Electronic Night Life was in attendance to the grand opening of the LACOSTE L!VE Concert Series at Williamsburg Park on Tuesday July 17th. The lineup included Counting Crows, Field Report, We Are Augustines, and Kasey Anderson and the Honkies.
The show began at 5:00PM. The venue was located at 50 Kent Avenue at the intersection of North 12th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It was quite spacious and while it is placed on the waterfront unfortunately the view of the waterfront is obstructed. The set up does make sense when you consider the placement of the sun because essentially you would not want it to shine in the artists faces blinding them on stage.
The floor was one of the cleanest I had ever seen at a park and it was painted in blue and white with cloud-like patterns. Not sure how it looked after the show as if was dark but during the course of our visit we happily sat on it and reminded ourselves to bring a blanket for our return visit. There was a small VIP section towards the right side of the stage but it was not overly populated.
There were several food vendors serving hot dogs, ice cream, beer, and other refreshments including The Meat Hook, on Chovie, and Big Gay Ice Cream. We had the shrimp and chips from Bon Chovie which were modestly priced, hot, and delicious. There were no benches to sit and eat but the floor sufficed. Beer vendors included the obligatory Brooklyn Brewery which has a brewery only a two short blocks away from the venue as well as Heineken. There was also wine being served. The lines moved quickly as there were two servers per tent area and about ten tens. There were ATM’s available for use and the fee was refreshingly not an arm and a leg like at most large gatherings. It was a mere two dollars which is pretty much what you would pay at any ATM not associated directly with your bank. There was a mini Lacoste store front selling a few selections from their clothing line as well as a Paul Mitchell booth that invited us to test some of their products and gave us some free samples and enter contests to win free products. I can’t wait to use the Green Tea Shampoo sample they gave me to try.
As we drove down Kent Avenue the music could be heard from many blocks away so we knew the sound system was going to be kickin’. As we walked towards the entrance there was an abundance of helpful staff members in bright yellow shirts to direct us to the proper box office to pick up our tickets. There was also a strong Police presence surrounding the venue in case any issues arose but gladly there weren’t any. Upon entry the crowd seemed very friendly and cheerful. Since this was an all ages event there were several parents who attended with young children, some of which were still in strollers making it seem more family oriented than your typical rager.
Sadly we missed Kasey Anderson and the Honkies so we cannot comment on their performance. We arrived just as Field Report was mid-way through their performance and we took that time to familiarize ourselves with the venue. Right after Field Report we are Augustines took over. There were short intermissions in between the bands switching out as they had to get their equipment set up and conduct sound checks. Additionally a representative of the Open Space Alliance greeted us and briefly spoke about their initiative to clean up and create parks in North Brooklyn and thanked us for attending. The OSA’s efforts are extremely admirable.
We are Augustines rocked it out, and although it was our first time seeing them perform we were certainly convinced by the talent of these Brooklyn natives. As they came on Eric Sanderson began the show with pounding on his bass guitar along with the beat which made the heavily stacked stubs exude a chest pulsating sounds. The lead singer Billy Mc Carthy has a Brad Pitt style cuteness about him and was utilizing every single ounce of his energy into belting out the vocals even in the exhausting sun. Adam Duritz could also be seen on the sidelines during their performance jamming out to the tunes as well.
Adam took the stage in a Rubber Soul Beatles shirt, blue jeans, a smile, and his glasses which came off pretty quickly presumably due to the heat. At this point the venue was filling up nicely and all of those fans who were lounging about on blankets stood up and headed towards the front of the stage. I was already front and center and reserved myself a nice spot for a great view. Counting Crows played “Colorblind” which I was really anxiously hoping to hear. They also played “Mr. Jones” but no Counting Crows concert would ever be complete without that track and “Round Here” which is pretty popular as well and several other crowd pleasers. Overall we had a wonderful time and we are looking forward to attending future shows as soon as this week. As we exited there were a number of promoters handing out parting gifts which included a book and a CD.
The LACOSTE L!VE Concert Series will be hosting a number of free shows as well so you have nothing to lose by stopping by and taking a peek at what this concert series has to offer. Check out the schedule below for more details.
July 17 Counting Crows with We Are Augustines and Field Report
July 18 Refused with Off!
July 19 Pretty Good Friends Eugene Mirman & Special Guest featuring Ok Go (FREE)
August 10 Cake
August 17 Jane’s Addiction with Die Antwoord
August 18 Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings with Antibalas (FREE)
August 19 My Morning Jacket with Shabazz Palaces
August 24 Sublime with Rome, Cypress Hill and Pepper
Sept. 7 Bob Mould plays Copper Blue & Silver Age, Husker Du, Sugar & Mould (FREE)
Sept. 8 Riot Fest with Gogol Bordello & The Descendents, Hot Water Music, The Bronx, & more
Sept. 27 Gotye with Givers, Zammuto
Sept. 29 David Byrne and St. Vincent
Oct. 5 Animal Collective
Review and Photography by Zaneta Ortiz
This post originally appeared on Electronic Nightlife, now a part of beatcue.