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East River Park Summerstage in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
East River Park

Free Summerstage shows at East River Park are underway and will be going down throughout this week and next. As mentioned, tonight (8/19), UCB Comedy will be presenting The All-Stars of Improv with two acts of improvised comedy from various performers. Tonight's show starts at 7 PM just after the Jamaica 50th Independence Day celebration is wrapping up farther uptown at Central Park Summerstage.

Other shows at East River Park include the previously discussed Red Bull Music Academy co-presented show with Araabmuzik, Flosstradamus, Teengirl Fantasy, and Nick Hook on Monday (8/20), the previously discussed Lyricist Lounge 20th Anniversary show on Wednesday (8/22) with DJ Premier vs. Pete Rock, and the Two Boots 25th Anniversary show on Thursday (8/23) with Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Mamarazzi, Odetta Hartman, Himalayas, and The Whiskeyhickon Boys. That show will be hosted by Luis Guzman, will feature poetry from Nuyorican Poet's Café: Caroline Rothstein, Mahogany Browne, and Marshall "Soulful" Jones, and performance art from Lady Circus and the Magic Beans, Free Art Society, and 4Heads Art Collective, plus free pizza.

An updated East River Park schedule is below...

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Wavves @ East River Park - 8/25/2011 (photo by robotgobot)
Wavves

Though last night's Wavves show went on as planned, and was even dry, Saturday & Sunday's performances of "Henry V" are cancelled (they were set to take place on the same East River Park stage). You can however catch the same Shakespeare show in East River Park on Monday (as of now).

Tickets on sale now for the Wavves/Fucked Up show at Webster Hall.

Wavves & GZA
Wavves

"MTV has just announced that fuzz-rock band Wavves will serve as the guest composer for the first season of the network's new scripted comedy series, "I Just Want My Pants Back." In addition, music legend Nic Harcourt will serve as music supervisor for the series. The pilot episode, which is airing as a sneak peek following the "2011 MTV Video Music Awards," on August 28, at 11 p.m. ET/PT, will feature the exclusive world premiere of their new song "I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl." The series will officially debut on MTV in January 2012. .

Wavves' new EP, "Life Sux" will be released by Wavves' label Ghost Ramp on Tuesday, September 20th and features "I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl," as well as collaborations with Best Coast and members of the band F*cked Up.

As guest composer throughout the MTV series, Wavves will have 20 original compositions as well as songs from their unreleased EP. Following the sneak peek on Sunday night, viewers can visit www.soundtrack.mtv.com for a free download of "I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl" and a list of all Wavves songs featured in the show.

From acclaimed director and executive producer Doug Liman ("Mr. and Mrs. Smith, "Swingers," "Go," "Bourne Identity") and based upon David J. Rosen's critically acclaimed novel of the same name, "I Just Want My Pants Back" follows a group of friends as they navigate the minefield of their post-collegiate years. The series will feature 12 half-hour episodes.

Struggling with sex, love, career and friendship as a young twenty-something living in Brooklyn, the series follows Jason Strider, played by Peter Vack. Jason puts hanging with his friends, going to bars and hooking up above his entry level job where he's the lowest rung at a casting agency, and dreams of being in music journalism...but has no idea how to get there. It's not until a one night stand steals his heart and his pants, that he begins a quest to get his beloved jeans back, and hopefully the girl, while also growing up along the way.

The series also stars Kim Shaw as Jason's best friend 'Tina;' Jordan Carlos as 'Eric' and Elisabeth Hower as 'Stacey,' college sweethearts making it go of it as couple as they forge into their adult years; Sunkrish Bala as 'Bobby' the owner of the local bodega and will guest star Chris Parnell as 'J.B.,' Jason's no-nonsense boss at the casting agency.

"I Just Want My Pants Back" is based on the book by David J. Rosen. The series a co-production with Universal Cable Productions. The pilot was written by Rosen and directed by Doug Liman. Justin Levy, Clay Spencer and Polly Auritt are the executives in charge of production for MTV. Executive producers include Liman, David Bartis and Rosen. Gene Klein is co-executive producer.

