Entries tagged with: Pool Parties
Governors Island 2010 (more by Matthew Eisman)
Sadly, 2010 was the first and last year for "Gone to Governors,'" the series of 10 free summer shows that went down last year on The Beach at Governors Island. Water Taxi Beach will still operate the beach though, and their might be some ticketed shows on the beach, but that is not even definite at the moment.
Governors Island concert promoters Highline Ballroom and Bowery Presents are however still busy putting on much larger events on other parts of the island, like the Dave Matthews Band Caravan and the Governors Ball.
And, as you know, the 'Pool Parties' are also not returning to Williamsburg Waterfront this year, though there will be a handful of free events at the outdoor Brookln space. Whether Pool Party promoter Jelly has anything else up their sleeve remains to be seen.
Willifest kicks off with an opening night gala at Galapagos in DUMBO tonight (maybe they forgot it moved!), and then continues with a full schedule of events/movies happening in Williamsburg on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
One highlight of the fest (well, I haven't seen it) includes a new documentary about the McCarren Pool Parties. In it you'll see a bunch of photographs by Bao Nguyen that first appeared on BrooklynVegan.com. Bao writes:
"A documentary that features my concert photography will be playing this weekend at the first ever Williamsburg International Film Festival. It's opening the festival on Thursday night but all the tickets sold out so they added a second show on Sunday afternoon at 3 PM at the Knitting Factory. Let me know if you can make it. Unfortunately tickets can only be bought at the door."More details on "Pool Party", below...
photos by Chris Doss
DOWNLOAD: Dominique Young Unique - Show My Ass (MP3)
"Jelly pool party was historic/epic. DMC + Andrew WK + Les Savy Fav+Doug E Fresh : unforgettable. Gucci mane is the gertrude stein of hip hop" -erikhinton
Gucci Mane @ Williamsburg Waterfront Sunday
When they said "surprise" they meant it, though as rumored (and here), Gucci Mane was on the lineup of the final Jelly Pool Party on Sunday, August 29th, at Williamsburg Waterfront. Andrew WK hinted at his participation the night before, but for the most part, the lineup remained a rumor until the artists hit the stage. Featuring DJ sets by The Rub and Smalltown DJs, Sunday's Pool Party-that-almost-didn't-happen featured performances from DMC (of Run DMC), Andrew WK (and Cherie Lilly), Doug E Fresh, Doug's son's group, Big Freedia (and dancer), The Cool Kids, Tim Harrington (of Les Savy Fav), and Atlanta MC Gucci Mane in addition to the previously announced Dominique Young Unique and Delorean.
Unlike Run, Andrew WK and Tim Harrington helped DMC perform "It's Tricky" and "Walk this Way". Delorean, already headlining multiple nights at 600+ capacity venues in NYC, played 2nd on the bill after an opening set by Dominique Young Unique who was busting out of her top as she played songs like "Show My Ass" (download that song above).
Dominique Young Unique
But Dominique's outfit was nothing compared to the stage show of New Orleans's Big Freedia who brought "Ass Everywhere" to a NYC crowd for the third time in two days (Freedia also performed at PS1 on Saturday and at Coco66 later that night) (Dominique also played again later Sunday night at Brooklyn Bowl).
So was it the final pool party ever?
...Series' co-founder, Sarah Hooper, has said that she "hates" what the beloved Pool Parties have become: lame concerts with muted speakers, too many security guards and too much oversight from the state and its patron, Open Space Alliance. She even hinted that Jelly's current side-project, a six-show free series called "Rock Yard" on Wythe Avenue, could replace the Pool Parties (so named because they began at the McCarren Park pool).By the way, Chuck Schumer was there again too. Until next year?
Hooper didn't fork over any of the juicy details when she took the stage on Sunday to give a crammed park its final farewell.
"Thank you so much, we love being in Brooklyn," she said to a roaring crowd. "Don't ever let anybody tell you that you can't be yourself." -[Brooklyn Paper]
More pictures and some videos from the whole day, below...
photos by Chris Doss
"It was all worth it to see DMC, Andrew WK and a yeti-dressed Tim Harrington on stage together singing "Walk This Way."More picture and video proof of three of Sunday's special guests (Run wasn't there) (actually four - that's Cherie Lily playing with AWK), below...
