New York’s City Parks Foundation gives another good reason for 20-somethings to make it over the bridge to Manhattan besides classes at NYU or vinyl sales at Mondo Kim’s. According to Pitchfork, the Foundation’s program for this year’s Central Park SummerStage, their 23rd, includes British soulster Jamie Lidell, DJ mastermind Diplo (the man behind M.I.A.), the math-rock heroics of Battles, the gritty funk of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and, of course, our own cardigan-hording Upper West Side chums, Vampire Weekend – and that’s just a sampling. All of it goes down at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield between June 12 and August 17, and all of it is completely free.
The Foundation will raise money for these open-air delights with, what else, but a handful of benefit shows. Yeasayer, Mark Knopfler, Sonny Rollings, the National, and Crosby, Stills & Nash will do the honors.