This Week’s Best Concerts: June 25 to 30


Rufus WainwrightMartha Wainwright and guests at Brooklyn Academy of Music
Wednesday, June 26
Tickets start at $45
Peter Jay Sharp Building (30 Lafayette Ave.)

It’s all in the family with the Wainwrights, and this Wednesday’s show at Brooklyn Academy of Music is no different. Siblings Rufus and Martha celebrate the life and career of their mother, folk singer Kate McGarrigle, with an evening of songs from her catalogue, along with all-star special guests including Norah Jones and Emmylou Harris. Proceeds benefit the Kate McGarrigle Foundation, which raises money to find a cure for sarcoma, the rare cancer that McGarrigle died from in 2010.

South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo kicks off the weekend with a show at Prospect Park. Photo: Shane Doyle

South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo kicks off the weekend with a show at Prospect Park. Photo: Shane Doyle

Ladysmith Black Mambazo with Aurelio Martinez at Celebrate Brooklyn! Prospect Park Bandshell
Friday, June 28
FREE ($3 suggested donation)
Prospect Park Bandshell (9th Street & Prospect Park West)

For over 50 years, South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo has made uplifting, joyful a capella music that has crossed borders and spanned musical genres. Featured on Paul Simon’s 1986 album Graceland, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has collaborated with esteemed musicians ever since. Still led by their founding member, Joseph Shabalala, this evening of music just screams summer.

Eleanor Friedberger at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Friday, June 28
Tickets $15
Music Hall of Williamsburg

Known as the female half of the indie-rock duo Fiery Furnaces, Eleanor Friedberger has made a name for herself as a solo artist with two solo albums, including this year’s Personal Record, a collection of beat-heavy, hearty songs about love and loss. But her songs are punchy, not dreary, and Friedberger is no wilted flower. She hits the stage at Music Hall of Williamsburg Friday night, with TEEN and Cassandra Jenkins.

4Knots Music Festival
Saturday, June 29
South Street Seaport

The third annual 4Knots Music Festival storms into South Street Seaport this Saturday with a loud and raucous 10 band line-up. The festival is stacked with indie-rock buzz bands, including Brooklyn’s  The Men and Parquet Courts, and is headlined by guitar virtuoso Kurt Vile and his band, the Violators. Rain or shine.

Morning Teleportation with Joe Russo at Brooklyn Bowl
Sunday, June 30
Tickets $8
Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave.)

Cap off your weekend with Morning Teleportation, a Kentucky band that has enough kick to ease the sting of weekend’s close. With boisterous choruses, frenetic instrumentation and lead singer Tiger Merritt’s frenzied, staccato vocals, you might just forget that Monday’s on its way.

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