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Update September 5, 2013- More concerts than originally announced seem to have been added to the Pier 26 season . Tonight, “Empire of the Sun” is playing. Friday and Saturday, “Passion Pit” plays. When we first reported the concerts series in May, these September events were not listed.
One month ago, the HRPT President, Madelyn Wils, announced that the concerts would not happen again, and apologized in a letter, “We are unhappy that the community is so divided, therefore the series will not return to this location.”. She must not have been too sorry, choosing to make more revenue from the pier with September concerts.
(Editor’s note: we support the concept of nationally recognized big acts on the piers.)
May 5, 2013- The good news is that some big names in music are coming to starved-for-culture-Downtown this summer. However, a cynic would point out that this is yet another stealth move by the Hudson River Park Trust and its allies on the Community Board 1. To our knowledge, this was not something debated even at the subcommittee level, much less the full CB1 monthly meetings, nor was a resolution passed. Typically, anything relating to noise or music gets the stodgy Tribeca crowd worked up in a tizzy (e.g. The Spring Studios fuss).
The bands playing include “Fun.”, which won the Grammy for Best New Artist. Also playing will be The Gaslight Anthem and The Specials. Here are the bands in video:
Downtown is “starved for culture”? Perhaps we need to take some time to define “culture”. Noise does not define “culture”.