This Friday on Bedford Avenue, the dream of the ’90s will collide with the dream of the mid-aughts when The Misshapes spin at the grand opening of the Dr. Martens store. It’s all a little bit overwhelming. The jet-setting DJs, in case you haven’t read their book, achieved “it” status with their Cobrasnake-friendly parties at Luke & Leroy and Don Hill’s; these days they work the decks at international fashion fetes you’re not fabulous enough to get invited to.
It’s a little too perfect that The Misshapes were the ones tapped to welcome this once-punk brand, which went corporate in 2013 and is now favored by the likes of Miley Cyrus, to a main drag whose cool is also being coopted by corporate entities. Then again, maybe we’re overthinking this and should just shut up and gobble up the freebies from sponsors Meatball Shop and Braven Brewery. If that’s your inclination, the party goes from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, April 1, at the newly opened store, at 193 Bedford Avenue, near North 7th Street.