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DanceAfrica — SENEGAL: DOORS OF ANCIENT FUTURES

WAATO SiITA will be celebrating its native Senegal at DanceAfrica at BAM this weekend (photo courtesy of the artist)

WAATO SiiTA will be celebrating its native Senegal at DanceAfrica at BAM this weekend (photo courtesy of the artist)

Brooklyn Academy of Music
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, BAMcafé, BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Ave. between Ashland Pl. & St. Felix St.
May 27-30, free - $60
718-636-4100
www.bam.org

For its thirty-ninth season, BAM’s extraordinary DanceAfrica program takes audiences to Senegal, celebrating “Doors of Ancient Futures.” The Memorial Day weekend festivities, under the leadership of new artistic director Abdel R. Salaam (from Forces of Nature) and beloved artistic director emeritus Chuck Davis, feature performances in the Howard Gilman Opera House by the Senegalese troupes Les Ballets de la Renaissance Africaine “WAATO SiiTA” and Compagnie Tenane, Senegalese legend Germaine Acogny (“the Mother of Contemporary African Dance”), and Brooklyn’s own BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble, joined by Forces of Nature founding member Dyane Harvey-Salaam and Reverend Nafisa Sharriff. Be on the lookout for both traditional and contemporary movement, including krumping, popping, and breakdancing. There will also be a late-night dance party May 28 in the BAMcafé with DJ Tony Humphries, workshops on May 30 with WAATO SiiTA choreographer Pape Moussa Sonko, a FilmAfrica series consisting of ten films screening in BAM Rose Cinemas (including Nicolas Cissé’s Le Terreau de L’Espoir, Yared Zeleke’s Lamb, and Jason Silverman and Samba Gadjigo’s Sembene!), and the oh-so-fab outdoor DanceAfrica Bazaar (May 28-30), chock-full of vendors selling African products, from clothing and music to jewelry and food.

GLIMMERGLASS FESTIVAL AT NYBG: AN EVENING OF WORLD-CLASS OPERA

The Glimmerglass Opera will preview 2016 summer festival at the New York Botanical Garden on May 26

The Glimmerglass Opera will preview 2016 summer festival at the New York Botanical Garden on May 26 (photo of 2015 Glimmerglass production of Mozart’s THE MAGIC FLUTE by Karli Cadel/The Glimmerglass Festival)

The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx
Thursday, May 26, $35, 6:00
718-817-8700
www.nybg.org
glimmerglass.org

Opera in the Bronx? On May 26, as part of its 125th anniversary, the New York Botanical Garden will offer a sneak peek at this summer’s Glimmerglass Festival at a special one-night-only program. The evening begins at 6:00 with a viewing of the gallery section of the new exhibition “Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas,” which features gardens curated by Francisca Coelho in the style of works by Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent, and other artists, along with Impressionist paintings and sculptures. At 7:00 in Ross Hall, soprano Alison King, mezzo-soprano Zoie Reams, tenor Chaz’men Williams-Ali, baritone Johnathan McCullough, and pianist Kevin Miller will perform excerpts from a new Belle Époque production of Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème, Gioachino Rossini and Giovanni Gherardini’s The Thieving Magpie, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd, and Robert Ward’s Pulitzer Prize-winning adaptation of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, as well as past favorites, presented by Glimmerglass artistic and general director Francesca Zambello and the Young Artists Program. Following the performance, ticket holders are invited to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory to see the garden part of the Impressionism exhibition. The Glimmerglass Festival takes place July 8 to August 27 in Cooperstown and also includes Laura Karpman and Kelley Rourke’s new Youth Opera: Wilde Tales, discussions with New York State attorney general Eric Schneiderman and journalist Jeffrey Toobin on The Crucible, Sondheim on Sweeney Todd, and Supreme Court Justice and opera lover Ruth Bader Ginsburg in addition to master classes, lounges, preview brunches, and more.

TICKET ALERT: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND

Tickets for Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band in New Jersey go on sale May 18 at 10:00 am (photo courtesy brucespringsteen.net)

Tickets for Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band in New Jersey go on sale May 18 at 10:00 am (photo courtesy brucespringsteen.net)

Who: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
What: Stadium leg of the River Tour
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
When: Tickets on sale May 18 at 10:00 am for shows Tuesday, August 23, and Thursday, August 25, $68-$150, 7:30
Why: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band’s summer stadium sojourn arrives in New Jersey on August 23 & 25 for two shows at MetLife Stadium. The group finished the arena leg of the River Tour, in which they played the full River album in order every night, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 25. Listening to Bruce and the band play The River in its entirety was a transcendent experience; not only are Springsteen, pianist Roy Bittan, guitarists Steve Van Zandt and Nils Lofgren, bassist Garry W. Tallent, drummer Max Weinberg, and relative newbies violinist Soozie Tyrell, organist Charlie Giordano, and saxophonist Jake Clemons thirty-five years older, but so are we, so the songs were performed with a stunning, revelatory nuance and received with heart-wrenching new emotions as well. Although the stadium setlists won’t include the full album anymore, Bruce is still focusing on the record; in Barcelona on May 14, he played twelve songs from the double LP, in addition to two dozen other classics, covers, and rarities. Tickets for the Jersey shows go on sale on May 18 at 10:00 am; the tour will also be making stops in Chicago, Washington, DC, Virginia Beach, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Foxborough.

