Posted in music | tour dates on May 7, 2010

Yeasayer @ Webster Hall (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Yeasayer

This summer in NYC is already boiling over with free shows and none of the Sunday Pool Parties at the Williamsburg Waterfront have even been announced yet (sort of). Spending Sundays at free concerts in Williamsburg is now a tradition that started a few years ago at McCarren Pool (and relocated last year to the Waterfront). Sponsors come on board to make sure the bands get paid, and we all get to spend days outdoors in a somewhat unique NYC concert environment.

There's Summerstage, Celebrate Brooklyn, and other series of shows all summer long, but none are quite like (as "hipster"?) as the Pool Parties. Until now. As previously mentioned, there will be "a new free Saturday-afternoon concert series at the Beach". Sponsored by Converse, and booked by Bowery, there's now a place to go on Saturday too. Also with bands in the day, outside and for free. They're calling it "Gone to Governors".

Between the Seaport after work on Fridays, Governors Island on Saturdays and the Pool Parties on Sunday (with alternative options in Prospect Park, Central Park and elsewhere), you can probably see slightly less than a zillion free shows this summer and be busy every single weekend day.

As also previously announced, She & Him are playing a free show on Governors Island on the 4th of July (a Sunday). That show will be considered part of the "Gone to Governors" series that now also so far includes Yeasayer on June 5th and Neon Indian on August 14th.

"All shows at The Beach on Governors Island will be held rain-or-shine. Beer, liquor, non-alcoholic drinks and food will be available for purchase. For more information about the ferry schedule, the series, artists and performances, general restrictions and rules and the latest updates and additions to the lineup, visit The Beach at Governors Island website at www.thebeachconcerts.com."
I'm also happy to announce that BrooklynVegan will be the official media sponsor of the series which will also sort of include the Local Natives show which is a pay show but on a Saturday and only $10.

You probably know or have noticed that bands don't/can't really play more than one big show a summer. Now you know where Neon Indian's is taking place. Chad VanGaalen & Avi Buffalo on the other hand are playing the Seaport. That said, Neon Indian does have two more NYC shows coming up before August.

A relevant video from Yeasayer's Webster Hall show this week, below....

Yeasayer - Wait for the Summertime - 04 - Webster Hall, NYC 5/4/10

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Comments (38)

WHY ARE THESE ON A GODDAMN ISLAND.
i don't want to wait in massive lines to get on a water taxi to get to see a band, and then repeat the process to get back to civilization.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 1:56 PM

it's gorgeous there, grandpa. calm the fuck down.

Posted by grace6697 | May 7, 2010 2:03 PM

how big is the venue at gov island? Cause i dont mind so much wondering over to the waterfront and not getting in but it would suck to venture out to this island and get shut out.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 2:03 PM

word...fuck governor's island.

and fuck manhattan.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 2:04 PM

Ira Wolf Tuton from Yeasayer is one hot man! He's always been a looker but ever since he got rid of the long hair and its gotten warmer, I've really noticed how great a body he has. Now if only more hipster guys would care just as much about what their bodies look like naked as they do about the clothes on their backs....

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 2:04 PM

This should be a realistic preview of what it will be like if NYU get to open their Governor's Island campus.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 2:13 PM

"i don't want to wait in massive lines to get on a water taxi to get to see a band, and then repeat the process to get back to civilization."

so don't. your loss. Governors Island is an amazing place.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 2:13 PM

Give me convenience or give me death!

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 2:16 PM

you need to quite bitching. If you haven't been to gov's island before, make the trip out there. Its beautiful and the ride is only 5 minutes. its a great place to see a show.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 2:25 PM

"i don't want to wait"
"word...fuck governor's island"
"it would suck to venture out to this island and get shut out"

two things:
1) "free"
2) don't be such a fucking moaner.

Posted by Aaron | May 7, 2010 2:35 PM

i didnt know that the dude from the xx was in the band...

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 2:44 PM

"two things:
1) "free"
2) don't be such a fucking moaner."

one thing:
1)you smell like turkey fartz

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 2:59 PM

You guys really need to get off your computers and get a life. Don't go, I don't want to deal with you there anyway. Plus, you should try getting laid and maybe you won't whine like such fucking pussies.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 3:17 PM

Dont go if it is an annoyance for you

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 3:23 PM

There are bees on Governor's Island!
What if you get stung and then have to wait for a water taxi to get home?
Total bummer.
And Yeasayer sucks.

