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Dillon Francis at Mad Decent Block Party 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Dillon Francis

The dates and venues were recently announced for the 2014 Mad Decent Block Parties, and now the lineups have been announced. Artists playing include Outkast (lucky Denver!), Action Bronson, A$AP Ferg, Chance the Rapper, Fatboy Slim and many more.

The NYC stop, happening on August 9 in MCU Park @ Coney Island has Dillon Francis, Diplo, DJ Snake, Flosstradamus, Grandtheft, Walshy Fire and a headliner who hasn't been announced yet. (Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, and Diplo with Major Lazer all played last year's too.) Tickets for that one go on sale Friday (4/11) at noon with a Ticketmaster presale starting Wednesday (4/9) at 10 AM. There's also an ongoing presale for each date at the Mad Decent Block Party website which includes an exclusive Diplo mix, a Mad Decent Block Party zine (with "no words" because "reading sucks"), Mad Decent x Pizzaslime stickers, a Mad Decent Block party sticker, and a Mad Decent patch.

Flyer with full artist announcement and the list of dates/venues/individual city lineups, below...

Continue reading "Mad Decent Block Party 2014 lineups (Outkast, Diplo, Action Bronson, A$AP Ferg, Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis & more)"

Mad Decent Block Party NYC 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
MDBP

The Mad Decent Block Parties return to over 20 North American cities this summer. The NYC stop happens on August 9, and unlike last year's in Williamsburg Park, this time it happens in MCU Park @ Coney Island. There's an ongoing presale for the block parties, though most (including the NYC one) are already sold out. Stay tuned for the general on-sale and lineup announcements.

As you may remember, there's also the Mad Decent Boat Party this year.

All block party dates are listed, with the tour flyer, below...

Continue reading "Mad Decent Block Parties 2014 dates & venues"

Beyonce riding the Cyclone
Beyonce

Beyonce took the internet by storm last week when she released her self-titled fifth album out of nowhere, and it's still dominating much of the online music discussion. SPIN gave it a 9/10 and named it a Spin Essential, and in Stereogum's Premature Evaluation, they said "there's some chance that Beyoncé's new self-titled album is the best album that anyone has released in 2013." Sales aren't too bad either. It broke an iTunes record, selling over 800,000 copies worldwide in three days and is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart. Don't look for it at Target though.

As you may know, Yoncé released the album with a video for every track, and she's since made some of those videos available online to watch. The video for "XO" sees her hanging around Coney Island, riding the Cyclone and the Wonder Wheel, and enjoying other parts of the neighborhood. You can watch that video, along with the one for "Drunk in Love" which has Bey and Jay Z on a beach, below.

Beyonce's tour has her at Barclays Center Thursday (12/19) and Sunday (12/22). Thursday's show is sold out but a limited amount of tickets for Sunday's show are still available.

In other Coney Island news, Borough President Marty Markowitz's mission to turn the vacant Childs Restaurant into a 'seaside amphitheater' music venue to host concerts like his Seaside Summer series, is moving forward The Brooklyn Paper reported that on December 4, a major public oversight board voted unanimously to go forward with Markowitz's plan. He still has his opponents though:

But critics have long complained that sinking $50 million of taxpayers' money into transforming the 90-year-old building into a for-profit, upscale eatery and music venue is a severe misallocation of funds. They have pointed out that the neighborhood still suffers from sporadic heat and power outages, and is home to shuttered storefronts a year after Hurricane Sandy, plus the issue of sewers that flood during heavy rains.

Others have raised fears that the 40 planned yearly concerts will afflict nearby residential blocks with ear-splitting noise and nightmarish traffic congestion. Some have said that they would accept the new venue only with a community benefits agreement -- a legal contract guaranteeing that the development would hire exclusively Coney Islanders at a living wage.

The Council voted on the project yesterday (12/16), and we think it's all good news for fans of the theater, but stay tuned. Meanwhile, Marty Markowitz is leaving his job as as Borough President after 12 years due to term limits.

