Posted in music | pictures on July 27, 2012

words and photos by Courtney Dudley

King Khan / Nicky Da B, House of Vans 7/26/2012
King Khan
Nicky Da B

Just as doors opened at 25 Franklin, a dark, ominous cloud rolled over Greenpoint like a barge. Despite threats of tornadoes in the metropolitan area polluting social media outlets all day, a ton of people showed up for the third Vans House Party on July 26th featuring King Khan & The Shrines, Nicky Da B and The Everymen. It was shocking, really. Huddled under umbrellas or not (apparently having come to terms with the wetness), BK kids weren't gonna let a little lightning get in the way of their booty shaking-- or the free booze.

After one really epic downpour, the weather turned to a light sprinkle that, when compared to the heat, was actually quite refreshing. Inside, however, the combination of hundreds of damp people and relatively still air turned the place into a sauna-- the perfect setting for a dirty, ass shakin' dance party. No one even had to try for an excuse to take off their clothes. The Everymen opened, warming up the crowd with their energetic rock n roll. The seven piece outfit from New Jersey, reminiscent of the New Pornographers in structure, took command of the stage and the crowd was pretty into it considering that most of them were waiting for King Khan.

Nicky Da B took stage next and gave everyone what they were waiting for-- some serious ass shaking inspiration. I believe there is something comforting in having the desire to dance and going to a place where no matter how hard you try, one can never be the most risque or ridiculous person in the joint. What freedom! No one is looking... well maybe they are but they're looking in the direction of a shared, sweaty, collective experience where everyone goes home satisfied even if they don't get laid. But as the crowd got closer together, hair sticking to faces, glitter and neon flying about and SO MUCH ass in the air-- getting laid was more likely than not.

Finally, King Khan and the Shrines went on and energy sort of switched from sex to light hearted anarchy. You know, the kind of dancing where you accept the fact that you may get a black eye. What other kind of dancing is there, really? So many crowd surfers kept security occupied as King Khan screeched and wailed in front of a full backing band with horns and all manner of instruments. Strongly rooted funk but with a Bollywood flair thrown in, the man gives the late James Brown a serious run for his money. King Khan, with his feather headpiece, flamboyant dress and ironic, funny lyrics, doesn't take himself too seriously. The loose hilarity of it all creates a safe haven for humans to forget if you're a boy or a girl or you have to work in the morning and just GET DOWN.

King Khan plays NYC again, tonight (7/27) at Bowery Ballroom. Nicky Da B will be at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday night. The next free show at House of Vans is August 2nd with Washed Out, Chairlift, and Lemonade.

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Comments (28)

kick ass fucking show. thank you vans and king khan. free booze. free music. mayhem in its finest.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2012 4:47 PM

Seriously? 'gives James Brown a run for his money'? This guy, and mind you I'm a fan, isn't anywhere near the ballpark of James Brown. Not even the same sport.

I like the BV but you guys really got to stop with these 'reviews'.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2012 4:57 PM

looks like a sweaty good time

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2012 5:02 PM

Enough these hipster black tranny rappers? When did this become a fad?! You could pretty much interchange Big freeda, Danny Brown, and Nicky Da B with each other and obtain the same result.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2012 5:38 PM

i'm just glad there weren't any pics of that huge white dude in a thong shaking his booty.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2012 5:42 PM

YYEAAAAHHHH SEXISM BROOOO WOMEN ARE OBJECTS PUNK ROOOCKK

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2012 9:29 PM

Looks and sounds like an absolutely miserable experience. It wasn't fun when you bro'd out like this back when you were 19yo freshmen at Wesleyan and it's not fun now. New York is a place for fuckin adults, grow the fuck up. Wish the storm had actually hit as hard as expected and blown this venue and the rest of the Greenpoint trash (that includes the longtime Polish assholes AND hipster upstarts) away.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2012 9:42 PM

LULZ
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/everyman/houseofvans/2.jpg
I don't care what this sloppy bitch is selling, I ain't buying

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2012 10:11 PM

"Oh my God, are all the concerts like this one here in New York? We don't have anything like this in St. Louis!"
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/kingkhan/houseofvans/19.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2012 10:20 PM

10:11 dude got lost on the way to the Project Runway audition

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2012 11:04 PM

The fashion choices of all these people on stage (and in the audience) is pretty weak. Ugh. Are you purposely trying to look awful and retarded?

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2012 10:49 AM

Ugly rsvp'd.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2012 11:30 AM

5:38 - You can't lump in Danny Brown who is a hip hop artists from Detroit and not a "tranny" as you put it with the "sissy bounce" movement out of New Orleans which is the predominantly gay scene that Big Freedia and Nicky Da B come from. Apples and oranges with the only common denominator being that they all happen to be black.

4:57 - A big +1 on dogging that ridiculous James Brown reference. Such a silly thing to say, it rises to the level of negligible.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2012 11:59 AM

^ Love how this nigga manages arguments running over multiple threads simultaneously literally a day after everyone else has moved on. Way to go, brah! You are such an expert at everything!

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2012 1:53 PM

King Khan is better than James Brown. Suck it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2012 9:01 PM

WHAT TIME DID THE EVERYMEN GO ON?

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2012 9:25 PM

You lucky fucks oughta praise King Khans name for letting you bitches in his audience

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2012 9:34 PM

Great photos!

Posted by Chase Turner | July 29, 2012 7:59 PM

I would like to know why the folks at House of Vans made 40-50 people stand on line outside in the rain while The Everymen played, when the venue was nowhere near capacity? Not only did I get soaked, but I missed their entire set. Total bummer.

I really love the idea of this place, but administrative decisions like that and the shark feeding frenzy of the beer station leave a lot to be desired.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2012 10:35 AM

Rock and roll and fashion should have nothin' to do with each other. Fuck yaselves and enjoy that Sleigh Bells show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2012 11:00 AM

The Everymen were fucking awesome

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2012 5:47 PM

10:11 FTW #endfatrock

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2012 6:03 PM

The Everymen were fukin great. will def be finding their next show.

Posted by b | August 1, 2012 3:25 PM

wild times.

Posted by jordon | July 25, 2013 4:49 PM

awesome and great music for all music lovers.

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Posted by sea horizon | November 5, 2013 8:53 AM

Wow! Really great show and party! You can tell from the photos! They look amazing!

Posted by irina | November 19, 2014 7:21 AM

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