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A Sunny Homecoming for Fun.

July 24th, 2013

Fun./Tegan and Sara – Hudson River Park Pier 26 – July 23, 2013

After winning a pair of Grammys earlier this year for Best New Artist and Song of the Year, fun. returned to their hometown, selling out two shows on Pier 26 at Hudson River Park. Although there were threats of thunderstorms last night, the band would have been fully prepared after their Grammy performance. In fact, the Quin sisters (aka Tegan and Sara) remarked how the crowd had danced through the rain the night before. But instead, the sun shone, set against the Hudson River as Nate Ruess, Jack Antonoff and Andrew Dost took the stage in tuxes as they sweetly lulled onlookers with “Some Nights (Intro),”  then quickly stripped off their fancy duds for “One Foot” as a horn blared.

Getting down to business, Ruess ordered, “Clap your fucking hands. Let’s make the most of this weather.” The trio weaved seamlessly between their debut album, Aim and Ignite, and the chart-topping Some Nights. Keyboardist Emily Moore provided a sweet, childlike refrain on “At Least I’m Not as Sad (As I Used to Be)” as balloons slowly bounced across the audience. The first few chords of Gary Glitter’s “Rock and Roll Part 2” incited the crowd to join in before the band played through to “Barlights.” Saving the bests for last, “Carry On” had its anthemic chorus ringing all the way to New Jersey. Antonoff, a Garden State native, had cheers from his fellow Jerseyans on “The Gambler,” which Ruess had dedicated to the Antonoffs, who served as his family when he moved to New York City.

Of course (as if it needed mentioning), “We Are Young” was the fan favorite of the night, however, for me, the live rendition without Janelle Monáe’s lovely vocals was lacking that extra pop from the recorded version. After closing the set with “Some Nights,” the band returned to encore with a “new one” or rather a new cover of the native son, Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run.” And as if that weren’t enough, Ruess offered a heartfelt thank you to New York, New Jersey and Brooklyn during the final song, “Stars.” Some Nights was written in all three, and the next album will be as well. These places have been good to them, and fun. certainly reciprocated on this homecoming. —Sharlene Chiu

Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com


The Specials Kick Off Eight Great Shows at Hudson River Park Pier 26

July 17th, 2013

By next summer Hudson River Park Pier 26, at North Moore Street in Tribeca, will be the home to an array of worthwhile things, like a restaurant, a boathouse and a dog run, but this summer Pier 26 hosts eight great outdoor shows, beginning tonight with the Specials (above, playing “Gangsters” at Glastonbury) and Little Hurricane. Fun. and Tegan and Sara follow next week with a pair of sold-out shows on Monday and Tuesday, and the Gaslight Anthem make two appearances, too—on 7/26 with the Bouncing Souls and 7/28 with the Hold Steady. OneRepublic, Mayer Hawthorne and Churchill take the stage on 8/10, and Passion Pit play on 9/6 and 9/7 (on sale Friday at noon). But it’s not only about the music. There will also be wine, exclusively from City Winery, and beer and food available on-site. Fight hot nights with cool music. Get outside!


Hot Town Summer in the City

February 7th, 2013

(Photo: Lindsey Byrnes)

One of the joys of summer in New York City is seeing an outdoor concert. Last summer, The Bowery Presents produced more than 20 NYC–area outdoor shows in Central Park, Prospect Park, Pier A in Hoboken, N.J., and Hudson River Park’s Pier 63. And this coming summer, we’re again teaming up with Hudson River Park at the brand new—and very accessible—Pier 26 in Tribeca for at least eight outdoor shows, with food and concessions available on-site. “This is the best of both worlds, great music and a great outdoor setting,” says Madelyn Wils, President and CEO of Hudson River Park. “We are excited to build on this successful partnership with The Bowery Presents and give New Yorkers even more opportunities to enjoy Hudson River Park.” We’ve already announced two dates with fun. and Tegan and Sara on 7/22 and 7/23. But be sure to be on the lookout for more great announcements. And, once again, New York City concertgoers will be able to fight hot nights with cool music.


Halloween: So Many Options

October 29th, 2009


Halloween is about tricks or treats, but why settle for just one when The Bowery Presents is offering a night filled with plenty of both? Deer Tick is playing the songs of the Sex Pistols at Brooklyn Bowl. And if you’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing this band live, you already know that with their three-pronged guitar attack and frontman Jon McCauley snarling Johnny Rotten’s vocals that this will be “Anarchy in the BK” done right.

If the Sex Pistols aren’t your thing, but you still want some classic rock—and who could blame you?—then head to Music Hall of Williamsburg to see Lez Zeppelin. Their tagline is All Girls. All Zeppelin. And these girls are fierce (especially Leesa Squyres as John Bonham)! If you still want covers, but are looking to get down, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe will be doing a tribute to Michael Jackson at The Bowery Ballroom. And if you like a dance party with a slight political bent, then shake it all night at Terminal 5 with D.C.’s Thievery Corporation.

Of course, there are also other options. If you’re looking for some catchy-and-contemplative music, we’ve got that too: Tegan and Sara at Town Hall. And if good old-fashioned storytelling is your thing, hightail it to The Wellmont Theatre to see the engaging Robert Earl Keen and Todd Snider. And, finally, if you’re looking to check out several bands with some “high-octane punk rock with swagger” then check out Mercury Lounge’s lineup, led by Black Taxi. (Plus, there’s even a costume contest.) Do what you like, but do see some music on Halloween!


Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Tegan and Sara on 10/30

October 27th, 2009


Tegan and Sara’s newest album, Sainthood, is out today. And to celebrate, they’re playing two sold-out shows in New York City before heading to Europe for November. But even if you weren’t able to score tickets, you can still try to Grow a Pair to this Friday’s Town Hall show from The House List. Just fill out the form below. List your name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Tegan and Sara, 10/30) and a brief message telling us your favorite thing about twins. Eddie Bruiser, who’s already thinking about triplets, will notify the winner by noon on Friday, October 30th. Good luck.

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