization and has become one of the city's foremost summer cultural attractions. All Celebrate Brooklyn events are free, but they do ask for a $3 donation at the gate.

Some highlights this year include:

Monday, June 8 (Opening Night)
8:00pm/gates 6:30pm
David Byrne
“The Music of David Byrne and Brian Eno”

Thursday, June 25
7:00pm/gates 6:00pm
Femi Kuti & Positive Force
Melvin Gibbs’ Elevated Entity

Saturday, July 11
4:00pm/gates 3:00pm
They Might Be Giants (For Kids)!

Saturday, July 18
2-9pm/gates 1:30pm
African Festival:
King Sunny Ade
Mandingo Ambassadors
Abena Koomson
Sing Sing
Yasser Darwish

Friday, July 24American Express Roots Music Series
7:30pm/gates 6:30pm
Buckwheat Zydeco
The Holmes Brothers

For more info and complete schedule:

Summer Stage at Central Park
Rumsey Playfield in Central Park

Central Park SummerStage, a program of City Parks Foundation, presents performances of outstanding artistic quality, free of charge, to serve the diverse communities of New York City. Central Park SummerStage is located at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. Enter the park at 69th Street and 5th Avenue on the east side or at 72nd Street and Central Park West on the west side.

Some highlights this year include:

Sunday, July 05
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Oumou Sangare
Les Nubians


Saturday, July 18
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Chester French
Little Dragon
Benji B

Sunday, July 19
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Alpha Blondy & The Solar System
Lee "Scratch" Perry & Dubblestandart
Subatomic Sound System

Friday, July 24
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Bettye LaVette
Budos Band
(badass Brooklyn afro-soul)
Rhythm Revue with Felix Hernandez

For more info and complete schedule:


Also check out the River to River Festival for film, art and music in city parks and public spaces throughout Manhattan all summer long!

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