Watching that. Then turning around and seeing the Manhattan skyline over the East River. And seeing the hundreds of people sitting in the grass behind the tents. Then walking home to my apartment. And realizing that this is something real that has actually happened. It's hard to be mad at the pretentiousness of a crowd, or peoples' ignorance (heard a dude say "Who is that guy?" when Tim Harrington came out. Made me giggle.) when this is a world where things like this can happen" [Times Ain't That Rough]
photos by Chris Doss
After much hub-bub, the final Jelly Pool Party at the Williamsburg Waterfront of summer 2010 (and possibly ever) went down as planned on Sunday, with a multitude of special guests, and two pre-announced acts. Guests included Gucci Mane, Doug E Fresh, DMC, The Cool Kids, Tim Harrington, Andrew WK and more. Pre-announced bands were Dominique Young Unique and Delorean.
More about the whole day is coming shortly, but in the meantime: Delorean have already announced two more NYC shows because the Spanish band can never stay away long. The new dates are November 21st at Bowery Ballroom and November 24th at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Both shows will be opened by their True Panther lablemate Lemonade, as will their entire November tour that starts in Texas and includes Fun Fun Fun Fest..
Tickets for both new NYC shows will go on sale Friday at noon (with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday at the same time). All Delorean dates and some more pics from Sunday, below..
"Chromeo + Williamsburg Waterfront + Dance Party x Torrential Downpour = best summer show ever" - Diego
"chromeo killed it at the waterfront yesterday. who knew that umbrellas could be a dancing accessory?" - marc koz
"Chromeo was RIDICULOUS!!! Dancing in the rain at Brooklyn waterfront. Never had a better Sunday" - Ali
Despite the rain and potential lightning (Jelly can't catch a break), all four acts scheduled to play the free Pool Party at the Williamsburg Waterfront on Sunday got to play their sets. The bands, chosen by A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs' label Fool's Gold, were Telephoned, The Suzan, Kid Sister and Chromeo.
Senator Chuck Schumer, who earlier that day announced he helped restore the final Pool Party which is happening this coming Sunday (8/29) (Gucci Mane rumored to be one of the special guests), also made another appearance.
Pictures continue below...
Schumer @ the 1st Pool Party of 2010 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Summary: Senator Chuck Schumer (says he) saved the final, August 29th, Pool Party (that had been cancelled), OSA points out that they also found other financial donors to cover part of Jelly's tab, Assemblyman Lentol was working on this too, and OSA Board member Adam Perlmutter said "OSA looks forward to presenting diverse free programming in the future, from Chromeo to Copland". Today's Pool Party (with Chromeo) happens in the rain?
Press releases from Schumer and from OSA, in full below...
Kid Sister @ Summerstage 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Still no word on who the two special guests were supposed to be on the August 29th cancelled Pool Party (or where Delorean will end up playing), but Kid Sister has been revealed as the special guest opener for Chromeo this Sunday at Williamsburg Waterfront:
August 22nd - Curated by Fools GoldThe DJs are Treasure Fingers and Kingdom. Free afterparty with Nick Catchdubs at Brooklyn Bowl.
..."New York is creating a two-tier system," said Geoffrey Croft of New York City Park Advocates, a frequent critic of the Parks Department.PREVIOUSLY: Final Pool Party cancelled, OSA blatantly blames/hates Jelly
"The nightmare is that all these deals are going on behind closed doors and that people are taking city dollars away from other parks," Croft said.
The situation is unusual. Although it is not uncommon for the city and nonprofits to hire from the same pool of advocates and experts, it is extremely rare for people to work for both at the same time....
...In 2008, Stephanie Thayer became director of the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn - and the Parks Department's director of North Brooklyn Parks.
Records show Thayer got $86,528 from the city. She said her work for the nonprofit is voluntary.
"I'm still fighting the good fight," she said. "I'm just doing it in a different way."
Figuring out which hat Thayer is wearing has created frustration among some park advocates.
Laura Hofmann, a member of Open Space's steering committee, said Thayer spurned her when she tried to find out how many trees would be planted in a new park.
"She basically told me you have to trust the Parks Department and you have no business asking for this kind of information," Hofmann said.
[Daily News, July 11, 2010]
Outside a Pool Party, July 2010 (more by Kurt Christensen)
""The whole goal of Jelly was to be this umbrella situation where all of our cool, artistic friends were able to make money off of doing the things we love," [Sarah Hooper, the co-owner of Jelly NYC] says. "I kind of hate the Pool Parties now. They make us all really sad when we go on site. And then I go to a Mad Decent block party or our things at Rock Yard, and it's exactly how it used to be."" [NPR, August 11, 2010]PREVIOUSLY: Final Pool Party cancelled, OSA blatantly blames/hates Jelly
OSA Presents @ The Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Chris La Putt)
Whoah. Earlier today I got a tip, from someone that would know, that the final (August 29th) Pool Party has been cancelled. While trying to confirm that tip, I got the below insane press release from the "Law Offices of Adam D. Perlmutter, P.C.". Adam also happens to be on the board of OSA
"The Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA) is a nonprofit that raises funds and works with our community, elected officials and the New York City Parks Department, to improve existing parks and help create new parks in North Brooklyn."