FREE SUMMER MUSIC 2016

Robert Pollard will guide Guided by Voices into the South Street Seaport for headlining gig at 4Knots Festival

Robert Pollard will guide Guided by Voices into the South Street Seaport for headlining gig at 4Knots Festival

The weather is not exactly cooperating yet, but the free outdoor summer music season is upon us, as new announcements are made nearly every day about concerts and series around the five boroughs taking place between May and September. Below is a day-by-day look at who’s playing where, including SummerStage, Summer on the Hudson, Bryant Park, Governors Island, River to River, the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts, the Riis Park Beach Bazaar, the Northside Festival, Hot Summer Nights! at Kingsborough Community College, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and Celebrate Brooklyn! Keep watching this space for more series as they are announced.

Saturday, May 21
Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York: Eddie Palmieri’s Harlem River Drive Revisited, Marcus Garvey Park, 2:30

Friday, May 27
Summer on the Hudson: Freshen Up Friday Concert Series with Elle Winston, West Harlem Piers, Riverside Park, 7:00

Saturday, May 28
Memorial Day Weekend at Riis Park Beach Bazaar: Simon & the Bar Sinisters with DJ Larry Flowers, Riis Park, 12 noon

Seaport Smorgasburg, with Flower Girl, Rips, Fulton Market Building, South Street Seaport, 3:00

Sunday, May 29
Memorial Day Weekend at Riis Park Beach Bazaar: the Supertones with DJ Mathcore, Riis Park, 12 noon

Seaport Smorgasburg, with Sheer Agony with special guest Erin Birgy (Mega Bog), Heavy Birds, Fulton Market Building, South Street Seaport, 3:00

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum Fleet Week Block Party: Cage the Elephant, Pier 84, Hudson River Park, free with advance RSVP beginning May 25, 4:30

Rite of Summer Music Festival: Parker Quartet, Colonels Row, Governors Island, 1:00

Monday, May 30
Memorial Day Weekend at Riis Park Beach Bazaar: the Shipwrecks with DJ Mathcore, Riis Park, 12 noon

Seaport Smorgasburg, with Katie Von Schleicher, Patrick Freeman, Fulton Market Building, South Street Seaport, 3:00

NY Philharmonic Twenty-Fifth Annual Memorial Day Concert: A Tribute to Kurt Masur, with Alan Gilbert, Wynton Marsalis, and Thomas Hampson, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Cathedral (live broadcast on Pulpit Green), 8:00

Thursday, June 2
BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech: Zapp, MetroTech Commons, 12 noon

Jazz at Socrates: The Alvin Flythe Quartet, Socrates Sculpture Park, 6:30

McCoy Tyner will be honored by fellow legends Ron Carter and Roy Haynes

McCoy Tyner will be honored by fellow legends Ron Carter and Roy Haynes in Central Park on June 4

Saturday, June 4
SummerStage: Legends Honor McCoy: McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter, and Roy Haynes, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 6:00

Wednesday, June 8
Celebrate Brooklyn! Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Prospect Park Bandshell, 8:15

Thursday, June 9
BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech: William Bell and Band, MetroTech Commons, 12 noon

Northside Festival: Wolf Parade, Land of Talk, McCarren Park, free with advance RSVP, 6:00

Arts, Culture & Fun: Taikoza Concert in the Park, Dekalb Ave. & South Portland Ave., 6:00

Friday, June 10
Northside Festival: Grandmaster Flash and special guests, McCarren Park, free with advance RSVP, 6:00

Sunset on the Hudson: Shanti Star & the Afro-Reggae All-Stars, Pier 45, Hudson River Park, 7:00

Saturday, June 11
Summer on the Hudson: AmpLit Amplifying Fresh Voices in Literature, Pier I, Riverside Park South, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Arts, Culture & Fun: Taikoza Concert in the Park, Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park, 2:00

SummerStage: Cymande, KING, Deva Mahal, DJ Parler, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 3:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! Ezra Jack Keats Family Concert: Dan Zanes’ Lead Belly Project, TADA! Youth Theater, Prospect Park Bandshell, 4:00

Arts, Culture & Fun: Concerts at Isham Park, with East Winds Ensemble performing the music of Masayo Ishigure and Marco Lienhard, Bruce’s Garden, 6:00

Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12
Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, Madison Square Park, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday, June 12
Ninth Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival, Urban Meadow Community Garden, 1:00 – 6:00

Scandinavian Music Festival Concert: The Scandia String Orchestra, Billings Lawn, Fort Tryon Park, 2:00

Arts, Culture & Fun: Concerts at Isham Park, with Taikoza, Bruce’s Garden, 6:00

Monday, June 13
SummerStage: screening of Afripedia and music by DJ Hard Hittin’ Harry, Saratoga Park, 7:00

Tuesday, June 14
SummerStage: Chairlift, Red Hook Park, 7:00

Naumburg Orchestral Concerts: Ensemble LPR — Opening Concert 2016, Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, 7:30

Wednesday, June 15
SummerStage: Just Blaze and Friends, Red Hook Park, 7:00

SummerStage: Yiddish Soul: A Concert of Cantorial & Chassidic Superstars, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 7:00

