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2019 Summer Music Guide

Summer Music Guide (collage includes photos by Gus Philippas, Laura Fedele and Neil Swanson/WFUV)

Summer Music Guide (collage includes photos by Gus Philippas, Laura Fedele and Neil Swanson/WFUV)


You'll find us at all of these festivals and shows. If you see the WFUV table or tent, come by and say hello!

If you're seriously allergic to mosquitoes or have any other reason not to see the following shows, you'll be able to hear live broadcasts on WFUV of the following:

  • June 12 - The National at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival (Review and audio now available.)
  • June 15 - Death Cab for Cutie with Jenny Lewis at Forest Hills Stadium (Death Cab for Cutie audio and reviews of both sets are now available.)
  • June 21 - Calexico and Iron & Wine with Adia Victoria at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival (Review and audio of Calexico and Iron & Wine's set now available.)
  • June 28 - Wilco and Courtney Barnett at the Solid Sound Festival (Reviews and audio of both sets now available.)

[We'll add more as the summer goes along]

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Afropunk Brooklyn

Where: Commodore Barry Park
When: August 24-25
Highlights: Saturday: Leon Bridges, Gary Clark Jr., Jill Scott, Tank and the Bangas. Sunday: FKA Twigs, Kamasi Washington, Santigold, Lianne La Havas, Toro y Moi.


American Roots Music Festival

Where: Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah, NY
When: June 22
Tickets/Information: 914-232-1252
FYI: Day and evening sessions available with performances in various locations around the grounds. Caramoor is family-friendly, has free parking, and is accessible by MetroNorth — with a free shuttle to and from the Katonah train station.

Highlights: Milk Carton Kids, Amythyst Kiah, Deva Mahal, Youth in a Roman Field, Damn Tall Buildings.
Also, July 27: Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn.


Battery Park River & Blues Series

Where: Wagner Park, NYC
When: Select Thursdays July 11 - Aug 1, music starts around 7pm
Tickets:  Free!
FYI: Accessible via the 2,3,4,5,N,R,W, Q subway lines. Bring a blanket and some food, or stop on your way to pick up a bite and picnic with the Statue of Liberty as your backdrop.


  • 7/11: Son Little (canceled due to weather)
  • 7/18: Low Cut Connie
  • 7/25: The War & Treaty
  • 8/1: Amethyst Kiah


BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

Where: Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn, NYC
When: June 4 - Aug 10
Tickets: There is a suggested $5 donation for free shows. Entrance is granted on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached. Benefit concert tickets (*) can be purchased at
FYI: Prospect Park is easily accessible via the F, G, 2, 3, B and Q subway lines. On-street parking can be difficult, although there are some garages in the area.


  • 6/4: Patti LaBelle
  • 6/8: Ibeyi
  • *6/12-13: The National w/ Courtney Barnett
  • *6/19: Father John Misty with Jason Isbell and Jade Bird
  • 6/20: Tank & the Bangas
  • 6/21: Iron & Wine and Calexico
  • 6/29: Liz Phair / Ted Leo and the Pharmacists / Caroline Rose
  • 7/18: I'm With Her
  • 7/25: Broken Social Scene
  • *8/6: Mac DeMarco
  • 8/9: “What's Goin’ On” Marvin Gaye Tribute feat: Felicia Collins, Toshi Reagon, Siedah Garrett, Kecia Lewis, and more


Clearwater Festival

Where: Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
When: June 15-16
FYI: Tickets will be available at the gate as well. Check Metro-North for packages to the festival and shuttle buses from the Croton Metro North station to the festival gate. Check out the activist area to help learn about keeping the Hudson River clean, and keeping Pete’s legacy alive! Children under 12 are free.

Highlights: Saturday: Mavis Staples, Ani DiFranco, James Maddock, The Lone Bellow Sunday: The Wailers, The Del McCoury Band, Railroad Earth, Tom Paxton, The Zen Tricksters, Guy Davis.


Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

Where: Dodds Farm, Hillsdale, NY
When: Aug 2-4
FYI: Tickets range from $50 to $190, depending if you want to camp on the grounds and the number of days attended. Children under 12 attend for free!