Also, be sure to catch Wavves backing up GZA, the legendary founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan, on Fuel TV's "The Daily Habit" tonight at 8pm PST / 11pm EST. They will be performing GZA's classic tune "Liquid Swords"."
[press release]

Despite the nasty weather, as of 4:000pm, the Dee Dee/Wavves show in Manhattan's East River Park tonight (8/25) is still on. Dee Dee goes on at 7. The show is rain or shine.

Feel like staying dry? You can head to Long Island on September 9th instead, or wait until Wavves returns to NYC as part of a tour with Fucked Up that has the two bands at Webster Hall on Saturday, September 24th. More dates TBA soon. All dates and new EP tracklist and cover art below...

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DOWNLOAD: Dum Dum Girls - "Coming Down" (MP3)

Dum Dum Girls at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Dum Dum Girls

Last month we announced that Dum Dum Girls are releasing Only In Dreams (named after the Weezer song?) and touring in support of the album this fall with Crocodiles and Royal Baths. They've since revealed the album cover and the lead single. The track is titled "Coming Down," which makes sense considering they were getting high earlier this year. Grab the MP3 above. Cover art below.

As mentioned, the tour hits NYC on October 21 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are now on sale. You can also catch them at Maxwell's on October 24. Tickets are on sale for that too.

You'll also have a chance to catch Dum Dum Girls' frontwoman Dee Dee play a solo set in NYC even sooner though, and for free at the Wavves show in East River Park (8/25 at 7pm).

Updated tour dates and album art below...

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Summerstage

"SummerStage, a program of City Parks Foundation, presents performances of outstanding artistic quality, free of charge, to serve the diverse communities of New York City. The artists represent a breadth of genres and cultures and perform in an outdoor setting accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. SummerStage strives to develop audiences' deepening appreciation for contemporary, traditional, and emerging artists as well as the communities in which these artists originate."
You might remember that since last year, "Summerstage" now encompasses free (and "benefit") shows in many NYC parks, not just at the "main stage" in Central Park. Free shows this summer include Friendly Fires, Wavves, The Budos Band, Reggie Watts, Fitz & the Tantrums, We Are Scientists, Talib Kweli, Rakim/EPMD, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Jim Gaffigan, Wanda Jackson, Imelda May, Guster, and many more.

The ENTIRE 2011 SUMMERSTAGE SCHEDULE is now posted at Summerstage's site.

Above picture, taken at the St. Vincent show in 2010, by Chris La Putt.

Negative Dad

Wavves's Nathan Williams is a modern day renaissance man. Besides being a guitarist/songwriter and a weed connoisseur, Williams is also a comic book author and has penned a twelve part series with friend Matt Barajas and illustrator Nicholas Gazin. Pitchfork says that,

According to an email from Gazin, "Negative Dad is like an extra retarded X-Men. There's heshers, evil parents, cat people, juvenile delinquents with partially functioning mutant powers, aliens, dreams."

There will be at least 12 issues, and according to Gazin, it will possibly come with a cassette. He says, "This is going to be our gift (although it will cost money) to people who enjoy pot. Put the tape on, put in a beanbag chair in a space small enough to get clambaked and just read the comic and stare at the pictures and chuckle at the pictures while your friend plays Nintendo and eats all your Pirate Booty or something."

That's Negative Dad art above.

Maybe you can find copies of the comic at Wavves' merch table on tour. NYC'ers will have two chances to find out this summer. First, when Wavves plays the Northside Fest with Guided By Voices at McCarren Park Stage on 6/18 (tickets), and then at a free Summerstage show at Manhattan's East River Park Ampitheater on 8/25 at 7pm (enter at Delancey Street bridge over the FDR Drive and walk south or via Cherry St/Jackson Ave entrance into Corlears Hook Park and over the FDR Drive bridge leading directly to the ampitheater).

All Wavves tour dates below..

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photos by Andrew St. Clair

White Rabbits

White Rabbits & Hospitality played a free show in East River Park (now part of "Summerstage") last night. It was one of a few big outdoor shows that happened in NYC on Thursday (8/12). Maybe you listened to it from home on East Village Radio. More pictures and the WR setlist, below...

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Tonight's free White Rabbits & Hospitality Summerstage show in East River Park (which is competing with the free Deerhunter and Real Estate show on Pier 54) will be streaming live on East Village Radio.

