Public Enemy, Chairlift and More Will Play Free Shows in Brooklyn This Summer

A 2015 SummerStage performance in Betsy Head Park. Photo by Mia Min Yen via City Parks Foundation/SummerStage


From mid June to early July, Brooklyn will be awash in not just heat but also free concerts, with SummerStage’s recently announced lineup bringing a plethora of performers — including Chairlift, Blonde Redhead, Public Enemy and more — to the borough. Concerts make up the majority of the events, but there will also be movie screenings, opera recitals and dance performances.

The various happenings will span five borough parks: Coffey Park, located at the edge of Red Hook by IKEA, the pint-sized Saratoga Park and somewhat larger Herbert Von King Park in Bed Stuy, Betsy Head Park in Brownsville, and Brooklyn Bridge Park on the Dumbo waterfront.

Expect the type of crowd and event popularity to vary widely, with some performances likely to be packed and standing-room only, while other shows and screenings may be best enjoyed from a picnic blanket.

The full lineup, below.

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A 2015 SummerStage performance at Herbert Von King Park. Photo by Sadichchha Adhikari via City Parks Foundation/SummerStage

Coffey Park
Verona Street between Richard and Dwight streets
June 14: Chairlift
June 15: Just Blaze and Friends
June 16: Blonde Redhead
June 17: Liza Jessie Peterson and LuQuantumleap
June 18: Dance class by Calvin Wiley and performance by Dance on the Lawn
June 19: Rich Medina, RAAA, Urban Word NYC, Hi-Arts and Ziearre

Saratoga Park
Halsey Street between Howard and Saratoga avenues
June 13: Performance by Hard Hittin’ Harry and screening of Afripedia with Q&A
June 27: Performance by Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue and screening of 20 Feet From Stardom

Betsy Head Park
Dumont Avenue and Strauss Street
June 21: Public Enemy and DJ Tedsmooth
June 22: Angie Stone and DJ Chuck Chillout
June 23: Duck Down BBQ
June 24: Nuyorican Poets Cafe: Mahogany Browne’s Redbone and reg e gaines’ The Last Celebrity
June 25: Dance class by Mr. Kid and performance by Brooklyn Dance Festival
June 26: Christian Cultural Center C3 Choir, Mr. Reed, Boots Step Team and DJ Styff
June 26: Performance by DJ Gringo and screening of Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess

Brooklyn Bridge Park
334 Furman Street
June 24: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

Herbert Von King Park
Marcy and Tompkins avenues between Greene and Lafayette avenues
June 28: Performance by Lisa Simone and screening of What Happened Miss Simone
June 29: Soul in the Horn featuring Theo Croker, Maurice Mobetta Brown, Marcus Machado, Kendra Foster and DJ Natasha Diggs
June 30: Vivian Green and GrandWizzard Theodore
July 1: Maimouna Keita Dance Company class and performance
July 2: Everyday People
July 3: Trouble Funk and Operator Emz

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