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Mobb Deep

If you live or hang out in Williamsburg, you may have noticed that for most of July, the corner space at Driggs & Metropolitan has been taken over as the Levis Commuter Workspace, offering wifi, workspace, and lots of cyclist services: tune-ups, customization, washes, and more. (Also a look at the clothing brand's Commuter line). The space closes this weekend but not before Prodigy of veteran hip hop duo Mobb Deep performs at the free Closing Party there this Saturday (7/26) at 7 PM. All you have to do to get in is RSVP. There will be cocktails provided by Baby's All Right and Grady's Cold Brew, commuters can bring their bikes for complimentary tune-ups, and there will be a chance to win a Tokyobike. Do note RSVP does not guarantee entry, which is based on capacity.

Mobb Deep celebrated the 20th anniversary of the 1994 recording sessions for their classic LP The Infamous (released in 1995) this year by releasing The Infamous Mobb Deep, a two-disc set that includes their first new music since 2006 and unreleased material from the original Infamous sessions. They just made a video for "Low" (ft. Mack Wilds) off the newly-recorded portion, which you can watch below.

Mobb Deep have also been pretty active as a live group lately. They played their home city this past May at Irving Plaza and this past Thursday (7/17) they played their actual hometown when they put on their first-ever show in Queensbridge Park, as part of the ongoing Summerstage series. Vulture caught the show and wrote:

A few hours before their "homecoming" concert in Queensbridge Park last Thursday night, Prodigy and Havoc, the two halves who make up the whole of the rap group Mobb Deep, were philosophizing as to why "The QB," which is what the giant public-housing project adjacent to the park is often called, has produced so many hip-hoppers. It is a roster that includes the great Nas, Capone (of Capone-N-Noreaga), Marley Marl, Roxanne Shanté, and Mobb Deep itself, whose 1995 album The Infamous is considered a classic of hard-core urbanity, a formidable East Coast response to Dr. Dre's immortal Cali-based The Chronic. The QB's fecundity was a product of "time, space, and motion," said Prodigy, the erstwhile boy genius who, like his equally diminutive partner (neither tops five foot six), turns 40 this year. Much is owed to the Queens housing project's sheer size, said Prodigy; it was the biggest one not only in New York City but in the entire country. But more than that was "the location."

...when the group hit the stage, picturesquely set beneath the elegantly industrial arches of the renamed Edward I. Koch Bridge, a burst of joy came forth. "Queensbridge!," Prodigy shouted into the mike. "Queensbridge!" returned the crowd, which certainly included a large number of the QB "old-timers," some of whom have been living in the project for half a century and arrived in their wheelchairs to bop along to the beats. Never much for nonsense time-killing (no soft-ass, dreary R&B voicings for them), Mobb Deep went hard, kicking through their new stuff and bringing the old, really busting it on "Temperature's Rising," with its whoa! lines, "that snitch n***** gave the police your location/we'll chop up his body in six degrees of separation." The lines were just as foreboding as ever, but on this mid-summer evening, with the festive picnic crowd, the city gleaming in the sunset, no hint of mayhem could pierce the celebration.

Watch a couple videos of that show, with the new "Low" video, below...

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Central Park Summerstage (more by Chris La Putt)
Central Park Summerstage

The schedule for the 2010 SummerStage series, which has music not just at Central Park, is out, and there are some great looking shows to highlight.

At Central Park, the first "rock" show happens on Saturday, June 5th with Living Colour, Ebony Bones!, Pillow Theory and CX KiDTRONiK. Baaba Maal, who just played Irving Plaza, will be at Central Park too on Monday, June 14th The Tinariwen show on Saturday, June 26th also features Syrian beat & mikeman Omar Souleyman. Gil Scott-Heron plays Central Park in June and Marcus Garvey Park in August.

There's also El Guincho, Bostich and Fussible and others in Central Park on July 7th. Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff plays Central Park on Sunday, July 11th. Raphael Saadiq performs there Saturday, July 17 at 3pm. The Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba/Fool's Gold show on Sunday, July 25th will also feature "West African electronica" band Burkina Electric.

On Wednesday, July 21st, there'll be a Comedy Central's The Daily Show and Friends Central Park gig hosted by Lewis Black with John Oliver, Rob Riggle, Wyatt Cenac, Adam Lowitt and Rory Albanese.

There's also music from St. Vincent, Tune-Yards and Basia Bulat on August 1st at Central Park. The xx play with Jack Penate and Chairlift there on August 8th. At the same spot, Public Enemy play an August 15th day show to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Fear of A Black Planet, and the Specials play on August 22nd with Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears and $mall ¢hange.

The borough-wide shows kick off with Jay Electronica in Red Hook Park on June 1st. Also at that park is Dan Deacon on Tuesday, June 15th. White Rabbits play East River Park on August 12th.

There's lots of great jazz too: McCoy Tyner plays with Ravi Coltrane, Esperanza Spalding and Francisco Mela as part of the CareFusion Jazz Festival on June 23rd. He also plays in the Charlie Parker Jazz Fest, which comes at the end of the summer with an incredible lineup. McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Scott, Jason Moran and the Bandwagon and Revive da Live play during the day at Marcus Garvey on Saturday, August 28th. Then the next day, James Moody, Catherine Russell, Vijay Iyer and The JD Allen Trio play at Tompkins Square Park.

The park benefit shows include John Butler Trio and State Radio on June 15th (tickets on sale), The Flaming Lips on July 26th, The Black Keys with the Morning Benders on July 27th and 28th, Hot Chip/Hercules & Love Affair/Holy Ghost on August 4th, Govt' Mule on August 11th (tickets), and one of the four Pavement shows September 21-24. Plus there's a "songbook of Simon & Garfunkel" benefit on June 8th.

Not all "Summerstage" shows are in Central Park anymore which drives home the point even further that the name of the venue in Central Park is actually "Rumsey Playfield" which hosts non-"Summerstage" shows too. Those so far include Coheed/Torche, CAKE, Ween, and Broken Social Scene.

The full Summerstage free show schedule is below...

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OPP

Queensbridge Park
41 Ave., Bridge Plaza, Vernon Blvd. & East River
Tuesday, July 15th: Felix Hernandez Rhythm Review
Tuesday, July 22nd: Naughty by Nature
Tuesday, July 29th: The Delfonics

Springfield Park
184 St. & 147 Ave.
Thursday, July 31st: Marvin Sapp
Thursday, August 7th: The Chi-Lites
Thursday, August 14th: Main Ingredient w/ Cuba Gooding, Sr.

All shows begin at 7pm and are FREE.

Free shows are also happening in Von King Park, East River Park, & Red Hook.