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A Quick Guide to Free Music in NYC

Music (Mostly) Outdoors in NYC


From jazz to global beats to classical and pop, here's a look at just some of the music you'll be able to catch gratis in the great outdoors in NYC this summer - by no means an exhaustive listing, but hopefully a handy one with more to come.


July 25, 2010
52nd Street Association Jazz Festival
This re-creation of Bourbon Street in Manhattan celebrates the birth of jazz on Swing Street. You'll find more than 400 international food, restaurants, art, craft, antique and merchandise exhibitors create a midway along 52nd Street from Lexington to Seventh Avenue. Several pocket stages feature jazz and entertainment for all.
52nd Street, from Lexington to 7th Avenue
Admission is free.
Infophone - 212--809-4900
Email - info@nycstreetfairs.com
Hours: 10am-6pm

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC IN THE PARKS
July 13   NY Philharmonic Central Park Great Lawn  8:00pm
Andrey Boreyko, Conductor  ·  Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Long Yu, Conductor  ·  Lang Lang, Piano  ·  Ying Huang, Soprano  ·  Changyong Liao, Baritone
July 14 NY Philharmonic Central Park Great Lawn  8:00pm
Andrey Boreyko, Conductor  ·  Branford Marsalis, Alto Saxophone
July 15      Cunningham Park Queens  8:00pm
Andrey Boreyko, Conductor
July 16      Prospect Park Brooklyn  8:00pm
Andrey Boreyko, Conductor
July 17      CUNY Center for the Arts Staten Island 8:00pm
New York Philharmonic Brass and Percussion Ensemble  ·  Daniel Boico, Conductor
July 19      Hostos Center for the Arts Bronx  7:30pm
New York Philharmonic Brass and Percussion Ensemble  ·  Daniel Boico, Conductor

METROPOLITAN OPERA RECITALS IN THE PARKS
July 12   Central Park SummerStage  8:00pm
July 15   Crotona Park Bronx  8:00pm
July 20   Brooklyn Bridge Park  7:00pm
July 22   Tappen Park Staten Island  7:00pm
July 27   Queensbridge Park Queens  7:00pm
July 29   Jackie Robinson Park Manhattan  7:00pm

PROSPECT PARK CELEBRATE BROOKLYN
July 11  OkayAfrica with The Roots / Talib Kweli / Sahr Ngujah from the cast of Fela! / Rajah The Dry Eye Crew / Blitz The Ambassador / and more!  4:00pm
July 17  African Festival: Konono No 1 / Omar Pene & Super Diamond / Meta & The Cornerstones / Djarara / and more!  2:00pm
July 22   The Chaplin Mutuals: Carl Davis & The Brooklyn Philharmonic / The Two Man Gentleman Band     7:30pm
July 23   Bomba Estero / La Secta Allstar / Rita Indiana  7:00pm
July 24   Field of Dreams: Andres Levin & The Bruce High Foundation  4:00pm
July 27   The National / Beach House 7:00pm
July 29   MI21: Mother India 21st Century Remix with DJ Tigerstyle / Falu   7:00pm
July 30   The Swell Season / The Low Anthem   7:30pm
July 31   Sonic Youth / Grass Widow / Talk Normal  7:00pm
Aug 5     Metric / Joan As Police Woman / Holly Miranda  7:00pm
Aug 6     House Of Usher: Marco Benevento / White Magic  7:30pm
Aug 7     Daptone Review: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings / Budos Band / and more!  7:00pm
Aug 8     Brady Rymer / Elizabeth Mitchell  4:00pm

MADISON SQUARE PARK OVAL LAWN SERIES
July 14   David Bromberq Quartet  7:00pm
July 21   SOMI / John Ellis and Double Wide  6:00pm
July 28   The Wailin' Jennys  7:00pm
Aug 4     The James Carter Organ Trio  7:00pm

STUYVESANT TOWN MUSIC ON THE OVAL
Wednesdays; concerts start at 7:3pm,  DJ at 6:00pm
July 14   Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens / DJ Greg Caz
July 21   Easy All-Stars / DJ Wrong Tom


WASHINGTON SQUARE MUSIC FESTIVAL
Tuesdays in July at 8:00pm
July 13  Washington Square Chamber Ensemble:  Hartmann/Haydn/Dubois
July 20  Washington Square Chamber Ensemble:  salon music, cabaret and American musicals
July 27  Washington Square Chamber Ensemble:  Charles Mingus


CENTRAL PARK NAUMBURG BANDSHELL ORCHESTRAL CONCERT SERIES
All shows at 7:30pm
July 20   Time For Three
Aug 3     The Knights

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