Date: Sunday, August 07, 2011 - 3:00 pm
Duration: 1 Hour
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7
Beach Party featuring
Mission of Burma
Free | 3 p.m. (Doors at 11:30 a.m.)
Beekman Beer Garden
Northside Pier 17
Beekman St. at South St.
Mission of Burma
Simply stated, Mission Of Burma was, and remains, one of the most important American rock bands of the last 20 years. Over the course of their brief four-year career (1979-1983), the band's sound was a bracing mix of punk, pop, art rock, and avant-garde experimentation.
The Boston quartet's vocal/guitar/bass/drums/tape manipulation line-up was relentlessly intense and dynamic -- arty without being too pretentious. Capable of writing gripping songs and playing with ferocious intensity, guitarist Roger Miller, bassist Clint Conley, drummer Peter Prescott, and tape head Martin Swope laid the foundation for a movement in post-punk rock, and set a standard for excellence rarely equaled.
"Like the Velvets before them, it's a truism that very few people ever bought a Mission of Burma record -- but everybody who did went straight out and started a band," opined one music critic. Bands such as Superchunk, Jawbox, The Grifters, R.E.M., Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Sonic Youth, Throwing Muses, Yo La Tengo, Fugazi and Pixies, have tagged Burma as an inspiration.
In its original lineup, Mission of Burma released only one album, Vs. However, the band reformed in 2002, with Bob Weston replacing Swope, and has since recorded three more albums, ONoffON, The Obliterati, and The Sound The Speed The Light.
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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