Entries tagged with: free shows
Laurie Anderson at The Stone in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
The Celebrate Brooklyn! 2014 lineup was announced not long ago, and since then there's been a few updates.
The Ornette Coleman tribute on June 12 now features Laurie Anderson and David Murray, joining the previously announced lineup of Flea, Patti Smith and many more. Unfortunately, Afrika Bambaataa dropped off.
The Ezra Jack Keats Family Concert on June 14 will now feature a reading by Park Slope's own Mark Stewart (co-founder, Bang on a Can All-Stars) of one of Ezra's books before the concert.
And the Nickel Creek show on July 24 will now be opened by Secret Sisters.
All three of those shows, and many other Celebrate Brooklyn! shows at Prospect Park this summer, including Dum Dum GIrls, Warpaint, Deltron 3030, St. Vincent and more, are totally free to the public.
Edward Sharpe at The Surf Lodge this past weekend (via Thatcher Shultz)
Like in past years, the Montauk restaurant/hotel/vacation spot The Surf Lodge is once again hosting a free concert series. The series kicked off this past weekend with Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and others, and there's several weekend shows through the summer including Yeasayer (6/1), TEEN (6/7), Courtney Barnett (6/15), Poolside (6/21), Real Estate (6/22), San Fermin (7/12), Gary Clark Jr. (7/13), Ryan Hemsworth (7/26), Temples (8/9), Delorean (8/17), Sky Ferreira (8/24), and more.
Again, all shows are free and they make for a pretty good reason to get away to Montauk for the weekend. See what else The Surf Lodge has to offer. Full 2014 concert schedule below...
Ex Cult @ DbA, 2013 (more by Devan Council)
Memorial Day Weekend is coming up, and as usual there's no shortage of things to do. On the music front, if you'd like to get away (but not too far away) for the long weekend, there's a few good festivals. Headbangers may want to head to Maryland Deathfest for Agalloch, Crowbar, Gorguts, Ulcerate, and more. Or you can get your indie rock on at Boston Calling with The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, and more. Or maybe you're more the punk type and will head to Michigan for Bled Fest with Title Fight, The Menzingers, Self Defense Family, Frameworks, Little Big League and more.
If you're staying in NYC this weekend, there's plenty to do here as well. Head below to check our top 10 list of events going on this weekend...
Mykki Blanco at MHOW in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
I'm leaving Portugal after my performance. Please stop writing hate speech, threatening to hang me, posting pictures of slaves and leaving gay hate messages on my page, I have seen a really disturbing side of this culture tonightAnd also gave a statement to Noisey:
I was swindled, by the Portuguese police department for being a gay black tourist that is the only explanation for this situation. I had literally just got off of a plane was in the airport on my way to the art gallery I am currently doing a residency at and I was taken advantage of by the Portuguese police. More than an act of racism and prejudice or even homophobia ( which were all 3 factors) I realized that class matters and that an upwardly mobile black man isn't something people always want to see.The Noisey article also mentions he was ordered to pay a 600 euro fine.
I was arrested for telling a police officer to "go fuck himself" after I repeatedly and politely asked him where I could purchase a taxi voucher since he worked with the taxi attendant at the airport. the altercation escalated because I waited in a long line like everyone else outside the airport for a taxi and when I was told by the taxi attendant that I could not use my credit card but only cash the taxi attendant and cop refused to help or answer any other questions I had about an alternative in anyway. They were impatient and short with me all the while eagerly helping white tourists who were behind me in line while I waited to be addressed.
A Portuguese woman in the same taxi line with me even leaned over and whispered "I don't know why they are being so strange with you, there is a place inside to buy taxi vouchers you don't need cash". I should have listened to the woman and went inside myself to find the voucher office but there is apart of my personality that really wants to see if people WILL actually be prejudiced, to see if maybe my PC west coast optimism about the world is being challenged by blatant discrimination and I was right. I asked the police officer where the voucher office was and I was told to "go away" like I was nuance as if I had not waited in the same line as all the other white tourists and when I asked why he could not help but could gladly help the other tourists I was yelled at and told to "go away bicha" which is a gay slur, even though I had waited in the same line as everyone else.
The world aint a fair place, and the idea of a young successful black guy doesn't always fly everywhere but I was insulted, and discriminated against so I said "Fuck you" and walked away...well he followed me inside, used his radio to call other police causing a scene in the airport and told me "You are under arrest" I said "excuse me, I have not committed a crime, I asked you for help and you refused to help me" he said "You have insulted a police officer and that is a crime in Portugal, you can't talk to me that way" and he arrested me.