In more related news, the documentary on Zipper, the ride that was on West 12th Street in Coney Island, is available on iTunes. It screened at Nitehawk not long ago (10/30), and a review at Indiewire reads:

The Zipper itself is a twisting, thrashing carnival ride, one of the last remaining parts of the former Coney Island, left standing for months as the territory surrounding the ride was bulldozed, in an attempt to reach new lows in gentrification. To the locals, it is a landmark; to the suits, it's a relic.

For those out-of-towners, Coney Island was one of the very last vestiges of weird in the post-Giuliani-era New York City. Parades, attractions, and rides suited both those happy families eager to soak in the beach and the local weirdos, madmen and trend-setters that made the Brooklyn location a safe haven from the increasingly-hostile corporate landscape of Manhattan. That all changed when the imposingly-named Thor Equities made an aggressive purchase of the land, a transaction not made in good faith.

You can watch the trailer below.

And in even more related news, Coney Island got its first YMCA, which opened yesterday (12/16) at Surf Ave and 29th St. You can take a look inside the new 44,000-square-foot facility in the video on News 12 Brooklyn. A big day for Coney Island with the new Beyonce video coming out AND a YMCA!

Beyonce and 'Zipper' videos below...

Continue reading "Beyonce's "XO" video was all filmed in Coney Island (watch) +++ Seaside Amphitheater progress & other Coney Island news"

Lynyrd Skynyrd

As discussed, the annual Seaside Summer Concert Series is returning to Coney Island (West 21st Street & Surf Avenue) this year with free weekly concerts from July 12 to August 21. Opening night is this Friday (7/12) with Cheap Trick and support from The Cringe. Like all of these shows, it begins at 7:30 and is totally free.

When we first spoke about this year's lineup, next week's (7/18) show was TBA, but it's since been announced that Lynyrd Skynyrd will be headlining. Which means it won't cost you anything to yell "Free Bird!" and actually hear it.

Updated Seaside Summer Concert Series schedule below...

Continue reading "Lynyrd Skynyrd playing Coney Island's Seaside Concert Series (which kicks off with Cheap Trick Friday)"

photos by Sachyn Mital

Cyclones mascot Sandy the Seagull at 2013 Mermaid Parade
2013 Mermaid Parade @ Coney Island - 6/22/2013

For those who don't want to go to the West Side of Manhattan or New Jersey to see Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks extravaganza on the Fourth of July, there is a Brooklyn option: Coney Island. Fireworks will be going on as part of an Independence Day celebration held at MCU Park (where the Cyclones play). That includes cover bands, a "beers of New York" beer garden and a performance from the Brooklyn String Orchestra who will play at 9 PM with the sky lighting up at 9:30 PM. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted and will go benefit the Brooklyn Public Library and Hurricane Sandy relief charity, #ConeyRecovers. 4:30 PM start.

You can see fireworks at Coney Island a lot this summer. They'll go off every Friday through August 30 at 9:30 PM. Additionally, there will be fireworks after certain Brooklyn Cyclones games, all of which are themed to music. That includes tonight, which, appropriately, are set to Patriotic works and will go off right after the game finishes (they play the Staten Island Yankees). That makes three nights in a row of Coney Island Fireworks, starting tonight.

The rest of the Cyclones' fireworks shows are all Saturdays, dates (and themes) as follows:

Saturday, July 20 (vs. Batavia Muckdogs) - Springsteen Fireworks
Saturday, Aug 10 (vs. State College Spikes) - Billy Joel Fireworks
Saturday, August 17 (vs. Vermont Lake Monsters) - Disney Fireworks
Saturday, August 31 (vs. Aberdeen IronBirds) - Beatles Fireworks
Like tonight's, those fireworks go off right after the game finishes.

For more Coney Island fun, dont' forget about Marty Markowitz's free Seaside Summer Concert Series which starts next Friday (7/12) with Cheap Trick.

And while on the subject of Coney Island, you've already seen one set of pictures from the 2013 Mermaid Parade which happened on June 22. Another set from the barely-dressed festivities are in this post.

More below...

