Entries tagged with: Coney Island
photos by Chris La Putt
I posted a few pictures yesterday without even realizing that our own Chris La Putt was in attendance on the beach of Coney Island on New Year's Day. His pictures from this year's Polar Bear Swim continue below...
Coney Island, Jan 1, 2012 (bklynpolar)
Coney Island, Jan 1, 2012 (thegirlsny)
Coney Island, Jan 1, 2012 (bklynpolar)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Little Feat @ City Winery
* New Music Observatory @ The Stone
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Dan Neustadt performs Arcade Fire's "Funeral" @ Knitting Factory
* Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier & Rob Jost @ Living Room, Jim Campilongo Electric trio w/ Stephan Crump & Tony Mason w/ Erik Deutsch @ Living Room
* Xray Eyeballs, Heaven, Sun Ladders, Bloodflowers, Brother Reverend @ Mercury Lounge
Hundreds of people took a swim with the polar bears in Coney Island on New Year's Day. Were you one of them?
Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, performed to an overflow crowd at the Seaside Summer Concert Series at Coney Island. Fans and locals lined up behind the fence on the boardwalk and filled up the sidewalks on 21st St between Surf Avenue and the beach.
The only unfulfilling aspect of the show was the absence of a ridiculously awesome hat, otherwise the Queen was in full command, sounding and looking fantastic. The set covered a good amount of territory including the new song 'How Long I've Waited' from her recent album 'A Woman Falling Out of Love' - her 38th studio recording. Other selections included 'Higher and Higher', 'Natural Woman', 'Think', 'Freeway of Love', 'Bridge Over Trouble Water', 'Don't Play That Song', and 'Respect'.
The peak moment of the concert came during 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' which Aretha performed at the piano. The end of the song transmuted into an extended ostinato of piano rumblings and heavenly gospel incantations that built for several minutes before exploding into a rave-up a la 'Spirit in the Dark' . It was the closest I had ever come to accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal savior. Still didn't happen, but it was close.
'A Woman Falling Out of Love' is available exclusively at Wal-Mart. More pictures from the Thursday night (8/4) show, below...
If you don't want to go all the way out to Long Island and spend 200 dollars in the process to see soulful R&B (Jill Scott at Jones Beach), you can get your fix for free right here in NYC. As mentioned in What's Going on Thursday, Chrisette Michele (who Jill Scott has interviewed) plays a free show tonight (7/28) in Springfield Park.
For some more venerable musicians, who may have very well influenced artists like Chrisette and Jill, blues guitarist/singer Taj Majal plays a free show tonight (7/28) at World Financial Center and Motown vets Mary Wilson of The Supremes and The Spinners play for free at Seaside Summer Concert Series in Coney Island tonight (7/28).
Some pretty major free shows are also happening on Friday (7/29). And I'm not even talking about the free 3 Doors Down show or Journey show. They Might Be Giants are playing a free Williamsburg Waterfront show with Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal. Their show is one of few this summer before they head out on tour in support of their recently released album Join Us. You can also head over to House of Vans for the unreal lineup of Fucked Up, Cro-Mags, Screaming Females, and Pissed Jeans. We're also giving away VIP tickets to the show. Contest details HERE.
If you're trying to see free music on Saturday (7/30), I can't imagine why you would want to be anywhere other than the Mad Decent Block Party at South Street Seaport. The party will be headlined by Gang Gang Dance and also feature Zeds Dead, Claude VonStroke, BAIO (Vampire Weekend DJ set), The Hood Internet, Bosco Delrey, and PO PO. If you're into the block party, and specifically Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend's DJ set, you've got time afterwards to head over to Brooklyn Bowl and see a DJ set by another NYC indie band member Albert Hammond Jr. (of The Strokes). Doors are at 11 PM.
On Monday (8/1) , Surfer Blood play a free late show at Mercury Lounge.
On Tuesday (8/2), you can check out the oldest of old school hip hop at Summerstage with Sugarhill Gang. If you prefer reggae over hip hop, you might be in luck by heading over to City Winery for the Hudson Square Music and Wine Festival with CCB Reggae All-Stars.
On Wednesday (8/3), The Budos Band plays a free Summerstage show in Staten Island. You can also catch them tonight (7/28) at a not-free Rocks Off Concert Cruise. A-Trak also DJs on Wednesday (8/3) at the new Fool's Gold Store in Brooklyn. Summerscreen in McCarren Park is screening Clueless, and Zambri is performing.
Things in the free concert world pick up again on Thursday (8/4). It's been revealed that Mystery Night at Seaside Summer Concert Series will be 'The Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin who just played Jones Beach (and who cancelled last time she was scheduled to play Coney Island). As awesome as that show will probably be, if something modern is more your style, House of Vans, who continue to bang out killer lineups, has Man Man, Glass Candy, and Crystal Antlers on the bill for Thursday's (8/4) show.