Mykki Blanco plays a big and free hometown Summerstage show in NYC's East River Park on August 7.
Angel Haze at SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Angel Haze has a European tour coming up in July following a Glastonbury appearance, but before leaving home the NYC-based rapper will play a free local show on June 7 at House of Vans with The Death Set and Bad Rabbits. RSVP is required, and entry is still first come, first served. Doors open at 7 PM.
The Vans House Parties were also announced today, which like this show, are free shows happening at House of Vans.
Show flyer and the full list of Angel Haze dates below...
(photo courtesy brooklynbridgepark.org)
Brooklyn Bridge Park's "Movies With a View" series returns in 2014 with another free season of films under the open sky and against the Manhattan skyline backdrop on Thursdays in July and August. This year's lineup, which is sponsored by SyFy network, is animal-themed. At least the titles, and include the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup, Wes Anderson's charming The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and cinematic gem Sharknado. Like usual, the final film in the series is a public vote (nominees TBA).
Full "Movies With a View" schedule is below...
the beer garden at House of Vans in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
The free Vans and FYF-presented Vans House Parties at NYC's House of Vans (25 Franklin St) are returning this summer with two shows a month from June - August. The June shows will be Charles Bradley, Mac DeMarco and Benjamin Booker (6/12); and STRFKR, Poolside and Chrome Sparks (6/19); and the other four lineups are still TBA.
All shows are free with RSVP, but entry is still first come, first served (doors at 7 PM). RSVP for the 6/12 show opens today (5/21) at noon.
Full list of House Party dates, with flyers for the events, below...
The 2014 season of Lincoln Center's free Out of Doors festival happens over three weeks this summer, from July 20 - August 10 at various outdoor venues in and around Lincoln Center. Highlights this year include a memorial concert for Pete and Toshi Seeger with The Chapin Sisters, Peter Yarrow, Dar Williams and more; a collaboration between José González and yMusic; the first performance in 40 Years of Larry Harlow's Hommy: A Latin Opera; the world premiere of The Campbell Brothers' A Sacred Steel Love Supreme celebrating the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme; Chicago contemporary music sextet eighth blackbird premiering new works by Bryce Dessner and Andy Akiho; plus Toshi Reagan, Roberta Flack, The Negro Problem, and more.
Lincoln Center Out of Doors also contains a few mini-fests within it this year. The all-day globalFEST happens on July 27 featuring M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, Bombay Royale, Pupy y Los Que Son Son, Charanjit Singh and lots more.
The final week (August 6 - 10) will be Americanafest NYC, featuring concerts by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Cassandra Wilson, Rosanne Cash, Charles Bradley, The Lone Bellow and more.
For details on all the events at this year's Lincoln Center Out of Door festival, visit their website. All shows are free, all ages, and open to the public. Full 2014 schedule below...
Dinosaur Jr. @ T5, 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
The Julie Ruin had to drop off as headliners of the 2014 Village Voice 4Knots Music Festival , as singer Kathleen Hanna has had a lyme disease relapse. (Feel better, Kathleen!) The fest has announced their new headliner: Dinosaur Jr. They'll join Those Darlins, Speedy Ortiz, Radkey, Viet Cong, Nude Beach, Juan Wauters and more TBA at South St. Seaport on July 12. That show is free and all ages.
Dinosaur Jr. will play NYC before that, headlining the free Converse Rubber Tracks show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 28 with Screaming Females and Creepoid. While free, all tickets have been claimed for that one. They were also part of last night's Fun Fun Fun Fest announcement (with Blood Brothers, Judas Priest, Mineral, Failure and many more).
In other news, Dino Jr. frontman J. Mascis is guesting with the band on Late Night with Seth Meyers all this week. The show airs weeknights at 12:30 AM on NBC.
by Bill Pearis
Powered by what sounds like a very old drum machine, Brooklyn trio The Tablets have an appealingly wobbly sound -- floating somewhere between 1966 and 1983, warmed by the vocals of Mexican-born main member Liz Godoy. The Tablets released their debut album last year, and are set to follow it up with the Ground EP which will be out soon. We've got the premiere of "Swallow The Rival" from it and you can stream it, along with the EP's title track and a few tracks from their album, below.
