Posted in music | venues on April 13, 2011

OSA

I just spoke to the Open Space Alliance who oversee all concerts in North Brooklyn parks (and do a whole lot of other park stuff too). They assured me that, despite what may or may not have gone down at the community board meeting last night, there will be concerts at the Williamsburg Waterfront this summer. In fact, the plan is to have 10 ticketed shows and 5 free shows, though none on weekends in July and August (a state rule related to staffing and other costs). The total number of shows this year is also related to state rules.

The five free concert dates are still TBD, but one will be of a classical/philharmonic nature, and one will be geared towards kids. The free shows may or may not be on Sundays or even on weekends, and they will definitely not have anything to do with Jelly who promoted the free 'Pool Parties' in the space last year.

The ten ticketed concerts, like in the past, will be promoted/booked by AEG. Part of the money earned goes towards improving the parks and to fund the free events (though there will also be some sponsors). Some of the money from last year's concerts was used to purchase solar lighting that now allows the Williamsburg Waterfront park to stay open later at night.

OSA has no plans of stopping concerts at Williamsburg Waterfront either. The outdoor state park venue, a North Brooklyn alternative to Central Park Summerstage and Prospect Park's 'Celebrate Brooklyn' series, is still in its infancy and there seems to be optimism that it will only get better year after year.

Also, they say ex-Pool Party venue McCarren Pool is on track to be a pool again in 2012, and that the blacktop space in McCarren Park that is being used for the Northside Festival shows will not be used for any other concerts this summer.

Stay tuned for more info on the shows (like which artists are playing them).

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Comments (82)

boooo

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 3:24 PM

i second your boo and and an "urns"!

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 3:24 PM

any chance of an LCD show?

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 3:26 PM

OMG LCD would be siiiiiiiiiiiiiiick

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 3:27 PM

i'll only go if DMC does that excellent Nirvana mash-up "We need new, we need new, we need new education!" again

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 3:27 PM

so then the only things that will live on will be corporately sponsored big money events.

Once again, the Bloomberg sponsored money machine new NYC rolls on, qyuashing anything that doesn;t involve the almighty dollar.

Get ready to spend seventy five bucks to see a band that was playing for free in the park only a few years ago.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 3:28 PM

So all that bitching for nothing...good job, alarmists!

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 3:28 PM

how boring

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 3:28 PM

the party is over folks

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 3:28 PM

perhaps the free kiddie show will be das racist?

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 3:30 PM

I really hope the NY Phil concert wasn't moved to concrete venue this year.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 3:31 PM

OSA and Williamsburg deserve each other

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 3:32 PM

The free kiddie show is going to be none other than GARY GLITTER.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 3:35 PM

I think I'm just going to wait until June (at the very least) until ALL the facts of the situation start to coalesce.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 3:36 PM

Yeah, BV doing the real journalist thing! :-)

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 3:38 PM

be snarky all you want, but I thought the williamsburg waterfront was a better venue than both central park summerstage and propsect park. those venues are pretty, but the sound at them is not good and is way too quiet.

the waterfront on the other hand has really great views of the manhattan skyline but more importantly, the sound is surprisingly good and they keep the shows loud.

looking forward to going back to the waterfront again this summer and hoping the kids show is yo gabba gabba!

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 3:44 PM

pretty sweet that williamsburg va is hosting shows. james longstreet wouldn't be proud though.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 3:45 PM

YOU ARE ALL CHEAP AND DO NOT DESERVE FREE SHOWS.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 3:47 PM

^ you are correct...even though, i saw better bands at the other two places. i saw ingrid michaelson at the waterfront. don't ask. please. ugh.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 3:47 PM

BEER JAIL IS BACK!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 3:48 PM

@ 3:47

Yeah we do. we are brooklyn. it is a privilege to play before us. it is a privilege to be judged by us.

Posted by Sam | April 13, 2011 3:52 PM

3:26, I hope so, they were great at MSG this year!

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 3:54 PM

we need new
we nee dnew
we need new education

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 3:57 PM

Who does OSA report their earnings and spending to? A lot of money was shoveled in via those ticketed events last year. I mean millions of dollars.

And ten events this year, at $40 a head for 5,000 capacity is going to take in nearly 2 million again.

As for kids programs and classical music - haha, welcome to the new Williamsburg - the Brooklyn sister to Battery Park City.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 3:57 PM

the kiddie show is punches. ELLO BROOKLYN!!! (kids: hiii punches)

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 3:57 PM

kids show is actually they might be giants.

are you guys going to find a way to bitch about that too?

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 3:59 PM

BillyBurg..yup yup! Am.I.Riiiite???

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 4:06 PM

haaa this post is awesome, and, as always, these comments are awesome

i love you all never change

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 4:06 PM

LOL 3:45

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 4:06 PM

#freeconcertsaresiiiiiiick

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 4:06 PM

yaaaaaay

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 4:14 PM

My name is Gerald and I leave 75% of the comments on Brooklyn Vegan.

Posted by Gerald | April 13, 2011 4:14 PM

hi gerald!

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 4:15 PM

GERALD!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 4:16 PM

haha, the money from the ticketed shows goes to support the... *five* free shows, of which two are not geared towards the demographic that frequents the shows anyway?

whatever. shit was descending in quality ever since mccarren got shuttered anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 4:35 PM

stroller parents, eurotrash, and hipsters. sounds like one heck of a time in uber trendy doucheburg.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 4:41 PM

"LOL 3:45"

I meant 3:35. Sorry 'bout that.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 4:43 PM

hey Gerald. how are you doing these days?