Continue reading "fireworks at Coney Island happening on 4th of July, Fridays & after some Cylones games ++ more Mermaid Parade pics"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Mermaid Parade 2013

While their was some worry the Coney Island Mermaid Parade might not happen this year, the crowd-funded 2013 edition went off without a hitch on Saturday (6/22); perfect weather, and with barely a stitch of clothing. It was the 30th anniversary of the Mermaid Parade this year with Judah Friedlander and Carole Radziwill as this year's King and Queen. Pictures from the parade are in this post.

They continue below...

Continue reading "pics from the 2013 Mermaid Parade in Coney Island"

Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick @ 'Sound City' NYC (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Rick Nielsen

The annual Seaside Summer Concert Series that Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz does in Coney Island (West 21st Street & Surf Avenue) is back this year with free weekly concerts from July 12 to August 21. The shows are all on Thursdays at 7:30, except the opening night, which is a Friday (7/12), and the closing night, which is a Wednesday (8/21).

Artists playing this year include Cheap Trick (7/12), Smokey Robinson (7/25), The Go-Go's with Tom Tom Club (8/1), Huey Lewis and the News' - "Sports" 30th Anniversary Tour (8/15), and more.

Marty Markowitz also presents the Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series with free shows at Wingate Field.

Full Seaside Summer Concert Series lineup below..

Continue reading "2013 Seaside Summer Concert Series lineup (free Coney Island shows w/ Cheap Trick, Smokey Robinson, The Go-Go's, more)"

Mermaid Parade

Thanks for PETA for reminding me that the Mermaid Parade is this Saturday in Coney Island! How did PETA remind me? With an email subject that said "NEARLY NAKED PETA BEAUTIES TO JOIN CONEY ISLAND MERMAID PARADE", and this text:

What: Wearing little more than "fins" and "tails" and holding signs that read, "Fish Are Friends, Not Food," two sexy PETA members will dress as mermaids and take part in the Coney Island Mermaid Day Parade on Saturday to encourage onlookers to give fish a break and stop eating them.

"Although we might not be as familiar with fish, when it comes to feeling pain and having a will to live, they're just like all other animals," says PETA "mermaid" Ashley Byrne. "And the more we learn about these sensitive and intelligent animals, the less likely we are to stick a hook or a fork in them."

Scientific studies show that fish are intelligent, sensitive animals who experience pain and fear when they are hooked or netted and pulled from the water. A recent issue of the journal Fish and Fisheries cited more than 500 research papers on fish intelligence that prove that fish are smart, can use tools, and have impressive long-term memories and sophisticated social structures.

Where: The parade starts at the intersection of W. 21st Street and Surf Avenue, Coney Island

When: Saturday, June 22, 1 p.m.
PETA of course won't be the only nearly naked people walking around Coney Island Saturday thanks to the support of hundreds of generous donors who helped save the annual parade of scantily dressed people. More info on the main event and the Riverboat Ball at Coney Island USA. There's also a "Drunken Mermaid Gala" at Gowanus Ballroom with Extra Action Marching Band, Vic Thrill and more.

Mermaids

We didn't have any doubts, especially when we saw they picked a king and queen even before the Memorial Day weekend benefit concert, but here's the good news from Coney Island USA about this year's Mermaid Parade:

We've reached $100,000!!!

Thank you to the 2,332+ individual contributors that have pledged so far!!! You are a part of history!

The campaign is still not over.

We still have a few days left to accept pledges for these amazing rewards:

- Signed posters by The Goon's Eric Powell!
- A photo with and t-shirts from Tails of Glory!
- VIP roof deck viewing of the parade!
- March and party with the Sexcamaids!
- A photography adventure with Harvey Stein!
- Pasties! Temp tattoos! Glory!
- AND to march with the Royal Entourage!!!

They'll be gone forever after June 3rd!
Don't forget: the top two contributors to the campaign get to open the parade on a float with Brooklyn Bourough President Marty Markowitz!

Watch a video from Marty below...

Continue reading "The Mermaid Parade is Saved"

Mermaid Parade 2012 (more by Sachyn Mital)
Mermaid Parade

Dear Friends of the Mermaid Parade:

I have two important announcements for you today:

1) Registration for this year's Mermaid Parade is now open. Click here to register.