The Tablets will be playing live in NYC next week at BRIC Arts Media House on May 20. It's part of art exhibit "Small Solos: Vandana Jain" by Melissa Godoy Nieto who is Liz's sister and also does visuals for the band. The show is free and more info is here.
by Bill Pearis
Here We Go Magic @ Baby's All Right, Dec. 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As we just posted, Scottish duo Honeyblood and Saint Rich were added to Teenage Fanclub's River Rocks show on July 24. (This will be TFC's first NYC show in four years.) That's not the only update to the line-ups of the three free River Rocks shows they're doing at Hudson River Park's Pier 84 this summer.
The August 7 show with Temples now has Here We Go Magic and Spires on the bill as well. River Rocks' 2014 kickoff show is July 10 with Wild Beasts and Mutual Benefit. If you show up early that night -- pardon the self-promotion -- I'll be DJing from 6 PM till Mutual Benefit start (around 8 PM).
All River Rocks shows are free, all-ages and open to the public, with gates opening at 6 PM for each one.
Speaking of free Here We Go Magic shows on a Pier, they're playing TONIGHT (5/14) at Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park with Gospels and Porcelain Raft. It's the official pre-party for New York Road Runner Five-Borough Series: Brooklyn Half Marathon which happens on Saturday (5/17). Show tonight starts at 8 PM.
Dinosaur Jr at Terminal 5 in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
Indie rock veterans Dinosaur Jr don't have a tour scheduled at the moment, but they do have a few select festival appearances coming up, and a FREE Converse Rubber Tracks Live show in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 28 with Philly slowcore/shoegazers Creepoid. Though the show is free, you do need tickets to enter, which go on "sale" Wednesday (5/14) at noon. All upcoming Dino Jr dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, you can also see Creepoid in NYC sooner than that when their tour hits Death by Audio on May 18 with Alex G, Florida and The Chickenhawks.
Listen to music from both bands, with Dino Jr's list of dates, below...
Pissed Jeans @ MHOW, 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Union Pool's "Summer Thunder" series is returning for another season of Saturday outdoor shows during the warmer months at the Brooklyn venue (484 Union Ave). This year is a co-production with Other Music and things kick off on May 31 with dub DJ crew Blazer Sound System and a live performance from Permanent Love. The initial June lineup has been announced, featuring Pissed Jeans (6/7), Latin soul singer Joe Bataan (6/14), and Liquor Store, Call of the Wild and a TBA "Special Guest Headliner" (6/21).
The June 28 show is with drum-centric combo IIII (Four) featuring Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Hisham Akira Bharoocha (Soft Circle / Boredoms), Ryan Sawyer (Lonewolf) and Ben Vida. It's a high-concept piece they'll be performing:
The original piece, which has been performed in New York and at various music venues such as the Sydney Opera House in Sydney Australia with a range of 4 to up to 40 drummers, was written for 4 lead drummers who each expressed one of the four seasons we experience on the planet through a rhythm; spring, summer, fall and winter. Through each rhythm a multi-dimensional dialogue is created between the other musicians performing. This concept piece morphed into a musical composition which embraces the change seen on our planet as it goes through transitions and seasonal / environmental progression.All "Summer Thunder" shows are free, start at 2 PM and are 21+. Flyer and initial schedule (we're told some more pretty big name will be announced soon, so stay tuned), below...
Nicole Atkins @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Madison Square Park's "Oval Lawn Series" is back with another summer season's worth of free shows every Wednesday from June 18 - August 6. The series kicks off with Nicole Atkins on 6/18 and here's the whole 2014 line-up:
June 18 Nicole AtkinsNicole Atkins will open for Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at Prospect Park and Hammerstein Ballroom in July. Tickets are still available for both shows.
June 25 Ester Rada & Maya Azucena
July 2 The SteelDrivers / Cricket Tell the Weather
July 9 John Fullbright
July 16 Jacky Terrasson Quartet
July 23 Jon Cleary
July 30 Forro in the Dark & Debo Band
August 6 Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
The "Oval Lawn Series" are not the only concerts in Madison Square Park this summer. There's also the "Mad. Sq. Kids Series" featuring family-friendly shows that take place rain or shine in the Park on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 AM. Full schedule for those, along with more details about the "Oval Lawn Series" below...
John Doe w/ X at Made In America 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The sixth annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival happens every Tuesday from June 3 through August 26 in the back parking lot behind NYC venue City Winery. The free, all ages outdoor shows happen from 5 PM to 7:30 PM.
