Posted in music on September 14, 2011

Concerts

Free tickets will become available tonight at midnight (or on 9/15 @ 12:01am - however you want to think about it) for our 9/17 Hold Steady show at Beekman Beer Garden (at the South Street Seaport). The show is free, but it's also ticketed (think of it as an RSVP), and it's a charity event (optional). In the words of show sponsor Eventbrite (they are in the ticket business hence the free "tickets"):

We are partnering up with VH1's Save the Music to celebrate their work in the music community. We will be taking donations at the event using our brand new iPad app, Eventbrite At The Door. Because as much as we love rocking out, we love giving back more! Anyone who donates $10+ will receive a free Concert Confidential T-shirt! Save the Music helps to restore instrumental music education programs, ensuring that every child has access to a complete education that includes the benefits of music instruction.
Donations at this event are completely optional, so in order to raise a bit more money for the charity, we are also now offering an extremely limited number of $15 tickets that will get you guaranteed/front of line access. "Doors" to the event are at 6pm. Opener at 8. Hold Steady at 9.

Why did I put "doors" in quotes? Because the beach part of Beekman Beer Garden will be open and serving drinks and food from noon on Saturday. Feel free to get there even earlier. The view is top notch. The tickets will start to be collected at 6pm though, and that's when the entire venue will open up. Get there early to guarantee you get in. If you get there at 8:45 with a ticket hoping to slip in right in time to see the headliner, we may be at capacity. Stay tuned to the @BrooklynVegan twitter for updates during the day, and stay tuned for our 2nd band announcement coming soon.

Why does the above picture say "5 Cities"? BrooklynVegan teamed with Eventbrite to put together this NYC show, but Eventbrite also has four other similar free shows happening on the same night in four other cities including Wavves in LA and Freelance Whales in Chicago. More info and RSVP links HERE.

UPDATE: In the name of trees, you don't need to print your ticket if you have a smart phone that can pull up the ticket. Try it at home before you get there. If you can open it so the people at the door can scan the bar code on your phone, then that works too, BUT make sure you have ID (which you need to get in anyway) too.

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Comments (38)

Why bother with tickets if they don't allow you to show up later? Sounds like House of Vans all over again.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 4:44 PM

House of Vans was the best free concert series of the summer. If this is anything like that I say bravo...

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 4:52 PM

Wait, a free ticket doesn't guarantee admission? That's bullshit.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 4:57 PM

I assume the opener can't be announced because they are playing some Bowery-related show between now and then.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 5:04 PM

Its probably Caveman, who are playing Mercury on Thurs and have been mentioned on this site several times recently.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 5:08 PM

Sounds like its first come first served even with tickets, so what's the point of tickets?

If you get a ticket and you get there and they say no we are full your ticket won't get you in, then the ticket is meaningless.

Another silly way to over-organize and uber control a simple situation by making the initial advance capacity control a gigantic waste of everyones time by a pointless distribution of tickets that don't ensure anyone anything in the end.

Why not just say free show no tickets required and let the place fill up naturally until capacity. OR give out as many tickets to the venue as is the capacity and honor all the ticketholders no matter how late they show up, hence the whole point of issuing tickets.

Dummies.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 5:08 PM

4:52 - The shows were great, but would have been better had they been ticketed. It's not much fun waiting outside for hours in the rain.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 5:10 PM

5:08 - agreed. This just creates unnecessary complications.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 5:11 PM

'On the 17th you must have your print out AND be one of the first 1000 people to arrive to the venue to gain admission to the concert"

which means basically that they are letting in the first 1000 people. Why waste everyones time with this print out.

Way to go to make 1000 people unnecessarily print out a sheet of paper and use up more ink from their cartridge.

Hey Brooklyn Vegan, how about caring a little bit more about the environment.....

You don't eat meat so you care about the animals, but you apparently don't care about the trees.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 5:14 PM

BV don't give a shit bout the envirment

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 5:16 PM

one thousand pieces of paper is lots of waste.

How long does it take the average person to use 1000 pieces of standard letter size paper?

A long time. Brooklyn Vegan can get it done in minutes.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 5:18 PM

print those babies out and baby let's kill some trees!

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 5:19 PM

Brooklyn Vegan, Eventbrite and the Hold Steady are tree killers!

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 5:20 PM

If you give a fuck at all about this world, why would you go to a Hold Steady concert anyway?

