Entries tagged with: free shows
photo: Will Butler (more by Debi Del Grande)
Arcade Fire's Will Butler has been pursuing his solo career this year, having visited NYC a few times. He'll return this Wednesday (7/1) at The Well for the venue to celebrate Canada Day, here renamed Canada D'eh, with fellow Canadian bands July Talk and Walrus. It's free with RSVP, and they'll have a Canadian breakfast (aka pancakes with maple syrup), Canadian whiskey and Canadian craft beer. Doors are at noon and the music starts at 5 PM.
by Bill Pearis
Prince Rama @ the Whitney, 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
South Street Seaport will be full of music on the Fourth of July, as they'll host the free Festival of Independence offering a wide variety of performers across three stages. Acts include singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston and
indie rock band Elk City (featuring Luna's Sean Eden) on the Fulton Street Stage; Prince Rama and Salt Cathedral on the indoor Fulton Stall Market Stage; and over at the Peck Slip Stage there's Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts and other twangy acts. The Seaport is also a good place to watch the fireworks. Full lineup and schedule below.
UPDATE: Elk City have unfortunately dropped off the bill.
Speaking of the Fulton Stall Market, the permanent indoor space is also host to Little Water Radio which broadcasts live every day from noon - 6 PM. There are shows from Northern Spy and Paper Garden records, and a host of other DJs (including this writer; my show "Past Future Perfect" is on Saturdays 2-4 PM Eastern). The space just opened the Market Bar which serves beer and wine. Little Water Radio is planning more live shows on Fulton Stall Market's stage this summer. Stay tuned.
If you've ever wondered what the fourth wall of Jerry Seinfeld's Seinfeld apartment looked like, we now have your answer: floor-to-ceiling glass windows that look out onto 10th Avenue and the Highline. (Also his apartment is street-level. And in Chelsea.) Well at least that's the case with the nearly perfect recreation of the Seinfeld apartment that you can visit at Chelsea's Milk Studios (451 West 14th Street). The "nearly" comes from replacing
Jerry's classic Mac with a PC desktop (UPDATE: they've fixed this egregious error), but nearly every other detail is there. It's to celebrate Hulu getting streaming rights to all nine Seinfeld seasons, and the exhibit also includes some of the diner, props (the Maestro's wand) and more. It's free to visit and will be open now through Sunday (6/28) from 10 AM - 7 PM. But expect lines to be longer than at the Soup Nazi.
You can also take a virtual tour right now. If you go, don't try and burst in like Kramer. Some guy tried that already and broke the set on the exhibit's first day. (Or if you must try it, take off your backpack first.) Video of that (via Vulture) below...
Hip hop legend Pete Rock, known among other things for his classic 1992 collaboration with CL Smooth, Mecca and the Soul Brother, put out a new instrumental album this week. It's called Petestrumentals 2, and it's the long-awaited sequel to 2001's Petestrumentals. You can stream the whole thing below.
Pete is celebrating the album with a release show at Brooklyn Bowl TONIGHT (6/24), and he's promising a ton of exciting special guest appearances from Smoke DZA, Slum Village, Termanology, Camp Lo, Sean Price, Das EFX, Large Professor and Royal Flush. DJ Natasha Diggs is opening the night, and Pharoahe Monch is hosting. Tickets are available.
Pete's next live appearance is a SummerStage show on July 19 in Queensbridge Park, where he'll be performing alongside a screening of Nas documentary Time Is Illmatic. That goes from 7-9 PM and is totally free.
Petestrumentals 2 album stream below...
by Sadaaf Mamoon
Samantha Urbani is more than Dev Hynes' muse, a Twitter personality and onetime Friends fronter. Having released her first two solo works, she's well on her way to a glittery solo career. "1234" is a fluorescent bop produced by Dev's old Test Icicles' bandmate Sam Mehran and features boyfriend Dev and one-time Friends bandmate Matthew Molnar. "U Know I Know" is the swoony, emotional follow-up, also with help from Mehran. Stream both great tracks below.
Before she plays Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on Saturday, June 27 with Pachanga Boys, Eclair Fifi, Amnesia Scanner, and The Black Madonna (tickets), Samantha will test out her new live band ("still a work in progress") at her first solo show which happens at Baby's All Right on Thursday (6//25), which is free with RSVP.
