NYC’s SummerStage Schedule: Free, Awesome and Folked Up

City Park Foundation's SummerStage 2012
SummerStage at Central Park

There are lots of up-sides to summers in the city, and one of them is getting the chance to make up for spending (way) too much on concerts throughout the “school year” by taking advantage of all the awesome, outdoor, and largely free shows the season has to offer. But as far as SummerStage lineups go, this year’s kickass schedule may have topped any of recent memory. The one bill I may be most excited about is August’s Old Crow Medicine Show, The Lumineers and The Milk Carton Kids conglomerate. It’s not free, but at only $35, you can swallow it. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 27 at noon, so be sure to buy ’em up fast.

But if you don’t want to spend a dime – not to fear. You can set up camp for free to see the likes of, oh y’know, (takes breath) Alabama Shakes, Dawes, Robert Ellis, Jonny Corndawg, Deer Tick, Abigail Washburn, Carolina Chocolate Drops (takes breath), Diamond Rugs, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Jonny Irion, GIVERS, Buckwheat Zydeco and more. Check out the actual dates and associated acts below. (Note: stay tuned for a complete summer concert calendar that will be posted once Prospect Park’s Celebrate Brooklyn lineup is announced.)

June 16: Dawes / Kurt Vile and the Violators at Central Park

June 21: Deer Tick / Jonny Corndawg at Red Hook Park

June 24: Alabama Shakes / Diamond Rugs / Robert Ellis at Central Park

July 3: Norah Jones at Central Park (Note: Tickets are $49.50 for this show)

July 15: Guthrie Family Reunion Celebrating Woody’s 100th at Central Park

July 28: Gary Clark Jr., GIVERS at Central Park

August 6: Old Crow Medicine Show / The Lumineers / The Milk Carton Kids at Central Park (Note: Tickets for this show are $35.00; Tix on sale Fri, April 27 at Noon ET)

August 11: Carolina Chocolate Drops / Buckwheat Zydeco / Abigail Washburn at Central Park