NY Phil Concerts in the Parks: Alan Gilbert Conducts Rossini, Mozart, and R. Strauss, with clarinetist Anthony McGill, Great Lawn, Central Park, 8:00

Thursday, June 16
BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech: Mali Music, MetroTech Commons, 12 noon

SummerStage: Blonde Redhead, Red Hook Park, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! Baaba Maal, Lakou Mizik, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

NY Phil Concerts in the Parks: Alan Gilbert Conducts Beethoven and Wagner, Great Lawn, Central Park, 8:00

Friday, June 17
River to River Festival: M Is Black Enough, with cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, composer and percussionist Andy Akiho, poet Roger Bonair-Agard, and drummer Sean Dixon, Poets House, 6:00

Sunset on the Hudson: Chuck Braman Jazz Band, Pier 45, Hudson River Park, 7:00

SummerStage: Liza Jessie Peterson, LuQuantumleap, Red Hook Park, 7:00

NY Phil Concerts in the Parks: Alan Gilbert Conducts Beethoven and Mozart, with clarinetist Anthony McGill, Long Meadow, Prospect Park, 8:00

The Violent Femmes will show they can do anything at Brooklyn gig on June 18

The Violent Femmes will show they can do anything at Brooklyn gig on June 18

Saturday, June 18
Make Music New York: Porch Stomp, Nolan Park, Governors Island, 12 noon – 5:00 pm

Corona Electric Beach: Jillionaire, DJ Belinda Becker, Lion Dub, Jimmy at the James Hotel rooftop lounge, free with advance RSVP to info@findyourelectricbeach.com, 3:00

SummerStage: Kamasi Washington, preshow panel discussion, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 6:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! Violent Femmes, Kristin Hersh, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Sunday, June 19
Make Music New York: Punk Island, Parade Ground, Governors Island, 12 noon – 5:00 pm

Ninth Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival, Urban Meadow Community Garden, 1:00 – 6:00

Scandinavian Music Festival Concert: Songs of Scandinavia, with Thomas Storm and Mette-Maria Oyen, Billings Lawn, Fort Tryon Park, 2:00

SummerStage: DJ Rich Medina, RAAA, Urban Word & Hi-Arts: Journal to Journey, Ziearre, Red Hook Park, 4:00

River to River: Black Wall Street, by Alicia Hall Moran, Federal Hall, 7:00

Monday, June 20
SummerStage: Screening of In My Father’s House (Ricki Stern & Anne Sundberg, 2015), followed by Q&A with film subject Rhymefest, Saratoga Park, 7:00

River to River: Black Wall Street, by Alicia Hall Moran, Federal Hall, 7:00

NY Phil Concerts in the Parks: Alan Gilbert Conducts Rossini, Mozart, and R. Strauss, with clarinetist Anthony McGill, Cunningham Park, 8:00

Tuesday, June 21
Summer on the Hudson: Tenth Annual Make New York Presents Glass on Water, Pier I, Riverside Park South, 5:00 – 10:00

SummerStage: Fête de la Musique, with Charlélie Couture, Yael Naim, General Elektriks, and La Femme, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 6:00

SummerStage: Public Enemy, DJ Tedsmooth, Betsy Head Park, 7:00

NY Phil Concerts in the Parks: Alan Gilbert Conducts Rossini, Mozart, and R. Strauss, with clarinetist Anthony McGill, Van Cortlandt Park, 8:00

Wednesday, June 22
SummerStage: Angie Stone, DJ Chuck Chillout, Betsy Head Park, 7:00

River to River: Krai, by Olga Bell, 28 Liberty, 8:00

SummerStage: Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series, featuring Angel Blue, Ben Bliss, Alexey Lavrov, and Dan Saunders, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 8:00

Thursday, June 23
BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech: The Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats, MetroTech Commons, 12 noon

SummerStage: Duck Down BBQ, Betsy Head Park, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! Alvvays, Ducktails, Big Thief, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:00

Friday, June 24
SummerStage: Nuyorican Poets Café, with Mahogany Browne’s Redbone, reg e gaines’s the Last Celebrity, Betsy Head Park, 7:00

Sunset on the Hudson: Max Gallico & Friends, Pier 45, Hudson River Park, 7:00

Summer on the Hudson: Freshen Up Friday Concert Series with Tattoo Money, West Harlem Piers, Riverside Park, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn!¡Cubanismo!, Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Friday, June 24
SummerStage: Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series, featuring Angel Blue, Ben Bliss, Alexey Lavrov, and Dan Saunders, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 7:00

Saturday, June 25
Rite of Summer Music Festival: Jeffrey Ziegler with Ian David Rosenbaum, Nolan Park, Governors Island, 1:00

SummerStage: Butler, Bernstein, & the Hot 9, the Hot Sardines, Bria Skonberg and the New York Hot Jazz Festival All-Stars with Anat Cohen, Vince Giordano, Wycliffe Gordon, Joe Saylor, and Dalton Ridenhour, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 2:00

Ginuwine will be at on

Ginuwine will be in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on June 26

Sunday, June 26
Scandinavian Music Festival Concert: Scandia Brass Quintet, Billings Lawn, Fort Tryon Park, 2:00

