The Morning Benders on a Saturday Night

June 18th, 2010
(Photo: Michael Jurick)

(Photo: Michael Jurick)

Hallelujah! It’s finally Friday and the weekend is upon us. And with sunny skies ahead, why not spend some quality time outside at The Beach at Governors Island? Tomorrow night the Morning Benders, Freelance Whales and Wild Nothing play the second FREE show as part of Converse’s Gone to Governors series. And you should definitely be there.

What began as a project for just one guy with a laptop and a microphone blossomed into a full-fledged band when Chris Chu invited three UC Berkeley classmates to join him as the Morning Benders. Chu, who recently moved to NYC essentially for Joe Shanghai’s soup dumplings, recorded the EP Loose Change on his own but the quartet has since put out several EPs plus two full-lengths, and the most recent, Big Echo, which came out this past March, is filled with well-crafted atmospheric pop tunes. (Chu has cited Brian Wilson as an inspiration.) So if you think about it, the Morning Benders (below, doing “Excuses” with some friends) are kind of the perfect band to see for free outside with your feet in the sand.

The Morning Benders with Freelance Whales and Wild Nothing

June 19, 2010 – 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)


All Ages

Governors Island Ferry Information Update

We encourage everyone to come early and enjoy The Beach. If you are on the island before the show, make sure you get to The Beach venue by 5:30 p.m., at which time concert wristbands will be distributed. Governors Island ferries will run from the Battery Maritime Building until 5:30 p.m. There will be no boats to the concert departing from the Battery Maritime Building after 5:30 p.m. Dedicated concert ferries will depart after 5:30 p.m. from two locations:


Pier 11, which is located at the corner of South Street and Wall Street in lower Manhattan (about four blocks south of South Street Seaport).


Pier 6, which is in Brooklyn Bridge Park at the foot of Atlantic Avenue (where Furman Street turns into Columbia Street).

Wristbands will be distributed at both the Manhattan and Brooklyn ferry departure points on a first-come, first-served basis, starting at 5:30 p.m.