Central Park Summerstage vs. South Street Seaport

May 15, 2008

New York becomes a different city altogether in the summer. The sun is still shining when you leave work, people are smiling, even the rats are less pissed. As an avid concert goer, the summer also means free live music…outside. This allows me to not only save some Washingtons, but enjoy the city from somewhere else besides my couch. Thus I was eager to peep the recently announced schedules for Central Park Summerstage and South Street Seaport, two veritable institutions for gratis outdoor live music.

Summerstage kicks off the season with soul icon Mavis Staples on Friday, June 13, followed by a trio of blogger delights, Vampire Weekend, Kid Sister and Born Ruffians that Saturday. The rest of the free Summerstage lineup features names like iTunes darling Yael Naim; Santogold with Diplo and A-Trak; Battles with Black Dice and Gang Gang Dance; and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. A couple of sweet shows are NOT free (benefits), including Thievery Corporation with Seu Jorge and Crosby, Stills & Nash. I saw Brazilian Girls as well as Joss Stone with Common last year, and both shows were great. What can I say, Central Park is a beautiful place to see a show. Check out the full Summerstage schedule HERE.

The Seaport schedule for this summer boasts a decidedly more indie lineup including A Place to Bury Strangers; No Age with Telepathe and Abe Vigoda; Atlas Sound; Brother Ali; and Dirty Projectors with White Williams. Last summer I caught a DJ set by Bonobo, which was real chill. I actually prefer the Seaport to Summerstage for its smaller crowds and lower-key atmosphere. Not to mention the view looking north on the East River of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges at night is priceless. You can see the full Seaport schedule HERE.

Check out Brazilian Girls performing “Me Gustas Cuando Callas” from last year’s Summerstage:


4 Responses to “Central Park Summerstage vs. South Street Seaport”

  1. pr3mise Says:

    Summerstage sounds incredibly good – the lineup looks killer. All those artists for free?

    Damn I gotta move to NYC.

  2. vanillahead Says:

    summerstage is definitely solid…make it a weekend trip. santogold in the park should be fun.

    they make the shows free to help us forget about the absurd ticket prices we pay the rest of the year.

  3. pr3mise Says:

    Yeah I heard gig tickets over there are a little on the expensive side. I have a feeling these few free gigs aren’t really going to take your mind off the normal ticket prices!

    Feel free to peep my blog: Champloo.

  4. vanillahead Says:

    great stuff. that NES table is crazy.

    i was actually hoping to check out jeff koons this weekend. looks sick.

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