August 29thBasically the press release says that OSA hates Jelly and so no more Pool Parties (except August 22nd with Chromeo which is still apparently happening). I wonder what Schumer thinks. Check it out in full below...
SECRET SPECIAL GUEST!
SECRET SPECIAL GUEST!
Dominique Young Unique
Lee Fields / Darren Mabee
Lee Fields was probably the first act to ever perform at a Jelly Pool Party that promised the crowd his autograph after the show if they bought a CD, and that's part of the reason to love him. He's an old school genuine performer, now living in a land of modern day hipsters, at least that was the case on Sunday where he shared a bill with Future Islands, the Strange Boys and !!!.
Lee's soulful set included may of the great songs off his new album, "My World", including the title track, "Money is King", and "Ladies". The latter was one of many songs where Lee asked for crowd participation, and the rained-on crowd usually obliged. Many, including Darren Mabee, showed off their dance moves. Most at least swayed their arms back and forth in the air. For Lee, and some of his large backing band, it was their second big Brooklyn appearance in a short amount of time. The first was at Sharon Jones's headlining gig in Prospect Park.
Future Islands and the Strange Boys opened the free show for those that got there early enough. !!! headlined for those that stuck around around. More pictures from the whole day, below...
photos by Tear-n Tan
Nic Offer of !!! (chk chk chk) @ Williamsburg Waterfront
"You were near the front at chk chk chk today, dancing all silly with your friends.Chk Chk Chk brought the dance party to the rainy Williamsburg Waterfront on Sunday (8/15). The free JellyNYC 'Pool Party' headliners played a mix of old and new to the energetic crowd in front of the stage, and to those choosing alcohol off to the side in the designated drinking area. Shannon Funchess, also now known for her group Light Asylum, seems to be a full fledged member of the live band, singing her own parts, and those that were originally John Pugh's (he left in 2007 to focus on his group Free Blood and other things). Frontman Nic Offer still has the moves.
I was in a white t shirt and jeans, to your left. Thought we made eye contact a couple times.
Just wanted to say: you're a cutie."
[pink and stripes brunette at !!! - m4w (waterfront)]
Last we spoke, Chk Chk Chk announced plans to return to Brooklyn (their favorite place to play because they can say "What's up Brooklyn?!") in October to play one show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Ends up that's TWO shows at the Williamsburg venue. The dates are October 6th and 7th, and tickets go on sale Friday at noon (like they do for the BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase happening at the same venue in the same month). They'll also be selling a $40 2-day pass which will save you $4+fees if you want to go both nights.
No openers have been announced for the Brooklyn shows, though maybe Light Asylum will open like they did when LCD Soundystem played that venue earlier in the year.
photos by Benjamin Lozovsky
"the memory tapes / cut copy show was pretty epic tonight. i was in the air half the time, jumping with the rest of the crowd. so. good." - Chris Casual
"Cut Copy went on about a quarter after 6, opening with "Lights & Music." This is one of their most popular songs and a great opener. The group was fully into it, head banging and jumping to their own music. I love when a band feels what they're doing and you feel it too. You could never tell that they had just flown in from Chicago and had barely slept. Other hits were "Nobody Lost, Nobody Found" and "So Haunted." The sound system was more to be desired - and bassist Tim Hoey's mike was too low for the first few songs - but a small setback.Cut Copy headlined Sunday's Pool Party at Williamsburg Waterfront. Memory Tapes, Glasser, Restless People and Punches (technically the DJs) also played. More pictures and videos (including one of tortillas flying through the air, and one of the new songs) from the day below...
The band brought a nice surprise when they played 2 new songs off of their untitled upcoming album. "Where I'm Going" was an instant crowd pleaser. It's a blend of 60's beach/psychedelia harmonies and poppy rhythms. Later they played "Blink and You'll Miss the Revolution," and I just have to say wow. You can tell a new song is a success when the audience is dancing uncontrollably. It's much heavier on the drum and bass than their typical stuff, yet still maintains an essence of 80's nuwave. This will definitely be one of the hits off the album.
