Entries tagged with: 4Knots Music Festival
photos by Chris La Putt
Speedy Ortiz @ 4Knots 2014
Modern Life Is War recently announced two club dates to happen this summer at Philly's First Unitarian Church on 8/29 and NYC's Bowery Ballroom on 8/30. Since we last spoke, openers have been announced for both shows. Direct support on the Philly date will come from MLIW's Deathwish labelmates Self Defense Family, and on the NYC show it's heavy shoegazers Nothing (who were in NYC a few days ago for a free show with Ceremony and Iron Lung). Opening both dates will be DC punks Give and Iowa psychedelic band Land of Blood & Sunshine. Tickets for Philly and NYC are on sale now.
Speaking of bands who just played free NYC shows being added as openers to hardcore shows, Speedy Ortiz, who just played 4Knots, were added to the Fucked Up show happening at Irving Plaza on September 6. Tickets for that show are still available. Speedy will return to NYC not long after that for two shows on their tour with Ex Hex.
We already posted one set of pictures of 4Knots, and another batch of Speedy's set is in this post. They continue, with lists of Speedy and Nothing dates, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Mac DeMarco @ 2014 4Knots Fest
Polaris Prize shortlist nominee Mac DeMarco (does he have a chance?) just played one of his biggest NYC shows to date at this past weekend's 4Knots Music Festival. We already published a full set of pics from the fest, and now we've got a second set (and video) from Mac's performance in this post.
His 4Knots appearances was just part of his nonstop 2014 tour which has him on the road around the world till basically the end of the year. Those fall dates include another NYC show, his biggest ticketed one yet: Terminal 5 on November 4. That show is also with Connan Mockasin, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard which could be a very wild night. Tickets for the T5 show go on sale Friday (7/18) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (7/16) at noon.
All tour dates are listed, along with more pics and video from Mac's 4Knots set, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Dinosaur Jr. / Mac DeMarco @ 2014 4 Knots Music Fest
NYC's free, all-ages 4Knots Music Festival went down across two stages at the South Street Seaport. On the main stage (Pier 16), Radkey kicked things off with their classic-style punk, and (as you can see in the video below) at one point the PA cut out but they just kept rocking. Northampton indie rockers Speedy Ortiz followed with a set that stretched as far back as their early pre-Sports single "Taylor Swift" up through their brand new "Bigger Party" which came out the day before the festival. Ex-Women band Viet Cong followed with a set of their jammy post-punk.
Those Darlins were fun, peppering their set with covers (The Crystals' "Then He Kissed Me" and Dylan's "The Man In Me"). If anyone was going to fall into the river during 4Knots, it would've been during Mac DeMarco's set, but he kept things fairly shenanigan-free. Dinosaur Jr. capped off the evening with an enjoyable and hit-packed set (that is how you Festival, bands) that had a pit/crowdsurfers going the whole time (video of that below).
The other stage was the Front/Row stage over on Fulton St (not exactly where they set up for Seaport Music Festival but almost) with a handful of smaller acts, including day openers and '90s-loving Dead Stars, plus Crazy Pills, Juan Wauters, and heartland rockers Nude Beach. Pictures from their sets, and more of the rest of 2014 4Knots fest, below....
Viet Cong @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
The free, all-ages 4Knots Music Festival begins at 1PM today at South Street Seaport and the Village Voice just announced set times:
PIER 16 STAGEA map of the stages, etc is below...
7 PM - DINOSAUR JR
5:30 PM - MAC DEMARCO
4:30 PM - THOSE DARLINS
3:30 PM - VIET CONG
2:30 PM - SPEEDY ORTIZ
1:30 PM - RADKEY
4 PM - NUDE BEACH
3 PM - JUAN WAUTERS
2 PM - CRAZY PILLS
1 PM - DEAD STARS
Speedy Ortiz at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Speedy Ortiz, who have an Adult Swim Single coming in July, announced a tour surrounding their many festival appearances this summer. One of those festivals is NYC's free 4Knots Festival happening on July 12 at South Street Seaport from 1-8 PM with Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Viet Cong, Nude Beach and more. Those in the NYC-area wanting a fix of Speedy in a club setting, who don't feel like staying in town the weekend of 4Knots, or who would like to see Speedy play with Guided by Voices, should head up to Toad's Place in CT where they and GBV play two days earlier. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All Speedy Ortiz dates are listed below.
