Posted in music | pictures on June 30, 2008

photos by Zach Dilgard

DAn Deacon @ McCarren Pool

It was announced on Friday that Dan Deacon would play Citysol on Saturday. The last-minute announcement had to wait until after the Thursday night Devo show at McCarren Pool that Dan opened (June 26, 2008). I would have assumed that the reason Dan could play Citysol so easily was partly because he was already in town. Just the opposite. Dan actually flew to Atlanta for a Friday night show after the Thursday night McCarren show, only to have to come right back to NYC to play the free solar-powered festival the very next day. That's where something went wrong....

The idea of putting on an outdoor concert in New York City powered exclusively by solar panels is a clever and necessary one for these energy-troubled times. One could excuse the organizers of the 3rd annual Citysol music festival if their activism overshadowed the music on hand; on the contrary, they presented a diverse bill of performances that ranged from exotic (Burkina Electric, featuring percssionist/composer Lukas Ligeti) to mind-blowing (MC Blitz the Ambassador, with electronics, bass and a full brass section). Headliner Dan Deacon was a no-show thanks to some airline screwup that sent his equipment to Cincinnati; after such a full plate, I can't imagine anyone was all that disappointed. [Feast of Music]
Were you disappointed?

You saw Zach's pics of Devo. The rest of the ones he took during Dan's set are below....

DAn Deacon @ McCarren Pool

DAn Deacon @ McCarren Pool

DAn Deacon @ McCarren Pool

DAn Deacon @ McCarren Pool

DAn Deacon @ McCarren Pool

DAn Deacon @ McCarren Pool

DAn Deacon @ McCarren Pool

DAn Deacon @ McCarren Pool

DAn Deacon @ McCarren Pool

DAn Deacon @ McCarren Pool

DAn Deacon @ McCarren Pool

DAn Deacon @ McCarren Pool

DAn Deacon @ McCarren Pool

DAn Deacon @ McCarren Pool

DAn Deacon @ McCarren Pool

DAn Deacon @ McCarren Pool

DAn Deacon @ McCarren Pool

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Comments (36)

"The idea of putting on an outdoor concert in New York City powered exclusively by solar panels is a clever and necessary one for these energy-troubled times."

Um... hahaha.. you lost me right there.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 8:39 AM

did he actually get fatter?

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 8:41 AM

let me clarify- the fest was powered entirely by solar power. the mix of acts was amazing, a truly eclectic mix, Blitz the Ambassador stole the show with his politically charged tunes - (among issues- Mexican poverty/immigration, Iraq War). He had sax, trumpet and trombone horn section, plus stand up bass, plus keys/samples and an amazing amazing jazz drummer. It was fucking AMAZING. great show.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 8:48 AM

plus like mentioned before, Dan Deacon this coming Sat at PS-1, Im not sure if he is playing with So Percussion or that they are both on the same bill, but if they play together that will surely destroy. If you remember Dan used live drummers for his Bang on A can Gig, so hopefully they will be doing something together here.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 8:53 AM

so percussion are highly trained musicians and me loves them much. dan deacon, however, is...um, not. that should be interesting. gotta love when worlds collide. if nothing else, so percussion with give dan vivian & the girls a run for the money. am i right? come on people, AM I RIGHT?!

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 9:24 AM

wow that looks like one wild party.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 9:40 AM

PLEASE!!!!

NO
MORE
PICS
OF
DAN
DEACON
FROM
BEHIND!

jezus...

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 10:09 AM

If it is Dan Deacon /w So Percussion, I am so there. Well, I am there anyway, but if it is Im so there Im already on the line? Seriously, the thought that they will be collaborating is almost too good to be true.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 10:10 AM

"so percussion are highly trained musicians and me loves them much. dan deacon, however, is...um, not."

dan attended the conservatory of music at purchase and completed his graduate studies in electro-acoustic and computer music composition. he's a Ph.D. in making your shit dance.

Posted by MonsoonSeason | June 30, 2008 10:23 AM

oh yeah, thanks I knew Dan Deacon had a degree in music composition, just didnt know exactly what it was.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 10:48 AM

CitySol sucks. They handled the situation there horribly. No announcement at the end that Dan Deacon canceled, people had to go up to the stage and ask. (I had asked a staffer earlier who told me, incorrectly, that "everyone is still going on, just later.")

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 11:25 AM

these pics... like watching a bunch of special needs (wo)men/children playing in a schoolyard... which day program is this?

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 11:33 AM

there was an announcement before Ecstatic Sunshine came on that Dan Deacon would not be there. But the MC forgot that people might show up after so yeah you're right, they should have said something right after they finished. I think some people waited around hoping Deacon would show up and do an acoustic set or something, a personal appearance to greet his fans!

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 11:48 AM

Yes, I don't eat blacktop and sunshine, so I had to grab dinner and miss the beginning of Ecstatic Sunshine's set. Would've been nice if they told me the truth when I asked earlier though.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 12:08 PM

if DD was a musician who played actual musical instruments, he could have just borrowed equipment from the other bands and played as scheduled.

instead, he lost his glow-in-the-dark banana with an ipod shuffle glued to it...show over!!!!

