Just because you're a member of Congress (surrounded by people like Tom Coburn and Michelle Bachman and David Vitter) doesn't mean you have to limit your summer concert fare to focus group tested crowd-pleasers like Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and Jimmy Buffet. Au contraire!
In Brooklyn, NY it looks as though the 'altbro' strategy might have a little more impact.
US Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is going to bat for Williamsburg's world-famous JELLY Pool Parties, the possibly-endangered free concert series which has been blowing up summer Sundays at various outdoor venues since 2005.
Summer '09 saw influential alternative acts such as Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, Mission of Burma and Girl Talk explode the waterfront with performances that were not only free but truly epic (see below).
Schumer says he was dismayed to learn that JELLY 2010 may not have a home if East River State Park is unavailable for the 2010 season, and he's meeting with officials from the Parks Department and the Open State Alliance to ensure a 2010 season ensues.
Schumer says he happened across one of the JELLY parties while biking through Williamsburg one summer Sunday, and was enthralled by the nuclear-level energy of the waterfront bacchanal. Indeed, if it was the Girl Talk concert he "happened" across last summer, one can easily see his point--it was, for many, a moment that had to be seen to be believed. Just being in the vicinity of the East River State Park during the concert had many neighborhood residents dancing like maniacs on Kent Avenue up to North 11th Street.
While some cynics might suspect that a press release in which a US Senator extols the joys of biking, Brooklyn and Simian Mobile Disco might be a calculated pitch for "the hipster vote", SAVAGENYC is happy to give US Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) the benefit of the doubt, and just assume that he's a hipster at heart who secretly rides a vintage fixie and likes hanging out with Jay-Z and the founder of VICE magazine, Suroosh Alvi.
Just listen to Schumer and Alvi, respectively, describing the cultural value of the Perfect Sunday Afternoon.
"The Brooklyn music scene exploded over the last decade, drawing hordes of new bands and artists to the borough and making Williamsburg the epicenter of some of the best new music in the world. The recent East River events have been the culmination of it all, showcasing VICE bands and other artists to thousands of music junkies across New York. VICE salutes Brooklyn native Chuck Schumer – a man who clearly knows his music – for going to bat for countless New York City concert -goers," said VICE founder Suroosh Alvi.
Schumer made a speech on the last night of the concert series last August and told a cheering crowd that his office was in the final stages of sealing the deal to keep JELLY at East River State Park.
And just yesterday, he released the following update: