It’s hot, school is out, and if you’re like most of us, you’re short on cash. We know the feeling. Summertime is one of those seasons where it literally feels like the world could be at your fingertips if you just had an extra 20 dollar bill on hand. Luckily, we got you covered. Remezcla has picked out 8 of the best summer concerts throughout the city: each of them is totally free and a guaranteed good time. Whether you like indie rock, cumbia, club jams, or something in between, we’ve carefully curated a list of summer happenings for the next 3 months.
We’ll be adding to this list as summer goes on, so check back for more!
Come by Brooklyn Museum on June 6th to see performances by theNew York City Gay Men’s Chorus, Aye Nako, DJ Lynnee Denise, Malportado Kids, and Junglepussy. The Malportado Kids hail from Providence, Rhode Island and are bringing their rambunctious live show to the stage, something we got a taste of at the last Azucar party in Brooklyn. The show starts at 5pm and is free admission, brought to you by Target.
Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding’s latest project, Emily’s D+Evolution, “rekindles her childhood interest in theater, poetry and movement and delves into a broader concept of performance.” With this appearance at the Prospect Park Bandshell thanks to Celebrate Brooklyn, Emily’s D+Evolution will perform all new material that Esperanza says “unfolds as live musical vignettes.” Gates open at 6:30PM.
SummerStage is bringing in Jungle and Ibeyi to perform in the summer of June 20th in Central Park. The British group Jungle became quite a sensational after its’ BBC Sound of 2014 nomination and more than 4 million hits on Platoon video. Joining them is Ibeyi, the French-Cuban musical twins who turned into major iconic figures for those who represent Yoruba culture. Come catch them live at 6pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Together, Camilo Lara and Toy Selectah are known as Compass. Camilo Lara is the founder of Mexican Institute of Sound (M.I.S) and has released 4 albums since its formation in early 2000. His music is a visionary mixture that flirts with electronic, hip-hop, dub, cumbia and punk. Globetrotter, DJ, Producer and visionary, Toy Selectah has established a hybrid sound of Latin and world rhythms. Toy is a pioneer and essential character of the new Mexican and Latin American music scene. Artists Helado Negro & Systema Solar will also be joining them on stage this night, along with DJ’s from the Pirotecnia Label. This one is free and open to the public!
Bajofondo is performing as part of Celebrate Brooklyn’s summer concert series on July 10th in Prospect Park. Bajofondo‘s ambitious third album, Presente, just got its third video single. After an overdose of close-up portraits in “Lluvia,” they probably assumed that we were already all too familiar with the band members’ faces so they went to the opposite extreme. The group will be joined by Astro, and Los Auténticos Decadentes. This event is free and open to the public.
Bostich and Fussible has been nominated for a Grammy, two Latin Grammys, and traveled everywhere from China to Morocco and back. They’re part of the Nortec collective, a group of artists that integrate banda sinaloense, norteño and electronic rhythms. Come catch them live at Damrosch Park Bandshell on July 23rd as part of the Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors free concert series.
SummerStage is bringing in hip hop saviors Ratking to perform this summer at East River Park. The local Harlem group played at Pitchfork’s Paris Music festival in 2012 and has gained a large following and incredible amounts of press ever since. The group album’s “So It Goes” scored a 7.5 in Pitchfork Best New Albums. The group will be joined by Bishop Nehru. Check out their free show at East River Park on August 5th at 7pm. This event is open to the public.
SummerStage is hosting their 30th Anniversary in Central Park, celebrating with DJ’s from around the world. Colombian-based DJ & producer Quantic is bringing Latin funk and soul music to the crowd. He’ll be joined by British DJ, producer and curator Gilles Peterson who has been hoarding some of the best new Cuban music for a while. Afrika Bambaataa will also be joining the stage; he is known as “The Godfather” of electro funk during the 80’s. Afrika has helped influence and spread the hip hop culture throughout the world.The show starts at 5pm. This event is free and open to the public.