Is it unusually hot or is it just this pier?
The sonic whirlwind began this past weekend with the 4Knots Music Festival, which is thrown by the Village Voice. Great friend of the blog, Sal and I specifically trekked down to the South Street Seaport to see psychedelic, slide-guitar act, Delicate Steve. When we arrived, the crowd already kind of big (not to mention a little hipster and high-school heavy) but after a warm $5 Beer, any personal spatial expectations were dropped and we joined the masses. We caught a few minutes of Bleached at the main stage and then Team Spirit at Skipper's. The girls of Bleached are as beautiful to look at as they are to listen to but Team Sprit really showed these youngin's how the things are done. Then
Steve came out swinging with some great licks off his surreal new record, Positive Force, available now on the David Byrne's Luaka Bop record label. All of a sudden, not more than a couple of songs into the set a hubub breaks out. It turns out that across the way, Pier 17 is on fire! This pier is the main tourist strip with a mall with tons of stores and restaurants. Luckily, Steve jumps into action, using the microphone to get the attention of the hundreds in danger. At the same time a local tourist boat called 'The Shark' sprung into action started hosing down the blaze. That's where I got this epic picture of a Shark, fighting a fire in front of a New York Landmark topped off with American Flag.
Unfortunately after all the excitement, Delicate Steve was unable to finish his set. Don't fret (pun intended) because he comes back to play another nautical-themed show, this time onboard the world famous Intrepid.
Click here to RSVP and then show up at the Intrepid on the West Side Highway on Wednesday at 6PM. It's rain or shine and first come first served (barring lighting). Those that get in get to enjoy not only Delicate Steve, but MNDR, Javelin and North Indian Party Rockers, Red Baraat. If it holds out, EDAS will be there to cover the event in style. Here is my favorite jam off the new album by Delicate Steve. See you at the Intrepid.
Delicate Steve - Afria Talks To You