Posted in music | venues on June 7, 2010

A 'Pool Party' in 2009 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Jelly NYC Pool Parties

By [2009] summer's end, frustrated parks officials were in talks with other promoters. But Mr. Schumer halted those talks, said Steve Hindy, chairman of the Open Space Alliance.

"Schumer was insisting that Jelly be part of the concerts series for this year, that there be no discussion with other people," said Mr. Hindy, who is also president of the Brooklyn Brewery. Beer sales at the concerts, by Brooklyn Brewery and Heineken, Mr. Hindy said, will support the alliance, whose mission is to maintain and create public parkland around Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

According to a number of people with knowledge of the situation, some of whom spoke only anonymously, out of fear of riling the senator, the negotiations were long and contentious. In a series of statements, Mr. Schumer said he was "pressing officials" to save the concerts, and behind the scenes did just that, convening heated meetings and dispatching aides to mediate contract discussions. Various elected and appointed officials, including Adrian Benepe, the city parks commissioner, were involved...

After months of talks, Jelly signed a contract last week for seven free Sunday concerts in East River State Park, beginning on July 11. In response to questions about its discussions with parks officials, Ms. Hooper and Mr. Kane of Jelly thanked Mr. Schumer for his help and said:

"As is always going to be the case when there are a number of entities working together under the same roof, disagreements are bound to arise. As a small business, this has not been an easy road to walk down."[New York Times]

The article linked above highlights Chuck Schumer's considerable role in organizing the still-unannounced Jelly NYC Pool Parties at the Williamsburg Waterfront in 2010. Their return has been confirmed for a while (with minimal details), though the number of shows was 8 before.

Paid shows at the park - benefits for the free shows, put on by OSA and AEG - are scheduled throughout the summer. The first of those is Band of Horses with Grizzly Bear and Karen Elson on Sunday, June 20th. The last show of the 2010 season is currently Belle & Sebastian on September 30th.

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Comments (51)

Best party pool this year will be LCD Soundsystem

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 9:03 AM

glad to see they're back (even if it does feel like they're getting lamer by the year).
hope to see more food stands out there

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 9:07 AM

best pool party will be Cap'n Jazz & No Age
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2010/04/capn_jazz_reuni_1.html

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 9:16 AM

I love the Pool parties, but there are several things they definitely need to fix. There definitely needs to be a better choice of food. And there was virtually nothing for anyone unless they ate meat.

They ran out of water during a few shows.

They need to improve traffic flow in and out of the food and beer areas.

And what may be the most important issue, because it is a major safety concern is that they need better barriers in front of the stage. The situation got hairy a few times when the barriers got pushed all the way against the stage. In particular, during Black Lips, the crowd shoved the barricades up to the stage, almost crushing a bunch of photographers. Then, half the security guys couldn't do crowd control because they were killing themselves trying to hold the gates from toppling over.

Posted by The Mighty KC | June 7, 2010 9:17 AM

best pool party will be Lee Fields

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 9:17 AM

Cap'n Jazz show should be at MHOW or somewhere inside with a nice sound system.....

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 9:32 AM

the best pool party will be the Fray

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 9:34 AM

So much in such a little article:

-Amazing that the man on the verge of being the majority leader of the US Senate (and recently given a big profile in piece in the Washington Post because of that), cares so much about what is essentially a community thing. Then again, this is the man who as my local congressman growing up, has been at every graduation ceremony (including those which were not my own) that I attended) and even after becoming the senior senator was shaking hands at the Sheepshead subway stop.

-Cynicism dictates something may be fishy between Chuck and Jelly. Don't put anything past anyone.

-That being said, somewhere out there in the right wing, someone right now is trying to formulate a conspiracy theory between Jelly and the liberal plot to remove the Second Amdendment. Unfortunately that someone is probably my uncle.

-Did I read it right? Is the guy from Bowery Presents complaining about being shut out? BOWERY PRESENTS?!?! They own the Northeast United States! They killed off the great booking calendars at Southpaw and Maxwell's! Their only fractional competition is in Park Slope/Gowanus and they are trying to kill them now (with that new place on 4th)! Is this guy mental?!

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 9:36 AM

The best part of this article(which you should have added to the top) is this pearl of wisdom from Jim Glancy of Bowery Presents. It was in response to the fact that Jelly/Open Space has an exclusive contract for the venue:

"The effect on us, a promoter, is that there may be artists who want to play a specific place, and we are shut out,” Mr. Glancy said. “It is the lack of process that bums us out as promoters, and as a taxpayer in New York State, I wonder if the state is getting the best deal possible."

You piece of scum, Glancey. You could not give a shit about the state getting the best deal. You are just mad that the BP cabal was not able to add to it's gluttonous control of the music scene in this city.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 9:41 AM

go eat a fucking dick, Bowery Presents. you are ruining everything that is good and fun about music. shove your corporate ethics up your tight ass.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 9:51 AM

R5 productions is hands down the best promoters in the northeast if not the country. They book the best shows for a reasonable price.

Check out their shows if you're ever down in Philly

www.r5productions.com

Posted by Jonny Greenwood is the man | June 7, 2010 9:52 AM

jeff mangoo, confirmed

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 9:53 AM

Weird that the article doesn't mention that AEG has the exclusive contract on the paid shows there.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 10:00 AM

Best pool party of the summer will be Neil Diamond, hands down.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 10:17 AM

if anyone's been to the music hall of williamsburg in the past couple of weeks, you'll have noticed that the bowery presents folks are running the place into the ground with the new uniformed / numbered security team patrolling the venue. was a total shitshow on friday night. definitely not the place it used to be.

nice to see them unceremoniously fire the entire team that had been there for years...