Free outdoor movies on the beach in Coney Island. 2011 schedule and more details below...
Though no longer in Asser Levy Park (for now), Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz returns for the 33rd time with his Seaside Summer Concert Series in Coney Island in 2011. Now located at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue (next to the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones), there will be free shows every Thursday through August 18. All shows start at 7:30 PM.
The series kicks off right on July 14 with a free show by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and ends with one by Cheap Trick! Full schedule, mystery night included, and more info, below...
The Mermaid Parade is underway in Coney Island today (6/18). At 6pm head to the boardwalk near the aquarium for:
...millions of bubbles fly through the air as we converge for a magical bubble battle! Loosely based on the Dr. Seuss Classic The Butter Battle Book. Bring bubble toys, bubble generators, bubble solution, and plenty of AA batteries :) We will meet, fill our weapons and pull the trigger!At 6:30 pm, the Brooklyn Cyclones play their first baseball game of the season against the Staten Island Yankees. it's a lively day in Coney Island for sure.
Last year over 1,500 people came to disseminate joy by the bubbles per minute. Be creative with your contraptions and take sides: butter side up or butter side down! In the spirit of the day, dress like a mermaid, Neptune, or various sea creatures. This is a family-friendly event. See you on the boardwalk! [NewMindSpace]
Mermaid Parade last year (more by Chris La Putt)
Siren might be gone, but the Mermaid Parade is returning to Coney Island this Saturday (6/18). The parade of scantily clad people starts at 2pm at West 21st St and Surf Ave and ends at Stillwell Ave.
This year's king and queen are Adam Richman from the Travel Channel's Man V. Food and Cat Greenleaf from the Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf. You might remember that last year it was Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson.
The official after party aka the Mermaid Parade Ball takes place at 7 PM at the New York Aquarium. The party features live music, burlesque, hula hoopers, DJS, magicians, and more. Tickets are on sale.
More details below...
the concerts will be at Surf Ave & 21st St
"Earlier this month, Brooklyn music fans were disappointed to hear that, in the middle of a legal wrangle involving noise complaints, the city Corporation Councel ordered that Borough President Marty Markowitz can no longer use Asser Levy Park for his well-known summer concert series.The 2010 concerts happened in Asser Levy Park thanks in part to Mayor Bloomberg. Earlier in 2010 lawsuits were filed by local synagogues who are mad that Marty Markowitz wants to build a bigger amphitheater in the park. Those lawsuits are now apparently being taken more seriously, barring the concerts while the battle is pending. Marty is confident that concerts will again return to Asser Levy Park though. In other words, he is confident he will come out on top when he has his day in court.
Monday, however, that situation was resolved, at least temporarily. Markowitz and Seaside Summer Concert Series Executive Director Debra Garcia announced that the series will be held this year at an empty lot on West 21st Street in Coney Island, the former site of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus.
"We could not have done this without the great team at Taconic Investment Partners, who own the site that will host the shows. Their generosity and hard work were instrumental in making sure that the shows will go on this summer in Coney Island," said Garcia and Markowitz in a joint statement.
The weekly shows will begin in July, although the lineup has not yet been announced." [Brooklyn Eagle]
"The future looks brighter for some longtime Coney Island businesses set to be kicked off the boardwalk.
NY1 has learned a deal has been reached to keep seven of the eight businesses open for one more summer season.
Sources say the new one-year lease agreements will be signed Monday.
The businesses were facing eviction after their leases expired in November, and were battling in court to stay open before the deal was reached.
The only one of the eight that won't be back is "Shoot the Freak," which was demolished to make way for an entrance to a new amusement park.
Coney Island's traditional opening day is Palm Sunday, which falls on April 17 this year." [NY1]
B-52s @ Asser Levy Park on August 19th (myny1974)
Last Friday morning, roughly 15 inmates were back on duty, cleaning up the aftermath of the B-52s concert while six guards kept a close watch.The next and final Seaside Concert of the summer is 'Latino Music by the Sea" night.
The city had said that the inmates on the detail posed a minimal risk, as they were hand picked only minutes before getting on the bus to the concert site -- so as to avoid any possible escape plans -- and strip-searched before getting on the bus to Asser Levy Park or Wingate Field.
The Department of Correction also made sure the inmates weren't from either Crown Heights or Coney Island, so that the prisoners wouldn't be seeing old friends while gathering chairs.
Most locals had not taken issue with the prisoners, but rather had been disappointed that the jobs were going to incarcerated men being paid $1 an hour instead of people in need of work in the ailing economy.
"It's nice the prisoners give something back to society," said Ida Sanoff, an opponent of Markowitz's larger plan to expand the bandshell into a $64-million amphitheater. "But on the other hand, there are a lot of people out of work that would like to get paid -- even if just for a couple of days." [Brooklyn Paper: City jail to Marty: Get your own workers!]
