In the last installment of Hott Tickets, I lamented the idea that young bands are being priced out of Brooklyn, just as they were Manhattan years ago. It saddens me, mostly because I don’t want to have to start going to Staten Island to see new bands. But until that day comes, I can at least take solace in the fact that the fine, fine folks over at BAM continue to look out for Brooklyn musicians, big and small. The second annual Brooklyn Next Festival will be taking place from the 15th to the 24th of this month, featuring almost 200 artists who will be appearing at 17 different venues. There will be large helpings of rock, jazz, country and world music, and even, this being Brooklyn and all, some special programming for children and families. In addition to the live performances, Brooklyn Next also includes an exhibition of photos by jazz photographer Fran Kaufman, assorted DJ nights and all sorts of other great stuff. Here are some highlights.
2/16 White Rabbits at BAM Café
Another show by the Jelly NYC people, who you may remember from the Pool Parties at McCarren.
2/21 Favorite Sons and The Mugs at Union Hall
Two L Mag “Bands You Need to Hear” from a couple years ago bring their distinct brands of indie rock. The Favorite Sons dark and brooding, and the Mugs upbeat and sunny.
2/22 The National at BAM
Strange thing about that last National record? It continues to get better each and every time I hear it.
2/23 Johnny Cash Birthday Tribute at Southpaw
Join Alex Battles and the Whiskey Rebellion for a tribute to Mr. Cash. Should be better than Joaquin.