SummerStage: Christian Cultural Center C3 Choir, Mr. Reed, Boots Step Team, DJ Styff, Betsy Head Park, 4:00

SummerStage: Only in Queens Summer Festival, with Ginuwine, Mack Wilds, Kid ’n Play, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 5:00

SummerStage: DJ Gringo and screening of Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess (Roy T. Anderson, 2015), Betsy Head Park, 7:00

Monday, June 27
SummerStage: Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue and screening of 20 Feet from Stardom (Morgan Neville, 2013), Saratoga Park, 7:00

SummerStage: Indigo Girls, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 7:00

Tuesday, June 28
SummerStage: Lisa Simone and screening of What Happened, Miss Simone? (Liz Garbus, 2015), Herbert Von King Park, 7:00

Naumburg Orchestral Concerts: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, 7:30

Wednesday, June 29
SummerStage: Screening of A Ballerina’s Tale (Nelson George, 2015), with Jeremy McQueen’s Black Iris Project and preshow panel discussion, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 8:00

SummerStage: Soul in the Horn featuring Theo Croker, Maurice Mobetta Brown, Marcus Machado, Kendra Foster, and DJ Natasha Diggs, hosted by DProsper, Herbert Von King Park, 7:00

Thursday, June 30
BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech: George Gray Groove Coalition, MetroTech Commons, 12 noon

SummerStage: Vivian Green, Grand Wizzard Theodore, Herbert Von King Park, 7:00

Saturday, July 2
SummerStage: Freedom Party Thirteenth Anniversary, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 7:00

SummerStage: Everyday People, Herbert Von King Park, 7:00

Hot Summer Nights! On Stage at Kingsborough: The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra with special guest Lindy Hoppers from the Syncopated City Dance Company, Kingsborough Lighthouse Bandshell, 8:00

Sunday, July 3
SummerStage: King Sunny Adé, Orlando Julius and the Afro Soundz, DJ Rich Medina, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 3:00

Summer on the Hudson: Amplified Sundays, with Irka Mateo y la Tirindanga, Pier I, Riverside Park South, 7:00

SummerStage: Trouble Funk, Operator Emz, Herbert Von King Park, 7:00

Tuesday, July 5
SummerStage: George Lamond, DJ Lucho, Crotona Park, 7:00

Wednesday, July 6
SummerStage: Mexrrissey, Los Cafres, La Dame Blanche, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 6:00

SummerStage: Fat Joe, Tony Touch, hosted by Lyricist Lounge, Crotona Park, 7:00

Thursday, July 7
BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech: Fatback Band, MetroTech Commons, 12 noon

Broadway in Bryant Park, Bryant Park lawn, 12:30

Jazz at Socrates: Aqua Ninjaz Dynamic Tribute Ensemble, Socrates Sculpture Park, 6:30

SummerStage: Tribute to Latin Jazz Great Dave Valentin, Crotona Park, 7:00

SummerStage: Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series, with Michelle Bradley, Kang Wang, Yunpeng Wang, and Dan Saunders, Clove Lakes Park, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! Red Baraat’s Brooklyn Mela, with DJ Rekha, Heems, Bhi Bhiman, & More, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

New Image Band, George Seuffert Bandshell, Forest Park, 7:30

Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter and his Royal City Band will be in Prospect Park on July 8

Friday, July 8
SummerStage: Leon Larregui, Rodrigo Amarante, Grenda, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 6:00

Sunset on the Hudson: Shanti Star & the Afro-Reggae All-Stars, Pier 45, Hudson River Park, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band, Martha Redbone, Birds of Chicago, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:00

SummerStage: Nuyorican Poets Cafe: Craig ‘muMs’ Grant’s “A Sucker Emcee,” Crotona Park, 7:00

Saturday, July 9
4Knots Music Festival, with Guided by Voices, the Strumbellas, Protomartyr, Car Seat Headrest, Kirk Knight, Girlpool, Bayonne, Diane Coffee, Promised Land Sound, Mile High Club, and more, South Street Seaport, 1:00 - 8:00

Columbia Summer Winds Concert, Billings Lawn, Fort Tryon Park, 2:00

SummerStage: Acrobuffos, Rob & Miss Jane, Sxip’s Hour of Charm, It’s Showtime NYC, Crotona Park, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! Carla Morrison, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Buscabulla, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:00

SummerStage: Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series, with Michelle Bradley, Kang Wang, Yunpeng Wang, and Dan Saunders, Jackie Robinson Park, 7:00

Hot Summer Nights! On Stage at Kingsborough: Davina and the Vagabonds, Kingsborough Lighthouse Bandshell, 8:00

Sunday, July 10
SummerStage: Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players, Mister G, Excerpts from Finding Neverland, Gizmo Guys, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 3:00

Summer on the Hudson: Amplified Sundays, with Bella’s Bartok, Pier I, Riverside Park South, 7:00

SummerStage: DJ Kool Herc, Little Shalimar, and screening of Rubble Kings (Shan Nicholson, 2010), Crotona Park, 7:00

Monday, July 11
SummerStage: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series, with Michelle Bradley, Kang Wang, Yunpeng Wang, and Dan Saunders, Socrates Sculpture Park, 7:00

