A week-long alternative to indie-fest CMJ sprouted its darling face this afternoon when ToddP announced (via his site) a daily line-up of free, all-ages shows taking place outdoors in the heart of Williamsburg. The majority of CMJ shows are corporately-sponsored and sold out, so ToddP's shows offer a great alternative for the average music fan looking to catch a good show.
And that's the thing! It's not like this mini-fest within a fest was just thrown together. They've actually managed to book some of the biggest bands playing this year's CMJ, and again, totally free! Here's the official announcement, via Todd P:
ALL THIS WEEK! Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday afternoons in CONTINENTAL ARMY PLAZA in Wburg - a 100% FREE & all ages miniature festival of great bands playing outside in the park, w/ no corporate sponsorships & no "vip" lists & no bullshit - just for the love of music! (and yes, there's a rainout location!)
The venue for these parties is spectacular - CONTINENTAL ARMY PLAZA - located at the north pedestrian entrance of the Williamsburg Bridge in the heart of Wburg. The space is a turn of the century public plaza with a huge statue of George Washington on a horse. It's been famous for years as a prime skate spot in North Brooklyn.
PLS REMEMBER: no open containers in NYC Parks! brown bagging is not enough!