This is a free of charge event at Manhattan´s touristy South Street Seaport. The annual concert, which is hosted by the Village Voice, a print and online magazine about New York´s culture & nightlife, replaced the "Siren Festival" which had taken place some years ago on Coney Island inside a leisure park on one of New York´s beaches.
Yesterday´s festival had 2 stages where around a dozen bands played. According to their website the musicians performed different styles of independent & alternative rock music.
I had much fun with the "The Babies" (thebabiesband). The Brooklyn based band played a fresh and powerful grungy rock. It was a real discovery and I hope to hear more from them in the near future.
The punk band "Parquet Court" recited a poem accompanied by fierce guitars (parquetcourts). Well done! "Kurt Vile & the Violators", the last band of the evening (around 7pm), was a bit too mainstream for my taste but I guess they fit well into the easy-going atmosphere of the festival.
Many visitors enjoyed just the relaxed ambient and used the occasion to meet friends and other people, took pleasure of the sunny harbor place at the Southern edge of Manhattan and had fun.