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July 16: Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra Plays the Music of Sly & the Family Stone: "It's a Family Affair"
July 23: Richie Havens
July 30: Arlo Guthrie
August 6: John Kelly Sings the Joni Mitchell Songbook: "Songs for a Shiny Hot Night"
Near Battery Park City
Bowie actually wrote Mott the Hoople's biggest hit, "All the Young Dudes," so you can cut their 70-year-old ex-frontman Ian Hunter some slack during the inevitable moment of his free Rockefeller Park show when he's forced to sing short-sighted lyrics about reaching the untenable old age of 25. Feel free to confront him for the factual inaccuracies in "Cleveland Rocks," though. June 24, 7pm, FREE.
Tift Merritt is the type of artist who plays at something called the Snowbird Mountain Music Festival and also Bonnaroo. Somewhere between the two, she'll be bringing her subdued, Emmylou-inspired country songs to Rockefeller Park. Bring a blanket, stick a daisy in your hair, don't shave your legs for a week, ladies. This will be just like that time you went to Lilith Fair. July 1, 7pm, FREE.
WORLD FINANCIAL CENTER PLAZA
Go to artsworldfinancialcenter.com for more information.
A whirl of Weimar-era waltzing, gypsy punk and costumed theatrics make Luminescent Orchestrii sound right at home on the Moulin Rouge soundtrack or backing up the Dresden Dolls, or, hell, at the World Financial Center Plaza, as long as it's a humid day with low-hung clouds and there's a few smokers in the crowd giving the overall sensation of a dingy, underground cabaret. July 9, 12: 30pm, FREE.
SEAPORT MUSIC FESTIVAL
Go to seaportmusicfestival.com for more information.
Here We Go Magic with Bachelorette
Brooklyn's Luke Temple has been peddling his hazy wares around the country during Here We Go Magic's supporting slot for the beloved Grizzly Bear. Once back-home, they'll be ready to seize the soft-focus spotlight for themsleves, they've snagged a coveted Seaport slot. They've branched out a bit for their own supporting act, and will follow Bachelorette's creeping Kiwi electro pop to the stage. July 3, 6pm. FREE.
Pains of Being Pure at Heart with Zaza and Ribbons
You might want to get there early, on account of, you know, the Pains being mega indie-rock stars and all. They'll have just wrapped an extensive European tour, presumably honing the fuzzed-out pop of their debut LP and should be ready and eager to play for a hometown crowd of adorably dressed boys and girls. July 10, 6pm. FREE.
Superchunk with Versus
Lest you thought New York City was completely devoid of those weird, former radio program directors who wear khakis, pumas and tattered band t-shirts, rest assured, they will be out in droves for this one. And good on 'em, we say, 'cause while their fashion sense always left quite a bit to be desired, they were right to champion bands like Superchunk, with their boundless energy and truly original sound, despite rarely straying from the guitar/bass/drums set-up. July 17, 6pm. FREE.
Black Moth Super Rainbow with Blank Dog and Dan Friel
The South Street Seaport should be a perfect setting for Black Moth Super Rainbow's wide-scope psychedelia. Openers Blank Dogs and Parts and Labor's Dan Friel are much better suited to dank, packed clubs. Luckily there's always the second entertainment level of observing freaked-out families of Pizzeria Uno patrons to take into account.July 24, 6pm. FREE.