Concerts


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Maria Rita at Summerstage.

The summer is upon us, and there are tons of free outdoor concerts in and around the Upper West Side. Major artists in almost every genre imaginable — from jazz to hip hop to samba to rock — will be playing in the neighborhood.

Check out our list below. Listings in green are at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. Listings in red are in the outdoor plazas at Lincoln Center. And listings in blue are at Riverside Park’s 97th Street Tennis Lawn. We will keep this list on a tab at the top of the website and add more concerts as we find out about them, so keep checking back in. And before you head to a concert, double-check the time on the organizer’s website. They do sometimes change.

June 23

7 p.m. George Wein’s CareFusion Jazz Festival with The McCoy Tyner Quartet featuring Ravi Coltrane, Esperanza Spalding and Francisco Mela and The Stanley Clarke Band featuring Hiromi. An astonishing roster of luminaries and emerging lions on the jazz scene will unite their talents in a spectacular collaborative performance.

June 26

3 p.m. Tinariwen, Omar Souleyman, Toubab Krewe.Energizing rock rhythms and unexpected up-tempo dance beats from Africa and the Middle East will make you rethink party music.

7 p.m. Ronn McClure Jazz Quartet. McClure has done everything from playing with saxophonists such as Charles Lloyd to being part of pop recordings by the Pointer Sisters and Blood, Sweat and Tears.

June 27

Gil Scott-Heron

Gil Scott-Heron

3 p.m. NYC Revolutions Series: Gil Scott-Heron with Special Opener Derrick Hodge. The godfather of hip-hop and neo soul performs classics and music from his first new album in over fifteen years. This event is presented in association with Jill Newman productions.

June 29

7 p.m. Definitely Poetry: Daniel Bernard Roumain with Emeline Michel, Erol Josue, Cave Canem Poets. Innovative, cutting-edge poets and musicians with a special eye to the art of Haiti.

June 30

7 p.m. The NYC Revolutions Series: Nuyorican Poets Cafe. The multicultural, multi-arts institution showcases new work from rising poets, actors, filmmakers and musicians.

July 3

3 p.m. Istanbulive II: The Sounds & Colors of Turkey with Kenan Dogulu, Duman, Ilhan Ersahin’s Istanbul Sessions, Sukriye Tutkun & DJ Ozan Dogulu. East meets West in this spectacular festival of Turkish rock, jazz, dance, pop and folk music.

7 p.m. Pe De Boi Brazilian Power Samba. Born of the rich Brazilian musical tradition, and inflected with elements of American jazz, rock and salsa, the songs on this album feature as many as 10 different percussionists.

July 7

7 p.m. Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich & Fussible, El Guincho, Anita Tijoux *Presented with the 11th Annual LAMC (Latin Alternative Music Conference). Electronic rock from Mexico, Barcelonan psychedelic Tropicalia and Chilean/French hip hop give you a taste of the diversity that is Latin Alternative music today.

July 10

3 p.m. Maldita Vecindad, The Pinker Tones, and Profetas *Presented with the 11th Annual Latin Alternative Music Conference. Latin American rock stars from Mexico City and Barcelona dish out an explosion of ska, electopop and funk.

7 p.m. Ed Baker & The Atwaters. Blues, rock and roots music.

July 11

Jimmy Cliff

Jimmy Cliff

3 p.m. Dr. Jimmy Cliff, Trevor Hall, & Victor Deme. The king of Jamaican reggae plays alongside roots newcomers from South Carolina and Burkina Faso.

July 12

8 p.m. The Metropolitan Opera: Summer Recital Series Featuring Nathan Gunn, Susanna Phillips, and Michael Fabioano. The Metropolitan Opera’s Summer Recital Series returns for a second season with six free concerts.

July 17

3 p.m. A Celebration of Giant Step’s 20th Anniversary: Raphael Saadiq, Aloe Blacc, and Special Guests. Award-winning songwriting/producer/performer Raphael Saadiq brings new meaning to old soul.

7 p.m. Efendi. Middle Eastern music.

July 18

3 p.m. Global Family Day: Ralph’s World, Bethany and Rufus and Cirque-tacular Entertainment. Presented in association with Parents House of Kids. An afternoon of family fun with songs that kids and grown-ups will treasure equally.

July 23

8 p.m. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to SummerStage.

July 24

7 p.m. NY Queer Urban Orchestra. NYC’s newest Gay and Lesbian (LGBT) Orchestra, a musical organization dedicated to the promotion of fine arts in the New York City metropolitan area whose membership is open to all adult musicians regardless of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

An Alvin Ailey dancer.

An Alvin Ailey dancer.

8 p.m. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to SummerStage.

July 28

7:30 p.m. ETHEL Fair: The Songwriters. By persistently exploding the parameters of what a string quartet can be, ETHEL challenges listeners as it bewitches them.

July 29

7 p.m. DJA-Rara. Brooklyn’s DJA-Rara reinvents the joyous drum and horn-fueled processional music of Haiti in a carnival of music, spirituality, and cultural activism.

