The Best Free Concerts To Catch In New York & L.A. This Summer

Featuring Mykki Blanco, De La Soul, Tei Shi, and more.

July 06, 2015
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Ah, summer. It's finally here, for real. We're already all hyped up for icy treats, beach bods, and are prepped to sweat to this year's summer slammer. But one of the best parts of the season is the plethora of free concerts. Mykki Blanco, Big K.R.I.T., Parliament Funkadelic, and De La Soul are among the artists sharing their jams with us on the shores, piers, and parks of NYC and L.A. in the next couple of months. Don't miss out.

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New York City


Waxahatchee, Speedy Ortiz, Weyes Blood
Hudson RiverRocks at Pier 84
Thursday, July 9th at 6:00pm

The New Pornographers, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Bandshell
Saturday, July 11th at 8pm

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
R&B Festival at MetroTech Commons
Thursday, July 16th at 12pm

Sylvan Esso, Porches
Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Bandshell
Saturday, July 25th at 7:30pm

Lion Babe, The Skins, Vintage Trouble
Afropunk at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park Bandshell
Friday, July 31st at 7:30pm

Big K.R.I.T., Angel Haze, The D.R.E.A.M Ring
Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Bandshell
Friday, July 31st at 7:30pm

RATKING, Bishop Nehru
Summerstage at East River Park
Wednesday, August 5th at 7pm

Caribou, Sinkane
Summerstage at East River Park
Thursday, August 6th at 7pm

U.S. Girls, Yuck
Hudson River Rocks at Pier 84
Thursday, August 6th at 6pm

tUnE-yArDs, Shabazz Places
Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Bandshell
Saturday, August 8th at 7:30pm

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Mykki Blanco
Time Out Live at Riis Park Beach
Saturday, August 22nd at 1pm

Tei Shi, Newtown Radio DJs
MoMa Nights
Thursday, August 27th at 5:30pm

Los Angeles


Waters
Saturdays Off the 405 at The Getty
Saturday, July 11th at 6pm

Real Estate, Hippo Campus
Twilight Concerts at Santa Monica Pier
Thursday, July 16th at 7pm

Dâm Funk with Martin Luther + KCRW DJs
Summer of Soul at Hammer Museum Courtyard
Thursday, July 23rd at 7pm

Ducktails
Friday Flights at The Getty
Friday, July 24th at

TV On The Radio, Boxed In
Sound in Focus at Century Park
Saturday, July 25th at 5pm

De La Soul, Quantic
Sound in Focus at Century Park
Saturday, August 1st at 5pm

Peanut Butter Wolf, Dâm Funk, Mayer Hawthorne
Stones Throw x FIGat7th
Friday, August 7th at 7pm

Yuna, Aloe Blacc
Grand Performances at California Plaza
Saturday, August 8th at 8pm

Cold War Kids, Other Lives
Sound in Focus at Century Park
Saturday, August 15th at 5pm

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Ariel Pink, The Mynabirds
Twilight Concerts at Santa Monica Pier
Thursday, August 20th at 7pm

Hundred Waters
Saturdays Off the 405 at The Getty
Saturday, August 22nd at 6pm

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