Posted by Hypothetical Dilemma Machine | May 7, 2010 3:25 PM

bowery is becoming just like live nation. be prepared for east coast domination.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 3:28 PM

yeasayer sounds like a christian band on a cruise ship

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 3:42 PM

Bowery putting on free shows in a beautiful setting! What a horror!

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 3:44 PM

haha i like yeasayer and am excited about potentially seeing them for free but 3:42's comment was pretty damn funny.

Posted by pm | May 7, 2010 3:54 PM

"one thing:
1)you smell like turkey fartz"

HOLY SHIT, HOW DID YOU KNOW?!!??!?!?
I had a turkey sandwich for lunch and totally just ripped a huge fart!

Posted by Aaron | May 7, 2010 5:01 PM

Will there be other bands announced? These two acts are depressingly pussy...who at Converse and Bowery picked these?

Nice one, dipshits. Bring something good. Waterfront paid shows are beating the pants of these Gov Island shows so far

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 5:04 PM

"Waterfront paid shows are beating the pants of these Gov Island shows so far"

Did you just compare shows that cost $50 to get into at Williamsburg Waterfront to free shows on Governors Island? You must work at
AEG.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 5:34 PM

"Will there be other bands announced?"

obviously there will be other bands announced.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 5:38 PM

Seriously AEG spy. I'm not saying you might like the actual bands at the Waterfront more, but $50 bucks vs. free? The fuck? You obviously failed econ 101.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2010 9:17 PM

"you should try getting laid"

Pffft. Sex is overrated.

Posted by Benedict | May 8, 2010 2:25 AM

i'm gonna defend the 'long wait' dude! yes, Governor's Island is gorgeous, and an amazing place to spend a day. and yes, free show out there will be amazing. but it IS going to be a clusterfuck to get out there and back, unless they run extra boats. i'm not complaining, i can't wait to go to some of these, but the guy is right, its IS going to be a logistical nightmare unless they have plans to address the crowds...

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2010 8:46 AM

I would only go out there if I knew I would see one of the guys from Creed.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2010 11:00 AM

9:17, you should read about opportunity cost.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2010 11:52 AM

I also hear there are giant rats there that will nibble at your toes & give you the bubonic plague. So yes - you should stay home.

Posted by KC | May 10, 2010 11:27 AM

i hate everyone.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2010 1:13 PM

Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie were really good albums. Got them when they came out, still throw them on at times and think they're great. It saddens me when I hear bands from that era when I was a teenager and hear their new stuff and it's so clear how they've lost it, they sound desperate to recapture a sound/magic that they haven't had in 15 years (holy shit).... And then I realize that is not unlike a lot of us.

Posted by منتديات | January 21, 2011 8:05 PM

Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie were really good albums. Got them when they came out, still throw them on at times and think they're great. It saddens me when I hear bands from that era when I was a teenager and hear their new stuff and it's so clear how they've lost it, they sound desperate to recapture a sound/magic that they haven't had in 15 years (holy shit).... And then I realize that is not unlike a lot of us.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2011 8:07 PM

you dave haters can go fuck yourselves. bonnaroo 2010 was 4 of the best days of my life. the DMB and JayZ headliners at the main stage were two of the best shows I've ever seen, musically and production speaking. 2011 'roo is going to be amazing. Phish headlining?

Posted by وظائف | January 30, 2011 3:34 PM

they also played at a place called Tramps in april '99 losers. with qotsa. where were you? you guys sound pretty angry? go listen to something hip. whatever the fuck you think that is. why does james iha need to be in the band for them to be good? that makes no sense. so the band changed lineups. oh well.

Posted by يوتيوب | February 5, 2011 12:21 PM

they also played at a place called Tramps in april '99 losers. with qotsa. where were you? you guys sound pretty angry? go listen to something hip. whatever the fuck you think that is. why does james iha need to be in the band for them to be good? that makes no sense. so the band changed lineups. oh well.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2011 12:23 PM

they also played at a place called Tramps in april '99 losers. with qotsa. where were you? you guys sound pretty angry? go listen to something hip. whatever the fuck you think that is. why does james iha need to be in the band for them to be good? that makes no sense. so the band changed lineups. oh well.

Posted by صور | February 5, 2011 2:23 PM

they also played at a place called Tramps in april '99 losers. with qotsa. where were you? you guys sound pretty angry? go listen to something hip. whatever the fuck you think that is. why does james iha need to be in the band for them to be good? that makes no sense. so the band changed lineups. oh well.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2011 2:25 PM

That was a great gig, glad I made it.

Posted by Plants vs Zombies | March 29, 2011 8:26 AM

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