Artists playing this year include Commander Cody (6/10) John Doe of X (6/24), Stephen Kellogg (8/5), Drivin' n' Cryin' (8/12), and more.
Full schedule and flyer below...
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Pujol's new album, KLUDGE will be out May 20 via Saddle Creek. It's a fairly hi-fi affair for this Nashville garage rocker, but I wouldn't call it slick (greasy maybe) and there are some terrific songs on it. If you like Reatards style rock, it's worth checking out. You can stream "Dark Haired Suitor" from the album, along with the previously released "Pitch Black" and "Small World" below.
When we last posted, Pujol only had a few tour dates scheduled, including NYC at Mercury Lounge on May 24 (tickets). Since then a full tour has blossomed with two more NYC shows. Pujol will play Death by Audio on May 23 with Toronto's Sam Coffey & the Iron Lungs, plus Scully and Jupiter Boys. They'll also play a free matinee in-store at Rough Trade on Saturday, May 24 (same day as their Merc show) at 2 PM.
Updated dates are listed, along with streams, below...
The Upset / Aye Nako / Palehound show at Death by Audio on Friday (4/9) is actually doubling as an afterparty for a screening of We Are the Best, the acclaimed new movie from director Lukas Moodyson about a teenage girl punk band in early-'80s Sweden. The screening happens around the corner at IndieScreen at 7 PM on Friday. The screening is free and if you go to it, you get a free pass for the DbA show. Not a bad Friday night. You must RSVP though and admittance is first come, first served. You can also buy advance tickets ($5) to the DbA show.
Upset also play Saturday (5/10) at Baby's All Right with Worriers (tickets). If you can't go to Friday's free screening, We Are the Best screens tonight (5/7, 7:30 PM) at BAM's Rose Cinmemas with a post-screening Q&A with Moodysson. It's the kickoff to BAM's "Punk Rock Girls" series and tickets are still available. We Are the Best begins a limited North American release on May 30.
Trailer for the We Are the Best below...
Joanna Gruesome @ BVCMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Seaport Music Festival is back for its 13th season though, like 4Knots, somewhat reimagined. With the Pier 17 being redeveloped, the stage will now be on Fulton St. at Water St. with the stage facing East (meaning the audience will be on Fulton from Water down to South St.). We're told the stage is slightly smaller than the one at River Rocks.
More importantly, the Seaport Music Festival is back up to a robust eight Friday evenings from July 11 - August 29. Like the stage, the acts are a little smaller this year. The initial lineup:
Friday, July 11 Protomartyr, AlvvaysAs always Seaport Music Festival shows are free and open to the public.
Friday, July 18 Calvin Love, Las Rosas
Friday, July 25 Torres, TBA
Friday, August 1 Snowmine, The Casket Girls
Friday, August 8 Black Bananas, Shockwave Riderz
Friday, August 15 Boogarins, Jacco Gardner
Friday, August 22 Dead Gaze, TBA
Friday, August 29 Joanna Gruesome, Big Ups
by Ian Chainey
NYHC hardcore legends Sheer Terror will be playing a few shows this year, including a free show in their hometown at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on May 23. They'll be supported by Agitator and Cop Problem, the latter of which is also slated to play June's gigantic Punk Island. All dates are listed below.
While the word 'legend' is usually misused, applied to bands that don't actually have any legends propping up their mythos, it seems earned in Sheer Terror's case, if only due to singer Paul Bearer's patented, oft-recounted stage banter. Forming in 1984, Sheer Terror sought to amplify the aggression and heft of hardcore, upping the ante for a new breed pulling influences directly from the world of metal. Their breakthrough, 1989's Just Can't Hate Enough, discharged a thick, buzzing guitar tone that was more indebted to thrashers/proto-deathers like Martin Ain (Hellhammer/Celtic Frost) than those listed on the typical punk's template. No big deal? Well, the reason that sentence doesn't read oddly today is largely because of Sheer Terror and their likeminded scenemates' widespread influence.
Through numerous break-ups, Paul Bearer has kept the Sheer Terror torch lit, producing a total of seven LPs with a rotating cast of members. Their last, 2011's Spite, came after a 13 year long hiatus. (Not counting the few reunion dates in between.) But, the band's home is on the stage, allowing the confrontational and charismatic Bearer to let loose torrents of verbal abuse.
To get you prepared, check out two live sets from YouTube's large library of Sheer Terror documentation, with the list of dates, below...
