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This is exciting!!! Does this event get super crowded? How early should i get there to secure a seat?
Believe it or not,in my almost 3 decades of living here in the EV I've never attended this event and am planning to go on Sunday.
This is the best Tompkins Square Park event of the year, but last year some newbies Ran into some problems due to not understanding some basic dos and don'ts of attending a public even. Here is a cheat sheet for the clueless newbies:DO come early and get a good seat up front or a nice spot on the grass in the backDONT come late, stand in front of seated peoples faces and start dancing like you are the only one in the world who matters.DO obey orders from security when they ask you to sit your ass downDONT argue with security, forcing them to bring in the NYPD to escort you outDO respect the people who came early and let them enjoy the showDONT lie to the cops by telling them that you are being harassed by other people when it is you causing the ruckus DO leave the area when the cops tell you your behavior is socially unacceptableDONT try sneaking back in and dancing in front of people faces, forcing the cops to come eject you all over againDO enjoy the show everyone, and DONT be "that person."
It gets really packed!
For many people who have little or no disposable income, this is one of the few opportunities to enjoy world class performers for free.Get there early and make a day of it. And a big ditto to what Giovanni said.
Thanks for the info Giovanni!I am particularly excited to see Lou Donaldson!!!!
Giovanni, man, you are a neighborhood treasure. I agree with 99% of your observations, as I appreciate and can verify hood events for the past 40 years. Re: this particular event, that is one of our few remaining world-class artistic events occurring yearly FOR FREE!, last year I was almost "that guy" who engages in violence, turning a very sweet afternoon very sour. After enjoying hours of amazing music, my wife and I were enthralled as Jack DeJohnette and other MAJOR players were starting the day's final set. A band o' bros felt it was perfectly OK to stroll in front of us who had been seated in the sun for hours, because.....well, I don't know why they thought that was OK. My inner Mike Tyson roared to the front of my being, and I bellowed "Yo, move, this is not gonna happen!" Most of the group sheepishly moved, but one jerk just turned and smiled at me. I was standing to deal with this fool, as my wife tugged on my arm, and I felt eyes turning to the old Black man about to go off. I felt bad as I saw musicians onstage noticing the budding disturbance. Fortunately, jerky Chad, decided to be reasonable, told me to "chill out", and sat on the ground, no longer obstructing anyones view, This wonderful event deserves to be stress and hassle-free, and enjoyed by New Yorkers old and new.
@2ndAveSilverPanther. Glad to hear that cooler heads prevailed. I don't get why people think they can show up late and just stand right in front of of everyone else, but that's reality. Hope the newbies read my helpful guide before they show up and cause a commotion. Last year there were 2 girls who showed up late and rudely barged in front of everyone, dancing in thier faces. There was a big commotion that the cops had come in and settle. People need to learn that not every event is an Animal House frat party. There's enough drama in jazz already, so lets leave the drama at home and enjoy what is some of the best music in the park all year.
People drink, get high, trip....there will always that part of our peeps who do not good shit, INCLUDING kids from out of town. But it was always that way. First concert in this park was Elephant's memory in 1968...think it was...people doing all sorts of whacky and rude stuff...but that was a different park.
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