Over the past four summers, New Yorkers have flocked to Brooklyn for some pretty stellar Sunday Pool Parties. And even though organizers JELLYNYC were forced to relocate the summer concert series from McCarren Park Pool — aka a real pool — to its current home at Brooklyn’s East River State Park, thanks to acts like Grizzly Bear, Dan Deacon, Beach House, Girl Talk, and Grupo Fantasma, the Pool Parties continue to remain one of the borough’s more popular summer attractions. (For context, attendance has grown from 6,000 per day at the McCarren Pool to more than 10,000 after the relocation to the river front).
So, when no Pool Parties were announced by the onset of winter and the likelihood of a return to East River State Park continued to diminish, it’s understandable why some famous Brooklynites took it upon themselves to ensure the longevity of the series — and it wasn’t Lou Reed, Nas, Jay-Z or Mos Def. The United States Senator, and Brooklyn native, Charles E. Schumer has become the unlikely champion for the event. In an era when politicians are notorious for bribery, adultery, and finger-pointing, Schumer’s diligence to secure the East River State Park and thus continue the enthusiasm around the events, demonstrates that elected officials can actually do something positive.
Ok, enough back-story, here’s the information we have all been waiting for:
Only seven of the eight concerts will actually take place at East River Park (a.k.a. Williamsburg Waterfront), as the August 1st event had to be moved to the Brooklyn Bowl. As previously mentioned, all performances take place on Sunday; they will begin July 11th and continue until August 29th. The series takes no time to heat up — the 11th features Fang Island opening up for a Xiu Xiu and Deerhoof combination who will perform Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures. The series also includes performances by Murder City Devils, No Age, Cap’n Jazz, Cut Copy, !!!, The Strange Boys, Future Islands, Chromeo, and Delorean. No artists have yet to be announced for the Brooklyn Bowl event, and other dates hint at artists inclusions, so we are pretty sure more surprises are in store.
The complete day-to-day lineup follows, as well as the Pool Party video promo. With the free series kicking off next weekend, make sure to cancel Sunday plans and work obligations now. See you at the pool!
2010 JELLY NYC Pool Party Line Up:
Xiu Xiu and Deerhoof play Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, Why?, Fang Island, Pictureplane
Murder City Devils, Obits, Jeff the Brotherhood, Silverghost
Cap’n Jazz, Lightning Bolt, No Age, The Death Set
August 1 (at Brooklyn Bowl)
TBA Block Party
Cut Copy, Memory Tapes, Glasser, Restless People
!!!, Lee Fields, The Strange Boys, Future Islands
Chromeo, TBA, The Suzan, Telephoned
“Super Special Guests”, Delorean, Dominique Young Unique