Entries tagged with: Coney Island
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...
Deer Tick @ Prospect Park in August (more by Chris La Putt)
tonight in NYC
* Skeletons Big Band @ Roulette
* Rockabilly Fest @ Coney Island
* Reverend Vince Anderson @ Union Pool
* My Teenage Stride, Boy Genius @ The Cameo
* Deer Tick, Jonny Corndawg @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
* Precious Metal w/ Orphan, Dark Castle, The Body, Malkuth @ Lit Lounge
* Small Beast w/ Norden Bombsight, Crash & Burn, Dania Reid, Paul Wallfisch @ The Delancy
Paul Wallfisch curates and performs at Small Beast at The Delancy with Norden Bombsight, Crash & Burn and Dania Reid.
Deer Tick play a boat (Rocks Off Concert Cruises) with Jonny Corndawg. Video of Deer Tick performing Friday the 13th with Liz Isenberg in the offices of Rolling Stone, below...
Precious Metal has a Labor Day lineup of Orphan, Dark Castle, The Body and Malkuth at Lit Lounge.
Skeletons Big Band debuts tonight at Roulette. The group is there for two more nights, then plays DBA's The Maze.
Coney Island Rockabilly Fest is in its final day. Earlier this long weekend, the fest featured someone swinging bowling balls by their ears. That and more videos below....
The bell underwater (Gene Ritter via NYTimes)
Visitors to Coney Island this weekend will once again be able to visit Dreamland amusement park. A representative for Thor Equities, Dreamland's landlord, says the park will reopen tonight. Thor shuttered the amusement park two weeks ago, saying the owners had not paid rent for several months. The park's owner challenged the eviction in court. According to Thor Equities, the deal was brokered by City Councilman Domenic Recchia. The city is working with Thor's owner, Joe Sitt, to purchase most of the land he owns to make way for a massive redevelopment plan approved by the City Council in July.Visitors to Coney Island this weekend can also take in a plehthora of burlesque, rockabilly and sideshow acts (poster below).
Meanwhile, officials announced yesterday that a relic of Coney Island's golden era that had been recovered from the ocean floor after nearly a century will be on display this weekend. The 500-pound brass bell tumbled into the Atlantic during a fire at Dreamland Park in 1911. The bell, which was discovered in 25 feet of water by a diver nearly a year ago, was pulled from the water this week.
The bell used to ring to announce the arrivals and departures of steamboats from the pier.The Coney Island staff plans to display the bell at the Coney Island History Project free exhibition center this Labor Day weekend. The 1911 fire burned for 18 hours, completely destroying Dreamland Park. [NY1]
The annual Coney Island Rockabilly Festival is taking place this year from September 4th to September 7th (Labor Day weekend). The four-night fest, put on by Cockabilly Records, will feature "over 100 psychobilly, burlesque and sideshow acts from all around the world."
Set times for tonight's free show (8/13), below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Built to Spill's last NYC performance was on Saturday evening at the Siren Festival. Our final set of picture from that event is continued below...
photos by Tim Griffin
"A Place To Bury Strangers release their sophomore album, "Exploding Head" via Mute October 6, 2009. The band had one simple goal during the recording process: "The original idea," says vocalist/guitarist Oliver Ackermann, "was to create the craziest, most f'ed-up recording ever."Full tracklist for the new album is below.
The result is 43 mesmerizing minutes of pain as pleasure. You'll be checking the levels on your living room stereo from the moment "It Is Nothing" pulls everyone in earshot through a vortex of groove-locked rhythms and back-spun power chords (hammered out by drummer Jay Space and bassist Jono MOFO)."
-[Mute Records (part of EMI)]
On October 4th (two days before the album comes out), APTBS will kick off a tour in Philadelphia that lasts through October 30th. They'll make a hometown stop at Bowery Ballroom on October 29th with Dead Confederate and All the Saints. Their last hometown stop was this past Saturday at the Siren Music Festival in Coney Island. More pictures from that show with all tour dates (and all opener information), below...
photos by Tim Griffin
The Raveonettes' new album In & Out Of Control will be available via Vice Records on October 6th. And they aren't just playing one NYC show with The Black Angels, they're playing two. Tickets for October 14th at Webster Hall, and October 18th at MHOW, go on AmEx presale Wednesday at 10:00am. And we don't just have one set of pictures of the Raveonettes from the Siren Festival, we have two. The rest of those pictures, and all tour dates (DC, California and Canada included), below....
photos by Tim Griffin
Village Voice: When's the last time you were at Coney Island?That interview took place before Saturday when Frank Black and his wife Violet Clark introduced their new band Grand Duchy to NYC. The show was part of the Village Voice Siren Festival, in Coney Island 7/18). One night earlier they played a late show at Maxwell's in Hoboken. Fellow Siren-players Frightened Rabbit had played the early show. More dates HERE (and Pixies dates HERE, and Breeders dates HERE).
Frank Black: The only time I was at Coney Island, I was filming an Electronic Press Kit. Remember those?
