Wednesday, July 7 through Wednesday, July 28
Head to Waterside Plaza on Wednesday nights in July to hone your stepping skills and then sit back and watch the pros. Before the 8pm concerts there are free dance lessons available. Salsa on July 7 and swing on July 28. Click here for full schedule.
Sunday, June 20 through Thursday, September 30
The East River State Park, on Kent between North 8th and North 9th Streets, host about a dozen 'benefit' shows organized by the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSANB). 'Benefit' does mean they cost money, but the new venue is spacious, holds 6,000 fans, has a Manhattan backdrop and pulls in a high caliber cast of artists.
Sunday, July 11 through Sunday, August 28
In its second year away from the McCarren Park pool, JELLY NYC presents free Sunday concerts from the East River State Park. With Chuck Schumer's help, the 10,000 capacity venue is once again the spot to get your free indie rock fix. Click here for full schedule.
This week, New York City hosts the Latin Alternative Music Conference, the annual festival of Spanish-language rock, hip-hop, and electronic music that connects artists and managers to likeminded members of the music industry and future fans. Venues from Bowery Ballroom and Le Poisson Rouge to Central Park Summerstage and Celebrate Brooklyn will be presenting LAMC concerts.
The funk-infused jazz-rock quartet play Bowery Ballroom tonight. Download their charming track "Dory's Day Out" -- a Music Hub exclusive.
The summer-long Jazzmobile series holds 45 free concerts throughout all five boroughs. On July 10 the series teams up with The Central Park Conservancy for a jazz explosion up on 106th Street featuring Jimmy Heath, Ray Mantilla and Dion Parson's 21st Century Band.
The Spanish indie electronic artist performs at SummerStage as part of the Latin American Music Conference. Download his playful track "Palmitos Park."
The alternative dance band perform for free at the Stuyvesant Town Oval tonight. Download their fun, gently pulsing track "Stay Close."
The guitar wizard performs with his free jazz-rock outfit tonight at Le Poisson Rouge. Download the trio's fiery track "Floored."
The hypnotic Chilean rapper kicks off the Latin American Music Conference tonight with a free show at the Apple Store in Soho. Download her mellow track "1977."
The Dead Sparrows drummer shows of his solo songwriting chops tonight at the National Underground. Download his folky, moody track "Numbers Man."
Sunday, June 20 through Monday, August 31
Possibly the best thing going on between the rivers for free this summer is the River To River Festival. Haiti’s oldest big band orchestra. Check. Choreographer and composer collaborations. Check. And puppets? You bet. Click here for our coverage of events.
The ubertalented up-and-coming trumpeter stops in at Blue Note tonight. Download his rich, cool tune "Merry Go Round."
The indie pop chanteuse performs at Knitting Factory tonight. Download her synthy, sinister tune "Bad City."
The hard-hitting art rock quintet play Bruar Falls tonight. Download their roaring track "July."
The post-punk trio play Don Pedro Saturday. Download their track "Total Loss."
The local psychedelic trio play Red Hook Bait and Tackle Friday. Download their clamorous track "Tri-State Area Blues."
The indie electronic duo perform at the Whitney Museum Friday. Download their elegant, tribal remix of "Can't Feel Nothing."