“Is this heaven?” you ask wide-eyed at the gates of 50 Kent on a crisp fall afternoon. “No, it’s the Brooklyn Flea,” James Earl Jones responds from above. It’s an understandable mix-up, what with the Flea corralling 150 of the city’s most sought-after vintage, handmade and food vendors — my god, the food vendors! — into 50 Kent every Sunday throughout summer and early fall, turning a concrete lot along the Williamsburg waterfront into Brooklyn’s Promised Land. The Flea built it, and people keep coming.
We couldn’t be happier to add to the feel-goodness of the situation by presenting a three-week series of shows during Flea hours and slapping on a zero-dollar admission price. While shopping, eating and drinking, mosey on over to the stage area to see a special solo set by kinetic guitar shredder Marnie Stern on September 21, garage-rock’s youngest saviors Twin Peaks on September 28, and the borough’s deepest feelers Small Black on October 5, each joined by soon-to-be-announced special guests. (Just ran some tests. It’s been proven that all three bands are the perfect soundtrack to debating whether you have enough room in your apartment for that antique trunk you just came across at a vendor booth, so there’s that too.)
Gates to the Williamsburg Flea will open at 10am, per usual, with music starting at 3pm and wrapping up around 6pm. There’s only one way to spend an early autumn Sunday in Brooklyn. This is it.