Pool Parties kick off at Williamsburg Waterfront

14 07 2009

By Jill Menze (@jillmenze)

Williamsburg Pool Party

Jelly NYC Pool Party at the Williamsburg Waterfront

As sad as it was to hear the news that Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s McCarren Park Pool was no longer hosting concerts and, rather, is functioning as an actual pool, the new location for the Jelly NYC Pool Parties at the Williamsburg Waterfront actually feels a better fit. Forget the burning hot concrete inside McCarren’s enclosed walls — here you’ll find green lawns on which to sit and picturesque views of Manhattan. Top that off with cold beer and BBQ from Fette Sau? I’m sold.

The summer-long free series kicked off on Sunday with Jemina Pearl, Ponytail, Fucked Up and Mission of Burma, and although the Pool Parties’ notorious Slip ‘n’ Slide was nowhere to be found, there was a dodgeball area and basketball court for anyone shirtless and feeling the need to remain active.

Baltimore’s Ponytail delivered a fiery, energetic set which saw singer Molly Siegel crowd-surfing through the audience. Fucked Up was able to match that energy, with loud, aggressive punk that saw singer Pink Eyes undress onstage and go so far as to make a tasteless comment about how what’s in his boxers helped make a baby (I’m sure that did his child proud).

Post-punk stalwarts Mission of Burma put on a solid final performance for the day, with a thick mix of riff-heavy guitar work and Peter Prescott’s taught drumming. The set touched on a number of standouts new and old including “2wice,” “That’s When I Reach for My Revolver” and “1001 Pleasant Dreams,” as well as new tunes off the group’s forthcoming effort like “1, 2, 3 .. Partyy!”

This weekend the Pool Party hosts Dirty Projectors, Magnolia Electric Company and White Demin, and my favs Trail of Dead and Deerhunter among many others will be performing this summer, as well. Check the full schedule here, pack your sunscreen and get ready for more fun.

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20 07 2009
Dirty Projectors bring all of Brooklyn out for Pool Party « 2009 Festival Season

[…] Last week’s Pool Party was a good time at the Williamsburg Waterfront, and yesterday’s show was a hit, too. Granted this is mostly due to the great weather, great views and great (but limited, mind you) free booze, but great (or at least pretty good) bands don’t hurt, either. Sunday afternoon saw Long Beach, Calif.’s Crystal Antlers, Jason Molina’s Magnolia Electric Co. and the buzziest of indie buzz bands Dirty Projectors take to the stage, and wow, was there a long line of people outside. Not sure if it was the epic preportion of when MGMT played McCarren last summer (methinks probably not), but it might be damn near close. […]

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