The Top 5: Free August Concerts in NYC

Summer is here, and that means free music in New York City!

Many organizations and sponsors come together annually every summer to bring music fans face-to-face with some of their favorite artists, at no cost whatsoever.

Below, I’ve listed five free concerts worth checking out in the month of August.

1. Ra Ra Riot / Delicate Steve / Buke and Gass

When: Friday, August 5, 2011 at 7PM
Where: Prospect Park Bandshell
As Part of: Celebrate Brooklyn!

2. “Salute to Hip-Hop” ft. Rob Base / Funkmaster Flex

When: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 7PM
Where: Marcus Garvey Park
As Part of: NY Summerstage

3. Wavves

When: Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 7PM
Where: East River Park
As Part of: NY Summerstage

4. Maroon 5

When: Friday, August 5, 2011 at 7AM
Where: Rockefeller Center Plaza
As Part of: 2011 Today Show Summer Concert Series

5. Friendly Fires / The Naked and Famous / Cults

When: Sunday, August 7, 2011 at 3PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage
As Part of: NY Summerstage

A little about the sponsors:

*NY Summerstage is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing free arts and entertainment city-wide, in over 750 parks. Locations/stages include: Central Park/Mainstage (Rumsey Playfield)

*Celebrate Brooklyn! is a performing arts festival program at the Prospect Park Bandshell, sponsored by BRIC Performing Arts.

*The 2011 Today Show Summer Concert Series is a bunch of free concerts held virtually every Friday morning (with the occasional Tuesday and Thursday,) in an effort to bring media attention to the Today Show. It is recommended that audience members arrive no later than 6 AM if they want a good view of the stage, while viewing is first-come, first-served.

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