view from the ferry in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Governors Island

First Passion Pit & Tokyo Police Club, then M.I.A./Sleigh Bells, and then Local Natives (and I just noticed Michael Franti & Spearhead w/ Trombone Shorty). All of a sudden Bowery Presents is doing shows on Governors Island, a space that was booked last year by AEG & Highline Ballroom. Well, Highline Ballroom is still involved. I found this press release that was issued in February:


The Highline Ballroom, The Bowery Presents and Mad Dog Presents, in conjunction with Water Taxi Beach, are proud to announce a new partnership to bring a large schedule and more diverse roster of concerts and performances to Governors Island. Both the free and ticketed programming at the Beach at Governors Island will be greatly expanded and there are plans to hold several large-capacity shows on Colonels' Row, the beautiful college-quad-like park located in the island's interior.

"We see Governors Island as a new opportunity to bring New York our style of concerts in a beautiful outdoor setting and are very excited about developing a new free Saturday-afternoon concert series at the Beach," said Jim Glancy of The Bowery Presents.

"The Highline Ballroom is very happy to be working with our friends at The Bowery and Mad Dog. It is a natural fit to bring together independent New York-based companies to help develop the concert landscape on Governors Island," said Toffer Christensen from The Highline Ballroom.

Shows at Colonels' Row and the Beach will be rain-or-shine, all-ages performances on beautiful Governors Island, located just 800 yards from Lower Manhattan. Tickets to all shows are available to the general public via Programming will reflect the excellence and diversity of booking that has become the signature of both The Bowery Presents and The Highline Ballroom. Concert updates will be released as dates are added.

Beer, liquor, nonalcoholic drinks and food will be available for purchase. The ticket price to all shows will include round-trip ferry passage from the Battery Park Maritime Building to Governors Island. For more information about the ferry schedule, the series, artists and performances, general restrictions and rules, and the latest updates and additions to the lineup, visit the Beach at Governors Island's Web site at

Meanwhile, AEG is now doing ticketed shows at Williamsburg Waterfront (so far Faith No More and Nas/Damian Marley).

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