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 dancingand even when things didn't quite go as planned, those in attendance rolled with it like so many boats.
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.