Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Free NYC Concerts This Week: Sonic Youth, Ted Leo, St. Vincent, Wailin' Jennys, More

If you didn't manage to get tickets to the Black Keys paid benefit concerts at Summerstage (today and tomorrow), well, there's still plenty of good live music happening in New York this week, including lots of free stuff.

Here's a quick look at just some of the highlight of what's coming up for free NYC concerts this week:
Tuesday, July 27
* Summerstage: R&B group Blue Magic (remember the hit "Sideshow"?) - Tappen Park, Staten Island, 7 p.m.

* Summerstage: The Metropolitan Opera: Summer Recital Series featuring Monica Yunus, Matthew Plenk, Donovan Singletary, and Jonathan Kelly - Queensbridge Park, Queens, 7 p.m. (also at Jackie Robinson Park on Thursday)

Wednesday, July 28
* Summerstage: jazz and Caribbean singer and player Olu Dara - Queensbridge Park, Queens, 7 p.m.

Madison Square Music: Canadian female singing trio The Wailin' Jennys - Madison Square Park, 7 p.m.

Thursday, July 29
* Seaside Concert Series: '80s rockers George Thorogood & the Destroyers and Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes - Asser Levy/Seaside Park, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 30
* South St. Seaport: pop rockers Avi Buffalo and Chad VanGaalen, South Street Seaport Pier 17, 6 p.m.

Saturday, July 31
* Celebrate Brooklyn: Sonic Youth, Grass Widow, and Talk Normal, Prospect Park, 7 p.m.

* Summerstage: global pop superstars Jovanotti, Los Amigos Invisibles, and Natalia Lafourcade - Central Park, 3 p.m.

Sunday, August 1
* Summerstage: a trio of great female singer-songwriters: St. Vincent (Annie Clark), tUnEyArDs, and Basia Bulat - Central Park, 3 p.m.
Jelly NYC Pool PartyTed Leo & the Pharmacists, Brooklyn Bowl, 6 p.m.

As for non-free concerts, here's one that sounds like fun (two, actually): the 30th anniversary celebration of music magazine The Big Takeover, with two shows at the Bell House in Brooklyn July 30th and 31st. Friday's show features The Avengers, The Libertines U.S., Visqueen, Channel 3, Flower, Springhouse, and EDP. Saturday's lineup has Mark Burgess, For Against, Springhouse, Sleepover Disaster, Jon Auer, Don McGlashan, The Sharp Things, and Steve Drewett of The (Newtown) Neurotics.

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