My Teenage Stride, The Hairs, And Pow Wow! To Headline Super-Poppy Seaport Concert Series

Pow Wow! headline the July 10 installment of the Sound Bites series.
The South Street Seaport's Sunday-afternoon Sound Bites series, an offshoot of the River to River Festival that launched last year, is back for a handful of free afternoon concerts at the Fulton Stall Market (South Street between Beekman and Fulton) on June 26, July 3, and July 10. Each show will be headlined by a different jangle-indebted band from New York City, which should serve as a nice complement to the heat and sun of summer; full lineup and videos for you to sample after the jump.

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The 5 Best (Free!) Shows at River to River Festival 2011

This year's River to River Festival, which runs from June 19 to July 17, marks the 10th time that its mix of free shows takes over Lower Manhattan for the summer. The 2011 bill has a decidedly New York-centric bent, with Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, Rufus Wainwright, and the New York City Opera all on the roster. While the heavyweights are all well and good, the festival's real value is found when browsing the so-called "small text" artists, such as Lower Dens and The Wake. Five shows you shouldn't miss, after the jump.

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Live: Burning Spear, Toasting The Hudson River At Rockefeller Park

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About 5,000 folks, River to River sez. Pic by Abbey Braden.
Burning Spear
Rockefeller Park
Wednesday, June 21

"Do you remember the days of slavery?" bellows Winston Rodney, a/k/a Burning Spear, and though a quick age/demographic sweep may suggest otherwise, the sizable throng gathered here at Rockefeller Park this mercifully temperate evening whoops and hollers and generally cheerfully assents. You'd be tempted to find this somewhat problematic, if you weren't too busy a) dancing, and b) watching Winston Rodney dance.

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2010 River to River Festival, Featuring Free Energy, Best Coast, Antibalas, YACHT, Bear in Heaven, and More, Announced

River to River is the sort of secret weapon free summer arts series in NYC, with more appealing surroundings than the Williamsburg Waterfront and less pomp and circumstance than the line- and child-ridden Celebrate Brooklyn stuff at Prospect Park. Just roll up wherever, and watch for a while, basically. The festival will also put a smaller caliber of indie band on a big outdoor stage--everyone from Ted Leo to the Vivian Girls to Devin the Dude have played their South Street Seaport venue--and this year, the booking is typically on target: Bear in Heaven (July 9), Thee Oh Sees (July 16), Free Energy and Best Coast (July 23), Avi Buffalo (July 30), and YACHT (August 6), plus more to be announced soon. Bang on a Can, the 12-hour annual new music extravaganza, will return to the World Financial Center Winter Garden on June 27, and Antibalas will grace Castle Clinton on July 22. Look for a full 2010 schedule to be posted at come April 19. It's almost summer already, huh.