The 4Knots Music Festival: A Long, Salty Day With The Drums, Archers Of Loaf, Kid Congo Powers, Black Lips, And Jonathan Toubin

In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images.

This weekend, the Village Voice's own 4Knots Music Festival (full disclosure: well, you know) invaded the major tourist hub of South Street Seaport with entertainments at least as diverting as the stuff that's always there, if slightly more niche. There were rum drinks, nautical stripes, and many instances of sweaty dancing—and even when things didn't quite go as planned, those in attendance rolled with it like so many boats.

Debbie Allen

We arrived to find the entrance to the press area cordoned off by police tape as fire trucks flashed their lights and an abundance of New York's Bravest paced around. Apparently, there had been (and still was?) a fire under the dock, which witnesses told me had been started by a malfunctioning Pepsi machine. Not to be dissuaded, once all was clear The Drums regaled everyone with a bouncy set of reverb-laden synth-pop, dandyish singer Jonathan Pierce coming off somewhat like a happier Morrissey as he crooned bittersweet lyrics and swung his arms around with charming awkwardness. Towards the end of the set, he dedicated a song to "that wonderful band Girls, R.I.P... thanks for giving us two records worth of great music and great times, " and Waste of Paint poured one out.

Location Info


South Street Seaport

19 Fulton St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club

89 South St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

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no disrespect to the author of the article, but i feel like the confrontation between the security and the audience during the after party was drastically downplayed in the review. i was there and was one of the people getting roughed up by security for trying to have a good time. the audience was a typical black lips crowd with crazy kids rushing to the stage, dancing and jumping. security obviously didn't like that and when the barricade got torn down, it turned into a full on assault of the audience. security was literally beating the people in the front with the barricade, i saw them attempting to punch some guy, as well as some very inappropriate handling of the female members of the audience (myself included). it was incredibly unnecessary for them to  handle the situation that way when no one was getting hurt or doing anything wrong. only when some members of the audience brought the situation to the attention of the black lips themselves did security finally give in and stop fighting. the show was still a great time, but with the way security was treating everyone i don't think i'd ever go back here for a show. 

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