Mos Def in Topdog/Underdog(Photo Credit: Michal Daniel)
Mos Def in Topdog/Underdog
(Photo Credit: Michal Daniel)
Shakespeare will have some pop-cultural icons joining him at the Delacorte Theater this summer: The Public Theater's music venue, Joe's Pub, in association with MTV and VH1, will present a two-week concert series in the Central Park venue that's famous as a home for free productions of classic plays. In keeping with that tradition, many of the concerts will be free, but others will require paid admission. A complete schedule of performances follows:

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Monday, August 16
Bebel Gilberto with special guest Juana Molina
7pm, $40 general admission/$35.00 members

Tuesday, August 17
Suzanne Vega / Jonatha Brooke
Special guest Teitur
7pm, $40 general admission/$35.00 members

Wednesday, August 18
Ute Lemper / Stew
7pm, FREE

Thursday, August 19
Jamie Cullum / Nellie McKay
Special guest Raúl Midón
7pm, FREE

Saturday, August 21
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra
Burnt Sugar: The Arkestra Chamber
Nublu Orchestra: conduction by Butch Morris
7pm, FREE

Sunday, August 22
Gavin DeGraw
Special guests Toby Lightman and Michael Tolcher
7pm, $25 general admission/$20 members

Tuesday, August 24
Todd Rundgren - solo
Joe Jackson - solo with special guest Ethel
7pm, $40 general admission/$35 members

Thursday, August 26
Ballet Hispanico: NightClub
Emeline Michel
7pm, FREE

Friday, August 27
Mos Def presents BIG
The Spirit Music Sextet featuring Meshell Ndegeocello
7pm, $40.00 general admission/$35.00 members

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Beginning on Friday, June 4, the general public can purchase reserved seating tickets for Joe's Pub in the Park at the Public Theater box office, via the website www.publictheater.org, or by calling 212-239-6200. Tickets for the free shows will be doled out two per person on the day of each performance at the Delacorte Theater and at The Public Theater, starting at 1pm. All events are planned to be held rain or shine.

The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival's summer production of Much Ado About Nothing will begin performances at the Delacorte on June 22, with a cast led by Jimmy Smits, Kristen Johnston, Brian Murray, and Sam Waterston.