Speaking of Coney Island traditions, The Siren Music Festival hits Coney Island’s beach on July 21. This free festival is an alternative-minded music event that showcases renowned and emerging bands and DJs on two outdoor stages. This year’s scheduled bands include The New York Dolls, We Are Scientists, Matt & Kim, The Twilight Sad, Lavendar Diamond, The Black Lips, and more.
Folk-punk powerhouse Ani DiFranco takes on the Prospect Park Bandshell on July 18 as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn festival. DiFranco will perform her signature songs of powerful, politically-charged lyrics and percussive guitar stylings with Todd Sickafoose on upright bass and Allison Miller on drums in this free outdoor event. Celebrate Brooklyn runs June 14–Aug 11 and features a hefty line-up of free performances by Joan Osborne, The Neville Brothers and the Brooklyn Philharmonic, among many others.
For nine consecutive Sundays from June 24th–August 19th, Williamsburg’s McCarren Park Pool will once again host a free “Pool Parties” concert series. On July 8, swim or lounge to the indie sounds of Erase Errata as they are joined by Dan Deacon, Octopus Project, and Ponytail in this unique event made possible by the heat of summer.
Catch internationally touring folk poet and progressive queer activist Alix Olsen as she barrages the Knitting Factory with unique performance on June 26. One part peace vigil, one part protest rally and one part joyful raucous concert, Alix ignites audiences everywhere she performs. Jazz songstress Pamela Means also wows the crowd in this special evening of music and lyrics.
Energetic folk trio Girlyman perform their unique acoustics sounds and harmonies at Madison Square Park on July 25. Girlyman are classically-trained musicians who use their experience to create relevant folk songs that speak to their audience. The band will showcase songs from their new album Joyful Sign, which features the Girlyman’s folk/pop/bluegrass sound infused with a sense of confidence, energy and spirit that the trio has become known for live.