That show is also part of GBV's tour which recently hit NYC's Bowery Ballroom and returns to NYC the day after the Toad's Place show for an Irving Plaza show (7/11) with Crystal Stilts. It also hits Huntington, NY's Paramount on 8/22 and Asbury Park, NJ's Stone Pony on 8/23, both with Boogarins. Tickets for those shows are still available.
All Speedy Ortiz dates are listed, with a video, below...
Mac DeMarco @ Burgerama III (more by Debi Del Grande)
The Village Voice has finalized the 2014 4Knots Festival lineup, adding Mac DeMarco to the lineup that already includes headliner Dinosaur Jr., plus Those Darlins, Speedy Ortiz, Radkey, Viet Cong, Nude Beach, and Juan Wauters. Also new to the bill: Bejiing indie rockers Re-TROS and Brooklyn's '90s-loving Dead Stars. The fest happens July 12 at South Street Seaport from 1 - 8 PM. It's free and all-ages.
There's also the 4Knots afterparty which happens at Webster Hall that night with Ab-Soul and "special guests." Mac DeMaco also plays Brooklyn's House of Vans on June 12 (RSVP is now closed) and can also catch Mac's other band, Walter TV, at next week's Northside Festival.
Ab-Soul at Williamsburg Park in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Black Hippy rapper Ab-Soul has been announced as the headliner for this year's 4Knots Music Festival which takes place after the fest ends at Webster Hall on July 12. 4Knots is free but the afterparty isn't and tickets for that go on pre-sale Wednesday (5/28) at noon (password: 4KNOTSPR). General on-sale begins June 3 at noon. The only other Ab-Soul date we're currently aware of is Made In America LA.
Ab-Soul plans to release his new album, These Days, at some point this year via Top Dawg Entertainment, and recently put out a new single from it, "Stigmata," which features Action Bronson and Asaad. You can check that out below.
Meanwhile, if you missed it, the 4Knots lineup includes Dinosaur Jr, Speedy Ortiz, Viet Cong, Nude Beach and more.
Listen to "Stigmata" below...
Dinosaur Jr. @ T5, 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
The Julie Ruin had to drop off as headliners of the 2014 Village Voice 4Knots Music Festival , as singer Kathleen Hanna has had a lyme disease relapse. (Feel better, Kathleen!) The fest has announced their new headliner: Dinosaur Jr. They'll join Those Darlins, Speedy Ortiz, Radkey, Viet Cong, Nude Beach, Juan Wauters and more TBA at South St. Seaport on July 12. That show is free and all ages.
Dinosaur Jr. will play NYC before that, headlining the free Converse Rubber Tracks show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 28 with Screaming Females and Creepoid. While free, all tickets have been claimed for that one. They were also part of last night's Fun Fun Fun Fest announcement (with Blood Brothers, Judas Priest, Mineral, Failure and many more).
In other news, Dino Jr. frontman J. Mascis is guesting with the band on Late Night with Seth Meyers all this week. The show airs weeknights at 12:30 AM on NBC.
The Julie Ruin @ MHOW, Oct 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, the Village Voice's 2014 4Knots Music Fest happens July 12 at South Street Seaport. They just released the initial round of acts playing: The Julie Ruin, Those Darlins, Speedy Ortiz, Radkey, Viet Cong (ex-Women), Nude Beach, and Juan Wauters. With two stages, lots more artists will be announced soon. Stay tuned.
Like always, The 4Knots Festival is free and all-ages.
The official afterparty will be at Webster Hall. Lineup and tickets TBA.
4Knots 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Village Voice's free 4Knots Festival will return to South Street Seaport on July 12 though the location will be slightly different. The old location, Pier 17 (home of The Seaport Music Festival) is being redeveloped so the main stage for the 2014 4Knots will happen one slot over at Pier 16 (right next to the Peking ship) and the second stage will be at the See / Change space at Fulton and Front (near where Sound Bites happened last year). There will also be an afterparty at Webster Hall that night. Line-ups and schedule are still TBA.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Kurt Vile / Fat Tony / White Lung / the scene @ 4Knots 2013
"We're not a daytime band, this is weird," said Mish Way of White Lung during her band's set at the third annual 4Knots Music Festival on the South Street Seaport on Saturday (6/29). It's true that they're better fit for smaller, darker spaces, but despite that comment, White Lung continue to prove how powerful they can be on any stage. Even a hot outdoor sunny one.
