Friday, July 22, 2011

Swirlies playing Beekman Beer Garden this Sunday, George Clinton on Wednesday

Last month we announced a series of free Sunday shows at the recently opened Beekman Beer Garden, which is located at the South Street Seaport. So far the festival, dubbed the Beach Party Music Series, has featured Cheeseburger, Xray Eyeballs, Frankie Rose, Woven Bones and a Davila 666 DJ Set. But clearly they are saving the really great shows for last. This Sunday, Boston band The Swirlies will bring their drowned-out shoegaze sound to the Seaport, with Psychedelic Horseshit opening. With that lineup, you’ll definitely want to bring the earplugs.

Doors for all shows open at 11:30am, with the show starting at 3pm, and it is unfortunately 21 and over (it is a beer garden, after all). I got to check out the venue after the free Ted Leo show a couple weeks ago, and it’s definitely a great place to hang out with an amazing view, so it won’t kill you to get there early and chill (or bake) for a bit. Next Sunday brings Danish neo-shoegaze act The Raveonettes (one of my more current favorites) on July 31, but the really killer show in this series will be my all-time favorite band, Mission of Burma (a.k.a. the greatest band on planet Earth) on August 7. Pretty excited about that one. Who knows, we may even be celebrating with an exclusive feature on the band soon…

And now onto the other great (but not free) show at Beekman: The legendary George Clinton & the Parliament Funkadelic will play the venue on Wednesday, July 27 at 7pm (doors are at 5pm). Tickets are still on sale. While we’re on the subject, remember that ridiculous scene in the not-as-great-as-you-remember-it film PCU where P-Funk’s tour bus breaks down and George Clinton decides, “yeah, we’ll play a frat party for no other reason other than to make a mockery of every band that plays frat parties.” Okay, he didn’t say that, but it was still pretty stupid. Forget that though, because George Clinton is awesome and is sure to put on a great show on Wednesday. Oh yeah, and Maggot Brain is still one of my favorite records of all time.

It goes without saying we have our next few Sundays planned, and we hope to see you there as well! Below, check out some posters for the shows, as well as a video of P-Funk in PCU playing Prince's "Erotic City"...

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