The free show is on from 2 to 6 p.m.
Monday, October 30, 2023
Halloween matinee is set for Tompkins Square Park tomorrow... featuring four bands: Tilt... Laurel Canyon ... InCircles ... and Pinc Louds.
Friday, October 27, 2023
psychobilly Halloween show (dubbed Psycho Parkula!) set for tomorrow afternoon in Tompkins Square Park. Catch the bill of bands from 2-6.
At the same time, the Tompkins Square Book and Arts Fair will be taking place.
Per the invite: "Come and get works of art, hand-made crafts, zines, books, clothing, records, videos, and more, including FREE stuff, all offered by members of your community on the Lower East Side."
Sunday, October 1, 2023
Per the invite:
This show was put together to try and bridge the gap between the forgotten borough of Staten Island and the rest of the boroughs in NYC. It seems that bands and fans will travel to Long Island, Connecticut, New Jersey and even Pennsylvania, but not to Staten Island for shows.Yeah, we know about the ridiculous toll, but there's also a FREE ferry that serves beer! To be honest, Staten Island does suck, but every borough has its areas that suck as well. But we have Mother Pugs Saloon, an awesome dive bar with an old-school vibe in an area that doesn't suck...So I put together some bands to represent Staten Island and play a free show at Tompkins Square Park ... in hopes of bridging the gap and getting bands to possibly exchange shows with bands from other boroughs and for fans to see bands we have here.
Friday, August 25, 2023
The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival will be in Tompkins Square Park this Sunday, Aug. 27.
Here's what to expect via the City Parks Foundation website...
This bill of all-star musicians is led by alto saxophonist and bandleader Charles McPherson, who famously performed with Charles Mingus in the '60s and recorded ensemble renditions of Charlie Parker works for the soundtrack to the 1988 Parker biopic "Bird." He performs here with Terell Stafford, a veteran of his quintet and a gifted, versatile trumpet player with an adventurous expression of lyricism.Vincent Herring's Septet, Something Else!, a new group that draws its name from Cannonball Adderley's 1958 classic Blue Note LP. The portfolio of music played by "Something Else" includes some of the most iconic toe-tapping Soul Jazz Songs ever created from the books of Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Timmons, Horace Silver, Bob James, Pee Wee Ellis, Quincy Jones and many more.Chelsea Baratz's HERA collective — named after the Olympian queen of the gods — is a unique group of groundbreaking female artists and bandleaders assembled to showcase original works. More than just an ensemble of talented players, each musician that performs with HERA has her own band, her own original music, and her own sound, like featured vocalist and Growing Up Jazz founder Andromeda Turre.Opener Michael Mayo, a student of jazz legends Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock, wields a commanding and otherworldly voice that’s taken him around the world and back again.
And because someone will ask: The city will be bringing in porta potties for the expected crowds, as they've done in the past (and because the field house is closed for renovations).
The festival started in Tompkins Square Park in 1993 ... taking place near or on Parker's birthday on Aug. 29. Additional dates were added in Harlem in 2000.
Parker, who died in 1955 at age 34, lived at 151 Avenue B from 1950-1954. That residential building between Ninth Street and 10th Street is landmarked.
Sunday, August 13, 2023
Photo by Stacie Joy
Saturday, August 12, 2023
Photo by Daniel Efram
The awesome JessX were among the bands playing in Tompkins Square Park this afternoon.
Saturday, August 5, 2023
Tompkins Square Police Riot of Aug. 6, 1988, are happening this weekend.
Tomorrow's show will also serve as a tribute to Al Landess (aka Al Hammerbrain), a longtime local resident and veteran of the NYC hardcore scene who died in February 2022 of cancer.
Saturday, July 29, 2023
On the bill:
The show is also serving as a benefit to help Leesa Harrington-Squyres, the drummer for Lez Zeppelin and Sabbath Warlock, cover some medical expenses for an upcoming surgery.
Show Brain is the show's promoter. Show times: 1:30-6 p.m.
Sunday, July 23, 2023
On the bill:
- Blackout Shoppers
- Cash Bribe
- Damn Your Eyes
- Breath Of The Moor
The free show is scheduled between 2-6 p.m.
Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Photos by Stacie Joy
Local trio Tits Dick Ass were among the bands on the Show Brains-hosted concert lineup Saturday afternoon in Tompkins Square Park.
TDA are part of a newish wave of sex-positivity groups such as cumgirl8 and Girl Dick... and a band more and more people seem to be talking about.
Here's a look at Julia (lead vocals/guitar), Seth (bass) and Nick (drums) making fans in Tompkins with their galloping anarchic art punk... Instagram for more upcoming shows and details on their forthcoming debut record, Burn a Bitch. (You can read a Q&A with the band here.)
And in the TDA audience...
Sunday, June 11, 2023
Urban Waste are hosting their third annual WasteFest in Tompkins Square Park today.
On the bill:
• Urban Waste
• Action Park
• The Stress
The free show starts at 2.
Saturday, June 10, 2023
There's a free concert this afternoon in Tompkins Square Park featuring:
The music is said to start at 1:45.
And tomorrow (Sunday!) in the park: the third annual Wastefest... will share that info in a separate post.
Sunday, May 28, 2023
Photos by Stacie Joy
The New York Hardcore Chronicles presented a slate of bands in Tompkins Square Park yesterday afternoon ... featuring Scott Helland (Guitarmy of One), Winterwolf, Butterbrain, Rebelmatic and Leeway.
Friday, May 26, 2023
Sunday, May 14, 2023
Show Brain NYC.
Saturday, April 29, 2023
The Tompkins gig will be rescheduled ... there's also a free show today (without Madball or Murphy's Law) at the Meadows in Brooklyn for fans who made the trip to NYC (or anyone who wants to go). Organizers will still collect money to benefit Ray's Candy Store on Avenue A.
Here's the official notice via Madball's Instagram account...
Unfortunately, due to the weather, the park show will be postponed. There’s a smaller show happening in BK, for those who are in town… so go show some support! It's a Free show but donations are welcomed. Proceeds will go to Ray's Candy store… as well. Info is on the flyer. We're all bummed but the park tradition will continue. New date coming soon! Thanks!
Friday, October 28, 2022
Oct. 30 is the second annual gathering of Infernites in Tompkins Square Park. Fans of the circus punk cabaret collective The World/Inferno Friendship Society will gather to celebrate the life of their departed lead singer, Jack Terricloth.For 23 years, the Halloween-obsessed World Inferno band leader dependably threw an annual October bash called Hallowmas. Their lovingly devoted cultish fanbase would descend upon New York year after year to attend the festivities. Tragically, Jack passed away in May 2021 and World/Inferno's Hallowmas tradition ended.After a Halloween exhibition of Jack's artwork last year at C-Squat, fans gathered in Tompkins Square Park and played cover songs. Out of respect for not calling the event by the same name, the fans dubbed their gathering "Hallowless" and said they would be back next year to once again pay their respects. A tradition was born, the future is now, and Hallowless 2.0 is happening Sunday at 1 p.m.Jack Terricloth lived in the East Village from 1991 to 1994. He tended bar at The Continental and volunteered at Reconstruction Records. While in the LES, he fronted the punk band Sticks & Stones. After starting The World/Inferno Friendship Society in 1997, they went on to terrorize LES venues for the next two decades. World Inferno regularly played at ABC No Rio, Brownies, CBGB, Mercury Lounge, the Knitting Factory and the Bowery Ballroom.Throughout the past year, friends and family put together a tribute record that is coming out on Oct. 30. Proceeds going to benefit MusiCares. Hallowless in Tompkins is part of the record release celebration.
After the Hallowless celebration, the space in the Park will turn over to the Nick Zedd film festival at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 16, 2022
Photos by Stacie Joy
As you may have seen (and heard!) yesterday, members of HONK NY!, the activist and community-based street bands, were out and about yesterday in the East Village.
in other neighborhoods in the days ahead.
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Photos by Stacie Joy
Here's a flashback to last Saturday ... when the four members of RebelMatic brought their brand of punk and funk to Tompkins Square Park.
EVG contributor Stacie Joy was on hand for the band's high-energy set... 24-7 Spyz, Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello, Incendiary Device and Butterbrain.