Other bands sounded great under the sun too (which burned off any threats of thunderstorms), like Hunters (who already seem to know how to do a festival show), Parquet Courts, who were noisier than I'd see them before, The Men, who delivered their ever-changing brand of punk with country jams running through their whole set, the garage-soul of Reigning Sound, and of course Kurt Vile, who's arguably a better fit for an outdoor show than a dark venue. Kurt and his band (new drummer included) played an excellent set heavy on the first half of his new album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, and revisited the past for live staples like a solo acoustic performance of "Peeping Tomboy" and the set-ending noise jam, "Freak Train."
On the second stage, which was a more of a proper setup than last year's more DIY feel, there was Heliotropes (laying down Sabbath-y riffs), Fat Tony (who rapped about Guinness beer), The Babies (terrific as always), and proggy hammer-on queen, Marnie Stern.
It was an all-around good-vibes day of free music. More pictures from 4Knots 2013 below...
The free, all ages 4Knots Music Festival is today at the South Street Seaport from 1-8 PM. The festival organizers had been holding on to the set times until the last minute for this one, but finally announced them. Check them out below...
by Andrew Sacher
4Knots 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
The Seaport Music Festival might be wrapping up today with a show from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, but that doesn't mean free shows at The Seaport (Pier 17) are done for the summer. This Saturday (6/29), the outdoor venue will host the Village Voice's annual free, all ages 4Knots Music Festival. The fest kicks off early in the afternoon (1 PM) and it will be over by 8, so you'll probably be able to catch any night shows you wanted to go to on Saturday too. It's the festival's third year and this time around they may have booked their most consistently great lineup.
Kurt Vile at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The festival is being headlined by Kurt Vile, whose 2013 album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, is one of the strongest releases of the year. The weather is looking a little iffy earlier in the day (fest is rain or shine by the way), but it looks like a good chance of sun by the time he's on, and there's not really any better way to see Kurt than outdoors on a pretty day.
The rest of the lineup is excellent too, including Memphis garage punks Reigning Sound, Brooklyn's punks-gone-country-rockers The Men, Brooklyn's Pavement-meets-Modern Lovers indie rockers Parquet Courts, Vancouver's seriously intense punk band White Lung, mathy guitar wizard Marnie Stern, YYYs-inspired Hunters, Woods/Vivian Girls-related project The Babies, rapper Fat Tony, and fuzzy indie rockers Heliotropes.
Also, since we last spoke, Steve Gunn, who is also a member of Kurt Vile's live band, was added to the lineup. His new album, Time Off, is out now, and you can stream two tracks from that release below (via FADER).
If this is your first trip to the Seaport, directions are available at Village Voice's website. It's easy to get there by subway, bus, or car, and you can also valet park your bike. Once you're there, this festival map should be of use if you need it. And, leave your coolers and beach chairs at home. There's good food down there, too, with the Smorgasbar vendors on Front St (at Fulton).
All of that fun happens for free between 1 and 8 PM, and then, if you got tickets, you can keep partying at the sold-out afterparty at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Lil B, Clams Casino, and Keyboard Kid.
Steve Gunn song streams and 4Knots flyer below...
Hunters at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
This year's 4Knots Music Festival, which goes down on June 29 at at Pier 17 at South Street Seaport, is looking like its going to be one of the best free shows in NYC this summer. It runs from 1-8 PM across two stages, and during that time we'll get sets from Kurt Vile, The Men, Parquet Courts, Marnie Stern, Reigning Sound, White Lung, The Babies, Fat Tony, and Heliotropes. And now the lineup's got one more addition: local YYYs-inspired rockers Hunters. The new flyer is below. Show is all ages, and like we said, free.
As mentioned, Lil B is playing the not-free (and now sold out) 4Knots afterparty at Music Hall of Williamsburg (6/29) that night. And that lineup's been expanded now too, now including hip hop producers Clams Casino and Keyboard Kid. There are still a lot of second stage acts to be announced. Stay tuned.
White Fence and Paws are also playing a free show at the Seaport this Friday (6/14).
Flyers and some song streams below...
