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Enjoy Live Music Without Breaking the Bank with Free Staten Island Concerts

By Nicholas Rizzi | July 18, 2012 10:56am

STATEN ISLAND — The summer can be draining on people's wallets.

With surf lessons, yoga classes and day trips, enjoying a New York summer can be expensive, though there are ways to enjoy the season without going bankrupt.

Check out some of the free summer concerts hosted all over Staten Island through the rest of the summer.

Van Duzer Days

While the first weekend of Van Duzer Days has passed, there's still the second weekend on July 21 to watch some great live local bands play on the closed off Stapleton Street.

Local acts Sons of Origin, PEMG, Aquavibe, In Buenos Aires, The Mute Diaries and Captain Ahab and the Seacrackens will fill the stage on Van Duzer Street from 1 p.m. until 6:45 p.m.


The city's annual summer festival SummerStage will bring several musical groups to play free concerts in Staten Island parks.

All starting at 7 p.m., Tappen Park in Stapleton will host several musical acts throughout the summer including rapper Keith Murray and hip-hop production group the Beatnuts on July 21; Rob Base, best know for the hip-hop song "It Takes Two," on August 1; and Bronx disco and R&B band GQ with Feliz Hernandez's "Rhythm Revue," where the DJ will spin classic soul, funk, salsa, disco and dance music, on Aug. 2.

For people with more classical tastes, the SummerStage festival will also bring the Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series, with arias and duets from opera's greatest hits, to Clove Lakes Park, Sunnyside, on Aug. 2.

Starlight Concerts

Every Thursday in July and August, Borough President James Molinaro presents the Starlight Concerts at various parks throughout the borough.

With a diverse range of artists and musical styles, the concerts start at 7:30 p.m. and run until 10 p.m.

The next concert will be on Thursday, July 26 at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, with performances by Theresa Dowtin and the Al Lambert Orchestra.

For the full-list of the remaining Starlight concerts visit the borough president's website.

Back to the Beach

The annual Back to the Beach celebrations return to Midland Beach on Aug. 18 and 19, with free concerts from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Artists include children's musical acts like Joe Paris and Faze 4 Rockers; as well as A Sound Affair, Rag Doll, Nostalgia and Beatlemania — a Beatles tribute band.

Fireworks will also go off on Aug. 18 at 9 p.m. For the full schedule visit the borough president's office.

End of the Summer Concert & Fireworks

And finally, say goodbye to summer at the End of the Summer Concert & Fireworks at the South Beach Boardwalk. Featuring De'ja Vu and New York Minute, the concert will start at 7:30 p.m. and run until 9:30 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:00 p.m.