Samantha will also be DJing at the Powrplnt Harlem Heat Opening Party at Hunter East Harlem on Wednesday (6/24). That's free and more info is here.
by Bill Pearis
Montreal trio Seoul released their debut album, I Become a Shade, last week. If you haven't checked it out, it's lush synthpop that's sort of a modern update of the chilled-out, sophisti-pop sounds of '80s acts like The Dream Academy, China Crisis or Blue Nile. You can stream the whole album, plus the little cloud remix of single "The Line," below.
The band will be in NYC this week for a couple of record release shows, playing Elvis Guesthouse on Wednesday (6/24) with Heathers and Very Fresh (tickets) and a free show as part of Rooftop Films at Solar One on Thursday (6/25), where they'll play before a screening of Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha. That Rooftop Films show starts at 8:30 PM.
Seoul have also just announced a fall tour that will bring them to NYC again on October 10 at Rough Trade. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/26) at noon. All tour dates are listed below...
Make Music NY is back for an ninth year, celebrating the spirit of live music all over NYC on Sunday, June 21. In addition to many acts playing on street-corners, parks and other public locations, as usual, there are a number of special events, all of which are free:
Street Studios: Twelve small mobile recording studios will appear on sidewalks throughout NYC, each run by a team of two DJ-engineers. These producers will spend three hours (11am-2pm) recording, quick-mixing, looping, and playing back the live sounds, while interacting with the public who stop by to sing, play an instrument, or record sounds that become part of the musical track. They'll then spend the rest of the day mixing and finishing the track so it can be played at the "Street Studio Smackdown" party at the DUMBO Spot in Brooklyn.
Mass Appeal: Performances across the city all involving a single instrument -- Accordions, Cellos, Gongs, Guitars, Theremins (!), Ukuleles among them -- and if you can play, you can play. Download the sheet music, show up and join the band.
Punk Island: One hundred punk bands from all over the world, playing across seven stages on a pier in Staten Island.
Concerto for Buildings: "MMNY will shut down Greene Street in SoHo, where eight buildings have hollow, cast-iron facades that resonate when struck, for a 30-minute Concerto for Buildings, a new work for full orchestra and 24 percussionists using the buildings as instruments, with four separate movements by four composers: Paula Matthusen (winner of the 2014-2015 Rome Prize), Scott Wollshleger, Daniel Goode, and Elijah Valongo (a student-composer in Face The Music)."
Exquisite Corpses: Using the double meaning of the phrase, this is both the rotating art method when one musician will take over where the last left off, but it will also be happening in six of NYC's burial grounds.
Sousapalooza!: Hundreds of brass, wind, and percussion players will pay tribute to The March King himself, John Philip Sousa, along with other march classics in Bryant Park.
Pop-Up Musicals: Some of the most beloved musicals of all time will be spontaneously performed in seven of Manhattan's most iconic parks.
Porch Stomp: 40 bluegrass, country and folk acts will perform on Governors Island's Nolan Park, and you're welcome to bring an instrument and join in.
The 2015 Bang on a Can Marathon (part of River to River) happens on Sunday (6/21) at The Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, with cans and other instruments being banged on from noon to 10 PM. Highlights include So Percussion performing with Nels Cline and Bobby Previte, the Asphalt Orchestra doing Pixies covers, Bang on a Can All-Stars, and the US premiere of the Glenn Branca Ensemble's Ascension Three which closes the evening. The whole schedule is listed, along with a YouTube playlist of this year's performers, below.
If you can't make it down to Brookfield Place, this year's Marathon will stream live in its entirety on Bang on a Can's Website.
photo: Jacco Gardner @ Seaport Music Festival 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Jacco Gardner, who just released his second album, was one of a few bands featured on a limited edition Trouble in Mind 12" they released just for the Eindhoven Psych Lab festival that happened in the Netherlands last weekend. The comp also featured exclusive tracks from The Liminanas, Klaus Johann Grobe, Ultimate Painting, Morgan Delt, Soft Walls and Doug Tuttle, all of whom played the fest. The comp was hard to come by (the label is promising it may be available on their site again soon) but for now you can stream Jacco's contribution, the instrumental "You Have The Key (That Opens The Door)" below.
