It wasn’t so long ago we waved goodbye to Jelly NYC’s three-year experiment at Williamsburg’s McCarren Park, filling its enormous Pool with hipsters, booze, and buzz bands instead of water, leading to the finest free Sunday/undproductive Monday combo in NYC. We curated the very first one with Les Savy Fav and Holy Fuck. We went to practically every one after. And then we struggled to explain the tragedy of the city earmarking the pool to become a, well, pool, to out-of-towners.
But, rejoice. The Pool Parties live on, as do their website, although they won’t be held in any sort of a pool at all: Jelly NYC has again assembled a ridiculous slate of free shows, once more within a stone’s throw of the Bedford Ave. L stop, at the Williamsburg Waterfront (aka “East River State Park,” although I don’t know anyone who ak it a that). It’s running 8 straight Sundays, for free, and yes there will be dodgeball and the best people watching this side of the river. (Pretty much any river.)
The first two Sundays start strong — Mission of Burma/Fucked Up/Ponytail on one, and the unlikely but awesome pairing of Dirty Projectors/Magnolia Electric Co. on the next — but expect madness for the No Age/Dan Deacon/Deerhunter bill and the Grizzly Bear/Beach House day. And a free Girl Talk show in Williamsburg? Sounds like a nice, quietly controlled time where everyone wears an appropriate amount of clothing. Bring a date!
Here’s the full schedule:
07/12 – ?Mission of Burma, ?Fucked Up, ?Ponytail?, Jemina Pearl
07/19 – ?Dirty Projectors?, Magnolia Electric Co., White Denim
07/26 – …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Black Lips?, HEALTH, ?Grupo Fantasma
08/02 – Deerhunter, No Age, Dan Deacon?? (Round Robin show)
08/09 – ?Simian Mobile Disco (DJ set)?, Fiery Furnaces?, Dark Meat, ?The Netherlands
08/16 – Del the Funky Homosapien, ?Gravy Train!!!?, DD/MM/YYYY, Kenan Bell??
08/23 – ?Girl Talk?, Max Tundra?, Wiz Khalifa
08/30 – Grizzly Bear?, Beach House