Deep in the Hunt’s Point section of the Bronx, behind the Bruckner Expressway and along the rotting industrial wharves, was a party bigger than any other in New York this past weekend. The thousands of attendees that came uptown for Bang On!’s Elements NYC Music & Arts Festival at the New York Expo Center were treated to a private playground that featured a rustic waterfront and a 45,000-square-foot indoor arena.
History was in the air Saturday night as Skrillex shook Webster Hall on its final club night. Two and half decades after the Toronto-based Bollinger brothers bought the East Village venue, they’re selling it AEG Presents, who will renovate the Hall over the next two years. The torch passing has meant some incredible shows, like Nine Inch Nails on July 31 and the just-announced surprise finale, Action Bronson on Thursday.
Panorama returned for its second year, bringing a massive crowd to Randall’s Island for a maze of interactive tech installations, a trippy video dome, food vendors, a pop-up record store by Rough Trade, a ball pit by Macy’s(?), and, oh yeah, an eclectic array of live music. This year’s headliners ran the gamut from soulful crooners Frank Ocean and Solange on Friday to dance-rock heavies Tame Impala on Saturday to Lollapalooza throwbacks A Tribe Called Quest and Nine Inch Nails on Sunday. In between, highlights included Alt-J with an awesome stage show, French electronic rock duo Justice with a set that blew the power out Beyonce Super Bowl-style, and the Parlor stage, which brought bone-rattling Funktion-1 sound to New York dance acts like Tim Sweeney and Mister Saturday Night.
Make Music New York returned yesterday, bringing hundreds of performances to city parks and streets. We hit the Joe’s Pub Block Party at Astor Place, where this year immigrant artists were front and center. Watch the video to hear from Haitian soul pop singer Hervé and other New York music-makers.
Video by Jennifer Cohen and Julie Forrest
It was mermaid time in Coney Island on Saturday, as New Yorkers once again paraded past the Cyclone and Nathan’s in everything from elaborate sea-creature costumes to, well, basically nothing. Despite a rainy start, the 35th annual Mermaid Parade was as merry as ever, with many a parader having cleverly turned their transparent umbrella into a floating jellyfish. Click through our slideshow to see the pageantry that, as the parade’s website puts it, “celebrates ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside.”
Michael Arenella’s 12th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party finished off its summer’s first weekend on Governors Island with a healthy heat that was free of humidity. The comfortable temperature encouraged everyone to linger at picnics under the trees gracing the island’s historic parade ground. Eventually they were summoned to the wooden dance floor for the final soirees. As the sun dwindled, Arenella’s swinging Dreamland Orchestra kept their feet jumping as one encore led to another. After every time Michael said it was the last song, his orchestra would spring forth with another. In the fictional Depression-era setting, all could say they got their money’s worth. When the finale creshendowed, Michael grabbed his microphone and thanked the crowd before adding, “Now I’ll ask everyone to please come up to the stage, we’re going to take a big group portrait like they used to do years ago!”
Click through the slideshow to see what you missed. And don’t fret: The lawn party returns August 26 and 27.
Governors Ball came in like a something ball this weekend, bringing with it local acts like Parquet Courts, Wu Tang Clan, and Mac DeMarco, who was all smiles and laughs, as well as touring artists like Mississippi’s Rae Sremmurd and English grime act Skepta, who could be heard working the crowd (aka his energy crew) all the way across the island. There was the requisite crowd-riding, courtesy of Cage the Elephant, and SAINt JHN’s hypemen used golden water guns to shoot champagne into the audience. Compared to all this, Childish Gambino’s set was relatively chill, though that didn’t prevent some in the younger-leaning crowd from passing out. We snapped photos of performers like Lorde, Franz Ferdinand, and Phantogram; bumped into A$AP Ferg backstage; and cruised around to see what everyone was wearing. Click through the slideshow to have a look.
Reporting by Shannon Barbour; photos and reporting by Daniel Leinweber – Razberry Photography.
Party contingents from all over Brooklyn convened in Lakewood, Pennsylvania this past weekend for a rural edition of the Elements festival that BangOn! inaugurated last year in Red Hook (it’ll return there this August). From Friday afternoon till Monday morning, attendees danced, relaxed and caroused around four stages, a roller rink, wellness tents, and an all-out techno club run by Bushwick’s Members Only. The rain that was predicted for the weekend didn’t deter the thousands from partying on as the literal elements of water and earth made for a muddy party.
Despite the chilly, grey weather, masses of people lined the streets of Chinatown yesterday as the Chinese Lunar New Year Parade wound its way down Mott, under the Manhattan Bridge and up Eldridge to eventually land outside of Sara D. Roosevelt Park.
“How do you cover a beast like Donald Trump?” That question, posed by NYU journalism professor and press critic Jay Rosen, was at the heart of a talk last night between New Yorker editor David Remnick and the top editors of Huffington Post, Slate, and Univision.
The annual Giglio Feast, a Williamsburg tradition since 1903, is going on right now on the blocks around Our Lady of Mount Carmel church. And while much of the 11-day festival resembles other Italian street feasts–there are zeppoles, sausage and peppers, sucker games of “skill”–what makes Giglio unique is the incredible spectacle of the highly ritualized lifts.
Coney Island was all aglitter Saturday as the 34th annual Mermaid Parade rolled down Surf Avenue and the boardwalk. Amidst the usual semi-naked sirens, less-than-sober pirates and other fishy types (#Netflixandkrill), some paid tribute to the late David Bowie, others honored the victims of last week’s shooting in Orlando, and plenty celebrated Pride early. Click through our photos to have a look at the colorful mix of beauty, activism and buffoonery.