The Julie Ruin @ MHOW, Oct 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, the Village Voice's 2014 4Knots Music Fest happens July 12 at South Street Seaport. They just released the initial round of acts playing: The Julie Ruin, Those Darlins, Speedy Ortiz, Radkey, Viet Cong (ex-Women), Nude Beach, and Juan Wauters. With two stages, lots more artists will be announced soon. Stay tuned.
Like always, The 4Knots Festival is free and all-ages.
The official afterparty will be at Webster Hall. Lineup and tickets TBA.
by Bill Pearis
Beverly at Cake Shop last month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Beverly, the duo of Drew Citron and Frankie Rose, have just released a new song from their forthcoming debut album, out July 1 on Kanine. Like the whole record, "You Can't Get it Right" is an insanely catchy piece of poppy indie rock and you can stream it below.
The full-band version of Beverly (which currently doesn't feature Frankie in the group) made their live debut a couple weeks ago (they were really good) and they've got more shows on the horizon. Beverly play the Randall's Island Frieze Art Fair on May 11 with Suzi Analogu, Doble Pletina, The Suzan, and Laila. Then they'll play a record release party at Baby's All Right on June 28. No word on tickets or openers for that show.
The show at Frieze is part of a music festival dubbed WITHOUT that runs May 8 - 11 and is curated by Tom Tom Magazine. It happens outside the fair and is free and open to the public. Noveller and Clinical Trials are among the other bands playing -- full schedule is below.
Speaking of Tom Tom and Beverly, Fred Armisen interviewed Drew and Frankie for the Tom Tom and you can watch a video of them talking drums and other topics below.
"You Can't Get It Right" stream, plus "Honey Do," below...
St. Vincent in Chicago earlier this month (more by James Richards IV)
A few of the paid Celebrate Brooklyn! shows at Prospect Park have already been announced, including The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, plus the free Janelle Monae show, and now BRIC has announced the full lineup for the 2014 season.
The full lineup is listed below. Some highlights of the FREE shows include:
Dum Dum Girls, Hospitality and TEEN on June 21.All of the above-mentioned shows are FREE, all ages, and open to the public. Most start at 7 or 7:30 PM. Check out the full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule below...
Warpaint and Yellowbirds on June 26.
Shovels & Rope, Valerie June and Shakey Graves on June 27.
Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Talib Kweli, Glenn Kotche and Aja Monet on July 5.
Deltron 3030 and Nomadic Massive on July 19.
Nickel Creek on July 24.
Kes the Band and Kuenta I Tambu (KiT) on August 2.
St. Vincent and San Fermin on August 9.
The annual Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival happens May 4 on Washington St. between Observer Highway to 7th St. from 11am to 6pm. This 2014 edition is the fest's 20th anniversary and features live music from Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, The Black Hollies, Overlake and more. One of the fest's three stages is a children's stage, plus there will be over 300 artists, crafters, photographers, sculptors, food vendors, and more as well.
Full lineup/schedule is listed below...
Hip-hop legends, including DJ Kool Herc, Marley Marl, considered one of the most influential producers in the genre, and Zulu Nation, a hip-hop awarness group, will star during a month-long Queens Library project dubbed "31 Days of Non-Stop Hip Hop."Check out the full list of events, below.
As part the series, which includes a different hip-hop event every day, Queens locals will get to meet the music pioneers, learn about hip-hop history and study break dancing moves.
But they will also get to share their memories and hip-hop memorabilia with the library, which is launching the Hip-Hop Elements project, an attempt to create a hip-hop archive documenting its history in the borough, the library said.
"We want to capture and archive the heritage of hip-hop for future generations as part of the history of music and our collective culture," said Joanne King, a spokeswoman for the library.
In related news, DJ Kool Herc DJs the Pete Seeger tribute happening as part of the 2014 Summerstage season.
There's tons of free hip hop happening during Summerstage too, including many in Brooklyn, and a big one in Queens: Mobb Deep in Queensbridge Park on 7/17.
Full 31 Days of Non-Stop Hip Hop schedule, below...
Thee Oh Sees @ Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
As mentioned, Thee Oh Sees' hiatus was a brief one -- the same amount of time off for most bands wouldn't even be noticed -- and they're playing California shows in May. Still no word if a proper tour is in the works, but the band will play Brooklyn's Northside Festival, an outdoor show at McCarren Park on June 14. Like the CHVRCHES show on 6/15, this is free and open to the public but you will need to RSVP which you can do beginning Friday (4/25) at noon.