Gardner is in NYC as we speak for Northside, playing Rough Trade tonight (6/12) with Nap Eyes, and Heaven's Gate. Tickets are still available and you can use your Northside badge to get in (subject to capacity). He then opens the Heems / Very Best show on Friday (6/12) at Green Label Live in McCarren Park (where Luna play tonight). That show is also with St. Grandson, Sevdaliza, Oy and Irie Mafia. It's free but you do need to RSVP.
Those Northside shows are the kickoff to Gardner's North American tour. All dates are listed below...
Summer in NYC means SummerStage, mostly-free concerts in Central Park and many other parks around NYC. Who caught Mastodon and Clutch? The Felice Brothers + The Barr Brothers? Charles Bradley?
Other upcoming SummerStage shows we're excited about include:
* Caribou and Sinkane on August 6 in East River Park (FREE!)
Check out the full schedule for muchhhhh more.
And check out a great interview with Joey BadA$$ over at Gothamist.
Watch a video SummerStage made recapping opening night this year with Tedeschi Trucks Band, below. The Duck Down BBQ flyer is down there too.
photo: Merchandise in Chicago in 2014 (more by Milos Markicevic)
Florida post-punks Merchandise were just in NYC for two shows this past Saturday, and now they're planning on swinging back around for another one this Saturday (6/13).
It's one of the two free daytime Northside Festival shows happening at the UO Live Stage at Williamsburg Walks, located on Bedford Ave and N. 5th St. It's a diverse lineup too, with Merchandise being joined by psych rockers Sunflower Bean, ambient/art pop musician GABI, punky indie rockers Bully, and one more TBA.
The next day (6/14) has Light Asylum, Honduras, Eskimeaux, American Wrestlers, and one more TBA.
Set times for both shows below...
Musician, performance artist and general provocateur, Peaches now has a photo book as well, titled What Else Is in the Teaches of Peaches. Shot by photographer Holger Talinski, on-stage and off, it also features text by Peaches, Michael Stipe (who included Peaches in his NYU residency), Yoko Ono and actress Ellen Page. From Micheal Stipe's commentary: "this is balls like we haven't seen since patti smith; she is die antwoord, kim gordon, nwa. she stands tall and she is fearless. that is my definition of a hero, heroine, progressive, icon-- locked in, and ready to rumble."
Peaches is in NYC this week promoting the book, with two events you can attend. Tonight (6/9) at Word Brooklyn she'll be in conversation with Vanity Fair writer Elissa Schappell, followed by a book signing. That starts at 7 PM. Then on Wednesday (6/10) at Bryant Park's Word, Peaches will do a Q&A with music journalist Lorraine Ali, followed by a book signging. That one starts at 12:30 PM. Both of those events are free and open to the public.
photo: Cayetana at Saint Vitus in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Against Me! will begin their North American tour after their set at Bonnaroo this Friday (6/12), coming to NYC for a free Northside Festival show on Saturday afternoon (6/13) in McCarren Park. Since we last spoke, that show got even better with the addition of Mitski and Cayetana. RSVP is still open.
That's Mitski's second Northside show, after the Pitchfork show happening a night earlier at Saint Vitus (6/12) with Fred Thomas, Gun Outfit and Dreamcrusher (tickets). She's also touring with Elvis Depressedly and Eskimeaux, hitting NYC on 7/17 at Palisades (sold out) and 7/19 at Shea (tickets).
Updated Against Me! dates are listed, with some videos, below...
Shamir released his debut album, Ratchet, a couple weeks ago and if you haven't checked it out yet you can stream it via Rdio below. His tour will start next week, and includes a sold-out NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 18. He's just added a tour warm up / record release show as well, happening Sunday (6/7) at Rough Trade. It's a free, all-ages matinee, starting at 2 PM with a record signing afterwards.
He's added a few other tour dates as well since we last posted, and all are listed below...
One of the hip hop shows happening during the 2015 SummerStage season this year is the annual Duck Down BBQ, which takes place June 11 in Betsy Head Park. Like last year, BrooklynVegan is proudly one of the sponsors.
This year's lineup includes Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Sean Price & Rock of Heltah Skeltah, Kirk Knight & CJ Fly of Pro Era, Chelsea Reject, Raz Fresco, Young M.A, DJs Statik Selektah and Mr. Green, and host Peter Rosenberg. It's totally FREE, as is food and gear, and the show goes down from 6-9 PM.
