Archive | August, 2009

WEIRD BEARDS DO MANHATTAN

7 Aug

Antifolk Festival

Sidewalk Café

Sidewalk Café; Fri 7–Aug 16

For a quarter century, artists working the margins of New York music have clustered under the Antifolk rubric, a broad scene that keeps a safe haven in the back of the East Village’s Sidewalk Café. As the leather-jacketed warriors parading St. Marks Place have given way to the gentler souls of Bedford Avenue, the Antifolk world has remained a persistent alternative: less a stylistic meeting ground than a free-for-all built from the democracy of the open mike. It is no coincidence that the luminaries sprung from this world—Beck, the Moldy Peaches, Nellie McKay, Regina Spektor—have all been stubborn aberrations, unattached to any larger cultural movement.

Randomly dropping by Sidewalk can be a risky endeavor: Not every performer is the world’s next Beck. A smart time to pop in is during the Antifolk Festival, which takes over the club for a week or so every August. This year’s lineup reflects the breadth inherent to this creative bloc. It includes some reigning stars: Jason Trachtenburg and his daughter, Rachel, of the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, perform on Saturday 8, and Larkin Grimm, an astonishingly slanted folksinger, plays August 16. But the festival extends to a raft of oddballs and miscreants who are less heard and worth hearing. Elizabeth Devlin croons brassy dreams over Autoharp August 14, while Debe Dalton presents old-world banjo laments Saturday 8. Talking Stick pairs the singular performance artists Master Lee and Mr. Patrick August 16. There are also singing rabbis, outsider legends and local nuts—watch your back, Bowery Ballroom.—Jay Ruttenberg

Time Out New York / Issue 723 : Aug 6–12, 2009
Sunday, August 9
6:00 – Dan Asselin Band
6:30 – Maggie Nutall
7:00 – Clinical Trials (feat. Somer)
7:30 – The Zombie Nationalists
8:00 – Max Vernon
8:30 – Annie Crane
9:00 – Destroy Nate Allen (Portland)
9:30 – The Weird Beards (Connecticut)
10:00 – Josh Fox
11:00 – Heroes of the Open End