I Heart NYC: Celebrate Brooklyn! 2009 Concerts at Prospect Park

I recently finalized plans to make a big move up to New York City later on in 2009 and I couldn’t be more excited. I have a ton of reasons to be stoked, of course, but for music blogging purposes, this means I will suddenly have a huge set of options for great live music (probably too many).  Over the next few months, as I start my NYC research to figure out where to live, I also plan to explore many of the great live music options that will present themselves to me in the Big Apple.

Prospect Park Bandshell logoSince we’re strongly considering Brooklyn as an option, I thought I’d start my NYC focus on the “Celebrate Brooklyn! Concert Series” at the Prospect Park Bandshell, which just announced its 2009 schedule. Although I definitely won’t be there in time to catch most of these shows, I hope to check out a few of them; that Animal Collective two-night run looks especially promising.

Overall, it’s awesome to see so many solid live music options just in this one spot when I know there are so many other festivals, concert series, and venues to explore. Although time and money will definitely help to hold me back, let’s just say it’s going to be hard to behave in NYC.  I can’t wait…

All shows are free with a $3 suggested contribution, except for those noted as “BENEFIT SHOW” which require tickets.

Celebrate Brooklyn! 2009 Live Music Schedule

Monday, June 8
David Byrne – The Music of David Byrne and Brian Eno

Thursday, June 11
Goran Bregovic & his Wedding and Funeral Orchestra

Friday, June 19
David Rudder
Samantha Thornhill

Saturday, June 20
Le Nave de los Monstruos

Thursday, June 25
Femi Kuti & Positive Force
Melvin Gibbs’ Elevated Entity

Friday, June 26
Blonde Redhead

Saturday, June 27
Dr. Dog
These United States

Wednesday, July 1 – BENEFIT SHOW
MGMT (Sold out)

Thursday, July 2
Obie Bermudez
Rebel Diaz
Cucu Diamentes

Thursday, July 9

Friday, July 10
Los Amigos Invisibles

Saturday, July 11
They Might Be Giants For Kids!
Reader: Claudia Marshall

Thursday, July 16
Kronos Quartet
Luminescent Orchestrii

Friday, July 17
Robert Cray
The Sweet Divines

Saturday, July 18
African Festival: King Sunny Ade, Mandingo Ambassadors, Abena Koomson, Sing Sing, Yasser Darwish

Tuesday, July 21 – BENEFIT SHOW
Jackson Browne

Thursday, July 23
Stephen Petronio Co.

Friday, July 24
Buckwheat Zydeco
The Holmes Brothers

Saturday, July 25
Kailash Kher
Electro Morocco

Thursday, July 30
Burning Spear
Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens

Friday, July 31
Royal Family: John Scofield, Soulive, Christian Scott, Dumpstaphunk

Saturday, August 1
Dean & Britta’s 13 Most Beautiful
Crystal Stilts

Thursday, August 6
Purple Rain Screening & Sing-a-long

Friday, August 7
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Deer Tick
The London Souls

Saturday, August 8
Big Daddy Kane
Special Guests TBA

Tuesday, August 11 – BENEFIT SHOW
TV on the Radio

Wednesday, August 12
Bonnie Raitt & Taj Mahal

Friday, August 14 &Saturday, August 15 – BENEFIT SHOWS
Animal Collective