Entries tagged with: Coney Island
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...
Dan Deacon @ the 1896 in 2009 (more by Lori Baily)
tonight in NYC
* Bon Jovi @ the Meadowlands
* Natureboy @ a Rooftop Film in Brooklyn
* The Neville Brothers @ Nokia Theatre
* Questlove (DJ) (late) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Jimmy Fallon @ The Paley Center for Media
* Braids, The Luyas (early) @ Mercury Lounge
* Forgetters, Holopaw, Callers @ The Bell House
* Cheap Time, Bad Sports @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Fixed w/ Simian Mobile Disco (DJ) @ Santos Party House
* Seraphim, Altered State, Divider, Colony @ The Acheron
* Horse's Mouth, The Extraordinaires, miniboone @ Union Pool
* The Morning After Girls, Soren Well (late) @ Mercury Lounge
* Sightings, Mouthus, Drainolith, Guardian Alien @ Shea Stadium
* A Setting Sun, Noveller, unFact, Kingdom of Sharks @ Glasslands
* Reverend Horton Heat, Cracker, Miss Derringer @ Highline Ballroom
* The Surprisers, Psychobuildings, North Highlands, No Joy @ The Cameo
* NT, Mr. Dream, Sunshower Orphans, Invisible Hands, Day Sleeper @ Bruar Falls
* Shakers n' Bakers, Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom, Gutbucket, Blast Off! @ Littlefield
* Dan Deacon, Height With Friends, Eternal Summers, Big Troubles, Dustin Wong @ Cake Shop
* Dylan Fest w/ mems. of the Strokes & Black Keys, Adam Green, Norah Jones, more @ Bowery Ballroom
A bunch of tonight's shows are about to be profiled in This Week in Indie (coming soon).
A flyer for tonight's Bob Dylan Fest (with the lineup on it) is below.
A flyer for tonight's Full Moon Rides on the Cyclone! is below...
There are Rooftop Films happening Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The musical guest tonight is Natureboy (and the show is in Brooklyn). Friday (in Manhattan) gets Braids who play Mercury Lounge with The Luyas tonight!
Note that the Dan Deacon show at Cake Shop is TONIGHT (the date was changed).
Friends Records writes that, "Height with Friends finish up a massive two month tour this week with shows in New York and Baltimore. They will be playing the Cake Shop on [tonight] with Dan Deacon, Dustin Wong, Eternal Summers and Big Troubles. It's the Cake Shop's five year anniversary, and it'll be the first show that the [Height's] Bed of Seeds LP will be available at." A video trailer for the show is below.
the Night Marchers @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2009 (more)
The Village Voice, the nation's largest alternative weekly newspaper, is excited to announce the addition of THE NIGHT MARCHERS, CYMBALS EAT GUITARS, EARL GREYHOUND, SCREAMING FEMALES and WYE OAK to the line-up for the 10th Annual SIREN MUSIC FESTIVAL at Coney Island, NYC on Saturday, July 17, 2010 from 12:00 noon - 9:00 p.m. These artists join scheduled performers MATT AND KIM, TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS, THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART, SURFER BLOOD and HARLEM with more to be announced.So that was the July show Wye Oak were talking about.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary in historic Coney Island, SIREN has solidified its status as a leading New York City outdoor music festival, drawing over 100,000 music fans each year. With over 120 bands making their mark at SIREN over the last decade, this year will recognize SIREN's roots with the first ever return of past performers. MATT AND KIM and TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS will be heading back to the SIREN stage to celebrate. This free, all ages, all day festival is not to be missed.
photos by Erez Avissar
Queen Mermaid Laurie Anderson (at Santos Party House)...
Mark your calendar for this year's Mermaid Parade, happening Saturday, June 19th at 2pm. Leading the proceedings will be "King Neptune" Lou Reed and "Queen Mermaid" Laurie Anderson. The parade's afterparty, featuring burlesque and music, is at the nearby NY Aquarium later that night. More details on the route and transportation are here.
Laurie Anderson has a new album on the way.
Laurie Anderson's forthcoming Nonesuch release, Homeland, is due out on June 22. To count down the weeks till then, Nonesuch will release one short video clip featuring Anderson's male alter ego, Fenway Bergamot, every Tuesday now through release day. In today's inaugural clip, Bergamot revisits the early days of the 2008 financial crisis. BAM has announced that Anderson will give the NY premiere of her new work, Delusion, at the Next Wave Festival this fall. [Nonesuch]Delusion will run at BAM's Harvey Theater Sep 21-25, Sep 28-30, Oct 1 & 2 at 7:30pm and Sep 26 & Oct 3 at 3pm. Tickets will be $20, 35, 45, 60. "Next Wave Festival subscription tickets for Friends of BAM (as well as subscribers to both the 2010 Spring Season and 2009 Next Wave Festival) are on sale Jun 7; subscription tickets for the general public are on sale Jun 14. Single tickets for Delusion and Vollmond are on sale Aug 30 (Aug 23 for Friends of BAM)."
The above-mentioned Nonesuch videos get posted here. There's also a remix contest for the song "Only an Expert" off that record, which runs through May 27th (the winner will get $1,000 and their song will be available on iTunes).