AND ALSO AND MORE IMPORTANTLY...isn't CitySol's whole thing that it is a 'green' event promoting clean energy, etc.??? something tells me DD flying around the country to get to the event, when he was just in NY days earlier, comepletely negated ANY energy efficiency measures, etc. going down at this event. a cross-country flight produces more pollution than driving around in a car for a year, and last time i checked jet fuel wasn't too eco-friendly either.

either the people running CitySol are total fucking morons or, like most hipster assholes, care more about appearances and image than actually doing something that matters.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 12:08 PM

thats not entirely true, divide the fuel consumption by the number of people on the plane and you see it is more energy concious to fly than to drive. and it was from Atlanta, so not exactly cross country.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 12:17 PM

So much hate, 12:17. Did your parents suspend your trust fund or something?

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 12:22 PM

Oh, it's actually 12:08 with all the hate. Apologies, 12:17, you seem like a perfectly reasonable person.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 12:23 PM

12:08 - that's probably the stupidest thing I've ever read.
great job!

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 12:33 PM

what's so stupid about it? i'm curoius...

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 12:37 PM

well for starters it rags on a performer for having a unique setup - one-person acts almost always have unique setups unless you're just talking about someone with an acoustic guitar.

also it assumes that even if he did use traditional gear that he would be able to easily borrow someone else's stuff, as if every band can be completely interchangeable on the same backline.....doesn't work like that.

and it's not like he took a private jet to atlanta - whether or not he was on the plane it would have flown.

so for those reasons it's pretty stupid.

oh and it's totally self-righteous and aggressive and is one of those [unknowingly?] ironic blog comments that talks about "doing something that matters".
which I am not claiming to do.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 1:00 PM

When is the show on Saturday?

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 1:08 PM

According to Dan Deacon's Myspace he is scheduled to play Roskilde next day, and on Roskilde calendar he is to go on at 2am sunday night into monday morning.

This would lead me to believe he will be on earlier in the day and then catching a direct flight to Denmark later that night. PS-1 events start at 3 pm.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 1:32 PM

Regarding the blogger at Feast of Music's use of the phrase 'full plate', Mr. Deacon looks as if he's had a few of those in his time.

Posted by greg | June 30, 2008 1:35 PM

what's the incessant love on brooklyn vegan for this turd all about? how about bringing in some acts that the rest of the community would be into instead of some lame-ass dude like this?

Posted by god below | June 30, 2008 1:50 PM

I'm surprised hipsters accept Dan Deacon because he's too fat to wear the required American Apparel uniform,

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 2:49 PM

biggest joke around: x-large american apparel t-shirts...maybe back in middle school, maybe...

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 2:57 PM

oh man, it is so cool to hate peopel they weigh more than you.
gays too. they are good to hate.
pick a minority group too, just to round things out

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 4:38 PM

11:25, thanks for the feedback. can't please everyone, but I would like to make clear that we did announce that dan deacon would not be playing from the stage immediately before ecstatic sunshine, the last act, went up. And the staffer who 'incorrectly' told you that everyone was going to play was not being deceptive - we didn't find out that Dan wasn't going to play until right in the middle of Blitz the Ambassador's set, which was second to last, after which we promptly broke the news - which was absolutely more disappointing to us than it was to you, trust me. Dan was supposed to land in NYC, but because of weather had to land in Philly and for some reason that led to his very unique and irreplaceable equipment landing in Cincinnati. So under the circumstances and given that we lost almost 3 hours to the rain, I think we handled things the best that we could. We got all of the acts on stage who were on the bill that showed up. But again, I'm sorry the information somehow didn't reach you in spite of our efforts - another announcement at the end would have been smart on our part.I do hope that we will have an occasion in the future to give you the show you were seeking and to change your opinion of our festival. Enjoy the rest of the summer.

Posted by citysol | June 30, 2008 5:10 PM

I'm gay, and fat, and I hate myself.

Posted by Richard Simmonsdrum | June 30, 2008 5:21 PM

I'm sorry but fat people are not a minority group, and unlike queers (myself included) they are all capable of making themselves not be fat any more.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 5:29 PM

Hello 12:08,

I'm the organizer of Citysol. Please view my response to the Gothamist post that raised similar questions.

http://gothamist.com/2008/06/30/citysol_1.php

It was posted 6/30, 7:49 PM. If you have further questions feel free to call our organization. Just ask for 'Neidl'.

Thx.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 7:48 PM

Energy would no longer be an issue if all of you would just wear your energy domes like DEVO has been telling you to do for decades.

And they do come in colors besides red...red being the safest color because it almost always goes with whatever else you might be wearing!

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2008 8:52 PM

Congratulations CitySol, with all that double talk, you are well on your way to preparing for your future career in a Bush administration.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2008 5:38 PM

These comments bother me. If you have a real problem with Solar One or Citysol, then why not call up someone at the organization and ask a few questions before going on your misinformed tirades? I am not affiliated with the organization, but I can back up the fact that Dan Deacon was supposed to play until the very last minute as far as everyone on the Citysol staff was concerned. They did not get the call that his luggage was missing until the second to last set.

As someone who works for a nonprofit, I find it disheartening that the Internet is increasingly becoming less of a place to share ideas and make them better than a place to attack, often with little or no factual information, just hearsay and misguided emotion. Making curse-ridden comments on websites and blogs is an easy way to hide from actually find out what really happened and then putting in your two cents. Criticism is a healthy and welcome thing - but what happened to the idea that we need to know what we are talking about?

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2008 12:01 PM

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