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Our third annual guide to the summer's free shows

 

*Update June 27, 2006: 11 Shows Added

*Update June 8, 2006: 13 Shows Added

 

If online-event-listing years went like dog years, then the Prefix Free Summer Shows guide would be turning twenty-one this year. Which means that we not only get to start buying ridiculously overpriced beer at the Central Park Summerstage shows (finally!), but we also have reached adulthood (sorta). It's the same listing you've come to know and love, only better: Besides the general listing of music events, you can now search for shows by venue. Plus, the newly launched Prefix NYC Events page allows you to cross-reference free shows with not-so-free shows, so you'll always have a reason to go out this summer. Be sure to check back frequently, because events are added throughout the summer.

 

Without further ado, the Internet's most comprehensive guide to free summer shows. Start planning:

 

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June 2

·          Super Furry Animals:  South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7 p.m. www.rivertorivernyc.com 

 

June 4

·          Bang on a Can Marathon featuring Alarm Will Sound (playing with Aphex Twin), Yat Kha, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Matmos, and more: World Financial Center Winter Garden, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. www.rivertorivernyc.com 

 

June 5

·          Nick Garrie: Other Music, 15 East 4th Street, 8 p.m. www.othermusic.com

 

June 13

·          Eels with Smoosh: World Financial Center Plaza, 7 p.m. www.rivertorivernyc.com

 

June 16

·          Charlier Hunter & Bobby Previte with special guests Elliott Sharp as Groundtruther, Matthew Shipp, Nils Petter Molvaer, and Sex Mob: Central Park Summerstage, 7 p.m. www.summerstage.org 

 

·          Prince featuring Tamar: Bryant Park, Upper Terrace, 7 a.m. www.bryantpark.org

 

June 17

·          Laurie Anderson and Chirgilchin: Prospect Park Bandshell, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. $3 suggested donation.

 

·          Beirut: Sound Fix, Brooklyn.

 

·          Ben E. King, Rhymefest, Groove Collective, and Janita. J&R Music World (23 Park Row at Broadway), 2 p.m..


 

·          Rhett Miller, Teddy Thompson and Ollabelle: Central Park Summerstage, 4 p.m. www.summerstage.org 

 

·          Show curated by Shirley Braha/NYNoise (Saturday Looks Good to Me, Mobius Band, Human Television, Meneguar): East River Amphitheater. www.eastrivermusicproject.com

 

June 18

·          Takfarinas, Chris Berry & Panjea and Turntables on the Hudson: Central Park Summerstage, 3 p.m. www.summerstage.org 

 

June 20

·          Son Volt: World Financial Center Plaza, 7 p.m. www.rivertorivernyc.com

 

June 21

·          Me'Shell NdegéOcello. Madison Square Park, 7 p.m.

 


June 22

·          Los Lonely Boys and James Hunter: Prospect Park Bandshell, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.; $3 suggested donation.

 

·          Nelly Furtado: Rockefeller Plaza, 7 a.m.

 

June 24

·          Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival featuring Big Daddy Kane, Lupe Fiasco, Rhymefest, The Procussions and more: The Tobacco Warehouse, Brooklyn. www.brooklynhiphopfest.com 

 

June 25

·          Feist, Buck 65, and Jason Collett: Central Park Summerstage, 3 p.m. www.summerstage.org 

 

June 27

·          Brazilian Girls: Hudson River Park's Pier 54, 6 p.m. www.hudsonriverpark.org/Calendar/RR.htm.

 


June 30

·          Amy Rigby and Robbie Fulks: South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7 p.m. www.rivertorivernyc.com

 

·          TV on the Radio, Matt Pond PA, and Voxtrot: Prospect Park Bandshell, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m.; $3 suggested donation.

 

·          Pussycat Dolls: Bryant Park, Upper Terrace, 7 a.m. www.bryantpark.org

 

July 1

·          Antibalas, Balkan Beat Box, and Ska Cubano: Central Park Summerstage, 3 p.m. www.summerstage.org 

 

July 2

·          Seu Jorge, Jose Gonzalez, Alex Cuba Band, and DJ Cut Chemist: Central Park Summerstage, 3 p.m. www.summerstage.org 

 

July 4

·         Belle and Sebastian: Battery Park, 3:30 p.m. Tickets required. www.rivertorivernyc.com  

 

July 7

·          Beach Boys: Bryant Park, Upper Terrace, 7 a.m. www.bryantpark.org 

 

·          Mates of State: Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park, 7 p.m. Tickets required. www.rivertorivernyc.com  

 

·          Pink: Rockefeller Plaza, 7 a.m.

