Thursday, July 19, 2012

Thursday Night at Williamsburg Park: OSA presents Lacoste Live Concert Series - Pretty Good Friends with Eugene Mirman + Special Guests Featuring Musical Guest OK GO

We had the best evening ever tonight at Williamsburg Park, the new venue for the Open Space Alliance summer concerts, this year sponsored as the Lacoste Live Concert Series. The great show was from Pretty Good Friends, with the very funny Eugene Mirman, that's usually at home at Park Slope's Union Hall, and the roster of comedians was truly incredible: Kristen Schaal, John Oliver, Kurt Braunohler, Mike Birbiglia, the legendary Bobcat Goldthwait, with Jon Hamm doing a cameo in a Big Apple costume, and a wonderfully transcendent musical show by OK Go, who were spectacular.
Even though Williamsburg Park isn't a real park -- no trees, not even a bush, and even though it's at 50 Kent on the waterfront, there's no view of anything except the tops of the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings. It may be a glorified giant parking lot, but the ground is painted baby blue, the kind used to keep prisoners docile, and there are terrific sightlines from all points, and although we have very fond memories of the pre-renovated McCarren Pool concerts and the ones down the street at East River State Park, this venue is much more capacious and comfortable, easily fitting in a huge, mellow crowd.
Other people in attendance who know about music and comedy will write sharp and intelligent criticism and more commentary, but we'll just say we had a good time from beginning to end, and we are rarely feeling so grateful after an evening out in Williamsburg. Everyone who put this show together did a good job. (Well, someone probably fucked up their job, but it didn't matter in the end because we didn't notice.) Thanks also to the teenagers sitting near us during the comedy who provided a nice contact high.

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