Over the last few years the festival arena in New York has taken a tremendous hit. Several big festivals have tried to come to town, and most have gone totally break or had to scale back their dreams significantly. This looks ridiculous considering there’s scarcely a better hotbed of musical activity than Brooklyn. Fortunate for the music listening people of Brooklyn and New York at large, there are some enterprising energetic people looking to put on the festival that the city and the borough deserve.
Emphasizing many of the best things happening in music in Brooklyn, the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival has been established under the curatorial eye of local indie rock heroes The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dressner. The lineup more than lives up to its all star pedigree, including some of the most amazing things happening in the Brooklyn music scene. We’re not only discussing large-box indie rock, though that’s emphasized too. We’re referring to people working in all issues of artistically inclined outsider music genres, new classical music and experimental electronic composition.
This isn’t to say that a more mainstream preference is not going to be catered to. To that end, the bill are observing the tenth anniversary of their first album and is piled with huge names like The Walkmen, who are about to release a fresh record. SPIN Magazine covergirl St. Vincent will also be headlining one of the show’s nighttime and the third night will be closed out with the delightfully orchestral music of Beirut. Local buzz acts making their rounds on the sites, like The Antlers and Sharon Van Etten, are also on the bill. Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox will be bringing his solo Atlas Sound undertaking to the fest.
The people on top of the bill might bring you to the show but individuals at the bottom are some of the brightest lights in Brooklyn’s musical future. The surrounding electronic weirdness of Oneohttrix Point Never, or the odd R&B inflected pop of Twin Shaddow, plus several acts that are experimental -the likes of which you may never have the ability to experience at a conventional festival. Not to mention stars from Brooklyn’s new classical picture, including Missy Mazzoli’s Victorie, JACK Quartet, and SO Percussion.
This is an excellent opportunity to get into some amazing new music while seeing some actions you’ve got a long established relationship with. There’s certain to be something that gets you running to your local record shop in the days following this holiday that’s unlike any other on the East coast and turns your wig, or any shore for that matter. Come experience the finest in music that Brooklyn is offering.