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Free Summer Concerts in New York City

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《Ourenglish》 Correspondent in NYC 08/11/2013

Here is a list of 2013 New York City's free summer concerts and music, including performances by today's hottest artists and your favorite Broadway and Off-Broadway Shows. NYC summer concert series include: Good Morning America (GMA) Concert Series, Toyota Concert Series on the Today Show, Metropolitan Opera's Summer Recital Series, Broadway in Bryant Park, Summerstage, Celebrate Brooklyn, River to River Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Madison Square Park Oval Lawn Series, and more!

GMA2013 Good Morning America (GMA) Concert Series: "Good Morning America's" sizzling 2013 Summer Concert Series returns for the fifth year to the Rumsey Playfield in New York City's Central Park, where music’s biggest names will perform live every Friday. GMA's Concert Series lineup is filled with an exciting and eclectic mix of all the hottest and biggest names in music today, starting with the one and only, Mariah Carey.

All concerts are free and open to the public and will take place live during "Good Morning America," Fridays from 7-9am Eastern Time.Viewers interested in joining "GMA" in Central Park are encouraged to arrive at Rumsey Playfield via the 72nd street entrance on Fifth Avenue at 6am when the park opens to the public. More details about the GMA concert series.

ToyotaConcerts2013 Toyota Concert Series on The Today Show: Fans and visitors are encouraged to join us on the plaza for the live performances, every Friday morning. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis outside TODAY's window-on-the-world studio, located at 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza. Fans should arrive by 6am for best viewing.

The 2013 Toyota Concert Series on The Today Show kicks off Friday, May 24, with Grammy-winning indie pop band Fun and raps up in August with Chris Brown.

Here's the list of scheduled concerts to date; others may be announced throughout the season. All concerts are Friday performances unless otherwise noted: More details about the Toyota Concert Series on TODAY.

May 24 - Fun
May 31 - New Kids on the Block/98 Degrees/Boyz II Men
June 7 - Lionel Richie
June 14 - Maroon 5
June 21 - Hunter Hayes
June 28 - Philip Phillips
July 5 - John Mayer
July 12 - Ed Sheeran
July 19 - Fall Out Boy
July 26 - Train
August 2 -The Band Perry
August 9 - Michael Buble
August 16 - Luke Bryan
August 23 - One Direction
August 30 - Chris Brown

MetroOpera2013 Metropolitan Opera's Summer Recital Series: The Met's annual concert series in New York City parks is one of the most beloved summer traditions in the city.

This year, the Summer Recital Series returns with six performances in the parks of all five boroughs. The series kicks off with a concert at Central Park SummerStage on July 16, featuring rising opera stars soprano Erin Morley, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, and tenor Stephen Costello. Here are the evcnts on August 1, 2013: More details about The Met's Summer Recital Series .

Thursday, August 1, 2013, 7pm
Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens
Ying Fang, soprano
Mario Chang, tenor
Brandon Cedel, bass-baritone
Bradley Moore, pianist

PlaybillBroadwayBroadway in Bryant Park: New York City's most popular Broadway and Off-Broadway shows perform their biggest hits FREE of charge in midtown Manhattan's beautiful Bryant Park. Broadway in Bryant Park will showcase numbers from recent 2013 and past Tony Award-winning musicals, including Kinky Boots, Annie The Musical, Pippin, Cinderella, Motown The Musical and Once.  Performances are every Thursday from July 11 to August 15, 2013 from 12:30-1:30pm on the lawn in Bryant Park. More details about Broadway in Bryant Park.

SummerStageCentral Park Summerstage 2013 Concert Series: SummerStage, a program of City Parks Foundation, presents performances of outstanding artistic quality, FREE of charge, to serve the diverse communities of New York City.

The artists represent a breadth of genres and cultures and perform in an outdoor setting accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. SummerStage strives to develop audiences' deepening appreciation for contemporary, traditional, and emerging artists as well as the communities in which these artists originate.

Performances take place throughout the city; the list below is for concerts at Central Park/Mainstage, Rumsey Playfield - 69th Street entrance on Fifth Avenue. Check here for a complete Summerstage 2013 Schedule of Events

Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell 2013 Schedule: June 5-August 10 at the Prospect Park Bandshell.