"Due to fractured ribs and pain in the abdomen, it was necessary for Ms. Franklin to cancel and reschedule the two concerts," said the statement from spokeswoman Gwendolyn Quinn. Franklin's doctors have advised her to come in for tests immediately, the statement said.
Efforts are being made to reschedule the concerts at the end of August, Quinn said.
"I was very much looking forward to being in Brooklyn and having a foot-long hot dog at Coney Island," Franklin said in the statement. "Hopefully I will get it before the end of August."
Franklin, 68, also noted, "I will really miss that nice slice of cake from Congressman Charlie Rangel's birthday party and singing 'Happy Birthday' to him."
Franklin, dubbed the "Queen of Soul," was scheduled to perform at Rangel's 80th birthday party on August 11, the statement said. [CNN]
NY Times reports that Aretha Franklin's two free shows scheduled Brooklyn shows - August 9th at Seaside Park and August 12th at Wingate Field - have been canceled because of an (as yet unspecified) injury.
Aretha performed last week with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Video below.
Stillwell Stage photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
"To close out the night, fans had the option of checking out Matt and Kim at the main stage or Holy Fuck at the alternate stage. The choice was clear, I went with the latter, and they easily turned out to be my favorite performance of the night. Their weird, intellectualized sound came to the forefront for the masses to witness firsthand and it's quite the process. With film reels rolling and making glorious sounds, lead singer Brian Borcherdt sporadically took the mic, shoved it between his teeth, and danced just as hard as any of the onlookers. It was clearly the most-lively show of the night. Holy Fuck as a satisfying headliner for the bill was a question on many people's minds, so the band had some expectations to live up to, but they totally thrived on those exact expectations and exceeded them tenfold. Even though the event was fully sponsored/curated, Holy Fuck performed in all aspects with the heart of any DIY performer." [Neon Musical Insight]Our first set of Siren Festival pictures had a bit from both stages. Then came the main stage with some bonus shots of Matt & Kim in the ocean. We conclude with all the bands from the Stillwell Stage, with some more of Ted Leo from the main stage, and one more bonus shot of Matt & friends in the ocean, below...
Kim getting freaky w/ the crowd
Marissa Paternoster joined Ted Leo on stage
"Punk rock singer-songwriter Ted Leo and his band spurred fans into fits of unison clapping and extravagant crowd surfing (one guy held up a beach umbrella while being passed around like a prison bitch), while performing "The Sons of Cain," "Even Heroes Have Die," and "Where Was My Brain?". During one song, Screaming Females lead singer/guitarist Marissa Paternoster (who performed at Siren earlier in the day) joined the Pharmacists as a guest vocalist. The short-lived duet was a treat considering the fact that I missed the Screaming Females set." [Yeah Develop]Matt (and friends) cooled off in the ocean
As you can hear in one of the videos I posted yesterday, Matt invited the crowd to join him for a swim in the ocean after his and Kim's headlining set at the Siren Festival in Coney Island on Saturday. As you can see above (and below) it really did happen.
In related news, Matt & Kim have just announced two headlining shows at Webster Hall (October 26 & 27). Tickets are on sale now.
More pictures of the swim, along with all the bands who played on the main stage, below...
photos by Jessica Amaya
Molly Siegel (with a mysterious bulge) & Screaming Marissa Paternoster
"it was very hot out. i was covers in sand and sweat, it was not too nice. but it was fun just to go to coney island and to people watch..im a bit fan of that. also siri of ringo, have a banana has a boyfriend alex who is in the pains of being pure at heart, who played the show. i got to see her, we ran into each other while getting pinkberry from the booth they had set up. we were supposed to meet up after alex's band played and packed up, but my friend started feeling sick, and we were very uncomfortable and in desperate need of ice cold showers so we left a bit early."The heat was the story of the day, well after Molly's bulge anyway, at the 10th annual Siren Music Festival in Coney Island on Saturday. A set of pictures that contains the first seven bands that played, and a few videos including some of the energetic Matt & Kim crowd, and one where a girl almost hits the pavement while crowd surfing during Ponytail (bonus points if you spot Darren Mabee in the video) (some of you now know him as "Beans"), below...
[it girl, rag doll]
Dom @ the 2010 Siren Festival (1:15pm, July 17th, today)
the 2010 Siren Festival (2:15pm, July 17th, today) (GrandLifeNYC)
If you're reading this from your NYC-area residence, there is still plenty of time to get yourself to Coney Island. Dom is playing as I type this, but Holy Fuck don't go on until 8pm tonight. Full schedule reposted below...
The schedule (above). The pre-party flyer... (below)
The Seaside Concert Series is expected to get the green light as Mayor Michael Bloomberg is set to sign off on legislation today that will save the Coney Island concerts.Brenda Lee opens for Neil Sedaka on July 15th. All Seaside Concerts start at 7:30pm and are free.