Tuesday, July 12
SummerStage: Johnny Rivera, Joan Català, St. Mary’s Park, 7:00

Naumburg Orchestral Concerts: The Knights, Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, 7:30

Tuesday, July 12, and Wednesday, July 13
Lowdown Hudson Music Fest: Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza, doors at 5:00

Wednesday, July 13
SummerStage: Joe Bataan meets Setenta, Joan Català, St. Mary’s Park, 7:00

SummerStage: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series, with Michelle Bradley, Kang Wang, Yunpeng Wang, and Dan Saunders, Crotona Park, 7:00

Thursday, July 14
BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech: King Sunny Ade, MetroTech Commons, 12 noon

Broadway in Bryant Park, Bryant Park lawn, 12:30

SummerStage: Tito Rojas, St. Mary’s Park, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! Music & Movies: Triplets of Belleville (Sylvain Chomet, 2003), Jessica Fichot, Prospect Park Bandshell, 8:00

Friday, July 15
Bryant Park Presents INTERSECT: Kit of Parts, with the Westerlies, Ben Monder, Rabbit Rabbit (Carla Kihlstedt & Matthias Bossi), Argus String Quartet, and Ethan Iverson, Bryant Park Stage, 5:00 – 10:00

SummerStage: Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue, screening of We Like It Like That: The Story of Latin Boogaloo (Mathew Ramirez Warren, 2015), St. Mary’s Park, 7:00

Sunset on the Hudson: Max Gallico & Friends, Pier 45, Hudson River Park, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! Rachid Taha, Krar Collective, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Saturday, July 16
Hudson RiverStage: Deer Tick acoustic, Margo Price, Anaïs Mitchell, Chrome Pony, and Breanna Barbara, Pier 97, Hudson River Park, 2:00

SummerStage: Taiwanese Waves, with Anpu, Wonfu, Sunset Rollercoaster, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 6:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! The Wood Brothers, Aoife O’donovan, Hiss Golden Messenger, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:00

Hot Summer Nights! On Stage at Kingsborough: Tammy McCann & the Sharp Radway Big Band, Kingsborough Lighthouse Bandshell, 8:00

SummerStage: Full Circle Souljahs presents “From the Streets to the Stage,” Behind the Groove, preshow master class with Kwikstep & Rokafella, St. Mary’s Park, 7:00

Sunday, July 17
SummerStage: Paulo Flores, Herencia de Timbiquí, Monsieur Periné, DJ Greg Caz, DJ Manny, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 3:00

SummerStage: Legacy Women, Recess Monkey, Music with a Message, Double Dutch Dreamz, St. Mary’s Park, 4:00

Plastic Soul, George Seuffert Bandshell, Forest Park, 5:00

Summer on the Hudson: Amplified Sundays, with DeLeon, Pier I, Riverside Park South, 7:00

Monday, July 18
SummerStage: The Feelies, Beach Fossils, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 7:00

Tuesday, July 19
Naumburg Orchestral Concerts: The Knights, Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, 7:30

Wednesday, July 20
Lincoln Center Out of Doors: A Night of Words and Music with Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, and Tony Shanahan, and Mariachi Flor de Toloache, Damrosch Park, 7:30

Thursday, July 21
BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech: The Hallelujah Train, MetroTech Commons, 12 noon

Broadway in Bryant Park, Bryant Park lawn, 12:30

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: The Hallelujah Train featuring Pastor Brady Blade Sr., Brian Blade, Daniel Lanois, and guests Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Damrosch Park, 7:30

Femi Kuti will celebrate Brooklyn and more on July 22

Femi Kuti will celebrate Brooklyn and more on July 22

Friday, July 22
Sunset on the Hudson: Chuck Braman Jazz Band, Pier 45, Hudson River Park, 7:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, conducted by Louis Langrée, with violinist Simone Porter playing Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony, Damrosch Park, 7:30

Celebrate Brooklyn! Femi Kuti, Bombino, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Saturday, July 23
Lincoln Center Out of Doors Family Day: Lincoln Center Block Party with Illstyle & Peace Productions, Josie Robertson Plaza, 11:00 am

Rite of Summer Music Festival: Kara Sainz and Peter Dugan, Nolan Park, Governors Island, 1:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors Family Day: Dance Theatre of Harlem Company and School, Josie Robertson Plaza, 1:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors Family Day: Illstyle & Peace Productions, Hearst Plaza, 1:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors Family Day — She’s a Rebel: The Girl Group Project, featuring Nanette Licari, Lillian Walker Moss, Louise Murray, Beverly Warren, Margaret Ross Williams, and She’s a Rebel student participants, Josie Robertson Plaza, 3:00

Garden Grooves, Bedford Stuyvesant Community Garden, 6:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! Jon Batiste and Stay Human & Friends, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: An Evening with Darlene Love, Damrosch Park, 7:30

Hot Summer Nights! On Stage at Kingsborough: Svetlana & the Delancey Six, with special guest tap star Michela Marino Lerman, Kingsborough Lighthouse Bandshell, 8:00

Sunday, July 24
Lincoln Center Out of Doors — Heritage Sunday Global Beat of the Bronx: From Bambara to Breakbeats, with Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble, Bombazo Dance Company, Chief Joseph Chatoyer Dance Company, and Full Circle Souljahs, Hearst Plaza, 1:00