CelebrateBrooklynCelebrate Brooklyn! has brought over 30 summers of music, dance, theater, and film to the Prospect Park Bandshell (9th St. and Prospect Park West entrance to the Park). All performances except Benefit Concerts are free with a $3 suggested contribution.

CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! 2013 FREE CONCERTS two-day examples: More details about Celebrate Brooklyn .

Wednesday, June 5, 8pm

Saturday, June 8, 4pm
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (for Kids) with Wynton Marsalis

RiverToRiverNYC River to River Festival 2013: June 15-July 14, 2013. Over 150 events in 30 days at 28 sites. Transformative, investigative art in unexpected places across Lower Manhattan.

With support from many public and private partners since 2002, The River To River® Festival has become an essential component of Lower Manhattan’s vital and vibrant cultural life.

Each summer, the Festival activates more than 25 indoor and outdoor locations in the neighborhood with an unparalleled collection of music, dance, theater, visual art, film, and participatory experiences by renowned and breakout artists from New York City and beyond. For more than 100,000 attendees from around the region and overseas, River To River Festival provides an intense and rewarding way to experience Lower Manhattan’s waterfronts, parks, plaza, and other hidden treasures.

The River To River Festival offers a singular artistic experience for audiences of all ages and backgrounds – and every event is free! More Details about the River to River Festival, including a full schedule of music, dance, theater, visual art, film and family activities.

lincolncenter2013 Lincoln Center Out of Doors: July 24 - August 11, 2013 : Enjoy longstanding favorites and discover something new when Out of Doors brings three jam-packed weeks of world-class music, dance, and spoken word to the plazas of Lincoln Center. And it’s absolutely FREE!

All events are free and take place on Lincoln Center's Plazas between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues, from West 62nd Street to West 65th Street (except where noted). Take 1 train to 66th Street/Lincoln Center Station) OR the A, B, C, D, 1 trains to 59th St/Columbus Circle. More details about Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

Madison Square Park Oval Lawn Series:

Every Wednesday evening, June 19-August 7, 2013
Madison Square Park, 23rd Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues.

Madison Square Park Conservancy's Mad. Sq. Music: Oval Lawn Series presents award-winning performers in an eclectic range of genres, including folk, jazz, bluegrass, soul/R&B, and Americana.  Set against the magnificent backdrop of historic Madison Square Park, the Oval Lawn Series is an enjoyable and relaxing way to hear live music by some of the most acclaimed and respected artists on the national scene.

All shows are appropriate for the whole family, and visitors are encouraged to bring a blanket and a picnic (no chairs allowed). Back for an encore performance, the Fatty Crew (Fatty Crab, Fatty Cue and Pig & Khao) are dishing out their "Fatty Flavas" throughout our summer event! More information about Madison Square Park Oval Lawn Series.

The 35th Anniversary Seaside Summer Concert Series at Coney Island:

July 12-August 15, 2013 (every Thursday at 7:30pm, except for Friday, July 12 and Wednesday, August 21st). Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosts the 35th Anniversary Seaside Summer Concert Series at Coney Island.
Performances are at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue in Coney Island, next to the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. All shows are free. The public is encouraged to bring their own chairs. A limited number of $5 rental chairs are available on a first-come first-served basis. Call the concert hotline for updates at 718-222-0600. No cameras, audio or video recording, alcohol, pets, glass bottle, and no smoking. All persons and packages are subject to search prior to entry.  More information about The 35th Anniversary Seaside Summer Concert Series.

Ourdoor Stage at Lincoln Center

Free Performance at Central Park

LincHarlem Renaissance Orchestra on the outdoor stage at Lincoln Center

Performing under the moon

At Lincoln Center outdoor stage

Free Dancing nights at Lincoln Center Fountain Square

Free performance at the Central Park outdoor stage

Sign for outdoor performances at one corner of the Lincoln Center Square

The fountain in the Square

People walking towards the outdoor stage

The host in black introducing the performers. The Lincoln Center summer free events are sponsored by Bloomberg L.P. of which Mayor Michael Bloomberg is the founder and Bank of America

The audience

The standing audience




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