Blue Moon: Top Shows This Weekend feat. Tiny Hazard, Mother Feather, "The Gospel" & More
A blue moon isn’t typically blue, but it is unusual and we’ll get to see one tonight
A blue moon isn’t typically blue, but it is unusual and we’ll get to see one tonight. Every 2.7 years or so, a calendar year has thirteen full moons instead of twelve. 2015 is one such year. Catch this rarity with these top seven shows this weekend.
#7 The Kite String Tangle // Stranger Cat @ Baby's All Right, 146 Broadway, Williamsburg (FRI 11:59PM, $10)
This weekend, Kite String Tangle will be playing the Full Moon Festival (see below) and Stranger Cat will be playing the Out in the Streets Music Festival (also see below), but you can also catch them together at Baby's All Right in what can't help but be a very special show. Brisbane’s Danny Harley of the Kite String Tangle has had two sold-out national tours and boasts a "captivating live show," while Brooklyn-based Cat Martino of Stranger Cat recorded and toured with Sufjan Stevens and Sharon Van Etten before starting this new electro-pop side project.
#6 Lady Moon & the Eclipse Presents: "The Gospel" @ Max Cellar, 2 Knickerbocker Ave, Bushwick (FRI 9PM, $FREE)
"...art is sacred and meant to be celebrated with all classes of people." "The Gospel" is the fourth installment of an ongoing series by Brooklyn Wildlife "to unify a strong community of performing and visual artists, designers and supporters of the arts," and support the free art principle. Hear live music by Travis Little (11pm) and the Core's Indigo Sol, Kala and The Lost Tribe (10:30pm), Barefoot Folly (10pm), Lady Moon & The Eclipse (9:30pm) and Stonehenge Parnhashnakovsky (9pm); see live visual art by William W Askew Jr.; watch a tap dance performance by Dan Mitrak, and listen to selections throughout the night by DJ Lovely. To get updates, use the hashtag #TheGospelBK.
#5 Mother Feather @ Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg (FRI 9PM, $10-$12)
Mother Feather knows how to put on a great show, decked with crazy costumes, dancing to choreographed moves, and serving all around hilarity and a good time. Papertcut Magazine says, "Fierce band. Fierce music. Fierce fashion. Mother Feather has it all."
#4 Reggae Retro 1st Saturdays Party @ Littlefield, 622 Degraw St, Gowanus (SAT 11PM, $10-20)
Reggae Retro is the most exciting underground reggae dance party "keeping roots and culture music in the dancehalls." Point Break Sound features DJ Jase and DJ Silence plus Hypeman Guidance every first Saturday, but keeps it fresh with special guest DJs and performers.
#3 Tiny Hazard, Big Thief, Good Field, & Reservations @ Trans-Pecos, 915 Wyckoff Ave, Ridgewood (FRI 8pm, $10)
If you haven't heard Alena Spanger (vocals, piano) fronting Tiny Hazard yet, go. Now. DO IT NOW. Her voice against the strong ensemble created by Anthony Jillions (synthesizers, vocals), Derek Leslie (bass, cello, vocals), Ronald Stockwell (drums, percussion, vocals), and Ryan Weiner (guitars, banjo, voice) is stunning, transitioning from sweet to haunting to raging rock. They play with Big Thief and friends from Austin, Good Field, and Reservations.
#2 Out in the Streets Music Festival @ Onderdonk Farm House, 1820 Flushing Ave, Ridgewood (SAT & SUN 1:30PM, DAY $25, WEEKEND $40)
Pack sunblock, a blanket, bug spray and cash (it's a cash only event), but leave the dog, booze and bad vibes behind before heading out to the Out in the Streets Music Festival for two days of music, art, and food on two acres of outdoor park land.
#1 Full Moon Festival @ Brooklyn Mirage, 99 Scott St, East Williamsburg (SAT 3PM-SUNRISE, $70 & up)
Having just been through two full moons, timing for Full Moon Fest could not have been better at the ultimate summer party playground, Brooklyn Mirage, complete with cabanas, palm trees, and sand flown in from the south of France.