Showing posts with label concerts in Tompkins Square Park. Show all posts
Showing posts with label concerts in Tompkins Square Park. Show all posts

Saturday, October 1, 2022

RebelMatic in Tompkins Square Park

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...
The show also featured South Bronx legends 24-7 Spyz, Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello, Incendiary Device and Butterbrain.

Monday, September 5, 2022

An end-of-summer appreciation: InCircles

Photos and interview by Stacie Joy 

We’re hearing from some neighborhood residents about how much they enjoy the free summer concerts in Tompkins Square Park and the joy they bring. 

In an ongoing series looking at musicians busking, we focus on InCircles, who have been providing, along with a newly formed production company ShowBrain, summer weekend concerts locally.
InCircles are Jewlee Trudden on vocals and guitar, Ozzie Silva on drums, and Matt Middleton on bass. After a recent show, I talked with the band about their history together and why playing Tompkins is so important to them. 

What is the band’s origin story? 

Jewlee: I started the band under various monikers in high school. After many band members coming and going over the years, Ozzie and I eventually came together and realized it was a partner-in-crime situation. Dream team and whatnot. We started playing together a year or so before Stable 8 EP came out in 2015. 

However, the members of InCircles have all played music in multiple projects and met in the local music scene, eventually playing a show together in our respective bands. 

Ozzie: Yeah, Jewlee and I played a show together while I was playing guitar in a small punk band called Stupid Naturals. We shared the same bill with InCircles, stayed connected, and a few months later, when they needed a drummer, I tried out and nailed the audition! We took a break for a part of 2019 and all of 2020, but we’re back at it now. Full force! 

How would you describe your sound? And how did the InCircles name come to be? 

Jewlee: Honestly, the band name came to be in a not-super-deep way. I think I saw it written on a window or something and was like, “eh, that’s kinda cool...” It’s not a Sunny Day Real Estate reference. A lot of people ask that. Sorry y’all. 

However, it’s taken on a deeper meaning over time. Which honestly feels kind of cooler to me. It can be an in-flux kind of thing. Right now, to me, it means everything comes full circle. Maybe time isn’t linear. It’s easy to fall back into old habits; come back to relationships, romantic or otherwise, that maybe should’ve been left behind. Energy can’t be created or destroyed. Plenty of different applications; maybe the listener can decide for themselves what it means. I’d describe our sound as a fruity and bloody blend of high-energy rock-n-roll with some punk thrown in.
You play a lot in the East Village, yet band members don’t live in the neighborhood. What draws you to the area? Why is Tompkins Square Park especially meaningful as a place to play? 

Ozzie: It’s New York City! We’re so lucky to live in a city with such a diverse group of people who appreciate the music and arts. It’s harder to convince people to come to a venue and much easier to bring the music to the people and create a following from there. Especially considering [the pandemic during] 2020 and 2021. A lot of people do not like to go to venues because of the fear of Covid, so it was much easier to play out in open spaces. Plus, it can be more fun than the traditional circuit! And Tompkins Square Park is a classic one. So many bands paved the way for us there. 

I caught a set of yours at ABC No Rio maybe eight years ago or so, a very high-energy punk show. How has the band’s sound changed since then? 

Ozzie: I’m not sure how much it’s changed yet to the public. We’re working on new songs so we’ll let the people decide from there.

What’s next for the band? 

Ozzie: Recording and releasing some singles, touring in the fall and continuing to play and connect with other bands!
You can keep up with the band on Instagram

And leaving you with the band's cover of "Blister in the Sun" ...


Friday, August 12, 2022

The live music in Tompkins Square Park tomorrow (Saturday!)

A good lineup of bands tomorrow (Saturday!) afternoon in Tompkins Square Park... with Claudi from Pinc Louds headling a slate that includes InCircles and Jade Tourniquet ... plus Datapool and Two-Man Giant Squid. Show times listed from 1:45 to 6.

Friday, August 5, 2022

The 34th annual Tompkins Square Park Riot reunion shows are happening this weekend

The free concerts commemorating the 34th anniversary of the Tompkins Square Police Riot of Aug. 6, 1988, are happening this weekend.

Bands are set to play Saturday and Sunday from 2-6 p.m. 

On Saturday, they'll be vegan and non-vegan tacos of all sorts by Rachel Jean, who's also in Bitch Switch (making their NYC debut). 

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Puke Island returns to Tompkins Square Park

The 10th edition of Puke Island takes place tomorrow afternoon (Sunday, July 24) in Tompkins Square Park (and, as it happens, a day after Punk Island).

