Saturday night’s Greenpointers-sponsored showcase at Coco66 turned out to not only yield an impressive lineup of bands from near and far, but it also brought to light some pretty badass women musicians on the indie scene (more on that in a bit). Opener and Julliard-trained St. Lenox kicked off the evening’s festivities with a unique sound that blended classical, electonica and soul genres with powerful vocals to accompany – a spot-on prelude for what was to come.
The Wild Honey Pie, a music blog based in Brooklyn, is a collective of writers, videographers, directors, photographers, and artists who promote the music they love via words, photos, original videos, and live concert events.
This year, they’re doing something new: Summer Camp! Imagine an entire day (to night) event during which they’ll be filming buzz sessions with six different bands, enjoying free food/beer/pool party/bbq/bonfire/all that good stuff at an uber (gasp!) secret location about an hour away from NYC on MetroNorth.
I was able to chat with TWHP’s Christine Campbell, to tell us more about Summer Camp.
GP: What’s the concept behind the Summer Camp? Who are the Founders/ Organizers? How long has this been going for?
Christine: Summer Camp is the brainchild of Eric Weiner, founder of The Wild Honey Pie. We’re pulling it off with the help of our friends over at Consequence of Sound. Continue reading →
WEDNESDAY 7/10 • Can’t Hardly Wait @ Summer Screen (McCarren Park, Bedford Ave & No. 9th St) 6pm, Free, Movie plus Music by Jeffrey Lewis, a preview of Childrens Hospital, and Roma, a short film by David Altobelli • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast Begins @ No. 8th St & Havemeyer, Free, Lifts, Rides, Food, Fun, Thru 7/21, More info ♦ The Art of the Novel @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7-8pm, Free, Agents and Novelists Discuss Writing and Selling, More info ♫ Kiss & Tell: Orange Crush @ Battery Harris (64 Frost St) 7pm, FREE, expect to hear a selection of super rare vintage vinyl records, dress your ORANGE summer best, orange crush frozen cocktails ♫ Journalism / Dog Water / Sofa Club @ Bog Snow (89 Varet St) 8pm, $7
THURSDAY 7/11 ♦ Opening Reception SINGLE STREAM @ Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Ave, Astoria) 6-8pm, FREE, SINGLE STREAM (2013), by Paweł Wojtasik, Toby Lee, and Ernst Karel, explores a materials recovery facility in Charlestown, Massachusetts where hundreds of tons of refuse are sorted and processed daily for recycling, More info ♦ Brooklyn Industries “Shoot: Brooklyn Summer” Photo Exhibition @ Brooklyn Industries (658 Manhattan Ave) 6:30-9:30pm, FREE, DJ Ben Steidel and cocktails ♫ Stomps & Claps & Snaps & Pops & Sniffs & Clicks & Ahhhh @ Reverse (28 Frost St) 7-9pm, an interactive exploration into the instrumental nature of humans and the traditions of rhythmic language, by artist and composer Matthew Matthew, light refreshments, More info ♫ Toro Y Moi / Shlohmo / Jonwayne @ House of Vans (25 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE ♫ Gregory Stovetop / C. Gibbs @ Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave.) 10pm, FREE ♫ Seasick Mama / Butchers and Bakers / Bugs in the Dark @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 10pm
