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The Fray, Robyn to Play Summer Concerts on Pier 97

By Mathew Katz | June 2, 2014 4:09pm
 Pop star Robyn will play a show at this summer's concert series at Pier 97.
Pop star Robyn will play a show at this summer's concert series at Pier 97.
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CLINTON — Pier 97 is about to get loud.

The Hudson River Park pier at West 55th Street will host up to 15 concerts with musicians like The Fray and Robyn throughout the summer.

The cash-strapped park is partnering with Live Nation to host the JBL Live concerts at the overhauled pier, which can host 5,250 people. According to the Hudson River Park Trust, proceeds from the concerts will help go toward other free programming throughout the park, like outdoor movies at Pier 46 and Pier 63.

The newly upgraded Pier 97 has a river-facing stage and will also eventually be home to historic ships. 

The concert series will kick off on July 9 with The Fray performing, along with Barcelona and Oh Honey as openers. 

Omaha alt-rock group 311 will play the venue on July 19, Thievery Corporation has a show on August 15, and pop songstress Robyn will light up the stage with Royksopp and Zhala on August 20.

The park expects to schedule several more concerts before the summer's end, according to its website. Tickets for the shows start at $50.

Locals living in the increasingly residential area around the pier have had issues with concerts in the past. Neighbors complained that all-night Halloween raves at Pier 92/94's Pier of Fear concerts kept them up all night and sent thousands of drunk revelers through the neighborhood in the wee hours.

In a draft letter to the Hudson River Park Trust, Community Board 4 praised the concerts as a fund-raising mechanism but worried that it could wreak havoc in the neighborhood.

"...[W]e are also gravely concerned about the disruption a periodic inflow of 5,250 people through our community will cause," the board wrote. 

Unlike the Halloween raves, concert organizers have already planned for extensive security to direct traffic to and from the pier on concert nights, and shows will end no later than 10 p.m., according to the Trust.

A full listing of concerts is available on the park's website