Posted in music | tour dates on March 22, 2012

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According to their website:

The inaugural Catalpa Festival is coming to New York City on July 28th + 29th 2012 from 1pm to 11pm and is lining up to be the year's most unique and original music and lifestyle event. Taking place on the remarkable Randall's Island, just to the Eastern side of Manhattan, the festival is set beautifully to the backdrop of the world's most famous skyline.

Catalpa is about creating a truly authentic, fresh and unique musical .experience featuring over 50 artists that traverse many styles and genres from rock and indie to hip-hop, reggae and the world of electronic music.

For Frisky as event producers, creating an enhanced setting and original event experience far beyond the standard is the basis of how we operate. We strive to provide not only the very best of the basic elements but also .to create a visual and aesthetic overload that further enhances this already stunning setting by developing thought provoking art installations, bespoke event structures and enough unique elements to transform people out of the city and into a world more fantastic.

.This is Catalpa, a festival experience that music fans can appreciate for its genuine diversity, uniqueness and style.

Hmmm. The initial lineup has been announced and looks like this:
THE BLACK KEYS
SNOOP DOGG PLAYING DOGGY STYLE
TV ON THE RADIO • UMPHREY'S MCGEE
CITY AND COLOUR • THE BIG PINK
AraabMUZIK • FELIX DA HOUSECAT
FORT ATLANTIC
"Full lineup announcement coming shortly." Early bird tickets are on sale now.

Governors Ball, with the recently added Fiona Apple, happpens on Randall's Island a month earlier. Electric Zoo happens on Randall's Island a little over a month after Catalpa (during Labor Day Weekend).

Meanwhile the Black Keys have shows coming up at MSG in NYC TONIGHT (3/22) and at the new Revel Resorts in Atlantic City (5/19).

Snoop Dogg just played SXSW in a giant Doritos vending machine.

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Comments (42)

Bring At The Drive-In.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 12:48 PM

weak lineup, not worth the schlep

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 12:48 PM

black keys just played NYC and those other bands play NYC all the time. no thanks

Posted by Robert | March 22, 2012 12:50 PM

Although I don't care for the lineup, I am happy to see more festivals returning to Randalls Island. There were so many in the '90s, the best one IMHO being Lollapalooza.

Good space for a festival. Traffic is never bad, but I wouldn't show up late.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 12:52 PM

lame lineup

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 12:54 PM

they've announced 9 out of the 50 or so acts playing. i think it's a bit early to hate on the lineup. the newport folk festival is the same weekend, could be some nice crossover from that (my morning jacket, conor oberst).

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 12:58 PM

does anyone ever like anything on this website?

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 12:59 PM

worse than kony

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 1:10 PM

glad there are festivals in the tri-state area again, but would rather have just one great festival ala coachella than all these little turd fests with extremely mediocre headliners/lineups.

this is nyc. give us a radiohead/daft punk level headliner or gtfo

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 1:19 PM

I'm dying to meet that press release author and look him/her in the eye. Might be a new world record in piling crappy cliched words onto crappy meaningless sentences.

Posted by ME | March 22, 2012 1:25 PM

"glad there are festivals in the tri-state area again, but would rather have just one great festival ala coachella than all these little turd fests with extremely mediocre headliners/lineups.

this is nyc. give us a radiohead/daft punk level headliner or gtfo"

I think bands might make more money doing their own shows in this area which could be the reason. Hopefully we'll have some good crossover with the festival that's in Montreal the next weekend and get acts like Sigur Ros, Metric, Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, etc.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 1:29 PM

OK, the musical acts might suck, but remember everyone - this is also a LIFESTYLE event. Geez.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 1:34 PM

I don't like this. Not one little bit.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 1:47 PM

The Black Keys are massive, what are you talking about! They are headlining Coachella! What other rock bands are bigger right now?

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 1:53 PM

Snoop Dogg is a theater act at best now. Not sure why promoters seem to think he is headliner-worthy of festivals.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 1:57 PM

BEST LINEUP EVER!!

Black Keys > DaftRadioRos

I like my re-hashed blues rock duos to be arena-sized! Shaazammmmi!

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 1:58 PM

WHile Im not crazy on Snoop these days, he is doing the old skol Doggystyle LP with Warren G and The Dogg Pound, that shit is epic

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 2:08 PM

Hahahha. The Black Keys are playing ANOTHER show in Atlantic City in May!! After this and 2 MSG shows, how will there be any demand for this band?

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/02004869CA2C8202?artistid=847164&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=60

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 2:12 PM

@2:08 - Nate Dogg passed away last year. The Dogg Pound will not be there.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 2:12 PM

Hahaha??! 2:12, dont be so stupid! Black Keys are HUGE now, deal with it!

