Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (opener Preservation Hall Jazz Band) // August 4 // Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Bandshell
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros are uniquely a musical vagabond community that spreads their diverse and positive sounds wherever they go. Given the fact that they premiered all new songs at their SXSW appearance this year, expect to hear what’s next for the group at this performance in the Park.
Sarah Jarosz // August 4 // King’s Theater
The venue is as much of a gem as the performer, in this case. The rehabilitated and preserved King’s Theater in Brooklyn provides the fittingly important backdrop for Sarah Jarosz’s musical prowess.
Father John Misty (openers Angel Olsen and Summer Moon) // August 5 // Central Park Summer Stage
I Love You, Honeybear is a compatible musing from J. Tillman as his indie rock and folk persona Father John Misty. Lie back in the snug Central Park Summer Stage and be transported far away from the city noise.
Caitlin Canty // August 5 // Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 3)
Fresh off of winning the Telluride Troubadour contest this year, the Boston native is already making a name for herself with her haunting ballads.
Milkdrive // August 6 // Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 3)
On tour for their latest album, Places You’ve Not Been, Milkdrive hits the LES with their rousing, modern take on classic bluegrass. All members of the band are equally talented on their acoustic strings with the Austin locals often swapping instruments.
Justin Townes Earle // August 7 // Music Hall of Williamsburg
The fifth studio album from Earle, Single Mothers (whose companion album, Absent Fathers, followed), feeds the fire of his alt-country blues and showcases a voice that makes you really feel every note pushed through.
Willie Nelson & Family with Old Crow Medicine Show // August 12 // Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Bandshell (BK)
Talk about a mammoth line-up! Taking on the beautiful Prospect Park Bandshell, legend Willie Nelson will be performing long-standing tourmates OCMS.
Cricket Tell the Weather // August 14 // Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 3)
Heavy in classic bluegrass with gracefully plucked banjo and rich flat-picked guitar, Cricket Tell the Weather should have lots of new material to share, heading into the studio this summer to record their second album.
The Black Lillies // August 18 // Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2)
If you prefer a bit more edge with your twang, the Knoxville-based Black Lillies deliver powerful harmonies over a backbone packed with drums, harmonica, and steel guitar.
Gabriel Kahane // August 23 // Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2)
Come out and support Brooklyn local Kahane who has varied collaborations from Elvis Costello to string quartets such as Brooklyn Rider and Kronos Quartet. Everything is on the table with Kahane’s inventive music so expect to hear a melding of classical, jazz, indie, and folk.
Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers (opener Andrew Combs) // August 28 // Bowery Ballroom
Representing California's free-wheeling music with folk, rock, blues, pop, and country all blended in a pot, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers are hitting a stride with the more apt group collaboration on their April release, Loved Wild Lost. Plus, Andrew Combs. Win-win.