2) We do not know whether there will be a Mermaid Parade this year.

Don't panic just yet-we have a plan. But first I want you to understand where we are and what we're up against.

Our first parade back in 1983 had more participants than onlookers. It is because of you-whether you've been marching for years or are joining us for your maiden voyage-that the Mermaid Parade has grown into the largest arts parade in the country.

A Free Parade is Expensive

This year we face unprecedented challenges. As the crowds have grown over the past years, the city has begun imposing new regulations and restrictions that have sharply increased the cost of the event. On top of that, Hurricane Sandy, that malevolent sorceress, wreaked havoc on the Coney Island community. We as an organization, like many others, are still recovering from the damage. What this all means is that the Mermaid Parade now has a budget shortfall of $100,000. This is an impossible gap for a tiny non-profit arts organization like ours.

The Plan

On May 7th , we'll be launching a "Save the Mermaid Parade" Kickstarter campaign to raise $100,000 for the Parade. We'll be actively updating our website and sending out news and information as the campaign to "Save the Mermaid Parade" progresses.

Next week you will receive a link to our Kickstarter campaign. Once you have it, please spread the word. If we don't meet our funding goal, there'll be no parade.

Registration this year is more important than ever before, but we also need to ask for even more from you to preserve our beloved cultural institution. Be advocates. This is your parade - get on your bullhorns!

Sincerely,
Dick Zigun
Founder & Artistic Director
Coney Island USA


YMCA

No more shelter at the Park Slope Amory. DNA Info reports:

The Hurricane Sandy evacuees that were staying at the Park Slope Armory YMCA have moved out of the building and it will reopen soon to YMCA members -- but officials don't know exactly when.

The last of the evacuees -- many of whom were elderly people from senior homes in the Rockaways damaged in the storm -- left on Sunday, according to City Councilman Brad Lander. One group moved back into an adult care facility, and two other groups will stay in "transitional housing" at other assisted living facilities while their buildings are repaired, Lander said in an email.

The Armory, which usually houses a YMCA branch complete with an indoor running track and spinning and yoga classes, will reopen "as soon as possible" to its members, a spokeswoman said, but she declined to speculate on an exact date.

A bit of good news at least (for the shelter residents, and the YMCA members).

Park Slope residents (or anyone) looking to still lend a helping hand can do so via Congregation Beth Elohim who have been posting sign up sheets with jobs ranging from "Food Preparation in the CBE Kitchen" to "Volunteer for Field Work in Coney Island." If you choose the latter, just make sure to stay healthy.

As always, Occupy Sandy (who held a big benefit concert over the weekend) can also use your help.

relief efforts in Coney Island...
Coney Island

Head to ConeyRecovers.org and Occupy Sandy to find ways you can still help out in hurricane-ravaged Coney Island (one way is just to donate).

Watch an amazing time-lapse video, taken from an apartment window as water from the ocean started to cover cars in Coney Island during Sandy, below...

Continue reading "WATCH: Time-lapse video of Hurricane Sandy in Coney Island (where help is still needed)"

photos by Nick Childers

Coney Island, Brooklyn, NYC - photos from 11/6/2012
Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island
Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

I'm just going to publish this letter in full:

UPDATE FROM TODAY 11/8:

I have spent the better part of four days volunteering with Hurricane Sandy victims in Coney Island.

I am working with Occupy Sandy AND the Presidents of the Coney Island Houses and the Odwire Houses. This is Mutual Aid- we are working WITH the community, not simply giving charity. The NYCHA residents I have personally dealt with- Deborah Reed the President of the Coney Island Houses and Ilma the president of the Odwire Gardens Houses are incredible women. They are, however, spread thin and have no-one to help them answer to the thousands of residents that they represent.