The shows were placed on hold after nearby synagogues complained that the noise would disrupt their congregations.
The Sea Breeze Jewish Center and Temple Beth Abraham filed a lawsuit citing a 1935 city code that prohibits sound permits to be issued within 500 feet of places of worship.
Since then, the City Council approved a pilot program where decibels, and not just distance, determine whether sound permits should be granted. That would allow the concert series to go forward.
The first show is scheduled for Thursday featuring Neil Sedaka.
Critics say the city is manipulating the law. [NY 1]
The full schedules for this year's Asser Levy/Seaside concerts and MLK Wingate Field shows are posted below. The Seaside series in Coney Island will go on despite the debate over the bandshell's renovations. There's still one TBA on the Seaside schedule (which we have some hints about).
Full schedules for both are below...
Marty Markowitz @ the 2010 Mermaid Parade (more by Chris La Putt)
Local synagogues and worshipers filed a lawsuit filed today that threatens to pull the plug on Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz's longtime Coney Island summer concert series - along with his $64 million plan to expand them with a new amphitheater.The Neil Sedaka/Brenda Lee kick off show on July 15th is just one of seven Thursday night concerts scheduled for Asser-Levy Park this year, and, as the article says, the synagogue members are just pissed at Marty's plan to replace the current bandshell with the new amphitheater. In response to that Marty told the Post, "I never would have thought that in my lifetime a Jewish synagogue would try to take away joy and happiness from tens of thousands of Brooklynites out of spite."
The suit, filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court, contends that the existing series violate a city law prohibiting amplified sound within 500 feet of religious institutions when they are in session. It seeks a court order to block future concerts.
Two synagogues -- Sea Breeze Jewish Center and Temple Beth Abraham - are across the street and about 300 feet away from the existing band shell used for concerts at Asser Levy Park. Both say they host services daily.
The seaside concert series is set to kick off its 32nd year of free shows - the 20th at Asser Levy - on July 15 with performances by Neil Sedaka and Brenda Lee.
For decades, no one challenged the concerts, but now the synagogues and many Brighton Beach residents who reside in the high-rises next to Asser Levy Park are furious over the Beep's plan to expand the shows with a new 8,000-seat amphitheater. [NY Post] (thx CJ)
photos by Chris La Putt
The 2010 Mermaid Parade happened Saturday afternoon in Coney Island with special guests Lou Reed & Laurie Anderson acting as king and queen. More pictures from the annual event (NSFW), which unfortunately included a captive elephant from the circus this year, below...
Ponytail @ Williamsburg Waterfront 2009 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Ponytail, Dom, Holy Fuck and Apache Beat have been added to the lineup of this year's Siren Fest, happening Saturday, July 17th in Coney Island. Those are in addition to the fest's previously announced acts - the full current lineup is below. It'll be a great show, but maybe slightly less attended than previous years?
You can catch Dom sooner at the BV Northside Fest show at Music Hall on Saturday, June 26th (along with Memory Tapes, ZAZA and Twin Sister). Tickets are still on sale.
Ponytail also play their hometown fest Whartscape.
After the Siren there's an after-show is happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg with We Are Scientists and Solange-collaborating Lightspeed Champion. Tickets are still on sale. (Scientists' Bowery show a few days before is sold out.)
Full Siren Fest lineup is below...
Asser-Levy Park bandshell (Lisanne!)
The initial/partial schedule for the 2010 Seaside Summer Concert Series at Asser-Levy Park in Coney Island is posted below. The series of free shows kicks off on July 15th with Neil Sedaka and Brenda Lee. After that, there's a July 22nd show with the "Beach Boys" (Mike Love/Bruce Johnston) and Happy Together Tour (Flo & Eddie of the Turtles, Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees, & others), a July 29th show with George Thorogood and the Destroyers and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, and date-TBA shows with Belinda Carlisle (whose GoGos tour was recently canceled) and secret guest (the B-52s?), John Legend (who plays Brooklyn Bowl tonight) and Aretha Franklin, plus Latin Night. (schedule via Sheapsheadbites).
The Seaside concerts happen Thursdays at 7:30pm at Asser Levy/Seaside Park (West 5th Street and Surf Avenue) in Coney Island/Brighton Beach, across the street from the New York Aquarium. For now they still happen in the above-pictured bandshell, though things may get fancier in the future.
There's also the associated 28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series, which happens Mondays at Wingate Field (located on Brooklyn Avenue between Rutland Road and Winthrop Street opposite Kings County Hospital). That kicks off with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic and The Ohio Players on July 12th. Acts for the other nights of the series are TBA. Dates are below.
The full lineup (with most of the schedule) is posted below...