Category Archives: Festivals
The 34th Annual Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival will take place on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, will kick off the summer of free concerts that will be held at the Prospect Park Bandshell. His hits, “You Can Get It If You Really Want” and “The Harder They Come,” are reggae classics that are known all over the world.
The Governors Ball Music Festival is one big party for two days of live music on Randall’s Island. Some of the biggest acts in music will be performing at the festival which takes place June 23-24. There will be two stages of music but, they will not have overlapping sets so you will not have to miss any of the performances.
The Electric Daisy Carnival has made it’s way to New York for the first time since the start of the music festival back in 1997. This Insomniac event was previously held in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Dallas, Puerto Rico and now, it’s New York’s turn to host this three day Electronic Dance Music Festival. The weekend will feature four stages with music from world-class performers, special effects, theatrical displays, interactive art installations, and more.
For the last 9 years, the Bamboozle festival has brought it’s one of a kind music experience to Asbury Park, New Jersey. This year, the oceanfront festival will take place May 18-20. There will be a main stage on the beach and eight other stages that will feature the best in mainstream pop, rock, metal, comedy and more.
The Fourth Annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival will take place November 11 – 12. Events will be held in a 2 block radius at venues on North 6th street in Williamsburg Brooklyn. The festival will feature Four Tet (Dj’ing), Matthew Dear (playing live), Diamond Rings, and over 40 other artists that include:
The 31st annual CMJ Music Marathon will showcase the future of music and film with events being held all over New York City between October 18th and 22nd. There will be 1,300 artist performances along with dozens of cutting-edge films. Over 120,000 fans, music industry professionals, college radio tastemakers, bloggers, press, filmmakers and musicians are expected to fill more than 80 of the city’s greatest venues.
The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival with Kenny Werner, James Carter, Tia Fuller and Gerald Clayton Trio will take place at Marcus Garvey Park where the jazz legend use to hold his famous jam sessions. Charlie Parker aka “Bird” inspired a generation of jazz performers and composers and one was of the most influential improvising soloists in jazz.
On August 27-28, Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn will host one of the strongest free shows of the summer, The Afro Punk Festival. The festival is heading into it’s 10th year.
There’s always an abundance of festivals that take place in the city and its outter boroughs but, if you want to make a road trip, here are a couple that would be worth checking out. We will be adding to the list all summer so stay tuned.
The festival will take place on July 30 -31st at Fort Adams in Newport, RI. Fort Adams is situated at the mouth of Newport Harbor with panoramic views of the Newport Bridge and the East Passage. It’s about a 3.5 hour drive from NYC. There will be 3 stages along with food, crafts and a number of other displays.
The line up includes: Gogol Bordello, The Felice Brothers, Mavis Staples, EmmyLou Harris, Elvis Costello (acoustic), Carolina Chocolate Drops
Tickets are on sale now!
The band Soulive has a loyal following and a great base of musicians and they have put together a 3-day outdoor festival at Stratton Mountain in Vermont set for August 12-14. It’s about a 4.5 hour drive from NYC.
The line up includes: Soulive, Chromeo, Lettuce, John Medeski, John Brown’s Body,Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and Karl Denson.