There are ZERO agencies with a big presence out in the Coney Island Housing, Odwire Gardens Housing or Surfside Housing as of right now. NO FEMA, NO RED CROSS, NO NYC HOUSING, NO AUTHORITIES WHATSOEVER. The FEMA tent is a 20 minute walk away. The Red Cross has BARELY been there [they sometimes send one truck for 15-20 buildings once or twice a day]. There are elderly people stuck on the top floors of pitch-black buildings with NO FOOD AND WATER. Families with no food to feed their children. Mothers with no baby formula or wipes. Diabetics and asthmatics with no medicine. THERE HAS BEEN NO POWER, HEAT OR WATER FOR OVER A WEEK AND A HALF. Next to no one has flashlights and/or batteries. My small crew of volunteers PERSONALLY gave out these goods to the above people in need and encouraged them with what little info and energy we had. We saw the issues first hand. Today we used the community rooms in multiple buildings a relief sites- distribution for all necessities like food, water, batteries, baby supplies, feminine products ect. We expect to do this in more buildings.

All of the supermarkets and bodegas within a 15 minute walk of the above Housing have been flooded or looted. THERE IS NOWHERE TO BUY FOOD. Please link to these images - use them as much as you please- courtesy of Nick Childers.

WHAT IS NEEDED:

MORE PRESS

Non perishable and hot FOOD
BATTERIES of any size
FLASHLIGHTS
BLANKETS
GLOVES
HATS
BABY FORMULA/WIPES
TOILET PAPER

*NO CLOTHING*

Please understand, this email is a direct account of what is happening now. NYC IS NOT BACK TO NORMAL. Every area mentioned above has Katrina-level devastation and needs with only small citizen groups to aid everyone and distribute everything. Please help by donating, volunteering, or simply spreading the word. This is the only article I have found on the subject and it is accurate for the housing it represents but not for Coney Island: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/living-hell-nycha-houses-article-1.1197748 - Conditions were similar but there we some glaring problems on top of what they reported about.

I will be setting up a distribution center at 2828 Neptune Avenue tomorrow and will write back with more info. Please call me at 201.658.6194 with any questions.
Please help.

Sincerely,
Eric Moed

Help if you can, and keep tabs on Occupy Sandy's site for other ways to do it.

We previously posted pictures of the damage in Coney Island, but continue below for a more current look at the situation...

Continue reading "Relief efforts continue in CONEY ISLAND, HELP STILL NEEDED (pics & info) "

photos by Brian Russ

Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy

As Lola Star, who designed that "Coney Island Forever" graphic you see above points out, volunteers are still needed in Sandy-devastated Coney Island (maybe you're there today?). If you're working this week, you can head there this weekend:

Help Coney Island -- VOLUNTEER
SAT NOV 10TH & SUNDAY NOV 11TH 9AM - 5PM

Meet on the Boardwalk & STILLWELL AVE
at TOMS RESTAURANT [which is back open]

Wear warm clothes! Wear sturdy footwear or boots, and bring work gloves!
Bring your own flashlight (with extra batteries), a backpack, and snacks/water for yourself for the day.

Donation requests to help with Saturday's work:
-- Power strips
-- Extra flashlights
-- Outdoor brooms

Please note that bathroom access on site will be very limited.
No RSVP required
You can refer to MTA.info for latest transit updates. Carpooling and biking are encouraged.
Please forward this to all of your networks.
Organized by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Brooklyn Community Board 13, Astella Development Corporation, and the Coney Island Development Corporation, & The Coney Island Dancers.

Alteratively, you can sign up now to help clean up Coney Island on Saturday.

Meanwhile bring your donations of nonperishable goods, individually wrapped sandwiches, toilet paper, baby formula, diapers, blankets, outerwear and baby clothes to Coney Island's FEMA station which is now located at The Shrine Church of Our Lady Of Solace at 2866 West 17th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11224.

And donate to help the aquarium get back on its feet. As discussed, the aquarium was flooded very badly.

If you're a Coney Island resident wondering where to vote today, check HERE (you might need to take a shuttle bus).

We previously posted a set of pictures taken in Coney Island right after the hurricane. Here's another set of pics by Brian Russ (who is in Brooklyn band backwords who are streaming their most recent album and playing Glasslands 1/18 with Gringo Star and Radical Dads). More below...

