Northside 2017 – Friday Recap

Northside 2017 - Friday Recap

In 2009, L Magazine opened up Northside Festival, showcasing the music in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. It’s grown since then, including a large ‘Innovation’ portion that can sometimes seem to make the music feel like an afterthought, but there still was music, Thursday-Sunday, June 8th-11th:

 

 

TNT Backstory Studio @ Kinfolk 90

Claws event

Claws event

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For a particularly sponsored event, there was the one for Claws, the new series on TNT. It features Niecy Nash (Deputy Raineesha Williams of Reno 911!), Carrie Preston (who played Ben Linus’ mother on Lost, but is in reality married to the actor who played Linus, Michael Emerson – she later played Emerson’s character’s love interest in Person of Interest), and Harold Perrineau (Michael of Lost) – not sure whether it is a drama (which is, according to TNT’s tag line, what the network “knows”) or a comedy (which is what it looked like on screen – apparently was first developed as a comedy for HBO).

The series is set in south Florida, so there was Cuban food, Cuban drinks, and a Cuban band playing. While a little disorganized at first (and those drinks could take a while), it was a nice event.

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Northside showcase @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Beverly

Beverly

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One of the ‘regular’ shows that was part of Northside ’17, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart played Music Hall of Williamsburg (QRO venue review). Opener was Beverly, who sounded like Pains with a female vocalist (so fitting on the bill).

 

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

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While The Pains of Being Pure at Heart were once a band, it has since transformed into singer/songwriter Kip Berman and his touring members. The group have a new album coming out in September, The Echo of Pleasure, so the night at Music Hall naturally had a lot of new, unfamiliar numbers. Still, it was the fuzzy sun from them like always, and pretty twenty-something girls like moving to them.

It was a hometown show for the band, with Berman mentioning that lots of his friends were there, up in the balcony, inciting them to drink the band’s beer, before adding that the band had already drunk it. Not there was his wife, who was taking care of their sick baby.

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Other notes:

-Dutch Music Embassy had an event on McCarren Park Hotel’s rooftop, but unlike the event there the day prior, it was open to RSVPs (Thursday’s had RSVPs, then literally followed up by saying too many people had RSVPed, so it was badges-only). So it hit capacity almost immediately.

-Northside late announced a free event with DJs at McCarren Park on Friday, but there didn’t seem to be anything going on, at least early (save for getting drink tickets for press…).

 

Unfortunately missed:

-Adam Schatz (QRO interview) @ The Well

-Girlpool (QRO photos) @ Warsaw

 

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