The show starts at 7pm tonight (8/12). White Rabbits have no other upcoming dates, but you can check out a bunch of recent special video the band has made, including a recent appearance on East Village Radio, below...

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Central Park Summerstage (more by Chris La Putt)
Central Park Summerstage

The schedule for the 2010 SummerStage series, which has music not just at Central Park, is out, and there are some great looking shows to highlight.

At Central Park, the first "rock" show happens on Saturday, June 5th with Living Colour, Ebony Bones!, Pillow Theory and CX KiDTRONiK. Baaba Maal, who just played Irving Plaza, will be at Central Park too on Monday, June 14th The Tinariwen show on Saturday, June 26th also features Syrian beat & mikeman Omar Souleyman. Gil Scott-Heron plays Central Park in June and Marcus Garvey Park in August.

There's also El Guincho, Bostich and Fussible and others in Central Park on July 7th. Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff plays Central Park on Sunday, July 11th. Raphael Saadiq performs there Saturday, July 17 at 3pm. The Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba/Fool's Gold show on Sunday, July 25th will also feature "West African electronica" band Burkina Electric.

On Wednesday, July 21st, there'll be a Comedy Central's The Daily Show and Friends Central Park gig hosted by Lewis Black with John Oliver, Rob Riggle, Wyatt Cenac, Adam Lowitt and Rory Albanese.

There's also music from St. Vincent, Tune-Yards and Basia Bulat on August 1st at Central Park. The xx play with Jack Penate and Chairlift there on August 8th. At the same spot, Public Enemy play an August 15th day show to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Fear of A Black Planet, and the Specials play on August 22nd with Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears and $mall ¢hange.

The borough-wide shows kick off with Jay Electronica in Red Hook Park on June 1st. Also at that park is Dan Deacon on Tuesday, June 15th. White Rabbits play East River Park on August 12th.

There's lots of great jazz too: McCoy Tyner plays with Ravi Coltrane, Esperanza Spalding and Francisco Mela as part of the CareFusion Jazz Festival on June 23rd. He also plays in the Charlie Parker Jazz Fest, which comes at the end of the summer with an incredible lineup. McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Scott, Jason Moran and the Bandwagon and Revive da Live play during the day at Marcus Garvey on Saturday, August 28th. Then the next day, James Moody, Catherine Russell, Vijay Iyer and The JD Allen Trio play at Tompkins Square Park.

The park benefit shows include John Butler Trio and State Radio on June 15th (tickets on sale), The Flaming Lips on July 26th, The Black Keys with the Morning Benders on July 27th and 28th, Hot Chip/Hercules & Love Affair/Holy Ghost on August 4th, Govt' Mule on August 11th (tickets), and one of the four Pavement shows September 21-24. Plus there's a "songbook of Simon & Garfunkel" benefit on June 8th.

Not all "Summerstage" shows are in Central Park anymore which drives home the point even further that the name of the venue in Central Park is actually "Rumsey Playfield" which hosts non-"Summerstage" shows too. Those so far include Coheed/Torche, CAKE, Ween, and Broken Social Scene.

The full Summerstage free show schedule is below...

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Titus Andronicus in East River Park - June 28, 2008 (forklift)
Titus Andronicus

Free shows in East River Park, Manhattan, NYC
At the Band Shell / Ammphitheater
along the East River in NYC
Between Grand & Jackson Sts.

Tues, 8/4 7:00pm - George Lamond, Judy Torres and DJ Lucho
Thur, 8/12 7:00pm - White Rabbits
Fri, 8/13 7:00 pm - Paul Taylor II and Naganuma Dance
Sat, 8/14, 7:00 pm - Complexions Contemporary Ballet + Wideman/Davis Dance
Thur, 8/19 7:00pm - Our Latin Thing with DJ Lucho: A Tribute to The Fania All-Stars
Fri, 8/20 8:00pm - Goodbar by Waterwell
Sat, 8/21 8:00pm - Goodbar by Waterwell
Sun, 8/22 8:00pm - Goodbar by Waterwell
Mon, 8/23 8:00pm - Five Days in March by Toshiki Okada
Tue, 8/24 8:00pm - Five Days in March by Toshiki Okada
Wed, 8/25 8:00pm - Beowulf - A Thousand Years of Baggage
Thu, 8/26 8:00pm - Beowulf - A Thousand Years of Baggage
Fri, 8/27 8:00pm - Beowulf - A Thousand Years of Baggage

The "Friday Night Lights" version of White Rabbits' "Percussion Gun" video (and the normal version), below...

