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It’ll be hard to miss the sound of music in Brooklyn this summer — but among all the concerts in the borough, these six outdoor shows are worth going out of your way for:

Yasiin Bey and the Brooklyn Philharmonic

The emcee formerly known as Mos Def takes the stage with the borough’s long-standing classical orchestra in a tribute both Bedford-Stuyvesant native Lena Horne and Beethoven and Cole Porter, who are not from Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza (1368 Fulton Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant) June 9, 8 pm. Free. Visit

Deer Tick

It’s fitting that nouveau country-folk band Deer Tick will play this concert in Red Hook — Brooklyn’s own rollicking and sometimes wild frontier.

Red Hook Park (Clinton St. at Bay Street, Red Hook) June 21, 7 pm. Free. Visit

Calle 13 with Ana Tijoux and Ritmo Machine

Puerto Rico’s genre-bending reggaeton stars Calle 13 — the winners of a record 19 Latin Grammy awards — will be joined by French-Chilean transglobal popstress Ana Tijoux and the percussion duo Ritmo Machine in what promises to be a night with a heavy pulse.

Prospect Park Bandshell [Ninth Street and Prospect Park West in Park Slope, (718) 683–5600]. July 13, 7 pm. Free. Visit

Further (Phil Lesh and Bob Weir)

The Grateful Dead greats play Brooklyn’s sandlot for two nights at the type of concert where you’ll probably see music lovers who hold up lighters — and where you might run into your friend’s parents.

MCU Park (1904 Surf Ave. between W. 16th and W. 19th streets in Coney Island) July 13–14, 7 pm. Tickets $78–$106. Visit

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

Leave your tuxedo or cocktail dress in your closet — you won’t need them to listen to some of the best performers in opera this summer.

Three singers from the Met will perform a program of duets and arias on the water by the Brooklyn Bridge for some high art down under the overpass.

Brooklyn Bridge Park (Under the Brooklyn Bridge) July 27, 7 pm. Free.

Aloe Blacc

The soul singer behind the tune “I Need a Dollar” probably doesn’t need a dollar anymore — his concert is free. Aloe Blacc will entertain the business crowd and Downtown music fans during a daytime concert in MetroTech.

R&B Festival at Metrotech Commons (Metrotech at Lawrence Street in Downtown). Aug. 9, noon. Free.

Counting Crows

Look, we know Adam Duritz is an acquired taste, but our editor loves the Crows, and everyone hums “Mr. Jones” at least once a year.

Williamsburg Park [50 Kent Avenue at North 12 Street, (718) 963–0830] July 9 (prices not available at press

Reach reporter Eli Rosenberg at or by calling (718) 260-2531. And follow him at
Updated 5:33 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Jerry from Grand Army Plaza says:
As a musician myself, I find this particular list of performers to be quite weak. Why don't we all save a lot of money and listen to music of our own choice at home for once? Music is meant to be enjoyed-I'll admit that-but these acts don't seem to be very enjoyable.
May 29, 2012, 5:19 pm

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