Highlights : Martyn Joseph, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Stephen Kellogg and Crys Matthews, The Rowan Brothers, Nerissa & Katryna Nields and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams.


Forest Hills Stadium

Where: Forest Hills, Queens, NYC
When: Now -  Sep 14
Tickets: Between $40 and $100
FYI: Forest Hills Stadium is conveniently located near the LIRR and E, F, M and R subway lines. Look for the WFUV Clubhouse as you enter the stadium.


  • 6/15: Death Cab for Cutie with Jenny Lewis
  • 7/20: Weird Al Yankovic with Queens Symphony Orchestra
  • 7/24: Elvis Costello & The Imposters and Blondie
  • 8/1: The Chemical Brothers
  • 8/2: Sarah McLachlan & The New York Pops
  • 8/10: My Morning Jacket with Warpaint
  • 8/17: Beck and Cage the Elephant with Spoon
  • 9/7: Morrissey with Interpol
  • 9/11: Outlaw Festival: Willie Nelson & Family / Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats / Alison Krauss / Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
  • 9/14: Ian Anderson Presents Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour


Great South Bay Music Festival

Where: Shorefront Park Patchogue, LI
When: July 18 - 21
FYI: Celebrating its 13th year, the festival features over 60 performers on 4 stages plus crafts, food and a Kids Zone.

Highlights: Thursday: Taking Back Sunday, Glassjaw, The Menzingers, Frank Iero and The Future Violents. Friday: Slightly Stoopid, SUBLIME WITH ROME, Common Kings, SOJA. Saturday: Pink Talking Fish. Sunday: America, WAR, Edgar Winter Band, “Taz” Niederauer, Blue Coupe.


Lincoln Center Midsummer Night Swing

Where: Lincoln Center, Damrosch Park, NYC
When: June 25 - July 13
Tickets: Tickets are required for access to the dance floor. You can purchase a Full-Season pass, 6 or 4 days passes, or an Ambassador pass.
FYI: Getting to Damrosch Park is easy by taking either the 1, A, B, C, D trains to 59th Street–Columbus Circle or the 1 train to 66th Street–Lincoln Center.


  • 6/25: Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
  • 7/2: Joe McGinty & The Loser’s Lounge, with Silent Disco DJ Rita Houston
  • 7/6: Charles Turner and Uptown Swing
  • 7/12: Maria Muldaur


Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Where: Lincoln Center, Damrosch Park Bandshell, NYC
When: July 24 - Aug 11
Tickets: Free!
FYI: Getting to Damrosch Park is easy by taking either the 1, A, B, C, D trains to 59th Street–Columbus Circle or the 1 train to 66th Street–Lincoln Center.


  • 7/26: Jeff Tweedy
  • 7/27: “Look At My Soul: The Latin Shade of Texas Soul,” Lee Fields & The Expressions
  • 7/31: NPR’s Turning The Tables Live feat: Rhiannon Giddens, Lizz Wright and more
  • 8/1: Blood Orange
  • 8/10-11: Roots of Americana Music Weekend feat: Yola and more


Mountain Jam

Where: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY
When: June 13-16
FYI: This year Mountain Jam is moving to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Be sure to check for the new layout, more stages and stuff to do/see.

Highlights: Friday: Gov’t Mule, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Toots & The Maytals. Saturday: Willie Nelson &  Family, Phil Lesh & Friends, Gov’t Mule, The Revivalists, Alison Krauss, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.  Sunday: The Avett Brothers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Allman Betts Band.


Newport Folk Festival

Where: Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI
When: July 26 - 28
Tickets: Tickets are all sold out for all 3 days.
FYI: If you’re at the festival, stop by the FUV booth, say hi, and pick up some swag!

Highlights:  Friday: Amy Ray Band, I'm With Her, Kacey Musgraves, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Parker Millsap, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Sheryl Crow, Todd Snider, Yola, and of course 'The Future is Female,' a showcase hosted by our own Rita Houston.  Saturday: Dawes and Friends, Jade Bird, Jeff Tweedy, Lucy Dacus, Maggie Rogers, Mountain Man, Rayland Baxter. Sunday: Courtney Marie Andrews, If I Had A Song, Lake Street Dive, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Trey Anastasio.