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SummerStage 2009's last show of the year (more by Chris La Putt)
SummerStage 2009

"On Tuesday, June 8, 2010, City Parks Foundation will welcome guests to the SummerStage 25th Anniversary Celebration in association with Michael Dorf & City Winery, an annual fundraising benefit, to support CPF's free year-round arts programming. This year's benefit will feature the songbook of Simon & Garfunkel with unique duets performed by Shawn Colvin, Aimee Mann, Dar Williams, Loudon Wainwright III, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Joan Osborne, Stephen Kellogg, Dean & Britta, Cory Chisel, The Holmes Brothers, John Forte, Valerie June, John Roderick, Ricky Skaggs, Willie Nile, Paula Cole, Alejandro Esovedo, Ollabelle (house band) and many more.
Tickets for this benefit will run you from $1000 to $25,000. Tickets to the other "benefits" (aka regular old ticketed shows) at the venue, are much cheaper. Those include John Butler Trio / State Radio, The Flaming Lips, The Black Keys, Hot Chip, Gov't Mule and Pavement.

The 2010 SummerStage series has also expanded its free shows outside of Central Park to include parks in all five boroughs. Look for free "Summerstage" music, theater and other events this summer in Brooklyn's Von King Park and Betsy Head Park, Bronx's St. Mary's Park and Crotona Park, Queens' Springfield Park, and Marcus Garvey Park East River Park in Manhattan, and others. Those parks have always had free shows, but for whatever reason, they are now "Summerstage".

The free-show lineup is 100% ANNOUNCED being slowly released (we're posting it all day today) (also check out the full free Celebrate Brooklyn lineup). Some of the Summerstage lineup, along with the list of theater productions (happening in all of the above-mentioned parks), is posted below...

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Man Man in the band shell along the East River in NYC - 7/16/09 (photo by Blind Billy)
Man Man

"hahah, the people there WERE hilarious. hippies indeed.

man man were fucking savage though. what an incredible live act. who needs to even listen to their recorded stuff when their live show trumps it that hard." [Anonymous | July 17, 2009 12:42]

Man Man played a free show in East River Park (the Manhattan one) last night (7/16). Video from the show below...

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Man Man @ ACL 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Man Man

free shows @ East River Park in 2009
At the Band Shell along the East River in NYC
Between Grand & Jackson Sts.

Thursday, July 16th: Man Man
Thursday, July 23rd: Slick Rick
Thursday, July 30th: Ismael Miranda
All Man Man tour dates below...

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this guy is in Anthrax (more by Chris La Putt)
Anthrax

"We want to apologize to our fans who came out to the Red Bull event last night in the hellish cold to see us play. Originally, we were to go on just before 9PM and play for 45-minutes. One of the snowboarding events ran very late which caused us to delay the start of our set. That, and a curfew we were not informed about until 9:30PM snowballed into an unfortunate situation that was beyond our control . As we were walking to the stage, we were instructed to cut our set to three songs, and no one was more surprised than us when they cut the PA before we could finish the third song. We are particularly mortified that this happened when our good friend, Chuck D, had just taken the stage for "Bring the Noise". We extend our apologies to him.

Nothing like this has ever happened to Anthrax before, and we regret that it happened last night. Thank you to those who came out to support and once again our sincere apologies"

photos by Chris La Putt

Valient Thorr bundled up, a snowboarder & Chuck D w/ Anthrax
Anthrax
Anthrax
Anthrax

Over the last three weeks, a massive snowboard ramp has risen in East River Park, in the shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge. Nine stories tall and 150 yards long, it required more than 100 workers to build, and it has lured 16 of the world's top professional snowboarders to compete in Thursday's Red Bull Snowscrapers, billed as the largest urban snowboard event in North America.

