Saturday nights in Williamsburg are about to get a lot hotter — and rockier.
On the eve of this year’s free summer Jelly Pool Party concerts, relocated from McCarren Park to East River State Park, JellyNYC confirmed it is planning a brand new summer concert series called the “Rock Yard” on a vacant Wythe Avenue lot near S. Second Street where converted Crown Victoria police cars were once sold to taxi cab drivers.
Instead, this dusty, quiet stretch of south side Williamsburg will come alive on six Saturdays over the next three months from 2 to 8 pm, beginning on July 17. All shows will be free and for all ages, at least until the site’s 800-person capacity is reached.
A post on music blog Brooklyn Vegan on Tuesday revealed Jelly’s extensive lineup, which includes a show this Saturday featuring The Beets, X-Ray Eyeballs, Gun Outfit and Tough Knuckles, that will directly compete with the Siren Festival at Coney Island, where the Beets are also scheduled to perform.
Other shows to look forward to include a July 31 lineup of Priestbird, Family Band and Skeletons Big Band, an August 28th group with Zaza, Motel Motel, and Sport of Kings.
Just like the East River, corporate sponsors, such as Dickies, Six Point, and Lagunitas, are coming along for the ride, which includes beer vendors and the return of the slip-n-slide, absent from this year’s Sunday concert in East River State Park off Kent Avenue.
The concert series would be the second series and the third New York location for the Williamsburg-based production company, which launched the free program in the derelict McCarren Park Pool 2006, only to move to the East River two years later.
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