You might already know that Brooklyn, New York (a.k.a. Hipsterville, U.S.A.) is home to 523 technology firms, over 10,000 tech employees, and $3.1 billion in “total economic impact output” from the tech community, whatever that means.
DUMBO, which is some real estate genius’s invented acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Brooklyn Overpass, is a particular hotspot — home to Etsy, Huge, and digital music stores and promoters Official.fm, TuneCore, and StereoGrid. On Friday, August 17, those three companies will be joined by app developers and music data companies Backbeater, MRI Lightpainting, The Echo Nest (publisher of Evolver.fm) and Swarm.fm and four top-notch bands for DUMBO Summer Friday.
This free event features plenty of music app goodness, as The Echo Nest director of developer platform Paul Lamere and his daughter Jennie will demonstrate music apps on-stage to kick things off.
Then, artist Laura Vitale will wow the crowds with some sort of sound installation called Plaster, “in which she plays with the audio-visual qualities of gypsum plaster.” [Updated: Vitale has cancelled. Maybe the plaster melted.] MRI Lightpainting will demonstrate its LightBomber iOS app in a special photo booth, and Brenna Ehrlich of the MTV O Music Awards will interview the above-mentioned music app developers (see her rundown of the event).
As if that weren’t enough reason for me to be there, as the editor of the world’s first publication about consumer-facing music apps, my brother’s and cousin’s band, Javelin, is headlining the whole thing. Other performers include Prince Rama, Zambri, and Bosco Delrey. Update: You can stream the music live, here, starting at around 3:45pm ET (Friday, August 17, 2012).
In anticipation of the festivities, here’s a taste of what these bands sound like:
And here’s the official description of the event, courtesy of MTV’s Brenna Ehrlich:
DUMBO SUMMER FRIDAY: A day of free music & food at The Archway in DUMBO, featuring JAVELIN, PRINCE RAMA, ZAMBRI & BOSCO DELREY, APP DEVELOPERS & MORE
DUMBO IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT, O MUSIC AWARDS UNBOXED & NORTHSIDE PRESENT DUMBO SUMMER FRIDAY FROM 2PM TO 9PM AT THE DUMBO ARCHWAY
WHEN: Friday, August 17, 2pm-9pm
WHERE: The DUMBO Archway (corner of Anchorage Place and Water St)
WHAT: An afternoon/evening of free music, tech, art and interactivity.
● Bosco Delrey: Bosco Delrey, producer and purveyor of experimental pop and rock n roll, spent early 2011 playing in support of like-minded, genre-blurring acts Sleigh Bells and CSS, previewing his debut LP, Everybody Wah, for crowds across the United States. Hailing from New Jersey by way of Memphis, Bosco’s production and musicianship reference the sounds of Sun Studios-era recordings, southern rap, church hymns and dancehall, updating lo-fi guitar twang with pop beats and vintage synthesizers to create a wall of distorted dance-grunge.
● Zambri: Zambri is the ethereal duo of Cristi Jo and Jessica, sisters who have been making music together since they shared a bedroom as kids. Spending endless hours creating stories and building universes with their voices and toys, their debut album, House Of Baasa, out April 10th, 2012, is a powerful expression that embodies the spirit of adventure in all its glory.
● Prince Rama: Drawing from a collective mine of times and spaces, Prince Rama (made up of sisters Taraka and Nimai Larson) takes the threads of ancient symbolism and ritual and weaves a surreal universe that is wholly their own. Their often-unpredictable live shows graze the space between psychedelic ceremony, performance art and initiation rite.
● Javelin: Javelin formed in 2005-to throw a party of their own, one that sees nothing wrong with dropping crooked disco (“On It On It”), schoolyard funk (“Intervales Theme”), abstract R&B (“Dep”) and pitch-perfect pop (“Mossy Woodland”) in the same set. At least that’s the way things unfold on Javelin’s debut album, No Más, the eagerly-awaited follow-up to a self-released collection of demos (Jamz n Jemz) and a pair of limited Thrill Jockey 12-inches (Javelin, Number Two).
TECH DEMONSTRATORS from DUMBO’s digital community and more.
Food from DUMBO’s Flea Food under the Archway.
DUMBO Summer Friday will be streamed live on OMusicAwards.com.
DUMBO Summer Friday is made possible with support from Councilman Stephen Levin, without whom the event would not be possible.