Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Free NYC Summer Concerts

This is for 2006, for 2007, click

[This is a list of free summer concerts in New York City that seem interesting to me. I will update this page periodically. I will not be attending all, or even most of these. If I've missed something - I'm sure I have - please tell me.]

Thursday, 6-1-06 - A NY Bluegrass Tribute featuring Ricky Skaggs
7PM, Castle Clinton*

Friday, 6-2-06 - Super Furry Animals
7PM, South Street Seaport, Pier 17

[Why don't I like Super Furry Animals as much as everyone else does? It's noisy. It's pop. I like both of those things.]

Sunday, 6-11-06 - Bettye LaVette
4:45, Madison Square Park, part of the Big Apple BBQ

[Soul singer. See her. Eat BBQ.]

Tuesday, 6-13-06 - Eels w/Smoosh
7PM, World Financial Center Plaza

[Eels are pretty great. They played Letterman in pajamas.]

Wednesday, 6-14-06 - Ralph Stanley w/Tres Chicas
7PM, Rockefeller Park

["O, Death! Ooo-oooo, Death!" I love "O, Brother, Where Art Thou?"]

Saturday, 6-17-06 - Saturday Looks Good to Me, Mobius Band, Human Television, and Meneguar
2pm-6pm, East River Amphitheater
[I honestly only know Saturday Looks Good to Me...but they're kind of awesome. Phil Spector-ey, lo-fi, Indie rock.]

Saturday, 6-17-06 - Rhett Miller (of Old 97's), Teddy Thompson, Ollabelle
4PM, Central Park summerstage

[Honestly, most interested in Ollabelle. Young(ish) folks singing old timey music. Their debut album had two Blind Willie Johnson songs on it. Who does that?]

Tuesday, 6-20-06 - Son Volt
7PM, World Financial Center Plaza

["Livin' right is easy, what goes wrong yer causin' it." Jay Farrar was in Uncle Tupelo. He started Son Volt; Jeff Tweedy started Wilco. Jeff Tweedy got weird, he stayed the same.]

Sunday, 6-25-06 - Canada Day featuring Feist, Buck 65, Jason Collett
3PM, Central Park Summerstage

[I saw Feist open for Bright Eyes. She's pretty good. And Mushaboom is a great song with a neat video]

Friday, 6-30-06 - TV on the Radio, etc.
6:30PM, Prospect Park Bandshell

[I saw TV on the Radio once. Kinda Meh about them. But I think it was at Siren Festival. So it's not really fair to judge.]

Sunday, 7-2-06 - Seu Jorge, Jose Gonzalez, etc.
3PM, Central Park Summerstage

[Yes, I only know him as the guy from "Life Aquatic." Hate the game, not the player. Wait.]

Tuesday, 7-4-06 - Belle and Sebastian
3:30PM, Battery Park

[They're lovably sad Scottish sprites. With the best song about Mike Piazza ever. How many songs are there about Mike Piazza? A million.]

Thursday, 7-6-06 - Mates of State
7pm, Castle Clinton*

Thursday, 7-13-06 - Okkervil River
7pm, Castle Clinton*

Thursday, 7-13-06 - Yo La Tengo
7:30PM, Prospect Park Bandshell

[Saw them at Battery Park last year. They're pretty great. Eh? Eh?]

Sunday, 7-16-06 - Siren Festival
Noon-9PM, Coney Island

[Gigantic Crowds? Yessir. Indie Rock? Yessir. Bad Acoustics? Ya-huh.]

Thursday, 7-20-06 - Sugar Hill Gang
7PM, South Street Seaport, Pier 17

Thursday, 7-27-06 - Hold Steady
7pm, Castle Clinton*

[Franklin says they're great in concert. I like their CD. Sort of like Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band all banged up and dented to hell.]

Thursday, 7-27-06 - Dracula w/Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet
7:30PM, Prospect Park Bandshell

Friday, 8-18-06 - The Box Tops ft. Alex Chilton
7PM, South Street Seaport, Pier 17

["My baby, she wrote me a letter." Alex Chilton is - more famously? - also the leader of Big Star. Love him.]

Friday, 8-25-06 - Ted Leo + the Pharmacists
7PM, South Street Seaport, Pier 17

[I saw Ted Leo at Siren Festival a couple years ago, and loved him. He's great. You'll love him, too.]

*The Concerts at Castle Clinton require you to pick up free tickets (limit of two per person) at 5PM on the day of the show.

You should verify these times/dates before going. It's a long summer, thing's change, sometimes it rains:

Big Apple BBQ
Celebrate Brooklyn
Central Park Summerstage
East River Music Project
River to River Festival (World Financial Plaza, South Street Seaport, Bryant Park, inc. Castle Clinton)
Siren Festival


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