Summer on the Hudson: Amplified Sundays, with Michael Arenella & Quintet, Pier I, Riverside Park South, 7:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz, Miramar, Damrosch Park, 7:30

Tuesday, July 26
SummerStage: Black Moon & Smif-N-Wessun performing a tribute to Enta Da Stage & Dah Shinin’, Queensbridge Park, 7:00

Wednesday, July 27
Lincoln Center Out of Doors: AfroPunk’s Girrrl Riot @ Lincoln Center, with SATE and the VeeVees, Damrosch Park, 7:00

SummerStage: Dianne Reeves, DJ Greg Caz, Queensbridge Park, 7:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Dane Terry, Hearst Plaza, 7:00

Thursday, July 28
BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech: Ladies Sing the Blues, with Catherine Russell, Charenee Wade, and Brianna Thomas, MetroTech Commons, 12 noon

Broadway in Bryant Park, Bryant Park lawn, 12:30

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Jaime Woods, Hearst Plaza, 7:00

SummerStage: Lyfe Jennings, Queensbridge Park, 7:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life, Michael Mwenso & the Shakes, Damrosch Park, 7:30

Paul & the Goodfellas, George Seuffert Bandshell, Forest Park, 7:30

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Eli “Paperboy” Reed, Hearst Plaza, 7:30

Celebrate Brooklyn! Gregory Porter, Marcus Strickland & Twi-Life, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Friday, July 29
Summer on the Hudson: Freshen Up Friday Concert Series with Consumata Sonidera, West Harlem Piers, Riverside Park, 7:00

SummerStage: Nuyorican Poets Cafe: Paolo Javier and Maria Lisella hosting Queens Poets, Queensbridge Park, 7:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Okayafrica: Afrobeat x Afrobeats, with Davido and Antibalas, Damrosch Park, 7:30

Celebrate Brooklyn! Angelique Kidjo’s Celia Cruz Tribute with Pedrito Martinez, Yosvany Terry Quintet, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Saturday, July 30
Lincoln Center Out of Doors — The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed, Damrosch Park

Eighth Annual Stan Michels Memorial Jazz Concert, with Marjorie Eliot and her ensemble, Stan Michels Promenade, Fort Tryon Park, 1:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: La Casita at Teatro Pregones, 571 Walton Ave., the Bronx, 2:30

SummerStage: Stefanie Batten Bland with Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, preshow master class with Karisma Jay, Queensbridge Park, 7:00

SummerStage: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Empress Of, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! Digable Planets, Camp Lo, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Sunday, July 31
Lincoln Center Out of Doors: La Casita, Hearst Plaza, 12 noon

SummerStage: Marc Cary: The Harlem Jam Sessions, Joseph Webb: Dancing Buddhas, WBGO Kids Jazz with Brianna Thomas & the Jazz Travelers, Queensbridge Park, 4:00

Summer on the Hudson: Amplified Sundays, with JoJo Abot, Pier I, Riverside Park South, 7:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Songs of Freedom, with Ky-Mani Marley and Finotee, Damrosch Park, 7:00

SummerStage: Rock Steady Crew Thirty-Ninth Anniversary with Nice & Smooth, Bahamadia, Doug E. Fresh, and more, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 7:00

Jon B will be at Cloves Lake Park in Staten Island on August 2

Jon B will be at Cloves Lake Park in Staten Island on August 2

Tuesday, August 2
SummerStage: Jon B, Clove Lakes Park, 7:00

Naumburg Orchestral Concerts: ECCO, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, 7:30

Wednesday, August 3
SummerStage: Screening of Kirikou and the Wild Beasts (Michel Ocelot & Bénédicte Galup, 2005), Orisha’s Journey, DJ Djib Sayo, Clove Lakes Park, 7:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca, and Manhattan Camerata: Tango Fado Project featuring Nathalie Pires, Damrosch Park, 7:00

Thursday, August 4
BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech: Dee Dee Bridgewater, MetroTech Commons, 12 noon

Broadway in Bryant Park, Bryant Park lawn, 12:30

Jazz at Socrates: Louis Armstrong Night with “Hot Lips” Joey Morant, Socrates Sculpture Park, 6:30

SummerStage: Jungle Brothers, G-Bo the Pro, Clove Lakes Park, 7:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: NPR Music Live in Concert, hosted by Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, Felix Contreras, and Jasmine Garsd, Damrosch Park, 7:00

Temptations Revue Featuring Grammy Award Winner Barrington Henderson, George Seuffert Bandshell, Forest Park, 7:30

Celebrate Brooklyn! Music & Movies: Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer, 1999) with U.S. premiere of live score by the Bays, Joan as Police Woman, Benjamin Lazar Davis, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Friday, August 5
SummerStage: Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective, Clove Lakes Park, 7:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Zé Renato with special guests Vinícius Cantuária and Ricardo Silveira, Hearst Plaza, 7:00

Sunset on the Hudson: Chuck Braman Jazz Band, Pier 45, Hudson River Park, 7:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: M. Ward, Margaret Glaspy, Damrosch Park, 7:30