Poet, philosopher and #basedgod Lil B
According to the Urban Dictionary, a #basedgod is...
A Based God is an individual that possesses maximum swagger, a mansion, sports cars, wonton soup and the inherent ability to fuck your bitch. Moreover, you will actually beg him to fuck your bitch simply because he is Based God. All these conditions must be met for an individual to be a Based God, though it is possible to have some and not all of these. Lil B will fuck your bitch, with or without your consent (which you will always give anyway).Save the date, June 29. That night, all of New York will have to fulfill on the the promise of "you can can fuck my bitch" when the #based god Lil B comes to NYC as part of a 4Knots after-party. Look for Brooklyn's Wonton soup supply to run dry, its women to disappear, and for Music Hall of Williamsburg (6/29) to become swag to the maximum, tickets are on sale today (5/1) at noon. More acts to be announced.
Head below for some of Lil B's videos and his limited tour dates, which also include a stop at Pitchfork 2013. #ohmygodbasedgod #thankyoubasedgod
White Lung @ Bowery Ballroom last weekend (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
As mentioned a few times, the Village Voice's 4Knots Music Festival goes down on June 29 at Pier 17 at South Street Seaport with headliner Kurt Vile & the Violators, plus The Men, Parquet Courts and Marnie Stern. The fest just announced five more acts: Reigning Sound, White Lung (who just played with Parquet Courts at Bowery), The Babies, Fat Tony and Heliotropes. With two stages to fill, there's still more acts to be announced.
Reigning Sound's Greg Cartwright will get to know the Pier 17 stage pretty well by summer's end, as his other band, Oblivians, will play there for the Seaport Music Festival on June 7, which is also free. As mentioned, Reigning Sound recently signed to Merge Records who will release that band's new album at some point this year.
Kurt Vile at Coachella, 4/14/2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
We already knew that The Men would be playing this year's 4 Knots Music Festival, but the Village Voice have just announced a few more acts: Kurt Vile, Parquet Courts, and Marnie Stern. With two stages and seven hours for each, there are lots more bands still be be announced. Village Voice's 4Knots Music Festival goes down June 29 at South Street Seaport from 1 - 8 PM. It's free and all-ages. Flyer is below.
The Men at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by David Andrako)
We just told you about a bunch of Record Store Day releases that we're excited for, and here's one more that should be pretty great. Sacred Bones is releasing the third installment of their Todo Muere series, and this one features tracks from The Men, Moon Duo, a Psychic Ills remix of Follakzoid, Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch, Zola Jesus, The Holydrug Couple, Wymond Miles, and Case Studies. Check out the album art and stream The Men's contribution, "B Minor," a track from their New Moon sessions, below.
The Men are on tour now and will be back in NYC for a Northside Festival show on June 14 at Warsaw with the Greg Ginn/Ron Reyes incarnation of Black Flag, Ginn's other project Good For You, and Netherlands (sold out). They're also playing 4Knots Festival at the South Street Seaport on June 29, though that lineup has not been announced in full yet. Stay tuned.
Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch also have a NYC show coming up which happens at Mercury Lounge on May 7 with drone guitar great Noveller. Tickets for that show go on sale today (4/12) at noon. It's Jozef & Jim's only US date before heading overseas for Primavera Sound and other shows.
All Jozef Van Wissem and The Men dates are listed, along with The Men song stream, below...
The Village Voice's 4Knots Festival will return to South Street Seaport for a third year, a little earlier though, happening June 29 from 1 - 8 PM. We're happy to hear it, in no small part because the area was hit really hard by Hurricane Sandy. Says the Voice:
We view this year's festival as an opportunity to help bolster hope and help a community that was hard hit by Hurricane Sandy," said Josh Fromson, publisher of The Village Voice. "The 4Knots Music Festival is excited to bring back a free, all day music showcase to this historic New York City landmark.No word on who is playing it this year, but the Voice promises there will be an announcement soon. The Seaport Music Festival will be back too, with the first announced show being Unkown Mortal Orchestra on June 28, the day before 4Knots. We're gonna guess this is a warm-up show, much like Eleanor Friedberger last year.