♦ Archaic Soul @ the one well (165 Greenpoint Ave) 7-10pm, features collage from found materials, DIY printmaking, textiles and traditional media by Molly George, RSVP # 1 Year Anniversary Pizza Party @ Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, $7 pizza, $4 beer, music by DJ Ronny Moo # Viva La France! Bastille Day Celebration @ Greenpoint Shul (108 Noble St) 7-11pm, $18-20, Kabbalat Shabbat services followed by a French dinner and special guest speaker, Buy Tickets ♦ Body Maps @ Greenpoint Gallery (390 McGuinness Blvd.) 8pm-12am, the first solo show of one of the youngest emerging artists of Brooklyn, Christine Cha, RSVP # Gluten Free Burger, Beer & Cider Night @ One Stop Beer Shop (134 Kingsland Ave) 8-11pm, Udi’s Gluten Free, Strongbow Cider, Element Brewing & Draft ♫ The Echo-Friendly / Way Yes @ Glasslands (289 Kent Ave) 8pm, $10
SATURDAY 7/13 * Long Island City Immersion @ Alewife (5-14 51st Ave.) or LIC Bar (45-58 Vernon Blvd.) noon-6pm, Pick up one of the 500 FREE Immersion cards for free Brooklyn Brewery, beer brunches, an excellent comedy show and an incentive to check out the LIC Flea, More info # Surf’s Up Vegan Pop-Up @ Pine Box Rock Shop (12 Grattan St., Bushwick) noon-6pm, Sand-free happy hour, snacks, and tanned babes galore, More info ☺ DanDillLions 3 The Incredi-Bull Show @ Red Star Bar (37 Greenpoint Ave) Free, comedy show full of bad animal puns but more importantly awesome standup comics, Lineup: Danny DelColle, Noah Savage, Will Winner, James Alexander, Amy Dalton, Gordon Baker-Bone, Rich McHale, hosted by Dillon Stevenson ♫ Sunset Guns / Sharkmuffin / The Planes @ Fort Useless (36 Ditmars St, Bushwick) 8pm ♫ Pipe Organ Concert by Russian Musician Sergey Kirillov @ St. Stan’s (Driggs Ave and Humboldt St) 8-9:30pm, FREE ♫ ”Solo Dame Indie Pop!” 2013 Latin Alternative Music Conference Showcase @ Cameo Gallery (96 No. 6th St) 8pm, Chile’s ASTRO / Dominican Republic’s Grand Resort / Colombia’s La MiniTK del Miedo, RSVP ♫ A Magical Evening @ Secret Loft (247. N. 10th St @ Union Ave) 9pm, $10, 21+, Free Kegs & Performances by Lilly Wolf / Ra Ra Rasputin / Ichicuts / Bridges and Powerlines / F#@k the Rent (DJ) / Epic Light Show by Nick Foligno, RSVP ♫ Braille / Max Pearl / Volvox / John Barera @ Bossa Nova Civic Club (1271 Myrtle Ave., Bushwick) 10pm, Free
# Community Potluck BBQ @ Java St Community Garden (59 Java St) 4-7pm, $10 suggested, bring your favorite dish to share (should feed four to six), RSVP ♫ Workman Song, Julia Berry, Oy Vey @ McGolrick Park Pavilion, Free, 6-7:30pm # Sunday Supper #7 @ Greenpoint Church (136 Milton St) 7-9pm, $45, Big Fat (vegan) Sicilian Supper by Jen G, Benefits Greenpoint Soup Kitchen, Buy Tix ♫ One One / Celestial Shore @ Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave.) 9pm, FREE
Try to take in too much at the Northside Festival and you’ll lose your mind; just putting together this guide was a harrowing experience! However, if you wander out into the wilds of the Brooklyn music circuit with no itinerary, you’ll find yourself in just as much of a state.
In addition to four days of music and five days of film, this year’s festival includes a tech conference called NExT (Northside Entrepreneurship + Technology). Although it’s nice to see that Northside–now in its fourth year–is expanding and going strong, this guide will focus on the music side of things.
Swans, Chelsea Wolfe at Warsaw, 7pm ($32): If Iceage and A Place to Bury Strangers aren’t going to be loud enough for you, go to this. Come early for Chelsea Wolfe’s spooky folk.
