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Dave Matthews Band – Governors Island – August 26, 2011

August 29th, 2011


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A Big Festival Just a Ferry Ride Away

August 26th, 2011


One of the best things about summertime is music festivals. But all too often you need to board a plane or hit the road to enjoy them. Traveling can be fun, except when it isn’t. Sometimes you want all the fun without all the effort, which works out great. Because if you haven’t heard, Dave Matthews Band Caravan hits South Island Field at Governors Island today (and tonight). Saturday’s and Sunday’s shows have been postponed—ticket holders for those days can attend today instead—and new dates will be announced once they’re confirmed. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The weather for the next two days appears to be less than stellar, but today is another story. And the lineup is terrific: Dave Matthews Band (above, playing “Dancing Nancies”),  O.A.R., Citizen Cope, Soulive, Vieux Farka Touré and the Wood Brothers. You can expect more than eight hours of eclectic, nonstop music in a great setting just a ferry ride away. Really, what else are you gonna do? For ferry information and answers to other questions, please go here.

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Win Two Tickets to DMB Caravan on 8/28

August 19th, 2011


Next weekend the Dave Matthews Band Caravan comes our way for three terrific music-filled days (and nights) at South Island Field at Governors Island. There’s a different lineup on each date, but Sunday’s is certainly no joke, with the Dave Matthews Band accompanied by the Roots, Gogol Bordello, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (above, playing “One Night Only (The March)” on Late Show with David Letterman), Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, ELEW and a set by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds. And even better than all that, The House List is giving away two tickets. Fill out the form below to try to win them. Make sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (DMB Caravan, 8/28) and a brief message explaining why you deserve to win.

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Bass Island – Governors Island – August 13, 2011

August 15th, 2011


Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com

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Win Two Tickets to DMB Caravan on 8/27

August 12th, 2011


Are you familiar with the Head and the Heart (above, performing “Rivers and Roads” live on KEXP FM)? They’re a folk-leaning six-piece out of Seattle—Josiah Johnson (vocals, guitar, percussion), Jonathan Russell (vocals, guitar, percussion), Charity Rose Thielen (violin, vocals), Chris Zasche (bass), Kenny Hensley (piano) and Tyler Williams (drums)—and they’ve got an amazing live show. They’ll be here for two sold-out dates in September, at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 9/26 and at The Bowery Ballroom on 9/27. But they’re also playing with some pretty heady company as part of the DMB Caravan on 8/27, huge acts like Dave Matthews Band, Dispatch, moe., Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band and others. It’s going to be an amazing three-day festival on South Island Field at Governors Island, and The House List is giving away two tickets to Saturday’s show. Fill out the form below to try to win and include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (DMB Caravan, 8/27) and a brief message explaining why you deserve to go. The winner will be notified next week.

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Bassnectar Brings Bass Island to Governors Island

August 11th, 2011


Hot weather, hot music, hot fun in the summertime! Bassnectar knows a thing or two about festivals. And this Saturday at South Island Field is your very last chance to see Bassnectar in the Northeast for the rest of 2011. That alone would be enough reason to hop on a ferry to Governors Island, but Bass Island is about much more than just Lorin Ashton’s free-form-electronica alter ego. It’s a mashup of music, art and culture, plus it’s eight hours of one hit act after another: Bassnectar (above, doing “Here We Go” at last year’s Shambala), Lupe Fiasco, Z-Trip, Prefuse 73, Virtual Boy, Dave Nada and Joro Boro. Come on out. Enjoy the sights, enjoy the sounds and enjoy yourself. Summer won’t last forever. And make sure you check out Bassnectar’s Bass Island survival guide.

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Win Two Tickets to See Soulive Play DMB Caravan on 8/26

August 5th, 2011


Soulive—Alan Evans (drums), Neal Evans (Hammond B3) and Eric Krasno (guitar)—formed in the late ’90s and has been bringing its own bluesy, jammy brand of jazz, funk, classic rock and R&B to the dancing masses ever since. Krasno joined the brothers Evans for a recording session in Woodstock in 1999, which eventually became their first EP, Get Down! A host of discs followed, including last year’s Rubber Soulive, which, as you can imagine, reinterpreted the Beatles. But despite the trio’s recorded virtuosity, the best way to experience these guys is live. And guess what? On the first night (Friday, 8/26) of the DMB Caravan at South Island Field at Governors Island, the trio (above, performing at State Theatre Portland) will be playing alongside Dave Matthews Band, O.A.R., Citizen Cope, Vieux Farka Touré and the Wood Brothers. And The House List is giving away two tickets. Fill out the form below, including your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (DMB Caravan 8/26) and a brief message explaining why you’ve got a thing for music festivals. The winner will be notified next week. Good luck.

