Friday, June 17, 2011

Brooklyn Northside & Other Festivals this Weekend; Tickets for Foo Fighters & X On Sale

The annual Clearwater festival in Croton Point Park takes place this Saturday and Sunday.

There's a mish-mash of news and events involving live music today and this weekend in the greater New York area. The live stuff coming up:

* Clearwater's Hudson River Revival takes place tomorrow and Sunday at Croton Point Park in Westchester County. Saturday's lineup includes Josh Ritter, Janis Ian, the Low Anthem, and the Felice Brothers, among many others. Taking the stage on Sunday are Drive-By Truckers, Suzanne Vega, Indigo Girls, Justin Townes Earl, Joel Plaskett, and many more.

* Brooklyn's Northside Festival began yesterday in Williamsburg and runs through Sunday the 19th. There's plenty of music going on during the day and evening, in venues ranging from Brooklyn Bowl to Bruar Falls. A number of the shows are free, and others have low admission of between $5 to $10.

One of the Saturday night Northside shows features Eleanor Friedberger of Fiery Furnaces, Ida, and Rebecca Gates of The Spinanes at Europa; tickets are $15 and $17.

The most high-profile event of the Northside Festival is tomorrow's show at McCarren Park Pool featuring Guided by Voices (scheduled to hit the stage at 7 p.m., preceded by Wavves (6 p.m.), Surfer Blood (5 p.m.), and The Babies (4 p.m.) Tickets are available here for $30 or $35 day of show.

* The Governors Ball on Governors Island takes place Saturday, beginning shortly after noon. The festival has music all day and into the night and claims no overlapping sets, so fans can see all the music. Acts include Girl Talk, Pretty Lights, Empire of the Sun, Neon Indian, Big Boi of Outkast, Das Racist, and Passion Pit doing a DJ set.

And, tickets went on sale Friday for what are sure to be two in-demand shows later on this Fall:

* Foo Fighters at the Prudential Center, Newark on Mon., Nov. 14

* Legendary L.A. punk band X plays Irving Plaza for two shows on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. The show is billed as "X - the Unheard Music and Los Angeles," so I'm guessing they'll play the Los Angeles album in its entirety, as well as songs from Unheard Music, the 1980s documentary about the band.

Also, I got an e-mail today that Steely Dan will perform "The Royal Scam" album and "select hits" at the Beacon Theatre on Fri., Sept. 20. Tickets went on sale a few weeks ago.

These should all be fun shows.

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