The Seaport Music Festival Returns This Week with the Make-Up, Ted Leo & More, Day-by-Day Schedule

The Seaport Music Festival Returns This Week with the Make-Up, Ted Leo & More, Day-by-Day Schedule


seaport music festival 2017 scheduleSummerStage and Celebrate Brooklyn may have called it a day for 2017, but there is one last free outdoor music festival hurrah on New York City’s horizon. The Seaport Music Festival returns this week in a newly packaged form. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the festival, which had previously spread itself out over the course of several weeks, is now concentrated into an action-packed four-day extravaganza that expands beyond its live music roots to also feature film screenings, comedy and dance. Getting curatorial help from Ted Leo and New York Night Train DJ Jonathan Toubin, the event, which runs September 7-10, has a stacked lineup that includes performances by The Make-Up, Martin Rev, James Chance & the Contortions and more. You’ll find the complete schedule by-day below.

Since its inception in 2002, the Seaport Music Festival has played host to a wide variety of acts. Notables include The XX, Atlas Sound, Dirty Projectors, Deerhunter, The National, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Hot Chip, Suicide, and Animal Collective.

This year will be the first time comedy, film and dance are incorporated into the fest’s agenda. Thursday’s bill includes comedy sets by some very funny female acts including Ophira Eisenberg (NPR’S Ask Me Another), Adira Amram & The Experience (Funny or Die), and Giulia Rozzi (Comedy Central). On Friday, the Seaport’s Pier 16 stage will be the site of an immersive drive-in dance experience presented by The Dance Cartel. Entitled Wet Clutch, the project remixes movie heroines from the last four decades of American film and incorporates video, an explosive soundtrack and a high-endurance dance performance. See below for a preview. If you make it through to Sunday, the evening features a screening of Suicide: South Street Seaport, 2007, a film by Howard Thompson & Eric Maché that features the Suicide’s Alan Vega and Martin Rev. Watch a clip below.

And while the expansion of programming infuses the fest with new life, live music is still the heart of this shindig. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, who will be self-releasing a new album, The Hanged Man, soon, will headline the Fulton Street Stage on Saturday, and Sunday finds bands such as Brooklyn’s own Surfbort, The Nude Party, and The Make-Up taking the stage at Pier 16.

Please note that the fest takes place at multiple venues and that Thursday’s comedy event requests those interested in attending RSVP. For more information about the four-day affair visit the fest’s website.

Thursday, September 7, 2017
Comedy on the Wavertree
Doors at 7pm
Show at 7:30pm
Ophira Eisenberg (NPR’S Ask Me Another)
Adira Amram & The Experience (Funny or Die)
Giulia Rozzi (Comedy Central)
RSVP for entry. First come, first served.

Thursday, September 7, 2017
7pm – The Alpaca Gnomes
@ Garden Bar

Friday, September 8, 2017
The Dance Cartel’s Wet Clutch premiere
8:00 PM – Doors
8:30pm – Show
@ Pier 16 Stage

Saturday, September 9, 2017
3:00pm – Doors
4:00pm – Jean Grae
5:00pm – Azar Swan
6:00pm – Big Huge
7:00pm – Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Hosted by Dap
@ Fulton Street Stage

Sunday, September 10, 2017
1pm – Doors
2pm – Warm Drag
2:45pm – Surfbort
3:30 pm – Death Valley Girls
4:15pm – The Nude Party
5:00pm – The Wolfmanhattan Project
5:45pm – James Chance & The Contortions
6:45pm – Martin Rev
7:45pm – The Make-Up
Hosted by Jonathan Toubin (New York Night Train)
@ Pier 16 Stage

Sunday, September 10, 2017
9pm – Suicide: South Street Seaport, 2007 premiere
Music Film By Howard Thompson & Eric Maché
Featuring Suicide’s Alan Vega and Martin Rev
@ Garden Bar