WHAT: The 2010 River To River Festival concludes its Seaport Music Series of free concerts by established and up-and-coming indie-rockers
WHEN: Friday, August 13th 6:00 pm
WHERE: South Street Seaport, Pier 17
WHY: The River To River Festival, New York’s largest free summer arts festival, concludes its Seaport Music Series with a free concert by indie-rock pioneers The Wedding Present.
Boasting eighteen Top 40 hit singles in the UK, The Wedding Present has earned countless accolades since the mid-80s, including legendary DJ John Peel’s famous statement that they’ve “written some of the best love songs of the rock ‘n’ roll era. You may dispute this, but I’m right and you’re wrong.” Not bad for a band that has, from its inception, stubbornly refused to play the record industry’s game.
From the first full-length release on their own Reception Records, “George Best” – hailed as “an unmitigated delight” by NME – throughout a decades-long career, David Gedge and company have charted an appealing, if often eccentric, course of their very own.
The show continues an annual tradition of rounding out the River to River Festival’s Seaport Music Series lineup with a member of the indie-rock “old guard,” paying tribute to the trailblazers who have inspired today’s new acts. Previous years’ bands have included the New York Dolls, Suicide, and Superchunk.
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