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NYC Summer Concerts Feature Ratatat, Sonic Youth, Lykke Li and more…

April 27, 2011

Every summer, New York City graces its residents and incoming guests with a plethora of outdoor concerts and festivals.

But here’s the kicker…many of the shows are free to attend.

Rain could not avert concertgoers at last year's SummerStage performance by Vampire Weekend. The current forecast calls for another Summer of amazing shows.

Let’s kick off our long list with Central Park SummerStage, which starts up June 7th and runs until September 2nd, featuring free and paid shows at Rumsey Playfield. Lykke Li, Cults, Ratatat, Florence and the Machine, Twin Shadow, Rakim, EPMD, Wanda Jackson, Wiz Khalifa, Reggie Watts, Friendly Fires, Hugh Masekela, and Ron Ayers have all confirmed their involvement.

Additionally, SummerStage features multitudes of free performances, in parks across the entire city. Wavves, Talib Kweli, Slick Rick, Reggie Watts, EPMD, We Are Scientists, Milagres, the Sugarhill Gang, Ryan Leslie, the Budos Band, Special Ed, Kool Moe Dee, Burnt Sugar, Nice and Smooth, and Ozomatli are all confirmed.

The Celebrate Brooklyn concert series features a more indie/alternative lineup, including Andrew Bird (June 10th), The Decemberists (June 14th), Animal Collective (July 12th), Sufjan Stevens (August 2nd) and Cut Copy (August 11th). More artists and dates will be announced soon. All shows take place in Brooklyn’ scenic Prospect Park.

The Williamsburg Waterfront concert series will also feature select paid and unpaid shows this Summer at the East River State Park, located near North 9th and 10th streets at Kent Avenue. The schedule as of now consists of:

6/11 – Coheed & Cambria, Adrian Belew Power Trio, Tigers Jaw (FREE)
7/06 – Kid Cudi & Chip the Rapper (PAID)
7/29 – They Might Be Giants w/ Eugene Mirman & Pretty Good Friends (Kristen Schaal & many guests) (FREE)
8/02 – Death Cab For Cutie & Frightened Rabbit (PAID)
8/12 – Sonic Youth/Wild Flag (PAID)

Doors to all free concerts open at 5:30 p.m.

Stay tuned to for further updates on New York’s summer concerts series.

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