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Sure, a show anchored by The Shins and Man Man could lead us to a lot of silly jokes about mid-2000s nostalgia slowly creeping in to usurp the current 90s craze. But in all seriousness, these are two solid bands very committed to giving audiences memorable concert experiences, and we always love to see Williamsburg Park put to good use.
May 26, Williamsburg Park, $45
Unquestionably one of the greatest MCs of all time, New York’s own Rakim was a legend from the first LP he ever put out. Paid in Full, released in 1987 with partner Eric B., broke ground with innovative sampling techniques and a lyrical flow that rappers are still trying to catch up to over 25 years later. With three more records as a duo, and five more records as a solo artist, Rakim has much more classic material to draw from than that.
June 5, Summerstage at Red Hook Park, FREE
Mavis Staples, Cody Chesnutt
Thanks to her recent collaborations with Jeff Tweedy, soul legend Mavis Staples has seen her fan base expanded, which we’re guessing will make for one of the highest energy shows the Bandshell sees all year.
June 14, Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park, $3
One of two free concerts in McCarren this year as part of our Northside Festival, this one is the Walkmen’s last New York show of 2013, and it’s also an opportune time to check out a slough of great openers, including Phosphorescent, Friend Roulette, and Abadabad.
June 15, McCarren Park, FREE (RSVP required)
Whether you’re taking a date, a group of friends, or even a group of children, there’s no one who won’t have a good time sitting on the grass watching Calexico play the park. We defy you not to get up and dance.
June 15, Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park, $3