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 4:43 PM

i'll only go if DMC does that excellent Nirvana mash-up "We need new, we need new, we need new education!" again


Holy shit! Forgot about that. That wasn't so good.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 4:46 PM

foxboro hot tubs

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 4:50 PM

979 Broadway backyard would be an awesome place for free shows...

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 5:04 PM

SLLLOOOWWWWWW APPPPLAUSSSEEEEEEEEEEEE

Posted by The Real Real Yup. PERIOD | April 13, 2011 5:06 PM

fuck you gerald

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 5:07 PM

Christopher Cross PLEASE if you are reading this come... please come please please please... you'll def enjoy the show

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 5:08 PM

if they have the gene ween band for the kids show, only then will i suck it up and attend.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 5:09 PM

Why don't we move the party up to the Bronx...holla!

Posted by The Real Real Yup. PERIOD | April 13, 2011 5:10 PM

take me back to beer jail and throw away the key

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 5:10 PM

Who wants to stand on asphalt in the summer heat and listen to bands Pitchfork and Vice tell us are good? I'd rather stay at home, sync my iPod with my friends, and listen to Ke$ha. Thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 5:17 PM

TIME TO BUST OUT THE FOOD PROCESSOR AND CELEBRATE!

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 5:51 PM

Thanks BV for doing some real reporting to get to the heart of this!

Posted by TimD | April 13, 2011 5:54 PM

"Thanks BV for doing some real reporting to get to the heart of this!"

you mean as opposed to you other uninformed asshats that post anything on a whim to try to be the first blogger with the scoop?

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 6:02 PM

Getting an exclusive on a press release is not exactly "real reporting."

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 6:18 PM

Even old New York was once New Amsterdam

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 6:23 PM

beer jail indeed.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 6:37 PM

Why they changed it I can't say

PEOPLE JUST LIKED IT BETTER THAT WAY

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 7:37 PM

Tiny Toons ftw

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 7:46 PM

protest that school on keap street. we need new we need new we need new education, we need new we need new we need new education

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 8:31 PM

Hey BV -

please start calling it Bushwick West.

Williamsburg is, like, for the over 30 crowd.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 8:39 PM

I also created beer jail.

Posted by Gerald | April 13, 2011 9:45 PM

Northside last year was just fine. if it aint broke...

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2011 9:52 PM

The official word is that Animal Collective is actually going to be playing the kids show....they're gonna do covers of Raffi and Tom Chapin.

Link to confirm:
http://i.imgur.com/D6npa.gif

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 12:21 AM

we were all like ya know whatever and like stuff ya know?

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 1:59 AM

There nothing more satisfying than downloading free music and then going to free shows.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 8:47 AM

I like the sound of West Bushwick...super gritty. You better copywrite that before Todd P gets ahold of it.

Posted by The Real Real Yup. PERIOD | April 14, 2011 9:45 AM

Back in London they take you
to heart after a little while
though I look right at home
I still feel like an exile

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 9:56 AM

BLACK EYED PEAS PLAYING TERMINAL 5 ON APRIL 18th, TICKETS ON CRAIGSLIST

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 10:28 AM

Black Eyed Peas don't even make music. It is 4 douche bags wearing expensive clothes prancing around a stage to sound effects.

Nobody that reads BV likes Black Eyed Peas.

So shut the fuck up

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 10:32 AM

Black Eyed Peas = no soup for you.
Bwahahhaha
ES&D

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 10:35 AM

woohoo! free shows! thanks BV

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 10:49 AM

"You better copywrite that..." CopyWRITE? you work in media and you don't know the difference between the two words?

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 10:55 AM

BLACK EYED PEAS 4EVER
FUCK THE HATERS

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 11:02 AM

I liked the one song the BEP had on that Knockout Kings 2001 game on the PS1. Other than that, color me uninterested.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 1:00 PM

come on gerald. black eyed peas totally suck.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 1:23 PM

KEEP IT DOWN!

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 2:01 PM

1) Thanks BV for once again giving us all the news that's not really news but more speculation about some shit your friend heard her intern publicist friend say. Keeping us up to speed on everything that really matters, thats crack journalism!

2) How many of you actually live in Williamsburg and enjoy these shows? How was your fourth of July last year? Pretty awesome trying to get dinner while Faith No More rehashed a catalog that binge drinking forgot, right? Oh, oh what about that time that sixteen year old threw your trash can into a parked car after proclaiming his undying love for Weezer. That was KILLER! Really looking forward to another summer of corporate sponsored programming that support the "community".

xo

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 2:57 PM

A perfect world:

Me and my friends all gathered around at a free show in willyburg sitting on the grass with sunglasses on, with our mustaches in full growth, discussing bands while sharing a rather large hummus platter.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 5:00 PM

And then a tornado hits.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2011 5:17 PM

WAHHHHHHH NEEDS MORE JELLY

I MISS JELLY AND THEIR WHINY UNPROFESSIONALISM

<3 U JELLY PLEASE BOOK MORE FAILED SHOWS SO U CAN BICKER WITH INTERNET COMMENTERS

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2011 2:02 AM

@2.57p - grow young. move out. it's NYC.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2011 12:57 PM

coheed and cambria is playing

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2011 9:08 PM

me strollerwave. hate that sh*t

Posted by Sandy Sackley | May 13, 2011 3:58 AM

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