The concrete jump garners a reputation that leads some to believe that you need a ton of Ben Franklins to have a good time. Well for New Yorkers that enjoy the freer things in life, this can’t be further from the truth! Each summer concert series pop up all over NYC, offering something for everyone. Starting tonight you can catch some of the biggest acts in music for FREE!! What better deal can be had for that price? None, only the reasoning that this is yet another reason to love NYC even more.
June 15th from 6-9pm Paper Magazine is kicking off their “Sounds like Paper” summer series (sponsored by Ray-Ban and Havaianas) at the South Street Seaport. The concert features Drake, Hanson, and a set by Ninjasonik.
June 19th from 4-8pm Heritage of Pride will be kicking off NYC Pride with The Rally which is moving to a new home at Central Park’s SummerStage. The show is being hosted by Bruce Vialnch and Vickie Shaw. Featured acts include Martha Wash, Meshell Ndegeocello, Billie Myers, Lt. Dan Choi, Ari Gold, The Gay Men’s Chorus, The Cast of Hair, and many more! Doors open at 3pm.
July 2nd from 7:30-10:00pm BRIC will have The Fab 5 / Uzalo at the Prospect Park Bandshell. The event is free with a suggested donation of $3. Doors open at 6:30pm.
The Toyota Concert Series in Rockefeller Center has a number of acts that may get you out of your bed and to the stage by 6:00am for the 7:00-10:00am performances. On 6/25 you can check out Maxwell, 7/2 you can wake up with Maroon 5, 7/9 you may want to camp out to get a good spot to check out Lady Gaga, 7/16 the stage goes offers some latin vibes with Enrique Iglesias, on 7/23 stop by for John Mayer, if you’re into country music Carrie Underwood stops by on 7/30. August features two women that are rockin’ it right now. Friday, 8/13 Ke$ha will have you wakin’ up in the mornin’ feelin’ like P-Diddy!! The series ends with Katy Perry on 8/27.
On July 22nd at Noon, BAM’s Rhythm & Blues Festival at MetroTech will feature Bilal at their MetroTech Commons.
The Brooklyn Concert Series features great acts from mid-July through late August. The line up for the 2010 Seaside & Martin Luther King Jr. series’ have not been finalized as of yet. Some performers from the 2009 summer series included Keyshia Cole, Blondie, Donna Summer, Jazmine Sullivan, Tego Calderon, Anita Baker, and Robin Thicke. This year’s line up is sure to be just as enjoyable.
Sure there are tons of other Concert Series going on throughout the five boroughs but these are def a few that I plan on trying to make it to before summer’s end. Any additional free concerts in NYC that should be mentioned?