The free shows at House of Vans in Greenpoint have always been a Reason to Live in New York, but on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the shoe brand that counts Harmony Korine as a designer is spreading the love with a series of parties ’round the globe. Don’t worry, the Brooklyn installment, on March 16, promises to be one of the better ones. BK’s own Nas (last seen getting into bed with Sweet Chick) will headline above another Brooklyn heavy-hitter, art/psych-pop act Yeasayer. As if that’s not enough bang for your not-even-a-buck, Questlove will be on the decks.
To give you an idea of Vans’s pull, artists performing March 16-19 in cities such as São Paulo, Hong Kong, Seoul, Cape Town and Kuala Lumpur include Wu-Tang Clan, The Kills, Jamie xx, Dizzee Rascal, and Dinosaur Jr. (Dino is no stranger to counting sneaker companies as patrons; we saw them pack Music Hall of Williamsburg for Converse back in 2014). If you’re heading to SXSW with a badge, Erykah Badu and Neon Indian will be doing a March 16 gig at the Mohawk, where The Damned and Future Islands drew massive lines to House of Vans parties last year.
You can RSVP for the Brooklyn show, at 25 Franklin Street, or any of the others here. Get psyched by watching Yeasayer’s new video and trying to spot the Donald Trump reference, below. Their new album, Amen & Goodbye, is out April 1.