7:30 p.m. Ansanm (In Love We Stand). The music of Haiti has served multiple life-affirming tasks for its people: revelry, resilience, and resistance.

July 30

7 p.m. Audio Tutu. Lincoln Center becomes the launching pad for a one-of-a-kind creative transformation, as an unclassifiable performer explores the campus in a self-contained sound system that merges music, art, and multimedia technology.

7:30 p.m. Nona Hendryx. Nona Hendryx has been a maverick at every stage of her shape-shifting career, from early days with girlgroup The Bluebelles to scoring hits as a co-founder of black rock/funk superstars Labelle to charming the underground with her raucous ingenuity and songwriting prowess.

July 31

2 p.m. Ponderosa Stomp: The Detroit Breakdown Motor City Soul Revue featuring Dennis Coffey, Melvin Davis, Spyder Turner, The Velvelettes, with The Party Stompers. The Detroit Breakdown showcases the spiritual continuum and musical progression that has long served as the hallmark of a true artistic metropolis.

Los Amigos Invisibles

Los Amigos Invisibles

3 p.m. Jovanotti, Los Amigos Invisibles, & Natalia Lafourcade. A convergence of pop superstars from Italy, Venezuela and Mexico represent the global connectivity and collective ability to merge musical genres of dance, elctro, hip-hop and pop.

5 p.m. Ponderosa Stomp: The Detroit Breakdown. Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels. ? & The Mysterians. The Gories. Death. Detroit rock icons of the first tier, garage rockers Mitch Ryder and Question Mark presided over America’s rock & roll conversion in the 1960s.

7 p.m. Dave Glasser Jazz Quartet. Dave Glasser has performed extensively with the Clark Terry Quintet (1995 – 2006) and with the Count Basie Orchestra (1989-91 under the direction of Frank Foster), Illinois Jacquet (1988, 1991-95), and Barry Harris.

August 1

2 p.m. Roots of American Music: Asylum Street Spankers. Los Straitjackets. The World Famous Pontani Sisters. Etran Finatawa. The Asylum Street Spankers infuse rollicking oldtime music with bawdy modern-day humor and an audacious live show.

3 p.m. St.Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, & Basia Bulat. Three of North America’s most compelling female songwriters share the stage to sing their carefully-crafted songs that are at once confident and delicate, brimming with beautiful melodies and narratives.

6 p.m. David Johansen. Melvin van Peebles: Hamlet: The Street Chant by Shel Silverstein. Steve Cuiffo as Lenny Bruce. Rod Harrison as Lord Buckley. David Johansen, the flamboyant performer of New York Dolls and Buster Poindexter fame, weaves punk rock swagger, beatnik folk, and gutbucket blues.

August 7

3 p.m. The Clark Sisters and Kierra Kiki Sheard. Detroit family legacies live on in these soulful gospel tunes bursting with a wide range of vocal and melodic harmony.

7 p.m. Gilad Bloom Band. Rock music.

August 4

7 p.m. Asphalt Orchestra. An iconoclastic 12-piece marching band conceived by Bang on a Can, the Asphalt Orchestra performs ambitious processional music from every corner of the world.

7:30 p.m. Robert Glasper Experiment with special guests Q-Tip and Bilal José James’ Blackmagic. Brilliant keyboardist Robert Glasper is on a mission to bring jazz to the masses by infusing it with chordal dynamism and beat consciousness. His band, the Experiment, is as comfortable swinging hot bebop riffs as it is laying down the funk for this evening’s superstar guests, hip-hop philosopher MC Q-Tip and neo-soul singer Bilal.

August 5

7 p.m. Asphalt Orchestra. An iconoclastic 12-piece marching band conceived by Bang on a Can, the Asphalt Orchestra performs ambitious processional music from every corner of the world.

7:30 p.m. 80th Birthday Celebration: Paul Taylor Dance Company. Celebrate the 80th birthday of a true giant of modern dance with both of his esteemed dance companies sharing a program for the first time.

August 6

7 p.m. Asphalt Orchestra. An iconoclastic 12-piece marching band conceived by Bang on a Can, the Asphalt Orchestra performs ambitious processional music from every corner of the world.

7:30 p.m. Hallogallo 2010! Michael Rother & Friends perform the music of NEU! Hermeto Pascoal. Formed with the late Klaus Dinger after their stint in Kraftwerk, Krautrock pioneer Michael Rother’s influential 1970s art band NEU!’s moody instrumentals unleashed dark tunings and off-kilter motorik rhythms.

August 7

2 p.m. Family Day: Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls Summer Revue featuring le Saffire and The Awkward Turtles. (Also: puppet pageant starting at 4.) Young women rockers from this nonprofit music and mentoring program for girls present a concert of brand new, all-original songs that range from political satire numbers to irresistible pop masterpieces.

6 p.m. Asphalt Orchestra. An iconoclastic 12-piece marching band conceived by Bang on a Can, the Asphalt Orchestra performs ambitious processional music from every corner of the world.