If Radiohead or Sigur Ros played now and then this summer you better be damn sure that people would go to both! Like it or not, Black Keys are extremely popular now.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 2:15 PM

Is this an actual festival or just a bunch of bands opening for the Black Keys? Kind of like Arcade Fire at Randalls Island? That wasn't a fest but some decent acts opened for them

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 2:19 PM

@153 my point is this:

1. the black keys are not huge/epic. it's the biggest publicity scam of the past decade. that's why all GA pit tickets for the MSG show tonight are on stubhub for 100 bucks or below. it's all bullshit PR hype.

2. even if the black keys were huge, literally EVERY black keys fan will have already seen them live this year by the time Catalpa Festival takes place (2 MSG shows, 1 album release show at Webster Hall, one show in Atlantic city, all within the span of three months).

3. if you ever see 'the black keys' as a festival headliner and are satisfied, you should cut your ears off.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 2:19 PM

Whoever is promoting this show must not live in NYC. Because they would know that NOBODY stays in the city on weekends after July 4

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 2:24 PM

"Is this an actual festival or just a bunch of bands opening for the Black Keys? Kind of like Arcade Fire at Randalls Island? That wasn't a fest but some decent acts opened for them."

Doubt it if they are planning on raising their ticket prices. Also it's a 2-day festival so...the Keys are likely only playing one night.

"Even if the black keys were huge, literally EVERY black keys fan will have already seen them live this year by the time Catalpa Festival takes place (2 MSG shows, 1 album release show at Webster Hall, one show in Atlantic city, all within the span of three months)."

Possibly but with a strong undercard, you can probably draw 10-12k people there each day.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 2:33 PM

they gotta have a shit ton of artist aces up they sleeves if they dont want this shit 2 get canceled

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 2:46 PM


Little do people realize - Snoop already does that album anyway regardless of the show + he does half of his catalog ontop of it. hip-hop acts don't do full album sets like rock bands - SEE ROCK THE BELLS AND PAID DUES - it's just a gimmick in the billing.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 3:02 PM

"1. the black keys are not huge/epic. it's the biggest publicity scam of the past decade. that's why all GA pit tickets for the MSG show tonight are on stubhub for 100 bucks or below. it's all bullshit PR hype."

Let me go one step further, why bother with StubHub, Go on craigslist. It was a fire sale the first show and for this as well. Under face and that goes for the front pit as well. It is a complete joke. Apparently the first night outside the garden was swarmed with scalpers trying to sell to anyone who would take and there were not many takers. My asshole they sold out MSG these nights. But people buy into the hype and promoter bullshit like 2:38. OMG shocking more tix on sale.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 3:06 PM

Or you could just take the trip to Newport that weekend and see how a real festival is run.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 3:23 PM

Nah, I'd rather shout out "Newport sucks ass, and whoever goes there takes it up the ass and likes it!". Y'know, cause it's true.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 4:01 PM

I'm sure the Governors Ball guys are loving this! Their lineup is much cooler, but having another fest in town must be annoying

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 4:08 PM

id start eating meat again than go to this. Black Keys in NYC again? please....

Posted by David Puddy | March 22, 2012 4:22 PM

You mean you didn't eat meat beforehand? Pussy.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 4:48 PM

Lame. It cracks me up when organizers claim you can see "the backdrop of the world's most famous skyline" at Randall's Island. All you can see is the Triborough Bridge, an insane asylum, a track field and some apartments in Harlem. That bathroom situation is always the worst at Randall's.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 8:47 PM

even though this lineup so far is weak, it still plays out like this:

Governors>Catalpa>>>>>>>>the nonexistant lineup of Googa

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 9:00 PM

If I had to choose one, I'd choose Governors i guess. Googa will be chubby foodie hipsters, Catalpa will be bearded bro's. Governors will at least have absurd eye candy.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2012 10:40 PM

i go to festivals for the overall outdoor summer experience. whats all the bitching for? i'll prob still see my fav band in a decent indoor venue this year anyway. i'm sure each festival will have enough eye candy. as if living in nyc during the summer isnt enough eye candy already. dont mean you're gonna get laid foolio..

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2012 2:13 AM

What a Weird mix - black keys, snoop and umphreys?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2012 9:07 AM

Can we get DAFTPUNK, THE STROKES, THE ARCTIC MONKEYS, THE DRUMS, THE HORRORS, CULTS on this line up so far summer stage >any festival line up announced

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2012 8:21 PM

even though this lineup so far is weak, it still plays out like this:

Posted by Souq | March 29, 2012 4:24 AM

Interesting that this lineup still is this small/weak.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 5:35 PM

so wicked

Posted by jordon | August 4, 2013 2:36 PM

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