Battery Park City's free River & Blues series happens on Thursdays from July 5 - August 2 in Wagner Park. Things kick off tonight (7/5) with great Malian band Songhoy Blues and the whole schedule looks like this:

  • July 5 // Songhoy Blues
  • July 12 // Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely
  • July 19 // John Hammond
  • July 26 // Hurray for the Riff Raff
  • August 2 // Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

River and Blues shows happen at 7 PM and are free and open to the public.

Songhoy Blues also play Union Pool on Saturday (7/7) as part of the venue's free Summer Thunder series. Just added to the bill is Braineaters, the Misfits cover band featuring musicians from LCD Soundsystem, Juan Maclean, Les Savy Fav, Violent Bullshit, Sinkane and more. That starts at 2 PM.

Meanwhile, Hurray for the Riff Raff frontwoman Alynda Segarra will be on tour with Jim James this fall.