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A Full Day of Hip-Hop on Governors Island

August 30th, 2010

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With less than a month remaining in the summer, many of hip-hop’s living legends and cunning contemporaries assembled on South Island Field at Governor’s Island for the seventh annual Rock the Bells. Thousands dressed in Wu-Tang Clan T-shirts and tank tops took the short ferry ride to the festival grounds where thousands more crowded around two stages to share in the American pastime of hot dogs, lemonade and blunts. With so many great acts to see and ridiculous people watching, the following is a list of the best moments at this year’s festival:

Best Underdog: Brother Ali, the self-proclaimed, “Fat-ass Muslim, albino rapper,” used his competing set time with KRS-One to captivate his loyal audience. Although the sun’s unforgiving rays seemed to deep-fry the MC, Brother Ali fought back with fierce rhymes, preaching tolerance and thoughtfulness. You came for the Minnesota rapper but you stayed for DJ Snuggles, the multitalented 22-year-old who spun, beat-boxed and even rapped on Brother Ali’s beats.

Best Looking Tent Food: Sweet corn cakes with mozzarella. I didn’t get them but I’ll be damned if I didn’t ogle the precarious sounding treats every time I walked past the tent.

Best Extended Breakdown: More than a decade after The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Ms. Lauryn Hill played Rock the Bell’s main stage with a full band, backing singers and an outfit somewhere in between Little Miss Muffet and a church lady. It was a treat to see her perform such songs as the Fugees’ “Ready or Not” and “How Many Mics,” however the best moments came when versions of “To Zion” and “Fu-Gee-La” spun into a pageant for friends and family members. Highlights included Hill calling all her children to the stage as well as Chris Rock, Jay-Z and a very pregnant Alicia Keys.

Best in Show: A Tribe Called Quest and Wu-Tang Clan (tied). Call me biased, but how can you top New York City’s two legendary hip-hop groups playing their classic albums? You can’t, and that is why the Queens and Staten Island natives drew the largest and most devoted crowds at the festival. Q-Tip and Method Man played frontman to their respective group’s sets, both coming out into the crowd for their go-for-broke performances. Personally, I give the slight edge to A Tribe Called Quest solely for Busta Rhymes’ ground-shaking cameo during “Scenario.” However, the late ODB’s son Boy Jones’ flawless impersonation of his father during Wu-Tang Clan’s set is a very close second. —Jared Levy

Photos courtesy of Jennifer Macchiarelli | www.jennylow.com

Rock the Bells All Day

August 25th, 2010


Get ready to Rock the Bells. If you like hip-hop, you’ll love this because it’s not just any old music festival. It’s a day filled with some pretty amazing stuff. Snoop Dogg will be performing Doggystyle, the album that put him on the map, in its entirety. (See him, above, doing “Gin and Juice” from that album.) Plus A Tribe Called Quest will be playing their critically acclaimed third disc, Midnight Marauders. Pretty great, right? But there’s plenty more: Lauryn Hill, who’s been earning raves for her set, will be doing some of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill alongside Fugees hits. And then there’s Wu-Tang Clan, Gang Starr’s DJ Premier (honoring Guru), Rakim, KRS-One, Slick Rick and the list goes on. Find out how deep for yourself on Saturday at South Island Field at Governors Island.

Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Rock the Bells on 8/28

August 24th, 2010

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Rock the Bells comes to South Island Field at Governors Island on Saturday. And if you want to see the likes of Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan and Lauryn Hill, you’re in luck because The House List is giving away two tickets. Want to Grow a Pair? It’s easier than you think. Just fill out the form below, including your name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Rock the Bells, 8/28) and a brief message explaining what Wu-Tang means to you. Eddie Bruiser, who claims to be friends with RZA, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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HardNYC – South Island Field at Governors Island – July 24, 2010

July 26th, 2010

M.I.A. - South Island Field at Governors Island - July 24, 2010

Photos courtesy of Mike Hayes | http://hayesbtv.blogspot.com

Ferry Information for Tomorrow

July 23rd, 2010

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Governors Island Ferry Information Update

There will be no boats to tomorrow’s M.I.A. show at South Island Field at Governors Island departing from the Battery Maritime Building. Dedicated concert ferries will depart from Pier 11, located at the corner of South Street and Wall Street in lower Manhattan, beginning at 4 p.m.