Scheduled to play: 
  • 2 — The List 
  • 2:45 — Prostitution 
  • 3:30 — Skappository 
  • 4:15 — Iconicide 
  • 5 — Hell's Teeth 
Per the invite: "NONE of the bands performing at this event have ANYTHING to do with one another, other than two simple words: GOOD MUSIC." 

You can read more about the history of Puke Island here.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Tuesday's parting shot

Brooklyn's Pan Arcadia brought their guitars and horns to Tompkins Square Park this afternoon for a surprise show... (they played the Bowery Ballroom a few nights ago)... photo by Derek Berg

Saturday, June 11, 2022

The bands playing in Tompkins Square Park this afternoon

There's a slate of bands on tap this afternoon in Tompkins Square Park... headlined by the high-energy rock of InCircles — one of the show's organizers.

Other bands: 95 Bulls ... The Vansaders ... No Grudges ... and (get there early for) Jade Tourniquet

The show is expected to run from 1:45 to 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Pinc Louds headlines afternoon of bands today in Tompkins Square Park

There's a free slate of bands today (Sunday!) in Tompkins Square Park from 2-6. 

Local faves Pinc Louds headline (set time for the band's quirky cheerfulness: 4 more like 4:50 p.m.) ... it also marks the last full-band show with Raimundo, the oringal drummer for Pinc Louds. (He is moving on to "new musical and creative adventures.") 

It's a good bill that features the high-energy rock of InCircles ... the gloom punk of Desert Sharks ... and singer-songwriter Marley.

Friday, May 13, 2022

A memorial show in Tompkins Square Park for Al Landess

Today is the birthday of Al "Hammerbrain" Landess. He would have been 55 years old. 

The longtime local resident and veteran of the NYC hardcore scene died on Feb. 15 of cancer

There's a memorial show in his honor tomorrow (Saturday, May 14) starting at 2. Here's info via the EVG inbox... 
A veteran of Riot Days in and around Tompkins Square Park from 1988 to 1991, Al energetically played countless punk shows in the park with Hammerbrain and with Damned Kids, his stage presence always coming through. 

Join us as we present a memorial event in Tompkins Square Park to honor him, featuring friends and bands that knew and played with Al over the years. 

There will also be an open mic between acts, during which anyone who would like to say something about Al can share with us. 

Performers include: 

There will also be a special appearance by the Lower East Side's own Fighting Radical Irish priest, Father Pat Maloney. 

This memorial is being brought to you by Ned (Hammerbrain + Damn Kids), Johnny Vee (Public Nuisance), the Coffin Daggers, Chris Flash (The SHADOW) and Al's longtime life partner Joannie.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

At the hardcore matinee in Tompkins Square Park

Tompkins Square Park played host to a hardcore matinee Saturday afternoon with a 6-band bill: Wisdom in Chains, Burn, the Capturers, Cro-Mags, Murphy's Law and Madball...
As the photos show, there was a large crowd gathered (not quite as many people as the 2021 edition, and without the controversy)...
And it was an active day on and off the stage... EVG contributor Stacie Joy was on the stage and shared the view from this vantage...
... and Blair, the lead singer of Girl Dick, was also in the audience ... before taking the stage for a bow and jump...

Saturday, November 27, 2021

The last free concert of 2021 in Tompkins Square Park

Happening today (Saturday!) in Tompkins Square Park with six bands on the bill between 1-5 p.m. ...

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Live music this weekend in Tompkins Square Park

A handful of bands are scheduled to play free shows in Tompkins Square Park this weekend.

Here are flyers for today's show...
... and for tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon...
Sets times are roughly between 2-6 p.m. on both days. Check the Shows in Tompkins Square Park FB page for updates.

Also, today during the show, the community group Colectiva Verde is hosting a drive (jackets, coats and sweaters, and health supplies) for unhoused residents...

Friday, October 29, 2021

2 shows set for Tompkins Square Park this Halloween weekend

There are free two shows scheduled this weekend in Tompkins Square Park. 

The Saturday afternoon lineup features: 
• Witchslap 
• Perdixion 
• Necrotic Society 
• Vindicta 
• Demencia 
• Alcoholika 
• Invading Species 

And for now on Sunday (with more bands to be announced):
• The Accute (be sure to catch this East Village duo some time) 

And about tomorrow's weather... per organizer Chris Flash: "As the chance of rain diminishes by the hour, these shows are a 'rain or shine' event." 

You can visit the Meta Facebook Events page for updates.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Saturday's parting shot

Felice Rosser today in Tompkins Square Park with her band, Faith NYC. 

She'll be performing next on Friday night in the Green Oasis Garden, 368 E. Eighth St. between Avenue C and Avenue D as part of the LUNGS Harvest Arts Festival.

Photo by Derek Berg.