Kisses, Selebrities, Rush Midnight, Chad Valley, The Ice Choir at Cameo Gallery, 7:30pm ($15): If you like your “Ice” bands a little dreamier, then this is the show for you. The hotly-tipped ‘80’s throwbackers Selebrities and the pleasing electro vibe of Chad Valley should steer the night away from being too overly-twee. Continue reading →
WEDNESDAY 5/29 ♫ Weed / Call Of The Wild / Cascada / Giant Peach @ Death By Audio (49 S 2nd St) 8pm, $7 ♫ Hungry March Band @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) 8pm, $5
THURSDAY 5/30 * Spring Fling @ PS31 (75 Meserole Ave) 4-7pm, $1 fundraising event, open to the public, face painting, bouncy house, arts and crafts ♦ Adaptfest @ Center for Performance Research (361 Manhattan Ave) 7-10pm, $15, More info ♫ Confronting Bushwick 2: The Politics of Empty Buildings / Bushwick Daily Launch Party @ Art Helix (299 Meserole St) 7pm, panel discussion, town hall meeting following by launch party for Bushwick Daily’s First Print Publication “NO BS BOS” A Curated Guide to Bushwick Open Studios, DJ Set by THE DRUMS!, RSVP ♫ Tropic of Pisces / Corbu / Wanda & Wonder @ Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave) 8pm, $8 ♫ Shilpa Ray / The Veda Rays / Haybaby / WALTZ @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 8pm, $8
♦♦♦ All Weekend (5/31-6/2) : Bushwick Open Studios, FREE, a three day arts and culture festival that celebrates the community’s vibrant arts scene with the goal of fostering dialogue and collaboration between local artists and residents, More info ♦♦♦
FRIDAY 5/31 ♦ ORANGATANG(sic) @ Picture Farm (338 Wythe Ave) 6-9pm, an exhibition of photographs, drawings and prints by Bill Abdale, Steven Rose and Joanna Seitz, RSVP ♦ Based On A True Story @ Pierogi Gallery (177 No. 9th St) 7-9pm, an exhibition of new work by Daniel Zeller, More info ♫ Glank All Ages Show @ Secret Theatre (4402 23rd St, LIC) 8pm, $15, Suit-up in lab coats, blend in with the performers and have a blast at this interactive, multimedia music performance, More info
• Grateful Dead Night Featuring Dead Tape @ Europa (98-104 Meserole Ave.) 8pm, $10, Buy Tix ♫ Secret Band / Lodro / Darlings / EULA / Ric Leichtung @ Shea Stadium (20 Meadow St) 8pm, $10
SATURDAY 6/1 • 119 Underground @ Jewel St Paradise (119 Jewel St, BSMT) 12-6pm, “a new way to shop local,” ceramics, paper goods, refreshments & performances – all in a Brooklyn basement, RSVP * Brooklyn Arbor Playground Festival @ PS414 (325 South 3rd St) 12-4pm, $10, Free for kids under 12, a family music, craft, and food festival on the school playground, obstacle course, face painting, breakdancing, story time, dance performances, arts & crafts, kids dance party, food by Urban Rustic, Allswell, Il Passatore, Van Leeuwen, Papabubble, Buy Tix ♦ Punk Your Way Shop @ Dobbin Project Space (50 Dobbin St) 12:30-6pm, Cost: 5 Brooklyn Torches, Hack using Punk’s Code and get paid for it. Hacking Couture will open a pop-up atelier during the Brooklyn Torch Trade Store. Hack your fashion, Thru Sunday, More info ♫ The Call Up @ Boulevard Tavern (579 Meeker Ave) 9pm, Free, Reggae, Soul & Punk, all vinyl spun by DJ’s Sandinista and Tiny Gem, $5 all YOU can eat BBQ, RSVP ♫ Grass is Green / Ovlov / Appomattox / Miniboone @ Big Snow (89 Varet St) 8pm, $7
SUNDAY 6/2 ♥ Sunday Supper # 6 : SALO A Filipino Feast @ Domestic Construction (218 India St) 7-9pm, $45, Prepared by Yana Guilbuena, Menu: Seaweed Salad, Deep Fried P ork Rinds, Grilled Stuffed Squid, Garlic Fried Rice, Banana and Jackfruit Spring Rolls, Brooklyn Gin Cocktail, Reserve Supper ☺ Run From The Police Comedy @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 8:30-11pm, FREE, a mix of the best professional and amateur comedians performing today, beer,wine, soju and espresso, also laundry rooms in the back if you feel like getting your Sunday laundry done with a comedy backdrop,