Continue reading "more Hurricane Sandy pictures from Coney Island (where they still need our help -- donations & volunteers accepted)"

Coney Island
Coney Island
Coney Island

The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Coney Island opened today at Surf and 17th St (MCU Park). You can see two pictures of the scene there, one with Marty Markowitz and Bloomberg in it, above. Any food and water donations may be brought to the Disaster Recovery Center in the MCU Parking Lot: 8am-8pm. The National Guard, whether Bloomberg likes it or not, is also there and brought water and ready-to-eat meals at Surf Avenue and West 25th Street. Those looking for post-Hurricane Sandy assitance can also go to disasterassistance.gov.

Also open and pictured above: Tom's Coney Island restuarant, which seems like an amazing feat considering the destruction the Brooklyn shore neighborhood suffered.

Coney IslandConey Island

"Coney Island USA" meanwhile, the company behind the Mermaid Parade, the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. the Coney Island Museum, Burlesque at the Beach, and much more, also need help:

We could use the following to assist in cleaning up our flooded Ground floor at 1208 Surf Ave. - dehumidifiers, fans, squeegees, mops, mop buckets, protective clothing such as hazmat suits, household heavy duty rubber gloves, respirators, paper towels, cleaning cloths, brooms, bleach, disinfectant. If you are able to donate any of the above items, we would kindly accept them from Noon - 6pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Bring to Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave. (corner of West 12th street).

We are seeking volunteers who have experience doing flooded condition clean up. Preferably you have a respirator and protective clothing as safety is a priority in these conditions. Please email us at ciusacleanup@gmail.com.

They're also taking donations.

Coney Island

The aquarium still remains an issue and they may have to evacuate the 12,000 water-dependent creatures within (Baby Walrus Mitik included). Gothamist posted some pictures and a statement you can read, with some videos, below...

Continue reading "Tom's & FEMA open for business in devastated Coney Island; Aquarium may be evacuated"

photos by John Huntington/controlgeek.net

Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy

As you know, Coney Island took a beating by Hurricane Sandy. John Huntington headed down there Tuesday morning, and this is what he saw...

Continue reading "Coney Island Hurricane Sandy flood aftermath photos"

UPDATE: More photos of the Coney Island Sandy aftermath posted

Coney Island this morning (via @dimkas79)
Coney Island

As you might expect and/or saw on the news, Hurricane Sandy hit Coney Island pretty good with major flooding, including the New York Aquarium whose entire 14-acre facility was entirely "under water". They won't be able to access the damage till the water recedes but we sure are worried about the sea otters and other animals there.

The Cyclone made it through intact, which is more than we can say for 'Jersey Shore' stomping grounds Seaside Heights, NJ whose boardwalk was almost entirely destroyed by the hurricane and the Jet Star roller coaster, well you can see for yourself::

Jet Star roller coaster hanging into the Atlantic Ocean in NJ (via NBC4)
Coney Island

Atlantic City, as you probably heard, was also hit very hard too.

UPDATE: More photos of the Coney Island Sandy aftermath posted

We Can Do It

As we mentioned previously, Los Angeles band Lavender Diamond are set to release their first album in five years, Incorruptible Heart, on September 25 via Paracadute. One of the things singer Becky Stark has been working on in the half decade between records is a web series called We Can Do It which features her with such notable guests as John C. Reilly, Damian Kulash of OK Go, and actress Jena Malone to name a few. We've got the premiere of the show's first episode with guest Andrew WK which you can watch below.

Don't forget, Lavender Diamond will be on tour later this month. That brings her to NYC for two shows: Mercury Lounge on September 26 (tickets ) and Glasslands on September 29 (tickets ).

Andrew plays Coney Island TONIGHT (9/11).

Seaweed music series

Lavender Diamond tour dates are listed below, along with the video of We Can Do It.

Continue reading "Lavender Diamond's Becky Stark hosting new web series; watch the first episode featuring guest Andrew WK (who is playing in Coney Island tonight)"

The Jacksons

Since posting about the free Seaside Summer Concert Series at Coney Island, the organizers have added a show: The Jacksons happening Saturday (8/11) night. That's right, Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito -- who have been touring this past year and played the Apollo in June -- will bring the hit parade. Again, it's free. Can you feel it?