There will also be an official 4Knots after-party, happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg immediately after the fest ends. No word on who's playing that either.
photos by Chris La Putt
Swimmers for the annual Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge
Longtime BV contributor Chris La Putt weighed in on his favorite photos that he took in 2012, dropping off the following, unnumbered list. La Putt joins the list of BV photographers Dominick Mastrangelo, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako, Jessica Amaya , Caroline Harrison, and Fred Pessaro // BBG who have all weighed in on their favorite photos of 2012.
La Putt's year in pictures and favorite songs of 2012 is below.
The 4Knots Music Festival went down on Saturday with sets by lots of bands at the South Street Seaport which literally caught on fire. It ended with a controverisal afterparty which started with a set by Kid Congo Powers. Those pictures are in this post. More below....
Archers of Loaf / Crocodiles / the scene at 4Knots 2012
Even though the fire that broke out on the deck at the South Street Seaport Mall was certainly the most memorable act of the day, the Village Voice 4Knots Festival was a fine time at South Street Seaport, loaded with good performances amid the smoke and oppressive humidity. There was a big crowd for this second year of the fest, much bigger than last year, and though there wasn't a headliner the size of, say, Steve Malkmus or M.I.A. or Spoon (like they had at Siren in years past), that seemed by design in these post-Drake years. I like every band that played the main stage.
Well, I don't know anything about the first two bands who played the main stage -- The Smiling Lies and Fast Years -- who played before I got there at 1PM and seemed to be on by contractual obligation. Nick Waterhouse made a good, friendly primer for the day with his vintage, baritone sax-fueled '60s soul and R&B, looking dapper in a white oxford shirt that had to have been hot on stage. I prefer him in a tiny sweaty club to a big outdoor fest (I can say that about most bands) but he had the sweaty part down.
Bleached were up next and while we've yet to get an album from these girls, the crowd seemed to know most of their set of hook-laden poppy, punky, curled-lip songs. Hospitality were up next -- almost exactly a year ago they played to about 60 people at the Fulton Stall Market across the street from the Seaport, and they've come a long way since. Most of the crowd was bobbing along to much of their Merge debut... at least till the fire cut their set short.
After the smoke cleared it was Crocodiles whose new album Endless Flowers finds them branching out of strict JAMC love into brighter, poppier corners. They were probably the most animated band of the day with Brandon Welchez definitely playing up the rock frontman gig to the hilt. Crocodiles also inspired the only crowd surfing I saw on Saturday (but I might have missed some).
Speaking of animated, The Drums were up next. Once known for their Bring It On as an indie rock band, tambourine-tossing fabulousness, they are now a real live rock band with little in the way of backing tracks. While I think their most recent album was pretty good, and they sounded tight, they are a little on the subdued side live these days, or at least have been the last two times I've seen them. I think I liked them better live when they mostly pretended to play their instruments.
I was wondering if a lot of the crowd might leave after The Drums' set but, nope, everyone stuck around for recently-reformed '90s indie rock royalty Archers of Loaf. I'll admit I was never the biggest fan -- that was my college roommate, who seemed to get mail-order daily from TeenBeet, Merge and Simple Machines while I scoured import racks for Ride and Blur EPs -- but I certainly absorbed a lot through osmosis and the hit-filled set ("Web in Front," "Wrong," "Plumb") was even recognizable to this casual Archers listener. My friend Chris, a giant Archers fan, dubbed their performance "awesome."
Meanwhile on the Skipper's stage, we got mischievous Montreal band Doldrums, the twangy retro rock of Devin, punk-ish rockers Team Spirit (featuring Ayad of Passion Pit) and Delicate Steve whose set was also cut short due to the fire. And the afterparty went down in Beekman Beer Garden where things got wild during Black Lips' set.
More pictures from 4Knots are below...
