Our Very Own SXSW


In addition to producing the ever-popular Summerscreen series, L Magazine is stepping it up a bit this year by producing a four-day music festival concentrated at venues on the north side of Williamsburg. The idea is pretty brilliant–instead of flying to Austin for SXSW or to a polo field in Indio, CA for Coachella, everyone can stick close to home, support local businesses, and enjoy music in their backyard. There’s a great lineup of showcases, and we’ve partnered with Gothamist for our very own show this Saturday afternoon at Public Assembly.

We booked a diverse stage with some great local acts we’re really excited to see in one place. Jacksonknife (above) has a quirky, upbeat sound complete with horns. You’ll want to show up early to see these guys–they’re perfect to start the day off on a fun note. Geoff Ereth is a California-raised but Gowanus-based musician who plays orchestral, melodic folk rock best enjoyed on a summer afternoon. His sound is unique but reminiscent of Sufjan Stevens–possibly because the backing strings section on his 2009 album Drunk with Translation normally play with Sufjan himself. Brooklyn belle Mia Riddle has been warming up all month with a Monday night residency at Pete’s Candy Store (and she’s fresh off a tour with Motel Motel, who you may remember from the Big Brooklyn Pig Roast last October). She plays guitar like a champ, has a lovely voice, and is backed by a kick-ass band (pictured with her up top). Together they’re a bit Americana, a bit folky, and a bit West Coast, but all Brooklyn.

First on the Gothamist Stage is Henry Wolfe. He’s dropped his last name, Gummer, probably to avoid the attention of being a celebrity kid. (Maybe his mom, Meryl Streep, will show up for his set.) Motel Motel was hailed as one of the best bands to come out of New York in 2008, and every time we hear those raspy vocals, we have to agree. Ghostland Observatory’s Aaron Behrens & the Dirty Banquet will cap off the day.

When the music portion ends around 7pm, head over to the Gutter Bar for our afterparty full of food, drinks, a DJ set by former Dismemberment Plan frontman Travis Morrison, and, of course, bowling. The party is free, but badge and ticket holders will get $2 Fisherman’s Brew all night. Mel and Steve from Asia Dog will be out front from 8-11pm, selling their exotic take on ballpark franks. (The trick is to try picking just one tasty topping for their organic beef, chicken, and veggie dogs: Japanese curry, kimchi, Thai Mango relish, or the “Mash” made of spicy ketchup, jalapeno mustard, and crushed salt & pepper potato chips.) And the CupcakeStop Truck will show up at midnight for dessert (plenty of time to bowl off your dinner).

You want in, don’t you? At each show a limited number of ticket holders and badge holders will be admitted, so get your $10 tickets now or spring for a $45 badge–it will give you access to all shows, plus some nice perks around the neighborhood.

Let us know if we’ll see you this Saturday, June 13 at 2pm at Public Assembly!

Brooklyn Based Stage: jacksonknife (2:30pm) Geoff Ereth (4pm) Mia Riddle (5:30pm)

Gothamist Stage: Henry Wolfe (3:15pm) Motel Motel (4:45pm) Aaron Behrens (of Ghostland Observatory) & the Dirty Banquet (6:15pm)

Sent by Chrysanthe. Photos from top courtesy Eric Luc, Jacksonknife and Motel Motel. Also…Martha Wainwright christens our new interview series, the BQA, on the site.

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