The show happens at West 21st St and Surf Avenue, which is right next to the Brooklyn Cyclones stadium. Show starts at 7:30 PM. After The Jacksons, the only remaining show in the series is Gladys Knight and The Commodores on August 16.

Last night, Joan Jett played the Seaside series and there's video of her performance below.

Continue reading "The Jacksons playing free show in Coney Island Saturday; Joan Jett played last night"

Billy Bragg Woody Guthrie

As mentioned earlier today, Billy Bragg -- whose Mermaid Avenue records with Wilco brought the songwriter back in to the pop culture zeitgeist in 1998 -- will be in NYC soon for some Woody Guthrie 100 celebrations. It's part of a North American tour for Bragg who tonight (7/6) will play the legendary Winnipeg Folk Festival. The tour will then continues, and includes a stop at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Guthrie's Okemah, OK birthplace on July 12th.

Bragg then heads to NYC for City Winery's WoodyFest on July 13 (tickets) with Amy Helm & Joe Purdy and host Steve Earle who then plays with Billy again in Coney Island the next day on Woody's actual birthday (July 14). The Coney Island potion includes two events: a screening of Mermaid Avenue documentary Man in the Sand followed by a book/CD signing with Bragg and Nora Guthrie; and an outdoor screening of Hal Ashby's 1975 Woody Guthrie biopic Bound for Glory that will be preceded by a performance by Bragg and Steve Earle at 8PM (the movie starts at 8:45PM).

Bragg's tour continues after that, hitting Sweden's Way Out West festival in August, and many other Woody-themed shows throughout the year. All dates are listed below.

Back in April, Nonesuch Records released Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions which takes the original, critically acclaimed 1999 album where Wilco and Bragg wrote music to unpublished (but complete) Guthrie lyrics and adds 17 previously unreleased recordings made during the Mermaid Avenue sessions, plus a DVD and 48 page booklet.

The Billy Bragg show at City Winery is one of three nights of "Woodyfest" that Steve Earle is hosting and playing. Steve doesn't have any more NYC dates scheduled after that at the moment, but later this month he does head out on a tour with the Dukes that hits Tarrytown and in September he's doing a solo, acoustic tour that visits NJ, Bethel, and Poughkeepsie. In October he plays Austin City Limits.

Below you can read a little more on Guthrie and the Mermaide Avenue album, penned by Billy himself, plus all upcoming BB tour dates.

Continue reading "Winnipeg Folk Festival underway; Billy Bragg on tour (dates)"

Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie was born on July 14th, 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma. Over the decades, his songs have run around the world like a fast train on a well oiled track. They've become the folk song standards of the nation, known and performed in many languages throughout the world. Pretty Boy Floyd, Pastures of Plenty, Hard Travelin', Deportees, Roll On Columbia, Vigilante Man and This Land Is Your Land are among the hundreds of his songs that have become staples in the canon of American music.

The GRAMMY Museum is partnering with the Guthrie Family / Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. and the Woody Guthrie Archives to create the Centennial celebrations. The year-long celebration will include a host of concerts, programs and events taking place throughout the country and across the pond.

It's a rare thing for an artist to still be making an impact on modern music as he approaches the 100th anniversary of his birth, like Woody Guthrie is. It's fitting then that people have been celebrating Woody's centennial, at multiple events across the country, all year long. A big list of remaining events across the country is below. We'll also highlight a few.

Guthrie Family

The Guthrie Family ("Arlo Guthrie w/ Abe, Cathy, Annie, Sarah Lee, Johnny Irion...and the Kids") will celebrate with a "Guthrie Family Reunion" tour featuring three generations of Guthries. Arlo Guthrie commented:

"Getting the family together and heading out on the road is the perfect way to celebrate my father's centennial - only once before did we have the whole family on tour, and we did 80 shows. Instead of doing an entire year of touring and taking the kids out of school, we are focusing on shows right around Woody's actual birthday. This time of year marks the climax of the Woody Guthrie centennial celebrations all over the world. I'll also continue my solo touring in honor of my dad through spring 2013."
The Guthries, who will perform Woody's songs as well as new material written by various family members, will spend the day after Woody's birthday at Central Park Summerstage. The free Sunday (7/15), NYC show starts at 7pm. They also play a show in Ocean City, NJ the next day, and Newport Folk Festival later in the month. All tour dates are listed below.

