Date: Sunday, July 31, 2011 At 03:00 PM
Duration: 1 Hour
SUNDAY, JULY 31
Beach Party featuring
The Raveonettes with
Free | 3 p.m. (Doors at 11:30 a.m.)
Beekman Beer Garden
Northside Pier 17
Beekman St. at South St.
Maintaining a cult fan base for as long as The Raveonettes have - 10 years and counting - it was only a matter of time before some of the most-loyal of acolytes began branching out to make their own kinds of beautiful noise. The musical DNA of Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo is evident - and credited - by the likes of The Drums, Best Coast, Vivian Girls, Dum Dum Girls, and the British bands The Vaccines and Glasvegas. NME.com went so far to declare the Danish duo as responsible for sparking "America's pop renaissance."
Today, the Raveonettes are blazing a newer, darker trail with the latest release Raven In The Grave(Vice Records, 2011). Melody remains key, but the familiar bombastic beats and squalls of guitar-noise take a backseat to ghostly synths and chillingly beautiful riffs that leave one feeling simultaneously unsettled and enchanted. It's easily the most soulful music the band has created to date.
When Virginians Nicole Yun hooked up with Daniel Cundiff, they immediately knew they had the right musical chemistry, and what resulted was something very, very punk. They call it dream punk. Taut, hooky and often wide-open, their sound is simple but it takes up room. They employ the quietest quiets and the loudest louds-from hazy, clanging reveries to rapid No Wave squalls, calling to mind early indie legends like the Raincoats, Galaxie 500, Beat Happening, and Unrest.
New York City's once ubiquitous free Sunday afternoon indie rock shows on the waterfront are heading to the lower Manhattan side of the East River this summer via a new six-week music series dubbed Beach Party, slated for July 10 through August 14 at Beekman Beer Garden.
The array of acclaimed bands scheduled to perform include:
July 10 Cheeseburger
July 17 Xray Eyeballs w/ Frankie and the Outs, and
July 24 Swirlies w/ Psychedelic Horseshit
July 31 The Raveonettes w/ Eternal Summers
August 7 Mission of Burma
August 14 tba
With the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and East River as their backdrop, the respective bands will take the stage on the Beekman Beer Garden's 200-ton sandy beach at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoons.
Presented in association with producers involved with the indie-oriented Seaport Music Festival on Pier 17 (south side) and the RiverRocks series on Pier 54, the Beach Party concerts are free, and limited to 1,100 people. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and all shows are 21 and over.
In true beer garden form, the venue features craft beers - including Sixpoint Crisp Lager, Blue Point, Ommegang Witte Beer and Magic Hat #9 - poured from taps along two 40-plus foot bars.
During inclement summer weather, the Beekman Beer Garden's 10,000 square-foot beer garden tent will house shows, thereby ensuring no storm-related cancellations.
In addition to a full bar, the venue offers a menu of traditional beer garden fare, created by Buddakan alum Jason Mayer, including German bratwursts, cheddarwursts, and burgers, as well as lobster and crab rolls and clams on the half shell.
Accessible by the J, M, Z, 2, 3, 4, 5 at Fulton Street or the A, C at Broadway-Nassau, the Beekman Beer Garden is located at Beekman Street and South Street on the north side of Pier 17. More information on the Beach Party music series is available at BeerGardenEvents.com and/orSeaportMusicFestival.com.
Beach Party is produced by Beer Garden Events and Dima Productions - founder & curator of the Seaport Music Festival, recognized for presenting a plethora of indie music's most relevant breaking and established bands on the Pier 17 stage in lower Manhattan (www.SeaportMusicFestival.com).
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