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New York's Best Outdoor Concerts For Summer 2019

April 30, 2019

By Jacqueline Runice

Summer is fast approaching and that means a ton of fun in the sun with your favorite bands. From bandshells to boardwalks -- here are some of the must-see outdoor shows to catch this summer in the Tri-State area!


The Governors Ball Music Festival
Randall's Island Park
May 31-June 2

The always epic Gov Ball returns this year featuring performances by Florence + The Machine, Tyler, The Creator, The Strokes, Lil Wayne, SZA, NAS, The 1975, Kacey Musgraves, Major Lazer, Brockhampton, Louis The Child, Mitski, The Strokes, The Internet, Hippo Campus, Lord Huron, Sunflower Bean, Lily Allen, Bob Moses and TONS more! Details HERE >


The National
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The National, Courtney Barnett
Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Bandshell
June 12-13

For those of us who can’t wait for the official meteorological start of summer, there’s no better way to launch the season than at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Bandshell, June 12 and 13, when The National and Courtney Barnett takes the stage. “Celebrate Brooklyn,” indeed as Australian Barnett entertains with tunes from her successful debut album, “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit,” as well as 2018’s adventurous, “Tell Me How You Really Feel.” The crowd should feel the heat of the coming summer when she lays into the blistering “Pedestrian at Best,” a perfect warm up to the rowdy energy that The National foments live on stage. Rolling Stone called the band’s 2017 effort, “Sleep Well Beast,” a “disarmingly potent album, not just emotionally but politically as well.” In other words, perfect for these times and a toasty evening outdoors. No doubt, The National will perform tunes from “I Am Easy to Find” slated to be released in May, 2019. Details HERE >


ALT 92.3 Summer Open Set 1
The Lumineers, The Revivalists, Sharon Van Etten, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Matt Maeson
Forest Hills Stadium, Queens
June 22nd

Summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere takes place on June 21 and the next night Alt 92.3’s Summer Open makes the most of long days and late sunsets. Fans are surely looking forward to a spirited live show by headliners, The Lumineers, and the chance to sing along to The Revivalists, ”Wish I Knew You” the band’s certified platinum number one hit on Adult Alternative radio. Emotions run high on Sharon Van Etten’s latest, “Remind Me Tomorrow,” and fans anticipate watching her perform “Seventeen,” an ode to adolescence, and “Comeback Kid.” Details HERE >

ALT 92.3’s Summer Open Set 2
The Head and The Heart, Young the Giant, Fitz & the Tantrums, Dashboard Confessional, and Smith & Thell
Forest Hills Stadium, Queens
June 23rd

Just as fans and the Forest Hills crew come to after the musical fever dream of the night before, it’s ALT 92.3’s Summer Open part deux on June 23rd. Just a little over a month after the release of the band’s fourth album, “Living Mirage,” The Head and Heart offer their traditionalist tunes doused with caffeinated beats (they are from Seattle, after all) to summer in New York City. Cali’s Young the Giant brings its Indie Pop east and know the band gets great reviews for entertaining live performances. Expect Fitz & the Tantrums’ pop hooks to lift the crowd’s spirits. Details HERE >


Vans Warped Tour
Atlantic City Beach, Atlantic City, NJ
June 29-30

Vans Warped Tour is celebrating 25 years with one more run! It's a massive line up, so you better check it out over here and get your tickets before they're gone! Details HERE >


Ben Folds & Violent Femmes
Stone Pony Summer Stage, Asbury Park, NJ
August 2nd

You could all just kiss off into the air at this throwback show hitting the Stone Pony Summer Stage on August 2nd -- featuring '90s icons Violent Femmes and the always emo Mr Ben Folds. Details HERE >


Mac Demarco
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Mac DeMarco
Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Bandshell
August 6

Fans are apoplectic waiting for the Canadian indie-rocker’s upcoming album, “Here Comes the Cowboy,” set to release on May 10, and they’re sure to hear a good chunk of the effort as he tours the planet in 2019. The trippy sounds of warbly guitars floating on the summer air should be perfect when he takes the stage at the Prospect Park Bandshell in August. Details HERE >


Guster Approved Picture
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Guster with Rubblebucket
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, Manhattan
August 8

Even though Guster has been saving “Hello Mister Sun” for encores on the 2019 tour, we’re thinking it might work better as an opener during the dog days of summer. The synth-heavy 2019 album release, “Look Alive,” birthed a family of lively pop songs sure to entertain the cut-offs and flip-flops set in the Central Park audience.  Details HERE >


The Smashing Pumpkins & Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds with AFI
Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
August 9th

ALT icons the Smashing Pumpkins team up with former Oasis songwriter Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds and the goth-rock aesthetic of AFI for an epic show in Wantagh, New York! Details HERE >


Sea.Hear.Now Festival 2019
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Asbury Park, NJ
September 21-22

Sea.Hear.Now is a two-day music, surf culture, and arts festival featuring Dave Matthews Band, The Lumineers and many more! September 21st + 22nd in Asbury Park, NJ. Details HERE >