Bushwick Open Studios Art Festival Expands Live Music Line-Up

By Meredith Hoffman on June 1, 2012 12:48pm 

BUSHWICK — This weekend's Bushwick Open Studios, with more than 400 show spaces in the neighborhood, will not just be a feast for the eyes — the annual art extravaganza also includes more music acts than ever before.

Dozens of local groups, from garage rock to country, will be letting loose for crowds starting Friday night at Bushwick venues Lone Wolf and XPO 929 (both on Broadway by the Myrtle/Broadway JMZ train stop). A total of 15 DJ's will play between bands and after each of the three nights' line-ups.

"It's a great way to kick off the summer and part of Bushwick Open Studios which is such a huge thing already," said Tara Ferri, the music festival's organizer and a member of Arts in Bushwick, the non-profit group that organizes Bushwick Open Studios each year. "When they started Arts in Bushwick they wanted to encompass the entire arts community, so there are always other things involved in it," she said of the multisensory event.

The line-up includes Bushwick-based group the Jay Vons — soul with "heavy driving rhythm" and a "haunting, ever-riding whang" in their "danceable heartbreaker" songs, the president of their record label Cryptovision writes on their Facebook page — the long-haired rock n' roll throwback The Nuclears (also in Bushwick); Clear Plastic Masks; the rock cover band Psycho Hippies; and Fleetwood Mac-sounding Alana Amran & the Rough Gems.

"Every band we have play has members in Brooklyn," said Ferri of the free event, which offers complimentary PBR 9 — 10 p.m. Friday and 8 — 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Bands play 8:15 p.m. — 1 a.m. Friday at Lone Wolf, 7:15 p.m. — 2 a.m. Saturday at XPO 929, and 7:15 p.m. — 1 a.m. Sunday at Lone Wolf. The line-up can be found on the festival's Facebook page.

 

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