Riders, including the 2006 Olympic snowboarding gold medalist Shaun White, Travis Rice, and Terje Haakonsen, will zip down the ramp and soar 50 feet while performing aerial maneuvers before touching down on either side of a 36-foot-long ramp. A panel of judges will rate the best moves and style. The winner will get $50,000 of a $100,000 purse. [The NY Times]

That NY Times article came out before yesterday's event (2/5). Musical guests included Valient Thorr (seen above bundled up after he/they played) (and who are performing again tonight/Friday in Brooklyn), Black Gold (who play/DJ again outside today/Friday at South Street Seaport), and "Anthrax" who were joined by Public Enemy's Chuck D (as seen above). Bring the Noise.

Chris, who is no stranger to the Valient Thorr, got there too late to catch the opening band, but he did get lots of pretty pictures from the rest of the action, as you can see below...

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spectators @ South Street Seaport - Jan 30, 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
South Street Seaport

Feb 5 - Anthrax, Valient Thorr, Black Gold & snowboards @ East River Park. TODAY:

3:00 PM - Gates open to the public
3:30 PM - Riders open practice - All 16 riders
5:05 PM - Valient Thorr Performance
5:45 PM - Red Bull Snowscrapers contest starts - 60 minute jam session
7:10 PM - Black Gold Performance
7:45 PM - Red Bull Snowscrapers Finals - Jam session - Top 8 riders
8:50 PM - Awards
8:55 PM - Anthrax Performance
Black Gold? More like Black Cold! (hehe haha)... One day later (tomorrow), Black Gold play outside again...

upcoming shows @ South Street Seaport (Ice)
Feb. 06 - Project Jenny Project Jan & Black Gold (DJ set)
Feb. 13 - The Kiss Off
Feb. 20 - Heloise and the Savior Faire'
Feb. 27 - TBA

"All Seaport showtimes are 7 p.m., and the concerts are free. Individuals wishing to listen to the shows from the ice and/or partake in the skating, pay a $5 admission fee and $7 for skate rental (cash only)."

P.S. an anonymous commenter by the name of "scot-free", left this message (new rumor): "i have inside info that chuck d is gonna play with anthrax tonight, see you fuckers in the mosh pit"

by Black Bubblegum

Anthrax 2008
Anthrax

A biological weapon past it's efficacy - one Bush + a gold medal + East River - one kidney = ?

Got the answer? Red Bull maybe does:

On Thursday, February 5th, 17 of the world's best snowboarders will compete for their piece of the massive $100,000 prize purse at Red Bull Snowscrapers. Athletes will compete against the majestic backdrop of the New York City skyline in the East River Park from 6-9 pm. The local thrash heavy metal band Anthrax is set to perform.

Athletes include iconic Olympic Gold Medalist Shaun White, freestyle / backcountry legend Travis Rice and ultra-progressive phenomenon Pat Moore. World renowned Burton riders for the ground-breaking event include Kevin Pearce, Mikkel Bang, Danny Davis, Kohei Kubo, Kazuhiro Kakubo, and snowboard legend Terje Haakonsen. Other confirmed riders include Nitro's Andreas Wiig, DC's Torstein Horgmo, Forum's Jake Blauvelt and Greg Bretz, along with Rome rider Bjorn Leines and Ride's JJ Thomas.

Gnarly. What's more, we also have word that Anthrax will be joined by Valient Thorr & Black Gold. THEN, just two days later, the snow festivities continue with Winter Jam NYC 2009. More details on both days below...

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KRS One

At the Band Shell along the East River
Between Grand & Jackson Sts. (Manhattan)

SA, Jun 07, 2pm: Lucky Dragons, John Wiese, Soiled Mattress, the Springs (ERMP show)

SA, Jun 28, 2pm: Titus Andronicus, Obits, Emperor X, Blood City (ERMP show)

TH, July 17, 7pm: TBA (CityParks show)
TH, July 24, 7pm: KRS-ONE (CityParks show)
TH, July 31, 7pm: Willie Colón (CityParks show)

SA, Aug 16, 2pm: TBA (ERMP show)
SA, Sep 13, 2pm: TBA (ERMP show)

All of the above listed shows are in NYC and FREE.

Obits also have a show coming up at Union Pool.

Titus Andronicus have a bunch of other upcoming shows.