Beekman Beer Garden Saturday night (more by Chris La Putt)
The Village Voice just issued this statement:
"The Village Voice is aware of the complaints about the aggressive nature of the security guards/bouncers at the 4Knots Music Festival After-Party and is taking them very seriously. These security guards/bouncers were not 4Knots employees, nor were they contracted through The Village Voice or 4Knots Music Festival. They work independently for the Beekman Beer Garden. Due to their actions with our audience, we will not be working with them again in the future. We apologize to anyone who was affected that evening."Previously: things got wild at Beekman Black Lips show, fans roughed up by security (pics & video)
"Security couldn't handle this shit! Black Lips fuckin killed it!!!" - Kyle Cameron
"Black Lips was fun. We tore down the barrier and security started fist fighting people. I'm soaked through." - Steve Lombardi
The Black Lips, who are known for their raucous live show, brought their usual antics to the 4Knots afterparty at Beekman Beer Garden at the South Street Seaport on Saturday night (7/14), but things got a little out of hand this time. The barricade was (not surprisingly) quickly ripped down by fans who broke into a sweaty pushing, moshing frenzy for the uncontrollable garage rockers. However, at this particular Black Lips show, the security guards were not having it. They began to rough up audience members who were getting crazy and allegedly ended up injuring some concertgoers. One of those claiming to be hurt emailed us and said, "getting dragged out in a choke hold is not my idea of a good time". He also sent us this picture he claims are "a few wounds inflicted by security"....
As shown in a video from the show which you can watch below, before going into "Modern Art," the band took to their mics to tell security to "calm the fuck down" and said, "You don't have to beat up anybody, it's just a rock and roll concert." A "Fuck that shit!" chant was also started and continued through the start of the song. The Village Voice, who presented the 4Knots festival and the Black Lips afterparty that this all went down at, point out that guitarist Cole Alexander, who had encouraged the crowd to "tear down that barrier" tried to help the fans who were getting hit, but he was shoved back on stage.
Many fans who were at the show took to twitter to talk about their experiences. @aewsome posted multiple tweets, saying, "Security has totally lost control of this Black Lips show. Arbitrarily roughing up people for no reason. Completely fucked up," and "Kids acting no different than any Black Lips show I've seen. This was seriously [some] of the roughest security I've seen."
As previously mentioned, earlier in the day there was also a fire at South Street Seaport while the actual 4Knots Music Festival was going on. You definitely can't say this year's fest (which Archers of Loaf headlined, but more about that in a bit), wasn't eventful.
The Black Lips video and more pictures, though they were mostly taken before things really got out of control, from the ruckus at Beekman Beer Garden, below...
As you may have heard, there was a big fire at the Pier 17 mall at South Street Seaport during the 4Knots Festival which broke out around 4PM, right in the middle of Hospitality's set. I was in the crowd watching the band and left about 3/4 of the way through to meet some friends on the VIP/press boat The Peking which is docked on the other side of the stage. Walking up the gangplank, I noticed everyone on the boat seemed to be gathered on the side, looking over at the Skipper's stage. My initial thought was "wow, Delicate Steve (who was playing or about to play) is more popular than I thought" but then I saw the smoke, which was emanating from the lower outside deck on the Southeast corner of the mall.
Then there were flames, and the smoke turned black. The flames got bigger. Hospitality were still playing, and didn't know anything was going on until someone came up and stopped them. Though you could hear the sirens wailing, the Shark boat was first on the scene using its hose to try and douse the flames which were now reaching the second floor deck. I thought for sure 4Knots would be canceled at this point. Then the FDNY boats arrived (it was a three alarm fire), and had most of the flames out quickly, except for the vending machine (a 'dippin dots' type ice cream thing) which would not go out and seemed to all of us watching to be the cause of the fire.
After about a half hour, things cooled down, and though that vending machine was still smoking (it took almost two hours to get it all out) the music resumed. Actually, Delicate Steve started playing what seemed to be improv jams to soundtrack the action which was under control at that point. Turns out it was an electrical fire:
Fire officials say the blaze that engulfed part of a building in New York City's South Street Seaport was caused by faulty electrical wiring.Miraculously, no one was hurt, no stores or restaurants were damaged and the pier was reopened to the public later that night. But it certainly made for a surreal day and an outdoor NYC concert those in attendance won't forget.
Fire marshals also were looking Sunday into whether there was any structural damage from Saturday's blaze in the tourist-friendly historic neighborhood.
The fire started under Pier 17 on the East River. It covered about 100 square feet. Big plumes of black smoke wafted over the Manhattan skyline.
Fire Department spokesman Jim Long said the blaze "could have been a disaster." The pier was teeming with hundreds of visitors. But no one was hurt, and firefighters doused the flames in less than two hours. [AP]
Needless to say, the fire was extremely well documented, as dozens of photographers were there for the fest and of course hundreds more were there with their smart phones out. More of our photos and some videos are below.