 


July 11

·          Puffy Amiyumi. World Financial Center Plaza, 7 p.m. www.rivertorivernyc.com  

 

July 13

·          Yo La Tengo: The Sounds of Science and Samara Lubelski: Prospect Park Bandshell, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.; $3 suggested donation.

 

·          Okkervil River: Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park, 7 p.m. Tickets required. www.rivertorivernyc.com  

 

July 14

·          Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men with Chatam County Line: South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7 p.m. www.rivertorivernyc.com 

 

·          KC & The Sunshine Band: Rockefeller Plaza, 7 a.m.

 

July 15

·          Siren Music Festival featuring She Wants Revenge, Stars, Art Brut, Tapes 'N Tapes, The Stills, The Cribs, Celebration, Dirty on Purpose, and more: Coney Island, noon-9 p.m.

 

July 19

·          Little Feat: Rockefeller Park, 7 p.m. www.rivertorivernyc.com  

 

July 20

·          Josh Rouse: Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park, 7 p.m. Tickets required. www.rivertorivernyc.com  

 

·          Sugar Hill Gang: South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7 p.m. www.rivertorivernyc.com  

  

·          Si*Sé and Radio Mundial:Hudson River Park's Pier 54, 6 p.m. www.hudsonriverpark.org/Calendar/RR.htm.  


 

July 22

·          Jonathan Kane's February, Taiko Masala, Dragons of Zynth, and more: East River Amphitheater, 2 pm. www.ermp.org.

 


July 26

·          The Spinners: Battery Park City Rockefeller Park, 7 p.m. www.rivertorivernyc.com

 

July 27

·          The Hold Steady: Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park, 7 p.m. Tickets required. www.rivertorivernyc.com  

 

July 28

·          Leela James and BFE Sound System a.k.a. Brooklyn Funk Essentials: Prospect Park Bandshell, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.; $3 suggested donation.

 

·          Richard Hawley with Nicolai Dunger: South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7 p.m. www.rivertorivernyc.com  

 

·          A Neil Diamond Celebration: Battery Park City Rockefeller Park, 7 p.m. www.rivertorivernyc.com 

 

·          Huey Lewis and the News: Bryant Park, Upper Terrace, 7 a.m. www.bryantpark.org

 

July 30

·          Lady Sovereign, Pete Rock, Jean Grae, curated by DJ Rekha: Central Park Summerstage, 3 p.m. www.summerstage.org 

 

August 4

·          Pharrell with Kanye West: Bryant Park, Upper Terrace, 7 a.m. www.bryantpark.org 

 

·          Hot Chip: South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7 p.m. www.rivertorivernyc.com

 

·          Los Amigo Invisibles, Bellanova and Los Tres: Prospect Park Bandshell, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 7 p.m.; $3 suggested donation.

 

August 5

·          Gustavo Cerati, Calle 13, and Mexican Institute of Sound: Central Park Summerstage, 3 p.m. www.summerstage.org 

 

August 10

·          RJD2 & Lyrics Born with Alice Smith: Hudson River Park's Pier 54, 6 p.m. www.hudsonriverpark.org/Calendar/RR.htm.

 


August 13

·          Talvin Singh, Asha Puthli with special guests Dewey Redman, Guru, Solar & DJ Doo Woop, Prefuse 73, Outernational, curated by DJ Spooky "That Subliminal Kid" Central Park Summerstage, 3 p.m. www.summerstage.org 

 

August 18

·          The Box Tops featuring Alex Chilton: South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7 p.m. www.rivertorivernyc.com  

 

August 19

·          Show curated by Ben Goldberg/the Leaf Label: East River Amphitheater. www.eastrivermusicproject.com   

 

August 25

·          Lionel Richie: Bryant Park, Upper Terrace, 7 a.m. www.bryantpark.org 

 

·          Ted Leo + Pharmacists: South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7 p.m. www.rivertorivernyc.com

 


September 29

·          Janet Jackson: Rockefeller Plaza, 7 a.m.





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