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 5:23 PM

This should be like the Sonic Youth show in Battery Park. You have a ticket, you get in. If you're able to get a ticket when it goes on "sale", you should be guaranteed admission no matter what time you show up.

Nice job BV, this is a joke.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 5:25 PM

But does anyone who reads BV actually like the Hold Steady? Frankly, I've never understood their appeal and just figured it was some Pitchfork fluke that caught on with idiots with no taste.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 5:30 PM

I love The Hold Steady!

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 5:35 PM

listen, I know this is not ideal, but free shows still costs lots of money and in this case the generous sponsor who is ensuring that 1000+ people get to see The Hold Steady for free, just needs people to try out their ticketing system. That is a big part of what makes this worth it for them. The alternatives are not great either.

There is lots of room in this venue, and we worked hard to find a venue that could hold at least this many people. The reason a ticket doesn't guarantee entry is because ultimately everyone (and especially the venue who needs to pay lots of bartenders and security and production people) want the room to be full. If there were EXACTLY the amount of free tickets that the venue holds, and half the people didn't show up, then that sucks too. That said, I wouldn't be doing this if I didn't think everyone would get in that comes by (there aren't that many extra tickets being printed), and on the off chance we miscalculated, just check the BrooklynVegan twitter that day and I'll try my hardest to make sure nobody wastes their time.

Posted by brooklynvegan | September 14, 2011 5:42 PM

BV, I love you! And I like the Hold Steady, too, so I sincerely appreciate this show. I've never had a chance to see them and now I will! Thanks so much!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 5:51 PM

also I do love the environment and I also hate printing things and I have good news. You don't actually have to print it if you have a smart phone. Just make sure you can pull the PDF ticket up on your phone so that the people a the door can scan it. Make sure you have an ID (which you need to get in anyway) as backup.

Posted by brooklynvegan | September 14, 2011 5:53 PM

All the BV haters just got schooled...!

Nice, one, BV!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 5:56 PM

<3 U BV

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 6:15 PM

Wait so the whole point of this free show is to test out this new companies ticketing system?

Nice to get a free show out of it, but we're all just a pawn in the game.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 6:25 PM

just get a ticket, show up early and you'll get in

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 6:27 PM

6:25, Do you think there's ever a free show that isn't held for some ulterior motive/marketing purpose/etc? If so, you're hopelessly naive.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 6:28 PM

uh actually most of the free RIVER TO RIVER shows in this city including Summerstage and Celebrate Brooklyn as well as most of the other free shows in the Summer here are not done for any motive other than giving the public free shows and are in large part sponsored by the City and from grants and public art foundations. Sure there is Corporate Sponsorship up the wazoo but asides from hanging a banner here or there or putting an ad in the program guide, or handing out a free sample of something, that's about it. The shows themselves aren't set up to us people as guinea pigs to test out their product.

There's a difference between sponsoring something and using the audience as a product test.

Ultimately it doesn't matter because a free show is a free show, but your the naive one if you can't see the difference.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 6:50 PM

Equipment test still equals free show and for that I'm thankful.

But can I get in with a ream of paper from Staples if I miss the opportunity to get and print out a ticket?

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 6:52 PM

If I don't have a printer or a smartphone can I just break off a branch from the tree outside the venue and bring that for entry?

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 6:53 PM

"we're all just a pawn in the game."

"The shows themselves aren't set up to us people as guinea pigs."

!!!!!

Posted by brooklynvegan | September 14, 2011 7:52 PM

so do vips get a free shirt too?

Posted by Ian | September 14, 2011 7:54 PM

I don't have a smartphone, but I could trace the ticket image into my hummus platter. Will that work?

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 8:57 PM

it's a free show. people, stop complaining.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 9:11 PM

RSVP is required because the companies want your email address in order to market to you. Plus the collect a lot of demographic information.

There is no way they will check for RSVPs. Too many people. A list of 200 is already a lot.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 10:42 PM

cool, my post got a five exclamation point response from Brooklyn Vegan!

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 10:45 PM

i don't care what it costs to put on a free show. i just like to complain.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2011 11:11 PM

i already used up all the ink from my cartridge on 5:14's mom.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2011 9:26 AM

Ditto 5:51! Thanks so much BV!

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2011 11:55 AM

Freak ya I wish I could go to this.

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