With the festival season swinging into gear, it's time for the annual WFUV Guide to Summer Music. We've compiled our picks for some of the best outdoor festivals, not just throughout the New York metropolitan area, but up to New England for Newport and Wilco's Solid Sound. Whether it's a subway ride or a road trip away, there's great music waiting for you!
Where: Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, NY
When: June 15-16
Saturday: Acoustic Hot Tuna/Mavis Staples/Judy Collins/David Bromberg Quintet/The Lone Bellow/Nicole Atkins/Anitbalas/Toshi Reagon & Big Lovely/Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
Sunday: Pete Seeger/Son Volt/Kris Kristofferson/Acoustic Hot Tuna & Steve Kimock/Patterson Hood/Keller Williams & The Travelin' McCourys/Jason Isbell/The Klezmatics/Red Baraat//Buffy Sainte-Marie
Tickets and information: www.ClearwaterFestival.org
FYI: This is Clearwater's 35th Great Hudson River Revival, with Pete Seeger on hand once again at 94. Clearwater has many family-oriented activities. (Children under 12 are free.) Festival goers can sign up for two-hour sails on the sloop Clearwater or the schooner Mystic Whaler.
Where: Rumsey Playfield in Central Park
When: June 4 - Aug. 11
- The Zombies / Django Django / Adam Green & Binki Shapiro, June 15, 3pm
- She & Him/Camera Obscura*, July 6, 7pm
- Joan Baez/Indigo Girls*, June 17, 7pm
- Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, June 23, 3pm
- Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue/Soulive, July 22, 7pm
- Lianne La Havas/LP/Quadron, July 27, 3pm
- Ben Howard/Michael Kiwanuka*, July 29, 5pm
- Shuggie Otis/Jose James/Hiatus Kaiyote, August 11, 3pm
- Bobby McFerrin, August 20, 7pm
Tickets: Concerts are free, unless otherwise noted. Tickets for the benefit concerts (*) can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.
FYI: In addition to the concerts in Central Park, the City Parks Foundations presents concerts in 17 parks throughout the five boroughs under the SummerStage umbrella.
Where: Prospect Park Bandshell
When: June 5 - Aug. 10, doors open an hour before show starts
- Mavis Staples/Cody Chestnut, June 14, 7:30pm
- Calexico/Susana Baca/Radio Jarocho & Akoko Nante Ensemble, June 15, 7pm
- Jim James/The Roots*, June 18, 7:30pm
- Amadou & Mariam/Bombino, June 21, 7:30pm
- Os Mutantes/Javelin/Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang, June 29, 7pm
- Belle & Sebastian/Yo La Tengo*, July 11, 7pm
- Waterboys/Alastair Roberts, July 19, 7pm
- The Lone Bellow/The Low Anthem/Joe Purdy, July 20, 7pm
- Trampled by Turtles/The Devil Makes Three/Brown Bird, July 26, 7pm
- Robert Plant Presents The Sensational Shape Shifters*, July 27, 7pm
- Barenaked Ladies/Ben Folds/Guster*, July 30, 6:30pm
- Jamie Lidell/Dan Deacon/The Stepkids, August 2, 7 p.m.
- They Might Be Giants/Moon Hooch, August 10, 7:30pm
FYI: Prospect Park is easily accessible via the F, 2, 3, B and Q subway lines. On street parking can be difficult. [specific directions]
SOLID SOUND: WILCO'S MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
Where: Mass MOCA, North Adams, MA
When: June 21-23
Friday: Wilco/The Relatives/White Denim/Yo La Tengo
Saturday: Wilco/Neko Case/Low/Yo La Tengo/Foxygen/The Dream Syndicate
Sunday: Nels Cline & Julian Lage, The Autumn Defense, Border Music featuring Marc Ribot and David Hidalgo, The Blisters
Tickets and information: www.solidsoundfestival.com
FYI: Envisioned by Wilco and presented in collaboration with MASS MoCA, the weekend features two headlining Wilco concerts, a comedy cabaret programmed and hosted by John Hodgman, additional musical performances on four stages selected by Wilco, a wide array of all-ages programming, and world-class modern art.
MAD SQ MUSIC
Where: Madison Square Park, 23rd St. & Madison Ave.
When: Wednesday evenings through Aug. 7
- Suzanne Vega, June 19, 7pm
- Anat Cohen Quartet, June 26, 7pm
- The Grascals/Joy Kills Sorrow, July 3, 6pm
- Ben Sollee, July 17, 7pm
- Erin McKeown/Lake Street Dive, July 31, 6pm
- Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, August 7, 7pm
Tickets: All of the concerts are free. Information: www.madisonsquarepark.org
FYI: Bring a blanket or chair (or even kids) to enjoy the music on the lawn.
MIDSUMMER NIGHT SWING
Where: Damrosch Park (Lincoln Center)
When: June 25- July 13
- Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, .June 25
- Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s, June 27
- Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, July 2
- Urban Guerilla Orchestra, July 3
- Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra w/Tito Rodriguez,Jr., .July 10
- The Losers Lounge: Donna Summer and the Disco Divas, July 11
- Tipica 73 with special guest Tito Rodriguez, Jr., July 12
- Harlem Renaissance Orchestra: A Tribute to Illinois Jacquet, July 13
Tickets and information: www.MidsummerNightSwing.org (Tickets required for access to the dance floor)
FYI: Dance lessons precede the live music at 6:30. If you don't want to dance, you can still enjoy the music on the plaza.
