Thanksgiving has the biggest club night of the year.
But 4th of July, it’s like a blizzard hit here. Greenpoint empties out. Major venues don’t even bother to put on a Saturday show.
Fortunately, Union Pool, Shea Stadium and Knitting Factory still feature noteworthy acts this weekend. There’s punk, Latin boogaloo, and a Disco Biscuits tribute available to light your holiday firecracker.
Daytime tomorrow (7/2) sees the continuation of the Summer Thunder series at Union Pool, starting at 2 PM. It is in an ideal location, right by where the buses leave for the Rockaway and Fire Island beaches, under the BQE overpass. It’s the perfect Plan B.
Specifically I’m thinking of the routine where you walk up to the beach bus, and immediately realize that you are not going to get on the bus. Either it is full, or you spot that embarrassing hook-up from two weeks ago.
Instead of shame-walking home, you can soak up the sun on Union Pool’s patio while listening to some live chill grooves and mitigating last night’s hangover with on-site Mexican food.
Joe Bataan, the Latin boogaloo specialist, headlines this Saturday afternoon. In case you are not familiar with boogaloo, or Bataan, here’s a primer.
Which is a long way of announcing that Tractorbear plays a midnight show at the Knitting Factory this Saturday, in tribute to the Disco Biscuits.
I’ll see y’all on the back end of your sunburn next week.