Speaking of SummerStage hip hop shows, tonight (6/2) they ahve Scarface in Red Hook Park.
photo: Body Language at Afropunk 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
A new FREE Tuesday evening concert series is coming to NYC starting tonight (6/2) and running through the end of June called Summer Sessions. It takes place at the Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place (230 Vesey Street) with a DJ at 5 PM and live music starting at 6:30 PM. Here's the lineup for the series:
June 2: Body Language (UPDATE: Body Language is cancelled)Once again, it's totally free. No RSVP required. Brookfield Place is also home to the massive new fancy foodie destination Le District (kind of the Eataly of French cuisine) and gourmet food court Hudson Eats. Check out the Summer Sessions website for more.
June 9: Margaret Glaspy
June 16: Banda Magda
June 23: Julia Easterlin
June 30: Superhuman Happiness
While Ghostface Killah is set to go on a tour with his Wu-Tang Clan partner Raekwon celebrating the 20th anniversary of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx this summer, he'll play his own hometown NYC show ahead of that. It happens June 17 at The Good Room in Greenpoint (formerly Europa) with younger NYC rapper YC the Cynic and 2DopeBoyz' Meka on DJ duty. It's a 'Heineken Green Room' show and is free with RSVP. Even if you RSVP though, entry is first come first served.
The Only Built 4 Cuban Linx tour hits NYC on July 20 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are still available. Updated Ghostface dates are listed, with the Good Room show flyer, below...
photo: Speedy Ortiz at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Speedy Ortiz have been very active tourers lately. They already played NYC once this year, and have a T5 show with Courtney Barnett and Torres coming up on 7/22 (tickets), and in the past 24 hours they were announced for Riot Fest Denver, Riot Fest Chicago, and Fun Fun Fun Fest.
That T5 show is actually one of two NYC shows for Speedy, as they were recently added to Waxahatchee's River Rocks show on July 9 at Pier 84. The very talented Weyes Blood is on that show too, and it's free. Like all River Rocks shows on Pier 84, gates open at 6 PM and the music starts at 7.
Pier 84 is the same pier that 4Knots Festival is happening this year, which also just announced an expanded lineup, including Super Furry Animals.
Speedy recently put out a video for "Raising the Skate," one of the highlights off their new album Foil Deer. Watch that, with their updated list of tour dates, below...
From the organization [Hypnocraft] that curated the collaboration series THE HUM comes AT THE INN -- an ongoing residency at Manhattan Inn, taking place this June through September on [mostly] the second Monday of each month. AT THE INN will explore the best of Brooklyn's music community in-the-round, and all performances will be free and open to the public.As the above quote points out, the people who brought you The Hum will begin a new series of free shows at Manhattan Inn in June. The first one happens Monday, June 8 with Pavo Pavo, Alpenglow, Cassandra Jenkins and My Bubba. It starts at 8:30 PM.
HYPNOCRAFT has a serious fascination with the creative intersections in both the collaborative process and multi-disciplinary performances. Productions are primarily commission-based, working with artists of various disciplines with a focus on music, dance, film, and video art. HYPNOCRAFT's mission is to connect an eclectic scope of artists working in different mediums; serve as a platform for creative collaboration; bring audiences a whole new performance experience.
Pavo Pavo, who used to be called Plume Giant, recently put out a new single "Ran Ran Run," which precedes their album, Young Narrator In The Breakers (release date TBA). The band shares members with San Fermin and Sam Cohen's backing band, and some have collaborated with Dave Longstreth and Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic. You can hear that single below.
Cassandra Jenkins, who sometimes plays with Eleanor Friedberger, also played one of the installments of The Hum this past April which we posted pictures of. She recently recorded a cover of Cat Stevens' "Wild World" with Delicate Steve which you can hear below.
Flyer for the first installment of At The Inn, also below...
Union Pool have announced more performers for this year's free Summer Thunder series. New additions include Kid Congo Powers & Pink Monkey Birds and a reunion of shitgaze ragers K-Holes on July 25, and new Matador Records signee Steve Gunn will play Summer Thunder on August 29.
There are some additions to already-announced shows as well. The May 30 kickoff show with Hector's Pets will also feature sets from party punks Metalleg and Slam Section. The highly anticipated (by us at least) June 27 Destruction Unit show has now gotten better, with the addition of Pampers and Cheena.