MONDAY 6/3 • Public Speaking Workshop @ Dobbbin Project Space (50-52 Dobbin St) 7-10pm, $45, 3-hour workshop, participants will get expert coaching and feedback on ways to strengthen their presentation skills, from techniques to calm frayed nerves to exercises designed to build confidence and improve focus, More info
TUESDAY 6/4 ♥ Things That I Have To Tell You Right Now (and other tales) @ Cafe Royal (195 Nassau Ave) 7-9pm, FREE, read, sing, show, and tell us anything you want under 10 minutes, participation optional, More info
* Greenpointers’ Pick
♥ Pheremones likely
♦ Art Event
☺ Comedy Event
# Foodie Event
WEDNESDAY 4/17 ♫ And The Witch / Heliotropes @ Europa (98 Meserole Ave) 8pm, $12, Heliotropes is back to BK after a cross country tour! More Info ♫ Rama / Special Guest / Teams / Sleep Over / Splash @285 Kent, 8pm, $12, This show will be filmed for an Intrepid Fox Production, so dress for the big screen! RSVP ☺The Regular Comedy Show @ The Creek & The Cave (10-93 Jackson Ave, LIC) 10-11:30pm, FREE, More Info THURSDAY4/18 • Nomadic Sojourns @ Word (126 Franklin St) 6:30-7:30pm, a publishing collective “of staid movement,” presents a night of socially-conscious readings from its annual journal and music, RSVP ♦Lester Goldman: High Wire @ The Dobbin Project Space (50-52 Dobbin St.) Opening Reception 6-9pm, FREE, Electric colors, sweeping lines, personal and political symbols, and a variety of media from sculpture to performance. ♫ On An On @Knitting Factory (261 Metropolitan Ave) 8:30, $12 More Info ♫ Jenkins/Cardboard/The Top @ Glasslands (289 Kent Ave) 8:30pm, $10, Double album release party! RSVP
FRIDAY 4/19 ♦Marty’s Cool Biennial @Heliopolis (154 Huron St) 7-10pm, FREE, The space’s first annual benefit show featuring donated works 100% of the profits going to funding the space, RSVP ♦Cashing Out @ NURTUREart Gallery (56 Bogart St, Bushwick) 7-9pm, FREE, features artists’ musings on our current financial system and their creative proposals for establishing alternative economies, More Info ♦Chez Bushwick Presents: Romanian Dance History VII @ Center for Performance Research (361 Manhattan Ave) 7:30pm, $12, In two days artists from around the world will perform dances Choreographed by Brynjar Bandlien, RSVP ♫ Horn Rebellion Party Ensemble @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) 11pm, This 4 weekend residency kicks off with special guest: Jody Watley / Body Language / Savoir Adore / Ernesto, RSVP
SATURDAY 4/20 •4/20 Brooklyn Music Video Festival @ Ivy House Studios (1040 Metropolitan Ave) 3:30-11pm, $6, A celebration of the craft of music video making, learn about the production, art, and business side of music videos, forum for video makers to network, RSVP ♫Spring Fever Festival @Secret Project Robot (389 Melrose St) 3-8pm, $15 music by Quintron / Black Dice / K-Holes, BBQ, open studios, RSVP
SUNDAY 4/21 • Troop 2822 Girl Scouts Sell Cookies @ Five Leaves (18 Bedford Ave) 10am-2pm • Ghost Bike Memorial Ride @ All Over NYC, noon-5pm, brings New Yorkers together to remember pedestrians and cyclists killed in our city over the past year, bring flowers and other items to honor those lost, RSVP • Earth Day BBQ/Potluck @ Java St Garden (59 Java Street), 3-6pm, $10 suggested donation, Celebrating Earth Day with the Greenpoint community is invited, there will be fun and food for everyone,bring your favorite dish to share •Free Spring Bike Tuneup @Diamond Bar (43 Franklin St) 3-7pm, FREE, pop-up bike shop, with Silk Road Cycles, we’ll provide tools, a stand or two, and a parts-washing station; you just bring your bike, ready for love, More Info
MONDAY 4/22 • Save Our Beer @Brooklyn Brewery (79 N 11th St) 7-9:30pm, FREE, learn more about the dangers of fracking, RSVP • Trivia Night @ Boulevard Trivia Night (579 Meeker) 8-10pm, FREE, Test your knowledge and win prizes, fun to had! More Info
TUESDAY 4/23 ☺The Trap @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St) 8pm, FREE, Nate Fernald/Kerryn Feehan/The Lucas Bros/Kelly Fastuca/Jason Saenz RSVP • Collector’s Night @ Brooklyn Brewery (79 N. 11th St) 8-10pm, $15 (includes a beer), All funds raised benefits the City Reliquary