Cut Copy ended after an hour long set, an encore, and soaking through their shirts. It was a great day, an outstanding show." [guilt free pleasures]
According to a police report, the thief likely climbed up the two-story building's fire escape near Union Avenue after 3 am.That sucks! Beware of any suspcious tweets and/or emails.
After entering Jelly's second-floor office's unlocked door, the thief grabbed three computers: a Macbook Pro, a laptop used by Jelly promoters, and an employee's personal computer.
Jelly co-founder Alexander Kane lamented the loss of his work computer, calling its content "irreplaceable."
The shows will go on though. This weekend Jelly hosts two more parties. The first is the second edition of Rock Yard on Saturday (lineup at the link). The second is Sunday's Pool Party which this week is a "Block Party" and is scheduled to take place at/outside Brooklyn Bowl instead of Williamsburg Waterfront. The Sunday "block party" still has no announced lineup though (but Siren co-headliner Ted Leo is a rumor).
This weekend's Block Party is one of two upcoming "block parties" that Jelly has planned for us this summer. The next one will take place at South Street Seaport in NYC (and in three other states as well).
Video of cops busting/searching people at the July 18th Pool Party while Murder City Devils plays in the background (the 9 minute video is titled "Waste of Time: 9 Pigs to sniff out 1 Roach"), below...
photos by Leia Jospe
Cap'n Jazz @ Brooklyn Bowl....
Sunday was an eventful day. TheDeathSet kicked off the 'Pool Party' at Williamsburg Waterfront in the afternoon, but was quickly told to stop due to rain. The organizers got on stage and announced that the free show was moving to Brooklyn Bowl, and the race was on. Those lucky enough to get to Brooklyn Bowl quick enough were let in before the show reached capacity, but thousands of others who had planned on seeing Lightning Bolt, No Age... and the only NYC appearance of the reunited Cap'n Jazz, were out of luck.
Luckily Cap'n Jazz was also playing that night at Maxwell's in NJ, and No Age were playing Death By Audio, so a few more people got to see each of them (especially Cap'n Jazz) (though you had to decide between Cap'n Jazz and Universal Order of Armageddon).
Back to Brooklyn Bowl though...
"Cap'n Jazz was amazing, no better word for it. Tim Kinsella's stage presence was ridiculous and prickish in the best way possible. When people jumped on the stage to crowd surf, he'd push them before they were ready. He rolled on the crowd while he sang, grabbed the shoe off one guy as he floated past, held the French horn comically high above him when he played, and was just all around entertaining. Davey von Bohlen was also really into it. He thrashed on the guitar, rocked out with the drummer, and was having a blast.Hopefully Cap'n Jazz announce more dates for those who missed them.
The audience loved it too and knew every word. A high note was during "In the Clear" when Kinsella was supposed to scream the alphabet. He couldn't seem to find his microphone in time and everyone picked up the slack, "A! B! C!" Kinsella shrugged.
"Oh Messy Life" and "Little League" were other high points to the show, the audience seemed to go most crazy for Cap'n Jazz's only cover song, "Take On Me." People danced and screamed the words, the same words Kinsella read from a paper as he sang." [NY Press]
For No Age, this was the second year in a row that they played a Pool Party in Brooklyn Bowl due to rain,
More pictures and some Cap'n Jazz videos from Sunday's show at Brooklyn Bowl (and Williamsburg Waterfront), below...
photos by Chris La Putt
the race to Brooklyn Bowl
Chris got to Williamsburg Waterfront today just as they were making the announcement that things were moving to Brooklyn Bowl due to the rain. He, along with more people than could fit in the new venue, then raced to the new spot. He made it in, but only stayed for No Age who went on at 5:30. After that he left to make room for someone else who might want to catch Cap'N Jazz and Lightning Bolt more than him.
The rest of the show (which is still happening as this is being typed) is safe in Leia's hands (photographically speaking). Chris's pictures continue below...
...due to lightning
UPDATE: I think it's already at capacity, but here are the new set times:
JEFF the Brotherhood @ Williamsburg Waterfront (by Keith Marlowe)
JEFF The Brotherhood soldiered through their Pool Party set on Sunday, despite singer-guitarist Jake's flu/pneumonia, which clearly had him worn out. The band was then forced to cancel another week's worth of tour dates (and they also couldn't play a post-Pool guest set with labelmates Heavy Cream later that night).
The cancelled dates run through July 22nd. So far all shows beginning on July 31st are still on. They start touring again in earnest this September with shows along the West Coast and in Canada and Texas. They'll return to NYC for a headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday, October 28th. Tickets are on AmEx presale now, and general sale Friday at noon.