Rockland Bergen Music Festival

Where: German Masonic Fairgrounds, Tappan, NY
When: June 22-23
FYI: Gates open at 10:30am, music starts at 11. Children under 12 are free. Check out the non-profit partners and charitable organizations on-site.

Highlights: Saturday: Steve Earle & the Dukes, Willie Nile Band, James Maddock Band, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan. Sunday: John Prine, Donna the Buffalo, Joe Purdy.

The Rooftop At Pier 17

Where: Pier 17, South Street Seaport NYC
When: Now - Oct 11
FYI:  Accessible via the 2,3,4,5,A,C subway lines. In South Street Seaport, one of NYC’s newest outdoor venues with amazing views.


  • 6/18: Billie Eilish
  • 7/12: The Psychedelic Furs and James
  • 7/24: Steve Miller Band and Marty Stuart
  • 7/28: Sheryl Crow
  • 8/1: Ben Folds / Violent Femmes
  • 8/18: Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band
  • 8/24: Squeeze
  • 8/26 - 8/27: Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
  • 9/14 - 9/15: Shakey Graves & Dr. Dog
  • 10/11: Thievery Corporation


Sea.Hear.Now. Festival

Where: Asbury Park, NJ
When: Sept 21-22
FYI:  Stages on the beach (!) plus surfing competitions and a photo exhibit by our friend, photographer Danny Clinch.

Highlights: Dave Matthews Band, The Lumineers, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, The B-52s, Cat Power, Jade Bird.


Solid Sound

Where: MassMOCA, North Adams, MA
When: June 28-30
Tickets: Three day pass tickets are sold out, but single-day tickets are still available for $74.
FYI: Performances take place with modern art installations as a backdrop. You’re also welcome to bring strollers, blankets, umbrellas and backpacks into the festival grounds.

Highlights: Wilco, Courtney Barnett, The Feelies, Jonathan Richman, Jeff Tweedy & Friends, Foxwarren.


Stone Pony Summer Stage

Where: Asbury Park, NJ
When: Now - Aug 30
FYI: The legendary Stone Pony’s Summer Stage rocks with outdoor shows all season long. There's tons of parking in Asbury Park, and you can even hear the music from the beach.


  • 6/28 Gov’t Mule
  • 7/6: Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes
  • 7/12: moe., Blues Traveler and G-Love
  • 7/28: The Flaming Lips and Claypool Lennon Delirium
  • 8/1: John Butler Trio
  • 8/2: Ben Folds / Violent Femmes
  • 8/10: Dark Star Orchestra


SummerStage in Central Park

Where: Central Park, NYC
When: Now - Sept 24
Tickets: Entrance is granted on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached. Concerts are free with the exception of tickets for the benefit concerts (*). Check online for SummerStage locations in parks throughout the five boroughs.
FYI: Check out the new Rumsey Playfield this year. SummerStage’s closest park entrance is 69th Street and 5th Avenue. Street parking is tough on the east side.


  • 6/4: One Nation Under a Groove Farewell Tour: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic with Galactic
  • 6/8: Parquet Courts / Sachiko Kanenobu / ARP / Prince of Queens (DJ set)
  • 6/24: Japanese Breakfast / Hatchie / House of Nod (DJ Set)
  • 6/26: Canada Day: Alvvays / The Courtneys / Ellis
  • 7/14: Family Day: Railroad Earth / Ranky Tanky
  • *7/25: Kurt Vile and the Violators with Dinosaur Jr and Cate Le Bon
  • 8/4: Corinne Bailey Rae / José James / DJ Natasha Diggs from Soul in the Horn
  • *8/8: Guster / Rubblebucket
  • *8/28: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
  • *9/4: Tash Sultana
  • *9/14: The Growlers
  • *9/16: MARINA - Love + Fear Tour
  • *9/20: Bloc Party performing Silent Alarm
  • *9/24: The B-52s / OMD / Berlin