New York City’s Music Scene Is Hot This Summer With A Variety Of Concerts And Festivals For Music Fans Of All Ages
NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organisation, invites music lovers to enjoy the diverse and elite concerts, performances and festivals taking place throughout the City this summer. From children’s music and Broadway tunes to EDM and jazz, the music scene is as vibrant as the City itself, with something for everyone’s taste.
“There’s no experience that compares to listening to your favourite artists perform at locations like the lawn at Bryant Park or at Williamsburg Music Hall,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “Each summer, music enthusiasts come to New York City to experience firsthand the premier talent and world-class venues found throughout the five boroughs. This summer offers countless opportunities for fans of all ages and interests to enjoy New York City’s exciting music scene.”
Among the music highlights taking place across New York City this summer are:
- The largest free performing arts festival in New York City, SummerStage, is back this year to celebrate its 30th season with more than 20 free shows in Central Park and free shows in 16 neighbourhood parks across the five boroughs.
- Early risers can enjoy Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series every Friday through September 4 at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. Some of this year’s performers include Mika, Walk the Moon, Nicki Minaj, Hozier, Luke Bryan, 5 Seconds of Summer and Florida Georgia Line. The Today show is also hosting its Summer Concert Series at Rockefeller Plaza every Friday through September 4, featuring Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Carly Rae Jepsen and more.
- Spend an evening with They Might Be Giants at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 26 and enjoy music from the band’s breakthrough album Lincoln, their 2015 Dial-A-Song project and more.
- The historic St. George Theatre will host a Beatles tribute concert on July 29 featuring local Staten Island musicians on the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ film Help!
- Visit Forest Hill Stadium in Queens on August 6 to see Broadway star Sutton Foster join the New York Pops, the largest independent pop orchestra in the United States.
- Jazz lives on. From August 21–23, Charlie Parker Jazz Festival honours the legendary saxophonist. This year’s performers include Oliver Lake Big Band, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Joe Lovano at Marcus Garvey Park and Tompkins Square Park. The 92nd Street Y will also be holding the 31st Annual Jazz in July Festival from July 21–30, with performances by Dick Hyman, Bill Charlap, Marcus Roberts, Jeb Patton and more!
- Get your EDM fix at Electric Zoo on Randall’s Island September 4–6. This year’s lineup includes world-renowned DJs such as David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren and Kaskade.
- Children in Brooklyn can head over to Albee Square for its Kids Block Party on the first Thursday of every month for live music.
- Madison Square Park is hosting its Madison Square Kids Concert Series on the Farragut Lawn every Thursday morning through July 30 at 10:30am. For adults, Madison Square Park’s Oval Lawn Series is held on Wednesday evenings and features nationally touring acts in an eclectic mix of genres.
- Fans of accordions, bandoneons and concertinas can squeeze into Bryant Park for its Accordions Around the World series, every Wednesday from 6–8pm through August 28.
- Now in its 110th year, the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts take place on select Tuesday nights through August 4 at 7:30pm at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park.
- Enjoy long-standing favourites and discover something new when Lincoln Center Out of Doors brings three jam-packed weeks of world-class music, dance and spoken word to the plazas of Lincoln Center, from July 22–August 9.
- The BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival is back at MetroTech Commons this summer with performances every Thursday at noon through August 6.
- Bargemusic, New York City’s floating concert hall in Brooklyn, presents “Music in Motion,” a neighbourhood family concert, Saturdays at 4pm through August 29.
- Celebrate Brooklyn!, one of New York City’s longest-running free outdoor performing arts festivals, hosts a lineup of free concerts through August 12 at the Prospect Park Bandshell.
- The Metropolitan Opera’s 2015 Summer HD Festival will offer 10 free screenings of Met performances on Lincoln Center Plaza August 29 through September 7.
- At 6pm on July 23 and August 6, the Hudson RiverRocks Concert Series features established and breaking artists performing at Pier 84 on the Hudson River.
- MoMA is hosting a Sunday summer concert series of jazz and classical music, Summergarden: New Music for New York, through July 26 at 8pm.
Bowery Ballroom, Lower East Side, Manhatttan
For a complete list of other upcoming festivals, performances and musical events taking place this summer, visit nycgo.com/music.