Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Health play 979 Broadway Backyard and Pool Party; Grizzly Bear goes swimming, too

Best known for their crossover dance hit "Crimewave" with Crystal Castles from last year, Angelino post/noise/dance/something-rockers Health are bringing their live extravaganza to East River State Park (N. 6th St.; L to Bedford) on July 26th as part of the relocated McCarren Park concert series. While we don't necessarily recommend taking a dip in the river a la Cosmo Kramer quite yet (a friend who occasionally works for the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance and tends to be authoritative about such matters has informed me that the Hudson-sourced strait should be free of contaminants in about twenty years... alas, these people do it anyway), the ersatz "pool party" series is shaping up to be one of the better bargains of a depressing recessionary summer. As already announced, graying postpunks Mission of Burma are swinging on through on July 12th with annoying-but-lovable Baltimore noise outfit Ponytail, while fellow Smellers No Age will be tripping the afternoon fantastic with adult child Dan Deacon on August 3rd. And, if that wasn't already enough, newly anointed superstars Grizzly Bear will bring the series to an incongruously appropriate finale on August 30th. (Grizzly Bear in summer? Really?) If you're idea of a fun Sunday afternoon is not hitting the remnants of Coney Island, or if you just want to catch up on some of the more happening musical artists of 2009 and not pay a cent, be sure to hit the park for these appropriately underpublicized concerts.

The healthy ones are also playing a paid show/self-described "happening" promoted by New York Night Train (soul impresario Jonathan Toubin) on June 20th at the 979 Broadway Backyard/5 Stuyvesant Avenue with a hula hoop artist, light show artists, and a drum & trapeze act... should be interesting, eh?

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