The June 13 Blues Control show now also has Hex Message (who've toured with Gang Gang Dance) and Ohal. And the Summer Thunder edition of JD Samson's PAT party now includes a live performance by "gender-problematizing goth dance band," Bottoms.
Summer Thunder happens Saturdays from May 30 through August 29 at Union Pool from 2 PM - 6 PM. Free, 21+. For more info and updates, check out Summer Thunder's facebook.
Though not part of Summer Thunder, Union Pool will be having an "Afternoon Hang" on Saturday afternoon (5/23) in the front room, featuring cellist Clara Kennedy, J. Leisure and DJ Mike Wolf. That starts at 2 PM and is free. Flyer for that, and the updated 2015 Summer Thunder schedule, is below...
Mykki Blanco recently announced that he'd no longer be rapping, but that doesn't mean he's not performing at all. Not long ago, he gave a spoken word performance called Baby Steps: How to heal yourself from everyday Psychic Poisons or Repentance for Dummies, and uploaded video along with the following statement:
Most people are familiar with my work in rap music and so may not be aware of my background in theater, acting and writing.You can watch the performance below. No word yet what exactly Mykki's future performances will be, but he did just schedule a free NYC show happening August 22 at Riis Park Beach Bazaar, the Rockaway Beach location that the Brooklyn Night Bazaar people are now booking. Other artists TBA for that show.
Last summer I participated in a writing residency at Galeria zé dos bois in Lisbon Portugal. Most of my theatrical and spoken performances have been very ephemeral, connected to either larger events or apart of lectures and panel discussions and have not been filmed. But I am happy to share with you here in its entirety my solo performance.
Mykki's old friend from the rap days, Le1f, also announced a new NYC show today. He plays the POP Montreal Northside Festival showcase happening June 14 at Brooklyn Bowl with Princess Nokia and DJ HVAD. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and you can also try to get in with a Northside badge.
Le1f's most recent single is a remix of Nicki Minaj's "Truffle Butter." Listen to that, with the Mykki Blanco videos, below...
Funk legend George Clinton was in NYC last week (5/12) for a talk at Brooklyn Museum as part of the Red Bull Music Academy. The hour-plus conversation touched on his whole career, being sampled and more. You can watch the whole thing below. If you'd like to hear more from him, Clinton released a memoir, Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?, last year.
Clinton will be back in our area soon, but with Parliament-Funkadelic, playing two free NYC shows: Queensbridge Park on July 15 as part of SummerStage, and then Brooklyn's Metrotech Commons on July 16 as part of BAM's free summer R&B Festival. The Metrotech show is at noon, and later that day P-Funk will play another free show, this time at Newark's NJPAC Theatre Square. Originally Clinton was to have played NJPAC on June 10 as part of a "House Party" with Kid n' Play and Full Force, but that was recently cancelled.
Then on July 19, Clinton and P-Funk play The Paramount in Long Island. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All upcoming dates are listed, along with video of Clinton's BAM lecture series, below...
photo: Flaming Lips at Levitation 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Earlier this month, part of the lineup leaked for this year's series free concerts at Montauk's restaurant/hotel/vacation spot The Surf Lodge, and we've now got the full schedule. Some highlights include Mac DeMarco (5/22), Flaming Lips (6/7), Alvvays (6/14), Benjamin Booker (6/20), The Allah-las (6/27), Jon & Josiah of The Head and the Heart (6/28), Sylvan Esso (7/26), Delta Spirit (8/8), tUnE-yArDs (8/9), The Joy Formidable (9/4), and more.
As usual, the annual series hosts these free shows each weekend from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. It's not too far from NYC, and the bands make for a pretty good reason to get away to Montauk for a weekend.
Check out the full 2015 Surf Lodge concert series schedule below...
BAM's annual summer R&B Festival which happens Thursdays at noon - 2 PM at MetroTech Commons at MetroTech Center from June 4 - August 6 (corner of Flatbush and Myrtle Aves in Brooklyn). All shows are free and open to the public. This year's lineup:
June 4: Bobby RushA more detailed schedule below...
June 11: Andra Day with special guest Kate Davis
June 18: Erica Campbell
June 25: Al B. Sure!
July 2: King Sunny Adé & His African Beats
July 9: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
July 16: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
July 23: The Jones Family Singers
July 30: Theo Croker
Aug 6: Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen