Brooklyn's first ever Independent Music Festival, rocking the roof off Littlefield Performance Space over the course of 3 days on September 16, 17 and 18, 2011, continues to pick up steam.....
A lot of updates to the Festival this week:[i]
Our Kickstarter campaign has just launched! We're getting the community involved, and seeking backers for the Fest. Go to our Kickstarter page and check out the wonderful short video, shot by 15 year old music and video- making up-and-comer Moss Robeson:
Click HERE to go to Kickstarter campaign and back this project!
Street team in high gear: People will be able to participate in promoting the Fest in all sorts of inventive ways, including an Music Fest sticker/photo contest, short video interviews with bands and fans, Festival participants pop-up performances around the city, and much more.
FOOD! DRINK! Naturally, over the course of 3 days, we want you to stick around. Sixpoint Craft Ale will be on special at Littlefield - check out their new 16oz cans; Different NYC food trucks and vendors will be on hand all weekend, as well as other off-site programming at local bars and art spaces
We continue to welcome the support of our sponsors: The Onion A.V Club, The Deli NYC, Steve Madden Music, Yelp.com, Sixpoint Craft Ales, Blaqbook, Planet Night
and of course most importantly.......
MORE BANDS BEING ADDED: Adding more to the roster every day as we jury through the over 250 applications. All bands' music can be heard on their band page at BKIndieFest.org. Here are a few highlights:
Adam Levy is an accomplished guitarist and singer. He is perhaps best known for his work as the featured guitarist in Norah Jones’ Handsome Band, playing on her breakout 2002 disk “Come Away with Me,” and subsequent followups. In addition to Levy’s skills as a player, he is a gifted songwriter, having penned songs for a number of artists including Jones as well as releasing several of his own critically-praised albums. Adam is currently writing and performing his own songs.
My Glorious Mess: Not just another Brooklyn band with an impossibly cool name, co-writing partners in crime, Joseph Blaise, Ambyr D’Amato and Paul Vazquez are breaking through the noise with a sunny new brand of electro pop/rock you will not soon forget. The band has tapped into a catchy, upbeat sound that fuses together their collective histories of (serious) classical music, classic rock ‘n’ roll, and chamber-style pop with modern pianos, big guitars and an electronic beat-driven twist.
The genesis of DEDE (Dede Reynolds and Tim K) was a conversation under a Californian Meyer Lemon tree. The arc of the conversation took a sudden turn upon mentioning the music of Serge Gainsbourg & a shared love of 1960’s fashion, Nico, Exotica, Francois Hardy. The duo began the first of many marathon writing and recording sessions and combined the hyper simplicity of the modern music palette with an indie sensibility. DEDE’s music instantly was a stark contrast of a girlish voice with a dark and beautiful post-rock backdrop. The sounds of 60’s and 70’s keyboards melted with modern drum sounds and a feminine pure voice.
QUICK INFO AT-A-GLANCE:
Brooklyn Independent Music Festival
September 16, 17, 18, 2011
Littlefield Performance Space
622 Degraw Street (bet. 3rd and 4th Aves) in Gowanus/Park Slope.
R Train to Union Street.
WHY WE'RE DOING THIS - SOME BACKGROUND:
Why should such a music-oriented city rely solely on CMJ - the annual showcase of musicians from all coasts and spanning 50 or so bars - when there's a hugely thriving local scene here, screaming to be heard outside the confines of the internet? Why not a festival where fans and musicians can meet and collaborate, all at one amazing venue? Where it's okay for amped up mainstage sets and acoustic sideshows to mingle? The main focus of this Festival is on celebrating the local independent scene and uniting it's elements to create an even stronger and more dynamic artistic exchange, as well as offering heightened visibility and a broader audience to participating bands
And it has started to buzz already, with a number of musicians already signed on, and more applications coming in as the word gets around. Special guest performers will be announced down the road, as well as various other programming thrown into the mix. Littlefield - actively supportive of this event and its mission - offers the opportunity of programming on 2 stages, in a gorgeous warehouse-turned-club space, with a full bar, sound system, and just a few blocks from the subway.
Miller will be making this an annual event, and will be using the Fest - and its website as a guide - to launch a long range plan to organize local touring circuits in and around the Northeast. "These tours will showcase a handful of the Festival's artists. We'll provide bands with a cost-effecive method of touring in the same cities 4 - 5 times a year so as to effectively build their following in multiple markets."