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 10:21 AM

10:21am...for real?! I loved those security guys that used to work at MHOW...did the same thing happen at Bowery Ballroom as well?

I hope they don't pat you down at MHOW now......I used to sneak so much stuff in my pants!

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 10:23 AM

dear 10:21 you have no idea what you're talking about.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 10:29 AM

it was a shit show because brian jonestown massacre was there

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 10:42 AM

10:29 -- then fill us in. why was there an overhaul, why are there all new (uniformed) security guards (with at least 4x as many all over the venue), and why are they giving people a really rough time about shit that they never blinked an away about (most notably "don't stand there, you can't stand here, either move -- MOVE -- or you're gone")...

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 11:03 AM

I want NorthSix back.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 11:09 AM

@ 9:03 AM Gonna have to agree. LCD Soundsystem pool party fo' sho'.

Posted by Heavy Street | June 7, 2010 11:17 AM

The only pool party that I want to here about is Cap'n Jazz(at least i hope they are playing). That would be the best thing ever. I want the lineup to be announced soon.

Posted by nikhil | June 7, 2010 11:20 AM

MHOW security is ALWAYS a shitshow. There is nothing new about those uniformed clowns prowling and hassling people. It's been that way since the place opened.

Bowery Ballroom security gets the job done, which is why you never notice them and why there's never a security problem there. That's the difference between pros and amateurs.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 11:27 AM

the new goons are contracted with numbers on their polo shirts (similar to terminal 5). all the guys that were there recently got the ax. trust me, knew them quite well.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 11:30 AM

"all the guys that were there recently got the ax. trust me, knew them quite well."

And they're (I mean you're) obviously pissed about getting the ax hence your coming in here to shit talk the new guard

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 11:43 AM

Zac Brown Band 7/17 confirmed.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 11:43 AM

"And they're (I mean you're) obviously pissed about getting the ax hence your coming in here to shit talk the new guard"

it's very doubtful the mhow guards would be posting on brooklynvegan. so no, 11:43.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 11:46 AM

If Sakim from MHOW was fired, coupled with the already tragic loss of Bluepoint-Toasted Lager on tap, then I'm convinced that they're on a deliberate mission to fucking piss me off.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 11:56 AM

no issues at MHOW saturday night for BJM, very low key security, no pat downs and much weed being smoked and great sound........still the best bowery venue

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 12:00 PM

Remember when the Pool Parties, the Seaport shows, and many of the other outdoor free shows in New York began right after Memorial Day and continued to Labor Day?

Seven Pool Parties is barely a month and a half--we used to get three months of programming.

I hate the Great Recession.

Posted by Regular reader | June 7, 2010 12:26 PM

The strokes will be one of the shows. confirmed

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 12:57 PM

Schumer wants to be Marty Markowitz.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 1:01 PM

OSA is responsible for picking out the food.

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

OSA is an organization that raises money for the trust fund kids behind jelly?

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 6:26 PM

So 11 "benefit" shows at $50 a pop for 6,000 heads each to pay for only 7 free shows?

That's millions of dollars (3, actually) getting generated by those benefit shows. I'm pretty dubious about the math here. Someone is making a lot of money on those paid shows and I'm doubting it's the city.

Summerstage puts on far less benefit shows are far more free shows; so why is this so unbalanced on the Williamsburg Waterfront?

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 6:59 PM

No connection between paid shows and free shows except that OSA ends up ruining both. Paid shows do not pay for Jelly Shows. Corporations pay for Jelly Shows. Have fun you stupid know all blogger fucks.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 7:24 PM

This is 6:59 again.

So you claim BV is wrong in saying they are benefits. I can believe that. Then where is all the money from these paid shows going to? Is the city making any money back for owning the space or is this just a money grab by AEG while pretending to be "for the community?"

It's not like these paid shows are any cheaper then they would be at other for-profit venues.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 7:45 PM

they benefit the state parks for more places to go pat each other on the back for getting out of the house, talk about bands, and wait in lines

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 8:40 PM

Two things:
-Bowery Presents is way out of line here. -The woman that is in charge of that park, at least last year, hates the shows and told me that she would be shutting them down regardless of what the neighborhood felt or hoped for. Schumer really stepped it up for a neighborhood asset.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 4:28 PM

i think you're referring to stephanie, i'm a friend of hers, she does not hate the shows

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 7:09 PM

best jelly show that I know about is the cro-mags with mayer hawthorne date. it's gonna rip.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2010 8:24 PM

Murder City Devils will be playing a Pool Party this year, no joke. Mark it!

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2010 5:55 PM

I heard drake will be opening every show

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2010 9:35 AM

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 8:02 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 3:37 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 Anonymous | January 30, 2011 3:39 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 12:17 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 2:20 PM

When is the next pool party , what is the concept ?

Posted by tatil | March 8, 2011 4:04 AM

Come on The Mighty KC, who doesn't love meat? But yeah I agree, pool parties are awesome. :)

Posted by Lynnwood Apartments | March 28, 2011 5:52 AM

The only pool party that I want to here about is Cap'n Jazz(at least i hope they are playing). That would be the best thing ever. I want the lineup to be announced soon.

Posted by ev dekorasyon | June 7, 2011 8:34 AM

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