Weekend Predictions: Sharon Jones Brings an Extreme Amount of Soul to Park Slope, The Beets Play the Beatles, The xx Dress in Black

08/06/2010 4:51 PM |

This is what an extreme amount of soul looks like, in case you were wondering.
  • This is what an extreme amount of soul looks like, in case you were wondering.

You’re probably wondering to yourself right now, “What am I going to do this weekend?” We can’t answer that for you (free will), but here’s what you should be doing this weekend, other than watching all those Arcade Fire clips on YouTube.

Saturday
Sharon Jones and her Kings of Dap are scheduled to bring more soul to Park Slope than has ever been during a free show at Prospect Park. In dingier corners of the borough, soon-to-be Pavement openers the Beets play a set culled entirely from the Beatles catalog as part of the OK Prom at Shea Stadium. They’ll be joined by Slasher Risk taking on Motown tunes, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt doing doo-wop, and Donner Party Picnic performing rockabilly. No prom would be complete without a band who sounds like a snappy version of Tom Waits or Man Man playing rockabilly, who are you kidding? Dress the part — not only is it required, but you’ll want to be in the running for king and queen. While we still feel slightly indifferent to that Local Natives album, they’re headlining a freebie at Governors Island that we imagine will be very popular with the cool kids. Over at Brooklyn Bowl, synth-pop siren Elizabeth Harper is also playing free with her band Class Actress, as are Shark?, Motel Motel, Steel Phantoms and a helluva lot of others at a day show on the rooftop of 210 Cook Street.

Sunday
Seriously, the free show options this summer are insane. In a nutshell, we’ve got The xx at Central Park SummerStage, Josh Ritter at Governors Island, and Cut Copy at Jelly’s Pool Party, which returns to the Williamsburg Waterfront this week. They’ll each be playing with an above-average cast of supporting bands, including Dawn Landes with Josh Ritter, who we have on good word is amazing live. Choose wisely.