* Greenpointers’ Pick ♫ Music ♥ Pheremones likely ♦ Art Event ☺ Comedy Event # Foodie Event
Remember to get your tickets early! (4 day pass and single day passes available)
We interviewed Luis and Gabo and picked a few shows we are extra excited about:
GP: Can you tell us how Brain-Cave Festival came to life and how the festival is structured? Luis: I started Brain-Cave with Justin Stivers (former member of the Antlers) back in April 2011, at Shea Stadium in Bushwick. I wanted to bring-out and pay respect to Brooklyn’s artists from all mediums that represent the culture of this neighborhood. Gabo: This year, we’re planning a 4-day multimedia experience, that includes most forms of art and entertainment. We want people’s senses to be stimulated at all times.
GP: Explain the partnership with Carabella and Supercrush. How do you guys know each other and why are you working together? Gabo: We met by chance but, one might say it was fate. Luis is part of the art collective, Art Pussy. They were planning a 2-day festival in Puerto Rico, his mother’s native homeland. They contacted me for one of the artist I book for, and we started talking about the festival. I’m also Puerto Rican, so I was really interested in the festival they were trying to produce. Being that we both had the same interests in producing something beautiful for the island, we both decided that it would be a good idea that I go help out. I did, and from then on we’ve been working together! Luis: I think we’re both honest and true to ourselves when we do something. That’s an important quality to have when you’re trying to create any type of art.
GP: Brain-Cave moves to different hoods ever year. Why Greenpoint this year? Did you have any other parts of Brooklyn in mind? Luis: We chose Greenpoint because, similar to the festival, it’s a neighborhood that’s always changing. Greenpoint has a lot of history. Also, my brother was born in Greenpoint, so there’s a lot of personal history there, as well.
GP: Europa?! What should we expect? Luis: A dark cavernous space that will mess with your senses.
GP: The flyer artwork is rad. Who is the artist? Luis: The artwork was done by Abbey Ley. She’s an amazing illustrator, with a lot of history in the indie-DIY scene.
GP: How did you curate the bands? Luis: We both did a list of all the artists that we respect and would love to see live. We combined them, and saw which ones would do great together. It’s definitely a work of collaboration.
GP: How many people are you expecting? Gabo: We hope the whole neighborhood shows!
GP: Who are some of the big headliners of the festival? Gabo: We consider all the artists headliners, and we’re excited to see all of them! Here are links to most of the artists! - Check-out the full Brain-Cave Festival 2013 Line-Up, here!
GP: Where will you be grabbing a beer when you are done working? Luis: Beloved is definitely like a second home to me. They treat me like family there. Gabo: Diamond Bar is definitely great for a chill beer spot. But, I’ll probably be hanging with Luis all weekend, so, Beloved it is!
Dead Stars have been gaining popularity in the four years they’ve been rockin’ and rollin’ around the neighborhood, thanks to energetic live shows and a refreshingly unpretentious approach to making music. Their songs are quick, to the point, and poppy without feeling flimsy. If you check them out live be prepared to get their shout-along choruses stuck in your head for days; the amount of crowd members mouthing the lyrics at any given gig is testimony enough to Dead Stars’ catchiness factor. The trio is made up of bassist John Watterberg, drummer Jaye Moore and lead singer and guitarist, Jeff Moore, who took a break from finishing up the band’s upcoming EP, High Gain, to answer a few questions.
Dead Stars play tonight, Thursday March 28 @ Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave) 8pm, $10 – with Dichroics & Circle of Buzzards