Go Green! Greenpoint’s Earth Day festival was a day to celebrate the environment and all things green, but it also was a time for the Greenpoint community to come together and spend the day in their park. The event provided vendors and live music for those out strolling by the stands in the park. The line-up showcased a broad spectrum from singer songwriters to Long Island punk to The Monkey Machine.
The well-travelled singer-songwriter J.J. Appleton made a stop on his tour to open the event. Appleton was accompanied only by his guitar, and the outdoor setting made it difficult to hear the catchy hooks and lyrics from his latest EP “Black and White Matinee.” Unfortunately, his set was disrupted by a huge oil derrick and the protest put on by the Greenpoint SuperFUNd SuperFriendz.
Maquina Mono was a mix of English and Spanish lyrics and influences. The five-piece band, complete with a full horn section, complemented lead singer Pablo Beracochea’s punctuated singing style. The lively mix of Latin-influenced brass band and rock drew the largest crowd as Beracochea tried his best to get the on-looking, curious and somewhat perplexed crowd involved.
The energy was kept up by the Black Suit Youth, an outfit made up of four Long Island residents that describe their sound as “alternative post-punk rock.” And also, for those poking around the green market, the hill-billy bluegrass sounds of The Newtown Creek Ramblers drifted in the warm summer air. The band included Fred Rubino, who during the week leads his second, Hannah Montana-like life as Principal of Intermediary School 318.
The diverse program provided a great soundtrack to everyone taking a break from the day long activities.