Siren Festival 2009 (photo: Jonathan McPhail)
One of my most favorite things about summer in New York, is the amazing music performances that happen throughout the entire city, and all for FREE!!
From May to August, you can hear live music of all kinds across the City without spending a dime. No genre is left out! We’ve got rock, indie, hip-hop, classical, opera, you name it!
So, grab your flip-flops, a blanket and something to nibble on and check out any (or all) or these venues for a classic NYC experience.
CONCERTS IN THE PARKS
From Manhattan to Queens, Andrey Boreyko conducts the legendary New York Philharmonic in the return of Concerts in the Parks. Kicking off on July 13, enjoy a relaxing evening while watching any one of these events throughout the summer. For a complete calendar, click here.
SEASIDE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Nothing compares to Coney Island in the summertime! Take a trip out of the city and hit each side while watching performances by Gladys Knight, Pat Benetar, Donna Summers and Blondie. Full schedule here.
RIVER TO RIVER FESTIVAL
This summer-long art marathon transforms downtown waterfront spaces like Rockefeller Park, World Financial Center and South Street Seaport, into open-air venues, where you can catch free performances by Burning Spear, Yacht or the Rochester City Ballet. Visit www.rivertorivernyc.com for complete information or follow them on Twitter @R2RFestival for updates!
CENTRAL PARK SUMMER STAGE
SummerStage has been NYC’s #1 outdoor concert series for years. This year’s performers include the John Butler Trio, The Flaming Lips, Hot Chip, Pavement and more. For more information, visit www.summerstage.org or follow @SummerStage.
Set at the beautiful Prospect Park Bandshell, where tons of seating and tree-shaded areas make for a lovely spot for a picnic, a plastic cup of wine and a free show. This year the series includes performances from Norah Jones, The National, indie favorite Sonic Youth and so much more. Check out the full calendar here.
SIREN MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Siren Festival is back in 2010 so prepare for another summer day of sweaty hipsters and a the sounds of indie rock. Bands like Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and Matt & Kim will rock the crowds on July 17th at Coney Island. Visit www.siren.villagevoice.com/2010/ for the complete line up or follow @SirenFestival
HUDSON RIVER ROCKS
Pop over to the Westside of Manhattan and enjoy a concert series at Hudson River Park with acts like the Antlers and Deerhunter. (TIP: There’s also a really great movie series here, but we’ll get into that later). Go to www.riverrocksnyc.com for details or follow @HudsonRiverPark
There is still so much more!!! Check out this extensive list of FREE CONCERTS IN NYC!
Have a rockin’ summer folks!