A Guide to NYC’s Outdoor Summer Concerts

Tift Merritt plays Americanafest NYC on August 7 at  David Rubenstein Atrium
Tift Merritt plays Americanafest NYC on August 7 at David Rubenstein Atrium – Photo by Richard Kluver/grass clippings blog

It was all too clear on Wednesday night as the swarms of winter-fearing, heat-loving New Yorkers waited in a massive, snake of a line circling Prospect Park: summer is here, even if it isn’t. And to that end, what’s the only thing better than seeing Nickel Creek under the stars and following it up with a mescal margarita? Doing them simultaneously.

So without further ado, here’s a list of gcb’s top picks for outdoor summer concerts in NYC.

June 6
1:30 p.m. — Jason Isbell at Governor’s Ball
5:45 p.m. — Neko Case at Governor’s Ball

June 8
4:45 p.m. — The Head and the Heart at Governor’s Ball

June 17
6:30 p.m. — John Butler Trio at Central Park SummerStage (Ticketed)

June 17 – 19
7:00 p.m. — The National at Prospect Park Bandshell

June 20
7:00 p.m. — Amos Lee / Lake Street Dive at Prospect Park Bandshell

June 27
7:00 p.m. — Shovels and Rope / Valerie June / Shakey Graves at Prospect Park Bandshell

June 26
7:30 p.m. — Warpaint / Yellowbirds

June 30
6:00 p.m. — Counting Crows/ Toad the Wet Sprocket/ Daniel and the Lion (Ticketed)

July 1
7:30 p.m. — Beck at Central Park SummerStage

July 8
7:40 p.m. — Andrew Bird at Central Park SummerStage

July 21
7:00 p.m. —
Pete Seeger tribute w/ Anti-Flag (acoustic) / Toni Blackman / The Chapin Sisters / Rebel Diaz / Steve Earle / Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion / James Maddock / Elizabeth Mitchell & Dan Zanes / Mike + Ruthy / Nyraine / Amanda Palmer / Michael Glabicki (of Rusted Root) / The Tony Lee Thomas Band and DJ sets by Kool Herc at SummerStage

July 23
7:00 p.m. — Neutral Milk Hotel at Prospect Park Bandshell

July 24

7:30 p.m. — Nickel Creek / Secret Sisters

July 29
7:00 p.m. — Conor Oberst / Dawes at Central Park SummerStage (Ticketed)

August 2

7:00 p.m. — Hurray for the Riff Raff / Dr. John at Central Park SummerStage

August 6
7:00 p.m. — Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell / Robert Ellis at Damrosch Park Bandshell (Lincoln Center Out of Doors / Americanafest NYC)

August 7
7:00 p.m. — Tift Merritt at David Rubenstein Atrium (Lincoln Center Out of Doors / Americanafest NYC)

August 9
7:00 p.m. — St. Vincent at Prospect Park Bandshell
7:00 p.m. — Roseanne Cash / The Lone Bellow / Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale at Damrosch Park Bandshell (Lincoln Center Out of Doors / Americanafest NYC)
7:00 p.m. — Devil Makes Three at Hearst Plaza (Lincoln Center Out of Doors / Americanafest NYC)

August 10
5:00 p.m. — Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires / St. Paul & the Broken Bones / Bobby Patterson / Music Maker Blues Revue Featuring Dom Flemons, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, and Ironing Board Sam at Damrosch Park Bandshell (Lincoln Center Out of Doors / Americanafest NYC)