The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 6/27/14

Categories: Weekend

Sunday, 6/29:

Rockaway Arts Fest
Fort Tilden Beach
8:00 p.m., free
This is Rockaway, not Redondo. But Patti Smith is here nonetheless. It's official: The queen of the downtown scene is kicking off MOMA PS1's much-anticipated Rockaway Arts Fest with a free concert on the beach. It will also mark the re-opening of historic Fort Tilden Park (once home to a disproportionate number of shore-going hipsters and that creepy abandoned UFO-looking Army thing), still flustered but for the most part recovered from Hurricane Sandy. Works from local and nationally acclaimed artists are on display through August, but for now, enjoy this all-day opening ceremony with theater performances, food trucks, and kayaking demonstrations, all capped off by Smith, a proud Rockaways resident herself. If that's not enough seafaring fun, head a few blocks inland for the after-party at Rockaway Beach Surf Club, the patio bar and restaurant replete with cornhole and kiddie pools. -- By Heather Baysa

Denitia and Sene
The Paper Box
7:00 p.m., $20
Like cooly smoking a Cuban cigar--or a loosie, rather, in the case of Denitia and Sene--a smooth sound requires a smooth operator, and the Brooklyn duo seamlessly combine fire and ice, style and finesse, and a little Badu with a little Badon't to forge their own special blend of electro-soul. Formerly two individual musicians on their own separate paths, Denitia Odigie and Brian "Sene" Marc released their first collaboration together less than two years ago, (an EP called Blah Blah Blah), and eventually their album debut his and hers in 2013 via Input. Electronic production with R&B leanings form the cloud their sound floats on, but with every new single, the twosome uses their sweet panache to dream up new limits to push past each time. -- By Erin Manning

Jon Batiste and Stay Human + Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
3:00 p.m., free
Pianist and melodica master Batiste, whose family helped inspire HBO's Treme, leads Stay Human (alto sax, tuba, drums), which updates New Orleans's Preservation Hall sound with sophisticated smarts and the sort of grit that would lead to an EP recorded in the New York subway. The awesome Hypnotic Brass Ensemble consists of eight brothers whose music contains R&B grooves, heavy-metal DNA, and their father's experience in Sun Ra's Arkestra. -- By Richard Gehr

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Location Info


Stage 48

605 W. 48th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Governors Island

10 S., New York, NY

Category: Music

Town Hall

123 W. 43rd St., New York, NY

Category: General

Barclays Center

620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

Best Buy Theater

1515 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: General

Downstairs at Cornelia Street Café

29 Cornelia, New York, NY

Category: Music

Shea Stadium BK

20 Meadow St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Fort Tilden Beach

169th St., Far Rockaway, NY

Category: General

The Paper Box

17 Meadow St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Central Park, Rumsey Playfield

5th Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

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