When dozens of scantily clad girls start frolicking near the water fountain in the local park, it can only mean one thing. Another summer of free Hip-Hop shows around NYC. Get your mind out of the gutter. The two shows I’m looking forward to the most is going down in Queensbridge Park: Sugar Hill Gang and Lovebug Starski & Friends. Raekwon performing in Staten Island should be a great one too. Big ups to City Parks Foundation. Peep the original emcee DJ Hollywood getting down last summer @ Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. link

St. Mary’s Park
146 St. & St. Ann’s Ave.
Tuesday, July 7th: Hector Tricoche y Su Orquesta
Tuesday, July 14th: Paquito Guzman y Su Orquestra
Tuesday, July 21st: N’Klabe

Crotona Park
173 St. & Crotona Park East
Wednesday, July 8th: Soulsonic Force
Wednesday, July 15th: George Lamond / Judy Torres
Wednesday, July 22nd: KRS-One

Red Hook
Bay St. btwn. Henry St. & Clinton St.
Tuesday, August 4th: Frankie Negron
Tuesday, August 11th: Lisa Lisa
Tuesday, August 18th: DJ Premier vs. Pete Rock hosted by Danny Castro of Lyricist Lounge

Von King Park
Tompkins Ave. btwn. Lafayette Ave. & Greene Ave.
Thursday, July 2nd: Kiki Sheard / Keith Wonderboy Johnson
Thursday, July 9th: MC Lyte
Thursday, July 16th: Chico DeBarge

Brower Park
Brooklyn Ave. & Prospect Park Pl.
Wednesday, July 29th: Wayne Wonder
Wednesday, August 5th: CaRiMi
Wednesday, August 12th: Tribute to the Classics: Black Moon and Smif n Wessun w/ Live Band

East River Park
At the Band Shell along the East River
Between Grand & Jackson Sts.
Thursday, July 16th: Man Man
Thursday, July 23rd: Slick Rick
Thursday, July 30th: Ismael Miranda

Highbridge Park
174 St. & Amsterdam Ave.
Tuesday, August 11th: Andy Andy
Tuesday, August 18th: Xtreme
Tuesday, August 25th: Bachata Heightz / Watata

Marcus Garvey Park
124 St. & Mt. Morris Park
Thursday, August 6th: Jon B
Thursday, August 13th: Joe
Thursday, August 20th: Hezekiah Walker

Queensbridge Park
41 Ave., Bridge Plaza, Vernon Blvd. & East River
Tuesday, July 14th: Sugar Hill Gang
July 21st: Lovebug Starski & Friends
Tuesday, July 28th: Rhythm Review with Felix Hernandez

Springfield Park
184 St. & 147 Ave.
Thursday, July 30th: Chrisette Michele
Thursday, August 6th: Heather Headley
Thursday, August 13th: James Fortune & Trin-i-tree 57 hosted by Hezekiah Walker

Rochdale Park
Guy R. Brewer Blvd. at 134th Ave.
Thursday, August 20th: The Persuasions

Staten Island
Mahoney Playground
Beechwood Ave., Crescent Ave., Cleveland St. & Jersey St.
Wednesday, August 12th: Raekwon
Wednesday, August 19th: Naughty by Nature

Tappen Park
106 Water St. between Bay St. and Wright St.
Wednesday, August 26th: Rhythm Review with Felix Hernandez