FB: The record companies used to spend a few bucks on those. They hired a film director and everything. They had already begun to buy into the myth-well, it's not really a myth- it's the truth of my driving around in large automobiles. They rented us a van to drive around Coney Island. And that was my introduction. I don't think I've been back since.
VV: When was this?
FB: That would've been around 1993 or 1994.
The Grand Duchy setlists have included the Black Francis song "Threshold Apprehension". The full Maxwell's setlist and more pics, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Frightened Rabbit @ the Siren Festival
"Before starting their encore, Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit admitted to the crowd, "We had such a crazy year of touring last year that it was like 'Oh fuck, touring again?' But you guys have changed our mind tonight." It was clear that he was being sincere. The sold out crowd at Maxwell's in Hoboken (7/17) was a rabid one. They cheered loudly after each song, listened intently to most, and sang along to a few. The band grew more comfortable as the set went on despite how hot the room got." [Blackraptor]Scotland's Frightened Rabbit will continue touring North America, on and off, for most of July, August and September. Like Built to Spill, Frightened Rabbit played Maxwell's, the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago, and the Siren Festival in Brooklyn over the weekend (including Thursdaya)....
07.17 - Hoboken, N.J. @ MaxwellsThe NJ show was also Oxford Collapse's 2nd-to-last show before breaking up. They opened, and Oxford's Michael Pace joined Frightened Rabbit on stage for "Keep Yourself Warm". More Siren pictures, with the Pitchfork and Maxwell's setlists, and some videos below...
07.18 - Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Siren Festival
07.19 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge w/ Headlights
07.19 - Chicago, Ill. @ Pitchfork Festival
photos by Tim Griffin
"Spank Rock's set at Siren wasn't a concert. It was a dance party. A couple songs in, MC Spank Rock (Naeem Juwan) invited the crowd behind the barrier to come dance in the pit. Mind you, this was after he brought people on stage to dance. It seemed the group would stop at nothing to turn the ex-Coney Island parking lot into a club. The crowd was definitely on Spank Rock's side, gaining energy after a long day of standing in the sun. Rapping in stride with a playful cadence and constant grins, the group, led primarily by Juwan, turned the boardwalk on its bad side (that's the good kind of bad, Mom)." [Knox Rd]More Siren pics HERE. More of Spank Rock, including one of security taking him off the stage, and of a guy that mooned the crowd from the stage (NSFW), below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Thee Oh Sees
"Largely unfamiliar with the bands on the roster, my husband and I went to Coney Island on Saturday to see Built to Spill headlining on the main stage of the annual Siren Music Festival. Normally, I love free shows. I like the freedom to walk away from a disappointing or uninteresting performance-as we did from Monotonix-without feeling guilty. And ticketless shows tend to draw all types, which appeals to the voyeur in me. Neither of us had been to Coney Island before, so it was mildly amusing to see the confluence of century old kitsch and aggressive marketing tactics by softdrink companies. (We tried a sample of something called Vio, "the world's first vibrancy drink," and it tasted vaguely like flourescent lighting and perfume.)I think she means All Points West, which is actually just one of four shows that Trail of Dead has coming up in NYC.
Anticipating the rush toward the stage as Built to Spill began, we found a decent spot where we'd be able to hear the band, if not see their faces. It was as close as we could get without my cheeks grazing across sweaty pectorals while trying to squeeze through. This is the point at any show when the fan in me starts to grin and breathe faster, to feel like I'd rather be right here than anywhere else in the world. To our horror, not only were the people around us talking so loud that we could barely hear the music, they weren't even facing the stage. The crowd was mingling as though at a singles mixer, drink in hand, shouting over the din, completely oblivious to the band on stage.
Now, while I've been known to complain about NYC hipsters at opportune times (like when I'm on the downtown L train), I generally think people are too hard on them. They're pretty benign as far as contrived fashion/music subcultures go. But when they prevent me from hearing and seeing a live performance by one of my favorite bands, simply because they can't stop yakking and flirting for a single minute, I feel, well, displeased.
Next show is hopefully Trail of Dead at All Points East. I'm bringing pepper-spray and my slapping hand." [Home on the Fringe]
"Even if you weren't a big fan of Built to Spill--and I was never converted by their postmodern updates of classic Neil Young and Crazy Horse guitar jams--you had to pity bandleader, guitarist, vocalist and Idaho native Doug Martsch for having the unenviable task of trying to follow the Jesus Lizard, headlining over that band in its home town.Built to Spill played the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago on Friday night (7/17). Saturday they headlined the Coney Island Siren Festival in Brooklyn. Sunday they played a much smaller show at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ (where they played for almost 2 hours). Pictures, videos and the setlists from the two festival shows, below...
Martsch and his bandmates tried their best, making impressive use of dramatic dynamics shifts with quiet interludes exploding into six-string rave-ups. But it was sort of like following a gourmet meal with a Twinkie for desert: It might have been fine as a snack at a different time, but after what had preceded it, there simply was no point." [Jim DeRogatis - Chicago Sun Times @ Pitchfork]