Celebrate Brooklyn! Morgan Heritage, British Dependency, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Saturday, August 6
Hudson RiverStage: William Bell, the James Hunter Six, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Taylor McFerrin, and Soul Clap & Dance-Off with DJ Jonathan Toubin and special guests, Pier 97, Hudson River Park, 2:00

Garden Grooves, Greene Acres Community Garden, 6:00

SummerStage: Monobloco, Cabruêra, Boogarins, DJ Luiz Santos, preshow panel discussion, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 6:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! The Hubble Cantata, Tigue, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Sunday, August 7
SummerStage: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Sierra Leone Dance Troupe, Wahoo Skiffle Crazies, Clove Lakes Park, 4:00

SummerStage: Igmar Thomas & the Revive Big Band present “A Journey Through the Legacy of Black Culture,” with preshow panel discussion, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 7:00

Tuesday, August 9
SummerStage: Neon Indian, East River Park, 7:00

Wednesday, August 10
SummerStage: “We Play for you, Butch Morris,” featuring Nublu Orchestra, DarkMatterHalo with Wadada Leo Smith, screening of Black February (Vipal Monga, 2014), East River Park, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! Music & Movies: Labyrinth (Jim Henson, 1986), Donny McCaslin Group, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

SummerStage: Tamar-kali with ASE Dance Theatre Collective, Nathan Trice Rituals, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 8:00

Thursday, August 11
Broadway in Bryant Park, Bryant Park lawn, 12:30

SummerStage: Roberto Roena y Su Apollo Sound, East River Park, 7:00

Friday, August 12
Sunset on the Hudson: Shanti Star & the Afro-Reggae All-Stars, Pier 45, Hudson River Park, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! Dr. Dog with the Knights, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Saturday, August 13
Lincoln Center Out of Doors / Mostly Mozart: the public domain, David Lang’s Crowd Out performed by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, conducted by Simon Halsey, with movement by Annie-B Parson, Josie Robertson Plaza, 5:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! Andra Day, Son Little, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Sunday, August 14
SummerStage: Mbongwana Star, Batida, Young Paris Okayafrica Electrafique with DJ Underdog, preshow panel discussion, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 6:00

SummerStage: DJ Spinna Celebrating Earth Wind & Fire, Shine & the Moonbeams, East River Park, 4:00

Tuesday, August 16
SummerStage: Alpha Blondy, Marcus Garvey Park, 7:00

Wednesday, August 17
SummerStage: Saul Williams, Kimberly Nichole, Marcus Garvey Park, 7:00

SummerStage: DJ KS 360 & Full Circle Souljahs presents Behind the Groove, Soul Connected, Raphael Xavier, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 8:00

Tamar-kali teams up with ASE Dance Collective in Marcus Garvey Park on August 18

Tamar-kali teams up with ASE Dance Collective in Marcus Garvey Park on August 18

Thursday, August 18
SummerStage: Tamar-kali with ASE Dance Collective, preshow master class with Calvin Wiley, Marcus Garvey Park, 7:00

Friday, August 19
Bryant Park Presents Emerging Music Festival, Bryant Park Stage, 5:00 – 10:00

Sunset on the Hudson: Max Gallico & Friends, Pier 45, Hudson River Park, 7:00

Saturday, August 20 & Sunday, August 21
Hudson River Park seventeenth annual Blues BBQ, with Gaye and the Wild Rutz, Cash Box Kings, Bernard Allison Group, Sugaray Rayford Band, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and restaurants Arrogant Swine, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Fort Gansevoort BBQ, Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue, Pier 97, Hudson River Park, 2:00 – 9:00

Jazz Festival, Morris-Jumel Mansion, Roger Morris Park, 2:00

Garden Grooves, Bedford Stuyvesant Community Garden, 6:00

SummerStage: Kalabantè Circus, Iron Skulls & Quim Moya, Sxip’s Hour of Charm, Marcus Garvey Park, 7:00

Summer on the Hudson: FlyNYC, family kite festival with live music, Pier I, Riverside Park South, 7:00

Sunday, August 21
SummerStage: Sweet Micky, MHD, DJ Erick La Peau, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 3:00

Friday, August 26
Bryant Park Presents INTERSECT, Bryant Park Stage, 5:00 – 10:00

SummerStage: Jason Lindner: Breeding Ground, DJ Greg Caz, Marcus Garvey Park, 7:00

Summer on the Hudson: Freshen Up Friday Concert Series: The Bones of J. R. Jones, West Harlem Piers, Riverside Park, 7:00

Saturday, August 27
Rite of Summer Music Festival: Inuksuit, Nolan Park, Governors Island, 1:00

SummerStage: Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet, Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles, the Artistry of Jazzmeia Horn, Charles Turner III, preshow master class with Samuel Coleman, Marcus Garvey Park, 3:00

Sunday, August 28
SummerStage: DeJohnette - Moran – Holland, Allan Harris, Donnie McCaslin Group, Grace Kelly, Tompkins Square Park, 3:00

SummerStage: Goldlink, Backyard Band, DJ Spicoli, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 3:00

Wednesday, August 31
SummerStage: Chicago the Musical: 20th Anniversary Concert, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 8:00