Where: Riverfront Park, Beacon, NY
When: June 29
Highlights: Chicha Libre/Higher Animals/Erin Hobson Compact/Hollis Brown/The Costellos/Tracy Bonham and Friends/Mamie Minch and Her Business
Tickets: Festival is free.
CARAMOOR SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Where: Caramoor Center for Music & the Arts, Katonah, NY
American Roots Music Festival
June 29, 12-10pm: David Wax Museum/John McCutcheon/The Heritage Blues Quartet/The Stray Birds
12-6pm Friends Field: Doug & Telisha Williams/Spuyten Duyvil
7:30pm The Venetian Theater: The Del McCoury Band: Del McCoury & Woody Guthrie
July 13, 8 pm (Venetian Theater): Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell/The Devil Makes Three
August 2, 8pm (Spanish Courtyard): Suzanne Vega
Tickets and information: 914-232-1252 or www.caramoor.org
FYI: Bring a chair or blanket for the afternoon performances on June 29. The June 29 evening concert presents the world premiere of songs using unheard lyrics of Woody with new music by Del McCoury.
LOWDOWN HUDSON BLUES FESTIVAL
Where: Brookfield Place, Waterfront Plaza
When: July 10-11, 6-9:30pm
July 10: James Hunter/B.B. King
July 11: Alejandro Escovedo/Los Lonely Boys/Los Lobos
Tickets: Concerts are free.
FYI: Enjoy the live music in seats next to the harbor or from a table at one of the restaurants on the plaza.
GREAT SOUTH BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Where: Shorefront Park, Patchogue, NY
When: July 19-21
Highlights: Friday: Doobie Brothers/Billy Squier/Kerry Kearney Band
Saturday: Dark Star Orchestra/Soulive/James Maddock/Amy Helm Band/Antigone Rising/Miles to Dayton
Sunday: Electric Hot Tuna/Jerry Douglas Band/Infamous Stringdusters/Carolina Chocolate Drops/Steve Forbert/Katie Pearlman
Tickets and information: www. greatsouthbaymusicfestival.com
FYI: The festival prides itself on presenting both national acts and local emerging artists on four stages, plus a Kidzone. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, unless you have VIP tickets.
GATHERING OF THE VIBES
Where: Seaside Park, Bridgeport, CT
When: July 25-28
Highlights: Phil Lesh & Friends/Black Crowes/Tedeschi Trucks Band/Grace Potter & the Nocturnals/The Roots/Galactic/The Funky Meters/John Butler Trio/Dark Star Orchestra/Railroad Earth/Assembly of Dust/Lord Huron
Tickets and information: www.gatheringofthevibes.com
FYI: Inspired by the spirit of the Grateful Dead, GOTV is now in its 18th year. The Weekend Camping Pass includes access to all the music, stages, beach, late night festivities, and the campgrounds. Single day and single day VIP tickets also available.
NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL
Where: Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI
When: July 26-28
Friday: Feist/Old Crow Medicine Show/Mountain Goats/ Phosphorescent/ J.D. McPherson
Saturday: Avett Brothers/ Jim James/ Colin Meloy/ Trombone Shorty/ Justin Townes Earle/ Iris Dement/Father John Misty/ The Lone Bellow
Sunday: Beck/The Lumineers/Andrew Bird/ Felice Brothers/Beth Orton/ Michael Kiwanuka/Tift Merritt/Lord Huron
Tickets and information: Saturday and Sunday sold out instantly. Check for Friday night availability at www.newportfolkfest.net.
FYI: Listen for live coverage of the festival from WFUV and NPR Music on 90.7 FM or wfuv.org.
FALCON RIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL
Where: Dodds Farm, just off Route 22 north of Hillsdale, New York
When: August 2-4
Tickets and information: www.falconridgefolk.com
FYI: Moving from its usual last weekend of July to the first weekend of August, the 25th anniversary festival focuses on longtime Falcon Ridge favorites. The Friday afternoon Emerging Artists Showcase is a chance to scout new talent. Early bird camping is available starting Wednesday afternoon for ticket holders with prepaid camping tickets. Children ages 12 and under are free.
LINCOLN CENTER OUT OF DOORS
Where: Damrosch Park Bandshell (DPB), Josie Robertson Plaza (JRP) or Hearst Plaza (HP) on the Lincoln Center campus
When: July 25-Aug. 12
July 24, 7:30pm (DPB): Red Hot + FELA LIVE! (World Premiere), featuring Tony Allen and Superhuman, members of TV on the Radio, and Kronos Quartet
July, 25, 7:30pm (DPB): My Brightest Diamond/Emily Wells/Kronos Quartet w/ Mariana Sadovska
July 27, 5pm (DPB): Dan Zanes & Friends: Tribute to Leadbelly
July 27, 8pm (DPB): Ozomatli
August 7, 7:30pm (DPB): Ruben Blades
August 8, 6:30pm (JRP): No BS! Brass Band
August 10, 1:30-5pm (HP): 30th Annual Roots of American Music - Hurray for the Riff Raff/Martha Redbone Roots Project/Trixie Whitley
August 10, 6-10pm (DPB): Nick Lowe/The Crickets: The Farewell Show/Jason Isbell
August 11, 5-10pm (DPB): Bobby Rush/Allen Toussaint/Brian and Eddie Holland/Como Mamas
Tickets: The concerts are free. Information: www.LCOutofDoors.org