Balkan Beat Box

Balkan Beat Box

7 p.m. Balkan Beat Box: Mucca Pazza. The globetrotting brainchild of drummer-producer Tamir Muskat, sax monarch Ori Kaplan, and dynamic MC Tomer Yosef, Balkan Beat Box transforms equal parts Balkan-Mediterranean traditions, punk intensity, electronic cool, jazz discipline, and hiphop attitude into a globalist groove extravaganza.

August 8

2 p.m. Heritage Sunday: Yuri Yunakov, Zikrayat, The Maeandros Ensemble. Sax titan Yuri Yunakov hails from the close-knit Gypsy communities of Bulgaria, but his ensemble’s riotous take on native Romani wedding music reflects the multicultural enclaves he found throughout New York City, his current home.

6 p.m. Asphalt Orchestra. An iconoclastic 12-piece marching band conceived by Bang on a Can, the Asphalt Orchestra performs ambitious processional music from every corner of the world.

7 p.m. The xx, Chairlift, & Jack Peñate. Breakthrough indie favorites bring the soulful magnetism of their dreamy elecropop to the stage.

7:30 p.m. S.O.S. (Saving Our Soul) – From the Big Easy to the Big Apple, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Wild Magnolias, Glen David Andrews. Music is the lifeblood of culture in New Orleans, as this commemoration of the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina demonstrates, while underlining the genuine variety of the Crescent City’s street bands.

August 10

8 p.m. Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Dancin’ Downtown Contest Winners. Join this highly acclaimed dance company as they unveil an originally commissioned work by City Parks Foundation this season.

August 11

6 p.m. LiveNation Presents: Gov’t Mule. The soulful southern sounds of Gov’t Mule have come to rock summerstage.

6:30 p.m. Susana Baca, Aurelio Martinez & Garifuna Soul, Carlos Varela & His Band. Afro-Peruvian vocalist Susana Baca’s riveting voice is one of the marvels of contemporary music, lithe, knowing, and sensual.

August 12

7 p.m. Chinese American Arts Council: Lion Dance. With a history extending over 2,000 years, the highly acrobatic, martial Lion Dance is one of the most widely spread folk dances in China.

7:30 pm. International Body Music Festival. Evocative and visceral, the International Body Music Festival concert explores the sonic possibilities of the human instrument with an amazing roster of traditional and contemporary artists from the Americas.

August 13

Gamelan Galak Tika

Gamelan Galak Tika

6 p.m. Gamelan Galak Tika. Learn Kecak, Bali’s “Monkey Chant,” a trance-inducing song of high energy and precise interlocking vocal patterns, led by Christine Southworth and Evan Ziporyn, followed by a processional performance of belaganjur, the festive, polyrhythmic “marching gamelan.”

7:30 p.m. Kronos Quartet with special guest Gamelan Galak Tika. Visionary precision, fearless exploration, and unlimited scope have placed the Kronos Quartet at the forefront of contemporary music for nearly 40 years.

August 14

12 p.m. La Casita – 10th Anniversary. Aracelis Girmay, Ayisha Knight, Carvens Lissaint, Denizen Kane, Grace Nono, Jamila Lysicott, Kathy Yogi Collins, Kurtis Lamkin, Liza Garza, M.A.K.U., Mandingo Ambassadors, Natalio Hernandez, Vlada Tomova’s Balkan Tales, The Welfare Poets, Willie Perdomo, Yerbabuena.

3 p.m. Bachata Fest: Andy Andy, Luis Miguel de la Amargue, Elvis Martinez, and Alexandra. Some of the world’s best known and most beloved Latin American bachata artists.

7 p.m. Steve Tarshish Trio. Folk & Blues band.

7:30 p.m. Larry Harlow’s La Raza Latina, A Salsa Suite. Composed to convey the history of Latin music in song, La Raza Latina remains a testament to keyboard genius Larry Harlow’s commitment to salsa as well as his creative vision.

August 15

3 p.m. Public Enemy & Blitz The Ambassador. The most influential and controversial rap group of the 80’s performs on the 20th anniversary of their seminal album Fear of a Black Planet, with two rising and equally political new comers.

5 p.m. Centrifugal Force: Hip Hop Generations. Nearly 75 dancers—first and second generations of hip-hop dance pioneers, prominent and emerging local and international dancers, and NYC teenagers—lead audiences from the fountain plaza through multi-hued pathways to the grandstand steps in front of Alice Tully Hall, where audiences will be invited to join in a freestyle dance cipher.

7 p.m. Dance: Choreography by Lucinda Childs, Film by Sol Lewitt, Music by Philip Glass. A seminal collaboration emerging from one of the most vibrant and prolific periods in New York’s art world, Dance was considered revolutionary when it premiered 30 years ago.

August 21

3 p.m. Chrisette Michele, Mario and Tamia. Contemporary soul ingenues at the forefront of contemporary R&B.

7 p.m. Los Hermanos Cintron. Flamenco-infused style like the Gipsy Kings’ music.

August 22

3 p.m. The Specials, Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears and $mall ¢hange. UK ska-revivalists The Specials always tear up a party with their irresistible dance-punk grooves.

(flickr photos by t_a_i_s, steph1874, hshuldman, Rasmin, asterix611, svenwerk, and liza31337)

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