On July 10 (12-1 pm), NYC's 92YTribeca hosts author Ed Cray who will discuss his book "Ramblin' Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie."

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion play Hill Country in NYC on 7/12.

On 7/14 head to Coney Island for a free screening of "Bound for Glory" on the beach along with "live music by Billy Bragg and Steve Earle starting at 8:00pm, and the feature film starting around 8:45pm." Get to Coney Island earlier and see a free screening of "Man In the Sand" at the Coney Island museum. "Following the film, there will be a book signing by Nora Guthrie and CD signing by Billy Bragg, with both items available for purchase."

Woody

City Winery in NYC will play host to a trio of events titled "Woodyfest" from July 11-13 Hosted by Steve Earle, the shows will feature an assortment of artists paying tribute to the troubador. July 11 features John Hammond & Tim Robbins, and more TBA (tickets). July 12 has Rachael Yamagata, The Wood Brothers & Allen Toussaint (tickets). July 13th features Billy Bragg, Amy Helm & Joe Purdy (tickets).

Brooklyn College will host a "Woody at 100" celebration on September 22 with a conference, and a tribute concert.

More events, dates, and some videos from the party that took place at the 2012 Clearwater Festival in June, below....

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Squeeze at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Squeeze

Like he's done in past years, Brooklyn Bourough president Marty Markowitz is presenting the Seaside Summer Concert Series in Coney Island (at West 21st Street and Surf Island) which features free concerts every Thursday from July 12 to August 16. All shows begin at 7:30 PM.

The series this year includes Squeeze and The Romantics on 7/20 (which is a Friday, not a Thursday) Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (8/9) and Gladys Knight with The Commodores (8/16), among others. Full lineup below...

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Coney Island

The Coney Island Development Corporation (CIDC), and NYC & Company, New York City's tourism, marketing and partnership organization, in conjunction with Rooftop Films [present] a new outdoor film series--Coney Island Flicks on the Beach--will take place in Coney Island for eight weeks this summer. Selected films will be shown on a jumbo 40-foot screen on the beach at West 10th Street every Monday night beginning July 2nd; screenings are free to the public and begin at dusk.
It's July 2nd, so those begin tonight. Full schedule below...

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Mermaid Parade 2012

The 2012 Mermaid Parade saw another set of folks in various degrees of nakedness make their way down Surf Ave and the boardwalk this Saturday (6/23). Here are some pictures from the day's festivities. More below....

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Mermaid Parade 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
Mermaid Parade

No need to wait for Sunday's Gay Pride Parade to experience colorfully and barely dressed people marching down a NYC street in front of thousands of spectators. Saturday (6/23) is the annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. The parade starts at 2 PM on West 22nd St. between Surf Ave. and the Boardwalk, but get there earlier for a good spot (and don't forget to leave time for the long subway ride).

This year's king and queen are comedian Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling (Howard Stern Show) and actress Annabella Sciorra (Jungle Fever, True Love).

As always, the parade will be followed by the Mermaid Ball, which starts at 7 PM at the New York Aquarium. This year's ball features a Moby DJ set and live sets by The A Bones, Labretta Suede and the Motel 6 and The Moto-Wrays, in addition to this year's king Jackie Martling performing in the Aquatheater, burlesque dancers, go go dancers, "real live mermaids," a laser light show tent and more. Tickets for the ball are available.

Meanwhile, Friday Night Fireworks on Coney Island have begun and will continue every Friday (including tonight) through August 31. "For the best seating, locate yourself on the boardwalk or beach between West 10th Street and West 15th Street." The flier for this is below.

More Mermaid Parade details below...

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