Looking way into the future, Laurie Anderson joins Lou Reed, Mike Patton, Marc Ribot, Dave Douglas, and Uri Caine to perform with John Zorn in "a series of mind-bending sonic compositions and no-holds-barred improvisations" at NYC Opera on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Tickets...TBA?
Lou recently took part in the Anthology Film Archives benefit at Hiro, but never made it to the Codes Festival in Poland where he was scheduled to play with Laurie and John Zorn on May 15th (Laurie and John did go though). All three of them are next scheduled to appear together on July 2nd at the Montreal Jazz Festival.
The pictures above and those below are from an April 28th benefit show at Santos Party House with Laurie Anderson, Tony Conrad, Erik Friedlander and (not pictured) Text of Light. More pictures and videos (including one with Laurie talking about Delusion) are below...
"This year, we proudly celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Siren Festival. In the history of the our free Coney Island corndog bonanza, no band has ever played Siren twice. This was a conscious decision on behalf of our fearless festival founder and organizer, who long ago decided that if this crazy all-ages, free show thing ever reached ten years, Siren would rehost some of its best performers." [Village Voice]And the initial lineup is....
Wilco show @ Keyspan Park (more by Eric Townsend)
"Municipal Credit Union (MCU) and the Brooklyn Cyclones today announced a new name for the team's Coney Island ballpark MCU Park. In addition to the naming rights, MCU and the Cyclones entered into a comprehensive 11-year marketing partnership that launches the Cyclones' 10th season in Brooklyn." [PR Newswire]
Bruce Springsteen @ last Giants Stadium concert (more by Tim Griffin)
"The demolition of Giants Stadium in New Jersey started this morning. A crane with a claw gingerly took a bite out of a pedestrian ramp this morning in east Rutherford. The new stadium is already in place, with more than 82,000 seats and 222 luxury suites. Giants Stadium stood for 34 years, hosting football, soccer, concerts, and other events. The new stadium will be the third largest in the NFL, and a concert by Bon Jovi will officially open it in May." [NBC]
Polar Bears in Coney Island on Sunday (bklynpolar)
For one group of New Yorkers, the season's first snowfall was the signal to head to the beach in Brooklyn.tonight in NYC
The legendary Coney Island Polar Bear Club saw in the icy cold Atlantic Ocean Sunday morning.
The club swims in the water every Sunday from November through April.
In addition to the exercise and cool thrills, they also raise money for the charity organization New York Cares and a camp for sick children.
While most New Yorkers would not even dare go near the ocean this time of year, veteran swimmers say it's a thrill unlike any other.
"I mean the first time I came down here I was apprehensive, nervous, scared, but once I went into that room over there in the [New York] Aquarium, it was amazing," said Polar Bear Club Vice President Tony Nastro. "There's an energy that comes from the people that do this, that just makes you feel you're in the right place, you're doing the right thing."
The club plans to ring in 2010 with a swim on New Year's Day. [NY1]
* Whiplash @ UCB
* John Blum Trio, Talibam! @ Pianos
* DFA Records (DJ) @ Insound Design Store
* Christina Courtin, Henry Wolfe @ Union Hall
* Melanie Moser' Holiday Revue@ Zebulon
* Les Paul Guitar Tribute w/ Jose Feliciano @ Iridium
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* The Nymphets, Attack Release, Sigmund Droid, Shadowbox @ Mercury Lounge
* Amayo's Fu-Arkist-Ra & Ikebe Shakedown, and special guests from Fela! on Broadway! @ Knitting Factory
* Knight School, The Bright Lights, Blister Pack, Moonmen On The Moons Man, The Hungary Brothers @ Cake Shop
"Melanie Moser's Holiday Revue" at Zebulon will feature "mike Wexler Melanie moser kyp Malone Zeke healy mike bones alessandra Maria w/ desert stars begushkin Sara bartley"
"City Finalizes Deal To Buy Coney Island Land"
TOMORROW @ THE BELL HOUSE
TUE 12/22: 7:30pm / $15Tickets are on sale. Eugene Mirman is part of a late night show at The Bell House in January.
COMEDY ON ICE
A holiday variety show benefiting the homeless.
Hosted by GABE & JENNY (Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate).
Proceeds benefiting RunTellmanRun Entrepreneur Tellman Knudson is running across the country barefoot, raising $100 million for the homeless. He is funding the run himself, so 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to shelters and homes assisting homeless youth. More details at runtellmanrun.com
Eugene Mirman covered the Climage Change Conference in Copenhagen. Videos below...
Seattle band BOAT were in town over the weekend playing Friday (11/13) at Union Hall and Saturday (11/13) at Bruar Falls. The band were on at both shows, probably due in part to vocal and ready-to-participate crowds who did not want them to stop playing. BV photographer Ryan Muir was at the Bruar show and took the band out for a photo session after the show. Before the show, I sat down with them over dinner for a long, funny conversation that included such topics as not fitting in in today's indie landscape; how recycling would seem less important if we knew aliens were going to invade; and a quiz about 1989 (the name of the new album's lead track). You'd be reading all of that right now if I properly knew how to operate my digital recorder, which only managed to capture 54 seconds of the interview. I'm infinitely bummed... However, BOAT frontman D. Crane agreed to a little post-tour wrap-up Q&A to make up for it. More of those pictures and that interview below...