Posted in music | pictures on July 30, 2012

photos by Toby Tenenbaum

TVotR / Zola Jesus / the crowd, Catalpa Music Fest 7/28/2012
2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island
2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island
2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

The inaugural Catalpa Festival got off to a soggy start on Saturday in Randalls Island Park, but the intermittent rain that turned the lawns in front of the stages into muddy bogs did little to dampen the enthusiasm of people who came out to see the Black Keys and TV on the Radio...

...The rain started again as the Black Keys took the stage at about 9:30. Yet several thousand people pressed up, some of the men lifting women up on their shoulders, as Dan Auerbach, the band's guitarist and vocalist, launched into "Howlin' for You." A few songs later, Mr. Auerbach and his partner, the drummer Patrick Carney, had the crowd singing along and dancing in the rain as they did "Dead and Gone" and "Gold on the Ceiling," two hits from their most recent album El Camino [NY Times].

The Catalpa Music Festival happened this weekend (July 28 - 29) on Randall's Island. Saturday's wet line-up included The Black Keys, TV on the Radio, Zola Jesus, Umphrey's McGee, Hercules & Love Affair and more. Did you go? How was it? Pictures from those bands and other Saturday performers are below.

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2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

The Demos

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

Zola Jesus

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

The Sheepdogs

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

Hercules and Love Affair

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

Umphrey's McGee

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

TV on the Radio

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

The Black Keys

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

2012 Catalpa NYC Music Festival - Randall's Island

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Comments (20)

If you haven't had the opportunity to see The Black Keys by the end of 2012 you never will.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2012 1:33 PM

phew.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2012 1:36 PM

If you saw The Black Keys for the first time in 2008 or later... you are MEH.

Posted by Venkman | July 30, 2012 1:38 PM

Yawntalpa

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2012 1:38 PM

Can Zola Jesus please go AWAY now?

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2012 1:47 PM

Let me guess..the Black Keys played the same exact setlist they played both times at MSG. Hacks.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2012 1:49 PM

All that rain and not a single tiddie? Farging lame, BV.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2012 1:52 PM

Hercules Love Affair was definitely the best set of the day. However, Saturday's weather and the loss of one of their stages (a rotating DJ stage with some fire installation) was pretty weak sauce. Also, it was empty on Saturday. No one was there...

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2012 1:57 PM

Saturday was OK. This thing certainly had potential, and it's hard to say how badly the weather hampered the event, but things just seemed a little off for most of the day.

The Good: The Black Keys, TV On The Radio, the food (both in taste & price), the beer (Sixpoint cans were a nice touch), efficient and easy bus service from 125th street. Zola Jesus also sounded pretty good while I hid from the rain under the overpass where the bus dropped people off.

The Bad: The weather (duh!), the ticket prices, Hercules & The Love Affair (what the hell was that "performance" all about?), the fact that just about every installation that was mentioned in the promo materials was nonexistent, the lack of screens for the main stages.

The Meh: The Sheepdogs, who sounded great in the same way a really good Allman Brothers cover band sounds great. Umphrey's McGee who fulfilled the required jam band slot for a summer festival. The small crowds, which made for little to no lines for bathrooms or beer and made it easy to get good spots to see even the headliners, but also made the place seem pretty dead.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2012 1:59 PM

That white chick in the third pic is fucking hot.

Posted by Sam | July 30, 2012 5:02 PM

I'm sure there will be no 2013 Catalpa.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2012 5:27 PM

Rain water + hummus = a disaster.
-it changed the consistency to a tan colored goop that was hard to scoop with a pita triangle. :(

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2012 5:30 PM

Governors Ball won

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 8:30 AM

I went both days, and I am insulted to be perfectly honest. All art elements they advertised were not there AT ALL, everything there was overpriced, VIP was a fucking rip off. and the staff there were so rude. I cannot think of an event that has ever been this bad or this big of a rip off

Posted by Saira | July 31, 2012 9:13 AM

Gov Ball: 1
'talpa: 0

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2012 9:23 AM

My buddy played over at the 420 tent. I was hoping for pics of that but it's totally resonable there aren't any on this site. I think it's neat that jam bands paved the way for the popularity of summer festivals. It's understandable why there's so much hate for jam bands but haters gonna hate. Umphree's is almost a prog rock band at this point, they have solos but I'm not so sure how much collective improvisation they do like most jam bands. It's also really hard to dance to Umphree's, they change time signatures like every 8 bars.

Posted by troll | July 31, 2012 12:53 PM

everyone looks like they are having fun.

Posted by jordon | July 25, 2013 3:39 PM

awesome threads. truly great music

Posted by vue 8 residence | September 26, 2013 11:37 PM

I'm going to 'talpa!

Posted by 'talpa goer | September 27, 2013 12:11 AM

great post. this is the information i been look for too.

Posted by inflora | October 5, 2013 7:42 AM

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