New Yorkers know that summer is a time of free concerts in our glorious parks, and this year looks to continue the grand tradition in style. The Central Park Summerstage and Celebrate Brooklyn schedules are out, and here are a few highlights.
Central Park Summerstage:
Sunday, June 25: Feist with Buck 65
Feist is a clever singer-songwriter, while Buck 65 is a weird amalgam of country, hip-hop and straight-up weirdness — he has a rap about being a centaur.
Saturday, July 1: Noche Flamenca, Roxanne Butterfly’s Worldbeats
We saw Noche Flamenca at a big world music festival about a year ago, and they were outstanding. Some of the most compelling, graceful, forceful dancing I’ve ever seen.
Sunday, July 30: Lady Sovereign, Pete Rock, Jean Grae, Curated by DJ Rekha
Okay, so here’s our chance to see pint-sized UK grime sensation SOV in person, plus DJ Rekha of Basement Bhangra fame is involved, which cranks up the cool factor significantly.
Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park:
Thursday, June 15: Maceo Parker
The man who gave James Brown his funkiest sound. What more need be said?
Friday, July 14: Brooklyn Philharmonic
And don’t forget that it’s also the season for the New York Philharmonic in the Park series.
Now go shake that booty!