HAPPY ENDING MUSIC & READING SERIES WITH CHARLES BOCK, ANI DiFRANCO, AMBER TAMBLYN & MORE

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Who: Charles Bock, Ani DiFranco, Amber Tamblyn, Belinda McKeon, Kate Neckel, Lady Parts Justice, Amanda Stern
What: Happy Ending Music & Reading Series
Where: Symphony Space, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, 2537 Broadway at 95th St., 212-864-5400
When: Wednesday, May 18, $15-$30, 7:30
Why: Symphony Space’s Happy Ending Music & Reading Series presents artists performing risky feats while musicians collaborate on a sing-along of cover tunes. Past participants have included Lena Dunham, John Cameron Mitchell, Zadie Smith, Vampire Weekend, Jennifer Egan, and Moby. On May 18, host and curator Amanda Stern, who founded the series in 2003, brings together author Charles Bock (Alice & Oliver, Beautiful Children), musician, activist, and Righteous Babe Ani DiFranco (Up Up Up Up Up Up, Allergic to Water), author Belinda McKeon (Tender, Solace), artist and designer Kate Neckel (Start Now! The Creativity Journal), author, actress, and director Amber Tamblyn (Dark Sparkler, Joan of Arcadia), and special guests Lady Parts Justice for another unpredictable evening of art, music, literature, and mayhem.

AN INTIMATE EVENING OF MUSIC AND POETRY WITH PHILIP GLASS AND THE DAYS AND NIGHTS FESTIVAL PLAYERS

Philip Glass and friends will share music and poetry at City Winery at benefit for Days and Nights Festival

Philip Glass and friends will share music and poetry at City Winery at benefit for Days and Nights Festival

Who: Philip Glass, the Days and Nights Festival Players
What: Benefit for Days and Nights Festival
Where: City Winery, 155 Varick St. between Spring & Vandam Sts., 212-608-0555
When: Sunday, May 15, $70-$115, 2:00 & 8:00
Why: New Yorkers can get a taste of the sixth annual Days and Nights Festival, held in Big Sur every September, at this benefit for the Central Coast arts festival, a program of the nonprofit Philip Glass Center for the Arts, Science and the Environment. On May 15, Glass, who founded the center “to gather the world’s leaders in the fields of art, science, and the environment for a broad array of interdisciplinary activities including performances, seminars, and education programs that inspire and motivate the public to become engaged with matters vital to the future of the natural environment and the quality of human existence,” will be at City Winery with the Days and Nights Festival Players for two shows of music and poetry, at 2:00 and 8:00. In between, at 6:00, you can join the seventy-nine-year-old Glass and friends for a pre-evening-show dinner ($325).

NEW YORK GUITAR FESTIVAL

Ring the Golden Bells: Celebrating 101 Years of Sister Rosetta Tharpe kicks off New York Guitar Festival on May 8

“Ring the Golden Bells: Celebrating 101 Years of Sister Rosetta Tharpe” kicks off New York Guitar Festival on May 8

Who: Luther Dickinson, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dom Flemons, Ruthie Foster, Como Mamas, John Medeski, AJ Ghent, Nels Cline and Julian Lage, Dave Douglas with Camila Meza, Min Xiao-Fen, Alberta Khoury, Vernon Reid & Laraaji, Kid Millions, many more
What: New York Guitar Festival, including the Alternative Guitar Summit
Where: Brookfield Winter Garden, National Sawdust, DROM, the Greene Space, the Met Cloisters, the New School
When: May 8 - 15, free - $25
Why: An annual celebration since 1999 of the six-string and many of its manifestations and possibilities, the New York Guitar Festival begins May 8 at 8:30 at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden with “Ring the Golden Bells,” a tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe, with Luther Dickinson, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Valerie June, Dom Flemons, Ruthie Foster, Rachael Davis, Trixie Whitley, Como Mamas, John Medeski, Daru Jones, Dominic John Davis, and AJ Ghent. On May 9 at 7:00, “Beauty and Noise” at National Sawdust brings together David Torn, Dither Guitar Duo, Elliot Sharp, Anthony Pirog, Ben Monder, Mike Baggetta, Dither Guitar Duo, and Patrick Higgins. On May 11 at 7:30 at DROM, “While We’re Still Here: Honoring Joni Mitchell + Carla Bley” features Nels Cline and Julian Lage, Dave Douglas with Camila Meza, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Sheryl Bailey, Leni Stern, Joel Harrison, Monder, and Baggetta. Rez Abbasi, Derek Gripper, Kaki King, and Glenn Jones will perform on May 12 at 7:00 at the Greene Space. The Met Cloisters will host an immersive guitar marathon on May 14 with more than a dozen performers at different locations, including Min Xiao-Fen in Early Gothic Hall, Alberta Khoury in Langon Chapel, Colin Davin in Fuentidueña Chapel, Dylan Carlson in Pontaut Chapter House, and Vernon Reid & Laraaji in Trie Cloister Café. And on May 15, the NYGF Academy at the New School comprises seven panel discussions and conversations, from “Contemporary Improvisation and the Electric Guitar” and “A Conversation with Kid Millions, Don Bikoff + Jeff Conklin” to “Nigel North: The French Lute of the 17th-Century” and “Saul Koll in Conversation with Ed Keller.”