The band will soon be in the studio recording the follow-up to Heavy Days, titled Mellow Out, expected on vinyl in the fall and on CD early next year. They just released a 7" single of the LP's title track, and they recently released a split with Ty Segal, which you can get at Infinity Cat.
JEFF also has a new video for "Mind Ride," a clip that features lots of fire, desecrated wicker furniture and human sacrifice. That's posted, with another picture from their Waterfront show, and all tour dates below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Murder City Devils, Obits, JEFF the Brotherhood & Silverghost played the second of seven Pool Parties happening at the Williamsburg Waterfront this summer. Stay tuned for a full report that also encompasses the show MCD played at Maxwell's on Friday. In the meantime, check out more pictures from the Sunday show, below...
photos by Kurt Christensen
Murder City Devils, Obits, Jeff the Brotherhood and Silverghost will play the free Pool Party at the Williamsburg Waterfront this Sunday, July 18th. The free series of shows kicked off this past Sunday with a headlining set by Xiu Xiu/Deerhoof who played after Why? who played after Fang Island who played after Pictureplane. We missed the two openers in our last post, so here are some more pictures from the event. They continue below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford, words by Andrew Frisicano
Xiu Xiu and Deerhoof opened the first Pool Party of 2010 with a noisy, fleshy work out of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures. The six-piece group smashed through the minimal record, with brash guitars and drums, free from studio EQ and delay, that were untethered and bold. Frontman Jamie Stewart put a muscular edge on Ian Curtis' deadpan gloom. By their headlining set, the clouds had parted and sun shined on the crowd.
Previously, it did rain a bit during Why?'s set, which also coincided with the end of the World Cup finals. Attendance picked up as the show went on, and after the game (which disappointingly didn't get screened at the show). Past the initial line of people at opening time around 2:30pm there was no wait to get in, and people could walk straight in, even during the headliner.
Earlier, Pictureplane gave the party a bassy, synthed out start. And Fang Island followed with a set heavy on guitars, group vox and unabashedly poppy melodicism.
Chuck reiterated the freeness of the shows - obviously a good thing - though there's also an increasingly unavoidable corporate presence at the Pool Parties. Veoba logos brand much of the venue's eyespace, and freebies from All Saints (who rented out the building behind the stage), Vans and a bevy of low-cal sports and energy drinks line the park.
Also given a boost this year are the much improved food options, with the Meat Hook, Roberta's pizza, Mexican food and more on site.
Like the pay shows at the park (Weezer is this Friday), the stage now faces the water, leaving the Manhattan skyline to the backs of the crowd. The effect of that shift isn't inconsiderable, giving the space a more claustrophobic feel, though the sun (when it did shine) wasn't the problem it once was for the crowd. I'm guessing that the water-facing stage addresses some issues with sound carrying through the neighborhood. That said, the show Sunday was pleasantly loud, right through the abrasive conclusion.
Kyle was one of those who showed up after the soccer game. His pictures of the last two bands, Schumer, dodgeball, and more, below...
"WHY? at the waterfront was absolutely fantastic. Best time I've seen them. Fang Island shredded too!" - The Tape
"Meet Senator Chuck Schumer" @ the July 11th Pool Party (Ruthie_FF)
Eric White met Chuck Schumer (Erik White)
Sets of music were played by Why?, Fang Island, Pictureplane, and Xiu Xiu/Deerhoof combined to form a Joy Division cover band. Unfortunately there was no world cup viewing at the venue which definitely kept lots of people away. More photos and info on the show coming later. A few videos are below, and here's one more picture for now:
the scene backstage @ the Williamsburg Waterfront Sunday (bradwalsh)
July 18th's Pool Party will feature free sets of music by Murder City Devils, Obits, Jeff the Brotherhood and Silverghost. Some videos from July 11th below...
The first Pool Party happens today (7/11). The DJs for all eight Pool Parties are listed on the flyer above along with a green scribble that shows, despite Jelly's initial intentions, soccer will NOT be shown at the Pool Party today ("State parks says we can not show the world cup"). The bands that are playing are listed HERE (and they include Xiu Xiu & Deerhoof performing Joy Division).
just got this email...
This time I quickly confirmed it wasn't real (fool me once...)....
UPDATE: It is real! The Pool Party publicity team wasn't informed about the new series and so they told me it wasn't real but Jelly just confirmed directly that is actually is!
What is real though, is that the Jelly NYC Pool Parties kick off this Sunday with a lineup that includes Fang Island. Check out Fang Island's video for "Careful Crossers" below...