|AfroPunk Fest during TV on the Radio's headlining set, 8/26|
This past weekend, Brooklyners were treated to free live outdoor music, on a massive scale, as the 2012 Afro-punk Festival graced two stages at Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene. Saturday night, Maura and I missed out on Erykah Badu, among many others, but we scooted over Sunday night in time for two stellar sets. When we arrived, the park was far from full, but a line snaked from the middle of Navy Street, down Park Avenue, nearly reaching Elliott, and the only entrance (on Navy) was something of a log jam. As we circled the park, we encountered fence climbers and fence crawlers...
|Scene from North Elliott Place|
Overall, it was a very well-run event. The last time I attended a festival (Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival a few years ago in between the bridges), each act ran a few minutes long, as it took time to break down and set up between performances. By the time KRS-One, the headliner, took the stage, he had time for TWO songs, and the show was shut down by park officials at 8:00 sharp. The Afro-punk Fest smartly provided two stages, alternating shows between them, with a band/singer on one, and a DJ on the other, while the next act set up. Everything began at the correct time! It was impressive.
Anyway, we looped onto Flushing Ave--the north side of the park--and were greeted with an amazing sight. The photo here doesn't do the scene justice, as you would have to imagine this repeated over more than the length of a city block.
|Off-street parking, Flushing Avenue|
All around, a great showing of community by the fine folks of Brooklyn. TGFB.